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Old 02-11-2017, 11:21 AM
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Dash-cam advice

Hi folks, I'm seriously thinking of buying one of these.

Can anyone recommend a particular model or give me some tips on what to consider when buying.

Also can these be used as a method of recording track-day action or is that beyond their capability?

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Old 02-11-2017, 11:44 AM
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My 370Z came fitted with a BlackVue model and I have recently seen their front and rear system fitted to a customer's 300ZX. Work well, good picture quality and well respected units.
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:00 PM
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My 370Z came fitted with a BlackVue model and I have recently seen their front and rear system fitted to a customer's 300ZX. Work well, good picture quality and well respected units.
Thanks Mike, what model is your's?

Is it easily removable when parking and leave no tell-tale marks on the windscreen?

Also does it operate automatically or do I have to switch it on each journey?

As you can tell I'm a novice.
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:11 PM
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Both systems I have experience of are hard wired but could be unplugged and removed from their brackets. They are quite discrete so hardly seen up alongside the rear view mirror.
Mine is DR380 or DR-400 - can't remember without taking it out. Older version so probably superceded by now...
Operation is automatic but can be overridden e.g. for track day recording.
More recent versions will Bluetooth recordings to your phone with appropriate app.

From the manual:
High-definition Video
The BlackVue uses high quality mega-pixel lenses, which produce clear and sharp
images even at night.
Smartphone/PC Viewer
The product comes with a PC viewer and applications for smartphones (running on
Android). You can check images easily and customize various settings.
Normal Recording
The product makes a high-definition video recording of all the events while driving.
Parking Mode Recording
The product automatically shifts to the parking mode. If there is no movement of
a vehicle for a certain period of time, the device automatically shifts to the parking
mode; and if the movement of a vehicle continues, the parking mode becomes
automatically deactivated. In the parking mode, only if the camera detects motion
or an impact occurs, recording gets started. (The product is equipped with motion
detection technology developed by Pittasoft, which specializes in IP cameras.)
Event (G-sensor) Recording
If the vehicle is given an impact, the G-sensor built in the BlackVue detects the
impact and starts recording the event.
Sound Recording
The microphone built in the BlackVue records surrounding sounds while recording
video.
Check Images on Various Devices
You can check recorded images on a variety of devices that can play MP4 files.
Refined and Easy-to-Use Design
The BlackVue with its sleek and cylindrical design makes the vehicle's interior look
even better.
In addition, you can easily adjust the camera angle so that it can record the inside
of the car.
Voice Guide
The voice guide provides information about the current status of the BlackVue.
GPS Driving Record GPS models only (DR380G-HD, DR400G-HD, DR400G-HD II )
The built-in high-sensitivity GPS creates a record of the speed and location of the
vehicle at the time of recording. You can check the driving records via BlackVue
software. (when connected to the Internet)
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:36 PM
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Great, thanks Mike.
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:47 PM
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Rob, you could give Kevin Kay a ring (you should have his contact details).

http://www.steel-mate.co.uk/acatalog...Recorders.html
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:20 PM
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I have a RoadHawk Vision SuperHD WiFi dash cam (every now and then they publish a discount code so I got mine for 99 delivered).

I had a cheap cam from Amazon before that (35 without a card if I remember correctly) and that was fine, but it was quite large and it got in the way of the passenger sun visor - so it kept getting knocked out of alignment.

The thing I like about the RoadHawk is that it's so small you can hide it behind the rear view mirror. That's thanks to the fact it has no screen. The clever thing is that you can install an app on your phone to view live video, download clips & stills, etc. You can still remove the card if you want to plug it into your PC but it's a neat thing to be able to do on the fly.

I wrote a mini review here

If you're not bothered about reading the review I would still recommend you have a look at the vid clip I uploaded at the end - some people are just asking for trouble
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:45 AM
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Thanks guys. I 'nearly' bought a Nextbase 512 yesterday from Halfrauds. I get 10% discount there with my Benenden Health account. Anyway when the salesperson said that I needed to buy a mini SD card before it would work I decided to come home and look at some more reviews. However it seems that's the situation with most.

I reckon one day dash-cams will be a feature of smartphones.

Paul - is there anyway I can incorporate my rear view camera?
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Very informative review Paul ... I see the wire from it disappeared upwards somewhere? Down an A pillar to the 12v presumably ...

Seems a compact little fella and really, WHY do you need a screen on one?
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:19 AM
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I like the fact that the ones without a screen can be hidden out of view - like your's Paul and Mr F's.

If you don't have a screen how do you know what you are deleting during 'housekeeping'?
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:59 AM
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Use app on mobile phone or remove SD card and use in a card reader on PC / laptop.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:08 AM
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Pared to the bone single channel Blackvue DR450:

http://www.roadradio.com/BlackVue/DR450-1CH/

Includes 16GB card, upgrades to 126GB.
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I used to use the BlackVue 500 or 550 in the GTR as my track day cams. Brilliant bits of kit and excellent quality video. The only issue was the time frame on the camera and editing the segments together from a track day.

For purely road use, highly recommended
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i have the next base 312gw and its ok, however the parking mode seems to be a bit of a con.
you have to switch parking mode on so if you get bumped while parked up it will switch itself on and start recording which it doesnt do if parking mode isnt switched on!!
annoyingly mine was wired in by halfords themselves and the camera only powers on once i switch the ignition on. my camera on the other hand thinks that the bang it felt when i opened and closed the dirvers door causes it to start recording in parking mode.
the parking mode recordings only last for 30 seconds before switching itself back off.
by this time i would allready have started my car and driven off so the entire journey goes unrecorded because it missed the signal from the igntion to start recording because its allready recording in parking mode triggered by my door opening and closing.

this is a real problem!!
the only way around would be for me to wire the camera into something that becomes live as soon as the car is unlocked so is triggered to switch itself on in normal mode before i open the door and trigger the parking mode.
another thing is 32g memory cards only seem to last around a year in these cameras before going corrupt.
and make sure its not charging all the time as it knackers the internal batteries as i found out that fords cigerette lighters are live all the time as opposed to my bmw i had before.
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Thanks Jimbo - what a pain!
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