In Car Dash Cam Installation Specialists? (Is That A Thing?) Which One To Buy?

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Found 17th Apr 2015
Afternoon All,

I know the debate fiercely fires on around these parts - but if and when ive made a decision about what in-car-dash-cam to purchase - where would you take it? To a radio fitting specialist (as its "sort of" the same thing - wires through the dashboard etc).

Or is there specialist services? If so, would they sell the cameras themselves - because you'd think buying from a specialist - they'd know which cameras deliver the best images/results (unless they are simply commission driven by "Sanjanko Exports" of China rubbish).

Im in the midlands, so if anyone knows of any actual specialists - that'll be cool.

Also, if anyone has one installed and can swear allegiance to its awesomeness and ease - ill happily take peoples recommendations. Also, "Just do it yourself, its really easy, its just two wires to the back of the cigarette lighter" is not an option for me. All my technical nerdisms lay in keyboards, not opposable thumbs im afraid Couldnt rewire a plug if my life depended on it.
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manufacturers should make it a cheap option could easily be part of the interior mirror , look at the size of mobile phone camera lens...
I had mine fitted FOC at Mercedes when my car was in for service.
toshapetriji

I had mine fitted FOC at Mercedes when my car was in for service.



Was it bought from Mercedes? I dont think BMW would do anything gratis with me...
Silhouette

Was it bought from Mercedes? I dont think BMW would do anything gratis … Was it bought from Mercedes? I dont think BMW would do anything gratis with me...



Yes I bought the car from them but the cam I bought from amazon.
Honestly I'd just do it yourself as it's very easy to do for about £10 worth of tools and parts + the cost of the camera.

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/category/car-dvr-dashcams

There's no such thing as a best camera, the best camera really is whatever one that has the features and specifications you will use and need much like the eternal which are the better cars BMW or Mercedes. By that I mean that if you do a lot of night/evening driving, the best camera might not be the one at the top of most review sites so it pays to do some research.

I've seen quite a few people who have used dash cam installers and their 'recommended' cameras then found they didn't find the camera that great. At the end of the day you want a camera that is most likely going to capture that event or the registration of the car that failed to stop.

Your best bet is to do a look at some of the review videos of the better rated ones, look at the images you get out of it and then think about the features you will want to have.
I have 2 DOD cameras. The DOD LS430W and the LS460W. The 430 I got off ebay £92 and the 460 I bought new from the Official UK stockists at £140. BOTH are excellent cameras and come with GPS.
Brilliant in low light conditions, which IMHO is very important and the same for day time conditions. Does full 1080pHD.

I've had a few cams cheaper and I must say, you get what you pay for.

These cams will provide super clear evidence should I need it.

No need to get any "experts" to fit them. They go on your windscreen via suction cups and you plug into your accessory port, then hide the wires. So simple a child could do it.

I have a couple of vids of each.

DOD LS460W Night Fog
DODLS430W Night streets
DODLS430W Daytime M5 Motorway

Take into account any pixelation is due to YouTube re-encoding not the cams. The originals are fine.
I have the " mini 0805 ".....fantastic piece of kit and hides behind the interior mirror. google it and read for ypurself. There is a newer model 0806 ( although the 0805 only came out late 2014 ) but it ( 0806 )has been noted to have some overheating issues, mine is fitted exactly as googled videos will show , so easy even you could do it , I have been running it for a month now and can report no issues and the footage I have looked at to check its performance has been first class. I did extensive research before buying one and although it may be considered bias on my part I don't think you will find one that is any better. I have the gps logger version.
If you do go for the behind the rear view mirror type just be aware many are designed for left hand drive vehicles and thus the lens doesn't have enough movement to cover a right hand drive point of view.
I have a Pro Drive 200. Overall picture quality is great but does not get every numberplate. Was very easy to fit into my 1999 Disco however it not small.
I honestly dont think I have any room behind my rear view mirror, I think its a quite a chunky rear view - as it has the rain sensor etc.

Also, like I said - Im about as car technical as I am a modern ballerina... "Just plug it into your accessory port", I dont know what that is - and where would the wires go? Im not keen to start ripping trim off my car to tuck wires behind it hoping it all clicks back into place... Eek!

But ill see about the DOD LS460W as that seems to be winning this thread, so will give it some time and research what I can find out.

My original research from about 6 months ago led to the Blackvue DR600GW, but will have to try and compare/YouTube these two models and see what the users say.
Oooof. This does not fill me with joy.

This is the one that ive just been recommended by one of the directors at my work (not his photos though, merely the ones ive found whilst searching).

I love the idea of a LCD Screen interface, just to check/play, but cant I have the screen in the glovebox or something!?

https://dashcamtalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BlackVue-DR750LW-2CH-Mounted-1.jpg
https://dashcamtalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BlackVue-DR750LW-2CH-Mounted-2.jpg
It is illegal to drive with the screen " on " and in view of the driver. Gets you lots points, big fine, and your insurance company will love you for letting them put up your premium.
Really? So surely this is linked to the ignition switch like normal 'InCar TVs' right?
I just want to know where I can get a new dash cam fitted to my citreon Picasso c4 hdi , one year old
Taxired

I just want to know where I can get a new dash cam fitted to my citreon … I just want to know where I can get a new dash cam fitted to my citreon Picasso c4 hdi , one year old


Fit it yourself. It's simple.
Taxired

I just want to know where I can get a new dash cam fitted to my citreon … I just want to know where I can get a new dash cam fitted to my citreon Picasso c4 hdi , one year old


Halfords?
artnada

Fit it yourself. It's simple.


What's simple to some is maybe not to others
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