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STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


anonumos posted:

What's the best ~$50 camera, assuming you don't need obscene high def or special features. I would settle for something that I turned on manually and recorded enough resolution to see car make and model. I doubt I'll really need to make out fine detail or license plate numbers.

I guess the one in the OP is one of the better ones for roughly that price, yeh?

$52 USD shipped for the G1W, figure another $20 for a 32 gig class 4 card (don't bother with class 10 cards in most of these cheap cameras, they don't play nice). 1080p, auto start/stop. Pretty crappy user interface (which you'll run into on every cheap dashcam), but the video quality is excellent.

I've bought 2 from this seller (one via ebay, one via amazon, but it's the same company). Unfortunately one of them has gotten a bit moody, but the seller has promised to replace it if I can arrange to ship it back (1 year warranty).

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Sep 7, 2002

He Looked Right At Me!
He Turned His Head, Looked Me Straight In The Eye!

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ShittyPostmakerPro posted:

This guy didn't really give out any 'moron' vibes...

No. loving. Blinker.

I wish I still had the dashcam footage from when I was testing my then-new GoPro. A bus plowing over a curb, a guy cutting in front of me with about 2 inches between bumpers, and a lady walking INTO the side of a stopped car at a intersection. All in two drives totally less than 30 min.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


My new G1W showed up today.

Older firmware than the first one, but functionality seems to be the same - except you can add an 8 character identifier to the video. I'll have to pull some video from it later.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


First uploaded video from the new one.

Came across the legendary 3 tired mustang in the middle of a road. Driver claimed he fell asleep and nailed the curb - the tire was a few hundred feet down the road, wheel was still attached to the car, with a nice groove dug into the road by the wheel.

Dude didn't seem intoxicated, didn't smell any alcohol on him. Helped him change the tire.

Wish I had something more exciting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGzZfILTFg

Ziploc
Sep 19, 2006
MX-5

Have you guys had any luck with 'parking mode' on these things? Where they look for motion and feel for disturbances when people bump your car in lots and then record the video?

Charles
May 9, 2004

zoom-zoom


Toilet Rascal

some texas redneck posted:

First uploaded video from the new one.

Came across the legendary 3 tired mustang in the middle of a road. Driver claimed he fell asleep and nailed the curb - the tire was a few hundred feet down the road, wheel was still attached to the car, with a nice groove dug into the road by the wheel.

Dude didn't seem intoxicated, didn't smell any alcohol on him. Helped him change the tire.

Wish I had something more exciting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGzZfILTFg

You're so kind.
Also my mom would never bring me anything at 2am. Hahaha

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


He wound up not having a lugwrench, and getting to mine requires removing the subwoofer, followed by the spare, and finally, the jack (and I'm pretty sure mine is a different size anyway, the lug nuts on my car are a bit smaller). Someone else stopped and had a lugwrench that fit the lugs on his car though.

I got the feeling he's the destroyer of cars based on the rear end chewing he was getting. I was pretty impressed with how well the factory alloy held up - the lip was peeled off for about 6 inches, but it didn't crack, shatter, or bend, despite the tire separating (the inside sidewall was still on the wheel).

I saw someone shatter an alloy on a much newer Buick doing the same thing a few weeks ago - it was pretty impressive how badly the wheel failed, especially since the tire was still attached (and inflated, but the center section of the wheel was obliterated).

Charles
May 9, 2004

zoom-zoom


Toilet Rascal

The Mustang has always been one of the better put together Fords. I guess that applies to the wheels as well.

veedubfreak
Apr 2, 2005

by Smythe


Welp, after Monday's festivities on the way home I ordered one from that Amazon link. Wish I had playback of the truck rolling towards me in slow motion.

FYI, you can get a class 4 32gb sandisk for 19 with free shipping there too.

veedubfreak fucked around with this message at 19:19 on Jan 15, 2014

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Kinda wish I had one today myself. Just watched a firetruck absolutely haul rear end through an intersection. There happened to be a cop already at the intersection waiting in traffic so the only thing I can think of is that he must've been radioing them that everyone was stopped, because they didn't lift one bit even though they were coming in on the wrong side of the road.

MrOnBicycle
Jan 18, 2008
Wait wat?

