Mio Mivue 518 GPS Dashcam Was £89.00 NOW £64.00 @ Currys/PC World
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Mio Mivue 518 GPS Dashcam Was £89.00 NOW £64.00 @ Currys/PC World

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Found 6th Feb 2016
This Mio MiVue 518 Dashboard Camera includes GPS for video position logging and a microSD card slot to record your driving trips in HD – the ideal way to protect your no claim bonus.

Get yourself an on-the-road eyewitness

This clever camcorder featuring GPS is a compact and simple way to track which routes you've driven, capturing events that happen during your journey.

The MiVue 518 Dashboard Camcorder records a video image of your trip, your direction and speed of travel, and the geographical co-ordinates (altitude, longitude, latitude and heading) of your route. It synchronises these with Google Maps to provide a clear electronic transcript of where you've been.

Special travel features

Event Recording Mode can be especially helpful when it comes to dealing with your no claims bonus or recounting unusual events on the road.

The Mio MiVue 518 has a 3-axis G-sensor detects sudden changes in motion during an event, recording the direction and force of accident impacts. The device instantly saves these as protected files, locking recordings against deletion or overwriting so you can analyse critical moments later on.

High quality video recording

Your Mio MiVue 518 Dash Cam features a bright 5x lens that allows more light in to give you clearer videos, even when conditions are dim. Recordings are captured in 1080p Full HD using proprietary H.264 technology, so footage is sharp and detailed even though file size is reduced.

Enjoy a 130-degree wide-angle view on the road through the camcorder that gets more of every scene in and doesn't suffer from having a blind spot.

There's also a photo mode that you can use to gather further evidence – since the camera has a built-in battery you'll be able to take it out of the car and capture close-up shots for even more thorough documentation of a situation.

Use the intuitive MiVue Manager interface to go through your recordings, complete with a speed control feature. The camera uses its G-sensor to record you driving directions so that post-accident assessment is clearer.

You'll be able to link videos together and share them on sites such as YouTube and Facebook, and organise videos by type and date for speedier searching.

Practical design

A revolving mounting cradle allows you to position the Mio MiVue 518 Dashboard Video Camera in any direction. Use the microSD card slot to insert compatible memory cards for recording (sold separately).

Turn on your car, and the video camera will begin recording. You can keep the device recording constantly in vehicles offering constant power supplies, so you won't miss a moment.

Get the Mio MiVue 518 Dashboard Camera in your car and make sure important travel moments are recorded when it counts.
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Mio Mivue 508 also on sale @ £54.00 (from £69) seen here, doesn't have the GPS feature the 518 does though.
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Been looking at various brand of dash cams and have narrowed it down to the 518 and the Transcend Drive Pro 200, the GPS data logging of the 518 has edged it for me.

Not many (if any?) cams have the same features at this price point.
There's a couple of my clips on youtube of my 508, picture quality is amazing for the price of a dashcam from a known retailer. there are other cams that appear to be excellent but they only seem to be available from unknowns in china, meaning if they fail you pretty much lose what you spent
ps. I only bought the 508 because I had £18.50 in tesco clubcard boost vouchers at the time making it £36.50, otherwise I'd have got the 518 from currys when it was £64 in december, tesco didn't stock it
Never had a dash cam and don't know much about them but can anybody tell me if they are capable of recording for a prolonged period of time,for example when you put you car into a garage to have work done over a couple of hours.

Also do they have to be plugged into a fag lighter or do they run off internal battery ? In an ideal world I would like one I could charge up and and do away with it being plugged in constantly.
funnily enough, the 538 is only £69 at tesco direct, integrated gps
you can get hardwire kits for some cams, they can be set to cut off to prevent flattening the car battery, the mio has an internal battery but many say it may not last beyond an hour. many dashcams aren't easy to "hide" from mechanics though
andynicol

Been looking at various brand of dash cams and have narrowed it down to … Been looking at various brand of dash cams and have narrowed it down to the 518 and the Transcend Drive Pro 200, the GPS data logging of the 518 has edged it for me.Not many (if any?) cams have the same features at this price point.



​tesco do the 538 for £69 now
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Biggunspaul

Never had a dash cam and don't know much about them but can anybody tell … Never had a dash cam and don't know much about them but can anybody tell me if they are capable of recording for a prolonged period of time,for example when you put you car into a garage to have work done over a couple of hours.Also do they have to be plugged into a fag lighter or do they run off internal battery ? In an ideal world I would like one I could charge up and and do away with it being plugged in constantly.



