Thinkware F770 Full HD Front And Rear Dashcam 32GB £229.99 @  letsbuycaraudio /ebay
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Thinkware F770 Full HD Front And Rear Dashcam 32GB £229.99 @ letsbuycaraudio /ebay

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Found 26th Nov 2016
This will be controversial as there are a lot of different types and prices.

But after two unfortunate events where my car has been hit twice in a year from behind, I have decided to get a dashcam that covers the front and rear and looking about it was between Blackvue or Thinkware, Thinkware has come out the best for me, it has a lot features speed camera warnings, lane assist, front collision warning, most of these will probably end up getting on your nerves but they can be switched of in the app.

It has super night vision, which I have not seen on others and looking at the video looks very good, both front and rear cameras are full hd, it has time lapse parking mode with motion or impact detection, and includes a hardwire kit and 32gb sd card in the box.

I know there a £20 chinese cameras about but I do not trust them to protect 35k worth of car and they do not cover the rear of the car.

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Standard price http://www.racshop.co.uk/sat-navs-tech/dash-cam/product/thinkware-f770-front-rear-dash-cam.html?WT.srch=1&gclid=CNWQ1I6Fx9ACFRASGwodtt8JUg

Also no plug in to cig lighter needs hardwiring so probably another £100 fitting costs, not sure what the deal is to be honest?
Edited by: "nictry" 26th Nov 2016

nictry

Standard price … Standard price http://www.racshop.co.uk/sat-navs-tech/dash-cam/product/thinkware-f770-front-rear-dash-cam.html?WT.srch=1&gclid=CNWQ1I6Fx9ACFRASGwodtt8JUgAlso no plug in to cig lighter needs hardwiring so probably another £100 fitting costs, not sure what the deal is to be honest?



​Alright lad, calm down.

Original Poster

nictry

Standard price … Standard price http://www.racshop.co.uk/sat-navs-tech/dash-cam/product/thinkware-f770-front-rear-dash-cam.html?WT.srch=1&gclid=CNWQ1I6Fx9ACFRASGwodtt8JUgAlso no plug in to cig lighter needs hardwiring so probably another £100 fitting costs, not sure what the deal is to be honest?



Standard Black Friday price maybe, I have been watching it since last week on ebayand it was £250 then, it is not a massive saving but a saving all the same.

The hardwire kit is 3 wires, parking mode does not work on any dashcam if connected by cigarette lighter plug as it needs a permanent live.



Edited by: "byrnemeister" 26th Nov 2016

I have Next Base dash cams front & rear on my car. The front one is a 512 & the rear one is a 412. With the amount of liars & idiots on the roads its best not left to chance!. These can seriously help you if you ever involved in an accident even if you were at fault.

emiratesstadium

​Alright lad, calm down.



Very calm, Just pointing out not a deal and also the extra costs for anyone who thinks its 'plug and play'
Edited by: "nictry" 26th Nov 2016

A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, would any garage have the facilities to fit one of these? Have been thinking about getting a dash cam for a while for peace of mind. Front and back in one cam sounds ideal (though pricey).

CrapWeasel

I bought my two separate dash cams from deals on at Halfords and they fitted them for the standard £30 charge so they come on as soon as I turn on the ignition. You do see Next Base and other dash cams on deals posted on this site from other retailers.
You can certainly try your local garage(s) to find out if they can fit them for a similar install fee, there are other firms that will come to you but install can be £100+

Crapweasel

A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, … A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, would any garage have the facilities to fit one of these? Have been thinking about getting a dash cam for a while for peace of mind. Front and back in one cam sounds ideal (though pricey).


I'd imagine its just a simple electricals job. Just adding it to the power line throughout the car. I mean its not that simple. But I'm sure a mechanic would at least be able to tell you how its done - even if they're not willing to do it themselves.

Crapweasel

A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, … A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, would any garage have the facilities to fit one of these? Have been thinking about getting a dash cam for a while for peace of mind. Front and back in one cam sounds ideal (though pricey).



