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Dash Camera Discussion & Recommendations

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tranquility922 wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 2:43 am
This may or may not be useful for some carcam users:

I found that perhaps high endurance SD cards are not necessarily imperative afterall. I didn't even know about them when I had my first carcam and everything worked fine w/ reg cards. However, ever since I got my 2nd carcam which was newer/better, I started having problems and thought it was because I was using reg cards so I bought a High Endurance one and it worked better but I still experienced prbs. Turned out that I was using a lousy car-to-USB adapter, it only has an output of 1,000MA when it probably should be at least double: somehow this made the carcam buggy. Well, that's my 2c.
So the dash you bought didn't have a car adapter or did u just choose to use your own under powered adapter?
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gr8dlr wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 11:13 am
So the dash you bought didn't have a car adapter or did u just choose to use your own under powered adapter?
I don't think any carcam comes w a cigarette-to-usb adapter, right? (EDIT: some only have usb connection so gotta buy one yourself, I understand some have a cigarette lighter adapter included). Anyway, I didn't know better and just got whatever adapter. Now it should be alright since I now know some cameras need more power and bought higher output adapters.
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tranquility922 wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 12:46 pm
I don't think any carcam comes w a cigarette-to-usb adapter, right? Anyway, I didn't know better and just got whatever adapter. Now it should be alright since I now know some cameras need more power and bought higher output adapters.
Viofo is powered via USB. It comes with a cigarette-to-USB adapter.

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chimaican wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 12:54 pm
Viofo is powered via USB. It comes with a cigarette-to-USB adapter.

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Tx, I was just focused on my cams, which only allow for usb connection, so gotta buy an adapter myself.
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chimaican wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 12:54 pm
Viofo is powered via USB. It comes with a cigarette-to-USB adapter.

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Viofo was my first and only dash cam so I thought all dash cams came with the car adapter.
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Any thoughts on the Papago GoSafe S780 from Costco? Link To Costco Camera

This would be my first camera & although it is on the pricey side at $340 all in - it has the advantage of being from Costco so if I found it not suitable - I could return it within 90 days for a full refund.

My requirements are dual cameras, discrete, good video quality and being able to use it in Winnipeg all winter long ... where our crooks think nothing of breaking into cars. This one comes with a 2" video screen - which I really don't need - I would be happy with a smaller unit with no screen as I understand the screen is not really necessary after the camera is secured in place and aimed properly.

I have not given much thought to needing a 'parking mode' - but understand that if I do - I am best to get one with a low voltage cutoff as car batteries have a way of dying here during the long cold winter days ...and even colder ... nights.
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Hey guys. How goes? It has been a while since I posted here. I wanted to pick up a 1 channel dash cam that is reasonably priced (doesn't break the bank a lot), and that has "satisfactory" video recording quality. I don't care for fancy features like WiFi or a built in GPS, etc. Just wanted something for my winter beater. Won't be hardwiring it either, as it'll run off the arm rest 12v port of a dual splitter.

That being said, can anyone lead me in the right direction? What's new out there? Re the video quality, I want to be able to actually view the license plate #s and street signs in day and night, and all weather conditions if applicable.

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djemzine wrote:
Nov 12th, 2018 11:11 pm
Hey guys. How goes? It has been a while since I posted here. I wanted to pick up a 1 channel dash cam that is reasonably priced (doesn't break the bank a lot), and that has "satisfactory" video recording quality. I don't care for fancy features like WiFi or a built in GPS, etc. Just wanted something for my winter beater. Won't be hardwiring it either, as it'll run off the arm rest 12v port of a dual splitter.

That being said, can anyone lead me in the right direction? What's new out there? Re the video quality, I want to be able to actually view the license plate #s and street signs in day and night, and all weather conditions if applicable.

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Looking for a new cam or 2 as well... Mine will be hardwired to the battery

Something that can withstand Winter and Summer temperatures here in Southern Canada, capacitor no battery
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djemzine wrote:
Nov 12th, 2018 11:11 pm
Hey guys. How goes? It has been a while since I posted here. I wanted to pick up a 1 channel dash cam that is reasonably priced (doesn't break the bank a lot), and that has "satisfactory" video recording quality. I don't care for fancy features like WiFi or a built in GPS, etc. Just wanted something for my winter beater. Won't be hardwiring it either, as it'll run off the arm rest 12v port of a dual splitter.

That being said, can anyone lead me in the right direction? What's new out there? Re the video quality, I want to be able to actually view the license plate #s and street signs in day and night, and all weather conditions if applicable.

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Need the experts help. Any recommendations for good front and rear cameras with good picture quality (including night time) that can just be installed into usb or cigarette lighter ports that don't need hard wiring and maybe stuck on the windshield or with suction top mounts?

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Just purchased Thinkware F800 Pro dual channel with Cellink Neo. Pretty pricey but want front and back along with parking mode. Don't trust the shitty drivers in GVA.
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bomber17 wrote:
Nov 25th, 2018 3:51 pm
Just purchased Thinkware F800 Pro dual channel with Cellink Neo. Pretty pricey but want front and back along with parking mode. Don't trust the shitty drivers in GVA.
What was the price? The non pro f800d as stated by sickcars, (as far as I can see it doesn't support more than 64 gb cards) is on sale at bb with rear cam for $299.
Ah, only to 64 gbs, does not support cloud function, and disable timer cutoff function (what ever that is). At any rate a $100 or more price difference I think the non pro with rear camera a possible better choice. Also the f800d includes a hardware kit, guess I might have one to sell as I have an extra one I bought as I intended to get either a thinkware or blackview for my 86 monte in the future and bought an extra hardwire kit when they were on sale for $19.99. In intend to put the f800d in my newer car and the thinkware x550 with rear cam that's presently in it in my monte.
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