Blackvue dashcam

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    Having just forked out a significant chunk of money on the new motor I want to have some protection/piece of mind from some of the idiots out there or maybe help someone out by fitting a dashcam

    I like the idea of the BMW advanced eye 2.0.
    I see that it retails in the mid-high £200 region, I have asked a couple of BMW stealers!! for a supply and fit price and have barely got comfortable in the seat discussing the matter with them having been quoted £475 upwards.
    £200+ to fit REALLY ??

    looking around I have seen and read some good reports on the Blackvue range, front and rear cameras are slightly cheaper in price to the BMW system and can get it hard wired albeit by Halfrauds! for a far more acceptable price of £30 or so. I had the camera in my previous car installed by them and was quite happy with the job.

    Does anyone have any comments good/bad/indifferent about the two systems.
    the other thing that puts me off the BMW system is its size, whilst it is smaller than the first incarnation of the BMW system it is still hardly a discreet system, the Blackvue isn't the smallest but does in my opinion appear less obvious from the outside

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    I recently had an Auto Electrician to do some work on the Z3 , and was discussing with him hard wiring the dash cam (Nextbase 412GW in both cars) in the X1, he suggested just connecting it into the power socket I explained I did not like the idea of cables across the gear area.
    He explained he was not referring to that socket , but another socket located just above the front passenger's right foot. I was not aware about this one but he pointed out most BMWs now have it. I would not have spotted it with its plastic plug fitted.
    He nicely hid the wires plugged into that socket, goes off shortly after locking the car, on when opening. The cam itself has facility to record if disturbed while parked.
    Also has advantage of BMW not able to say wiring been altered so effecting warranty.
    Charge ,including working on both cars at my home was only £40. Up until last year he had a small workshop, and employed one man, got rid workshop, work himself out of his van, and says he is better off. Most of his work is for dealers.
    Now looking at a rear unit.
     
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    I also use the power socket in the passenger's footwell although it won't record when the car's not in use. I tucked the wires out of sight behind the headlining and removed the A pillar trim to get a clean installation.
     
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    Will its internal battery not record in the event of a bump etc? :scratchchin:
     
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    It's a Thinkware F770, according to the instructions it doesn't have an internal battery. They say for parking mode it needs to be hardwired - which it was in my e91. However I did get battery drain errors a lot.
     
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    I had a blackvue 650 2ch set up in my previous car, and had it transfered into the F22 when I got it. It was ok, did what I wanted, but the files were split into one minute chunks and I preferred the 3 minutes of the old software. When I broke it (cackhanded with the memory card, my fault) I replaced it with the Thinkware F700 as I think its a much better system both to use and for image quality, and its about £100 cheaper. I had it hardwired by a local company and its never caused me any problems.
     
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    Both the 412 and 512 Nextbase have a limited internal battery for that use
     
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    I had a Thinkware F770 fitted by John Kleise in Reading. It works well but is chatty in its default mode. It can be configured in a number of ways. The software for playback is particularly good.

    We had the BMW Eye thing fitted to Helen's 320. It includes a rear facing camera, which is useful and it took them 2.5 days to fit. They had to be painstaking with the rear camera fitment to get the wiring properly routed and seated, and to put it all back together invisibly. They made a better job of it than the fitter did with the X6, although the X6 installation is well within acceptable limits of fit and finish. A couple of little trim wrinkles in places where you need to know where to look.

    It terms of operation there'e nothing to choose. They're both good and a professionally fitted front facing camera was less, but did not cost a ton of money less than a dealer fitted front/rear rig.
     
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    I've got a Mobius dash cam in mine and the wife's Mini, no internal battery for parking mode but I take that chance. In my 140 I power it from the socket in the passenger foot well and clip the cables out of sight, run them along the A pillar, most of the cabling can't be seen. The camera is quite small too which I like. Has worked well for a number of years now, and only about £60 from memory, I fitted mine myself, nothing to it really, you're just running cables after all.

    I've never bothered with the hard wiring option.

    I have toyed with getting one of these cameras below, as it has an integrated rear facing camera, but it looks a bit chunky size-wise.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B075WM24GV/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_10?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1
     
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    I have the nextbase you have a link to in both my car's and they work well.
    Only problem i found is the vibration when reviewing the rear camera but i found that a bit of a playing card in the small gap where the camera fit's the mount stops this and as i don't remove them it's not a problem.
     
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    I have had several dash cams over the years including a mobius. I still have it with a new unused windscreen mounting adaptor and various cables +32gb micro sd card if anyone wants to make me an offer + postage. I do not want much for it. Just want to move it on as it will not get used by me anymore.

    Currently I am using a QVIA AR790 (2 channel version) on my Audi Q5, and today I am having the single channel version hardwired to my wife's new (2019) Polo 1.0 litre TSI 95 SE 5dr DSG. The fitter does a lot of work for Audi/VW as well as BMW garages and will do it for about £40 upwards, depending on distance he has to travel. He is from the Swindon area and is up around Oxford today.

    It is worth looking at the QVIA range of cameras. I like them because once wired in accordance with the instructions, you can set the parking mode without additional hardware. You just set it up to run automatically every time you park. Not only do you set it for a length of time, but you can also set it to switch off at certain voltages, so that you do not flatten the car's battery. I had it on my X3 xDrive M Sport 30d and moved it to my Audi.

    The 2 Channel version is about £329 see....
    https://lukashd.co.uk/product/qvia-ar790-wd-2ch-dash-camera/
    If you scroll down the page, you will see it has many advance features including a Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) and also the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Personally I do not use them.

    There is a single channel version available for approximately £224.

    They have just released the 4k version, but I find the 1080p version works perfectly.
     
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