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Tech & Science Dashcams: Not just for Russia any more

14:57  17 january  2019
14:57  17 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Dashcams: Not just for Russia any more© Owl

The Owl Car Cam is cloud based and always watching.

Waste enough time on YouTube and it seems every driver in Russia has a dashcam, but in the US they remain rather rare.

That may be changing: My inbox has been sagging under the volume of dashcam questions I've gotten lately, so here are some examples of the dashcams out there and what they cost.

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Dashcam tips

Whatever dashcam you get, most or all of these tips are good to keep in mind:

  • Get a big SD card. Some cameras some with generous storage but, if not, get the largest card the cam will support. More camera storage means you're less likely to find that a clip you really need from a week ago has been overwritten.
  • Dress the cable. Nothing looks worse than a nasty power cable hanging down from your dashcam, and all of them use one. The Vantrue camera offers a hardwiring kit, and the Owl has a slick mount and tool to hide its cable. But every dashcam power cable can be "dressed," just take the time to do it.
  • Think about audio. Some states have two-party consent laws that can get you in trouble recording the voices of casual carpoolers, Lyft customers or even fractious friends and family who didn't know you were eavesdropping on them.
  • Know that dashcams cut both ways. A visible dashcam will tell the guy you had an accident with that you have a recording of it. They may tell their insurance company and their attorneys may want a copy of what you recorded. That could go badly if you were in the wrong, but don't get into the business of destroying evidence.

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