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Dash cam advice wanted (dashboard camera)

I need to buy a dash cam.

First I checked out the March 2017 issue of Consumer Reports.

It was somewhat helpful.

Then I checked out thewirecutter.

It was more helpful.

Then I found Dashboard Camera Reviews.

Jackpot!

 

In Palm Desert, the summers are brutal, so I need a dash cam that uses a capacitor instead of a lithium-ion battery.

That narrows things down quite a bit.

On DCR, they list what I need here.

The list is pretty long, however, so I just looked at their favorite dash cams and searched for the word capacitor.

Then I looked at prices, and the cheapest two are:

Viofo A119 / A119 v2

Street Guardian SG9665GC

 

It looks like the Viofo is the best bang for the buck, but this very similar dash cam looks even better:

Viofo A119S / A119S V2

viofo_a119s

This is what I am thinking about buying!

 

By the way, a couple of years ago, old4570 did a short review of the Viofo A118C, which is the predecessor to the A119, and he liked it.

 

My question is: should I go with the A119S or something else?

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“Techmoan” has reviewed a plethora of dashcams, after watching his reviews I bought myself a Xiaomi dashcam and it’s been working fine till now. I think from a mod-ability point of view Mobius might be a good choice if you don’t mind not having an LCD display on the cam itself.
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Note: I chose Xiaomi because at the time only Xiaomi, HP and Transcend were the only branded dashcams available in my country.

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Update: Looks like Techmoan already reviewed it.
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and on the first day he said "Let there be light"...

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I got a go-pro-like cubecam, and a little suction-cup gramba that sticks it to the windshield. Easy to clip/unclip as needed, so the camera goes with me and never stays in the car unattended.

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Good place to check out DashCamTalk .Those guys know their dashcams and talk about actioncams too.

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adsum wrote:

Good place to check out DashCamTalk .Those guys know their dashcams and talk about actioncams too.

Awesome website...

Thanks bigly!

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raccoon city wrote:

adsum wrote:

Good place to check out DashCamTalk .Those guys know their dashcams and talk about actioncams too.


Awesome website…


Thanks bigly!

Just bought GitUp F1 for a combined actioncam/dashcam use.Havent used it as a dashcam yet but for actioncam use it is very good.
GitUp said they are bringing capacitor model for F1. Viofo A119S should be a good choice especially for nighttime performance with Starvis sensor. Viofo and GitUp cams are made by same company.

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I use the A119 original, no gps. Works great. I moved the old A118c to the back glass.

My only complaint is that the save-lock clip button can be a little tough to find by feel.

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I have had several dash cams over the years and have found the DOD-Tech to be rhe most reliable, highest quality optics, full featured and easiest to use

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I run the original a119 with the GPS data logger. It does run at a higher res, 1440 vs 1080, than the S version and has a L-R moveable lens. They really aren’t that much different. The big thing is that they use capacitor power for powering off recording/saving. I’ve only pulled the card once and it’s impressive video quality. It’s important to get a good card for these with all the rewriting. I think I’m using a transend hi endurance.

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have g1w-c for about 4 -5 years ago, have no complaints, works great, they are pretty cheap, 50-60bucks. but it has no gps log, no wifi, no BT.

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I watched techmoans videos (he is local to me )
And went with the DDPAI M6 plus it has been used for a year and a half by now and no issues at all, video quality at highest setting in “Blu-ray cinema “ mode (I think it’s calked) is very good. Night images are good and they have updates via the app.

I just bought a Xiaomi dash cam for my dad as he doesn’t have a smart phone and needed something that has buttons and a screen and it gets a good review. After owning a few Xiaomi products I have found them to be a good “bang for the buck “ brand.
I have ear buds, battery banks and 4k action cam which are really good for the money.

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I’ve got several dash cams for sale. This one looks a lot like the o e you picked as a favorite. It used to sell for $148.00 on sale for $69.00 I will sell it for $59.00 it is BNIB. I’ve got several more I can show you if you like,

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Best regards,

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SubSailorVet wrote:

I’ve got several dash cams for sale. This one looks a lot like the o e you picked as a favorite. It used to sell for $148.00 on sale for $69.00 I will sell it for $59.00 it is BNIB. I’ve got several more I can show you if you like,

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Thanks for the offer, but I am probably going to get a Viofo A119S / A119S V2.

