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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16GB-Dual-Car-Camera-True-HD-720P-H-264-Dash-DVR-Video-Camera-Recorder-Crash-Cam-/230981629743?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item35c793f72f

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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.

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

 

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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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Thanks!

Alrighty! .... (NOT)

my brains are fried up now :p

great link JJ_ I mean this http://dashcamtalk.com/dash-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

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

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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.

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Thanks all for the help... but no thanks, as again- I backed myself in to the corner and absolutely clueless as what are the priorities... (apart from, that I really need one)

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

That's interesting!

  • (@ Dot Matrix) would footage of it be about to see the actual quality of recordings? (I mentioned already,  contemplating fitting tablet with 2.0mp+ camera and full navigation app) to fit such purpose, as it would mean need to take it out every time, hence no more worries about smashed windows. What apps you use on a phone( I assume its Android HTC)?
  • ( @ Brian M.) Decent DashCam DVR is kind of off the table, knowing problems with theft...
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  • ( @ arachnoid) So so units, do not inspire for recording quality (especially at night) + majority are rather big (@ JJ_)
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  • ( @ +zhiVago) Small cameras (as action cameras or universal) do not necessary cater for convenience (as might need to take them out, because of a cost/theft) nor majority is good for night footage
  • ( @ Nashy ) which one? http://www.lasoo.com.au/category/vehicle-security-supplies.html?refresh=1390139208709.

 

I was sure to be clever enough....

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I tried going down the route of using my iPhone as a dash cam but the picture wasn't stable in my iPhone mount and I was worried about effect of the constant writes videos would have to its 16gb memory which was a problem itself because videos were constantly being cut short due to memory being full. This is when I decided to go for a dedicated dash cam.

 

When I was shopping around for a dash cam, my priorities in ascending order were; something that could take decent & stable day/night video & wasn't a nightmare to install/uninstall. In an ideal world it would be good to leave the cam installed in my car but I wouldn't want to risk it getting stolen which would happen at some point no doubt. You mention the cam I have is big, it's not really. It tucks under the rear view mirror nicely (skip to 3 minute mark in video below)

 

 

http://www.foxoffer.com/gt300w-full-hd-1080p-car-dash-camcorder-video-recorder-dvr-p-499.html

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Thanks!

Techmoan.com could possibly save my sanity... Hopefully?

 

Impressed! kind of fits the bill, as it is rather superb footage cam, shame about the size and price...

 

very strong contender, none the less  Ls430W  Vs heck cheaper S1W Vs SJ100 Vs Mobilus cam or... Vs Dual cam?

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I've not heard of those alternatives but you know which one I'm gonna recommend and it's only because I've had good personal experience with it, the GT300w. The LS430w in that review was just to show you how small the thing is because you thought it was big. I would rather pay for a decent cam than get a cheap one to find out it doesn't fit the bill then shell out more money to get a decent cam.

 

LS430w vs GT300w, the only difference between these is the former has built in GPS and logs your journey co-ords whereas the latter doesn't. I personally didn't have the option to go for the LS430w back when I brought my cam because it wasn't out then but if I had the choice, I'd still go for what I have because I don't feel the need for GPS.

 

Couple of downsides in my experience

 

-the suction mount doesn't stick well to the windscreen in the winter so either warm up your car beforehand or warm up the suction part in front of your heater for 5-10 seconds before attaching it.

 

-there have been a couple of occasions where the cam gave an error and wouldn't (memory full). That's easily overcome if you regularly delete your old recordings or format the card in the cam. I have a 64gb cam so only delete my recordings every few weeks

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thanks for not giving up on me!

(another day wasted, searching, reading watching videos)...

 

I stand corrected! and very importantly- must be careful to get original, not a knock off!

 

GT300W #

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2k+ sold :woot: at the end of the day it boils down to what you need. I don't think you will go wrong with the DoDs and the G1W looks like a good alternative on a budget

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i brought the GS1000 a few days ago, just waiting for delivery.

its not something that you really need, but its one of those things that could save you if you get into an accident or somebody bangs your car for fun

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i brought the GS1000 a few days ago, just waiting for delivery.

its not something that you really need, but its one of those things that could save you if you get into an accident or somebody bangs your car for fun

 

Indeed!

 

My difficulty is not recognition of the fact, that DashCams or cams on car is absolute necessity these days, it is- I've gone a tad anal in researching in to what they are and can not make myself to buy one... (I think I'll have to get two)....

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2k+ sold :woot: at the end of the day it boils down to what you need. I don't think you will go wrong with the DoDs and the G1W looks like a good alternative on a budget

You should check figures for Mobius & 808#16 (as in total) sales from genuine product sales people... hope it will make sense as why I am still undecided as what I want

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You need to double check reviews on those rear view mirror type are usually made for left hand drive cars and will not adjust enough to give straight view on a right hand drive vehicle if the lens is offset to one side.

 

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Heres a site I came across previously that has reviews and videos on several types

http://www.techmoan.com/

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