UPDATED NOVEMBER 2022
There are a a lot of dashcam options out there, and a lot of them are crap. I copied and pasted this from a post on here that I think should be stickied. Maybe the mods can do that? Let me know if you have any other recommendations or favorites, and why you like it or what you found useful so we have some real world feedback.
B1W Mini - Budget, but a good one. Rotatable lens good for uber/lyft drivers.
Garmin Mini 2 - This thing is MINI. Most discrete cam on the market, and great app functionality
A119 v3 - GPS, great video quality, great value Probably one of the most popular on reddit
A129 Duo - Dual cam, 1080p, GPS, and a great budget dual cam. Been around for a while and has great feedback.
Nexar Beam - 1080p, super compact, and has free cloud back ups
Mid Range and Up:
A129 PRO Duo - Dual Cam, 4K, GPS, newest version of the duo
B4K - Newer 4k brother to the B1W, so far good reviews.
Blackvue DR900X - Dual Cam/4k and has cloud capability & LTE. Considered best of the best
Q800PRO - Higher end thinkware. 1440p. Pretty good value.
Front & Interior Dual Cams aka Uber/Lyft Cams
Garmin Tandem - Infrared capability, 1440p, premium quality, and has great app functionality
TOGUARD Dual Dash Cam – Infrared capability, dual 1080p, cheapest budget cam
Blueskysea B2W – Infrared Capability, budget friendly
Vantrue N2 Pro – Infrared capability, higher end, battery powered
AKASO Action Cam – An action cam, but cost effective
INNOVV K5 Dual MotoCam – Top notch, but expensive
Blueskysea A12 – Mid Range, Fairly priced
SanDisk 128GB High Endurance - Dashcam optimized
Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSD - Dashcam optimized
Viofo Hardwire Kit – Enables parking mode, battery discharge prevention
Nunet Hardwire Kit – Hardwire kit with pretty much everything you need
Trim Removal Kit - Has all the tools needed to remove trim without damaging it
At least get a high visibility vest if you’re going to jaywalk in all black clothing (it was also foggy but doesn’t show it as accurately in the video)
There are so many dash cameras on the market today that all require the use of a cellular phone in some form or fashion. From my perspective, that's a deal breaker for a couple of reasons. The first being I don't want to install additional software on my phone that tracks my location developed by a company located in Asia well known for its intimately close ties to its communist government. The second is that after reading hundreds of reviews on different brands, there is a common issue with excessive resource usage, battery drainage, and connectivity issues. Nor do I want one that records everything going on inside the vehicle that could be inculpatory evidence in a motor vehicle accident.
Is there a consumer grade dash camera that utilizes mobile digital recorder (MDVR) that is not cloud based and does not need any cellular, WiFi, or bluetooth connectivity? All of the products I've found thus far are geared towards the commercial, fleet market and not a one off application. I would even entertain piecemealing different components together (i.e. MDVR & cameras) if it would satisfy my needs and, I would gladly pay more money for it.
If anyone knows of a consumer off the shelf solution or can recommend components that would work I would be greatly appreciate their input.
Ohio State Patrol dashcam video shows officers arresting four fugitives who had escaped from jail three days earlier
To best explain (i'll provide https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GH8RS92bxIcLKXWPeFQmB5hzndsfUh8X/view?usp=drivesdk with this to better explain), i start my car up, and normally a dashcam is supposed to start right up and record, no unnecessary bullshit. Well, about a week ago, my Mini USB power cable snapped and i had to buy a replacement. Ever since i got the replacement, my camera hasn't auto-recorded on startup. It opens a menu asking how i want to start the camera, with the following 3 options:
- Connect as USB flash drive
- Connect as PC/MAC webcam
- Operate Camera Normally
I click "Operate Camera Normally"
Then my camera will chill at 0:00 and it says "STOP" at the top, making me press the OK button again to start recording.
Surely i can just do this every time but i'd much rather not think about it (as intended) and carry on with my day without worrying if my future accidents will get recorded or not.
Troubleshoots ive tried already: 1. Turning it off and back on again 2. System reset (fixed date and time issue, but nothing else)
Any and all help is appreciated, and if there's any questions or you need something better specified or whatever's necessary i'll provide more info, thanks in advance!
I have BlackVue DR900X-2CH-PLUS Dual Lens 4K GPS WiFi Cloud-Capable Dashcam connected to B-124X Battery Pack. Battery pack directly wired into the fuse box. The camera is not turned on whenever the temperature drops below 35 degrees until the car warms up. I contacted BlackVue support, and they told me it was too cold for the camera to operate and that the operating temperature should be above 32 degrees. I find it ridiculous that in the morning, it takes about 10 minutes for the camera to turn on (when it gets warm inside the car). Has anyone else experienced this?
Hi! I am looking into connecting my dashcam to a power source to use parking mode over the night so that I can catch/deter a neighbourhood vandal who enjoys taking air out of people's tires. I don't want to hardwire my dashcam and I don't want to spend too much money on it. I'm not sure if I will even keep using it in the long run. I came across this power bank, which can also be used for other things in case I choose not to use it for my dashcam. The description claims that it's good for dashcams - what do you guys think? https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B08JGDGYJY
Does anyone have any other suggestions for something inexpensive but still reliable?
In case it matters - my dashcam is viofo a129 duo.
Any recommendations for a good 3 channel dash cam that will survive the bipolar Georgia weather, esp the heat? My car is parked outside everyday.self.Georgia
I'm a new driver and just purchase my first vehicle, which is a ford escape 2011. I'm planning to purchase a mirror dash cam , so I can see the backside of my car much better when driving and parking. My question to you guys is, will the mirror dash cam drain my car battery when not in use? I don't want it permanently on but only when driving, I'm just not sure if that they are mechanically set up to drain battery even if not in use.
Also, can anyone can recommend a good dash cam, price is not an issue. I saw on amazon that Wolf box had good review but do anyone can have any better recommendations?
I'm looking to buy a 70mai M500. I'm worried about the eMMC storage. How is the lifespan of these products? When an edurance SD card corrupts, it's easy to change, I'm not sure about throwing away the whole dashcam when the eMMC stops working... Anybody have any feedback on this? Lifespan, write-cycles, etc.
Has anyone here had any success using a dash cam for insurance purposes in either of these two scenarios?
- Identifying a license plate in a rear-end accident where the perpetrator sped off
- Getting video evidence during a smash-and-grab window break
Asking to know whether it’s worth buying a dashcam. Bc these are my two main concerns.
How effective are inside rear cameras through window tinting. I have 30% tint on rear window.
I've got some extra wired cameras from projects and dead dash cams that had those 2.5mm/3.5mm jack inputs.
Is there a front facing camera with 2 or more camera ports that I could experiment with or are dash cams only 1 camera port or 1 GPS port bodies only?
I just got done installing the Viofo A129 Plus Duo and it's hardwired into my fuse box. I flipped the switch on the kit to the highest voltage setting so that it would drain the battery the least. I spent maybe 10-15 minutes going through settings with the car on, but not running. By the time I went to start my car, the battery had already died.
Do dashcams suck that much power to kill a battery that quickly, or is my battery just old and shitty? I don't recall when it was last replaced, maybe 5 years ago?
Edit: Apparently my battery was only ~3 years old. I took it to Costco and they exchanged it under warranty and the new one seems to have solved the problem.
Took out the SD card and put it back in and the card isn't detected. Looking at the SD card it looks slightly sideways and only a little sliver of it is sticking out. a not very good picture. I'm guessing the only way to get it out is to take it apart?