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raccoon city wrote:

SubSailorVet wrote:

I’ve got several dash cams for sale. This one looks a lot like the o e you picked as a favorite. It used to sell for $148.00 on sale for $69.00 I will sell it for $59.00 it is BNIB. I’ve got several more I can show you if you like,


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Thanks for the offer, but I am probably going to get a Viofo A119S / A119S V2.

Just curious, what didn’t you like about it? Price, features? Don’t know me, etc?

Best regards,

Matthew

 

 

 

 

 

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I took Techmoan’s advice and bought three Viofo A119 dash cams last February. My friend bought two. We’re very happy with them.

I went for Transcend’s ‘High Endurance’ cards, but they were hard to find back when I got the cameras. My friend has been running MicroCenter’s house brand without issue.

I spliced a 90° USB connector onto the camera end of the stock cables to tuck them away a bit nicer.

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SubSailorVet wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

SubSailorVet wrote:

I’ve got several dash cams for sale. This one looks a lot like the o e you picked as a favorite. It used to sell for $148.00 on sale for $69.00 I will sell it for $59.00 it is BNIB. I’ve got several more I can show you if you like,

Dashcam

Thanks for the offer, but I am probably going to get a Viofo A119S / A119S V2.

Just curious, what didn't you like about it? Price, features? Don't know me, etc?

According to Dashcam Camera Reviews and DashCamTalk, The A119 and A119S are the best bang for your buck dash cams, so I have my heart set on them.

Nothing else will do.

If you had a well-priced A119S for sale, and I would probably buy it.

I buy from people I don't know all the time (though I usually look at their feedback on Amazon or eBay.)

No hard feelings.  :-)

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Good choice. Do make sure to check your footage every now and then. One problem that has popped up was the base seems to loosen up over time on some people’s A119 causing the cam to be susceptible to vibrations and video to blur on less than perfect roads…

A simple fix with a precut foam (free under warranty) or DIY with a few small pieces of adhesive backed Velcro, but something to be aware of.

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raccoon city wrote:

SubSailorVet wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

SubSailorVet wrote:

I’ve got several dash cams for sale. This one looks a lot like the o e you picked as a favorite. It used to sell for $148.00 on sale for $69.00 I will sell it for $59.00 it is BNIB. I’ve got several more I can show you if you like,


Dashcam



Thanks for the offer, but I am probably going to get a Viofo A119S / A119S V2.


Just curious, what didn’t you like about it? Price, features? Don’t know me, etc?

According to Dashcam Camera Reviews and DashCamTalk, The A119 and A119S are the best bang for your buck dash cams, so I have my heart set on them.


Nothing else will do.


If you had a well-priced A119S for sale, and I would probably buy it.


I buy from people I don’t know all the time (though I usually look at their feedback on Amazon or eBay.)


No hard feelings.  alt=)" />

No problem and certainly no hard feelings, I thought you were really excited about theA119 cam. I’ve got several and haven’t put o e in my vehicle yet. I’m going to Atlanta and back on Monday so I’ll prolly install one this weekend. Never know when you’ll run into trouble and need some evidence to protect yourself.

Best regards,

Matthew

 

 

 

 

 

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You want to buy a car recorder, you can choose DAB211, I bought it in the previous time, the video is very high definition.


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Just one note about capacitor models.

I have 2, one on the bike and one in the car.
The capacitor will discharge after about 2 weeks of no use and the cameras then lose any time and date setting you may have set. YMMV.

Mine are still going strong after several years in the heat, unfortunately still filming incidents of poor driving.
The car one is easy to reprogram, but the bike one (Innovv C3, 90 degree lens) is a PITA because it needs to be dismounted.

Also the windscreen suction cup will fall off when parked on hot days. Temp in the car can be over 60C/140F.

