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#1 Atasas

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 14:36

Hello folks,

Got myself nice pair of BM wheels (4) and come to conclusion, that I am a good driver, not the others, so I better fit Recorder of some sorts for them sort of occasions.

Looked about and found them not being that popular in UK (dunno why), could be legal nonsense? still I want one!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360828268727

seems to be if not most, near the most popular model worldwide? very cheap, on youtube there are zillions of recording made with those.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230746468294

seems to be well weird for power options and I'm unsure as for recording quality either.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161143408318

wander if one or anyone would be able to distinguish differences/advantages of this unit

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390748324894

Dearest of all, looked at- is it justifiable money to spend?

 

or

something like

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201020416697

interesting alternative?

 

Anyone here uses them sort of recorders, would recommend or slash one or the other for reason?

Thanks for opinions and ideas!




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Posted 17 January 2014 - 15:17

Although it's not a dashcam per se, I really like Canon's VIXIA mini camcorder.

 

If I wanted to film something, I'd want it to be of the best possible quality and the mini VIXIA offers a very potent mix of portability and quality. 

 

P.S. Apparently, it's called LEGRIA mini in Europe.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 16:49

Although it's not a dashcam per se, I really like Canon's VIXIA mini camcorder.

 

If I wanted to film something, I'd want it to be of the best possible quality and the mini VIXIA offers a very potent mix of portability and quality. 

 

P.S. Apparently, it's called LEGRIA mini in Europe.

huh emotions it brought...

I am tight shopper, also sort of money spent on a security of a car... near justifiable, if not really cheap alternatives about

BUT (it is identical to number of raws I had with my missus) for leaving hers Gucci handbag on a seat!- it would be not an security device, but invitation to get window smashed for nice looking camcorder...

The camera is nice, shame couldn't fit the purpose...

 

Still waiting for opinions and suggestions?

Thanks!

 

BTW I am using my tablet for navigation(SatNav), that has no decent camera, but if I was to upgrade to a better one, surely there are apps like time lapse auto recording?... another thought... just like last measure idea, as I would prefer one fitted and forgotten until that time, when needed ...



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:01

Yes, the price of this mini Canon bites a bit unfortunately. It's a premium product.

 

As for the others, the second most important parameter after the HD resolution that you should look for is the width of the angle (the wider, the better). It's the reason why a smartphone is not suitable to be used as a dashcam.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 12:38

Yes, the price of this mini Canon bites a bit unfortunately. It's a premium product.

 

As for the others, the second most important parameter after the HD resolution that you should look for is the width of the angle (the wider, the better). It's the reason why a smartphone is not suitable to be used as a dashcam.

Thanks,

Yes, I suppose you are correct, but, I had a courier dropping something off and I can not kick myself enough for not getting the details of his Android tablet... we had a quick chat, he shown to me 7-8" dual camera  with full SatNav, running at the background and recorder app (time lapsed and something else) having WIFI, FM radio and both digital and analog TV tuners... for no love or money I could find him again, as he has been broker booked  some small firm Courier and since delivery completed- cant find it. I wish I paid better attention and asked about resolution etc...

Somehow, I would prefer, stand alone recorder to fit in a car and  leave it there, just amount of choices and specs claimed or real are so confusing- unsure still what to go for... 



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 22:16

Turns out Chinese Knock off's are some quite good, but the you get knock-off from knock off's- those are bad!

Wide lens is a must for such device, as most of the action cams have...

here's new list, that is being considered and I hope somebody have one or the other to recomend from it?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191001681330

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151187301690

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400363185857

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161123377181

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161143397452

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121208763998

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200960448588

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271361464128

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281130155621

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221087869936

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310752336819



#7 Brian M.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 22:25

I got a BlackVue unit for Christmas (although haven't been able to fit it yet since my car's been in the garage having a gearbox rebuild). People said it was unnecessary however, in november I was inches away from rear ending one of those crash-for-cash scammers who overtook me, and then broke to a halt, got out, checked I hadn't hit him, and then just drove off. If I'd have hit him (thank god for Brembo brakes!) I'd have been "at fault" - and if I had a camera, I'd have probably got one more of them off the road.

The quality of the footage from it is great - the one thing I haven't worked out is where to mount it so that it's not too visible from outside of the car. The last thing I want is for someone to break in to steal the camera! That may also be an issue for you - since some of the chinese ones look quite large.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 22:32

I have one of these mounted on the windscreen behind the rear view mirro with a 12v to 5 v transformer hidden under the header lining which comes on with the ignition.The issue will all this type of DVR is that because the screen is curved they dont allow a straight view of the road ahead unless mounted centrally on the screen.Dont expect much in the way of good video at night though as they all need good light to work properly.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 22:35

You'll want one of the black box ones (i.e. One with GPS and G-Sensors in them), but they all should be much of a muchness in every other way really.



#10 JJ_

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 23:09

Let me point you over to Dashcamtalk. I have a GT300w which is an OEM version of the DoD LS300w dashcam.

 

GT300W.jpg

 

It comes with a suction mount. I believe they have released newer versions such as the GT400, 450 etc with GPS logging. It takes stunning day and night videos and has WDR for night time recording. Check out the videos below and don't forget to click the headers which will take you to YT and switch quality to 1080p

 



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 23:17

Thanks!

Alrighty! .... (NOT)

my brains are fried up now :p

great link JJ_ I mean this http://dashcamtalk.c...cam-comparison/

everything is pointing towards S1W, but is becoming apparent- it is rather inconspicuous...

should I go with smaller unit, at a price of reduced quality?

as money ways I shall set myself a limit £60 ($90), 



#12 JJ_

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 23:28

I would recommend pushing the boat out and going for the GT300w ($100), the average rating of it on dashcamtalk is severely underrated IMO. I would give it a good at the very least or excellent. They have rated the Livue LB100 HD excellent and its price point is very competitive at $120. Whichever dashcam you go for, check Youtube for sample videos, you don't want something than can't make out a numberplate from a few metres away :laugh:



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:04

No thread is complete without a GoPro - it's one of the best universal cameras. You can mount it absolutely anywhere.

 

A friend of mine has jumped with a parachute with it once. He also does kite surfing with it in summer.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:29

I actually have my old HTC Windows Phone plugged in for use as a dash cam.



#15 Nashy

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:15

I have a Gator 1080P.  Can't find them online anywhere to buy though.  I had a non HD cam prior, and it was useless for seeing plates.