Choosing the Ideal Car Camera for your Requirements.
There are a number of considerations to be taken into account when making a choice about which car camera is the right one for you. On this page we will go through some of these and see if we can help you find a match.
Often the most urgent requirement is the unit price. As is the case with many purchases these days, you get what you pay for. Car camera technology is constantly moving towards a more sophisticated device, thus the more expensive the camera is, the more features it will generally have installed. Not all of these features will be of use to some people, whereas for others, certain features will be a must and the dashcam will not be of use without them. Fortunately the wide range of car cameras which is on the market incorporates models with basic functionality right through to complex models with operating features which cater for those with a more technical requirement. The price of the models varies along the range.
Deciding on the model really means identifying your own requirements. First you must ask yourself the following question..... "what do I really need to achieve with my car camera?". Once you have answered this, you are already well on your way to making the right choice.
If you simply want to record your journey to work each day, capturing the general traffic and of course all the bad drivers in it, then you will not require a camera which contains GPS. Select a basic dash cam model with a memory card which suits your journey time (at least) bearing in mind that most journeys will be covered by the smallest memory cards along with loop recording which deletes the old videos to make way for the newest. The only real further breakdown of a non-GPS car camera is the picture quality of the video. Some of the older cameras recorded at a low resolution and were barely able to record the car in front - never mind its number plate. We do not sell these, however there is a distinction to be made between HD and Non-HD picture quality. If you choose a camera device for your car which creates videos at 640x480 pixels, then the movie you playback on your computer will be smaller in actual size on the screen than a recording made in HD, which is over double the number of pixels. The picture quality on the lower resolution may also be slightly (only by a small amount) more blurred. Both resolutions will do the job of recording and storing any road traffic accident which may occur. When choosing based on picture quality, the HD version cameras are better for higher detail, and can also easily be ported to watch on your HD television (most HD car cameras have a HDMI OUT port and lead).
Car cameras with built-in GPS are generally around triple the price of a standard car video recording camera. They all require additional software which must be loaded to your home computer (it should be noted that they are not generally compatible with Apple computers and operating systems). The software is used to combine the actual video recording with the GPS Google Maps and G-Sensor data for viewing on screen at the same time, whereas the standard dash camera will run through your usual video software, such as windows media player, alone. The software will show on your PC the video, then, in another area of the screen, the GPS data will be translated into information which is fed into mapping systems which then show the map with an icon showing where exactly on the map the vehicle is - this corresponds precisely with the frame of video which is currently on display. Your cars speed and also its direction along with any sudden braking, causing rapid speed changes, is also displayed in another area of the
screen, this information again corresponds with the current video clip on show. This model of camera is useful in the Police, Haulage / Transport, Taxi, Motor Racing, Driving Tuition enviroments where more detail about the position and condition of the vehicle is required in addition the the front view video clip.
Look out for other features when you make your mind up! Most cameras include it, but be sure to learn about Loop recording and whether your choice of car camera actually has it. Loop recording is a method of memory card storage which allows the recording to be continuous once the cameras memory is full. Films are stored in chunks of x minute blocks (x is duration of time in minutes - which is selectable). Once the SD card becomes full, the oldest chunk is deleted and its memory slot is then used for the current road view as you continue to drive along. This means that you can be safe in the knowledge that any accident will be caught on camera no matter how long you have been driving for. This is ideal for long motorway journeys and means the owner does not have to worry about running low on memory. All models can be used from the on board lighter socket of your car - 12/24v. A built in LCD screen is handy, this is useful because it allows the owner to position the camera, and then align it with the road through the windscreen eliminating as much of the sky as possible - this will help ensure that the final movie is not overly bright in sunny driving conditions.
In summary, whichever camera you choose, you can be reassured that both the Police and Insurance companies will be more than happy to hear that you have one. Insurance companies are now offering discounts for drivers who use their camera constantly, and the police will be only too pleased to accept your SD card as absolute evidence if it helps them prove dangerous driving and leads to a conviction.