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[Merged] In car camera recommendations?

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You could always use a pocket camcorder and a modified suction cup GPS windshield mount.
You can get knockoff Garmin mounts on Ebay for $4-$6 shipped.

Pocket cams are cheap cheap cheap.

You can get Kodak ZI6's or Vado HD's for about $50-$70 now.
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MeiserT wrote:
Jan 24th, 2011 8:20 am
You could always use a pocket camcorder and a modified suction cup GPS windshield mount.
You can get knockoff Garmin mounts on Ebay for $4-$6 shipped.

Pocket cams are cheap cheap cheap.

You can get Kodak ZI6's or Vado HD's for about $50-$70 now.

but you'd have to turn it on manually every time?

just bought this for $50: http://cgi.ebay.com/Car-Black-Box-Dash- ... 0547050001
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MeiserT wrote:
Jan 24th, 2011 3:20 am
You could always use a pocket camcorder and a modified suction cup GPS windshield mount.
You can get knockoff Garmin mounts on Ebay for $4-$6 shipped.

Pocket cams are cheap cheap cheap.

You can get Kodak ZI6's or Vado HD's for about $50-$70 now.

I can imagine it wouldn't be fun to get T-boned and having that become a lethal projectile in the passenger compartment. o_o
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Can't speak to the GoPro cam, which I also believe is quite good. But it is important to get a camera with a wide angle lens. Otherwise it is pretty pointless, because if you are getting it to have evidence in an accident, you will need as best a view as possible. Nothing would be more frustrating than having a dash cam, and then it not properly catching the video you'd need in the first place.

In regards to all the news coverage stating that I had it because of a previous accident, and people making the assumption that I was screwed-- I wasn't screwed. I simply had a car turn left in front of my vehicle at an intersection on a green light. I couldn't avoid him and got hit. Naturally he tried to make it a no-fault situation by claiming excuses...it took up my time by having to go to a court not close to my house or work (as a witness). If I had a camera, I could have saved a lot of my time and proved him guilty on the spot. If you're going to buy one, spend the extra $40 or $60 to get one with a wide angle lens (mine was from eBay).
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If you're in an accident will the police seize your camera as evidence?
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sjparker wrote:
Jan 26th, 2011 1:33 pm
If you're in an accident will the police seize your camera as evidence?
Will they? who knows ... can they? Yes
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hmmm does the camera just record to a memory card?
does this mean you just keep re-writing new videos as it records unless you save it onto your comp?

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vonster wrote:
Jan 26th, 2011 9:57 pm
hmmm does the camera just record to a memory card?
does this mean you just keep re-writing new videos as it records unless you save it onto your comp?

thx

it overwrites the oldest video files when the memory card is full.
so unless you want to save all of your driving scenaries, theres really no need to download videos from the memory card.
just save whatever you thought was interesting and pop the card back into the camera again.
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Jan 22nd, 2011 1:14 pm
Just picked up the first one, with an 8GB Class 6 ADATA Micro SD card. It doesn't seem to work right.. just freezes up right after turning on. Works fine in USB mode though, lol.

you don't have the battery inserted properly, I bought the same one last weekend and I had the same problem. As you can see, the battery doesn't fit very well so just play with it and it will go in. The battery doesn't last long either so any set-up plan on having it always charging
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AcidBomber wrote:
Jan 24th, 2011 8:25 am
but you'd have to turn it on manually every time?

just bought this for $50: http://cgi.ebay.com/Car-Black-Box-Dash- ... 0547050001

Ha. Got the same one from this exact person and was not working. Sent it back and never heard from him/her ever since after 3 emails. So good luck. The quality is really bad. Got another one from DX eventually with additional flipout screen to check the recorded video. I'd cancel the order if I were you.
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Jan 27th, 2011 7:28 am
Ha. Got the same one from this exact person and was not working. Sent it back and never heard from him/her ever since after 3 emails. So good luck. The quality is really bad. Got another one from DX eventually with additional flipout screen to check the recorded video. I'd cancel the order if I were you.

too late now. already shipped. hopefully mine works, else i'll be sure to get my money back.
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sjparker wrote:
Jan 26th, 2011 1:33 pm
If you're in an accident will the police seize your camera as evidence?

I thought I read somewhere that the police can't seize these if you're on public property while doing the filming.
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