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There are many interesting or thrilling driving videos on youtube or TikTok. Without a dash cam, this footage would not exist. After an accident or other bad event, the footage of the DASH CAM is undoubtedly useful evidence. Installing a dash cam in your vehicle can add a very valuable layer of security. If you don't have a DASH CAM, are considering purchasing it, and are curious about this technology, please check out these FAQs to help you make a wise decision.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF DASH CAMS?
Single channel: used for one-way recording, usually facing the front of the vehicle.
Dual channel: provide front and rear recording through the dual camera view
In-car: for viewing in the car. It is used to record the behavior of drivers and passengers. This type is more suitable for fleet or uber drivers
WHO CAN INSTALL THE DASH CAM?
If the DASH CAM uses rain sensor, reading lamp plug-and-play, or cigarette lighter to power the device, anyone can install the device.
If the dashcam is hardwired to the vehicle, you need a qualified car electrician to complete the installation.
WHERE SHOULD I INSTALL A DASH CAM?
Car dashboard: The first place people think of installing a dash cam is the Car dashboard. Although this can provide a clear view of the road ahead, it is not an ideal location to install a DASH CAM. The design of each car is different, and the dashboard itself is also very different. You need to evaluate whether your car dashboard can provide clear and safe vision without obstructing your vision.
Windshield: For drivers who want a clear and unobstructed view of the road ahead, the windshield is usually the most ideal location for the DASH CAM. To prevent the line of sight from being obstructed, it is recommended that you install the camera behind the rear-view mirror because this line of sight has been blocked technically. This is also an ideal position because the mirror is more or less located on the centerline of the vehicle and will provide the best overall record. When planning the installation location, please consider whether your model is 1:1 restore mold system or adhesive installation system.
Rearview mirror dashcams: The manufacturer of the dashcams recognized the ideal position for installing the camera on the rearview mirror and designed a model that can be simply clamped onto the existing rearview mirror. With these models, you don't need to worry about unnecessary or illegal visual impairment. The installation is built-in, so it is particularly easy to install.
CAN THE DASH CAM REDUCE MY INSURANCE?
Insurance companies have not yet offered discounts for drivers using dashcams, but progress is being made, and some companies are considering introducing them as soon as possible. Although you may not have received the monthly deduction of the DASH CAM insurance, installing the camera can provide important evidence for your claim. A small investment in adding a dashcam to your security system may save you thousands of dollars, much less the trouble of handling conflicting reports in legal or insurance claims!
HOW MUCH IS THE RIGHT PRICE FOR A DRIVING RECORDER?
You can pick up a dash cam for as little as $100 or upwards of $700. Top-of-the-line models should offer the highest 4K video resolution, GPS receivers, WiFi smartphone connectivity, and additional safety features. A driving recorder with dual lenses is more expensive than a single-lens driving recorder; a driving recorder with a large screen display is more expensive than a driving recorder with a small screen display. However, some very good dash cams can be purchased for less than $200, and others are worth owning for less than $100. With a limited budget, it is unnecessary to pay for the use of these auxiliary technologies in your vehicle. The installation also requires a fee, which may range from $40 to $150, depending on your choice of DASH CAM.
To help you make a wise purchase decision, the following are the main functions you need to consider when purchasing a DASH CAM:
DASHCAM IMAGE QUALITY
The record of some entry-level dashcam is 1080P. We recommend that you purchase at least 1080p full HD models. The resolution of the DASH CAM is important, not for aesthetic reasons, but to be able to read the practicality of any text captured - especially the license plate. The top model provides 4K resolution, and the pixel is four times 1080p. There are many intermediate options between 1080p and 4K. But the resolution is not everything, because different levels of compression quality can provide different results from the same number of pixels.
FIELD OF VIEW OF DASHCAMS
The field of view is the horizontal range of the camera. The wider the field of vision, the more front (or rear camera) scenes will be captured. This provides greater protection because the camera will capture events farther away. Most dash cameras will provide an angle of at least 120 degrees, but some can reach 180 degrees. If the wide angle is too large, the picture will deform. If the picture is too small, it cannot cover 3 lanes. The wide angle of the tachograph is generally about 140 °, and the viewfinder can cover three lanes. Even if the situation on both sides of the front of the vehicle is, the collision in a short distance can be recorded.
DASH CAM NIGHT VISION AND LOW LIGHT CONDITIONS
According to the data of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most dangerous time for driving is the late rush hour, while in winter, it is dark. Low visibility may also be the time when the driver cannot see the other side. You hope that your DASH CAM can handle the situation of insufficient light well and capture details at the same time. Some even have specific night modes, which can automatically change the settings to shoot the lens in the dark.
CIRCUIT RECORD OF DASH CAM
Almost all dashcam have this function. If you find one without it, you should avoid it. Video files require a lot of storage space. A 4K dash cam may only play 23 minutes of video on an 8GB card. This means that even an ordinary commute will fill it up, and you don't want to stop to change cards, or even buy a lot. Fortunately, the DASH CAM has a solution, just like many security cameras - they can record circularly. This means that once the available capacity is filled, the oldest file will be overwritten by the new file. However, some files can be stored permanently.
MOBILE INTERNET TRAFFIC-FREE VIEW
Open the driving assistant APP to connect to the wifi corresponding to the recorder, and you can view the video playback in real-time without consuming traffic. The key is that it will be easier and more convenient to obtain evidence.
DASH CAM COLLISION DETECTION
Recycling is very good for reusing your storage, but you don't want to go home and find that the moment another car hits you has been covered. Therefore, the vast majority of dashcams have built-in G sensors with different sensitivity, which can detect rapid changes in speed in any direction and mark the current video record as an accident. This takes the clip out of the loop and stores it separately as read-only so that it is not overwritten. We would think that, like cycles, this is a basic feature of the dashcam.
DASH CAM GPS
The more expensive DASH CAM will include a built-in GPS receiver, and a few will also provide it as an external accessory. This will capture the location information next to the video clip, which can also be used for other functions. Although you can set the dash cam to record the date and time, in fact, you can set this yourself, which will make it unreliable evidence. The DASH CAM GPS will record the exact date, time and location, and can be printed on the video, making the video more convincing in court.
DASHCAM MOTION DETECTION/PARKING MODE
The G sensor in many dashcam is usually used for motion detection or can be provided through camera-based visual motion sensing. When your car is parked, the DASH CAM can wait in standby mode and start when motion is detected. Then, it can catch someone breaking into your vehicle, vandalizing, or crashing in the parking lot. This function sometimes requires permanent professional installation and hard wiring directly connected to the car battery, because when the car key is not in the ignition switch, the cigarette lighter socket is usually powered off, and the battery life of the dash cam is usually short.
DASHCAM DRIVER AWARENESS WARNING
High-end cars are now equipped with additional safety features, such as collision detection and an alarm when you leave the lane on the highway. However, these are usually senior options. Now you can get these functions from an additional tachograph that uses the camera with the detection system.