Camera`s... ?????

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    After reading the thread on a member having a come together with some nut...

    Got me to thinking about a decent camera to mount on the dash..

    Been looking on fleabay... thousands of them... :Doh:

    Any pointers as to a good one.... and what SB card would I need... and are the cards interchangeable.. and where do you buy the cards.. :Smile:

    Thanks.
     
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    I think I paid £14.00 inc postage from China !! Its 1080p and is supposed to be adjustable focal length ( but is actually only a digital zoom )
    It has been in use for the past 3 years and it does bring a certain peace of mind..

    BUT !!!
    If YOU cause an accident be sure to rip it out the window before any one notices it there !!!! :Wink: :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  5. stevec

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    Been looking at the same thread. Does anyone know how much footage can be held on a 16GB card for example? Obviously depends on resolution. Can these cameras be used to record separate files or is it just one continuous file of the previous xxxx minutes?
     
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    On the camera I have you can set the "segment" length. The camera records in chunks of time (2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes or whatever - not sure of the exact timings) and the camera saves each segment. It then writes over each segment from oldest to newest as you continue recording. If there is a sudden shock the camera "locks" that segment so it isn't overwritten. You can disable this feature as driving over a pothole can cause the segment to lock. With a rough track you may end up with a full SD card pretty quickly.

    I'm not sure how long in total it records.

    It isn't possible for me to download direct from the camera but I could download through a card reader. I haven't tried that yet as the camera is pretty new.

    I got mine from Amazon purely because I wanted to be able to send it back if necessary without any problems. The same model is probably cheaper on ebay. I wouldn't send mine back - gives peace of mind. I unplug it when parked so it isn't running but leave it on the windscreen. - makes people think it is still recording and, possibly, transmitting the video to a remote monitoring facility. The internal battery is a waste of space.
     
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  7. dave newell lvs

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    I have this one which I use when racing as well as when roadtesting customers vehicles or travelling in our motorhome:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321110757069?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2648

    It records both vid streams simultaneously (although I gegerally only use the forward facing cam) as well as GPS data (location/speed) and G sensor info. For £39 delivered whats not to like?

    Some vids from it can be seen on youtube by searching for "davey24249"

    D.
     
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    Just ordered the same as Mr. Motorhome... :thumb:

    Thanks...:thumb:
     
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    Does anyone know whether dash cams are legal in other countries?

    We all know how fickle the French police have become!

    Cyderyd.
     
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    I use mr GoPro Hero with the wide fishe eye setting & i use it every day in my truck, with the fish eye it catches views that i can not see normally then I just spend a few minutes deleting anything I dont want to keep twice a day.
    With a 64gb card I can record 4hrs @ 1080p 60fps or more at lower settings.

    Not cheap though but beter than leaving it sitting on the shelf waiting for my next adventure.
     
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    I've got a dash cam which works well. I was thinking of getting another for SWMBO but wondered if this alternative to a Go Pro would be good (SJ4000) - plenty of complimentary reviews on the interweb. It would need the optional mount and charger for the car but seems like a good deal - has anyone else tried this model?

    I like the thought of having it as multi functional camera - including use when skiing, cycling, snorkeling etc. Lots of mounts etc. come with it.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Generic-Col...ie=UTF8&qid=1401272005&sr=8-3&keywords=sj4000

    or http://www.banggood.com/SJ4000-Waterproof-HD-1_5-Inch-Car-DVR-Camera-Sport-DV-Novatek-1080P-p-917037.html
     
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    So far only Austria and Switzerland have a problem with them .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashcam
     
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    I tried a cheap 30 quid touch off e bay,a waste of money.

    I then settled for the real job, a Roadhawk HD, daylight or dark, inbuilt gps to show continuos location on google map beside road video. Also shows speed ,date , time and directional g force and records sound, takes up to 64gb sd card, to replay directly on PC etc. HD video is excellent.
    It over writes full card but saves shock events .
    I bought extra suction mount and power supply to easily switch between car and RV .
    I have not notified insurer as I don't want my own gear costing me
    :thumb:
     
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    So have I, lets hope it's worth it.
     
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    It wouldnt surprise me if they were unbranded GoPro, as when mine went wrong & they sent me new one the addresses on the paperwork were Netherlands Head Office & Japan as an originator supplier.
     
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