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Best value dashcam with 1080p but shortlived
on December 2, 2013
Small and compact dashcam that disappears completely behind my rearview mirror. It records to MicroSD media and is currently the top value as recommended by Dashcamtalk forum. The power adapter cord was adequate for me to hide along the headliner down the door seal and into the cigarette lighther socket. It comes on automatically when the car comes on and makes a sound when doing so, this is helpful because since I can't see the unit it's good to know it turned on. A previous dashcam I had would not power on reliably so this gives me the peace of mind that my drive is being recorded as intended. This camera features a true 120 degree field of view, in layman's terms that means it sees just about a wide view as your eyes do. In practical terms, in the unfortunate event another car cuts you off and causes you to hit them from behind, chances are the wide field of view will help your cause tremendously in proving your case. I hope I'll never have to test that theory, but the case stands that you want true 120 degree visibility in a dashcam. I've set it up to cycle record in 10 min blocks so the memory card will just fill itself up and delete the oldest file. With a 16gb card in there I should be able to retrieve any footage I need before it's overwritten. The unit is light and so far it has stuck onto the windshield for at least 3 weeks with no issues. 1080p video quality means that under optimal daytime conditions you can actually read license plates from the footage but because of the wide angle of view you would have to be pretty close to the car in front of you. It's too bad Amazon doesn't carry this camera directly since the overseas shipping took quite some time to get here.
Edit Jan 2015
So it's been about 2 years now with 2 of these units on both cars and I'm sad to report that both have failed. The first one experienced some memory card formatting errors that cleared up after a reformat. After finally running a mini usb hardwire kit to the fuse box, it just stopped working altogether; the blue led power light comes on but the camera stays off. Took it out the car and tried external usb power and hitting the reset pin with no results. The second one also went a few weeks later, it would intermittently turn on/off while powered via hardwire or cig lighter and then nothing now with just the blue led coming on. Tried reset pin and nothing. I'm moving onto the B40 capacitor model that is more discreet and with seemingly higher quality build.