A good clued up mechanic should be able to fit one. A bad one might beggar your car up. I would suggest a reputable independant who specialises in your make of car. Or possibly even better a car audio specialist - they would know about where best to make the connections required and where best to run the cables behind panels etc.
Edited by: "VDisillusioned" 26th Nov 2016

I'm definitely on the look out for one and this one looks good, but way too expensive for me. Buying 2 separate ones is my preferred option so far.

How does this one record the rear view? Does it have a separate camera that goes on the back with a wire running right through the car? or does it record the rear view from a rear facing camera at the front that has to video with everyone's head in the way?

FlyGuy

The picture appears to show a separate front camera & a smaller separate rear camera, that being the case you should have clear unobstructed views front & back.

The Thinkware and Blackvue are the preferred cameras for Driving Instructors (in the main). They both have 2 cameras which plug into the same system, so it records front and rear simultaneously with time stamps. They both give very good quality recordings and seem to be reliable. The gadgets, lane departure, collision detection etc are usually switched off very soon after fitting, once they get very annoying :-)

Have a look on Techmoan sites has loads of reviews on dashcams and you'll probably save yourself some money

But after two unfortunate events where my car has been hit twice in a … But after two unfortunate events where my car has been hit twice in a year from behind

There is almost no circumstance where you would be liable for that. (Unless you were reversing at the time.) So why would you need an additional, rear-pointing camera?

But after two unfortunate events where my car has been hit twice in a … But after two unfortunate events where my car has been hit twice in a year from behind

There is almost no circumstance where you would be liable for that. (Unless you were reversing at the time.) So why would you need an additional, rear-pointing camera?

Pete_I

Having front & rear dash cams means you can catch out drivers who are reckless with evidence of their poor driving before you are hit, either from the front or the rear. I can confirm there are a number of idiots (legal or otherwise) on the roads in rural as well as urban areas, and there are liars who will try to deny any wrong doing. The dash cam footage doesn't lie and can really be most helpful in accidents or disputes on the road.

these are stupidly easy to hardwire, all you need is a power from the fuse box you can get a bit on ebay for peanuts that goes in like a fuse and can connect to this than a ground from anywhere on vehicle and sorted.
you can diy in about 10 minutes. otherwise any garage can do it.
its worth fitting a resistor thingie that turns it off if the batery is going flat as that will save having to jumpstart etc.

byrnemeister

Standard Black Friday price maybe, I have been watching it since last … Standard Black Friday price maybe, I have been watching it since last week on ebayand it was £250 then, it is not a massive saving but a saving all the same.The hardwire kit is 3 wires, parking mode does not work on any dashcam if connected by cigarette lighter plug as it needs a permanent live.


The cigarette lighter plug in my transit is permanent live so parking mode works on my dash cam

pete_l

There is almost no circumstance where you would be liable for that. … There is almost no circumstance where you would be liable for that. (Unless you were reversing at the time.) So why would you need an additional, rear-pointing camera?



You'd be surprised. Some clown in a beat up old Citroen Berlingo Van hit the back of my Scirocco 3 years ago as I was sat at the top of a sliproad, waiting to get onto a roundabout.

No witnesses as despite there being plenty, no-one seemingly had the time to stop and offer their details.
I took pics at the scene, provided google earth shots to the sliproad and everything you would think would be required.

The bloke that hit me didn't report the incident and after I traced their insurer, their insurer tried to get onto them for 10 weeks before giving up. In the end their insurance settled on a "without prejudice" basis (paying for everything without admitting liabililty). The insurance company said it is a tactic to avoid paying their excess.

It all worked out in the end, I just waited a hell of a long time to get an excess back I should've never had to pay.