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Suncoaster wrote:
The capacitor will discharge after about 2 weeks of no use and the cameras then lose any time and date setting you may have set. YMMV.

I had a G1W, battery model, and the same thing happened

Now, I use Viofo A119 with GPS module
When turn on it set time and date from the GPS module

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Some great info here but have a newbie dashcam question for those in the know…
Would love a dual-channel dashcam but don’t see the need for high-resolution footage from the rear, as well as the headache of bringing wires from front to rear inside the headliner of a minivan. I’m mostly concerned about catching an event’s time-stamp and just being able to have proof if I were rear-ended.
Would a taxi-cam work for this type of scenario?
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mac4lou wrote:
Some great info here but have a newbie dashcam question for those in the know… Would love a dual-channel dashcam but don’t see the need for high-resolution footage from the rear, as well as the headache of bringing wires from front to rear inside the headliner of a minivan. I’m mostly concerned about catching an event’s time-stamp and just being able to have proof if I were rear-ended. Would a taxi-cam work for this type of scenario? Thanks

I keep my eyes on these threads…I always think I want one…. Then I never follow through… But two channel front/rear? yea, I’m in. Been rear ended twice, had a phantom fender scrape I had to pay out of pocket (no camera)… The second rear end? I had to fight tooth and nail, get my insurance going, subrogate, and THEN her insurance took responsibility..
it was pure twilight zone. Without a police report they would not take responsibility without her word that she hit me.
I had pics of everything… car, vin, all damages.. her insurance card, her DL… wtf.. a video would have been a 2 month timesaver

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justanotherguy wrote:
mac4lou wrote:
Some great info here but have a newbie dashcam question for those in the know… Would love a dual-channel dashcam but don’t see the need for high-resolution footage from the rear, as well as the headache of bringing wires from front to rear inside the headliner of a minivan. I’m mostly concerned about catching an event’s time-stamp and just being able to have proof if I were rear-ended. Would a taxi-cam work for this type of scenario? Thanks

I keep my eyes on these threads…I always think I want one…. Then I never follow through… But two channel front/rear? yea, I’m in. Been rear ended twice, had a phantom fender scrape I had to pay out of pocket (no camera)… The second rear end? I had to fight tooth and nail, get my insurance going, subrogate, and THEN her insurance took responsibility..
it was pure twilight zone. Without a police report they would not take responsibility without her word that she hit me.
I had pics of everything… car, vin, all damages.. her insurance card, her DL… wtf.. a video would have been a 2 month timesaver

Similar boat I’m in, wife was rear-ended and she got his insurance card, vin, plate #, phone number. Still no idea why she didn’t call the police, thankfully there were no injuries and fairly minor damages (bent receiver hitch, one parking proximity sensor not working) but at this point I think he could say she backed up into him.

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I would recommend Viofo A129 Duo
https://www.viofo.com/home/79-72-a129-duo-dual-channel-5ghz-wi-fi-full-h...

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I second XXX-Man’s recommendation.

I also have one, it’s great, very clear video both front & rear and there is only one wire to run from front to rear.
I did mine under (not over) the doors and it only took me about 10 minutes including having it all hidden and connected to the rear cam in a 5 door Civic.

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If you really don’t want to run wires to the rear, there are dash cams with two cameras, one of which points rearward. There are some significant cons to it though.

With a wifi setup like the one above, you might have very little wiring to do if you have a power port or inverter in the back.

The low mode should be lower.

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My family finally got sick of not having a dash cam...

My mom just ordered a Viofo A119 v3 along with a Viofo Hardwire Kit.

(The Viofo A119 v3 is one of the best bang for your buck dash cams that have just one camera.)

I just remembered -- we need to get a microSD card as well.

I have one bookmarked, so my mom just needs to order it.

Then we will be set.  :-)

 

EDIT:

And it is ordered!

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Be sure to spend the few extra bucks on a name-brand ‘high endurance’ microSD card. Thumbs Up

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This is the microSD card we ordered:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXQX3S3

 

It's supposed to be a good one.

I don't know if it is high endurance.

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