- Feb 28, 2016
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You know what. Now that I thought about it, the 1inch sensor thing is probably not a solution.I agree with the big sensors, although it also needs large pixels to make the difference, at least for night vision. In think the issue there is at least 2 fold:
i. Big sensors need big lenses, and quality lenses are expensive. On many cameras they're already disappointing in quality (to me) because of the cost, - If I were to select a lens now, the one I would select for a dashcam retails at trade in reasonable quantity at a cost of $55 from memory. I'm not saying that it's the best, it's just the one out of the one's I've seen, based on the specs, I rate the most as most likely to give "pro" results. However, I'm pretty sure many dashcam manufacturers are probably using lenses that cost 1/10th of that, so it's a very big jump up in manufacturing cost, and you can multiply even that cost several times if you make the lens bigger to fit a 1" sensor. It's going to take someone to either break away from the crowd and produce a high end dashcam with high quality lens and large sensor, or it's going to take a shift to removable lenses eg M12 with the intention of fitting an OK lens on a reasonably priced dashcam, but making it easy for the enthusiast customer to swap it out for a higher quality one.
ii. Processor board size / availability - a larger sensor requires a larger camera and thus a larger dashcam. It may be difficult to find a dashcam board that supports 1" sensors (although Sony have an action camera that obviously contains a board that does - RX0).
With regards to theft, I've never heard of one being stolen, but that's definitely one of my concerns.
The obvious solution is to have a dual camera setup, just like some smartphones have dual cameras. That way you could have one for daytime use and one for nighttime use and have the camera switch between the two depending on the light situation outside the car. Or you might have to do it manual. But still, a simple solution to much better video quality. Otherwise you are stuck with the never ending issue of daytime and nighttime video quality issues. And the solution is simple for BlackVue, they could just extend the other side of the "tube" and put the second camera on that side.