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Sunday
Jun232013

Q) Which car camera is best for catching a vandal in the act? A) None of them.

I wanted to explain in a video why its a really bad idea to consider using a car camera to catch a vandal. You may think that no-one would contemplate doing this, but every week I receive a handful of emails asking me to recommend a car camera for this very purpose. This video also demonstrates why motion activation isn't all its cracked up to be.

Extra information to think about;

If you want a camera to record for a prolonged period whilst your car is locked up you will have to hard-wire it in to your vehicle. Then to catch the offender, the incident would have to happen in the daytime - or in a very well lit area at night, the offender doesn't wear a hood or faces away from the camera, they decides to damage your bonnet rather than the side of the car, you have a tall vehicle, e.g. a 4x4 so you capture more than just an image of their headless torso, and you'll also have to notice the damage to your vehicle and check the footage on your memory card before it is overwritten...this will usually happens every few hours. In addition if you park on a busy street, every passing car or pedestrian will trigger the camera to start recording. It's more than likely that something happening at 10pm will not longer be on your memory card when it gets light enough for you to spot the scratch the next day.

You may not agree with my assessment, and if so that's great, please do whatever makes you happy - but IN MY OPINION, trying to catch someone 'keying' your car with a dashcam is ALMOST impossible.

 

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Reader Comments (69)

Lol I have to agree mate, if I were breaking into a car and saw a camera it woud be mine.....l

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLargey

Hope the weather there improves and you are up and running again soon. Great little explanation for the less techy folks out there. One other possibility for some folks might be one of those obnoxious car alarms. Some have vibration sensors and can tell when people are either close to or touching a car. Keep the reviews coming as they are always a joy to watch!!!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ebell

'This video is private'?

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

I can't imagine what sort of comments that you were receiving, but personally I thought it made a change to see you in front of the camera,

:-)

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterP1lts

I don't even know why people would react to seeing you, especially since you've already shown your face in previous videos.
Anyway, you made some great points concerning trying to catch a vandal in this video.

The main reason I follow your reviews is because I know they will be in depth and you will have tried the product for more than 30 minutes, so take whatever time you need.

(gotta say I'm excited for a review of the mobius)

Good luck with the weather.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpylb

Showing your face in a video such as this IMO is a no brainer. It is the only way to show that the footage is capable of identifying a robbers face !!

I think next time you should ask a friend to stand in as a stunt double and get him to lip sink to what you are saying. That would screw up all the wan**rs on YouTube.

Thanks again Matt, great work as usual.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Your comment on Your hands made me chuckle.
Although it seemed that You don't like the way it looks, I don't see anything unnatural about them and everyone does that naturally anyway.

But I do have a comment about the audio of Your videos.
Often You record the clips of either yourself or demonstrating a device using lots of different cameras and it seems that You use only the built-in microphones for the audio.
Since You do like to use lots of electronics, I would suggest you to get yourself a standalone microphone to use with all the cameras so that Your voice would sound the same throughout the video.

With regards,
Mikk36

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

> They have given me some food for thought, and I now think that its much
> better if I remain off-camera in any 'public' videos wherever possible.

Dont let you down by some "§$% comments. I like your videos and there is no reason to hide yourself.
You already appeared on tape, so dont let you stop!

best regards
henri

(Maybe the Video on LL have attracted to many of those LowLives)

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhenri

Techmoan, don't worry unduly about the trolls. Might be worth watching this nice piece on this very subject from a funny German lass!

http://youtu.be/KvLgYEZiebk

;-)

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Please please stay on camera. Never mind the nagging, I think you're doing fantastic. After watching so many of your videos and having learned so much from them and from you I've started to care about you. I hope you're doing well and your health issues aren't bothering you too much. Please know there are people out there that care about you and that like your shows very much. Keep up the good work! I too am looking forward to the Mobius and 808#26 reviews. Apparently though the #26 doesn't seem to have a wide angle lens, bummer.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

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