Dashcam capture the road from USA Today

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Below is the review from USA Today about Dashcam with video and there is the mention about DashcamTalk.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2014/04/13/dashcams-surf-report/7466083/


Once reserved for police vehicles, dashboard cameras — dashcams" or "dash cams" for short — are becoming popular for civilian drivers.

Typically suctioned onto a vehicle's windshield, these small video cameras continuously record both video and audio from a first-person perspective — not unlike those POV "action" cams from GoPro and others. Some motorists have installed rear-facing dashcams too.

Dashcams are catching on for two reasons — recreation and security — says Neil Briscoe, car expert and writer for CompleteCar.ie and The Irish Times. "On the recreation front, the rise of the GoPro has led to many enthusiastic drivers fitting their cars with dashcams, so that they can (record) their adventures — the 21st century equivalent of holiday slides, and just about as boring," Briscoe says with a laugh.

On the security side, dashcams can provide photographic evidence during an accident or other incident.

Dashcams generally are set to record on a loop, typically between 30 minutes and an hour. So in the case of an accident, you can have a record of the vehicle's movements immediately before. "There's an obvious downside to that, though: if you're the one who caused the accident, either by lack of attention or aggressive driving, then that record is there, too," Briscoe cautions.

He says dashcams have become commonplace in countries like Russia as a tool to combat scams against drivers and police corruption. Drivers are using them to weed out scammers who will fake an injury or claim to have been struck by the owner's vehicle, he says.

Another reason dashcams have become popular, believes Briscoe, is the relatively low cost. Even a high-end GoPro (which can also be mounted to a windshield) tends to cost under $300 now. And cheaper models, even from brand names such as Polaroid, can be snapped up for around $50.

While there are many dashcams available in the U.S., most share similar core features: capturing a few hours of high-definition video with the included memory (or expandable via an additional memory card); continuous looping (that means older files are recorded over with newer ones); a small LCD screen to see video and menu options; auto-start and auto-stop recording when the vehicle is turned on and off, respectively; and the ability to plug into the vehicle's 12V socket (a.k.a. "cigarette lighter") for power.

Some have advanced features. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 ($249.99), for instance, includes HD (1080p) quality recording; "incident detection" (a G-sensor that automatically saves footage of collisions and incidents); a snapshot feature that allows you to take still images of collision damage outside of the vehicle; and integrated GPS that "geotags" the video with a location and time for all footage.

The Dash Cam 10, a version without the GPS feature, sells for $219.99.

When shopping for your first or next dashcam, Briscoe says it's best to go with a recognized brand name. And make sure you know what's included so you won't have to buy additional accessories like a kit for mounting the camera securely in the car.

A tip on positioning: Make sure the camera has a good field of view and also is not obscuring your own view out of the windshield.

For a list of reviews, a website titled DashCamTalk.com has evaluated dozens of dashcams, each rated in four primary criteria: video quality, reliability, price and size.

Surf Report readers, do you have a dashcam? Why, exactly? If not, would you consider buying one?
 

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Dashcams generally are set to record on a loop, typically between 30 minutes and an hour.

And cheaper models, even from brand names such as Polaroid, can be snapped up for around $50.

Some have advanced features. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 ($249.99), for instance, includes HD (1080p) quality recording;

When shopping for your first or next dashcam, Briscoe says it's best to go with a recognized brand name.
Those underlined bits make me wonder if the author did his homework before publishing the article. Of course I may be living in another world to him.
 

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In my experience journalist in general do a poor job, and that is kind of sad as they are the common mans guard against misinformation and other abuse.

To me Journalism should be a more honorable job than say a politician, the journalist is supposed to rapport facts where a politician mainly do in compromise and wordplay to remain in his job for ever.
 
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