dash camera, be careful what you choose.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 17:37
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G'day all

Well my dashcam (F500L) arrived yesterday, and was I excited.

Opened it up had a look at it, then read the poorly written instructions and tried to get it up and running.

Only problem was it wouldn't work.

Once the sd card was inserted the operating buttons did not respond, or work.

Went onto the Dashcam forum and it seems others are having the same problem, but no-one has got a solution yet.

I will contact the supplier soon and see what he has to say.

Anyone here had a similar problem?

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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 17:56

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 17:56
BooBoo Hi,
Try holding the SD card in place (correct way around). If proper contact is not made She not work.
That was the problem with mine, after about 17 e-mails was replaced.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:53

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:53
G'day Michael

Just tried that, and nothing changed.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:02

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:02
My wife and I have the same cheapy Ebay dash cam, work well when working but sometimes they lock up, wont overwrite and the SD card fills up and stops! On the weekend both of them said memory error. Most of the instructions are almost useless. These are only $40 cameras but are ok for the money. Bought these because they are tiny! I will see how they go, if they don't settle, I will buy decent ones. Having said that, the first one is 12months old and I have had to reset 3 times. The thing with new technology is newcomers to the market get better and better in a short period of time. Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:57

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:57
G'day Michael

The cam I have was about $107 and got a very good wrap on the dashcamtalk site.

Hopefully it will be a simple fix.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:47

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:47
hi boo boo
has it occurred to you that the good wrap may have been placed on the net by the salesman selling them ??
there's a lot of that goes on
cheers
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Follow Up By: mike g2 - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 23:41

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 23:41
Agree- be wary of good reports on net, they may be directly or indirectly supported by sales division . some cheaper products are wannabee, knock offs or copy of the better thing-good example has been my Neopad tablet-had a lot of trouble with operating software and getting it to connect to internet. took several emails, reboots, reload to get it to work.
agree with buy within Aust if poss as you do have enforceable statutory rights.
buying off net can be good and bad-many stories of rip offs and scammers now-
friend at work told me story- someone bought a transam from USA off net for $10,000 US and got sent a toy car (matchbox) lookalike.
MG.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 09:12

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 09:12
this may be a silly question but did you try changing the read only switch on the SD card?

Also agree with Mazcan.

Our windscreen camera hasn't hickuped and works a treat. No name and cheap from China. But I had to change the SD card.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:49

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:49
G'day Mazcan

I don't think so.

The site recommends basically provides good and bad points on a number of dashcams.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:55

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:55
g,day Phil

OK, I moved a little white switch on the sd card and I think I am making progress.

I still have to figure out how to playback etc, but I'll do that in a little while.

By the way the switch made the screen come up with "write protect".

Is that what you were trying to acheive?

Thanks for the help, very much appreciated.

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:37

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:37
I was hoping that the card would load/ Have a look at it with Windows Explorer or something like it to see if there are any files on the card. Put the switch back to write enabled.

I can't help from here mate.

Ask the seller.

Phil
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:03

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:03
Yep, me too.

I bought one from China through AliExpress. It worked sort of OK then froze and wouldn't respond no matter what I did.

So I bought one of these from Jaycar:

QV3793 Dashcam

I had to upgrade the Firmware and software to make it work with the current Google maps, but that was easy. All the instructions were on the Jaycar website. There was also a slight jerkiness in playback. I got on the phone to Jaycar and we worked out that it was an issue with the software and 64 bit Windows. So they will organise a revision to the software to deal with that.

The point is, there was backup, support and a warranty from within Australia. I was definitely on my own with the device I bought from Aliexpress.

There are other brands, Garmin and Navman, sold through Harveys and Dickies too.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:01

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:01
GB

Yep live and learn. If I can't get this one fixed I will definitley look at an aussie distributor.

