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?
Max...we get a 1-hour TV program of these. You could watch them forever. Most of them are from Russia where it is almost obligatory to have one apparently. I think you're right going for high def... also get one with a front and a rear facing camera, and sound recording (so you can catch your wife screaming "OMG" when the guy in front of you comes a cropper)".
@David: ...so you can catch your wife screaming "OMG" when the guy in front of you comes a cropper...
Actually, she pretty much does that whatever I do, leaving my ears ringing. The last time she screamed OMG I had to say to her "Quite down, I haven't even started the car yet" (it turned out she was just practicing LOL)
I've been looking at dash cams as well. Most that I've seen, do pretty much everything you're asking for. I'd get one that also has a read facing camera, largely because my interest came as a result of being rear-ended a few months ago.
I just recently purchased a new Subaru that has a factory add-on they call "EyeSight." It's got a sterio pair of color cameras facing front. The car also has a backup camera and some rear-facing radars.
I haven't found that the system will record and act like a dash cam, but it certainly looks like all of the hardware is in palce to do so.
What I find most amazing with this is that my car isn't a high-end, loaded, luxury car. It's only a few steps up from the base model, yet has lane holding, auto braking, radar, stereo cameras, and such.
@ Max....You jest!! The Australian road death toll has been creeping up in recent years due not just to the drunks but also the druggos and the phoners and texters. Routinely now the random breath tests look for drugs as well, and finally the police are coming down hard on mobile phone users. So dash cams are probably not a bad idea.
Max... next time you go over to England, I think you should take your Mom a dashcam as a present. Then you can entertain us all with video of the pedestrians scrambling out of the way and climbing up the trees, as you have so graphically regaled us in the past??!!
@David: ...Max... next time you go over to England, I think you should take your Mom a dashcam as a present. Then you can entertain us all with video of the pedestrians scrambling out of the way and climbing up the trees...
It's like the old joke that goes: "When my time comes, I want to pass away peacefully in my sleep, not screaming in abject terror like the passengers in my mother's car" LOL