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DashCam - any recommendations

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Abderian Fri 07-Feb-20 15:47:22

Try the Garmin dash cams, they have good dash cams.

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Kalu Mon 27-Jan-20 12:29:18

Not web cams. Duh! ...dash cams.

Kalu Mon 27-Jan-20 12:27:11

Too many near misses by so many drivers taking ridiculous chances made our decision to have dash cams fitted front and rear in our cars.

Like you SueDonim I wouldn’t rely on any camera whilst reversing. Handy to have but I prefer to see for myself during any reverse parking.

DH was watching a YouTube clip of crazy drivers caught on web cams. Quite an eye opener!

SueDonim Mon 27-Jan-20 11:59:28

bumper level, not number.

SueDonim Mon 27-Jan-20 11:58:57

I honestly don’t think a camera fitted onto the rear view mirror would be trustworthy. How could it see what’s at number level? I don’t even trust the actual reversing camera on my car! grin I use it as a guide but I still look behind me and use the mirrors etc.

Jane43 Mon 27-Jan-20 04:01:26

Thanks for all the advice. Perhaps the size of the screen isn’t as important as we thought it might be but we were thinking of getting one that fits over the rear view mirror so we would be able to use it when reversing. We will take a look in Halfords, DH was going to ask our son to help him fit it but perhaps it’s best to leave it to the experts.

bikergran Sun 26-Jan-20 22:54:56

Dashcams another use!

Whilst we tend to think of dashcams for accidents, they can also serve another purpose.

Police often ask the public for help in tracing people and sometimes ask for anyone with dashcam footage on certain dates/times.

Just before Christmas we had a young lady who went out of her house, and dissapeared into thin air. Her body was found weeks later very close to where she was last seen(via someones ctv)

I have an old car but I intend to buy a dashcam (£14.00) which will do for me, until I can afford a better one,Halfords sell one that you can also plug a rear view one into the side of the front facing one.

Auntieflo Sun 26-Jan-20 15:54:22

We had front and rear dash cams fitted by Halfords, just before Christmas, as we had just had a new car.
I think they are the same as in the link posted by SueDonim
Thankfully we haven't had to use the recorded info, yet.
You really don't need a big screen, and there may be a limit anyway, as you don't want it to get in the way of your vision.
Just as we were driving into the fitting bay at Halfords, a lady came speeding out from a side road, and didn't see us. Luckily we were going cautiously, looking for the turning.
If she had hit us, it would have been evidence against her.

Septimia Sun 26-Jan-20 15:27:40

DH bought one and fitted it on the windscreen hidden behind the rear view mirror. It does have a very small screen - I can just see that it's working without my glasses on - but we don't need to see it. Mostly we just leave it and it records over the previous trips after a while.

However, we did take the memory card out when we'd been using it a while and ran what had been recorded on the computer, just to see what it was like. We were very impressed with the quality of the picture.

So, if you get one with a removable memory card you only need to look at the recording if something happens. Because you can do that on a computer, the size of the camera screen doesn't matter.

What's more, you do have to be careful about cluttering up the windscreen in a way that might interfere with your view because it can be an offence.

SueDonim Sun 26-Jan-20 14:48:22

I had one of these fitted to my car last year, by Halfords. I had it wired in permanently as I didn’t want any dangling wires.

I’ve been v happy with it, though luckily haven’t needn’t to use it in anger! I’m not sure why you’d want a big screen? That would take up more space on your windscreen, when you really need to keep it as small as possible.

Jane43 Sun 26-Jan-20 13:24:16

Thank you Tanith. We will go and see what Halfords have to offer next week.

tanith Sun 26-Jan-20 13:19:31

Well it will be adjusted to film the road not the landscape loopyloo you can take single shots usually but not advisable while you are driving.

loopyloo Sun 26-Jan-20 11:47:27

Ah this is interesting! I would like a dash cam that can take photos of the landscape as I drive along. Also would be glad to have one in case of an incident.

tanith Sun 26-Jan-20 11:47:08

I’m happy with the one OH bought from the RAC. If you buy one from Halfords they’ll set it up and show you how to use it.

Jane43 Sun 26-Jan-20 11:44:40

A relative was involved in a road rage incident a few weeks ago and the police said it was a pity he didn’t have a dash cam. We were going to get one when we had our new car last June but like a lot of things it went on the ‘to do’ list. So we think we should get one now. The main criterion for us is a large screen. Any recommendations or tips will be welcome.