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Why Use A Dash Cam

Dashboard cameras (dash cams) are the next step in on-the-road security. Also known as a Dash Cam , Auto Black Box, or Car Camera, a dashboard camera is a surveillance-oriented HD video recorder that is mounted behind your rear view mirror, facing outwards. It records the events going on around your car onto an SD card and stores the video evidence for when incidents occur. Premium dashcams can even continue surveillance while you are parked and away from your vehicle to catch vandals, hit-and-runs, and potential misuse or abuse of your property, this is done via hardwiring your Dash Cam into your cars accessories. A dash cam provides irrefutable video evidence that can protect you against road rage, drunk drivers and insurance fraud to mention a few. Today, dashcams are used by a vast majority of drivers in America, South Korea, Russia, Southeast Asia, and is rapidly growing in popularity in Australia. Dash Cams are being used more and more by Australian drivers and for good reasons. Linelink Online is the only specialist dealer of Blackvue Dash Cams in Australia.

Benefit of Installing a Dash cam:

1. Provides irrefutable video evidence in the event of a road accident
2. Provides protection from hit and run and theft
3. Provides GPS tracking with vehicle speed - use it as evidence in court
4. Reduce the time to settle a claim by the court or by the insurance company
5. Has been proven to change driver’s driving behaviour
6. Employers can ensure employees are driving responsibly when driving fleet vehicles
7. Easy to install and easy to use
 
Top 5 car crash types in Australia

1. Rear-ender: the most common crash
2. Side-on (“T-bone”)
3. Head-on
4. Running off the road on a straight stretch
5. Running off the road on a curve

Features vary on each dash cam. Common features include:

Loop/Cycle Recording:

When the storage space is full, it can automatically cover the earliest segment ( Note: The DashCams record at 1, 2, 5 or 8 minute intervals, so it recycles one interval at a time and doesn’t just delete everything then start recording again.)

G-sensor:

When an impact or emergency brake occurs or if the car is tilted, it will protect the previous, present and next video files automatically. Through this function the important files won’t be removed by loop recording.

Motion Detection/Parking mode:

The Dashcam will start recording automatically if there is motion in the recording angle or if the dashcam senses a jolt/movement, without pressing any button. In order to utilise the parking mode feature in Dash Cams the camera would need to be either hardwired to the vehicle via a Dash Cam specific hardwiring kit or connected to a Dash Cam specific external battery pack.

Time and date Stamp:

The time and date is permanently embedded into the video. The time and date is changeable.

Can take still pictures:

With most cameras having high megapixel lenses, they have a mode to capture a still image.

Audio Recording:

Records sounds, conversations and voice notes of what is happening. In most Dash Cams this setting can be switched ON and OFF.

Automatic initiation:

The DashCam will automatically turn on and off with the ignition. Simply plug and play, Set and forget for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Night vision:

With either Infrared or Advanced technology such as WDR or HDR, the Dash Cam will automatically adjust to brighten a low light or dull picture

Easy Mount and dismount:

Most Dash Cams have a quick-release design, making it easy to disassemble and reassemble. The joints can be tilted or rotated, allowing the DashCams viewing position to be easily positioned to suit ones needs.

High Definition Recording:

High-definition video recording & 1, 1.3, 2, 5, or 12 Mega pixels CMOS. We recommended a minimum of a 1080p resolution.

Stylish designs:

For sleek, class and style- the look of the camera can suit a car.

Rotating Lenses:

Some of the Lenses can rotate to adjust the picture and viewing angle to suit your needs

Wide Viewing Angles:

With a wide 120-180 degree viewing angle; it can record the whole length of the front and sides of the car and both sides of the road. There is no distortion of image.

GPS: Record vehicle speed and position. Can be viewed on the included software via a google maps screen.

File Compression:

With advanced H.264 video compression technology. It’s not only got the edge over other formats, but also equipped with high-definition video recording, compression efficiency allows more data to be saved on the memory card.

Six element Sharp Lenses:

Six-Element Sharp Lens, made up of 6 layers of glass, provides stunning clear and non-deformed images.

