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    I am looking for a dash cam and what they cost and what features they have etc.

    Any decent ones you have seen/used?
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  • #2
    Hey Shaun, i've had my share of "Dash Cams" and quite frankly most of them suck unless you buy the ultra expensive ones, I personally have a Sony Action Cam 4k (car accessory kit coming this week)
    I bought in Japan last year for about $400.00 does all the stuff i need it to, but on the same proviso i've tried an app on my phone (Android) called CaroO Pro i've found it very good and a lot cheaper than a physical device, as your Mobile phone already contains all of the gyroscopes/sensors that a dash cam has (if not more) that's my 2 cents worth anyway.

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    • #3
      I agree , its hard to find a decent quality HD camera for under $200 that is GPS enabled. we tried an $80 ebay one which had front and rear cams. works great till you try and save a file onto your PC , then it locks up and goes crazy.
      if you buy an ebay unit ensure the seller knows the product , backs it up and speaks english , many dont care once they have your money.

      JB HiFi have a few in the $100 - $200 range , at least you can take them back if they are rubbish.
      2016 GX , in White

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      • #4
        Personally, I've used the following cams.

        G1WH
        Mini 0805

        I've bought 7 of the G1WH, not because they're bad but because the family thought it was so handy that I bought 2 for the parents, 1 for my sister and 4 for myself (1 for each car). It's very basic dash cam with no GPS but it's with the correct firmware picture quality is good enough so that you can make out number plates. I picked these up for about $50-$60 delivered on Gearbest about 3-4 years ago.

        Recently I picked up a couple of Mini 0805 to replace the dying G1WH unit in 1 of my car's. This unit is exposed to direct sunlight during summer and the heat is what kills them. Not the unit itself, but the internal battery inside the cam. I've had the Mini 0805 for 6 months and it's what I'm currently using in my Fortuner. Picture quality is better than the G1WH, however, I reckon longevity with this unit is going to be an issue due to the way it mounts to the windscreen.

        I generally pick a unit suggested by the DashCamTalk website, since they specialise in Dashcams.
        https://dashcamtalk.com/best-dash-cams-of-2016/
        Last edited by dandin; 22-11-2016, 09:20 AM.

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        • #5
          Recomend Blackvue dash cams. Small, unobtrusive, can run full time, depending on level bought can have GPS tracking and Smartphone connect, and rear camera options. run on a SD card loop but save any incidents to file for review on PC. Retail from $250.00 > $650.00

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FULLSCALE View Post
            Recomend Blackvue dash cams. Small, unobtrusive, can run full time, depending on level bought can have GPS tracking and Smartphone connect, and rear camera options. run on a SD card loop but save any incidents to file for review on PC. Retail from $250.00 > $650.00
            How does one wire dashcam full time without draining the battery?

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            • #7
              You can get hardwire kits from ebay that have a cut-off for when the batter is less than 12v. Just search for "dash cam hard wire"

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              • #8
                My Blackvue 650 2 channel is wired to the second battery. It will take about 3 years for it to drain that big sucker.

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                • #9
                  Hey all. I don't know much about dash cams, but curious to know if there's any dash cams with GPS tracking, that have the ability to zoom in things, (like number plates of idiots who cut off 4wdrivers & those towing vans or trailers). Or should I be thinking about things like action cameras?

                  My son has a Navman Mivue730 which has GPS, but he said it doesn't zoom in. Thoughts / ideas?

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                  • #10
                    I don't think there's any consumer grade dashcam with number plate zoom yet, maybe in distant future. I recommend budget mini0806, Blackvue or recent Aukey DR2D with capacitor instead of lithium batteries inside. Factor in cost for a good microSD card as well.

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                    • #11
                      Anthony most dashcams have GPS tracking in them, even the dirt cheap ones which will provide the coordinates of your location. As for zooming, you will need video editing software to do this. No dashcam on the market presently allows real time zoom.

                      You can download the footage to your computer, play it to see the coordinates and various other things (depending on dashcam brand) and use what ever video editing or playback software you have to zoom etc.

                      Cheers

                      Josh

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the info.

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                        • #13
                          For those interested, I just found a Navman Mivue 730 GPS dash cam "on sale" on the JB Hi-Fi website for $103.20, (down from $159.00). Needless to say they got my money... But you'll need a Micro SD card for it. The maximum capacity it will take being 128gb.

                          According to their web-site, the sale ends 18 Feb., & they've 20% off a few dash cams.

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                          • #14
                            I would recommend blackvue dash cams. They are a little bit expensive but you get what you pay for

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