Dash Cam

Submitted: Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 11:34
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Im interested in purchasing a dash cam for my vehicle and would be interested in any feedback regarding what brands to buy.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 15:25

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 15:25
How much do you want to spend.
I have used Blackvue cameras for 6 years in several countries and apart from minor battery problems have had no troubles. Used in temps from -10C in Canada to 40+ in Texas and here at home
Have usually bought mine from Korean sellers.
I have a DR500GW-HD and a new DR450GW-HD in the rear of my wagon Front one has WIFI like Pinkos but I rarely use it as nothing nasty has happened to me.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 16:35

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 16:35
Blackvue three years old with no problems.
I can view video and audio on iPhone or iPad wirelessly and save those files.
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Reply By: Zippo - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 19:43

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 19:43
Recommend you have a look at https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/ too, for unbiased reviews/comparisons of pretty much everything on the market. Many peeps find the mounting/visibility/cosmetic considerations as important as performance. I'm a function-over-form type myself.

Had a Chinese cheapie for a couple of years, daytime vision was OK but poor at night. Upgraded to a StreetGuardian SG9665GC over a year back, cheese-and-chalk, v.good daytime and best I've seen for night-time. YMMV.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 20:43

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 20:43
No parking mode killed it for me
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 19:53

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 19:53
Choice have just published a review and assessment of over 20 different dashcams. Leader of the pack was the DOD LS470W.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 20:46

Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 20:46
Cant read it as not a member can you post a list in order of goodness please. Dod are Ok if you get a genuine one but would be the most copied camera on the market and some of them are shocking.
Dont like untidy suction mounts Bvu is much tidier

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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 08:47

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 08:47
Another vote for Blackvue.

We have a cheapie in the Toyota and a Blackvue DR650S-2CH Dash Cam Wifi-GPS Dual Channel in the house car. We also have a second mount for the blackvue is the Toyota so that we can move it to the Toyota for long trips.

The Blackvue far exceeds the cheapie in all respects including WiFi and parked mode.

A point that is not always considered is the size and shape. The Blackvue is vary hard to see from outside the car as it sits right up and behind the rear view mirror on both cars.

The cheapie is a real nuisance because it is below the mirror, easy to see and sits right in my view when looking to the left at intersections to see if cars are coming. It will go in the rubbish one day Grrrrrrr. But we can't afford a seconsd one yet and the house car has priority.

I really don't know how people drive safely with phones and navigation gizmos simply stuck on the windscreen. They just get in the way in traffic and looking right and left. You wuld have to be blind to not see them. It will go one day and most likely in traffic. Rip it off and throw it in the back!!!!

You really do get what you pay for.

Phil

Edits gallore - I should read before hitting th "Submit" button.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:34

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:34
I agree fully with Phil,

I started off with a cheapie Mini 805 ($149) and had problems with it from the beginning. The picture quality was good, but it would display an error at random stating "a file is corrupted, do you wish to overwrite?" This was a PITA and detracted from what was otherwise a reasonable solution. I returned it to the supplier to check, but it still persisted with the error and the recording function stopped until the error had been acknowledged.

I then purchased a Blackvue DR650GW ($349 RRP) and it just does what it should. No problems, excellent quality picture and the option to download and view recordings via an app on my smart phone, or copy the files to a PC to view and save for future reference.

The Mini 805 has been "retired" to the junk pile.

As Phil says, "You get what you pay for".
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Reply By: garrycol - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:31

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:31
I have a Mini Cam 0826 on the front window and a Minicam 0805 on the rear. A quarter of the price of the expensive Blackvue models with similar performance both day ad night.

Is small, cost effective and performs very well.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:39

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 10:39
Garry,

As I have mentioned above in Phil's reply, my Mini 805 was a piece of crap and the supplier, (a well known Australian distributor) couldn't overcome the error problem and wouldn't replace it.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 15:19

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 15:19
Well I cannot dispute your experience but I have an 0805 in the front of one vehicle, a 0805 in the back of my daily driver and a 0826 in the front of my daily driver and they have been faultlessly.

Did you have a genuine 0805 or a knockoff - there are a lot of these about. Reputable dealers who sell Blackvue normally sell genuine MiniCams and will honour warranties etc.

The MiniCams certainly match the Blackview in quality but maybe miss a couple of functions.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:42

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:42
Two functions that I use often are not in the Mini Cam. Park mode and WiFi.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 19:13

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 19:13
Park mode is available on later models - why do you need WiFi? If I need to view video in the car I just plug my phone into the HDMI port.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 19:57

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 19:57
Edited.

You like the Mini Cam - I prefer the Blackvue. Lets not start an argument. Okay. Cheers.

Phil
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 23:08

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 23:08
No argument - one point you made does not apply to current models and just curious why you need wifi on a dash cam.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 01:04

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 01:04
Im lazy and never take the cards out much as nothing ever seems to happen.

Usually put it in the PC and just wipe the contents of the record folder. Havent bothered to pair my new phone to the 500
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 08:23

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 08:23
I must admit Tom that I prefer to leave the cards alone. They are not what I would call a secure and reliable memory. While we do not have any smart phones I wouldn't want to be limited to just the cards if and ever we get one.

PS Las Vegas!! We are there next year, Inside passage, Rocky train and trains all from LA, SF, NY and Wash. 7 weeks.

Merry Christmas mate.

Phil
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Reply By: Jackolux - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:00

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:00
My 0805 has been faultless $115 delivered , you were unlucky Bill you obviously got a dud they should of replaced it
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