Higher or lower resolution, wider or narrower field of view -- there are so many Dash Cam options to choose from.
I had a close call when driving home the other day. I am, of course, internationally recognized as being a superb driver (my mom lives in England -- which is international -- and she thinks I'm great) and I was completely blameless, but you always have to be prepared to deal with a "he said... she said..." type situation where everyone has different recollections as to exactly what happened.
Every now and then, I've been sucked into watching some of the Dash Cam-related videos, like this compilation, that are to be found on YouTube.
Actually, there are an amazing number of such videos on YouTube. Furthermore, I was surprised to see how many Dash Cam shots there are, like the ones seen in this video, of large meteors hitting the Earth's atmosphere.
The thing is that, for some time now, I've been thinking that having a Dash Cam in my truck would be a good idea.
Generally speaking, I would prefer to have higher resolution rather than lower, and a wider field of view rather than narrower. It would also be nice to have one that was "always on" and remembering say the past 20 seconds, even when the vehicle was parked, so that if someone hit the truck when it was on its own, the Dash Cam would automatically archive the preceding 20 seconds and also automatically record the following 30 minutes or so. On the other hand, you have to pay for bells-and whistles and money is a tad tight at the moment, so I could live without any advanced features.
In reality, all I really need is something that's continuously recording while the engine is on, that stores some number of hours of video, that automatically starts overwriting old content when it's full, and that keeps on running for some amount of time in the event of a crash, even when the engine is turned off.
The problem is that there are so many options to choose from. I could spend weeks evaluating different solutions. Alternatively, I could ask people, whose opinions I trust, what they think. That "boing" sound you hear is the metaphorical ball landing on your side of the net. Do you have any suggestions to offer?
Katie.G Feature I would really like to have on a dashcam is recording of vehicle data from the CAN network. Things like turn signal activation, braking etc. My wife got pulled over to be checked for drunk driving (she hadn't been drinking) and the police officer said she didn't use her turn signal. She knows that she did because she always does but it would have been nice to had proof.
Well, I got there around lunchtime and got 2 of them. They were actually A$ 29 = US$ 22 each. They say they're HD but they also say 640x480, that should be good enough for most purposes though. You have to provide your own micro-SD card. I'll give them a try over the weekend and get your off to you next week,