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#1 Posted : 10 February 2019 10:06:17(UTC)
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Hiya eveyone.

Can anyone provide some advice regarding dash cams?  I'd like to get one for my Mk3.5 and another for my wife's Mazda 2.  Happy to go to around £50 each.  I'm quite drawn to the mirror and mirror mounted ones.  

Thanks everyone, keep those roofs coming down 

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#2 Posted : 10 February 2019 10:38:41(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: alfordmazza Go to Quoted Post

Hiya eveyone.

Can anyone provide some advice regarding dash cams?  I'd like to get one for my Mk3.5 and another for my wife's Mazda 2.  Happy to go to around £50 each.  I'm quite drawn to the mirror and mirror mounted ones.  

Thanks everyone, keep those roofs coming down 

Bit more than £50 but worth it.We run nextbase GPS/Wifi front and rear (2 cameras) on all 3 cars.Cost more than £50 though but simplicity of downloading over wifi to app & the benefit of sending straight to police and insurance.

I think you can get a standard Nextbase for about £48.What ever you bug get one that the screen turns off within 30 seconds.The rear on the 5 is fixed to the wind breaker so records roof up/down.All cars have Nextbases hard wired so no cables can be seen.Front cameras are hidden out of drivers field of view behind the mirror.32g micro sd cards in each.Every few weeks i just reformat to keep them running sweet.If we only used one car at a time,then i would have only 2 cams but purchase  an additional 4 GPS docking stations.Have them all hardwired & then its easy to just slide the Nexthbase on to any magnetic GPS dock depending on which car you take out.

 

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#3 Posted : 10 February 2019 11:16:11(UTC)
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I've got a NExtbase312GW think it was about £80 - remeber your 10% owners club discount  if buying from Hlafords.

Mines works fine, although I damaged the screen so I no longer see anything on that, but it still records and I can download files from it no problem it / when I need to.

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#4 Posted : 10 February 2019 12:43:20(UTC)
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Regarding hardwiring of the dash cams I assume that they power on and off with the ignition  as not to drain batteries .

What sort of cost is hardwiring? 

Cheers 

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#5 Posted : 10 February 2019 14:45:50(UTC)
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I bought something like this below and wired it in to the fuse box at the base of the A pillar passenger side, choose a connection that's live with the ignition on of course or the audio feed. Just make sure the piggy back fuse holder supplied comes in the same size as the Mazda fuses fitted and the micro usb connection is compatible with your dash cam conn.

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I am looking to get dash cams installed on our cars in the near future. No rush as live in South Devon and very low mileage but they do make a lot of sense.

My better half bought a really cheap piece of CXXX off ebay which I was going to play with but the instuctions are so small, dark and badly written that I think I may just do us both a favour and throw the thing straight into the bin.

Nextbase have been well thought of for some years now with dashcams and there were some bargains around on ebay with the sales. Basic model with full wiring kit for under £50. I have a feeling that going cheap on these or rather inferior product will be a mistake so Nextbase it is then. These are not just install and forget as quality products will give you a better result with less input and be more reliable.      

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i have a garmin 55. Costs about £100 from amazon, and comes with a sticky metal disk that sticks to window for mounting.

Costs £5 for new disk so you can setup multiple cars for 1 driver and 1 dashcam easily enough
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Originally Posted by: alfordmazza Go to Quoted Post

Regarding hardwiring of the dash cams I assume that they power on and off with the ignition  as not to drain batteries .

What sort of cost is hardwiring? 

Cheers 

Does not drain battery, power on/off with ignition & cost to hard wire is about £1.50 for a piggy back fuse.

 

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#9 Posted : 10 February 2019 19:41:13(UTC)
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A year past July, a 17 year old on a motor scooter chopped straight across my path on a roundabout. He was lucky I was at  a low speed, the side of his scooter took the impact, and he had a relatively mild tumble. . Gravel rash and cuts to his ankle and elbow. And some shock. 

 
That is when I decided to obtain a dash cam.  
 
First I bought a cheap eBay dash cam at £9.95. Same shape and appearance as the basic Nextbase 112 model. Similarity ends there.
I put the video up on Youtube. At a throwaway price, it does a job. Annoying audio rattle...., I never kept it long enough to track down the cause. 
 
Then I bought an Old Shark 1080p model. Currently on Amazon at around £45.
An impressive and solidly built piece of kit with a good lens,
and metal body.  
 
After thinking things over, and considering that with just a soft top between the camera and light fingers,
I realised that whenever I parked up the MX5 for a while I'd need to remove the dashcam.
I therefore decided to buy a Nextbase 312GW because it had a magnetic mount.
This means that I can leave the suction cup mount permanently on the screen, rather than have to either
unscrew the camera from a screen mount, or remove the suction mount itself.  
 
The 312GW has much the same quality video as the Old Shark. with the addition of GPS, so that all
your speeds are on record. A possible double edged sword. . 

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I similarly went down the cheap ebay route and fitted one at under £10. Picture playback quality was terrible, you could hardly read number plates even stopped behind a car at traffic lights.

So that just went in the bin.

Then bought an Apeman Model CS70, it was only around £40 from Amazon. I hard wired it in through a piggy back fuse and 5V step down transformer module, fed the cable up inside the passenger A pillar, because I located the step down module behind the glove box.
I used the cigar lighter, ignition powered, for the piggy back.

I would definitely recommend this model, records in full 1080 HD and has wide angle lens, motion sensing and G sensor.

Also fitted one in my M3, and viewing playback on my pc is superb, even at night in reduced lighting.

It's also easily removable if you are parked up with the top down, it just unclips from the suction mount.
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#11 Posted : 10 February 2019 23:38:11(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Flood Go to Quoted Post
i have a garmin 55. Costs about £100 from amazon, and comes with a sticky metal disk that sticks to window for mounting.

Costs £5 for new disk so you can setup multiple cars for 1 driver and 1 dashcam easily enough
I have a 55 too, bought it from Halfords, they hardwired into my 107 and 10% off device and fitting. Going to get my Mazda hard wired in April & use the one device in the two cars.

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#12 Posted : 11 February 2019 05:32:13(UTC)
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It also calms your own driving down because you don't want to be shown as the idiot who caused the crash....or worse.
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i have a garmin 55. Costs about £100 from amazon, and comes with a sticky metal disk that sticks to window for mounting.

Costs £5 for new disk so you can setup multiple cars for 1 driver and 1 dashcam easily enough
I have a 55 too, bought it from Halfords, they hardwired into my 107 and 10% off device and fitting. Going to get my Mazda hard wired in April & use the one device in the two cars.

Thats what i plan to do later in year.

 

How much do halfords take to hard wire if not buying dash cam at same time?

 

 

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#14 Posted : 11 February 2019 19:41:23(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Flood Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: DonT Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Flood Go to Quoted Post
i have a garmin 55. Costs about £100 from amazon, and comes with a sticky metal disk that sticks to window for mounting.

Costs £5 for new disk so you can setup multiple cars for 1 driver and 1 dashcam easily enough
I have a 55 too, bought it from Halfords, they hardwired into my 107 and 10% off device and fitting. Going to get my Mazda hard wired in April & use the one device in the two cars.

Thats what i plan to do later in year.

 

How much do halfords take to hard wire if not buying dash cam at same time?

 

 

Can‘t really remember, it’s not too much though.

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