WDR (Wide Dynamic Range):

WDR technology causes well-balanced exposure at night. It makes night shots brighter, and reduces strong light exposure to achieve the clearest picture.

Super Night Vision:

Super night clarity

Super Clarity:

Super clear pictures

Driver Fatigue Warning:

Fatigue driving will increase the risk of accident, so some DashCams provide a useful anti-drowsy alarm function. When the driver of vehicle starts to veer off track, the alarm will issue a beep to remind driver to take a break.

GPS Over Speed Warning:

With a custom speed setting, once the driver is driving over the speed limit, the useful alarm will remind you “Slow down”.

HUD Speed Display:

The speed you are currently driving on will be displayed on the screen, including km/h and mph.

Storage:

All recorded data is stored on a micro SD card or a traditional SD card that usually ranges from 16gb to 32gb with some models working to a higher storage capacity ( up to 128GB or 256GB).

To view  your dash cam recordings, simply insert your card into any computer (some users require a USB adapter). If you DashCam has GPS or any other speciality feature, there is software for this viewing that is very simple to install.

 

What to look for when choosing a Dash Cam:

  • Recording Resolution:

    Insist on a minimum of 1080p Full HD. We always recommend a wide angle to capture more footage. What good is a Dash Cam if you cant read number plates!

    Capacitor vs inbuilt Batteries:

    Dash Cams are not made to run off internal batteries. The batteries are only there to safely save the last file in the event that the power to it gets shut off. Batteries fail in the heat causing all sorts of problems. Also, over time, batteries decrease in the amount of power they hold and eventually die, causing power failures, freezing, not saving settings or correct date and time. A Dash Cam with a battery may only last 8-15 months. Super capacitors withstand the heat and have basically an unlimited life time. We highly recommend Dash Cams that run off super capacitors over batteries such as the Blackvue B-112 or the Cellink-B.

    OEM vs Branded Cameras:

    Basically, you get what you pay for! Always opt for a branded camera that experts recommend. Cheap cameras have low quality parts, internal batteries, plastic lenses and the clarity drops over time. If it is a generic Dash Cam, there is no brand name that will be ruined and there are many different manufacturers so the quality you are getting is not up there.

    GPS:

    The GPS feature in Dash cams are not like GPS navigators. They simply record the speed and location ( Longitude and Latitude ) and embed that information into the footage next to the date and time.  Please be aware that it can in fact incriminate you. If you a going a few KM’s over the speed limit, the camera will show it. It is mainly there for fleets who want to track staff etc. For those who say it would be good to get you out of a speeding fine- Once you actually get a speeding ticket, you would have most likely used up the space on the SD card thus erasing the footage.

    Automatic Parking mode/ Motion detection:

    Many Dash Cams have Motion detection/parking mode but make sure that it is AUTOMATIC, otherwise you will have to manually go into the camera settings and change between normal recording mode to parking mode/motion detection and vice versa every time you turn the car on and off. To utilise this feature, the camera needs to be connected to a constant power source such as a Power Magic Pro or B-112.

    Hardwiring:

    To utilise motion detection/parking mode you need to connect it to constant power either via a hardwire kit or an external battery pack. The Hardwire kit will monitor your cars battery and temperature and will turn off the dash cam if the battery gets to a certain low voltage or after a certain period of time as set by you.

    We recommend the Blackvue Power Magic Pro Hardwire kit as it monitors the battery level. It also has an ON/OFF switch for when you park in the garage or if you are going away and just want the system to be off.

    DO NOT strip the chargers that come with the Dash Cams. The chargers can be used in a 12v or 24v socket, however most Dash Cams take 5v.

    To hide the wires and charger-

    Most cameras come with a 4m cable which is enough to hide it around the trim of your windscreen. If you don’t particularly want to use motion detection/parking mode but want to hardwire the charger, simply attach a female cigarette light socket to your accessories underneath the dash.

    SD card compatibility:

    We highly recommend a class 10 card for all Dash Cams. We do not recommend the San Disk Brand as they are very problematic in all Dash Cams and cause freezing and restarting etc. Note, Blackvue Dash Cams are only compatible with Blackvue SD cards in 64GB and 128GB sizes.

