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Dashcams.....lets see your set up

So I want a Dash cam..set it and forget it....

What are you using...and post some pictures in the smart for us to see
I have read in other posts that there are some of you that are using these and wanted one post for all to look up and get info from

want pros and cons too.....
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I just ordered this one from Ebay. I just want one that is not so expensive, too big and with unnecessary features. I guess a 2" screen with dual cameras will be fine on our ED.
120° 720P Car Dash 2" TFT HD DVR Dual Camera Cam Recorder Night Vision IR USA | eBay
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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.
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I use an old iPhone 4 and a DIY window mount.

And since it's really just a smartphone, I installed some cool driving related apps like a timelapse app, an app that uses the accelerometers and such to give you somewhat accurate telemetry, and by using Wifi, tethering to my iPhone 5 for GPS.

And total, it was much less than $100...the benefits of buying a trashed phone on eBay and knowing how to fix it...
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I'll review mine and report back. There are plenty to choose from but main things are:

1-) 720P is enough already
2-) Night vision
3-) Auto Recording when turn on
4-) up to 32GB memory micro sd card
5-) Back and front Recording
6-) 2" display
7-) Simultaneously charging
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Night vision...now that's ...
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As I posted in another thread I use the Mini 801. You can get it on Amazon.
Techmoan - Techmoan - The Mini 0801 - Tiny 1080p GPS Car Camera with an LCD*Screen

Last year I easily saved $6,000 by having a dash cam. In my SLK, while stopped in traffic, the side airbag went off for no reason. I was listening to Whitney Houston and maybe the car didn't like it.

At first Mercedes Benz USA wouldn't believe that I didn't hit something to cause it to open. They even sent "incriminating" photos of the underside of the car showing scrapes. Well the car is almost 9 years old and 4.4" off the ground, there are going to be scrapes.

I replied to the dealer with the video. The dash cam video convinced them to fly someone out from NJ to look at the car. I agreed not to sue and they agreed to fix it for no charge, total came out a little over $5,800 for parts and labor.

They had to completely remove the interior, replace the airbag that went off, replace the seat frame (since there integrated) and replace both sensors that are built onto the car chassis, right next to the transmission tunnel.

The cam I have in the SLK is a Itronics ITB-100HD, about $160.

Happens at about 25 seconds. Near the end, you can also hear the call automatically calling the police using Teleaid, even though I didn't have a subscription. I thought that was a nifty feature.
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Yes, video cameras are the best witnesses in the court of law.
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...and post some pictures in the smart for us to see
I would like to see pics of these mounted as well.
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You should read this whole thread... Start at page one...<:-))




Here is mine ~ Fantastic CarCam
https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...9/index13.html
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