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  1. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Been thinking about getting a dash camera .... and as Xmas is coming up maybe Santa will bring me one.

    Looking for suggestions based on your experiences ...... Not too bothered about it having a screen built in so something with wifi is preferred

    Thanks
     
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  2. Jay Sparks
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    Jay Sparks Trusted Advisor

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    Bratford
    I was also looking at getting myself one but was unsure which one to get. Ideally I would like one that turns on and off with the ignition.

    And as above, not to bothered about the built in screen.

    Jay
     
  3. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    London
    Nextbase and Blackvue are meant to be good but I fitted one of these to my Lotus and hard wired it in with a 12V to 5V adapter with USB bought from eBay for a few £'s you will need the correct USB lead and maybe an extension cable to route it nicely.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00UUQD9L6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It has a capacitor instead of a battery so there is less of a chance of the battery expanding and failing if it over heats, it doesn't have the "nudge" feature but I also fitted a switch so if I was in a public car park I could turn it on with the ignition off.

    Quality wise make your own minds up, thats an iffy junction close to where I live so I always slow down there.

     
  4. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Oh and another one, same junction one day if I have a car thats too expensive to repair I will keep driving around there until someone hits me.........

     
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  5. Strima
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    Strima Electrician's Arms

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    St Neots
    I have a Blackvue in my van and it's very good. Crystal clear and good recording time. Also the software is easy to navigate.
     
  6. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    London
    Just to add as the 12V to 5V adapter had 2 USB connectors I also ran a cable in to charge the phone.

    Work in progression........

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  7. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    London
    I have a Blackvue as well but I swapped it out as I preferred to have a screen to see if it was on and the BV I had wouldn't overwrite the car so you had to remember to reformat it every so often.
     
  8. Strima
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    Strima Electrician's Arms

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    Never had that problem with mine. Only had to take the card out once as it starting whining a little bit about card formatting but just needed re-seating.
     
  9. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Just clean the contacts up with some Isopropyl Alcohol and a cotton bud if it complains too much, maybe mine needs a firmware upgrade plus the software never worked with my Mac.
     
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  10. xmetal
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    xmetal EF Member

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    Solihull
    I have a Nextbase and have to format it from time to time because it write-protects the video segment on the card if the dashcam receives a jolt. The Nextbase produces some lovely clear images and I would recommend it.
     
  11. Percyprod
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    Percyprod Regular EF Member

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    Cumbria
    Been thinking of one as well. Trouble is you really need 2, front and back. Not keen on the idea of a screen, not really necessary and another distraction, like having sat nav in main viewing area of screen. I think one thing about them is it puts you right off driving in Russia or any of the Eastern European countries if You Tube is anything to go by!
     
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  12. spinlondon
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    spinlondon Trusted Advisor

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    Harlow Essex
    Have one on my crash helmet.
    Took a bit of adjusting to get it to miss my speedo.
    Have an SD card reader I can plug into my iPhone or iPad.
     
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  13. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    London
    You place it in front of the rear view mirror so its not in the line of sight but you glance at it before pulling away. I think the travel time costs to Moscow would put potential clients off so you needn't worry about having to drive to Russia.
     
  14. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Always turn off GPS positioning if it has that feature.
     
  15. Strima
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    Strima Electrician's Arms

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    I was lucky for a while as my speedo didn't work... :D Then I went and stupidly fixed it... :oops:
     
  16. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    You lost me - could you expand on this?
     
  17. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Grrrrrrr sausage fingers, "card" as in memory card for some reason it wouldn't overwrite so once full would stop recording so had to be reformatted to clear down the data.
     
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  18. gnuuser
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    gnuuser retired Industrial wire monkey DIY

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    have one in my van to record traffic during accidents (I am fire police)
    and control traffic during emergencies.
    also you could get discounts on your insurance in some places but that depends on the insuring agents.
     
  19. DC-backfrom the past
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    DC-backfrom the past Regular EF Member

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    I have a nextbase in the car, just usb plugin ... i know typical spark its not hardwired yet lol.
    Its saved me a few times ,with road rage incidents, as I can point to the camera and say see you on youtube. your mad drivers usually clear off at that point.

    things to be aware of :
    some have gps and can work out your speed at time of any accidents. If you submit the sd card to your insurance company after a bump and they look at your movements,they might see your bad driving habits ie speeding a lot.
    Some have voice recording and record what is said within the car, this can be switched off , but you need to switch off.
    I think its been money well spent
     
  20. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Which model?
     
  21. DC-backfrom the past
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    DC-backfrom the past Regular EF Member

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  22. Edtwozeronine
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    Edtwozeronine Regular EF Member

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    South Wales
    Wish I had footage of what happened just today. I took off to the right lane of a roundabout, a chap to my left took off into the left lane of the roundabout. Then he swerved into the right hand lane in front of me as he'd randomly decided he was going right too!

    He also had the audacity to honk at me, who was in the correct lane for where I was going. The cheeky c#*#!
     
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