Next car and I got a Blackvue 650 2 channel dashcam. Lovely little discreet unit, I hardwired it in the to Golf R (all the wiring from back unit to front was a doddle to hide, all in took 2 hours), but it was fried within a week - the unit runs hot and when on in continuous monitoring mode it overheats. Would love to get another, have my eye on the Lukas 9750, but the front unit isn't very discreet.

illy1965

The cigarette lighter plug in my transit is permanent live so parking … The cigarette lighter plug in my transit is permanent live so parking mode works on my dash cam



Most cigarette lighters in cars can do this in modern cars, if the fuse is set right. They usually have 2 positions on a 3 point jumper, either set to permanent live or ignition live - worth checking your manual or fuse box.

Very easy to hardwire, I have the F750 which I bought this time last year, fantastic camera and the F770 improves on it. Someone went into the back of me at traffic lights, his excuse was he thought I was going to run the red & was going to follow me. Turned out he wasn't taxed or insured, gave the police the footage & he was prosecuted. While looking around for insurance this year a couple of companies asked if the car was fitted with a dashcam, they're obviously starting to see the merit of having one. Parking mode & motion detection are excellent.

Just looked at Thinkware's own website, I can't find any evidence that it supports an SD card bigger than 64Gb, which will provide just a smidge over 4 hours parking surveillance, nowhere near enough for an overnight park-up. As someone who recently had their car keyed overnight (I suspect by a certain neighbour who thinks the whole street is his and thinks nothing of parking across everyone's driveways, but didn't have the opportunity to do so the night I parked across my own).

Correction (for the info of others) - this has timelapse in parking mode. Instead of running full chat and burning through the memory card, it takes a frame per second, massively extending the park-up time coverage - back in contention.
Edited by: "monkeyhanger75" 27th Nov 2016

Found it elsewhere for £209.99 + £5.99 deliveryCaraudiosecurity.com Just to confirm, this is the dual channel hard wire version, same as the ebay deal. Couldn't find a discount code for the unit or free postage.


Edited by: "monkeyhanger75" 27th Nov 2016

Crapweasel

A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, … A silly question, perhaps, but as someone who is not mechanically minded, would any garage have the facilities to fit one of these? Have been thinking about getting a dash cam for a while for peace of mind. Front and back in one cam sounds ideal (though pricey).



For someone that knows what they're doing, this is a 1.5-2 hour job to hardwire in, hiding all the cabling etc. I'd figure £50-60 fitting would be a fair deal unless you have a handy mate you can buy a few pints.

There are some good car specific guides on youtube or car forums specific to your car (for how bits of trim on your car clip in/out to hide the cabling, if you have a handy mate willing to give it a go with instructions.

I have ordered 2 from the place I posted earlier, one for my Golf R and another for the wife's Audi A1.
Edited by: "monkeyhanger75" 27th Nov 2016

monkeyhanger75

Just looked at Thinkware's own website, I can't find any evidence that it … Just looked at Thinkware's own website, I can't find any evidence that it supports an SD card bigger than 64Gb, which will provide just a smidge over 4 hours parking surveillance, nowhere near enough for an overnight park-up. As someone who recently had their car keyed overnight (I suspect by a certain neighbour who thinks the whole street is his and thinks nothing of parking across everyone's driveways, but didn't have the opportunity to do so the night I parked across my own).Correction (for the info of others) - this has timelapse in parking mode. Instead of running full chat and burning through the memory card, it takes a frame per second, massively extending the park-up time coverage - back in contention.



I have 128gb card in my f750. Parking mode will record for a set amount of time (you can choose in the menu system) or until it deems the battery charge is getting too low then it powers off (again, you can set the minimum voltage) I have mine set to record for 6 hours after engine off. I usually get about 3 days footage on the card before it starts overwriting, that's a mixture of driving & parking. It also has dual memory so in the event of an accident it writes the previous 15 seconds to internal memory, in the event the card gets damaged you'd still have the recording on the camera

monkeyhanger75

Found it elsewhere for £209.99 + £5.99 deliveryCaraudiosecurity.com Just t … Found it elsewhere for £209.99 + £5.99 deliveryCaraudiosecurity.com Just to confirm, this is the dual channel hard wire version, same as the ebay deal. Couldn't find a discount code for the unit or free postage.



