Published on October 18th, 2014 | by James Simpson0
Dashboard Cameras Buying Guide
Dashboard Cameras are becoming a popular item to fit into anyone’s vehicles, as it can record valuable footage, which can be used in evidence in the event of a crash. Dash Cam’s can also provide peace of mind for drivers, as footage can be used in court (in extreme cases), or even showing people on Social Media / YouTube how others drive.
All dashboard camera’s (DVR) work the same way, they will record in a continuous loop onto in-built internal memory, which you can then upload onto your PC. Most now also use GPS to calculate your vehicles current speed, and location, and instantly save footage in an unlikely event of a crash.
Prices of dashboard cameras can range from as little as £25 all the way up to £250, so what type of car camera should you be looking at within this vast price range?
Mounting & Wiring
There are a number of different mounting styles when it comes to DVR Dashboard Camera’s, some replace the rear-view mirror, others use your standard type of suction cup mount, and others just sit on top of your dashboard. The best choice would be to go with some sort of suction cup mount, which can be mounted directly onto the windscreen just behind your rear-view mirror.
Mounting any Dash Cam behind the mirror usually means its a fit and forget device, as you will hardily see it when driving your car, and other road users will not be able to see it easily, but it will capture the best footage from being mounted high up in the windscreen.
Now in terms of wiring, most of these devices simply run from a cigar lighter 12v source. Personally, I would have this hardwired into my vehicle, to automatically receive this 12v source when the ignition is turned on, which would mean the camera would start recording the moment the car has been started. This method would also allow the wired to be hidden behind trim panels and carpets never to be seen again (unless of course you take the camera out at some point).
Day & Night Time Driving
Quality of each device varies a lot, especially between the high and low priced units. You should be looking for something that films in at least HD (1080p), which is pretty much the standard in all video recording at the moment, but you’ll also need something that can film great in day and night driving.
Day driving is usually fine for any DVR Dash Cam, as there is enough light entering the lens to have clear and high quality video footage, but night driving is a whole different ball game. It needs to be able to film on dark roads, and also adjust to on-coming headlight glare at a moments notice.
All in all, Car DVR Cameras are a great addition to any vehicle on public roads, to protect yourself and fellow road users.