What dash cam are you using?

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  1. Jonwire

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    Hey all, just curious what dash cam everyone here uses. I'll start off.. I use an AUBBC dash cam. It's actually super cheap, but works well so far.
     
  2. Del Boy

    Del Boy Getting comfortable

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    Just changed to a DAB201 from a Mini 0806, quality is much better but it's also much bigger.
     
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    nice! where'd you order it from?
     
  4. klasipca

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    Sticking with 0806, there are better larger units, but size matters
     
  5. Del Boy

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    I'm UK so a bit different.

    https://www.exactcctv.com/products/dome-dab201-gps-quad-hd-1440p-car-dash-camera-with-gps-uk-model

    Mini 0806 going into sister's car so can take side by side photos of it. The size isn't the main issue, the main issue is that I've fitted it much lower to get the best out of the lens on the camera. Now everyone points it out when they come for a spin.

    I would have bought from Gearbest but 1) I've had a minor falling out with them (not enough to stop me ordering if it's a lot lot lot cheaper) and 2) It's actually more expensive when you take VAT & Handling charge into account. So this has to be the first time I've got a local warranty, the benefits of quicker shipping etc at a price lower than China.

    Oh one thing to point, my Mini 0806 had a Micro-USB, this one is Mini-USB, but I wired it directly into the glovebox 12v cig socket and ran the cable around without having to take any insides off the car.
     
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    [h=1]WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam[/h]ASIN - B00OTZWJE2
     
  7. framednlv

    framednlv Getting the hang of it

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    I've had two of them die because of the battery. So I got one from amazon with a capacitor instead of battery.
     
  8. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Getting the hang of it

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    Has anyone had one survive a Texas summer? I'd like a capacitor version.
     
  9. Del Boy

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    Get a GS98C, sure it's not the best but it's cheap $100 / £70, so if something goes wrong it's no big deal. It's virtually indestructible and it's got a capacitor.

    I would not trust the Mini 0806 in that heat and I've only had the DAB201 for a week and it's hardly Texas summer hot in the UK.

    http://www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_197884.html

    https://www.exactcctv.com/collectio...gs98c-super-hd-1296p-car-dash-camera-uk-model
     
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    Been lucky so far .... still pleased after 13 mos. (in TX & southern travels) ...
    btw: I remove from Car when not needed & remove from windshield when parked (esp. bright-sun)

     
  11. Del Boy

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    I think that's a good idea when it's that hot! I'm a little too lazy though.
     
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    Panorama II S
    Sony Exmor 2.0 | 1920x1080 | 30fps
     
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    DOD LS460W, Sony Exmor Sensor and GPS. Great night time image quality.
     
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    DODs are very good, I would pick DOD LS470W+ if it wasn't for the size
     
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    Never heard of DOD before. Will check them out. Any preference on where to purchase? Can't see on AE
     
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    Optimus Prime Getting the hang of it

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    If it has to removed every day, it will not get used by my household. I'll need a capacitor based, hardwired camera that can take a Texas August afternoon.
     
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    AlpineWatch Getting the hang of it

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    G1W, replace the battery every ~ 9 mos.
     
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    SyconsciousAu Pulling my weight

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    The Blackvue is popular in Australia. Capacitor based and if it will survive an Australian Summer it will survive a Texas one.
     
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    Blackvue is almost $500 in the UK, that's crazy. Would rather have 5x Mini 0806s and just bin them when they go wrong for that (but probably would just send back under warranty!).
     
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    Zorac Getting the hang of it

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    one of my cars has a mobius with the capacitor pack in it and modified cooling, my other two vehicles have marcus 3 from vicocation in them. the mobius has been a little finicky with voltages (make sure your using a decent 12v to 5v converter), but the vicocations have been good.
     
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    Despite it's age I still think the Mobius is pretty decent. And being really small also helps. I see the Mini 0806 is being replaced soon.

    Ta da, review found:
     
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    New here and this seems a good place to start/join-in.

    I have 3, all Papago, all recording in 1080, (inexpensive, but they suit my needs):
    GoSafe 260 (with the optional GPS module in my personal vehicle, a Honda CRV),
    GoSafe 520 (switched between vehicles), and
    GoSafe 200 (also switched between vehicles).
    I'm more retired than not, but still do part-time work driving fleet cars for delivery to/pickup from individuals, e.g. salespeople who have been given a company car by their employer. I may drive upwards of 6 vehicles a day, or 1 vehicle for multiple days if the delivery is far away. I use 1 of the 2 cams to record while driving the company vehicle. My needs are such that I need something that can very easily and very quickly be switched from one vehicle to another.

