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DASH CAMS are selling faster than HOT CAKES at the BAKER WINDOW

We walked past a display at a local Walmart. It read - '19.95 each - Dash Cams'

This is what I always wanted to record trips so I could basically find my way to my destinations from memory. Looking at old videos I once did while my wife drove around Dallas, with my RCA VHS camcorder pointed out the window of the passenger side front seat, I managed to record several trips to different areas and then sit comfortably on the living room sofa, tea in hand, watching the playback.

Then the VCR camcorder was replaced by the digital camera, an all-in-one digital capture device that can both record still images as bitmaps for a windows PC and an MP4 recorder that I could take movies with sound and motion to upload later to my YouTube channel.

Then finally, after the age of the surveillance drones, came the most basic tool of automobile surveillance technology and good for insurance and other purposes, the removable, USB digital Dashboard Camera aka Dash Cam. This little diddy sold for under 20 dollars at Walmart and I bought several. I gave these as Christmas gifts to my friends and family.

I kept one for myself. I want to tell you one thing though, they are not all this inexpensive. No.

The price range for this new type of digital - 'tell-it-all' technological magic, usually ranges just under 75 dollars and up to around 150 dollars each or more. This all depends a lot on the actual pixel detail and quality and memory of the Dash Cam. The one I purchased is basically the least expensive one I found and I have yet to test the thing out but when my friend tries his out first I will keep mine in the box, unopened so he can tell me if he likes his and if it is really easy to use and if he convinces me his is a good thing to work with I will then decide if I need to use mine or save for a higher end one.

For more information on the use of the typical Dash Cam, just click on the link below:

Article from online site - Digital Trends:

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MegL wrote on December 13, 2016, 3:44 PM

Dash cams are very useful. One would have been useful for my sister when she was parked and someone ran into the back of her. The other driver claimed my sister was reversing! The dash cam would have shown that she was stationary at the time of the collision.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 13, 2016, 4:01 PM

Yes and also a second camera, a bumper cam would be useful for that kind of collision.

MegL wrote on December 13, 2016, 4:08 PM

Yes, some dashcams can operate even when the car is parked and turned off, to record parking lot collisions or thefts. Ofcourse, you may ned to stream the video wirelessly in case of theft!

Kasman wrote on December 13, 2016, 4:37 PM

I have two dash cams. The first one I bought is mounted looking forwards and the first time I was out with it fitted I caught video of a police car chasing a car full of young joyriders! I have since bought a second one which is looking backwards and I have noticed a difference in the behaviour of some drivers behind me. When they realise they are on camera they back off a bit and don't follow me so closely. These two cameras are at opposite ends of the price range - one was £100 and the other was just £20. The expensive one has GPS, infra red (night-time) recording, own speed recording and motion detection (when parked). The cheap one has none of this but there is no real difference in the video quality.

MegL wrote on December 13, 2016, 6:07 PM

Great idea to have 2 dash cams, they certainly pay for themselves.

bestwriter wrote on December 13, 2016, 6:26 PM

This is new to me.

luisga814 wrote on December 13, 2016, 7:16 PM

Dash cams is one of the primary sources of investigation if there's an accident.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 13, 2016, 9:25 PM

That sounds encouraging.

luisga814 wrote on December 13, 2016, 9:57 PM

Although I do not have my own car yet but my friends has. So, I observed that their cars had dash cams.

rebelann1949 wrote on December 14, 2016, 3:30 PM

Now I have a new goal, thank you for that. I've always wanted to record the silly things that go on when I'm driving so now I'll be saving up for one with a good pixel play back.

Thanks for the link, gotta go check that out ...... zoooom.....................

lookatdesktop wrote on December 14, 2016, 9:37 PM

You are very welcome.

melody23 wrote on December 17, 2016, 12:39 PM

I got a dash cam last year after someone tried one of those 'crash for cash' schemes on me by breaking suddenly in the clyde tunnel (not a place you want to have an accident believe me!) and it cost a whole lot more than that so I would say you got a decent deal there! Some insurance companies give you a discount if you have on installed in your car, mine doesn't unfortunately but some do.