The OWL Cam - developed by engineers from Apple, Drop Cam and Microsoft

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A dashcam's main function is to record good video and audio. The rest of the "gimmicks" are secondary for the majority of people.
I fully agree, but some folks just see things differently until they personally have an experience which shows them that their perspective wasn't the best one. I recall a conversation with a seller of Korean cams who said that in their home market, a lot of people bought dashcams based heavily on their form-factor and appearance o_O I too like a good looking cam, but if the video isn't usable what's the point in having it?

The Owl and Raven are OK but need to be better in the video department. I've noticed that dashcams built by 'techies' like these, Garmin, and Anker, are often lacking in something basic which is frequently video-related. They seem focused on their 'pet features' so tightly that they see nothing else :( Dashcams built by folks with a cam background are often the reverse, with good video but features which sometimes don't work well :rolleyes: It seems that both kinds just don't want to admit to and fix the problems and issues which they do not understand as well as their primary background. It's like that they fear their inadequacies :cautious: There is nothing wrong with being stupid about something as long as you correct that- everyone starts out from stupid, then rises from there ;)

It's rare indeed when a dashcam maker has a good handle on both of these aspects. We'd have a plethora of crazy-good cams if more manufacturers would understand the need to have everything working the best that is possible instead of only parts of that. In my mind, the highest level of stupid is those who can but won't admit to and fix their self-caused problems when it is within the realm of possible. Maybe we should call products like that "Ostrich Cams" :ROFLMAO:

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But this forum is not about "you", it's about sharing your experiences/impressions/tests so that others can make their own choices. A dashcam's main function is to record good video and audio. The rest of the "gimmicks" are secondary for the majority of people.
I thought I was sharing my experiences. I never said I like it so everyone should go out and buy one. Of course people should go out and do their own research.
 

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But this forum is not about "you", it's about sharing your experiences/impressions/tests so that others can make their own choices. A dashcam's main function is to record good video and audio. The rest of the "gimmicks" are secondary for the majority of people.
seems to me that he's sharing his experience and letting us know why he values his purchase. that's all a good thing for others to read as far as I'm concerned. and the "gimmicks" will likely become standard at some point if third-party dashcams remain a growing market. I like the owl but will not purchase it in it's current state but I do hope they keep developing it. I will consider a connected camera in the future so I like the direction that they're going.
 

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What if something happens to the car before the temperature drops below 120ºF? You get zilch footage.
What if the temperature never drops below 120ºF until the owner gets to the car? Does he/she need to turn the A/C on and wait until the camera is operational? What if the car doesn't have A/C? What if he/she needs to drive straight away?
I'm not sure where you found that attached quote, but the website currently ups the numbers. It's also the only dash cam I'm aware of with active cooling fans.
"Q: Will high temperatures affect the Owl Car Cam?
A: When the Owl Car Cam’s electronics reach 200 ̊F, the device will go into standby and automatically recover when it cools down. Owl’s active-cooling fan helps keep its electronics cool. On very hot days of 100 ̊F outside or higher, the temperature inside a parked car in the direct sun can reach upwards of 160 ̊F. We recommend parking in the shade on hot days."
 

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So far it's made it through a Chicago summer and below zero weather that's been going on for a few days now. Not counting today which is in the high thirties. During the summer I open the windows a bit because I once had a cheap phone holder melt a little, when left on the dashboard. This is being parked outdoors in a lot. But february has just begun so it's not over yet.
 
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