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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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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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'The above MAY NOT WORK but is a fairly cheap option.' AndyJenk

What are the probabilities the ’AndyJenk’ solutions won’t work, weighed against the time and expense involved, 'need help'?

For what it’s worth, consider this; insurance company seeking insurance fraud evidence of ‘no disability’ generally allocate well over 25hrs surveillance to pro-investigators. That then has a case value, the probable time in the use of hours of surveillance that may increase, and requires the professional as a witness to back up the video data

Remote cameras are part of the legal battle, and that’s something to think about

Nonetheless, confronting this vandal, so threatening legal action may escalate this wider than the car if he is confronted with video evidence, and doesn’t care?

Has anybody had actual success with so-called purpose-built surveillance in situ, not extraneous video set ups?
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ps: personally, I am fascinated with this problem, so would like to read more solutions. Thanks for your contribution ‘AndyJenk’. It was well thought out, as it’s a very difficult scenario

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCocoa Jackson [au]

Hi Cocoa, while on this topic I would be interested in feedback on the following.
There is a cheap and effective solution but it requires legislation.
The actual miniature camera parts themselves cost only a few pence to manufacture.(Check out Chinese web sites). Car makers could build half a dozen into the chasis of a car at strategic points which would give complete all-round vision to the driver. Being built-in (like headlights) they can use IR and would be very difficult to remove from outside. Add a small monitor with multichannel display, a Hard Disk Drive and a rechargeable and replaceable additional car battery and you have a system which improves safety while driving AND potentially deters crime. All wiring would be built in to the chasis.
Retrofitting such a system would be enormously expensive and time-consuming, but car manufacturers have the advantage of scale and including it in the build would incur little extra cost. There was a time when if you wanted to listen to the radio in your car you took your transistor radio with you. Can you even BUY a car without a radio these days.
If all cars eventually had such a system then it could be used to detect MAJOR crime such as the abduction of a child or a bank robbery. The police could obtain footage from cars near the scene of the crime, identify the culprit and follow the trail from car to car. This would only be cost effective for major crimes but in such cases would make identification easy and help guarantee a conviction.
Before you say "But what about our privacy" consider the fact that if you wait 5 minutes at a bus stop on a major town road during rush hour you are probably on hundreds of in-car CCTV videos. Your image is probably on thousands of home movies and photos having been in the background when one was taken. The problem is not the taking of the image but the use to which it is put. If a car owner spots a minor crime on his car recordings what is wrong with him reporting it to the police? If it helps catch a murderer shouldn't the police be allowed access to such footage?
Is this a mad idea? If so, why?

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndyJenk

How about this https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Free-Shipping-360-degree-Full-view-assist-car-DVR-parking-assistant-system-Digital-Video-Recorder-DVR/1629531_32259079036.html :)

Much better :)

March 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKJ

I hear that CCTV looking at the road will break the Data Protection Act - and may therefore not be able to be used by the Police

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAB

Where did you hear that? If true then everyone with CCTV in their car must also be breaking the Data Protection Act as they are pointed at the road (and pavement). Police use evidence from them as do insurance and transport companies.

April 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Something new since the last post?????? Car companies should be able to add hidden cameras all around the car when manufacturing them..............

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGUY

Guy,
Is there any evidence that car manufacturers will do that? It would be such an obvious selling point.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndyJenk

In reply to Andyjenk I would say that car manufacturers don't care about that but as you said it would be such an obvious selling point;.I hope one car manufacturer will do something in the near future. Regards.

January 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGUY

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