    I have multiple models because each suits a different need, e.g. some vehicles I drive have rear-view mirrors that contain other electronics, e.g. compass, GPS, OnStar, headlight sensors, etc. All those electronics housed inside a rear-view mirror often make it too thick to mount the cam to the rear-view mirror, and some (commercial vehicles/vans) don't even have rear-view mirrors to mount them to. In those cases I use the GoSafe 520 with a suction mount. Lately, I've taken to using only the GoSafe 520 with the suction mount rather than carry 2 cameras, but that still puts me at risk of getting a ticket in some states, because the suction mount is not completely obscured by the rear-view mirror and could count as an "obstruction" to my vision if an officer wanted to be very picky about the issue. Bear in mind that along with the cam being mounted, I also use a driving GPS unit, (I own 3 Garmin devices but only carry 1 with me), and have an LG G3 smartphone with various direction/driving/public transportation apps to supplement those. If I ever get lost, forget where I've been, or can't find my way, it will surely signal the slow, oncoming loss of my mental faculties, (or that my car is out of gas, or all my available batteries/power sources are spent).

    I keep the GoSafe 260 powered through the 12V plug in my personal vehicle, (which shuts-off if the key is off), while the others I connect to an 11200 mAh power bank in a neoprene cover with a belt-loop, and use a typical large "binder clip" to attach it to the passenger-side visor, connecting the cam to the power bank with a short USB cable. I have 2 power banks of the same model and capacity , and with them, I can leave the cam running if I have to stop for gas or other break, yet not leave the engine running or worry about draining the car battery. I don't always leave the cam running when I have to stop; sometimes I simply disconnect it from the power bank, but I've driven and recorded for more than 6 hrs and have never gotten below 40% capacity. I've never run the power banks down to zero, nor have I driven so long that they've even had to be switched-out. Of course, I do have to remember to re-charge the power banks, but even that isn't necessary every day. Each power bank also has 2 USB output power plugs: 1 at 1 amp and 1 at 2.1 amp, and a micro USB input for recharging. (An added benefit of the power banks is that they're supposed to be enough to charge my smartphone 3 times, though I also carry a fused 12V splitter, USB power plug, and charging cable for my phone, so I can charge either the phone or the "other" power bank while driving without disconnecting the cam from the power bank in use at the time. However, the Garmin device is always plugged-in to the 12V power outlet of the car, which is what makes the splitter important. Each bank also has an LCD screen that shows remaining capacity, as well as a small, built-in LED flashlight if I need it.

    I've updated each cam with the latest software, which, I think, provides use of a 64GB micro SD card, though I use 32GB because that's what I purchased with each cam, which was the max usable size at the time. I record in 5 min. intervals, and with the touch of a button, I can save/protect the most recent clip from erasure/overwriting.

    The biggest complaint I have of the Papago models is that the menu and button combination for each is different, hence remembering which button does what on which model is sometimes confusing. Otherwise, each was easy to set-up and is easy to use, as I rarely have a need to change settings.
     
  25. klasipca

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    So A119 is up for pre order

    http://www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_392248.html

    I am contemplating on it, the sensor kind of sucks actually, so not a huge leap forward over Mini 0806. Btw, after having dashcams (before the term even widely existed) for over 10 years, it finally came useful for the first time where I had to prove the damage was done to my car while it was in the dealer shop.
     
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  26. CaptureYourAction

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    Actually the GS98C is not a capacitor camera. The C just means is has the A7LA70 chipset. Dome doesn't make any dash cameras with a capacitor at the moment.
     
  27. SoCal

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    I'm using one of those garmins, pretty good so far

    A friend has one in his car also captures pretty good at speed

     
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  28. Bradmph

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    G1W capacitor version. Something is going on with it, as it starts it is not booting completely, but the blue light is on. It seems to be ok when connected to the computer. I haven't had time to fuss with it, perhaps the memory card or something. Anyone else with this issue on a G1W like this, please give me a hint. :.)
     
  29. CaptureYourAction

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    Next time you go to start your car, unplug the camera first, then plug it back in after car has started. If that does work, try it a few times to confirm it wasn't a fluke and reort back.
     
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    Bradmph Getting the hang of it

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    I have tried unplugging from the lighter adapter and from the camera, as well as held down the on button to try a force on. I also have hit the reset button. The only thing I have not done yet is replace the memory card that is installed, but I have removed it and replanted it. Sort of frustrating since it appears to want to start, but then fails. It is not that old and I probably used it softly for a couple months when it started acting up.
    I may bring it back into house and plug it back into computer to make another try at start up. I don't think I have corrupted any files on the camera.

    I have been looking at a couple new cameras also.
    This one has great reviews at 4.5 stars 299 reviews on Amazon
    Lightdow LD4000 1080P HD Sports Action Camera Bundle with DSP:NT96650 Chip, 1.5-Inch LPS-TFT LCD,170° Wide Angle Lens and Bonus Battery (Black)

    517VxUzkQIL._SL500_SL135_.jpg $42.88


    This one is 5 stars with 21 reviews
    SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi Action Camera FHD 1080P H.264 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens Camcorder with Waterproof Case Accessories for Outdoor Sports

    51nBaTo-LsL._SL500_SL135_.jpg $89.99

    Both are water proof as well which is a sweet addition for other usage.
     
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