I just googled "DashCam" and was surprised at the breadth of offerings.
Made me start thinking about getting one.
For me, two "Must Haves" are:
- Rotating storage. Maybe using a 65-gig SD card, taking five-minute
clips, and - once the card is full - deleting the oldest clip
to make room for the latest
- Turns on/off when ignition key is turned on/off.... so storage is
preserved in the event of a crash.
Does anybody have experience?
Maybe a forum devoted to dash cams?
Then everyone will laugh. The more laughter, the better the world
BTW, in the first video of the meteorite, if its explosion was 25
times Hiroshima, how come the guy with the dashcam wasn't blown to
bits or at least had his car knocked over, after he took the pictures?
He was farther away? The square root of 25 is 5. He was 5 times
as far away as bomb radius at Hiroshima?
These two things are pretty much what defines it as a dash cam. Don't think
you need 65 (64) gig chip but it does help to have a higher class one like a
6. Most record continuously but some have g sensors. There are even GPS ones
that also record location.
This guy on youtube reviews some of them. It a good place to start. He is
British but all the cameras should be available in the US (assuming you are
even in the US)
Thanks. That got me started nicely.
As you observe, they all do rotating files and on/off with ignition.
Some even do a "standby" mode where they're just sitting there looking
for motion - as when the vehicle is parked - and wake up fully when
motion is detected.
I'm probably over thinking this as usual, but now I'm looking to see if
anybody has remote or mirrored storage - my assumption being that after
a crash from which they have to cart me away and tow the vehicle that
the dash cam is going to be stolen or impounded.... and if there's an SD
card hiding somewhere else in the vehicle the chances of recovering data
are greatly increased.
Right here, right now though I'm thinking:
- Low-End: http://tinyurl.com/awb53n7
- High-End: http://tinyurl.com/avffl9m
But the selection is mind-boggling - and there seems to be a lot of
little guys taking a certain device and semi-customizing (sometimes
degrading it a lot...) it to become their own product - yet named the
same or very closely to the original root device.
I'm thinking I could care less about "Parking" mode, yet I want the
clearest, highest-rez that I can get.... which seems to mitigate in
favor of devices that have bells and whistles that I otherwise don't
really want or need...
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I haven't found anything available in the US that isn't a ridiculously
overpriced unreliable piece of shit.
It appears one must move to Russia to get a decent HD dash cam.
GoPro seems to be popular on one of the forums I follow. I haven't
taken the plunge yet, but it seems to get more mentions than all the
other dash cams combined.
C&D did a comparo last year...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Maybe I did not read deeply enough, but I came away with the impression
that the Go-Pro and Countour, at least, were outdoor action cams kludged
for use as dash cams. i.e. They both rely exclusively on their own
batteries for power.... and I did not pick up any mention of rotating
Did you noticed that the driver of the car seemed a lot more concerned
about the condition of his car than the condition of the truck driver.
I wonder how I would react. I'd like to think I'd check out the other
Maybe it's easier to see on the cam footage, but it seemed to me like
the truck driver was in pretty good shape... and the car driver was
probably still in a sort of WTF state... Maybe also in disbelief at how
little damage has resulted from a head-on with an 18-wheeler. A split
second and he might have been dead.
On Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:58:39 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
The driver is standing up in the cab. almost looks like a slo-mo
video compared to a couple Americans who just crashed.
I'm on a busy state road in the burbs. speed limit is 45, but most
folks do 60. I was out in the yard when the neighbor was coming up
the road and turning left into his driveway. He came to a complete
stop to allow some traffic by, and this kid rear-ended him. The
trunk deck flew 40' in the air.
As soon as the airbags deflated this 18yr old kid jumps out of his
[his dad's?] car, runs up to the driver of the other car, who is just
getting out, and shouts "Look what you did to my car, asshole!".
By the time the police got there he was a little more reasonable- but
he got a ticket or two anyway.
at least if the Russian car driver had been angry, I could sympathize.
[here's 13 more minutes of entertainment from Russian highways
Me, too. I'd want to ensure he was good and hurt.
The big problem is that a lawyer will use your evidence to "prove" to
a jury of nitwits any crash involving another motorist was your fault.
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