Re car in garage, are you meaning if they take the car for a spin?

If so, dash cams come on with the engine and will record on a loop, filling the card and then re-writing over it.

Most plug into the 12v power outlet* but some have an optional accessory of a hard wired kit, enabling it to be hard wired to the battery.
This is handy for such an application if you can hide the wires and the fuse box is easily accessible.

Most have an internal battery that does charge, but limited lifespan, i.e. 1 hour say, this enables the cam to be removed from the car in the event of an accident and to take still photos of the scene.

Have a look at 'Techmoans' videos on dash cams here, very helpful in choosing.

*previously known as a 'fag lighter'

Edited by: "andynicol" 6th Feb 2016
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19Danny81

​tesco do the 538 for £69 now



Do you know the difference between the 518 and 538 ?

I know the 538 Deluxe has speed camera warnings with lifetime updates, but I don't need them due to in car satnav, I can't see the difference between the 518 and 538 tbh oO


Edited by: "andynicol" 6th Feb 2016
andynicol

Re car in garage, are you meaning if they take the car for a spin?If so, … Re car in garage, are you meaning if they take the car for a spin?If so, dash cams come on with the engine and will record on a loop, filling the card and then re-writing over it.Most plug into the 12v power outlet* but some have an optional accessory of a hard wired kit, enabling it to be hard wired to the battery.Most have an internal battery that does charge, but limited lifespan, i.e. 1 hour say, this enables the cam to be removed from the car in the event of an accident and to take still photos of the scene.Have a look at 'Techmoans' videos on dash cams here, very helpful in choosing.*previously known as a 'fag lighter'



For garage recording I would like it to record whilst they are working on the car and road testing it.

I have the sort of car that gets abused on road tests and such like.Like the time it was in for an mot and unknown to the garage I was sat in the premises next door and seen my car getting ragged up the road as fast as it could go,I was later told that they done it to test the brakes as its AWD,I said but testing the brakes does not involve testing the 0-60mph time.
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 6th Feb 2016
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Biggunspaul

For garage recording I would like it to record whilst they are working on … For garage recording I would like it to record whilst they are working on the car and road testing it.I have the sort of car that gets abused on road tests and such like.Like the time it was in for an mot and unknown to the garage I was sat in the premises next door and seen my car getting ragged up the road as fast as it could go,I was later told that they done it to test the brakes as its AWD,I said but testing the brakes does not involve testing the 0-60mph time.



I would search online, a good starting point would be the Techmoan youtube page I linked.

tbh I am not aware of a dash cam that records all the time, there are some that have a feature which starts recording on event of a collision i.e. a car crashing into yours whilst parked, I 'think' a dashcam which recorded 24/7 would drain your battery?

I think going forward for yourself a dash cam would record the 'test drive' your garage done, but I'd seriously look at only using a garage you trust, a small local independent might be best?

I've seen horrendous footage online of an Impreza being taking for a drive by a Subaru specialist garage and deliberately aiming for potholes in the road, and with commentary to match, this was captured via a dash cam.
andynicol

I would search online, a good starting point would be the Techmoan … I would search online, a good starting point would be the Techmoan youtube page I linked.tbh I am not aware of a dash cam that records all the time, there are some that have a feature which starts recording on event of a collision i.e. a car crashing into yours whilst parked, I 'think' a dashcam which recorded 24/7 would drain your battery?I think going forward for yourself a dash cam would record the 'test drive' your garage done, but I'd seriously look at only using a garage you trust, a small local independent might be best?I've seen horrendous footage online of an Impreza being taking for a drive by a Subaru specialist garage and deliberately aiming for potholes in the road, and with commentary to match, this was captured via a dash cam.



It's that very footage of the Subaru that has made me think about getting one.The guy who owns the Subaru actually posted it up on the same car forum I am a member of (Mitsubishi lancer register).

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Biggunspaul

It's that very footage of the Subaru that has made me think about getting … It's that very footage of the Subaru that has made me think about getting one.The guy who owns the Subaru actually posted it up on the same car forum I am a member of (Mitsubishi lancer register).



My first 2 guesses were you had either an Impreza or Evo.

At the very least I'd ensure I had a dash cam to record any over zealous mechanics taking your pride and joy for a spin, this would ensure any 'antics' were recorded.