Thanks.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:44

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:44
hi boo boo
I bought a navig8r dash-cam from the good guys for $78
and the 32 gb sd card cost $39 at the time from dse on special
the d/cam was very easy to set up and worked really well it had a movement sensor feature as well which I used to film my pet budgie playing with an egg cup and ping-pong balls
and then a week later used it on the dash on a trip to perth it was very stable on rd and I was happy with thus far but you couldn't read number plates like the advert claimed
but unfortunately that day while I was at theperth 4wd show a druggie smashed the front window and stole everything he could find that was hidden out of sight including the dash-cam so I never did get to play the footage back apart from reviewing footage of my budgie which was very clear prior to going to perth
the d/cam had a very good windscreen bracket was stable and easy to use with a swivel screen and camera feature and when I can afford another will replace it
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Follow Up By: Dingojim - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 05:18

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 05:18
Hi Mazcan and all. Like you I bought A navig8or, mine was the HD, and like you was unimpressed by the lack of detail recorded. I reckon the shonky bas*ards digitally enhanced the promotional video. It's not the first time I've done my dough on garbage, and probably not the last, but I do derive a certain satisfaction from giving this type of crap an ultra negative wrap on the Aust. Product Review site. A tip with some of these devices is to set them up before you put the sd card in. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:59

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:59
Mazcan I did look at the navig8tor in the good guys and could have got it for $63.

But thought the F500L was a better setup. LOL

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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:35

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:35
dont forget onsitecamera.

they have footage on youtube, and the vision is crystal clear, both day and night.
and australia backup too.
OI OI OI ha ha ha

some of the footage... oh my, how some cant drive !!
one bloke stops on the freeway in front of a SEMI..
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:02

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:02
Mate I did look at that site, but went on the recommendation of the dash cam site.

Bugger.
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:50

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 19:50
Boo Boo,
if you want an inexpensive dash cam that is the most reliable then here is the LINK You can decide for yourself.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 20:23

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 20:23
RA, I bought the 4th one on that list, the GS1000 Orange Menu.

A DUD.

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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:08

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 21:08
We got one of those models, (GS 1000 Orange) after same research. Apart from the G-sensor locking too many files, it seems to be doing the job. Turned the G-Sensor off, the combination of Toyota ride and SA roads, even at setting 1, quickly locked the files up to 1 gig. Haven't rechecked on the PC yet to see how it has been working but the light keeps flashing, the beeps for on-off work, so assume all is OK. Using a 8Gb card, rating ten, as they recommend a minimum level 6 card. Set to 5 minutes file and on the PC, looks to have a seemless switchover. Uses the slightly lower than maximum setting. Night use is not great in the city but as we don't do much night driving, not much of a bother either. Audio fair, but records our conversations and more importantly, picks up the UHF-CB radio audio. Would be happy to never need it until we want to record some portion of our own trips.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 06:15

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 06:15
Gone Bush,
Did you read all the known faults with the camera and that there is a cheap copy.

Here is the LINK
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 08:30

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 08:30
Yes RA, I had a good look into it all.

I chose the vendor suggested by Dashcamtalk and asked a few questions on that Forum before buying, so I was confident.

The device always ran hot, the Jaycar one doesn't.

As I said, I'll put it down to experience.
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Reply By: KennyBWilson - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:28

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:28
I had some cheap sd cards that didnt like to work also i always but the class 10 cards also i accidently locked the card which cant be written on
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:28

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:28
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned or if it will help...

Have you formatted the card and if so try formatting it using SD Formatter. Have you tried another memory card? I had a problem with a card that was an ULtra, for what ever reason the camera did not like it, I replaced it with a normal 32g and it worked fine.

I recently purchased a dashcam, I was originally looking a something cheap, but decided to spent the money and get a decent one. I wanted it to work when it needed to and given that the cheapies can be hit and miss it may just let you down when you need it most. Heat is also an issue with these dashcams and I don't think the cheaper ones will not last long in summer.

I ended up getting an Itronics IBT 100HD, it comes with a 32g card supplied. The quality is excellent and has the best night footage IMHO and feel it is well worth the money.
You could probably get it cheaper online, but I went with a local distributor who has been fantastic.



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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:05

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:05
evaredy

I formatted the card in the dashcam.

Sorry, but I don't know what a formatter is.

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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:13

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 16:13
SD Formatter is a program designed to format memory cards,
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/

Have you tried another card?

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