Testing CarCam

Author: Benros Emata, Published on May 07, 2013

Dash cams are getting a lot of attention for the amazing video they inadvertently capture, like a crashing 747 in Afghanistan, a meteor explosion, Russian crazy fights and accidents, etc.

Moreover, in many countries, dash cams have become extremely popular ways to document what really happened in an accident as well as safety threats the driver faces.

We wanted to better understand the performance of a dash / driver cams, so we bought the highest selling dash cam, the 'CarCam' on Amazon and put it to the test. Here's a preview of it:

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Comments (10)

A car-oriented forum I'm on is big on dashcams, and I see a lot of banner ads on rotation for them, and the funniest thing I keep seeing is certain dashcams proudly touting their IR LEDs...

What about a go pro?

I've seen a few guys do offroad runs with a GoPro mounted to the OUTSIDE of the windshield on their Jeeps.

In terms of GoPro Hero3 as a driver cam, there seems to be a few key features missing for this application.

"1) No loop recording
2) Poor night video quality
3) Large size / not discreet
4) No auto start / auto off"

The other issue I assume is the price. For a driver cam, that is on the very high end.

Btw, I think it would be interesting to test an IP camera vs a Hero3 to see how they stack up.

Different purposes, I suppose - a GoPro wouldn't be your basic everyday dashcam for just recording what goes on around your car. The ones I see on Jeeps tend to be set up specifically to run during off-road trips and are then taken down... or may just as often be mounted to the handlebars of a bike or quad, as they're also designed to withstand the elements and a lot more abuse than your average dashcam would see mounted to the back of a rear-view mirror.

It WOULD be interesting to add to the comparison, though.

I have one and I will take some video and send IPVM a few drop box links of day and night video.

I have used Go Pros quite a bit to record POV from various angles and views (including DJI drone) to track construction, events, etc. They are great during day. At night it is a challenge. Hero3 is suppose to be better in low light but it still not there yet.

Recently, I used GoPro on a small mount placed on dashboard to record time lapse while I was in Yosemite. Not straight video recording like Dashcam. I used internal battery. When that ran out I plugged it in the cigarette lighter via inverter.

I have solar panel with built-in battery that I purchased from Amazon but have not tested. I bought it to shot long term time lapse.

I can't wait for other Car Cam reviews. I've been wanting to get one for my car for sometime now.

Paresh

Zetronix zDrive-HDi

This camera seems to get good reviews...

Jon, I think those reviews are not to be trusted and likely posted (or edited) by the seller. It has 5 reviews, 4 of which are 5 star with essentially no cons listed. That doesn't sound like a normal review pattern.

Moreover, scanning this website's reviews, pretty much all their products get 5 stars. Makes me even more skeptical.

Lastly, who is 'Zetronix'? Not a site that has a reputation or track record of providing solid reviews.

Btw, I like user reviews but only trust certain sites like Amazon who clearly show that they allow both good and bad reviews to be posted.

That makes sense. I did also search youtube and there are some good video clips of that dash cam taken from various people. I still think that there is a pretty large market for dash cam's in the USA. Finding the best model hands down seems to take a bit of effort and the costs are over a few hundred.

I guess anything at times is better than nothing.

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