You may have questions about the whole thing and you may be confused about all these stuff. So here we are stepping in with the FAQ to answer the most common questions.
What Is a Dash Cam?
Dash cams are small video cameras that are typically installed either on the dashboard of a car, hence the name, although they can also be attached to the windshield or placed elsewhere. Virtually any portable camera or recording device can be used as a dash cam, but purpose-built devices typically:
- Run on 12V DC
- Feature “always on” recording
- Automatically overwrite old data as new data is recorded
Other features are often available, but this core set more or less defines the dash cam as a device. The ability to run on 12V DC means that the device can be hard-wired into a vehicle’s electrical system, ‘always on’ recording means that the device will automatically start to record whenever the vehicle is driven, and the ability to overwrite old data means that the driver never has to fiddle with old, unneeded video files. (source: lifewire.com)
How Do Dash Cams Work?
Purpose-built dash cams are relatively simple. When they are installed, they are wired directly into the vehicle’s 12V electrical system. The power will typically be taken from a source that is only hot when the ignition is in the accessory or run position, which is due to the fact that dash cams are designed to constantly record whenever they are on, and they’re usually also designed to be on whenever they are supplied with power.
If a dash cam is intended for use as a security device when the vehicle isn’t actually in use, then it may be wired into a circuit that is always hot, or it may be powered by an internal battery or external second car battery to avoid draining the vehicle’s battery.
In either case, dashcams are designed to constantly record video data to removable storage media like an SD card, flash drive, or an internal solid-state storage device. When the storage device fills up, the camera will automatically overwrite the oldest video files. This design is meant to provide a sort of “set and forget” situation, where you can hook up a dashboard camera and then essentially leave it alone until you need it. (source: lifewire.com)Some dash cams with the WiFi feature, the video can be streamed directly on your iPhone or Android.
Are Dash Cams Legal?
Dashcam legality is a complicated subject, so it’s always a good idea to check into the specific laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before installing one. They are illegal in some countries, legal in others, and video from dash cams can actually be used in court in many cases.
In addition to whether or not dash cameras are specifically legal or illegal in your area, it’s also important to consider privacy concerns. Although dashcams may not be specifically illegal in your jurisdiction, using one may break privacy laws, which makes it even more important to do your homework before you install one. (source: lifewire.com)
Why Use a Dash Cam?
- You will have the first-hand evidence of a car accident
- It is the perfect solution for dealing with undisciplined drivers so you may report them
- It is great for driving instructors and worried parents
- It feels safe driving with a dash cam, better to be safe than to be sorry!
- It is the perfect fit for Uber/Lyft drivers
- It will make the insurance claim process running smoothly
- You can record your entire road trip and capture great moments
- It has lots of handy features and functions
- You can efficiently deal with parking accidents, so now you know who did it!
- You might be surprised of what a dash cam can capture, just go on and check for YouTube videos!
Will You Help Me With Choosing The Right Dash Cam For My Needs?
We would be more than happy to help you figure out which dash cams will be perfect fit for your needs, so please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] with your questions at any time, or use the Contact Us page.
What Are Some Features Dash Cams Offer?
There are some of the features below that you may find in the dash cams today:
Loop Recording – This allows the dash cam to continue to record when it has used up all memory card storage by overwriting the memory card from the beginning.
GPS – It records the location and speed of the vehicle as well as other unique features like Advanced Driver Assistant System (ADAS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS).
G-Sensor – In the event that an impact is received by a vehicle, the G-sensors will be triggered, and cause the dash cam to record another event video. This is particularly useful in parking mode, to record a hit and run event, or vandalism event when the car is unattended.
Auto Start and Stop – This is another feature found in almost all dash cams. The camera automatically records when the vehicle is turned on, and stops when the vehicle is turned off.
Night Vision – This allows the camera to record exceptionally well at night, and is extremely useful for recording the internal of the vehicle.
Time and Date Stamp – This is another feature found in most dash cams, which allows the date and time to be present on the video to as evidence.
How Do You Install Dash Cams?
Once you’ve purchased a dash camera, you just need to insert a memory card into the dash cam, mount the dash cam to your car’s windshield. Then plug the dash cam’s power cord into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet. Recording is automatic, so you just need to drive normally. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] with your questions at any time.
In case you prefer professionals to come by and install the dash cam for you, please check out the Install Services page if you live in the USA.