Opensourcepirate posted:

Good news about my knee; the doctor doesn't think I need surgery, so I just need to stay off of it for a super long time.

Good to hear man. Knee injuries suck rear end. I dislocated my patella on new years eve 2012/2013 whist out clubbing. I popped it back myself and (not wanting to ruin anyone's new years eve) waited by myself for my friends to finish up. Limped home with the help of a friend. Took pretty much 6 months for discomfort / pain to go away. I still haven't regained the loss of touch sensation on my lower inside leg though.

Anyway, content: I really wished I had a front and back camera today. Whilst going into town I encounter a driver going 60km/h on a 90km/h road. Overly cautious, except when going into a round-about where the driver nearly crashed. Then going home I had a retard riding so far up my rear end I couldn't even see the light from his headlights, and it was dark outside.

veedubfreak
Apr 2, 2005

by Smythe


The good thing about most rear end crashes is that the vehicle that hit you is usually going to be incapacitated and about 99% of the time whoever did the ramming is at fault.

Betacord
Mar 24, 2013

7 DAYS / 1 PROGRAM


I'm considering buying the G1W. I'm assuming the mount is just some kind of standard suction-cup setup, is it simple enough to transfer the whole thing between vehicles? Sounds like it's easy enough to take the camera out, but I was thinking of using it across a few different cars. I read the mount can be quite fragile but that's about all I can find.

For me, it'd be more for occasional hobby use than 24/7 recording (trackdays and event type things) so I wouldn't mind having the wire running into the cigarette lighter, but it's any kind of ordeal to transfer car-to-car it probably isn't worth it. It just sounds like it would beat my current setup of jamming a digital camera under the passenger head restraint and a lot cheaper than the dedicated track camera solutions I've seen.

Also is it possible to disable the date/time stamp? (not exactly a deal-breaker)

spog
Aug 7, 2004

It's your own bloody fault.


MrOnBicycle posted:

Anyway, content: I really wished I had a front and back camera today. Whilst going into town I encounter a driver going 60km/h on a 90km/h road. Overly cautious, except when going into a round-about where the driver nearly crashed. Then going home I had a retard riding so far up my rear end I couldn't even see the light from his headlights, and it was dark outside.

I bought one because a good friend of mine was hit by another driver, who admitted fault at the time.

Later, when it came to insurance claim time, the other guy suddenly found a handful of people who all 'witnessed' the accident and blamed my friend who got screwed over.

For me, it is a fit and forget insurance policy.

Pomp and Circumcized
Dec 23, 2006

If there's one thing I love more than GruntKilla420, it's the Queen! Also bacon.

Yes, it's just a suction cup. I've yet to break mine!

And yes, it will date/timestamp the videos if you want it to.

I've just ordered another G1W for a different car. They are so cheap that I figure it's worth it to not have to keep switching the camera out.

Wickerman
Feb 26, 2007

Boom, mothafucka!

I'm waiting on my converter from Hong Kong, but this thread has inspired me to do the same and hardwire it.

ijustam
Jun 20, 2005



How are you all wiring/concealing the camera? Can we get some more installation pictures? I am inept when it comes to modifying cars so I'm hesitant to buy one because I'll probably break something while installing it.

Viggen
Sep 10, 2010

by XyloJW


The easiest is probably to route it from near the fusebox up and around the A pillar, then towards the mirror for, well, virtually everything.. Haven't broken down and bought one yet, myself, but getting there.

Wickerman
Feb 26, 2007

Boom, mothafucka!

Here's my gear:

G1W: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=A2E2D732KBQJI9

Sandisk 32GB Class 4 MicroSD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=A3QF16EH69HELL

Fuse Tap (Mini Fuses, now this depends on what you drive but odds are pretty decent that it's mini unless it's an old time crusier): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

12V to 5V 2xUSB (I went ahead and got the two USB females variety because I wanted the ability to add a front and rear dashcam with only one fuse tap.): http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-DC-Conve...=item20d69526c2

Total: ~$83

Additional Items:
-Electrical Tape/Heat Shrink Wrap
-Zip Ties
-One 10A mini/micro/regular fuse

With all this gear in hand, you can: use the fuse tap to tap the cigarette lighter fuse in your fuse box (you want to do this because then the USB plugs will become hot only when you turn the car on/will shut off when you turn the car off), insert the extra fuse into this to make the tap active. Then hook up the DC converter hot wire to the new line, taking care to make a good lasting connection. Hook the black wire up to a ground or to the frame. Then zip-tie the converter box and associated wires and run them however you best see fit.

