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After a near miss on Saturday I have decided to invest in a dash cam however looking on Amazon I am overwhelmed by the amount of choice. I am a bit of a numbty when it comes to stuff like this so looking for some advice from you good people.

So, looking for advice on which one to buy?

Also I would like to hard wire it in so looking for advice on this also.

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A few months ago one of my sons spent quite a lot of time looking into dashcams and found that most dashcam specific websites advise that the best performing dashcam for use during both day & night is the latest Viofo A119s, which he bought. When my second son passed his test a few weeks ago, I had a look myself and decided on buying him one of these models as well.

A bit of advice, for the best solution buy the dash cam, GPS mount & anti glare lens (CPL filter) and note that they are sold by various 3rd parties, for example RtTech, Boblov, Spy Tec, but they are exactly the same. Also there is a similar A119 model which is a slightly better daytime cam, but slightly worse at night, also the S model beeps if not recording, whereas I don't think the non S does this.
I'd suggest buying from Amazon Prime because I found it to be one of the best prices and it also has the security of Amazon's refund policy.
You should be able to get all the items for just under £115.
Finally don't forget to buy a hardwire kit for a tidy installation and don't buy the cheapest as they are not the most reliable, I bought a Nextbase kit (RRP £20, I paid £15) as it has the same mini USB connector.

I've had a Nextbase 312GW for about a year and the A119s provides better quality recordings, but mine was good enough to ensure that I didn't lose my NCB after a van driver rammed into me on a motorway and drove off without stopping after causing over £4k of damage to my car.

Any camera is better than none, so whatever you get just have a look at some recent reviews first.
 
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I just have a £25 one from a Tesco garage. it has auto looping recording + a parking mode which starts recording if any G force is measured. It also locks files if G force is noted, which means in the beach whenever I go on a bumpy road but its pretty great for the cheap price.
 
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I use a nextbase 512gw in truck I drive. Gets good reports. Most importantly for me it will take 128 gb micro sdcard to retain max footage.
Not cheap though £150.

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I like idea of combining the sat nav, RCD330 didn't fit so it's for sale, might take down the Garmin so I can combine all.
 
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Here is the rear one.
Loads of room with no interference from blind.



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I thought it would be a problem but it wasn't. If it's away from the glass you can get issues with reflection. I don't as it's tight to the glass. To get the wires in guy used a fibre optic to guide the wiring.


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I just went thru a lot of YouTube comparison videos and reviews. And decided to go with the ThinkWare F770 as I found it the best (Compact, great quality day and night, plenty of features as GPS, app, etc.).

It did not take a long time to instal and hide cabling for both the front and rear camera – following the steps provided på @Loz in another long thread regarding DC's.

Short after I installed the cam, a bus rammed my bike rack and drove off in Croatia – but I got all on film. Police, insurance and I was happy – Worth the money!

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A few months ago one of my sons spent quite a lot of time looking into dashcams and found that most dashcam specific websites advise that the best performing dashcam for use during both day & night is the latest Viofo A119s, which he bought.
This is a good recommendation. I've had a dashcam for years, and the main problem is battery life. They usually have a small lithium rechargeable battery to finish the recording, close the file and write it to the memory card when the ignition is turned off. Unfortunately, a vehicle is a hostile environment for batteries. They do not like heat, and vehicles get very hot in the sun. Often, the sun is beating down on the camera itself. Eventually the battery dies and the dashcam is useless.

The latest cameras, including the Viofo and similar, use capacitors instead, which is a much better solution for a dashcam.
 
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Thanks for mentioning the issue with batteries in dashcams and advantage of one with a capacitor.

Also don't forget about the memory card of which most are Micro SD sized. I would advise staying away from Sandisk as these are renowned for failing, this is not an urban myth as I've had a lot fail on me in the past and now never use them. I once sent one back to them and I kid you not it took them a whole year to send a replacement!

Also make sure that you buy your memory card from a reliable source because there are lots of fakes, especially on eBay.
 
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Thanks for mentioning the issue with batteries in dashcams and advantage of one with a capacitor.

Also don't forget about the memory card of which most are Micro SD sized. I would advise staying away from Sandisk as these are renowned for failing, this is not an urban myth as I've had a lot fail on me in the past and now never use them. I once sent one back to them and I kid you not it took them a whole year to send a replacement!

Also make sure that you buy your memory card from a reliable source because there are lots of fakes, especially on eBay.
Have to disagree I have losts of SanDisk micro cards & only had one fail. They have good warranty if you register them on their website some with 10 years.

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I'm having one fitted professionally, I'm told that insurers are more inclined to be favourable with insurance claims. Its advised also to get one with anti tamper memory so there is no argument with the capture of any incident.... they are so clever these days that they record your acceleration and breaking, how fast you are going and also exactly where you are. Talk to Lindsay at MPH.UK.COM... check out the TVS200HD Camera and videos.
 
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Careful with hardwiring kits, the can be poorly screened and kill your DAB signal.
I changed mine for an online 12v socket, hidden behind the lower dash, and plugged in the original cigar lighter cable - DAB faultless.
As for my dashcam, Transcend 200 prodrive - very wide angle, good in most lights, adjustable g-force activation (limits pothole activating it) no GPS or speed reading (might be an advantage?).
 
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I've been in the market for a dashcam and after reading through here I decide to research it a bit further. There are a lot of review sites but this one in particular http://www.techmoan.com is really good mainly because he is British. Most sites tended to be American and some products may not be available here and some products were ruled out due to hot weather conditions which we don't have too much of a problem with ;)

I went with his suggestion the A119 and while it seems to be pretty good I'm having some mounting issues due to the multiple sensors behind the mirror area on my car, but that isn't the camera's fault. I think I may go for a professional install when the Cali arrives though.
 
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