Can someone point me to a decent and inexpensive dash cam? I see a ton on eBay but have no way to know which ones are any good. Do they need to point fore and aft to video the car behind rear-ending you? I hate running wires, can I just Velcro mount it, use an internal rechargeable battery for power, and take it with me after the drive? Are there such units?
Personal experiences after 10 years. I added one after a ‘sideswipe’ incident a decade ago, and the other driver said it was my fault. A typical ‘he said/he said’ dilemma. Agent said I should have a dashcam, so bought one.
Beware of your state’s rules. In Cal, nothing can be attached to the windshield, so those cams that attach to the rearview mirror work fine.
I mounted mine on top of the dash, in the center, away from obstructing the driver’s view. I tried velcro and that worked – once. When pulling the cam off, velcro held–but the sticky tape did not. So the stickiness degraded and would not stick again. Not recommended.
Now, rear view cams are an entirely diff issue. I would love to have one as I cannot look over my shoulder so I’ve looked into this. I don’t want to run wires either, so decided an auto stereo shop could run the wires,
They do this all day long, but now the cost increases. I did buy a wireless model [and spent too much, but getting power to the device is a problem. They figure you want a back up cam. No, I want a full time camera, but there is no circuit in the back of the car with a hot 12VDC.
One solution: connect to the fog light circuit, and then have the fog lights on full time.
Got too complicated so that expensive wireless camera is in a drawer.
For the record, I have a Mobius Pro, which was designed for drones and is very small and lite. But there are many models around.
Pertaining to using Velcro, I have a small digital clock that I attatched to the Dash with velcro.
Had the same problem, with the sticky part letting loose after a while. Can purchase this at a Hardware store. It will withstand the hot temps inside a car.
I got one after a Walmart parking lot accident and have never had an accident yet.
I did record traffic light involving three other vehicles and I gave a copy to the police as evidence.
I bought mine at Best Buy and it is a Garman, sits on the dash to the left of the driver, does not block my view and is wired into the cigarettes lighter port.
That’s the most common. No extra wiring needed.
Cost for that Garmin? Good brand
No longer available.
Sorry about that.
I would just go to Best Buy and see what they currently have.
Garman is a good brand.