Pomp and Circumcized
Dec 23, 2006

If there's one thing I love more than GruntKilla420, it's the Queen! Also bacon.

I was lazy when wiring mine - I bought a female cigarette lighter socket and used the stock power adapter. I zip tied both of them inside the dash and tok power from the regular lighter. Cable goes up the A pillar and tucks around the headliner. I removed the screw for the sunvisor in the corner of the headliner and tucked the cable behind that as well. The camera is mounted with it's suction pad behind/next to the rear view mirror. Simple

I'd recommend checking that the cigarette lighter power is switched (it's not on one of my cars). If it's not, you can probably use the power switched line for the stereo.

Wickerman
Feb 26, 2007

Boom, mothafucka!

ShittyPostmakerPro posted:

I'd recommend checking that the cigarette lighter power is switched (it's not on one of my cars). If it's not, you can probably use the power switched line for the stereo.

In my Honda, they run on the same fuse on the passenger side and are switched by ignition FWIW.

FatCow
Apr 22, 2002
I MAP THE FUCK OUT OF PEOPLE


IOwnCalculus posted:

Kinda wish I had one today myself. Just watched a firetruck absolutely haul rear end through an intersection. There happened to be a cop already at the intersection waiting in traffic so the only thing I can think of is that he must've been radioing them that everyone was stopped, because they didn't lift one bit even though they were coming in on the wrong side of the road.

Fire is usually just terrible at driving. I'm big and loud and I expect everyone to stop, gently caress what I learned in CEVO.

Opensourcepirate
Jul 31, 2004

Except Wednesdays


The cig lighter in my Jetta is always powered. I haven't had a chance to try too many cars, but it's something I associate with being a "German car thing."

big crush on Chad OMG
Feb 22, 2005





My MK6 Golf is switched.

~Coxy
Dec 9, 2003

R.I.P. Inter-OS Sass - b.2000AD d.2003AD

I'm not sure how big the 12V-5V adaptors typically are, but you might be able to power them much more conveniently by tapping into the map lights or similar. I do my radar detector that way, luckily it runs directly off 12V.

Devyl
Mar 27, 2005

It slices!

It dices!

It makes Julienne fries!


And for the folks who don't want to assemble one, here is a link to a hardwiring kit that fits GoPros and any other 5v dashcam that takes mini-usb. Speaking of which I need to hardwire my GoPro. Forgot it today and some rear end in a top hat ran a red that had been red for a while at full speed. While I was going through the intersection at 45 mph. I missed him by a nuthair thankfully or I don't think I'd be here.

Devyl fucked around with this message at 03:46 on Jan 16, 2014

NWDub
Feb 1, 2010


FatCow posted:

Fire is usually just terrible at driving. I'm big and loud and I expect everyone to stop, gently caress what I learned in CEVO.

lucky. i had to watch a dumb video about "due regard" in mine

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


ijustam posted:

How are you all wiring/concealing the camera? Can we get some more installation pictures? I am inept when it comes to modifying cars so I'm hesitant to buy one because I'll probably break something while installing it.



Not really "concealed", though I do remove it whenever I park for a bit.

View from driver's seat:



I have the included power cable running into the head liner - right now, it drops from the head liner where the B pillar would be (if my car had one) so that it can plug into the rear lighter socket (front is always hot, rear is switched).

Wickerman posted:

12V to 5V 2xUSB (I went ahead and got the two USB females variety because I wanted the ability to add a front and rear dashcam with only one fuse tap.): http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-DC-Conve...=item20d69526c2

Looks like I'll be ordering that tonight - I have a second G1W that's a little too flaky to use for the main camera, but not bad enough to bother returning. Been planning on putting it in the back window eventually.

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I want to believe


The Subaru's lighter socket is ignition switched, so I wired a second socket on a short lead into the wiring going to it (usefully, there is a 3" section that connects between the socket and the loom, so I could remove it and do it on a table) and just plugged the adaptor which came with the camera into that, tucked behind the dash.

