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23-11-2012, 20:31   #1
 
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Dash cams, what to get and where to get it (Q&A only)

Can anyone recommend me one?

Are they easy to install?


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acquirement, installation and operation of dash cams.
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23-11-2012, 20:33   #2
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Can anyone recommend me one?

Are they easy to install?
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I have asked on that thread allready but every poster was busy bickering at each other. I need something with a 6mp camera and GPS.
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I have asked on that thread allready but every poster was busy bickering at each other. I need something with a 6mp camera and GPS.
I already proposed to split those thread for technical one which dashcam to buy, and other one for showing video recordings from dashcam with insteresing road situations.
Hope this is a good start of a new thread if mods allow us for that.
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I already proposed to split those thread for technical one which dashcam to buy, and other one for showing video recordings from dashcam with insteresing road situations.
Hope this is a good start of a new thread if mods allow us for that.
Thanks. I have looked at a good few on Dealextreme.com, I am not sure of the quality though.

If they come with a cigarette lighter plug is it possible to wire them to the roof lights as opposed to having wires all over the shop.
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Can anyone recommend me one?

Are they easy to install?
I've got this.

I also have it's predecessor (smartcam 1).
It's not perfect but it's allright.

Advantages :
- great night recordings,
- fair quality of picture

Disadvantages:
- horrendous amount of media capasity needed for recordings (8Gb card allows for 1h recording at 720p)

Smartcam 1 was nearly twice cheaper, and offered the same except from full-hd quality, which I'm not using anyway (720p is enough). It also used a bit less space for files. I needed another one so I bought smartcam2, but I managed to buy it for half the current price.
I don't think I would pay current price for it, know what it is and how it works.

However though I'm not sure if there's much choice on the market with that price range.
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Thanks CiniO. That first one has great picture quality, think I might get it. I have a 24gb SD card so I should get a couple of hours from that.

That other thread is a bit of a pain alright, you have to wade through a lot of crap.
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OP, after a fair bit of research,( with a lot of the legwork already done by Cormie!) I bought one of these a few months ago;

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/251016576631

along with a 32GB SD card from Amazon.

I've got to say I'm very happy with it!

PS. It's ridiculously easy to install and the software that you run it on is very user friendly.

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Dashcam

Anybody any recommendations for a dashcam? Was looking around on eBay and some are cheap, and other more expensive for what appears to be very similar spec.

I'm just looking for something tidy that does the job. Handy for insurance purposes.
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have you a budget in mind?
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I'd prefer not to break the bank.. I was offered a Smartcam 2 yesterday on eBay and it was over 100euro including delivery from the UK. Just thought it was a bit on the pricey side!
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/ITRONICS-ITB...-/251016576631

Bought it.
Use it.
Can recommend it.
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here is a post from another thread yesterday
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http://stores.ebay.co.uk/smartcamdirect?_fcid=99&_localstpos=&_sid=505812804&_stpos=&gbr=1



I got one of the dash cams off this company. Some yoke. Easy to use and install and great quality. A tad pricey though as there are a few cheaper options but BEWARE! Many dash cams (Especially ebay ones) tend to be knock offs of other ones on the market so make sure if you buy one that it is genuine. And that it really does have the quality it says it does. Many on Ebay boast 1080 but are actually 720 at best. They also boast night vision... pfffft! It's actually just a few LED's that shine like a torch on your windscreen and blind the camera



Just a thought
the link might be helpful to see what the original cost of the smartcam you were offered was
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here is a post from another thread yesterday

the link might be helpful to see what the original cost of the smartcam you were offered was
Same one, he wouldn't do much on the price.

randy hickey; Looks nice but very pricey!
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so does anyone with one have any footage of the quality of the ones they use?
or how much it covers if its placed tight to the windscreen say
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