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Stang70Fastback 01-22-2012 11:30 AM

Dashcam w/ PVR Recommendations?
Watching all these videos coming out of Russia for the past month, I'm considering installing a dashcam on my car, and I'm trying to figure out what to get and how much it would cost. I see lots of things on Amazon in the $150-250 price range, but they look like big, bulky, cheap jokes that record in VGA quality. If I mounted my HTC Evo cellphone in a cradle, I could get a few hours of good HD video recorded, so surely there must be something small and discreet, with the ability to do good video that I can find for less than $500. Does anyone here have any suggestions? The only thing I found when searching was that one guy who did a crazy-complicated install with like three cameras and a PVR in the trunk and all kinds of data overlay.

Dbl_D718 01-22-2012 02:27 PM


Gambit 01-22-2012 02:58 PM

Yes I am also interested in an in car camera with lap time data overlay rather than just a gopro. Any suggestions?

Stang70Fastback 01-22-2012 03:09 PM

This looks promising, but I'm wary of one of these things you seem to have to buy of Ebay or something. The video from this one looks really good though.

fishbone 01-12-2013 09:29 AM

Thread revival. Currently looking at some options. Do any of you have experience with this no name brand?
Shows up on eBay and Amazon for around 60 bucks. I really like the dual setup.
From what I have read the cam caps the video clips and can be no longer than 5 minutes. I'm not sure if this is a pro or con but personally I'd rather not cut the clip until I shut the cam off.

fishbone 01-12-2013 01:12 PM

In the meantime, trying to find some answers on my own, I stumbled on this

Bottom line? Promising cam with mediocre video quality that is too new and too little feedback for now for a conclusive review. I might buy it

planelazy 01-13-2013 12:25 PM

I use a GoPro on my truck, but I don't leave it on all the time. I have it set up for 960 and 30 fps, continuous loop, but with the default battery, it will only stay on for about an hour until the battery is dead. I haven't bought a new mount that would allow me to keep the cable plugged in yet but that would solve the problem. In this mode, it records 1 file every 15 minutes, and each file is about 3GB in size. Resolution is insane.

PhilT 01-13-2013 01:39 PM

I bought a cheap $100 dashcam from eBay, front and rear camera, GPS position and speed indication. Not the best quality you will find, but it does the job pretty well.

scoobycoupe 01-17-2013 05:40 PM

1:08 that toyota spanked you how could you let that happen?! :D

tinyty 01-18-2013 04:57 PM

I bought one of these on ebay for $200 with the power supply for auto on off.

tinyty 01-18-2013 04:58 PM

stupid iphone again.

ssbtech 01-20-2013 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by tinyty (Post 4252508)
I bought one of these on ebay for $200 with the power supply for auto on off.

The iTronics is getting quite a bit of praise from users.

The BlackVue 400 something or other is proving to be somewhat unreliable.

Telifeifu 06-20-2013 06:25 AM

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CheckYourLights 02-21-2015 01:44 AM

DashCam Info
Okay So it has been a year since anyone posted here, but I thought maybe it would be better to bump this over making my own thread.

DashCams have come a long way since the posts here, and hopefully I can bring everyone up to speed.

I had a bit of a long post typed out in LO Writer So I am going to copy and paste it here.

Hello everyone.
Most of you more then likely don't know me so let me introduce myself a little. I have been an avid car guy since I was a kid. I was always into Americian RWD cars. My father had Chevys and Pontiacs all his life so it was just what I had grown up around. I recently purchased a sixth gen Legacy. This is my first Subaru. I have always admired WRXs and STI cars, but as I am getting older my go fast haul ass vroom vroom days are coming to an end.

Had I known that the Legacy is as much fun as it is to drive and how stable it really is I would have jumped ship years ago , and I am more then happy to be here.

Anyhow a few years ago I was parked up waiting to get gas. Another driver who was not paying attention backed into my parked car pretty hard. Thankfully there were witnesses and I was able to get a few numbers and names, but this got me thinking. What if there were no witnesses? What if this person had tried to jump out and say why did you run into me trying to put me in the wrong even though I could have not been more stationary?

The next day I did a little research. I ended up buying a 20 dollar DashCam a few days later of Amazon. During the next month this 20 dollar camera was nothing but hassle. It looked horrible at night, and would not record audio at all. So I decided to not buy another one, and did about a month or two of research and learned a lot thanks to DashCamTalk

I learned that some DashCam sellers will lie about the quality of cameras they sell to try to get drivers to buy them claiming they are HD when they are not so on and so forth. In the recent events of two of our Sixth Gen members being involved in hit and runs with in a week or so it has inspired me to try and get out as much information out as I can to help other Legacy owners protect their car and themselves as well.

After all the hassle of the accident I went through as well as looking for a cam I have become very passionate about helping others find cameras because it sucks getting burned.

CheckYourLights 02-21-2015 01:45 AM

Camera Basics
What is a DashCam?
I'm sure as most of you know a DashCam will sit on your windscreen out of you way and record as you drive. You hope to never need it, but it will be your second set of eyes always watching in case someone does bump your car and take off. You will have a chance to capture their plate on video and have visual record of the events.

DashCams are a set it and forget it device. You set the settings to your liking. You hide it behind your mirror. You plug it in. It will power on and start recording to a full sized or micro SD card depending on model. You never have to touch it again unless you want to review footage. The camera will record and loop over old footage automatically once the card is full. Most cameras have a button that you can tap to manually lock a video you want to save from being looped over. They also feature a G-Sensor the case of an accident the video is automatically locked from the force of impact.

GoPro cameras usually do not make good DashCams because I believe only one of the latest models have added the looping. Also the price and how flashy they look can be a drawback. If you really like the look of a Go Pro but want to get something just about as good and for a better price check out the SJcam models. The Ambarella A7LS75 1080P 60FPS WiFi version is a really good camera and is way cheaper then a GoPro

What should I look for?
When searching for a camera there are a few things to keep an eye on. First lets get the bad things out of the way. As I have mentioned you have to keep an eye out for low quality knock offs that looks like some of the decent cameras, but have low end components inside and shoot poor video. The most common knock offs are clones of cameras called the G1W, DVR-027. And Mini-0801. A real G1W is a great camera for someone not wanting to spend a lot of money, but have a good camera. It is what most consider to be the cheapest camera any driver should look at at around 45-50 dollars.

There are a few things to consider when looking for a DashCam.

Video Quality
Form Factor
Bit Rate
Build Quality
GPS or not
Screen or not

Some cameras like the G1W are cheap and shoot decent video, but are not built the best, the mounts are not the best, and firmware only gets updated when a big issue is found and needed to be fixed.

A step up would be something like the just released Mini 0806. This is my current favorite camera. It is small. It has a screen. It has built in GPS. It fits very nicely behind the Sixth Gen mirror and is not in the way of the driver. The pervious generation Mini the 0803 has a lot of custom firmware support from the DashCam community and I expect the Mini 0806 to fallow this as well once it has been out a little while longer.

A high end camera would be something like the Vicovation Marcus 4, or anything from the Street Guardian or Panorama line up. These cameras cost a little more, but are really well built, shoot amazing video, and feature a lot of nice extra features.

There are even some specialty cameras like the Innovv C3 that allow you to put the recording part of the camera in side the car and run a remote water proof lens outside if you wish. I have mounted a C3 to the bumper of a car before and driven around to catch some cool bumper footage.

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