The Definitive Dash Camera FAQ - Everything You Need To Know About Dash Cameras
Posted on December 19 2017
Definitive Dash Camera FAQ
If you are considering investing your money into a Dash Camera to protect yourself and your precious vehicle, questions will arise. “Will a Dash Camera drain my car battery?”, “How long will my Dash Camera record for?” and “Can Dash Cameras be used in court?”. These are some of the questions that we get asked on a regular basis. As a Blackvue specialist Dash Camera dealer in Australia, we decided to put together a Definitive Dash Camera FAQ to put myths to rest and provide you with the best information. We want to make you an informed buyer for your Blackvue Dash Camera purchase.
1. Does a Dash Camera drain the car battery?
Yes, the Dash Camera is an electronic device that relies in most cases on the car’s battery as a native source of power to operate. However, there are external battery packs and power banks available to mitigate the car’s battery usage and drain - but a majority of the dash cameras still use and actively drain the car’s battery in one way or another. There are multiple ways to power your Dash Camera such as soft wiring with a cigarette lighter adaptor, hard wiring with a Battery Pack such as the Blackvue B-112 or Cellink-B or alternatively using a Blackvue Power Magic Pro Power Management Hard Wire Kit. This by far is the most popular solution we sell, in fact we sell one with almost every Dash Camera we sell. It allows you to hard wire your Dash Camera to your battery and it actively monitors your vehicle battery to ensure it doesn't run flat. Also, you can manage how your Dash Camera records with products such as the Blackvue DR650S and Blackvue DR750S where you can adjust sensors and set different modes to accommodate your needs.
2. How long does a Dash Camera record for?
If you’re looking to purchase a Dash Camera, of course this question is one that will definitely arise at some point of time. Just how much video can you save to the memory card in the camera? Well, it really varies. Let’s take a look at the variables behind this:
● The quality of the footage (both resolution and frame rate).
● Are you recording both front and rear, or just the front? (1 or 2 Channel)?
● The storage capacity of the memory card in the camera.
● Other functionality that may also record data on the memory card.
Now that we’ve covered the list of things that we need to consider, the following table should give you some good general guidelines that will persist for most Dash Cameras.
3. Can Dash Camera footage be used in court?
Hopefully, none of us are ever faced with this sort of unpleasant situation but the road is full of surprises and irresponsible drivers which makes this a fairly common question on our list. The easy answer is, yes, you can use the footage as evidence in court. However, you need to ensure the quality is clear and that is where you need a quality Dash Camera such as those in the Blackvue range. By using a Blackvue Dash Camera you will ensure you have the highest quality footage with the evidentiary data you need such as your speed and your location. We recommend you avoid the cheap low quality Dash Cameras that are on the market as the footage is generally of a poor quality which makes captured events less factual as they are more difficult to judge. We also recommend that you get a two channel camera, that is a front and rear recording camera to show multiple views around your vehicle to totally protect you in the event of a hit and run, a reckless or impaired driver and similar scenarios. Ultimately, a Dash Camera can present empirical evidence that the accident or offence actually took place to begin with. We also often encounter the question, “Can the video footage be used against me as well?” The short answer again is, yes. Whether you are the one behind the wheel or not, the footage can come into play as the modern judicial system relies on this sort of evidence to establish who is right and wrong when settling traffic offences or civil motor vehicle collision cases.
4. Does owning one get you a lower insurance rate?
Unfortunately the answer is generally no. Insurance companies give rate reductions and determine rates as a whole based on their evaluation of how safe of a driver you are, where you park your car and many other factors. And alas, Dash Cameras simply don’t fall into that list of factors although they can provide you with absolute proof of who exactly is at fault for a given incident. However, based on the evidence recorded on your Dash Camera it may totally absolve you of fault in a collision and therefore negate you paying an excess. So whilst, a Dash Camera may not lower an insurance premium it will save you money in the long run.
5. Will owning a Dash Camera help me protect my car?
This is one of the most common questions we get from people who are considering investing hard earned cash into owning a dash camera. In fact it is due to the popularity of this question that we recently wrote a whole separate article on the Reasons and Benefits of Using a Dash Cam. To give you a brief overview as well as a short answer to the question - while the Dash Camera cannot prevent an accident from occurring, high quality video footage from a high quality dash camera provides you with irrefutable evidence in the event of a collision or incident by providing clear evidence. Beyond this, you can use a Dash Camera to protect your car from being broken into, parking accidents and damage as well as remotely tracking your car. In the modern world, the number of drivers on the road is increasing exponentially every year, and being human - we’re all subject to human error at times, so be sure to protect yourself, your vehicle and your driving record from wrongful accusation, damages and theft with the help of one of these relatively in-expensive devices.
6. What features should I look for in a Dash Camera?
- Cars get hot, buy a quality Dash Camera that will sustain harsh conditions.
- If your budget allows it, get a Dash Camera with WiFi to easily view footage.
- Remember you can get single or dual camera systems (front and rear).
- Get a unit with GPS signal built in - it gives you that extra bit of evidence.
- High resolution and high frame rates in Dash Cameras are invaluable.
- For maximum protection get a Dash Camera with parking mode and sensors.
- Don't obscure your vision - get a small form factor Dash Camera.
- Cloud viewing software allows you to remotely monitor your vehicle.