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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:38 am 
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Actually i do remember it from some time ago, but did not realise it had been updated recently.

But really this was about the all inclusive price which is quite remarkable. Less than a tank of fuel.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:56 am 
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Hope you do ok with your dash cam

I have a few cheap ones and the best thing they can be used for is filming the bottom of the bin.

You can get something reasonable for about £50 to £80 which still isn't a bad price, I have separate cameras front and rear, if one fails at least you don't lose everything.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:00 am 
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Just got a £30 Lidl one for the front. OK really. A screen grab
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:36 pm 
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So after my recent traffic accident i have been seriously considering a Dash Cam. They seem to be all the rage these days, and after my recent accident i can see why.
Additionally given my high milage my odds against having another accident would be higher. I could be lucky and escape another accident, but there appear to be far to many muppets on the road.

I thought if i was going to do it, then i want a front and back cameras. Just in case i get rear-ended again !.
So do you buy 2 seperate cameras, or do you buy a specialist camera which has an additional plug in rear camera.

After researching online reviews, and feedback about various cameras. Including the famous Techmoan channel on Youtube. I decided to go for a chinese brand camera that includes an additional plug in rear camera. It has all the features i want and once wired up it will not need attention until such a point as i need to get video recovered from it.
But what surprised me most was the price and how cheap they are.

I went for this Camera kit which is just £25.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 2020946711

Then got a 32GB Class 10 Micro SD card,
Hardwire battery monitoring & Cut off kit.
And a bunch of car electrical connectors so i can wire it all up properly and neat.
Total price, just under £50 all in.

That is remarkable and almost too good to be true.
Will be fitting all the kit next weekend. So will then report back video performance front and back and update the thread.

Has anyone else done a dual dash-cam setup just out of interest ?.


Please do update as I have been thinking about one of these for a while, especially as I drive through High Wycombe twice a day! Crazy people everywhere!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:57 pm 
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<Snip>I went for this Camera kit which is just £25.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 2020946711
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I had a look at the ad and I am amused by the claim to support 8 different languages. The first four "Flags" are the UK, the USA, Australia and Canada.

Look forward to your review.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:35 am 
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Checked fuse A - permanently live so not really what I want. Will try the dimming mirror feed.

If you don't have an auto-dip fmirror, get some miniature female spade terminals and connect to the block as below. Black is earth, the Purple/Green or Blue/Grey is the switched live. It's at the opposite end of the block to the earth.
Doing this saves disassembling the a-pillar and finding a switched live in the fuse board.

How do you remove the pod with the reading lights etc. without breaking any clips or doing other damage?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:23 pm 
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I used a 5V power supply with a piggyback fuse in the cig lighter fuse in the box in the end of the dash. The 5V box was just pushed in over the top of the fuses. On the 9-5 the fuse did fit and allow the cover to shut OK. Also used the earth point just behind the fuses (nut on a stud with other earth wires). This saved trying to remove the roof pod and determining which wire was which. Very easy to run the cable up in the screen pillar trim (just pulls off) and across in the leading edge of the roof lining. Works fine.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:21 am 
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Paul Taylor wrote:
So after my recent traffic accident i have been seriously considering a Dash Cam. They seem to be all the rage these days, and after my recent accident i can see why.
Additionally given my high milage my odds against having another accident would be higher. I could be lucky and escape another accident, but there appear to be far to many muppets on the road.

I thought if i was going to do it, then i want a front and back cameras. Just in case i get rear-ended again !.
So do you buy 2 seperate cameras, or do you buy a specialist camera which has an additional plug in rear camera.

After researching online reviews, and feedback about various cameras. Including the famous Techmoan channel on Youtube. I decided to go for a chinese brand camera that includes an additional plug in rear camera. It has all the features i want and once wired up it will not need attention until such a point as i need to get video recovered from it.
But what surprised me most was the price and how cheap they are.

I went for this Camera kit which is just £25.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 2020946711

Then got a 32GB Class 10 Micro SD card,
Hardwire battery monitoring & Cut off kit.
And a bunch of car electrical connectors so i can wire it all up properly and neat.
Total price, just under £50 all in.

That is remarkable and almost too good to be true.
Will be fitting all the kit next weekend. So will then report back video performance front and back and update the thread.

Has anyone else done a dual dash-cam setup just out of interest ?.


How did you get on with this, Paul?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:02 pm 
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TwyRob wrote:
Paul Taylor wrote:
So after my recent traffic accident i have been seriously considering a Dash Cam. They seem to be all the rage these days, and after my recent accident i can see why.
Additionally given my high milage my odds against having another accident would be higher. I could be lucky and escape another accident, but there appear to be far to many muppets on the road.

I thought if i was going to do it, then i want a front and back cameras. Just in case i get rear-ended again !.
So do you buy 2 seperate cameras, or do you buy a specialist camera which has an additional plug in rear camera.

After researching online reviews, and feedback about various cameras. Including the famous Techmoan channel on Youtube. I decided to go for a chinese brand camera that includes an additional plug in rear camera. It has all the features i want and once wired up it will not need attention until such a point as i need to get video recovered from it.
But what surprised me most was the price and how cheap they are.

I went for this Camera kit which is just £25.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 2020946711

Then got a 32GB Class 10 Micro SD card,
Hardwire battery monitoring & Cut off kit.
And a bunch of car electrical connectors so i can wire it all up properly and neat.
Total price, just under £50 all in.

