Decided to do a review on a dash-cam. If you follow my blog, you will know that many many years (2005) ago I wanted a dash-cam for my car to record all the weird things I saw on the road. Here is the article about that, HERE
I never truly got the dash-cam installed, but I did manage to install a carputer well before they were mainstream in the cars you see today. Soon after the iPhone came out on the market, the carputer started to not make much since, as it did almost all the things the carputer did. Now in 2015, cellphones of today like the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy s5 do all and more that the carputer ever did.
My desire for a dash-cam diminished over time, but as of late there seems to be an explosion of videos on YouTube of interesting dash-cam videos. There are a lot from Russia so I guess they are pretty popular over there. Then there are videos of accidents where they seem very useful, and also there are some of police officers at traffic stops hassling motorists.
One of the biggest reasons of all is there is a scam now where people back into you at a stop light, or let themselves coast back into you at a stop light and then claim that you rear ended them. With the dash-cam you never have to defend yourself.
It is starting to look to me like the dash-cam thing is a desire once again.
Check out some of these videos from YouTube.
Sky Meteor in Russia
Compilation of shocking events
Insurance Scam prevented by Dash-Cam
Better to have and not need, than need and not have. ~ Franz Kafka
So I started shopping for one and found one that I really liked. It had GPS, recorded in the cab of the vehicle as well as the outside, had speed recordings and audio recordings, built in WiFi, a lot of stuff, but it was nearly $300. 🙁 I didn’t want to spend that much on this.
I put the idea on a shelf for a a year or so, then while I was looking for a device to allow Bluetooth to a stereo that didn’t come with Bluetooth, I will talk about that in another article, I discovered a website that did a review on several dash-cams, and the article explained why you don’t always need all the bells and whistles that you may never use.
They tested several models with price tags as high as $600 and they came up with what they called the BEST DASH-CAM based on what was most important.
Auto Stop and Start
The best dash cam for the money is the G1W Full HD 1080P from Spy Tech and the best part is it can be had for $70.
Be aware there are many fakes on the market out there. There is a big unregulated market for fakes. They usually sell for cheaper and do not last as long.
Also worth noting I got the model that doesn’t require a battery in it. It has a capacitor inside and these models are supposed to be better had handling summer time heat. I am all for not having to mess around with a battery or have a battery explode in my car due to high temps.
Here are some image stills from the G1W-C Dash-Cam
So far I cant say enough good things about this dash-cam.
I highly recommend you pick one up.