  • GPS automatically records your location and speed and matches these to the video recording. All models with a GPS feature also comes with dedicated software to view the recorded data. Note that with Dash Cams, a GPS feature does not mean they can navigate you to a destination as can a regular GPS unit.
  • Continuous loop recording means the Dash Cam records until the memory is full and then just records over the oldest video again, so that you always have a recording of the last hours.
  • Mounting method A bracket with a suction cup is easier to remove for security or to transfer to another car. But for permanent mounting an adhesive fastening may be better and more discreet (the Dash Cam itself can still be detached).
  • Automatic recording when the vehicle starts means the Dash Cam turns on when you start the car, and usually also stops after a set time when the car is turned off.
  • Impact detection activates the Dash Cam when it detects that the car has been bumped or moved – mainly useful if the offending car comes from the front and therefore appears in the video, but even if it doesn’t, the time and date stamp on the video may be useful information. Some models automatically save this video in a separate file that won’t be overwritten, or record data about the force and direction of the impact.
  • Removable memory card should be easily accessible when the Dash Cam is mounted, so you can remove it without having to detach the Dash Cam. More memory means more hours of video storage, and the number of hours of video depends on the selected resolution and frame rate. 16GB will usually provide several hours of recording at high resolution. Some models have a card included , while for others you’ll need to supply your own.

Legal considerations

Dashcam video has been used successfully in traffic cases overseas to prove just what occurred in the incident; for example, to show that the other car ran a red light. In a case where it would be your word against the other driver’s, a video recording might be a very useful backup (or not, if it proves you were the one at fault). Police cars are commonly equipped with these cameras. It’s said that dashcams have saved some Australian drivers from fines, or helped their insurance claims, but we aren’t aware of any Australian court cases where a consumer’s dashcam video has been used in evidence.
Using a dashcam is legal, provided you don’t manually operate it while driving and it’s mounted properly. As with a GPS or any other dashboard/windshield mounted device, the camera should be in a fixed mounting and must not obscure your view of the road ahead, behind and to either side of the vehicle. Recording video while driving on public roads is OK as privacy concerns don’t generally apply in public spaces, but think carefully about how you use the resulting videos. There should be no problem showing them to the police or insurers, but it might not always be OK to post them online.

Insurance Premiums

There is a huge potential for insurance companies to cooperate with the public and deduct insurance premiums, as dash cams / blackboxes will help to identify the right party to take the responsibility of car accidents. If an accident occurs, having one of our products installed will ensure that every detail, such as speed of involving vehicles, the angle they crash, and surrounding conditions will be available. With this information, insurance companies will be able to investigate the cause and fault of the accident more efficiently. This could both lower the cost of adjustments and the time it takes to settle accidents.

Protect Yourself

Dash cams / Blackboxes help safe drivers protect themselves in car accidents. We understand that no matter how careful you drive, if other drivers are not paying attention, you can easily end up in an accident. You may be put at fault by the insurance company depending on the situation. With the Dash cams we offer, safe drivers can film the entire accident scene and ensure the right party takes the responsibility.

Stop Vandalism and Monitor Your Vehicle When it’s Parked

Our dash cams / blackbox products can protect customers’ cars from being vandalised when it’s parked along with a Hardwiring Kit / Power Kit. If the Dash Cam has a motion detect or parking mode feature, and movement or motion that is detected by the camera will trigger automatic recording for added safety and evidence. Consumers will be absolutely protected with everything that happens around their cars at any time and place.

 Do I need a dash cam? And is it worth paying $200+ for a dash cam? YES!

Dash cameras will provide irrefutable video evidence in the event of an accident. The driver don’t even have to argue or look for a witness. The video evidence will clearly identify whose at fault and what exactly happened. Cheap dash cams often fail or have missing segments between video recordings. Cheap dash cams will not survive the heat or cold environment. As mentioned above, the cheap dash cameras may have great spec, but the true video quality is no where near advertised HD or Full-HD quality.
Cheaper dashcam companies do not provide warranty service. There are many cheap dash cameras from Asia - however you should do your research and buy products that have been tested and buy products that offer good warranty service in Australia.