I’ll throw away $300 sunglasses if i get a one nanometer scratch on them that obstructs my vision. Can’t see the road in front of me because I’m staring at the micro-scratch. So that dangling cord is a non-starter for me.
If the video survives the fire, the last recording before crashing into something will be the sound of a spilled coffee cup then me cussing “gee-dee-12volt cord!”
@MehnofLaMehncha there’s no dangling cord if you install it right. you’re supposed to stuff the cord into the lining of the ceiling of the car and in the trim on the frame. look up how to install any dash cam and you’ll see what i mean.
@PapaSha when i installed my dash cam it took me like 10 minutes. if it breaks and i need to remove the cord it would take me under a minute to pull it from the liner. i mean do what you like but your complaints about installation woes aren’t realistic.
@MehnofLaMehncha Or you attach one of those handy battery packs that we’ve all bought to it! Stick that thing to the headliner or behind the mirror! Now you just have one more thing to charge all the time!
@Kevin Dashcam–records video in front of you. Ever see that cool video of the asteroid in Russia? It’s because Russians have dashcams to protect themselves from insurance fraud. You just catch cool stuff now and again too.
@Konraden If you give them your footage of an accident, say someone backed into you, they could absolutely use that same footage to give you a speeding ticket if earlier in the footage you were doing 60 in a 45.
@daveinwarsh A law enforcement officer can, at any time, request that you show them the recorded footage on your dash cam. However, they cannot force you to do this, it is entirely your choice. In order to force you to show them the footage, or allow them to make a copy of it, or even for them to view it themselves after seizure, any law enforcement agency will require legal consent through a subpoena or a search warrant, if you have not given consent. Your dash cam may be demanded by any law enforcement agency under what are known as “exigent circumstances" if they declare that they have a reasonable suspicion it contains potential evidence of a crime and they suspect it could be lost, destroyed or tampered with if it is left in your possession. Even if they take your camera claiming such circumstances, they will still need a subpoena or search warrant to actually view the footage after seizure (although how anyone would stop them from surreptitiously doing so remains an unanswered question). So unless the police believe your camera has recorded a crime, they cannot legally force you to hand over your dash cam or it’s recorded footage. I personally will immediately switch out the SD card if I am stopped. Every time. No exception. Blank card? Hmm . . . guess the damn thing broke.
Interesting choice of dashcam. Not fond of the rearview mirror kind, but that’s not the worst part of the deal: It’s only 720p. When it comes to Dashcams, you’ll want 1080p\60fps at a minimum really for front\rear facing cams since it takes about that to grab license plates clearly when moving. You know, if you want a dashcam for recording the fun stuff that happens when you drive.
Otherwise, this might be good for anyone who has very little money to spend on something that could theoretically save you hundreds in fines or insurance rates by proving one is not at-fault for an accident. It’s $14 insurance-insurance, essentially.
i have one from different company. my main complaint, in summer when it gets over 85°ish the ball joint of the mount bracket that attaches my mirror to the windshield gets heated enough that the extra weight of this mirror makes the whole thing drop to its lowest position -a perfect view of the stick shift
Let me get this correct a rear view mirror cam so looking in your rear view isn’t enough you need to record behind you , who comes up with this shit obviously a shit idea my guess meh picked these up at 6 bucks each and bought 2000 meheads will be looking at these the next 12 months lol
@mellowirishgent Maybe the next deal will be for some reading comprehension with a free punctuation pack thrown in you should jump on that one then your posts would be easier to read and understand you know it’s ridiculous to type like this lol
@Dislimpet These can be used anywhere as long as you can provide power to them. My question would be why do you want car rearview mirrors in your house when there are many other options when it comes to cheap Chinese crap cameras?
@Pufferfishy I have a super cheesy ArmorAll camera I got for $5 net at Staples. On that one this 1/3/5 is referring to the length of the videos and it just keeps recording them until the card is full and then starts deleting the oldest ones to make room. 720p really is too small for any detail, quality is low and at night it is completely useless. All it’s good for is occasionally funny things that happen on the road. I got my daughter a 1080p WITH a backup cam for Xmas, still off brand semi-cheesy so we will have to see what an improvement that is.
@Pufferfishy It’s Mazda’s i-Activesense. Technically yes, there is a camera in there but it’s only for the safety features. Radar cruise control, lane departure, etc. My favorite feature is probably the high beam control. It automatically turns my high beams off when it sees another car so I don’t blind them.
A better explanation of what it does…
As others have said, the picture quality is under suspicion. Actual screenshots in the ad would solve that, but they didn’t provide them.
I have a Vivitar 720p action cam which I have used on my bike. You can’t read a license plate number on an overtaking car, even when the car is quite close to you.
