Seeking Dash Cam Advice

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Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm interested in finally buying my own dash cam for my truck. I also want the ability to add a driver facing camera also, for training / review purposes.

Can anyone recommend a particular type or brand? Price isn't a factor. I don't know diddly about them and how to set them up. I want something that's easy to set-up and install that records automatically and is unobtrusive. Also needs to be easy to upload the video to my laptop or tablet.

Thanks.

Big Scott's Comment
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There is plenty of info on YouTube. I have a cheep one that was about $40 at Walmart. It's ok but has very little memory. Most just plug into a 12v outlet and come with a USB cable to plug into your computer and easily download. There are models with driver facing cams. You can get good ones for under $100 and better ones for more. Some things you may want are how good it is at night, in sunlight, how sharp is the picture, does it have an event record button. There are lots of options. Most are quite small. I know Rand McNally has two different ones. I hope that helps.

PackRat's Comment
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Check out Blue Tiger brand.

Pianoman's Comment
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I use a KDLinks. I thinks it's the X1, I'll have to look. It's a little pricier than $40 but I like it alot. It's got GPS (you don't have to use it though) which obviously shows location but also speed, and recording quality is excellent. It records sound optionally. It also has G-sensing.

The best thing about it is the wide viewing angle. I tried using a normal $40 camera but I had a hard time capturing the whole front of the truck. I couldn't really see what was going on in surrounding lanes right around the front of my truck. With my KDlinks I can see it all.

They have a different one specifically for cars that has a camera for the front and another for the rear. It doesn't have gps last time I looked but maybe you could just use the rear camera for the cab instead. This might be a good option since they record simultaneously to the same clip.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Honestly, it's almost impossible to beat a GoPro camera.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I love my Rand McNally 100. Love's has them for $100.

It records excellent footage, good enough for YouTube. 1080p HD which is great for videos but you can turn the resolution down as well.

I would definitely recommend investing in at least one larger SD card if you are wanting to save footage. The 4G card it comes with is fine for loop recording with the impact sensor turned on if you're using it only as a traditional dash cam. I have 2 32g cards that I swap out daily. It's super easy to pull footage onto a laptop via either th card itself if you have a slot or it comes with a USB cord you can use.

I can't really help with the driver facing part, sorry.

Mikey W.'s Comment
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I use a drive hd by cobra it works flawlessly. 64gb SD card about 9 hours 128 gb 18 hours 1080p recording time

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Honestly, it's almost impossible to beat a GoPro camera.

They're incredible cameras but what do you do about loop recording? Do you just delete old footage manually? Will it record over old footage automatically?

I do a lot of hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. I'm definitely getting the newest GoPro before snowboarding season kicks in.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Honestly, it's almost impossible to beat a GoPro camera.

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They're incredible cameras but what do you do about loop recording? Do you just delete old footage manually? Will it record over old footage automatically?

I do a lot of hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. I'm definitely getting the newest GoPro before snowboarding season kicks in.

They just overwrite the old footage once the card fills up. I have a couple of the Silver series with after market anti vibration mounts. I only keep one on the truck with me and they work great. You definitely want to upgrade the storage card though when you get it. I'm not sure what the new ones come pre installed with but for the quality and reliability, they're tough to beat.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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They just overwrite the old footage once the card fills up. I have a couple of the Silver series with after market anti vibration mounts. I only keep one on the truck with me and they work great. You definitely want to upgrade the storage card though when you get it. I'm not sure what the new ones come pre installed with but for the quality and reliability, they're tough to beat.

That's all fantastic news because the new ones now have software video stabilization. That's a start, anyhow. I've been using a gimbal with my Hero4 and that's fantastic, but it's also bulky and you probably don't want to crash at 50 mph with it, either.

Sony's action cam has optical stabilization and I've been considering buying that one instead. When the time comes I'm going to compare the two. I've been a huge Sony fan my entire life and I've never been less than thrilled with anything of theirs, so we'll see.

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