I'd go a step further, and point out to the garage that all driving is recorded, to ensure that the driver was under no illusions that his driving 'technique' would be captured on video.

Having footage is fine, but if they've already done damage your the one thats out of pocket, knackered suspension etc, ensure the garage are aware of the dash cam.

I'm bewildered that these 'technicians' or 'mechanics' working with prestige cars still get a thrill in having a blast with a customers car, surely thats what the demonstrator is for...?

andynicol

My first 2 guesses were you had either an Impreza or Evo.At the very … My first 2 guesses were you had either an Impreza or Evo.At the very least I'd ensure I had a dash cam to record any over zealous mechanics taking your pride and joy for a spin, this would ensure any 'antics' were recorded.I'd go a step further, and point out to the garage that all driving is recorded, to ensure that the driver was under no illusions that his driving 'technique' would be captured on video.Having footage is fine, but if they've already done damage your the one thats out of pocket, knackered suspension etc, ensure the garage are aware of the dash cam.I'm bewildered that these 'technicians' or 'mechanics' working with prestige cars still get a thrill in having a blast with a customers car, surely thats what the demonstrator is for...?



Oh I won't be hiding it out the way whilst it's in a garage and like you say they will be told a dash cam is fitted.Just hope they don't turn it off.
If you really want to record a mechanic or technician working on your car maybe you should look into a hidden camera that you could clip into the back row of seating. I'm pretty sure they are so small and well camouflaged with an extensive battery to record anything and everything you need.
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DW79

If you really want to record a mechanic or technician working on your car … If you really want to record a mechanic or technician working on your car maybe you should look into a hidden camera that you could clip into the back row of seating. I'm pretty sure they are so small and well camouflaged with an extensive battery to record anything and everything you need.



Apart from any work undertaken under a raised bonnet, or any work beneath the car, or behind, your suggestion may only capture work undertaken inside the car, of which might be minimal..?

Footage would require multiple cameras ensuring all angles are covered, my first thought is £££'s
Edited by: "andynicol" 6th Feb 2016
...remember the ones they used or use in care-homes. You could even place one inside a teddy bear or something and fix it to your the back of your car - lol
I don't know but for me it would be more for work not done and then they still charge you for it. Seen some crazy videos where mechanics actually damaging parts under the hood for the customer to return later for more repairs.
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DW79

...remember the ones they used or use in care-homes. You could even place … ...remember the ones they used or use in care-homes. You could even place one inside a teddy bear or something and fix it to your the back of your car - lol



And underneath, and facing the rear, and placing as such it captures anything if the bonnet is raised.

Not as simple as 'a hidden camera that you could clip into the back row of seating'
Exactly! A simple solution would be to just to take it to a reliable place that's all
amazon.co.uk/s/?…8_e also on Amazon, free next day delivery with prime. The 538 is £69 too.
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DW79

Exactly! A simple solution would be to just to take it to a reliable … Exactly! A simple solution would be to just to take it to a reliable place that's all



Like my suggestion in post #12 ?;)
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DW79

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=mio+mivue+518&tag=hydrukspg-21&index=aps&hvadid=67917124599&hvpos=1o3&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2571426934136025890&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=m&ref=pd_sl_5x1q2awp18_e also on Amazon, free next day delivery with prime. The 538 is £69 too.



Whats the difference between the 518 and 538 ?
DW79

Exactly! A simple solution would be to just to take it to a reliable … Exactly! A simple solution would be to just to take it to a reliable place that's all



Problem is most places are reliable,until they get caught out
andynicol

Apart from any work undertaken under a raised bonnet, or any work beneath … Apart from any work undertaken under a raised bonnet, or any work beneath the car, or behind, your suggestion may only capture work undertaken inside the car, of which might be minimal..?Footage would require multiple cameras ensuring all angles are covered, my first thought is £££'s



Tbh it would be more the audio I would be relying on whilst work is being done on the car,you'd be surprised on what gets said about what's been done or not done,you've only got to look on YouTube for plenty of examples.

Whilst a dash cam isn't the perfect solution it all helps and just the presence of one may be enough to make someone think twice.
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Biggunspaul

Problem is most places are reliable,until they get caught out



Every garage would get caught out with extensive research.

Whether that was simply an apprentice forgetting to change a filter to a seasoned mechanic deliberately greasing a squeaking suspension to alleviate the owners concerns.

IMO main dealers are more sales orientated than local independents and this would give me the impression that main dealers are more likely to try and fleece customers ?

