A dashboard camera can provide a source of entertainment or valuable footage of incredible traffic occurrences, crazy driving and funny videos on video-sharing sites. When engineered to deliver high-quality video, the dash cam can serve as a more affordable insurance for drivers instead of having to take out a black-and-white insurance policy. When buying a dash cam, there are some things that need to be thought about in this kind of device.
The device should serve a purpose
Having a dashcam onboard is legal as long as it’s properly mounted in a fixed position and is not manually operated while driving. It shouldn’t obstruct your view of the road ahead, serving easily as an extra pair of eyes for the driver.
Numerous users have proven a dashcam to be really helpful in getting out of a sticky situation, as long as the user’s integrity is not compromised for problem-free showing to police and insurers. Posting dashcam videos online however, may be a totally different story.
During an accident, a dashcam can deliver the needed proof of what genuinely occurred, so even if the other party tells a different story when the traffic enforcers arrive, the video will testify to the veracity of the real aggrieved party’s claim.
A dashboard camera also protects users from being victimized by deliberate insurance fraud that unscrupulous individuals foist on innocent drivers. There will always be shrewd people who will do everything to extort money, including faking an accident or injuries to make fraudulent insurance claims from an innocent driver’s insurer.
A dashcam also proves valuable when it offers a parking mode feature, which enables obtaining of necessary information including the license plate and type of vehicle that would hit an unattended vehicle and then run away. This feature requires that the unit be hardwired to the user’s vehicle.
For those who allow other people to use their car, a dashcam allows the vehicle owner to know how the car was treated in their absence, as in cases when the vehicle is taken to a shop for repairs. There are models equipped with GPS to provide information on the speed and route.
The dashcam can be useful for keeping watch of bad drivers and other road mishaps including drunk drivers and distracted ones, road rage situations and dangerous driving. The video from a dashcam provides genuine proof of the real story.
Video quality should be high–genuinely high
A good video quality is a top criteria for getting a certain dashcam model. Choose a unit that shoots in high definition 720p or 1080p. Video quality shouldn’t be a glossed-over factor by sellers.
Even the cheap units perform well when taking day videos, but night videos are a different matter. The unit should offer good performance in poor lighting conditions. Do watch videos in fullscreen under high resolution to make sure.
The manufacturer should not feed the buyer demo versions made for the product, but rather from real users. Most times, manufacturer-made videos are made for marketing but don’t really demonstrate actual performance of the product on the road, along with the dashcam used in the demo version being of better quality or the camera mounted outside to reduce glare. The demo video may also have been recorded at a higher bit rate or in ideal lighting conditions. Typically, videos from Russian camera owners offer more solid proof of good quality than videos executed in Asia.
Review sites are not reliable sources of dashcam videos, especially when they are dedicated to marketing a specific model or brand.
Do take note of the recording angle width of the video. Most manufacturers don’t hesitate to exaggerate this element.
Although media player software readily handles all video formats, playing back some files on a Mac can be troublesome for many video formatting variations.
Take note of other aspects
The dash cam should be discreet. To achieve this, it should be compact or a very small size, ideally mounted behind the vehicle’s rearview mirror. Black makes the unit least noticeable, as it blends in easily with the color of the mirror. Screens may not be provided on the smallest models, but reliability and video quality should not be compromised.
If a large number of users complain about the sensor burning, recording that hangs or pictures that are blurry, look for something else. Check out models that offer consistent performance even in high temperatures. Do this by looking into real user feedbacks.
The camera’s CPU serves as its processor, which, although an essential factor, should be complemented by the CMOS sensor quality and lens.
A dashboard camera can spell the difference between safe driving and exposing oneself fully to the many dangers on the road. Thus, this type of gear should not just be easy to install and use but should offer top notch performance that safeguards the user’s welfare specially during problematic situations. Buy one like you would a car, only after meticulous evaluation of what it can really offer and the reliability of its performance.