@The_Tim Mind sharing what brand dashcam you have - the video quality in your upload looks better than most I’ve seen watching dashcam videos. (I love watching the insurance scam attempts… even though they enrage me) How is yours at night? I’ve had two different parking lot issues where the other involved straight up lied to insurance and it happened once to my husband - so I think it may be time for a dash cam.
It cost me $45. As you can see, the video quality is pretty good. The downside is that it tended to freeze on startup pretty frequently. I’d have to unplug it, wait ~30 seconds for it to power off, then plug it back in. This happened especially often when it was cold for some reason.
I bought a new car last year and upgraded to one of these: http://amzn.to/2Ffq3fv It cost me $73 and unfortunately I can’t share any video from that one because I haven’t actually installed it yet
@The_Tim I’ve been using Dash Cam since 2010 & It saved me several times by proving I wasn’t at Fault but I did catch a near death experience on my very first Dash Cam when I was approaching an over path and I hit a piece of metal that caused a massive blow out where I lost control hit the bridge at 35MPH rode halfway up the way before slamming back down, Completely totaling a 2 year old Escape and top it off not one person who saw it stopped to help.
In fact my wife who was 45 minutes away and tow truck driver got there before the Highway Patrol and he loaded it up and we left with no police to be seen,
@cengland0 Isn’t there a chance the cam will re-record over the footage----specs says records over three minutes clips.
Also, they call them accidents because they’re accidents. In other words, you never thought of the possibility of it being your fault?
I’m not being a dick. If I owned one of these, my reasoning would probably be the same as yours.
@wew It does record with short clips, about four minutes each. That’s how it can loop. It will delete the oldest clip and replace it with the newest recording. I don’t see any issue with that. I can record several hours before it records over anything. After an accident, you would stop the recording so nothing will be overwritten. Also, when a certain G force is detected, it locks that video fragment so it is never overwritten even if you continue to record anyway.
There are a lot of scams that I have seen from Russian dash-cams. In some scams, people slam on their brakes in front of you and then drive backwards smashing into you. If a cop arrives on the scene, it will look like you rear ended someone. The only proof you would have is a dash cam video.
@narfcake Exactly. How could you ever prove it without a camera? It may never happen but it doesn’t hurt just in case. Besides, I might catch something cool like a meteor exploding in the atmosphere. Added bonus.
@cengland0 Kingston is a rebrander for memory. Can be a crapshoot. Samsung and Sandisk manufacture there own memory so I would think better. Research points me that the way Sandisk at least wear levels there cards constantly writing data like a dashcam does will kill them. Sandisk offers cards specifically for dashcams though.
@styloroc Yeah, but Yi is notorious for forcing excessive and unnecessary permissions on their applications. They probably sell cheap cameras because they mine your information and sell it. OH LOOK! That cheap amazon Yi dash cam…has an app. Betcha you have to sign over your soul to use it.
@goldnectar I don’t use the app on mine; you only need to use the app if you want to stream the video – which would make sense why you would have to provide permissions and I would assume that most other dashcam apps require you to do the same thing. Nevertheless, I would assume any app mines your data, that’s sort of the point…if you’re worried about it, then don’t install apps on your devices.
My rear dash cam (I have one up front and one on the back window proved the other party was at fault. The officer popped out the mem card and watched it. It turned a “he said, she said” into a big ticket for the other driver and a $20,000 settlement. It made that $200 Garmin seem very inexpensive.
@jewelshound I had an off duty police officer back into me, while I laid on my horn and then claim we backed into each other… I had a lady in one of those EXL trucks (the kind with 4 doors and a bed) brush up and hit our side mirrors in a parking lot, get out yelling and then later told insurance she was stationary… and my husband had a pregnant woman back into him but claimed he hit her… I’ve always been honest in my insurance claims - at least as honest as anyone can be… and it drives me batty that people are dirtbags. I wanted so badly to have proof they were lying. Since most of our issues have been in parking lots, I suppose i should look into a rear cam as well. What model do you have? Does it do well enough that you can read liscense plates at night? Was it easy to install?
@ericrhenley Did you discover an issue during the warranty period? What did you do to rectify the problem and what did they say? Just curious because it does have a 30 day warranty which isn’t much but I’d expect them to do something for you during that time at least.
@cengland0 I did discover it during the warranty period. I first contacted Meh and they said not our problem contact Papanogo (mis-spelling is intentional). I contacted Papanogo and they said reset, then use a different memory card then after 2 weeks of delays, sorry it is no longer underwarranty so you are SOL.
@cengland0 And the fact that these keep popping up and sooooo many are recertified should tell everyone something about the quality. I am very disappointed that MEH would not help me and keeps selling this crap. I only purchase non-electronics from MEH at this point.
@AiraCobra well that’s good. Recertified items may not all be the same, however. I bought a refurbished vacuum once that came with a pet attachment that was not advertised. Other people did not get the attachment. These properly all have it included, but meh has plausible deniability if they don’t.
I’d be wary of the power cord on this thing. Most dashcams use long-but-standard USB cables — which you can easily replace — that plug into whatever kind of car adapter you like (I like the really low-profile ones that sit almost flush with the power socket). If this one fails (which they tend to do) you have to replace the whole thing. Not to mention that pig-in-a-snake thing in the middle … WTF?
So, according to the model number linked video, this unit has a “two-inch slide-out screen, which is definitely not part of the enquispy.” ???
Any dashcam which does not kerfluffle the enquispy with a doan-dang can’t possible indinzner the risotto. No Sale!