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#1 2011fiesta

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:12 PM

Just wondered how many of you have dash cams in your car? I often watch bad drivers on YouTube that have been caught on other people’s dash cams, or driver’s purposely causing bumps and rear endings so they can get cash from the victim’s insurers etc.

I've had a dash cam for about a year after seeing the usual idiots that we have to share the road with - (luckily I've never been involved in anything and I've never had to use my footage as evidence, but it’s nice to know I can prove/show what happened if I was involved in an incident).

For the first time today I actually noticed 2 other cars pass me that also had cash cams on - one was a taxi driver which makes sense being on the road all the time.

Me and my dad have cameras that stick to the screen and hang from underneath the rear view mirrors - how ever with my dad being a driving instructor we ordered a replacement that iNath also uses - its much smaller and hides behind the mirror so it’s unnoticeable to the driver (I'll post pics of it once fitted tomorrow).

My cameras now effectively a spare and is currently pointing out my back window, and my dads current HD cam is now in the front of my car.
(I know its not the neatest or most subtle but I'll be able to remove them easily without trace when changing cars, and for the time being, well, they do their job)
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I wouldn't know where to start to wire them to the ignition so I just use this switch to turn em on and off...
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The wires to the cams run from the power outlet, then under the drivers chair and into a 4 way socket adapter, then out towards the drivers door and into the rubber door seals, through the A pillar, headliner and out to the camera.

Only sloppy/visible bit is this section but its only me that sees it so I can live with that...
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My new front cam from my dads car unfortunately has an interior view cam too so please ignore the right hand side. It ain't as good as the exterior view so hence on sunny days it makes people look like Casper the ghost.
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Yeah, so I guess you never know who’s watching you. It'd be good to hear if anyone else uses dash cams and if you've ever had to use the footage?

Heres a few YouTube vids.


This first one is a must watch if you haven't already seen it. Watch the whole thing, its quite shocking. (London Southall)
http://youtu.be/2ex6dHzcgOE

http://youtu.be/ZqRUon1zj0o

http://youtu.be/FRC7RO2tOJQ

http://youtu.be/aScQ5xRJpb4

Great YouTube channel.... http://www.youtube.c...s/videos?view=0

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:30 PM

I have watched that video before , some people should not be allowed to have a licence .

Those cams look great i might invest in one.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

Great post, imgoing to look into getting on of these, even if its there for my own piece of mind and hopefully never have to use it, with insurance's now it one word against another most of the time! but havning hard evidence is always a plus.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:45 PM

Thats it, with having a camera you can show you were in the right (hopefully lol), and they are getting cheaper and cheaper on ebay now.


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

Does anyone have any cameras which would be good one i can just have on my rear veiw mirror and just leave it there all the time, i dont want to be having to take it on and off all the time.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

Does anyone have any cameras which would be good one i can just have on my rear veiw mirror and just leave it there all the time, i dont want to be having to take it on and off all the time.


You just leave all dash cams in place. I never take mine out, not even to review footage - you just pop out the memory card.

This is the one nathan has, and the one that I ordered which I'll put in my dads fiesta tomorrow....
its smaller and is more hidden from view


It's stuck on with an adhesive pad on the bracket, so you can leave the bracket there and remove the camera whenever you need to. I think it also comes with a suction pad.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:00 PM

I'd like something like this but as small as possible so people don't notice it installed.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:17 PM

Now... I know nothing about dashcams, other than I want a front and a rear one for my own piece of mind (I see enough accidents at work that go down as a fault claim due to no evidence)

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c1c04849b Is on ebay for a BIN price of £15.88.

I know about computer parts and that price would tell me to stay well away... but is that normal price for a car camera?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:24 PM

Ive been looking at these, smallest ones i could find

http://www.blackvuehd.co.uk/

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:27 PM

Jesus @ those prices. I think I might take my chances on the £16 china special :P I like the idea of the one thats rear facing and clips onto the headrest though. http://www.ebay.co.u...#ht_9048wt_1397 Looks like that one from the pictures?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:30 PM

Now... I know nothing about dashcams, other than I want a front and a rear one for my own piece of mind (I see enough accidents at work that go down as a fault claim due to no evidence)

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c1c04849b Is on ebay for a BIN price of £15.88.

I know about computer parts and that price would tell me to stay well away... but is that normal price for a car camera?


Well I'll admit the when I first looked into them I saw fancy ones for like £170 but wasn't gonna spend that type of money. Our 3 are just cheap ones that come from china, cheapest being under £40 http://www.ebay.co.u...3661901&afsrc=1 and the most expensive being around £65.00 - at the end of the day the quality it good enough to be used as evidence so I'm glad I didn't get a super duper one.

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Heres a couple vids showing failed insurance scams - bit worrying lol

http://youtu.be/QGLi7BA2Fp0

http://youtu.be/3gMm3oNQuBE

http://youtu.be/pVhho62daLE

http://youtu.be/cz3p1nMfEHw

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:34 PM

Right, I think I may invest in one next payday. I'll start with the super happy funtime £16 spesh, see how that fares and perhaps upgrade

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:39 PM

Found this one looks like the one you guys were using cheaper then the £200 ones but cant beat the £16 one

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3375e739ff

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:43 PM

You can get plenty of small ones if you look around. They're really small now - cyclists wear them on their helmets.

check out this london vid of two cars in the same clip, one knocking down a cyclist and another running him over!

Unbelievable -
http://youtu.be/6qycF0raqpg

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Another London cyclist, known as the traffic droid has a good youtube channel of the idiots he comes into contact with. After a few accidents he now has a car horn fitted to his bike and multiple (front rear and side view) cameras videoing his journey - http://www.youtube.c...eature=CAQQwRs=

http://youtu.be/AKNd-GkHEAg

http://youtu.be/hosZ-jTuY38

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJeZPbYcBvE&feature=plcp

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:45 PM

Right, I think I may invest in one next payday.


I thought this thread might not even get a reply - I'm thinking its a shame I'm not selling dash cams now, seems I've done a good pitch lol

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