Just to let you all know if thinking of ordering, my 2 (one for mine, one for the wife's car) are on their way after ordering last night. Communication from the seller website has been non-existent, no email to confirm order, no despatch email - I have learned the order status purely by logging on to my account and checking the order.

Their website seems a little poorly designed (I could select and enter delivery address but not billing address, so the payment portal throws a wobbly when I select work address for delivery that obviously doesn't match the billing/home address), but the company get good online reviews.

It might turn up tomorrow (or at least attempted delivery as I won't be at home to receive it, and for reasons above had no choice but to select my home address). I'll let you all know.

monkeyhanger75

Found it elsewhere for £209.99 + £5.99 deliveryCaraudiosecurity.com Just t … Found it elsewhere for £209.99 + £5.99 deliveryCaraudiosecurity.com Just to confirm, this is the dual channel hard wire version, same as the ebay deal. Couldn't find a discount code for the unit or free postage.


Thank you, I was looking for one of these so just ordered from them, should arrive today.
Also to let you know, I got an email confirmation of the order as well as a separate shipped status update email (but no tracking number), I called them before hand and they provided some useful help over the phone.

UPDATE: I have just received the F770 2CH with hardwire kit from CarAudioSecurity, I ordered yesterday 11:30 and paid an additional £5.99 for next day delivery.

UPDATE 2: The price at CarAudioSecurity has now gone back up to £249

Edited by: "M1sterd" 30th Nov 2016

My parcel came today via DPD (who do try to deliver to a neighbour if you're not in, and so it was taken in), all looks to be in order. The included documentation is more of a summary of the full blown version available to download on Thinkware's website, along with the firmware update, camera alert update (database update dated sometime in September 2016) and PC viewer. Just waiting for my set of piggyback fuse leads (large "ATO" type for mine, some cars will use the smaller "ATT" variants) from ebay and i'll be fitting on Saturday (weather permitting).

Got one of them fitted and operational (my Golf R's - i'm less familiar with how the wife's A1 trim is clipped in, so will need to do a little research), and it is working a charm. Slightly better night time footage than the Blackvue 650 model I had for all of a week before it overheated.

Got all the wiring perfectly hidden behind the pillar trims and rubber lippage where the roof lining meets the door frames. 2 piggyback fuse holders for the ignition switched live and permanent live wires and you're good to go.

Looking at extended instructions online, it would seem that you need to be rolling to calibrate the lane departure warning system - so that means getting the wife to drive while I connect my smart phone to the unit via wifi.

The Wifi connects easily to my mobile to make adjustments and review footage. I have turned the braking warning system off as my Golf has a radar based system to warn me if the car ahead jumps on the brakes, I turned the speed stamp off the footage also. The parked monitoring system works well, recording at least a minute before the incident (buffering from the internal memory), to a minute after. That monitoring incident could be a car driving past,or someone taking a stroll towards the car. The monitoring system is pretty sensitive, lots of recording overnight.

Gripes are
1. The way you'd put the rear camera in, so that the logo looks rightway up with the boot closed and upside down with the boot open is actually the wrong way around - my rear camera footage is upside down with no footage flip function. I will have to get another adhesive pad to correct this.
2. You set the LEDs to be off, to make the unit a bit stealthy and it works for the front, but the rear light stays on - a tiny piece of black electricians tape covers the blue LED on the rear unit.

Does anyone know whether the cam record movement outside the car when not driving ie. car thieves?

Thanks

Now £££219.99 + £££5.99 P&P @ caraudiosecurity.com

Oh BTW nextofkim: Yes; maximum duration is around 48 hours so not so good for airport car-parks. Stick F770 into youtube for a review/features!
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