Below is a collection of general information about Dash Cams.
Car dash cameras are relatively new in Australia and are installed in your motor vehicle to record continuous audio and video of your travels. They are also known as car DVR’s or Dash Cams and they film as you drive. Dash Cams can record constantly or can record when the Motion Sensor detects movement, this can give you peace of mind when your car is parked and unattended.
DVR’s or dash cams provide indisputable evidence if you are involved in an accident, insurance claims take less time and it makes drivers who have a camera in their car more aware of how they drive.
They are easy to install and depending on the mounting bracket supplied, it is just a matter of deciding where on the windscreen that you want to position the camera. Choose a spot that will not impede your view and then simply stick it on with either the suction cup provided or the 3M tape bracket. You can then hide the cable under the windscreen seal all the way down to the dash for a neat and tidy finish. Power is generally available by plugging into the cigarette lighter. You can also have them professionally installed and hardwired rather than using the cigarette lighter.
If the dash cam comes with a GPS module it will record the speed and route you have taken and display it on a Google map while you watch the video. This can be particularly helpful when you have a fleet of vehicles and you have no way of keeping an eye on the behaviour of your drivers. It is a cost effective way of keeping them honest.
Dash Cam Battery Life
Dash Cams are not generally designed to run off their internal battery for long periods of time. The internal battery only exists to give the camera the ability to automatically save the footage if the power source is suddenly lost, such as in the event of a traffic accident.
At the most, the battery may be able to give a few minutes of operation before shutting down after you turn off your ignition.
It is common for customers to plug their dash cam in to “charge” for a few hours and then be left bewildered by the fact that the camera won’t run without being plugged in.
Dash Cams are designed to run off permanent power such as your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. If you have a requirement to run your dash cam without using the cigarette lighter it is possible to use a portable power bank to provide a more mobile solution.