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Katie.G
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Re: Look both ways
Katie.G   4/5/2017 10:40:04 AM
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@David 

Katie, the link to your excellent Dashcam buyers guide does not work properly

Woah, thanks for letting me know, David! I've gone back and edited my original post, and that link to the Buyer's Guide works as well. 

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Re: Look both ways
David Ashton   4/5/2017 2:36:07 AM
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Katie, the link to your excellent Dashcam buyers guide does not work properly (Max - can you fix it?)  I'll try and put it in correctly below

http://www.thedashcamstore.com/buyers-guide/

Yep, tested and the above works.  Katie - can you not make this available as a PDF??

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Re: $25 Dashcam
drjohnsmith   4/5/2017 2:30:16 AM
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its only when u use one you realise what u want 

David Ashton
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$25 Dashcam
David Ashton   4/4/2017 7:28:31 PM
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A local discount shop is offering a dashcam for A$25 (=US$ 20).  I'm sure it won't be in the same league as Katie's ones above, but I'm tempted to get one to see how good/bad it is...

Katie.G
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Re: Look both ways
Katie.G   4/4/2017 5:20:32 PM
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We think it's pretty cool too, Max! I'm happy to help. I'd be curious to know what you think about my suggestions when you have a minute to check them out!

We believe that more dashcams on the road leads to more accountability and safer driving, so we're happy to serve as an educational resource. If you ever want to collaborate with a dashcam expert in the future, I hope you keep us in mind.

- Katie, The Dashcam Store

Katie.G
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Katie.G   4/4/2017 5:05:12 PM
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Having  a wire hang down is a real pain. 

I definitely agree: having wires hanging down from your windshield to your cigarette outlet is not only an eyesore, it could obstruct your view and may even draw unwanted attention from onlookers into you car. All not good things.

If you'd like to install your dashcam yourself, we have a ton of installation resources on our website

For anyone in the U.S. looking to get their dashcam installed, here's a link to our list of recommended installers.

If you're in the Austin, Texas area, we do installs at The Dashcam Store as well! 

- Katie, The Dashcam Store

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Re: Look both ways
Max The Magnificent   4/4/2017 2:11:34 PM
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@Katie: ...Katie, The Dashcam Store

Wow -- there's a dash cam store? How cool. Thanks so much for providing all of this information -- I will be bouncing over to check all of these out as soon as I get a spare minute.

 

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Re: Dash Cams
Max The Magnificent   4/4/2017 2:09:44 PM
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@drjohnsmith: Check the wirring optons. Having  a wire hang down is a real pain

Good point -- fortunately one of my friends has a car shop where they can install thsi sort of thing and hide the wiring.

Katie.G
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Katie.G   4/4/2017 12:42:45 PM
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Hi Max,

Katie here with The Dashcam Store. Guess what? I've researched this into the ground and I have three dashboard camera suggestions for you! The bottom line is: our most trusted and most-popular brand is BlackVue from South Korea.

Option 1: Most affordable one-channel (one camera lens that's forward-facing) is the BlackVue DR450-1CH.

Based on your requirements (higher res than lower, wider field of view rather than narrow, and always on, continuously recording) this camera meets 3 out of 4 of your criteria. The BlackVue DR450-1CH records in Full HD 1920x1080p and 30 FPS and has a 129 degree viewing angle. It has loop recording (a standard feature in all dashcams, really), but it is NOT "always on". If you're looking for a low price tag for a one-channel dashcam and you're willing to give up the "always on" feature, this would be my recommendation for you.

Option 2: If a new criteria for you is having a two-channel (one camera lens that's forward-facing and one camera lens that's rear-facing out of your back windshield) to provide you with all-around recording, then you can opt for the BlackVue DR470-2CH. It's the same front camera as Option 1 and so it has the same specs as above, but with the addition of a rear-facing camera. I do want to mention that the rear-facing camera is 720p, is that a make or break factor for you?

Option 3: If you're willing to spend more on a camera that has 4 out of 4 of the requirements that you're looking for, then the DR650S-1CH or DR650S-2CH is the best option for you! This dashcam has all of the specs that Options 1 and 2 have, but this camera includes fancier specs (and hence why it's more expensive) like cloud capabilities, GPS data and speed logging, and parking mode. Parking mode is the "always on" feature that you're looking for: it will allow the camera lens(es) to "watch" 24/7, and will only begin recording and save video to the memory card if it detects any type of impact through its G-sensors or motion detection. This will save you hours of your free time reviewing dashcam footage if something happens to you car while it's parked!

If anyone out there wants help finding the right dashcam for their needs, we've created this helpful Dashcam Buyer's Guide.

I hope this information helps, everyone!

- Katie, The Dashcam Store

 

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Re: Dash Cams
drjohnsmith   3/31/2017 3:51:51 PM
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Check the wirring optons. Having  a wire hang down is a real pain

Check , does it power up with the ignition. If not and you have to press a button, its a pain, you will forget the one time you need it , and you can't mount the camera out the way,

If its 'on a sucker' it will get nicked less you take it down each time you park up, 

 

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