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I was jumping around youtube tonight, and came across a video where people had a dashboard cam facing the drivers direction.
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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">This got me thinking about getting my own dashboard camera for my car when it comes along. I have been looking online in the Amazon website, and have found a number of them...
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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Car Cams On Amazon :http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=car+camera
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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">.. looking at the reviews of most of these cameras, they steer people away for various reasons like poor quality sound, or poor exposure in sunlight, poor battery life... I have read that having a car cam can help in insurance claims (as long as they are seen by the camera of course..:) )

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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">I then moved on to Ebay and found a camera with 140 reviews all commending one specific camera. I have gone ahead and bought it.. and looking at the the spec's... it does 3 nice things that I didnt expect... 1. it automatically turns on with the car ignition, 2. it has a cycle recording method, meaning that I do not have to clear the memory every journey, it will just keep over writing until the time that I tell it to stop. and 3. It has aGe forcesensor, which I can only assume is to log the speeddecreaseof my vehicle, should it be involved in an impact.

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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Spec of camera I bought can be found below.

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bugeye lens with 140° rotary tape
With a display screen of 180° rotary tape, more convenient to capture and record the high resolution videos from a wide angle in various occasions
Built-in 1/3.2" sensitivity mode with low noise and HD, can shoot in dimly lit places</td></tr><tr><td ="item_d1" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 6px;">

Dimension: about 90x53x25mm
LCD display screen size: 2.7LTPS
Lens: 140° A+ high-resolution ultra-wide-angle lens
Recording file format: AVI
Resolution: 1920*1080P (Max.), 1440*1080, 1280*720, 848*480
Recording video formats: H.264 Audio: AAC
Photo format: JPEG
Photo resolution: 12M 4032*3024 (Max.), 10M 3648*2736, 8M 3264*2448, 5M 2592*1944, 3M 2048*1536, 2M 1920*1080, VGA 640*480, 1.3M 1280*960
Standard color effect
Uninterrupted cycle recording, Seamless looping recording, do not leak seconds
Turn on and off with the car, support Automotive ignition boot and Flameout shutdown
Support motion detection, Year, Month, Date, Hour and Minute
Built-in G-sensor
Built-in memory: 64MB
Memory card: TF 32GB (Max.) (which does not come with it, but have ordered from Amazon)
Support Mic and buil-in audio device
Support Infrared night vision (NOTE: Press and hold the power switch key, Turn on or off the machine; Press for a short time, turn on or off the LED and turn on or off the Night Vision function)
Video output: HDMI
Video format: PAL/NTSC
Current frequency: 50Hz/60Hz
USB function: 1, USB-Disk; 2, PC-Camera
Can zoom
Power interface: 5V 800mA
Built-in Lithium battery (Capacity: about 600mAh)
System: Windows2000/XP/Vista/Windows7, MAC OS X 10.3.6 or the newer</td></tr></t></table>
 

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I think car cams can be a good idea although you have to remember that if you make a boo boo and if anything that happens is your fault then it can also be used against you personally.
 

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Will do, the camera should be here by the 18th
, the memory card will be here tomorrow
probably.. and the car will be here in April..
lol...I am taking bets now, on which of these does not arrive on time...



For those of usconsidering car cams, be aware:-


Manual page : 81
"..Do not use the power point longer than
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o not leave devices plugged in
overnight or when the vehicle is parked
for extended periods.
[/i].."





....unless you want to come out to a flat battery the next day..


Edited by: Davis_Zadian
 

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Ok camera arrived today, it's really lightweight, recorded some video around the house, and then played it back by connecting the camera directly to my tv (1080 FULL HD) and got a nice sharp play back. Took the camera out into the garden (for varying light levels) and again played it back with no issues... very sharp playback. I then connected the computer to the camera, and could actually copy the movie files from the camera onto the computer and play them / email them / print still images...

All in all, does the job, very happy with it. Just need to mount it to the car dash.....
 
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