Dashcam - anyone have one?

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    I'm toying with the idea of forward and rear facing dashcams but have no experience of them, does anyone here have them and care to share their experiences? I have heard some stories of them interfering with the DAB aerial which would be some what annoying.
     
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    Ive run them for a few years, and just transferred my blackvue from the Cayman to the 2 series. I cant say Ive experienced any issues with it but I havent spent a lot of time listening to the DAB radio.
    In my Mini Im running a cheap front and rear job from ebay, its ok but of limited use, its not very configurable and has been known to drop out of recording. The Blackvue is powered via a powermagic controller, so it stays on after I leave the vehicle and continues to run in parked mode (turns off GPS etc to save power) until the controller senses the voltage drop is getting towards critical cranking levels so shuts it down.
     
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    For some idea of quality, this is a clip from the blackvue at default settings

     
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    That Golf or whatever it was! Thanks for the info, did you wire it in yourself?
     
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    From memory it was something Japanese/Korean. My mate in the Golf R that I was following was watching in his mirror with baited breath as we both watched him coming down the hill and guessed he wasnt going to stop. The driver did the usual 'if I stare straight ahead and dont look he wont see me' :scratch:

    I didnt fit it. I was told it wasnt too complicated and would have been well within my capabilities but Im lazy and have a mate who is an audio and security installer (he fitted the Ghost system) so he did it for a couple of beers. Took him less than an hour and thats with stripping the hatch to pass the wire through. It took him about 40 minutes to fit it to the BMW
     
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    I have a DrivePro 200 on the front screen powered from the socket in the passenger football.

    The wiring was easy - I used the handle of a teaspoon to tuck the wires out of sight
    along the top of the headlining. LOL

    It sits between the driver's rear view mirror and the extra passenger's mirror so it's not too obvious from the front.

    It's worked without any problem for the last 3 years.

    The rear mirror is a much cheaper one from marko powered from the socket in the boot.

    It sits in the upper corner of the window and is near invisible from outside due to the window tint.
     
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    I have an HP one in the front, this one and find the results excellent

    [​IMG]

    I have an A7 one ex the 'Bay which I'll fit in the rear screen whenI get the chance.
     
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    Cheers chaps, I need to avoid using the socket in the boot as that's been reserved for the dog's fan on her new crate. I kid you not, it's not up for discussion! That'll mean hardwiring it in but obviously don't want to knack the battery. What's a Ghost system?
     
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    If you go for a 2 in 1 system then you should only need one power feed so if you dont want to hard wire it you can use one of the front power sockets. I prefer to hard wire it using a power controller so it doesnt flatten the battery if I forget to unplug it, and keeps running when I am away from the car.
    If you wanted to run something from the back you could use one of these
    https://www.kenable.co.uk/product_i...UXquD9tfdErd-2Cc8XxeXuwQWlvKLJwkaAnW-EALw_wcB as long as the current draw was ok
    The Ghost is a security system I had fitted to my car, its a Canbus immobiliser
    https://www.autowatch.co.uk/products/security-solutions/autowatch-immobiliser-systems
     
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    Hoofing, thanks.
     
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    I have a LUKAS QVIA AR790. It is 2 channel and was fitted by a company in Nottingham. Sorry I cannot provide links as I am in Thailand it brings up the incorrect ones. The rear camera is linked to the main one for video to be stored on it and this is where it gets its power from.
    Just make sure the one you get can be set up to record when you are parked and also that it will no flatten the battery when left for long periods. For this you need to find a constant live feed from the front fuse box.
     
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    Techmoan.com has lots of useful information and video reviews on current dash cams. I went with a previously recommended front only and it has held up well for 12 months.
    My advice would be to use a capacitance based version over one with an internal battery. Batteries and intense heat don't mix well.
    If your car is left unattended for long periods in public places like car parks/roadside, then look for a "parking mode". It continues to record at 1 frame/sec and switches to normal recording in the event of a nudge or prang. I haven't hardwired mine in. Prefer to use the 12v outlet in the centre console and hook up a battery bank when I require the parking mode over several hours.
    If you want true car battery management, then the dash cam needs it's own battery.... Read up on "cellink battery B"

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    I have multiple socket requirements in the boot.

