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Best reasons to use a Dash board Camera when traveling

By Edited May 11, 2015 2 4

Dash board cameras take the frustration out of photography from the inside of a car when travelling. How many times have you been driving down the road (as a passenger that is) trying to take that magic shot of the FJ Holden coming towards you. Then when you load them onto your computer you see fifty percent of your own dash board instead of the car.

Captured on an overcast day on the cliffs at Eucla with our dashboard camera

It is so frustrating. Another thing we found is just as you line up that powerful eagle feasting on road kill on the side of the road, you hit a bumpy patch and you miss the lot.

This did not deter me, although its annoying. They may have been magic shots that I would never be able to capture again.

Night Vision Dash Camera

SainSpeed F198 Car Dash DVR With Night Vision, Microphone Built In, 2.5" Rotatable and Foldable TFT LCD Screen display
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(price as of May 11, 2015)
This is a great Dash camera with night Vision with a foldable and rotating screen so you will not miss anything. Has Auto Record Once Engine Starts. Which saves a lot of hassles.

First Experience with Dash board Cameras

On our travels we saw a vehicle with a dashboard camera in the window of their car. My husband and I decided to do some research and this is what we found.

Picture insert: This photo captured from my Dashboard Video camera of guy skateboarding all the way across the Nullarbor Highway. His backup was further up on the side of the road.

By having a camera mounted on your dashboard you never miss that shot in front of your vehicle. Even on uneven roads you will still capture your picture. Like all videos, it does show some bumpy road movement. Like in this picture of the cattle crossing in front of us, you can capture stills from your video pictures, which is great because you would probably have missed this shot otherwise on a bumpy road.

These cameras and camcorders are now very popular as they can be used as evidence when it comes to accidents. This could prove that you are innocent and were not at fault after all. This would save you a lot of money. And you do not have to pay the world for one either.  You can buy them from $20 or even less in some shops

Black box dvr Camera

F900,DOD,H.264,WIDE LENS 120 DEG,1080P HD CAR BLACK BOX,CAR DRIVING DVR CAMERA,DASHBOARD CAMERA,4X ZOOM,12.0MP,2.4"LCD
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This comes with built in lithium battery and anti shake function.4x zoom and wide lens. HDMI interface you can connect with your high-definition television

Tips for mounting your dashboard camera

  • Start with a clean window
  • Make sure there is no reflection or stone damage in view finder
  • Leave the screws loose enough to allow more movement for capture area
  • Remove clutter from your dash board
  • Set camera up before moving off
  • Remove from dash camera before exiting car, this will prevent theft
  • If powered from cigarette lighter, disconnect before leaving car
  • If mounted on windscreen- Reduce theft by removing marks showing it was there
  • Do not operate this dash board camera while driving

This is the type of photo I hated taking.  There was a bird on the side of the road which I may never see or be able to capture again.  Notice the reflection on the window of my Spot Messenger this type of reflection can ruin many great captures.

Pros and cons of Dashboard Cameras

Pros of dashboard cameras

They record a great video
Good resolution and clear pictures
Can be edited from video to capture single favorite shots on computer
Easy to use and load onto computer
Great for capturing bad drivers, its all their as proof - cameras do not lie.
Reminder - you do need to turn the camera on and of course turn it off again.(It is incredible how many times we have done both of the above.)

Cons of Dashboard Cameras

To be honest I have not found many- except that you do not have a lot of movement.
You can only capture what is in front of you, which can be a pain at times.

BOOMYOURS 2.7" TFT 270°Rotating Dual Camera Lens HD Car DVR Vehicle Blackbox DVR with G-sensor & GPS Module & SD Slot (Size-A1, Black)
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This camera actually has two cameras that can both be rotated 270 degrees so you will not miss anything. It has a GPS logger
which will open the Google Maps so you can see where you see the track you are driving, speed date and time.

This is an example of proof

Features of Dashboard Cameras

Night Vision-Some dash board cameras have night vision which gives you both access to night and day captures.

Waterproof- Many cameras come with a special cover preventing the camera and card from water damage.

Rotatable with foldable Screens- The camera above offers this feature

Auto record- once engine starts and stops(motion start)

GPS -Navigation

Other Suggestions

Motorbike Mount- Iphones can be mounted on motorbikes, some have gps navigation.

A dashboard camera could save you a costly court case if you have one installed in your vehicle.

Why not have some fun and do some cool things with your photos once you have captured them.

(Article and images copyrighted by the author)

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Comments

Apr 16, 2013 8:31am
Breidbe
I've never thought about using a dashboard camera. I guess I assumed the glare (or dirt) on the windshield would make for a poor picture. What has been your experience?
Apr 16, 2013 6:05pm
eileen
Thanks Breidbe, Actually I love mine and is was only a cheap one. But it has a water proof cover too. Although I only use in our vehicle.
No problems with glare, not sure why now that you mention it. I did mention in the article that you need to clean your window before you leave home. The same applies when taking any photos into the sun. We even have shots where it is pouring with rain and still good video and captured shots.
Apr 17, 2013 9:35am
xscottbx
Wouldn't a dashboard cam make a cop freak out though? I know it's legal and everything, but if I get pulled over I want the best chance of walking away without getting a ticket lol
Apr 17, 2013 5:26pm
eileen
Thanks xscottbx, I dont think it would worry them, in my opinion if neither of you have done anything wrong and your both innocent then I cannot see any hassles. They have been responsible for catching and proving what people have done wrong so I think they are a win win situation.
Security wise I think they are great. But I love them because you don't miss anything. For instance like the photo of the photo of the skater in this article. Or an old renovated vehicle passing you on the road you would miss these if using a normal camera.
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