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#1 IronmanG

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 11:50 AM

Can anyone recommend something. Not to big. Are they all quite similar

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 09:40 PM

Been thinking to fit the type that straps over the rearview mirror and uses a rear camera not only to record accidents but also provide an enhanced, larger viewing angle, live rear view while driving along. The forward cam is just on the forward side of the "mirror" display. Hard part is running/hiding the wires, as with most all dashcams.

Best to get one with highest resolution you can afford as this is what makes for clearest images of license plates etc.

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 11:13 PM

Ok high res👍
Do they have sound or is that worth it?

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 12:08 AM

Ok high res
Do they have sound or is that worth it?

Many do have sound...to record spoken words within the car and also for hands-free voice control, like telling it to "save" the current recording to prevent auto-overwriting once memory card is full. Of course if no voice control, you can do this same thing with a button or touch screen. 

Many also have built in GPS which can help in a court case investigation etc. Another useful feature is WiFi connectivity with your phone (usually Android but also iPhone on some models). This lets you review footage on phone screen, download it to phone to then send it to someone. Without that, you need to pull the memory card or take the whole camera to your PC to off-load it. 



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Posted 26 November 2021 - 12:25 AM

There are so many brands out there in varying prices that it is a minefield.

 

I went for a known brand "Nextbase" and have 4 of them from the base model to higher end.

 

All the extra features are great but in practice I never use them. I just want to plug it in a forget but know that if I ever need it the footage is there. And I have needed too.

So decide how much you want to spend and pick a reliable brand is my advice, with good night and day picture quality.

 

If you want front and rear facing then it will limit your choice but you can always use another front facing dashcam in the rear window.

 

And if you want to fit and forget, get a hard wire kit.

 

If you want to use it in more than one car then get a brand that also sells extra windscreen mounts so you can easily transfer it.



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Posted 26 November 2021 - 07:38 AM

Ok high res👍
Do they have sound or is that worth it?

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 08:30 AM

All the ones I have record sound which you can turn on/off. I leave it on so you can hear any crash related noise like someone tires squeal as they go in to the back of you, or the scrapping noise in the car park, or the other driver admit fault. Just remember it'll also record everything you say.



#8 IronmanG

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 12:45 PM

Thats probably not so good. I do tend to shout at ******* drivers a lot

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 02:31 PM

Whatever camera you purchase, make sure that you set the correct time and date.

 

I recently reported a driver that attempted to drive me off the road a number of times, brake tested me numerous times before getting out of his car and threatening me. I supplied the camera footage and the police said that there was enough evidence to charge him with a number of motoring offences but the threatening behaviour charge would be dropped as the time and date were incorrect.


Edited by JXC Mini GT, 26 November 2021 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2021 - 04:14 PM

Yes thats a good point

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 04:18 PM

I have the Nextbase 622GW and rear camera. Love it. Does what i want and very easy to set up.

 

Its tucked up nicely behind the rear view mirror but i can still see it to hit event record if needs be. The rear camera is a bit of a faff to set up to get the right view plus i have not tucked the excess cable away so i need to be mindful of that when i drop the rear seats. 

 

Other than that i would recommend.






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