Charles
May 9, 2004

zoom-zoom


Toilet Rascal

West SAAB Story posted:

The easiest is probably to route it from near the fusebox up and around the A pillar, then towards the mirror for, well, virtually everything.. Haven't broken down and bought one yet, myself, but getting there.

Remember if you have an A-pillar airbag to be sure the wire is out of the way. Sounds like a dumb comment but don't want anyone's airbag to be messed up when needed! I know when I wired up my auto-dimming mirror it had instructions how to do that.

Pomp and Circumcized
Dec 23, 2006

If there's one thing I love more than GruntKilla420, it's the Queen! Also bacon.

some texas redneck posted:



Not really "concealed", though I do remove it whenever I park for a bit.

I put some black electrical tape over the 'flash' window and used a Sharpie on the chrome lens ring and chrome buttons. Much harder to see now

0rganDonor
Jan 19, 2007


veedubfreak posted:

Welp, after Monday's festivities on the way home I ordered one from that Amazon link. Wish I had playback of the truck rolling towards me in slow motion.

FYI, you can get a class 4 32gb sandisk for 19 with free shipping there too.

You aren't from Tennessee, are you?

veedubfreak
Apr 2, 2005

by Smythe


Nope, Denver.

Hit an Apex
Dec 2, 2004

Real Racing. Real Sport.

Here's a gem - idiot on bicycle ran the red light. Looked closer in the car but glad I had a camera - I am sure this would have come in handy if there was contact..

https://vimeo.com/84528964

(while the radio talks about all the pedestrians killed over the weekend).

Wickerman
Feb 26, 2007

Boom, mothafucka!

I can't wait until I get my rig in. Driving in the city on a college campus means there are tons of idiots like that around to enjoy for posterity/collisions.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Google Image Results for
"Sexy Guy Gardner"


Mine arrived and the sd card I thought I had has vanished. And my debit card is shut off due to the Target gently caress up so I can't order a new one until the new card shows up.

Astonishing Wang
Nov 3, 2004


Hit an Apex posted:

Here's a gem - idiot on bicycle ran the red light. Looked closer in the car but glad I had a camera - I am sure this would have come in handy if there was contact..

https://vimeo.com/84528964

(while the radio talks about all the pedestrians killed over the weekend).

That looks like a pretty good sized gap - I see people ride through those all the time here in San Diego. Some people just don't value their safety quite as much as the rest of us.

sarcastx
Feb 26, 2005



Thought I'd throw my opinion into the ring; I, too, have purchased a G1W from seller "estore009" on eBay; it's served me well (so far) but I thought I'd make a few comments as I've had a couple of different experiences here from the norm.

*I am using mine with a Class 10 Sandisk card (this card specifically) and it's given me no problems.
*The suction cup is practically useless in extreme cold (0F and below inside the car) if you are applying it to the window from being put away - but if it's already on the window, it won't come off.
*The screen on mine never turns off unless the device turns off - someone said something to the effect of the screen turning off after a few minutes of recording - I wish mine did this.
*The firmware is so awful that you won't bother to go through the settings. Happily, you generally won't need to - but I only was able to disable audio recording by accident. Changing the setting appeared to do nothing - I only found out that the audio was disabled after reviewing the footage. The on screen display still shows a microphone icon, confusingly.
*Picture quality is superb - especially for something that costs $52.
*The silver trim around the camera makes it stand out as a target for thieves. It is, however, easily removable.

SHAQ4PREZ
Dec 20, 2004

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Economy Car

How well can these cameras handle cold weather? For example, the local seven day forecast shows temperatures ranging from -20 to 5F.

I assume I'll need something that is easily detachable so I can keep it indoors when not in use, any suggestions?

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Pomp and Circumcized
Dec 23, 2006

If there's one thing I love more than GruntKilla420, it's the Queen! Also bacon.

sarcastx posted:

*The silver trim around the camera makes it stand out as a target for thieves. It is, however, easily removable.

How did you remove yours? I tried pulling/levering mine off but it wouldn't budge. I didn't bother opening it up to investigate and just painted the silver in with a Sharpie.

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