Just seen this one at halfords,comes with hardware kit,sd card and free fitting.

halfords.com/tec…dle

Problem is I will probably need a dash cam to watch halfords fitting the dash cam
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Biggunspaul

Just seen this one at halfords,comes with hardware kit,sd card and free … Just seen this one at halfords,comes with hardware kit,sd card and free fitting.http://www.halfords.com/technology/dash-cams/dash-cams/nextbase-dash-cam-302g-fully-fitted-bundleProblem is I will probably need a dash cam to watch halfords fitting the dash cam



120 degree viewing angle as opposed to the Mivues' 130.

Does the Nextbase timestamp the GPS details on the recording? For me, that was the defining factor on purchasing the Mivue 518.

I wouldn't trust Halfords to fit a headlight bulb, let alone hard wire a dash cam.
Edited by: "andynicol" 6th Feb 2016
also I would say the 518 is better cause it actually has a 10degree wider lens than the 538. 140deg on 508 v 130deg on 538.
Biggunspaul

Oh I won't be hiding it out the way whilst it's in a garage and like you … Oh I won't be hiding it out the way whilst it's in a garage and like you say they will be told a dash cam is fitted.Just hope they don't turn it off.



Apparently, as they become more and more common, it has also become standard practice to unplug these, if found.
Been eyeing up dashcams for a while. Tried the Cobra CDR820 which is excellent but very small and no GPS. Dropped lucky with a Nextbase 402G Pro from CEX, just about as good as new for £60.50 and it came with 24 months warranty. Nice bit of kit.
Why haven't the big camera companies jumped on dash cams is what I don't understand. There don't seem to be any big name brands selling dash cams.
Be aware that the GPS / time stamp ie how fast you were traveling, could be used against you if you were to use it in evidence in say an accident, where for example the other driver was without question at fault but his insurance company will pick up on any thing they can use to lessen or get out of paying so if they can show you were speeding , if only by 1 mph , they will use this against you, even though it may have made no difference to who's fault it was, just saying.
donalddraper

Be aware that the GPS / time stamp ie how fast you were traveling, could … Be aware that the GPS / time stamp ie how fast you were traveling, could be used against you if you were to use it in evidence in say an accident, where for example the other driver was without question at fault but his insurance company will pick up on any thing they can use to lessen or get out of paying so if they can show you were speeding , if only by 1 mph , they will use this against you, even though it may have made no difference to who's fault it was, just saying.


How would they get the footage?
snoopy18

How would they get the footage?



If it was a serious accident (ie airbags etc) then the car will already have recorded internally how quickly it was going.
Also, even without GPS it would be fairly easy to estimate pre accident speed by distance traveled in a certain time as recorded on the video file. That tour of technology would only be used if the accident was serious enough to warrant it, but it's worth knowing about it nonetheless.

Why not tell the garage the car has a full time tracker which you can view on your phone. Pretty difficult to prove otherwise.
same price at Amazon heres the link

amazon.co.uk/Mio…D2W
Edited by: "mastersol6" 7th Feb 2016
andynicol

Re car in garage, are you meaning if they take the car for a spin?If so, … Re car in garage, are you meaning if they take the car for a spin?If so, dash cams come on with the engine and will record on a loop, filling the card and then re-writing over it.Most plug into the 12v power outlet* but some have an optional accessory of a hard wired kit, enabling it to be hard wired to the battery.This is handy for such an application if you can hide the wires and the fuse box is easily accessible.Most have an internal battery that does charge, but limited lifespan, i.e. 1 hour say, this enables the cam to be removed from the car in the event of an accident and to take still photos of the scene.Have a look at 'Techmoans' videos on dash cams here, very helpful in choosing.*previously known as a 'fag lighter'



I noticed straight away that his dashcam was broken and was recording the inside of the car, what a fool!

Biggunspaul

Never had a dash cam and don't know much about them but can anybody tell … Never had a dash cam and don't know much about them but can anybody tell me if they are capable of recording for a prolonged period of time,for example when you put you car into a garage to have work done over a couple of hours.Also do they have to be plugged into a fag lighter or do they run off internal battery ? In an ideal world I would like one I could charge up and and do away with it being plugged in constantly.


Look at getting a powerbank battery to keep the power sufficient enough for long periods of time.
I have mine powering my camera whilst it is parked. It will only start recording once it detects motion. This solution eliminates any worry about the battery running out.
does anyone have one of these ? any good
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