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Just another subject that's crossed my mind.  

I can see the benefits of it, such as helping authorities if you catch an accident/incident on camera, or even just covering your own backside in case something happens.  Even to use as part of a security system on your van.  But, are there any drawbacks or concerns about having them?  Do you see them as a waste of time and money?
I got the dashcam app for my smartphone. It works very well save that the phone will overheat in the sun and only moderate temps.
There are a couple threads here on Dash Cams.

I use mine for accident/incident recording.
I've had comments from those in uniform saying if they were standard on every vehicle it would eliminate a lot of the "who did what when" of traffic accidents.
If I am in the wrong then I get caught too. So, I try not to be the guy that's in the wrong.

As far as break-ins and security it's always pointed the wrong direction to record that.

I skipped the cheap-o versions, watched some european dash-cam Utube reviews (where they review 3 or 4 different brands with record side by side comparison) of day/night driving and choose my purchase from there. About 5 years of use, only issue was I needed to erase the "save recording-snapshot" segments. I got carried away with capturing all the stupid stuff others were doing and was hogging the useable free loop recording space.
^^^^Matlock

I've wondered before if those YouTube dash cam channels arose out of the necessity of the cameras limited memory. If the dash cam owner organizes those clips into short videos and posts them on YT it frees up space on the camera without really having to delete anything permanently.

~angie

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I've had 3 of them over about 10 years or so....2 fleabay cheapies, and now a good one made by Garmin.

I would recommend spending the money for a good one. 

They are a bit like a fire-extinguisher, an air compressor, or a gun.

You never really need one, until you REALLY NEED ONE.
(08-29-2018, 05:02 AM)Matlock Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:There are a couple threads here on Dash Cams.
In my search, I found one thread, from 2016 I think, and it was just a woman asking for recommendations for a holder for her phone or something.  Sorry if I missed them.

Quote:I use mine for accident/incident recording.
I've had comments from those in uniform saying if they were standard on every vehicle it would eliminate a lot of the "who did what when" of traffic accidents.
If I am in the wrong then I get caught too. So, I try not to be the guy that's in the wrong.
I don't understand how dashcams work just yet.  (How long they record, how the cam stores the video, etc.,) but I can see the benefit of having one. 

Quote:As far as break-ins and security it's always pointed the wrong direction to record that.
Naturally.


Quote:I skipped the cheap-o versions...
Usually the best thing to do with most electronics in general.
I got in an accident about a week after installing a dashcam. I didn't need to use the footage to prove I wasn't at fault but I was damned glad to have it anyway.

Totally worth it.

For reference, the one I got is "VIOFO A119S V2 Dashcam."
I'd like to get one. They sound like lifesavers if you get in trouble, because people lying is par for the course. But don't want to wire it into my system, because of the cost (I'm not mechanical in the least). So I'd rather rely on battery.

I did get a 3-pack of home security cameras on Amazon Prime Day for a goodly discount. They're supposed to come in the mail today. Along with brackets separately. The kind I got was reviewed as not cutting out if you get internet trouble; some of the more popular ones have gotten complaints that you need a reboot if you go offline or if you have a temporary power outage, and since around here we get both problems, that's uselessly delicate. I could think of certainly five useful places to have coverage, some to help with loss prevention and some to just let me know what's going on outside, as my door has neither window nor peephole.
(08-29-2018, 12:29 PM)Dingfelder Wrote: [ -> ]I'd like to get one.  They sound like lifesavers if you get in trouble, because people lying is par for the course.  But don't want to wire it into my system, because of the cost (I'm not mechanical in the least).  So I'd rather rely on battery.

Installation (for most of these) consists of inserting an SD card, sticking a suction cup mount to the windshield, leveling the camera, and plugging it in to your cigarette lighter or power port.

But the devil is always in the details.

You may need to set up certain parameters in the camera menu. Often the default values will work fine for most people. 

Your cigarette lighter plug may have power all the time, or it may only provide power when the ignition is on. So this will effect the camera. 

And most of them have a capacitor battery that is not damaged by heat, but can only run the camera for 30 seconds or so if power is removed, such as in a crash or just driving down a bumpy road.

Most of them have a shock sensor, usually called a G-sensor, that preserves recordings which occur before and after an impact. Crashes are impacts, obviously, but so are big potholes and sometimes hard braking and washboard roads.

So, after a period of time, ie, weeks, or months, this will slowly fill up the memory card, and you might have to purge the recordings or format the card now and then. (During normal driving, video recordings are continuously looped, and recorded over and over.)

Small prices to pay for peace of mind if something bad happens.

BTW I am using the Garmin Dashcam 10 and it's a good one. There are others, of course.
I like the Garmin brand on my GPS. It plugs into the cigarette lighter too, though it can run on battery for shorter periods. I'll always give them a look when buying.

I don't want a wire to my cigarette lighter because it could defeat the stealth aspect and therefore lead to an escalation of violence and/or the seizing and/or disabling of the recorder. I've seen many videos and read many stories of police officers grabbing people's cameras, demanding they turn them off, threatening them, etc. A violent predator might try the same.

The alternative I had been mentioning was wiring going through the dashboard unnoticeably, wires all tucked away. Unfortunately I don't have the knowledge to do that, and don't want to pay a huge price premium for someone else to do it. So I'd like to get the kind that you can just stick somewhere without calling attention to itself, which leaves me with a battery-powered option.
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