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Blackvue DR900S with Blendmount vs TeslaCam

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by kev1n, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    I originally had the Blackvue DR900S (4K Dashcam) installed in my Model S AP1(no TeslaCam)


    When I switched to the Model 3, I didn’t think I needed to reinstall my Blackvue DR900S as the car came with the TeslaCam feature but after reviewing the video footage, I was very disappointed with the video quality and narrow view of the front camera.

    I ended up reinstalling the Blackvue in my Model 3 and here are some comparisons to help others who are also considering the same. I have not completely dialed in the night mode settings yet and blend mount adjustment.


    I went with the Blendmount BBV-4014 that attaches to the rearview mirror for a clean install,
    Aluminum Dashcam Rearview Mirror Mount,Specialty Series, BBV-4014,BlackVue DR900S/DR750S

    Here is a link for 12% off any Blendmount products, Get 12% off your purchase!


    I have it hardwired and I tapped into the hazard light plug for constant 12V
    (yellow pin 1 for power, black pin16 for ground)


    The Blackvue has 4K video recording, wider view, sound recording, more clear view of license plates, the blackvue can also stay on 24/7

    The TeslaCam (it wasnt designed to be a dedicated dashcam) is great for being a “free” solution but it's far from the aftermarket offerings out there


    Day Time

    Blackvue
    blackvue.png
    TeslaCam
    teslacam.png


    Night Time

    Blackvue
    blackvue night.png
    TeslaCam
    teslacam night.png
     
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  2. KenC

    KenC Active Member

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    Interesting. The TeslaCam images fared better than I expected.
     
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  3. Mr. Big

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    #3 Mr. Big, Oct 26, 2020
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    Do you happen to have a picture of how you did the hardwire? Did you use a wiretap? Thanks!
    Edit: If you have it plugged into a constant source, doesn’t that mean the dash cam will be on all the time?
     
  4. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    sorry i dont have pictures but pretty much I popped off the hazard light panel and use posi-tap

    yes it is on all the time. this is how I wanted it. you can look for switched power if that is your preference
     
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    Another benefit of BV over TeslaCam. The latter is subject to over-the-air updates, which sometimes have in the past introduced bugs such as gaps in recordings, etc. Tesla over the air updates come way to often for it to be convenient to keep on testing TeslaCam to make sure it still works as expected. A dedicated solution like BV is just more reliable, which at least to me, is a very important aspect of a dashcam. To Tesla, TeslaCam is just a frill, while to BV it is their main business.
     
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  6. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    I couldn't agree more. you definitely want as much information/vision as possible when something does happen and need it to be reliable! I actually have both running for redundancy
     
  7. KenC

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    Given how inexpensive dash cams can be, it still makes sense to install a 3rd-party one since Tesla's is still pretty much beta. There's no timestamp or speed or GPS or sound.

    I took a dash cam from my old car, and reinstalled it in my Tesla. Front and rear for about $100 by Vava. Transfers to my phone, a button to snap pics or take video.
     
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  8. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    yeah they are affordable even if you get one that isnt high end, it is better quality and more features. it will pay itself off if anything ever happens.
     

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