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Old 10-11-2017, 9:11 PM
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Default Looking for dash cam recomendations

After doing some research, I'm more confused than ever. I'm looking for something clear enough to be able to read license plates that can be easily moved from car to car (think rental cars) and is easy to use. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
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Old 10-11-2017, 9:22 PM
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Street Guardian.

It mounts up behind the mirror, can be hardwired with a PSU or connected to a 12V socket.

Mine came with a clear plastic sheet that looks like the protective film for an LCD, but it's actually to make it portable.
Pick up an extra mount, stick it to the sheet, and stick the sheet to the windshield of the rental like an oil change sticker.
https://smile.amazon.com/Street-Guar...treet+guardian
Looking at it on Amazon, it doesn't look like they still include that sheet.

I have a 64gb chip in mine and it's good for 4 days to and from work... about 3 hours a day or so.

These (really, all dashcams) have very wide angle lenses, so you do have to be pretty close to pick out the plate.

Night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4udsipPAoj4

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Diqhouiooaw
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Old 10-12-2017, 9:16 AM
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I just ordered this today. Cheap but something is better than nothing.

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Box-GS8.../dp/B00QLB7I2U
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Uniden dashcam, affordable and durable; got mine at Best Buy for $150
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:07 AM
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I have this one. Works good.

https://www.amazon.com/isYoung-Recor...irror+dash+cam
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Old 10-14-2017, 5:55 AM
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i have several of the garmin dash cam 20 series. they do make a 10 series that is a little bit cheaper. i use them to cover me when i drive for work.
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I'm looking for something clear enough to be able to read license plates that can be easily moved from car to car
I don't think you'll find a dash cam the will read a license plate at speed unless your on their @$$. At a light or low speed only.
As far as portable, unless the dashcam is made to be portable, I think you'll have to make which ever one you get "portable". Most all are, at the minimum, sticky tape mounted or attached maybe to the rear view mirror. I suppose you could just buy a package of double stick foam tape to go from rental car to rental car if that is a main concern. Cleaning off the tape each time would be annoying though.
And not having the cam solidly mounted will affect the clarity of the recording.
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all dash cams have a g force sensor, (the good ones), so mounting them securely is a must.
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Do any of these cans have audio?


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Mine works great.
https://www.hdmirrorcam.com/
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Do any of these cans have audio?
Most do, but be aware that it is illegal to record conversations in the vehicle without notification.

My wife's A110 came with a red sticker that provided that warning.

Personally, I keep the audio shut off.
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I use a Rexing V1 because it's one of the few decent low profile dash cams. It's 1080P with a 170 degree field of view. It is a power hog so make sure that you power it from a good source and turn it off or disconnect power when the engine is off.

https://www.amazon.com/V1-Dashboard-.../dp/B00X528FNE
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I'll see what I have in my commuter it's been a good camera for me rexwing something or other. It has a rear camera as well. My wife asked why I have the mic turned off. I told her if I get killed in a wreck the last thing I want her hearing in my death noises.


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I have a quite a few cheap dashcams. Nothing over 40 bucks. None of them have the video quality to read a license plate unless they are directly in front of you in daylight.

I have two that look identical on the outside, but the electronics are not. The best one so far overall is a Cobra that is discontinued. It has a good solid mount to a suction cup attachment. Unless the suction cup and window are absolutely clean, the mount falls off. The Cobra also has GPS that monitors your speed and direction. Not sure if I like that or not. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...=cobra+dashcam

All of my other dashcams are no-name brands from China. I'll pull some video from the various cams and post it here.
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I have a Street Guardian. Works well. No fuss.
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I use a Rexing V1 because it's one of the few decent low profile dash cams. It's 1080P with a 170 degree field of view. It is a power hog so make sure that you power it from a good source and turn it off or disconnect power when the engine is off.

https://www.amazon.com/V1-Dashboard-.../dp/B00X528FNE
I just picked up one of these for the wife's car. Good picture and easy to use. I mounted it with the double sided tape at the top of the windshield but there is an optional suction cup mount available for about $6.

With a 64GB card, there's an estimate of 11 hours of recording time w/ the 1080P resolution.
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I've used the Blackvue for several years. Very good quality and picture. It's pretty pricy but I've gone thru a few over the years. The cam in my truck is almost 6 years old.

The 650 is the latest model I think....

Blackvue 650 Amazon
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Z-Edge Z3 3-Inch 2K Ultra Full HD1296P 2560x1080 Car Dash Cam with 32GB Card & Parking Monitor
Sold by: Zero Edge Technology, LLC
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If you upload to your computer and enlarge freeze frames you can read license plates and everything else.
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Dash cams? What is this? Russia?
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I've used the Blackvue for several years. Very good quality and picture. It's pretty pricy but I've gone thru a few over the years. The cam in my truck is almost 6 years old.

The 650 is the latest model I think....

Blackvue 650 Amazon
http://www.thedashcamstore.com/blackvue/
They're up to the 750 now. Does 60fps on the front camera, and 1080 @ 30fps on the rear camera.
650 is great, but only 30fps front and 720 on the rear camera.

Of course, that all comes at the expense of recording time... but it'll still do 11 hours on the 128gb card compared to 17 hours for the 650.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...oop_bw_c_x_7_w
510 for the package with the 750 and 128gb.
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