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 Post subject: Car dash cameras.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:12 pm 
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Hi,

For a while I've thought of buying a car dash camera thinking it would be useful?



I've just got round to seriously looking at these cameras. Many times whilst out driving I've had near misses and seen some atrocious driving by other motorists; driving head on towards me at my side of the road and some passing at high speed crossing double white lines because I was adhering to the speed limit; passing our local schools during the school run really does warrant having such a camera in the car?

Any suggestions please; I've watched the video above to get a general idea but these cameras have now caught my interest.

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It would certainly stop anyone making suprious claims against you - usually behind your back AFTER any event and directly to the insurers.

Could also be used against you if 'you' are the guilty party but honesty is the best policy anyway.

I'm seriously considering getting one myself especially for our 10 miles of single track road where I've lost count of the number of occasions I've been forced into the verge by inconsiderate drivers.

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I know a few of us here have the Nextbase 402G - seems to get good reviews and I'm pleased so far with it. Shop around for the best price, I think I paid about £120

http://www.nextbase.co.uk/product/in-ca ... fessional/

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I've got the transcend drivepro 100; does everything I need, 1080P ... 130 degree viewing angle, the G-sensor is rubbish though.

I got mine on offer from Currys for £52 ish you should be able to pick one up for less than £ 70... unlike a lot of other cameras the Transcend includes a micro sd card (16GB) in the purchase price. Most cameras don't.

Example from my Dashcam..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUuJLxWe4CM

There is another thread on this site somewhere where UHM has a video of footage from the camera Darrenba recommends..

I'll see if I can find it.

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This thread I think..

dashcam-footage-t82195-15.html

Note my comment about the lack of smoothness of the 402g on cornering..

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I work for a vehicle camera / recording and tracking system importer / developer.
Our systems are high end commercial systems mainly fitted to HGVs with 'professional system prices' so I won't bother with a link however I might be able to help with any questions.
Remember to include the price of having a system professionally fitted by an auto electrician if you are not comfortable removing and refitting a load of vehicle trim panels and splicing into vehicle electrics. The cheapest systems just plug into the cigarette lighter socket and stick to the window tom tom style with the associated wires dangling all over the dashboard tom tom style. They also look like a tom tom at quick glance from outside the vehicle and may therefore invite a brick through the window from someone trying to steal what they think is a tom tom. Professionally fitted dearer systems can be very discretely fitted.
Read the specifications carefully. Terminology may be different from what you are used to eg. picture recording quality... D1 is a reasonable quality picture. HD1 does not mean High Definition it means Half the quality of D1.

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I got the Mi Vue ( navman) from Halfords and the biggest load of rubbish I've ever wasted my money on.

Having had problems with navman in the past I swore I would never buy anything Navman again, and didn't realise it was until I got home, ( should have taken it straight back)..

It refuses to record for anything over an hour trip and just keeps turning off, even the replacement, ( which was now reduced by £50) ::b has the same problem.

Got the Nextbase 402G in Curries £129 at the moment (no card though) and it recorded the complete journey from Littlehampton to Bath in storm Frank :lol: Certainly an eventful trip with strong winds, gales and flooding.

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Hi,

http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Home-&-Leisure/cat/CCTV-&-Security/subcat/Journey-Recorders

I've just bought the camera you recommend wine~o as it looks good value. Thank you. I could have bought the more expensive Nextbase camera but I think this will have lots of programs included that I don't really need. I already have a Garmin SatNav so both these should suit; I can always upgrade if I so wish at a later date. I like ebuyer because prices are competitive and I can pay by PayPal. It comes with card and free delivery; I did check before buying that it can be upgraded to a 32 GB card. :salute:

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I love your driving wine~o the sort of impatient type I'd like to push of the road at the earliest opportunity :lol:


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thescruff wrote:
I love your driving wine~o the sort of impatient type I'd like to push of the road at the earliest opportunity :lol:


In which case you are exactly the type of driver that is likely to feature in my video.... :tongue3:

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Hi,

http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Home-&-Leisure/cat/CCTV-&-Security/subcat/Journey-Recorders

I've just bought the camera you recommend wine~o as it looks good value. Thank you. I could have bought the more expensive Nextbase camera but I think this will have lots of programs included that I don't really need. I already have a Garmin SatNav so both these should suit; I can always upgrade if I so wish at a later date. I like ebuyer because prices are competitive and I can pay by PayPal. It comes with card and free delivery; I did check before buying that it can be upgraded to a 32 GB card. :salute:

Kind regards, Col.


I'm sure you won't be disappointed; a couple of points to note.

You Must format the card in the camera before first use; Don't ask how I know.. :oops:

The kit does not include a USB to mini-B cable. I bought one from maplins for 98 pence. the cable enables you to transfer files from the camera to your computer without removing the card..... which can be a faff.

EDIT.. and switch off the "G sensor" otherwise every time you go over the smallest pot-hole it'll save it as a protected file..

EDIT 2.. It will take cards up to 64 Gb micro sd card, needs to be class 6 or better.

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wine~o wrote:
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I love your driving wine~o the sort of impatient type I'd like to push of the road at the earliest opportunity :lol:


In which case you are exactly the type of driver that is likely to feature in my video.... :tongue3:


I'll be sure to let you know if/when I'm in the area. :wink:



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Hi,

Thanks wine~o for the additional information. The "G sensor" will definitely be switched off otherwise all I'll end up with a fixed full card which can't be over written? Not only are the roads around here terrible our Monte is fitted with very low profile tyres; just imagine riding over the many road humps we face each time we go out with the G sensor activated? After driving around Huddersfield I usually return home feeling like one of the nodding dogs? The guy who came up with the idea of speed humps should be arrested for stupidity; they don't slow idiots down but annoy decent motorists. We visit a friend in Rothwell in an area where a few years ago many speed humps appeared they were like mole hills; these humps were so prolific that we cut down our visits; most of the humps have since been removed.

Yesterday whilst leaving Morrison's car park an old guy kitted out in walking gear armed with the usual stick was walking towards me when he suddenly wandered into the road without warning; another couple of yards he would have made the zebra crossing; had I been looking away this guy would have been flattened and of course being the car driver I would have been 120% to blame? Pity I didn't have the camera installed. What's the point of installing pelican crossings and zebra crossings when they are ignored by suicidal pedestrians? ::b

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Wine-O I want to buy this but have one question.

Have you noticed the camera losing the time and date if you leave it for a few days?

I have a cheapo E-Prance I bought from Amazon last year. It seems okay but a few times when I've been away for the weekend and not used my motor I noticed the camera lost the time & date. It's a pain in the arse to have to reset so I don't bother now. I guess the standby battery must be non existent.


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cool im looking to get one of these as theres a massive amount of helmets out there driving nowadays


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