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Ah good point. With that camera and 1080p, can it see/read license plates when you are behind someone?
with the Mobius you can read plates in the day time, at night there is just too much contrast between the dark surroundings and the white hot bright of the plate reflecting the headlights. however, i feel that even providing context in a collision, rather than number plate proof, would be enough.

this is a really great website that is constantly updated with new models, comparing all the dash cam.

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Do you guys use these every time you drive, or accident protection? I mean I put my gopro's up for racing...and have seen the Russian videos of dash cams. I see the reasoning behind using one, but curious.
The idea behind the dash cam is for it to work at all times without you having to do anything. This is why Thenorm has configured it this way, so that it turns on and off with the engine. If you have to turn it on and off manually or plug it in each time, you'll do that for maybe a week and then quit because your drives will be uneventful, then it's pointless.

Any self-respecting dash cam begins recording automatically as soon as it receives power, so it makes sense to tie it to a fuse. If I'm not mistaken, the cigarette power outlet in the console is switched with the engine, so that's an option as well if your cable has the length.

The amount it records really depends on the size of the memory card you put in it. Most cams will continuously record in around 5-minute increments, providing you many different files. This splits it up so that if you do record something you want to keep, you only have to grab a small file instead of cutting down a multi-gigabyte file. Once the card fills up, it will begin overwriting the oldest, continuing on in a loop.

If you get a big enough card, you can typically hold hours worth of high-definition video. So, if you are in an accident, you have plenty of time to allow it to continue recording and still be able to go back and get the video you need. To go further with this, some dash cams give you the ability to hit a button on the camera, which will lock whatever 5-minute video file is currently recording. That file will then not be overwritten but allows you to continue recording on without fear of overwriting something important.

I'm getting the G1W-C dash cam, a very cheap but well regarded cam. I've read you can typically get about 6 hours of video with a 32GB card, which is enough to cover my whole week of driving back and forth to work before it starts overwriting.

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Nice job. Seems simple enough. May have to do this in the Summer......

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this is the reason why I have a dash cam.
My wife almost got wrecked when a van ran a stop sign.
This would have been good evidence should there be debate about the fault.

you can clearly see the van wasn't stopped as she approached.

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CompuStar Dash Cam

I just installed the new CompuStar dual Dash cam. It has both a front and rear cam (Both 720P). I do not have yet pictures of the install but do have a sample video, unfortunately how it creates it video file and how Youtube processes their uploaded files it will only show the front cam.

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Just wanted to thank you for this walkthrough again. Just got mine installed and wired up with an add-a-fuse circuit!





I somehow took this at the right angle to show a gap between the camera and the cable-hiding piece and now it's driving me crazy... Totally not noticeable in person though, haha.
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Just wanted to thank you for this walkthrough again. Just got mine installed and wired up with an add-a-fuse circuit!

I somehow took this at the right angle to show a gap between the camera and the cable-hiding piece and now it's driving me crazy... Totally not noticeable in person though, haha.
Great Job.
I like the form factor on that camera. very discreet. Personally I wouldn't have bothered with the wire cover. Its mostly hidden behind the mirror anyways.

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I'll preface this by saying I'm ignorant of the laws in my own state, let alone all the other states - and this comment is strictly from a "devil's advocate" point of view, but what if you're in an accident and it WAS your fault?

Are authorities able to confiscate the video and use it as evidence against you?

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I'll preface this by saying I'm ignorant of the laws in my own state, let alone all the other states - and this comment is strictly from a "devil's advocate" point of view, but what if you're in an accident and it WAS your fault?

Are authorities able to confiscate the video and use it as evidence against you?
yes? I'm sure you could be compelled to submit it to the police or your insurance. However if you were at fault, you would admit as much, since you are a responsible person, and the video would be moot.

I think the general consensus on the internet is don't mention you have video, unless the claim process is not proceeding in a fair manner and you need additional proof of your innocence.

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Clean installs folks, nice work!

Since I'm not a fan of running any additional wires in my FE, I have this one with an internal battery. It's a bit of a pain to have to recharge every few days, but not the end of the world.

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