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  1. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Anyone got a dash cam and found them useful?

    Just wondering...

    Thanks
     
  2. Andy78
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    Andy78 Forum Mentor

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    One came with my van. Can't figure it out. One came through the post free from my insurers. Not fitted it yet.

    So, limited usefulness so far I have found :D
     
  3. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Does that mean you have 2 dash cams or have I misunderstood your post?
     
  4. Andy78
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    Andy78 Forum Mentor

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    Yes I do. But as I can't figure out the one currently in my van I'll be putting in the new one I got sent from my insurers as that one has instructions, but it still looks just as much generic Chinese junk as my current one.
     
  5. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Pretty sure you just need to pop in a memory card and it runs continus or there's some that sense sudden movement.
    It then rewrite the previous recordings when out of memory.
     
  6. LeeH
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    LeeH Electrician's Arms

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    I'll be fitting one when I change van.

    Invaluable if you ever have an insurance dispute.
     
  7. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Why not fit one now?
     
  8. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Pretty sure most of them just require power from the van socket and a memory card. 5minute job
     
  9. Andy78
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    Yeah I get all that, but I think this one does what it wants. Sometimes the screen is on, sometimes it is off, sometimes the led is on, sometimes off, sometimes blinking. It has about 6 buttons on it and none are labelled or marked.
     
  10. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Google is your friend. Try look for a model number and look for a manual or like I do and keep pressing each button and see what happens

    Saying "OOOO what does THIS button do?" Is the key to success

    Edit: wasn't aware they even had buttons. Thought it was a plug in and leave it running job. Take out the memory card incase something happens.

    One button will save the last x amount of minutes when pressed I guess. Another to turn it on and off. That's like 1/3 of the job done for you;)
     
  11. LeeH
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    LeeH Electrician's Arms

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    If it costs 50 quid it will double its value.

    Spending a quid on it hurts me.
     
  12. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Must have a fit when filling it up lol
     
  13. soms
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    soms Trainee Access

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    Somerset
    Have a RoadHawk one which i've had 18 months or so, it's relatively discrete and produces very good quality video, far better than a dirt cheap one (tried one and returned it within a day).
    Have a high speed SD memory card in it, if I need to look at the video files I take out the card and connect it to the computer. Hard wired it under the dashboard using a kit and a switch rather than draping a cigarette light adapter all over the place.
    Have some issues with the quality of the wiring kit (random camera loss of power/restarts), and some file corruption on my memory card which is frustrating. I am looking into a new routine of regular card formats to see if this "maintenance" solves my corruption problem.
    I think it is useful to have and if there was to be an incident it would be good as evidence (provided it doesn't happen when I am experiencing my technical issues!)
     
  14. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Birthday present? Xmas present? Fathers day?
     
  15. LeeH
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    LeeH Electrician's Arms

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    That's a very generous offer Murdoch.:D
     
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