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Akasa 02-21-2015 05:49 PM

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I have this in my LGT. I don't have any videos on this current PC and i'm almost 800 miles away from my car at the moment, so this will have to do.

The camera is listed as an A118 or a B40.

https://dashcamtalk.com/b40-a118/

Shoots 1080p, 30FPS (honestly it's not bad at all), records audio if you wish, very compact, turns on when you turn the car on, turns off a minute or so after you shut your car off. I have mine hardwired, i'll go into detail with that if you wish.

I would NOT drive my car without a dash cam anymore. I have had a few run-ins with idiot drivers and excessively violent road ragers where this dash cam has easily paid for itself.

CheckYourLights 02-22-2015 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Akasa (Post 5072585)
I would NOT drive my car without a dash cam anymore.

I'm glad to see more people feel the way I do. I even suction cupped a G1W when I went test driving cars before I bought my Legacy.

The A118/B40 is a great step up from the G1W with the same components, but better build quality. Recently there has even been a compactor version released as well as an even higher end version called the Street Guardian SG9665GM
A SG9665GC is set to be released soon that has the compactor.

alaskajoel 02-22-2015 02:16 PM

I have the A118 / B40 in my GTI and absolutely love it. I'm with Akasa...I will always have one from now on. Just a few bad experiences, or near misses are enough to convince you.

I hard wired it with an "add-a-circuit", and it's super stealth. I can pop the microSD card out of the camera, and be watching the videos on my phone in under a minute if need be :)

error 02-22-2015 07:34 PM

I also have an A118 dashcam hardwired into the mirror harness - here is the link to my DIY guide: http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...e-install.html

Note that A118 emits quite a bit of electromagnetic noise at certain frequencies - discussed in the linked thread. It may or may not be of importance for your particular situation.

Dispatch20 02-23-2015 06:12 PM

Thanks for the link! Very good info in that thread. I'll be buying a couple dashcams soon. I'm not sure if it will be the A118 or something else.

fishbone 02-24-2015 09:23 AM

This is the site to watch
https://dashcamtalk.com/

CheckYourLights 02-25-2015 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by fishbone (Post 5074624)
This is the site to watch
https://dashcamtalk.com/

I even keep some of these in my wallet.
I have handed them out to a few people.
http://i.imgur.com/s6XVVKVm.jpg

fishbone 02-25-2015 03:48 PM

For me, a good dashcam is one that's not flashy so it's stealth and not prone to theft, and is a "turnkey" config. This of course is above and beyond good tech at a good price, that's a given.
Hook it up and it "just works", not have to fidge with it. A GoPro does not fit that bill, nor does any other cam that is not designed primarily for this purpose. I hooked up my Canon D10 for giggles, but besides making my windshield look like that of a squad car, and the cool factor, it was impractical (gotta turn on/off every damned time) and risky (break-in).

Dispatch20 02-25-2015 04:56 PM

Just bought 2 A118Cs.

error 02-25-2015 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Dispatch20 (Post 5076264)
Just bought 2 A118Cs.

Are you planning to mount them both in the front to have stereoscopic video? :lol:
...like poor man's EyeSight

tekrice 03-03-2015 08:46 AM

I have 3 of these.


If you use Camel Camel Camel, I bought mine around $51$ ea

The exterior construction sucks, but the internal components and video quality is spectacular.

ras06LGT 03-03-2015 11:06 AM

I recently purchased the B40/A118 and hooked it up this past weekend. For about $80 bucks it's great. The video quality is really good and I was very drawn to the small form factor compared to many other options. I have it just to the right of my rear view mirror and it blends in very well. I ran the supplied cable along the headliner, down the a-pillar, and into the fuse box by the driver's kick panel. I used and add-a-line for the fuse box and a replacement female 12v lighter socket to hardwire it.

I bought the capacitor version. The only issue I've noticed so far is that it doesn't start up right away when it's really cold out. Take about 5 minutes for the camera to turn on (about the time it takes for the cabin to start heating up). I don't think I can really fault the camera though since it's only rated for 10 degrees C on the low end.

Dispatch20 03-07-2015 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by ras06LGT (Post 5081163)
I recently purchased the B40/A118 and hooked it up this past weekend. For about $80 bucks it's great. The video quality is really good and I was very drawn to the small form factor compared to many other options. I have it just to the right of my rear view mirror and it blends in very well. I ran the supplied cable along the headliner, down the a-pillar, and into the fuse box by the driver's kick panel. I used and add-a-line for the fuse box and a replacement female 12v lighter socket to hardwire it.

I bought the capacitor version. The only issue I've noticed so far is that it doesn't start up right away when it's really cold out. Take about 5 minutes for the camera to turn on (about the time it takes for the cabin to start heating up). I don't think I can really fault the camera though since it's only rated for 10 degrees C on the low end.

I did something very similar. Put up a DIY here: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea....html?t=238157

error 03-07-2015 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ras06LGT (Post 5081163)
I recently purchased the B40/A118 and hooked it up this past weekend. For about $80 bucks it's great. The video quality is really good and I was very drawn to the small form factor compared to many other options. I have it just to the right of my rear view mirror and it blends in very well. I ran the supplied cable along the headliner, down the a-pillar, and into the fuse box by the driver's kick panel. I used and add-a-line for the fuse box and a replacement female 12v lighter socket to hardwire it.

I bought the capacitor version. The only issue I've noticed so far is that it doesn't start up right away when it's really cold out. Take about 5 minutes for the camera to turn on (about the time it takes for the cabin to start heating up). I don't think I can really fault the camera though since it's only rated for 10 degrees C on the low end.

Very interesting!
My non-capacitor A118 starts right away regardless of the temperature.

The only quirk: when the starter is cranking, the voltage in the mirror curcuit that powers the camera drops significantly. If this happens in just the wrong moment during camera's boot up sequence, the camera thinks that the power is off and shuts down after about 5 seconds.

It happens once in a while and only when my wife is driving. Apparently, we have slightly different procedures to start the car :confused:

CheckYourLights 03-07-2015 07:34 PM

Operating Temp on the B40 is -10 to 60C
or 14F to 140F has it been lower then 14 in your area?

Also glad to see someone post the difference between the B40 and the Street Guardian SG9665GC they both use different sensors and the Street Guardian is much better.
You can check out the head to head here


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