    No heated dog-bed - but I run a fridge - not a cool-box, but a real fridge - trucker-style - absolutely essential for journeys to/from much warmer climes.

    I have a 4-way splitter with USB for rear-seat passengers to charge phones.

    Loads of them on eBay - but be careful to get one with enough capacity in amps - some of the really cheappy ones have a 2amp or perhaps 5amp fuse and will blow easily if you connect anything much more than a phone charger.

    It all depends on the power of the dog-bed.

    The car rear outlet has a 10amp fuse.in the box under the boot-floor so I would treat that as a maximum.

    Be sure you know exactly which one it is and that you have the correct type of spares - as you don't want to have to learn that info at the side of the road in the rain.

    Mine is similar to this one with 120w capability i.e 10amp. (Good old Ohm's Law) but I installed a slow-blow fuse as the fridge can produce a peak moment but only for a second or so when it first starts. The fridge had such a fuse, but the adapter needed one too of course as I found out the first time i plugged it in my last car.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-4-Way...138089&hash=item25e7eb2d79:g:NM8AAOSw9gRaFUlp

    Mine is plugged in permanently and I've never had a problem with fuses etc. in the F30 - doesn't even get warm after a day on the road.
     
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    Still using my two Mobius, front and back. Prob 5 or 6 years old now ? but still adequate. Small and discreet, which back when I got them they were rare so discreet was important as I wanted to just leave them in all the time and not be obvious to scroats passing by. Nowadays its not so important a they are common and not worth nowt in cash converters.
    I would imagine though that newer cams are better quality.
     
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    Right then ....

    After viewing Techmoan's vlog on the camera and someone here saying it was being sold for a penny less than £100, I bought it from Amazon plus a 64Gb microSD card( review and link below)




    AUKEY Dash Cam Dual 1080P HD Front and Rear Dash Cam 6-Lane 170° Wide-Angle Lens, Supercapacitor, WDR Night Vision Car Camera with G-Sensor, Loop Recording and Dual-Port Car Charger
    by Aukey Link: http://amzn.eu/90vXqKN


    SanDisk Ultra microSDHC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A1 App Performance Link: http://amzn.eu/6NWw0nD (£15.99)

    Had a couple of hours to myself this evening, and decided to see how far I could get with the installation. The route of the cabling would follow the previous installation, starting just left of the the rear view mirror, along the headlining and down into the passenger footwell area. There are two cables, leaving the front camera. 1 provides power and the other routes all the way to the back of the vehicle, to provide a connection for the rear camera.
    Getting both cables along the headlining and down the A pillar wasn't as difficult as first anticpicated. A kick plate along the passenger seat was carefully prized off to hide the cables along that edge. The power cable came under the passenger seat and into the centre console. I like using this 12v port as it's hidden away, and If parked in a high risk area, I can connect the power lead to a battery bank and continue recording for a few hours.
    The other cable continued down the nearside edge being carefully hidden along the trim, and into the rear load area. The cable is just long enough for the X3, and didn't require lots of excess cabling to be tucked away. Once powered up and some basic settings being fixed, asked Mrs P to watch the front camera, whilst I positioned the rear camera at top dead centre . All in all, it took me a couple of hours and very pleased with the initial footage. Applied the ferritte cores to all cables and there has been no loss of DAB signal. Here are a couple of photos to show the clarity. The audio is clearly heard on both video files.
    It doesn't have GPS or parking mode, but good quality video and clear audio. For £100 and 2 years warranty - very pleased. So much so, I may buy another and wire up the Mercedes.


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    The quality looks good, I might have to get one to replace the cheapo system in Mrs Moggys motor (y)
     
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    Just went to buy one using your link and they must have put the price up, its now £180 :rotate:
    Robbing gits, I'll wait til it comes down again
     
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    OMG!

    That's pretty cheeky to say the least. Definately worth holding out until the price drops back to £99.99, as it's never worth £179.99 o_O
     
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    I also bought the front/rear Aukey one a couple of weeks ago for £99 but waiting to install it on my new company car when it arrives but certainly looks brilliant from the Techmoan review. I'm not impressed by the price rise but also not too surprised as they kept selling out really quickly, I had to wait for the third batch before ordering.

    I also have a Möbius installed in the M140i, brilliant little camera too.
     

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