Join Date: Aug 2013
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The one I use is not available anymore on ebay, but I ordered it from China, took 3 weeks, worked well. On a 105 degree day, the mount broke off.I contacted the seller and for 6 bucks they replaced the suction cup mount and it has been working well for a year now. Cost me $66.
If you get one, it makes sense to buy one of the ones that have a view out the rear as well as the front. Otherwise the dashcam won't be of any help if you are rear-ended.
I consider the under-$100-dashcams to be throwaway units that will probably last a year or two. Most of them are CCC (cheap chinese crap) but they work, just have a limited lifespan. If you want a high quality cam like the cops use in their cruisers, it will set you back between $300 and $500, and then you also run the risk of theft.
In Russia, if you don't have a dash cam you can't get insurance. Search for"russian dash cam" on youtube and prepare to be amazed at some serious disasters.
One other thing that I haven't checked; is the 12v outlet in our cars always on or does it shut off when you shut the car off? My Sequoia only has power when the car is on, and my dashcam has an "auto-power on" setting so that when I turn on the key, I don't have to do anything else. When I shut the car off, the cam shuts off.
I have also found the the "motion-sensor" feature and the "infra-red illumination" features to be pretty useless. I just use the cam for documenting what is going on while driving.
I do not keep audio recording on, have never seen the purpose of listening to the sound, and it just takes up bigger file space, so I shut audio recording off.