That is remarkable and almost too good to be true.
Will be fitting all the kit next weekend. So will then report back video performance front and back and update the thread.

Has anyone else done a dual dash-cam setup just out of interest ?.


How did you get on with this, Paul?


For what it is i cannot complain. The camera's plastics are really Cheapo, And there is no option in the software for 1080p !.
But it records front and back at 720p at 30fps no problem at all. I have removed the card once to playback the video on my laptop to see what it looks like.
Its pretty sharp, can even see pedestrians faces clearly at the side of the road, so the focus is good. I did worry that the image might be a bit wobbly due to the cheap plastics, but its a nice stable image. Despite the firm suspension on my A class.
Im happy with it, and its good insurance for me should something happen again. Either from the front or rear.

Definately getting a hard wire device also.
This is the one i got. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121940380328? ... EBIDX%3AIT

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:52 pm 
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Car Model: 93 vector
I just bought a RAC 03,mainly to upgrade from my old rear mirror cam,after reading a few reviews on youtube about it.
its got gps ,speed camera alerts,a host of extras,which are pretty gimmicky.It bongs when the car in front moves off at the lights,just in case you fell asleep or somthing ? the forward motion setting I had to turn off, the bing bong drove me mad.
The play back is good,even at night.the odd bong especially at roundabouts is a bit weird.
The draw back to this dash cam ,that fits over your interior mirror is, its to big,I thought I would snap the rubber bands trying to fit it.Then the sun visors cant be used.My wife likes to look at herself in the vanity mirror?
So to keep her happy,I bought two visors of ebay,and butchered them so you can fold them forward,a stanley knife,hacksaw blade,and glue gun done the job.
I couldn't find any info on removing the visor,its a 2008 93,no screws just a plastic plug to remove,then brute force,the wire for the light is taped to the headlining,so wont pull out to change the plug,so I jammed my hand up inside the headlining and peeled the tape off with my fingernails,I am left with two white plastic squares that fell out when the visor came off,they now live in the glove box.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:04 pm 
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72% Nextbase in car cam 312GW Deluxe.Launched march 2016. Tested june 2016 price £100.00 as a best buy.
71% Nextbase in car cam 212 Lite.Launched march 2016.Tested june 2016 price £70.00 as a best buy.

71% Nextbase in car cam 512G Ultra.Launched august2015.Tested dec1015 price £161.00 as a best buy.

70% Nextbase in car cam 402G Professional.Lauched jan2014.Tested june2014 price £91.95 as a best buy.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:09 pm 
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have you lot not worked out what is the best dash cam for what budget you have after 231 post? :D :D
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:14 pm 
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My cheapo front and rear cam (£25) above is still going well.
Ive kept quite a bit of footage from it from bad drivers that have cut me up etc.

I have it set on 720p, and its quality is great.
As above, add a permanent 5v wiring kit, and a quality fast 32GB card and your at £50 all in.
Bargain price for front and rear recording.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:29 am 
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Snooper ok, Nextbase we didn't use for a few months and just after warranty ran out it packed in !!!

I'm from Yorkshire ! What's your superpower ?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:37 pm 
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Mio 618 is still running OK, picks up cameras and updates available on the website.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:30 pm 
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72% Nextbase in car cam 312GW Deluxe.Launched march 2016. Tested june 2016 price £100.00 as a best buy.
71% Nextbase in car cam 212 Lite.Launched march 2016.Tested june 2016 price £70.00 as a best buy.

71% Nextbase in car cam 512G Ultra.Launched august2015.Tested dec1015 price £161.00 as a best buy.

70% Nextbase in car cam 402G Professional.Lauched jan2014.Tested june2014 price £91.95 as a best buy.
Hope this helps.



I just got a Nextbase 412GW installed at Halfords today. Told me it was £165 all in including fitting, SD card and wiring kit. Paid £10 deposit at the weekend and they only charged me £135 when i was expecting to pay £155 so basically £20 cheaper. The cashier did make me smile when she said ' Don't say anything just run before we check it again'.

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I bought one of these it's excellent.

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:46 am 
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Just bought a 412GW from ebay as refurbished for 79.99 and seems pretty good. Have used the saving over new to buy an additional two "click and go" powered suction mounts so that I can swap it from car to car really easily.

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 8:53 am 
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I have 2 in my car one front and one rear. Recently both paid for themselves and then some. I had 2, yes 2 accidents in 24 hours(I know couldn't make it up) Neither of which were my fault. My dash cam footage was invaluable especially when someone used the back of my car as a trampoline whilst using their 'phone!!!. I sent the footage to my insurance company who settled the claims, wrote the car off(I know-gutted!) and paid me out all within 48 hours. They said the footage was exactly what was needed as the other parties have no recourse to contest liability.
I was, however able to get a 95 Aero so every cloud....
I have a nextbase in the front(Halfords £45) and an amazon £25 special in the rear. Neither is hard wired I have them plugged into a multiway 12v Socket housed in my arm rest. I merely ran the wires around the trim and Bob's your uncle. The only issue to be aware of if you are mounting one on the rear screen, which I would recommend, is that you will need to fit some ferrite beads(£5 off Amazon) to the cable at the camera end to prevent interference to the domestic radio antenna in the rear screen. You don't need to spend loads of money on these. Mine both have G force sensors, are full 1080p HD and the one in the rear even has a proximity sensor that turns on the camera if someone approaches the rear of the car and films them when the car is parked up.


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have you lot not worked out what is the best dash cam for what budget you have after 231 post? :D :D
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