I also have a couple very cheap dash cams, that are alleged to be 1080p. Both of them have bad picture quality too. Chalk it up the two-cent plastic lens in the camera.
So the screen covers my rear view mirror…where my back up camera screen is located. So I can either record what’s in front of me with a crappy camera, or I can use my car’s back up camera. Yeah, I’ll pass.
Caramba, where did that come from? I’m not Jewish or Spanish!
Ok the trolls and the folks who cannot figure out how to install a power cable behind the headliner trim and, I hate to mention, the option to cut off the 12 volt lighter plug and connect it to an ignition activated power line via a tap or an actual fuse box circuit of its own, as many manufacturers have an empty socket or two.
I’m in for two. If they record decent images, and the looping function works well, they area bargain.
Oofta! Such a deal!
(Besides, they cost less than taking my Significant Harassment out to dinner, and that money is magically transformed to crap I would not put in a drawer overnight) I’m not sure about the sunlight degradable rubber strap mounting schema though.
When is the phone app coming out to obsolete these, that makes my super duper new droid Moto PLay a dashcam while in use too. Could record to the SD Card on real phones, (iPhones are for children) and have a user selectable amount of Micro SD it will use. Then we have the high falutin phone cameras which get mounted where I can see it anyway on my dash.
The picture quality is fine. Better picture quality than another cam I have. The 1/3/5 minutes is just how long the camera waits to save the picture. You get continuous recordings. It saves recordings until the SIM card is filled up then it erases the oldest video and replaces it with a new one. This is pretty standard.
That being said, the mirror is tinted very dark. You can’t really see the camera picture in the day time and the mirror image is marginal. If your glass is also tinted it’s almost useless.
At night, the camera view is really good, but the mirror is so dark you can see headlights behind you and that is all.
The manual is almost useless and it takes a lot of fumbling to get the camera set up.
I’m very glad I didn’t spend more than $14.
There are a few things that bother me about this RV-camera:
1 - The microsd slot has no “diagram” to show which way is the correct way to insert
2 - Unless you have some serious fingernails going on, you’ll have to use a tool or some other device to get the microsd card to “click in”, and also to eject it.
3 - Camera placement on the RV-mirror device is TOO FAR to the right; maybe they were thinking this would be used in another country where they really want to look more to the right, but I prefer a more “centered” view, and the camera doesn’t quite adjust far enough to the left
4 - Also with the camera placement, if I “center” the RV-mirror on my vehicle’s RV-mirror, the camera is blocked by the vehicle’s RV-mirror. Seems like crappy design or something.
With all that said, the roughly $15 I shelled out for this was worth it, as I’m getting some experience mounting/unmounting the device from our cars, testing out which ones this will work with better.
@kevnad1966 Ah…Point #3 makes sense. With the mirror angled for a left-side driver’s seat, the camera does point too far to the right. It would work much better if I drove on the left side of the road!
@travis if you get no images at all it looks like they forgot to put the polarizer film on the screen. Contact meh support by going to my orders and clicking the “I need help with this” button under the order for the dashcam.
Do it quickly these have a 90 day…
In the mean time the button order to get it to turn off the display backlight after a few minutes is:
@qmirage Sorry to hear that, that is a bummer. On the bright side, at least we know we can always use the mirror to verify that we are still not vampires. That would have a large impact on my retirement planning.
@travis Thanks for the empathy and the tip about vampires. I have traced the problem to a bad USB cable that came with the camera. It was not charging although the light was on. It only took me an hour to figure out the menus after that …
Mine doesn’t work on battery power. I’ve fully charged it, but 5 seconds after I unplug it from the power source, it shuts off. I have tried fully charging it several times, but it never holds a charge.
@thismyusername@narfcake Yes that seems to work fine. It would be more helpful if it would automatically switched to battery when the plug power source stopped. Instead of just bailing from the car, I have to wait for it to power off then hit the power button so it will record while I’m in the liquor store.
@medz I think there is a setting for that… I will dig mine out later (it is in pieces now, I’m yanking the camera parts out) and scan the menus, but I swore I saw an option to disable auto power off (or I am confusing it with another model, I’ve got quite a few of these cheapo dashcams).
I finally got around to opening the box and installed it – is there some sort of magic film on this thing or is the mirror really tinted this dark blue – practically unusable at night…can barely see cars behind me.
@styloroc Blue “film” is just a tint that makes the screen visible. I have turned the screen saver on and that makes the screen turn off after awhile. Lots easier to see at night. I find the blue tint to be similar to those rearview mirrors that have the auto-dim setting for night driving so you’re not blinded by headlights behind you.
It’s almost like you’re wearing sunglasses…and if you’re already wearing sunglasses, which is more or less a necessity in Texas…pretty much unusable. oh well, into the “2017 Meh Christmas gifts for people I don’t care about” bin.