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Saturday, October 14, 2017

4 Tips to Selecting the Best Type of Dash Cam for Your Needs

Are you looking to buy a dashboard camera in the near future? It was not very long ago when dashcams were not considered a necessity by car owners. Most saw it as a luxury, but now more and more car owners have recognized the importance of having a reliable dashcam.

Why are they so important? The purpose of a dashcam is to capture video footage while you drive. The footage that it records may become very crucial evidence in situations such as insurance fraud or an accident. While others opt for just installing a camera on their dashboard, some also choose to install a rear view dashboard camera at the back of their vehicles. The rear camera helps as it this time it shows the view from behind, and also helps with parking.

If you’re not sure how to go about buying a front and rear dashboard cam for your vehicle, read through the tips below so that you’ll be able to get the best one.

1. Prioritize the quality of the camera – even if you buy a dashcam with a lot of features such microphone or GPS, if the video quality is not good, then it’s primary purpose is defeated. Try to get a camera that would get at least 720p HD recording. This would make the footage sharp enough to show the make and model of the car, not to mention the license plate, which is important in accidents.

2. Get one that has a loop recording – whether you have a 16G memory card or higher, the fact of the matter is that as your dashcam continuously records, the storage would be filled up. What happens next is that either, the camera would stop recording or it begins to record over the oldest video footage. Go for the one that records over the old footage, although the risk there is that it might record over crucial footage that you were not able to retrieve and store somewhere else.

3. Get one that can record well during night time – accidents or crimes don’t just happen during the day. The truth is, you never know when they would occur, so make sure that your dashcam would be able to capture scenes even when it is dark. There are dash cams that have night vision cameras so you can try to see if one could work for you. While you may reason that your car has headlights and there are street lights that can provide illumination, they will not always be available everywhere you go, so it’s best to be prepared.

4. If you can, get one that has an impact sensor – as stated above, one of the problems with a looping recording is that it could record over important footages. To compensate for that, you can buy a dashcam that has a sensor that can detect when you’ve  been in an accident. It automatically records the footage right after the incident, and it also saves a file that will not be recorded over when the storage has been used up.

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