As with any modern-day electronic device, comparing and contrasting systems will be a big part of your buying process. With the multitude of really great dash cameras out on the market today, finding the best dash camera system for you will take this sort of comparison shopping also, and knowing what to compare all begins with your particular use.
A dash camera system can have many uses or many combinations of uses, and the specifications offered, those you’re comparing, will have to fit those that best suit you.
For instance, a dash camera that surveils your car when you’re not around will be a bit different than the one that you use to protect yourself from insurance fraud on the road, and both of these will differ from the one that’s capturing your road trip. Here’s a good example of someone who documented their road trip on a dash cam…
Before deciding which dash camera system to compare against another, first figure out what you want your dash camera system to be used for, and what capabilities will best suit that use. For instance, a dash camera system that you plan to take on a road trip to capture your driving footage will need to hold quite a bit of data, therefore you should look at storage as a priority. An average high storage dash camera system will work with a micro SD card of around 32GB, which is good for capturing around 8 to 10 straight hours of footage. The dash camera system that you plan to use to protect yourself from insurance fraud scams or liability in an accident won’t need to cover 8 to 10 hours of footage, usually, but it will need to take excellent photos and videos in day or night, as well as automatically lock footage when a collision is detected. Rather than focusing on storage, as you would with your road trip dash camera system, look for cameras with WDR, G sensors, looping, and high-quality lenses to suit your need.
Comparing Road Trip Dash Cameras
Road trip dash cameras give you a pretty unique ability to capture the parts of your trip not always seen. While you have photos and video of your stops, it’s tough taking safe video of your “go’s”, and that’s just what dash cameras give you the ability to do. Save the scenery and your time on the road, and use this footage to piece together a really special memento that will last a lifetime.
Two great road trip dash cameras available on the market today are the KDLINKS R100 Dash Cam and the Thinkware X500 Dash Cam, priced at just under $200 and just under $280 respectively. The more affordable of the two cameras, the KDLINKS R100, is pretty unique in its storage capabilities. While the camera comes equipped with a smaller 16GB micro SD card (good for storing around 4 to 5 hours of footage) it’s capable of supporting up to a 128 GB micro SD card, which can capture your entire road trip and more. On top of great storage, the camera also works in both a front cam and dual cam mode, capturing 140 degree front and rear angles at once. Superior WDR technology allows footage to be perfect in day or night, and shuts both on and off automatically, so you don’t need to worry about adjustments or if your camera is on, you simply get to enjoy your ride.
The Thinkware X500 Dash Cam also uses automatic movement sensing to turn the camera on and off, and it comes with a 32GB micro SD card included and ready to use. Like the KDLINKS R100, this dash camera system also uses front and rear footage capabilities for capturing sweeping footage angles forward and backward, but has the addition of a built-in GPS. Another offering from the Thinkware X500 is optional parking surveillance mode that keeps watch on your vehicle even when you’re not inside.
Comparing Protection Cameras
Protection against fraud or accident liability is a main reason drivers look into comparing a dash camera system to another in the first place. This sort of dash camera system is often stealthier and more high-tech in its image capturing when compared to those used to capture road trip footage, and there are some different specifications you should be looking for. Two such cameras perfect for protection use are the HiCool P3 Dash Cam and the SpyTec A119 Dash Cam, priced similarly at $99.99 and $99.95.
The HiCoolP3 Dash Cam really prides itself on a high tech and engineering-first design, providing a stealthy look accompanied by a smooth touch that makes the dash camera system simple to use. Wide Dynamic Range, or WDR, ensures that all lighting adjustments are done automatically, so footage taken during the day or at night is always clear without having to worry. Loop recording begins the dash camera’s recording as soon as your vehicle starts moving, which ensures that all relevant footage is captured regardless if you’ve remembered to start the camera or not, and G sensors lock in any footage taken when a collision is detected. As for angles, the HiCoolP3 Dash Cam captures wide 170 degree angles suitable for large or small vehicles.
The SpyTec A119 offers a few functions that the HiCoolP3 does not, but the HiCool P3 does have its advantages in some areas. While the HiCool offers sweeping 170 degree angles and WDR to ensure clear footage day or night, the SpyTec A119 has superior 64GB memory capturing hours of clear HD video as well as location and speed logging with a built in GPS. For those who live in more extreme climates, the SpyTec A119 is able to withstand more extreme temperatures than the HiCool P3 dash camera system, so you never need to worry if you’ve left your dash camera in the car overnight or during the heat of the day.
Both the HiCool P3 and the SpyTec A119 offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to ensure users are satisfied with their dash camera system choice. However, if you do not like the SpyTec A119 for any reason within the first 30 days, it can be returned with no questions asked.
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