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6 Tips for Buying Dash Cams

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 05:31 PM

As technology's role in law enforcement grows, everyday drivers are looking to protect themselves and their assets with dash cams, small cameras mounted on or near a vehicle's dashboard.

In the past, only police cars had dash cams to record evidence, but as the prices of the cameras have dropped, more people have access to one of their own.

In some cases, dash cams can cost as low as $50, a nominal investment that could be of utmost importance in finding or convicting a perpetrator if a person were to get into an accident, have his car stolen, or experience some other kind of incident.

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Here are some tips to consider when purchasing a dash cam:

1. Get one with a decent resolution.
Experts recommend high-definition dash cams, shooting video at 720 pixels or 1,080 pixels with 30 frames or more per second. These will ensure clarity of the picture, allowing for the possibility to read signs and license plates, said CarsAust.com.

2. Watch the camera’s footage.
To ensure the resolution is good, make sure to watch previously filmed video from the camera. Especially look into clips that are filmed at night and are not from the manufacturer.

3. Make sure it is discreet.
Dash cams are typically put on the rear view mirror so it doesn't block the driver's vision and it's less noticeable by other people. A smaller sized camera in black is best.

4. Ensure it has automatic start and stop.
Plugged into the car’s 12-volt power supply — aka the cigarette lighter — buyers should make sure the dash cam will automatically start and stop when the car is turned on and off. Technical Tips suggests considering one that has a delayed shutoff of a few minutes after the car is turned off to capture anything that might happen after exiting the vehicle.

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5. Check out its reliability.
Not all dash cams are created equal, and ome cameras have trouble with blurry pictures or hangups in the recording. Read reviews of the cameras you are considering, especially on websites that do no sell the camera. Be careful of operating temperatures, as well. Cars get hot, and that can impact the recording quality. The higher the tolerance, the better.

6. Date and time stamp.
If the plan is to use the footage for legal evidence, date and time stamp is essential for support in cases. Most cameras have this as default.

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