Here’s our recommendation on premium $200+ dash cameras for 2017. Learn which cameras get you both reliability and performance when you spend the extra money.
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Why a rotating camera is useful. Some videos:
• Hit & Run. Films the other driver face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtyzT…
• Road Rage then a fight starts: https://youtu.be/g0fgErBOhp4?t=125
• Road Rage, other driver gets pulled over by police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZIPk…
• Uber driver attacked. https://youtu.be/KSIzKhUtZgg?t=119
SD Card Recommendations: https://youtu.be/3QAF2flNsVc
Parking cameras and hardwiring guide:
1-Channel Dash Cam Recommendations:
I’d go with the Blackvue DR650S-1CH. The video quality is about the same as Thinkware and $40 cheaper. You lose out on the dual save mode though. Not a fan of Lukas because of how big it is.
Amazon USA: http://amzn.to/2kkXBC5
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OUR PICKS & FULL REVIEWS
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VICOVATION OPIA2 – $250
#1 pick. Best overall video quality. Rotates 360° for better coverage with a very high temperature rating at 75°C/167°F. Good choice for truck drivers Our full review: https://youtu.be/L99xue0RWL8
Update: March 15th, 2017: There’s a shortage of flash memory and OPIA2s may not be in stock on Amazon until April. Check out BlackBoxMyCar.
BlackBoxMyCar USA/CAN: http://geni.us/Opia2BBMC Use coupon code “CarCamCentral10” to get $10 off the price
International: See Vicovation’s list of authorized dealers here: http://www.vicovation.com/buy.asp?lan…
STREET GUARDIAN SG9665GC – $200
The camera to pick if you want something stealthier that has been proven to work in very hot environments. While the OPIA2 has gone through a summery without problems it doesn’t have the two years of solid performance the SG9665GC has.
Full review coming in the future. Ask me questions about any specifics and I’ll be happy to respond.
THINKWARE F770 – $400
Our choice for two channel parked recording. It’s energy efficient with best of class video quality. Full review: https://youtu.be/yjEPJtQ5PdA
Our recommended retailer for the F770 because they have extensive experience in hardwiring luxury vehicles. For example some BMWs will spit out an error message if you tap the wrong circuit. I’m happy to admit where I’m not an expert, go ask them for hardwiring advice. Check out their Instagram to see some of the vehicles they’ve worked on: https://www.instagram.com/blackboxmycar
As disclosure we got the Blackvue DR650GW and the Thinkware F770 rear camera for free from them. That was not the reason for the endorsement but rather from watching their behavior with products and customers over the years.
Use coupon code “CarCamCentral20” to get $20 off an order of $399 or more.
International: See Thinkware’s list of authorized dealers here: http://www.thinkware.com/Support/Wher…
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SD CARD RECOMMENDATIONS
The constant rewriting done by dash cameras wears down SD cards. Some cards are more durable than others. We tell you why and what we recommend you get.
Full video: https://youtu.be/3QAF2flNsVc
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The Street Guardian SG9665GC was borrowed. The other two cameras we got as free samples. The OPIA2 was received from the manufacturer. The front Thinkware F770 camera was shipped by a marketing company in San Francisco called Liberty marketing. The rear camera was provided by BlackBoxMyCar. As always no outside forces get editorial input and hopefully in the future we can start buying all premium cameras as we did with many of the budget cameras. Trust with our audience is the #1 currency.
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-Andrew & Team