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Now that Spring is right around the corner, I've been thinking of upgrading my dash cam to something nicer. Right now I've got a G1W. It's a great camera for the money, but mine is getting older and I'm ready to upgrade.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Looking for something that's HD with a good field of view. A screen is not necessary.
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Hello? Doesn't anybody have any suggestions?
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Check amazon and YouTube bro. There are a lot of reviews and sample videos to see. I personally have a Spy Tec A118C in each three of my cars. It's HD quality and doesn't have a battery so they are not affected by the heat from the sun.

Do a quick google search for sample videos as well
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i have this one:

BlackVue DR470-2CH 1080p Dual-Lens Dashcam for Front and Rear
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BlackVue DR470-2CH 1080p Dual-Lens Dashcam for Front and Rear
How are you liking it? I was looking at the DR650-2CH but wasn't sure if the rear would be usable due to the Nismo wing possibly being in the way.
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I ended up getting a Rexing V1 from Amazon for around $100, and I hard-wired it to the fuse panel by the driver's left foot. I wrote up a how-to with pictures, which can be found here:
DIY: How to Hardwire a Dash Cam or Radar Detector

The picture quality is pretty good, but not too much better than my previous camera, the G1W. Here's a video from the Rexing V1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIHRz2SHL0
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Video quality looks pretty good. Sharper than my mobius. Just hope you never have a need to use any of its content

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Blackvue and Thinkware are the top 2 of my list. I'm doing my research now and will eventually pick one of these 2...

I previously had a cheapo Blackbox G1W that lasted me less than 1 month because the suction failed and the timestamp would never save.
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I'm loving my Alpine. The insane 210 degree (I believe) viewing angle takes some getting used to though


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I ended up getting a Rexing V1 from Amazon for around $100, and I hard-wired it to the fuse panel by the driver's left foot. I wrote up a how-to with pictures, which can be found here:
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The picture quality is pretty good, but not too much better than my previous camera, the G1W. Here's a video from the Rexing V1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIHRz2SHL0
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I recently bought the Thinkware U1000 with the rear camera combo and I have to say the camera is awesome. Itís a bit expensive, but it seems like when you get a dash camera itís pretty much you get what you pay for.

When I started looking into them, I initially figured a good one would be roughly $200, but I was wrong lol.

The cameras in that range either donít have many features and/or donít have all that great video quality.

So I kept looking and of course the better the video quality and the more features, the more expensive the camera.

When I first saw the U1000 I thought it was a bit expensive then looked at video quality and the features. The reviews for the camera actually was all over the place. The good reviews mostly talked about the video quality, but noted the huge file size. And the bad reviews pretty much griped on how Thinkware pushed its internet connectivity and live view, but complained about how it didnít work.

When I saw the feature for internet connectivity and the cloud service, I figured it simply had the ability to connect to the internet, not that it connected on its own. I knew if it did connect on its own, there would be some kind of monthly service fee. So obviously itíd have to be connected to your cellphone via hotspot or a MiFi device, which potentially would cause additional fees. But of course that was the main complaint for the bad reviews, plus the price of the camera itself. Another simply complain was that it would continuously disconnect from the internet and/or your cellphone.

I had this issue initially but realized it actually was a setting issue caused by an iOS update. By changing this setting, the issue stopped virtually completely. The setting was that the app must be able to search the network for devices.

So considering the features and the camera quality, I decided to bite the bullet and get the U1000 combo. The combo comes with the front camera and a rear camera. It also comes with everything you need to have the cameras hardwired into the car. Iíd highly recommend you have the cameras hardwired in, but you donít have to.

If you donít hardwire the camera in, then you wonít have the parking mode features. You donít need the parking features, but I can see them coming in handy eventually.

Another feature with the parking mode is that the camera has a G sensor built in that will start recording if a high enough impact and captured.

So when I bought the combo, I also decided to get the RADAR sensor as well (an additional $100). This sensor lets you out the parking mode in a energy saving mode also. With the sensor, itíll capture motion then activate the camera which will then start recording. If an impact is sensed also, the camera will capture 10 seconds before the impact and 10 seconds after the impact. Itíll also draw less power from your battery as well.

If you donít have the sensor, then itíd only capture footage after the impact is detected. You can see how this could end up being useless obviously. Which was why I decided to get the sensor also.

Another part you can buy is the Thinkware backup battery which is $250. I decided not to get this because I donít drive my car enough to make it worth it. And since my car is normally in the garage. So when Iím home, I turn off the parking mode. But if Iím out then Iíll turn it on. This way I save money and my car battery.

But the battery works so that the camera draws from it first then once itís depleted, itíll pull from your car. The battery is supposed to last roughly 48 hours and will charge it completely after roughly 2 hours of driving. Someone that drives everyday and parks in random parking lots could use it to save their car battery.

And due to video file size, Iíd recommend a 128GB MicroSD card. You can find one for maybe $30 so...

But once I had it installed, the videos are ridiculous. The front camera is super clear and does pretty good at night also. The Thinkware app is easy to use also. I can easily download the video files to my phone before they delete themselves and watch them whenever I choose. I can even zoom in on tags which was clear also. The rear camera isnít as clear as the front, but itís still very clear as well.

Iíve only had the camera for a few weeks and still playing with it, but I think itís well worth the money.

Earlier today, I went to the mall and turned on the parking mode while I was away from the car. When I got back in the car and started the car, the camera told me there were two incidents while I was away from the car. I looked at the videos and it was just some small kids getting out of the car the parked next to me. The kids looked like they were maybe pushing on my car some while they parents got out.

There was no damage to my car, but itís good to know it happened.

But if anyone is in the market for a dash camera and willing to spend a little more, Iíd say jump on the U1000.

Hereís a few stills from videos on the camera also.
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Most of the time I rely on the good reviews that I see on the internet. You can find an extensive selection of dash cam using Google search.
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