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Dash Cam -BlackVue DR900S-2CH $[email protected]

cucubits

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The link works, now the 16Gb is $393.

I'm hesitant because I keep reading reports that this thing overheats easily and in Texas, that must be taken more seriously... still looking for alternatives.
 

Kirby64

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How is the on board dashcam not insufficient?

It's not wide angle enough I'd say. Also, good to have a backup honestly, with all the reports of the corrupted SD cards or files not saving. Maybe not a $250 backup... but I have a $40 dashcam from before they even had dashcam functionality and I don't see any reason I should take it down...
 
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Akikiki

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I'm in Texas, have a Blackvue DR900S in my Focus RS since ~07/2018. I've never had a problem with it. Works like a champ.
Well, I'm not in Texas, and currently I have 2 of the 900S-2CH in my S. One corrupt card from a Blackvue in 4 years from 6 Blackvues. Every model since DR500
 

Shateam

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The link works, now the 16Gb is $393.

I'm hesitant because I keep reading reports that this thing overheats easily and in Texas, that must be taken more seriously... still looking for alternatives.

i’m almost positive it was $375 on amazon yesterday. I was waiting until today to buy it thinking it would drop further in price for cyber Monday...I guess not
 

ranova

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How is the on board dashcam not insufficient?

  1. Much more reliable at capturing and saving footage when an event happens
  2. Not limited to when your car is > 20% battery
  3. Much wider angle on the front camera
  4. Quickly view events on your phone
  5. When connected to a hotspot or wifi, you can remotely watch footage in real time or review past events/recordings
  6. Even when hardwired into the car, does not drain the car's battery as much as Sentry mode does
  7. Finally, redundancy is good - especially when it comes to security

When I'm parked at home, in my apartment's parking garage, I just have my blackvue run and not sentry due to battery drain. However, when Im parked in public, I will have both running. If I get notification of impact from Blackvue, I can quickly view live video of what happened. Its possible that Tesla implements some of the list above, but I would likely still have a dedicated dash cam running at all times
 
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Akikiki

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How is the on board dashcam not insufficient?
The on board dashcam is not a dashcam. Its autopilot hardware cameras that after so much whining that the noise wore him out, Elon directed Tesla to add software that would use the cameras as dashcams. It was not designed to be a dashcam, hence it does not do the same quality of job.
 

KenC

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When you scroll down the page to similar items, they show a VAVA dual cam model for $115. I bought that Saturday for $95. I don't need 4k if it costs 3x as much. I have the original VAVA dash cam from when it was a kickstarter. Works great. Has a remote clicker to take pics or videos. No screen, it uses your phone display, live. You can take travel logs and caraoke vids as the cam can turn easily. I have it in my Model 3 now, and when the dual cam comes, I'll move it back to my old car.
 
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ranova

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if you dont want to spend the $400+ for blackvue or thinkware I would recommend the Viofo a129 - usually can be bought at 160 or less. Good sony sensors and night visibility
 

cucubits

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if you dont want to spend the $400+ for blackvue or thinkware I would recommend the Viofo a129 - usually can be bought at 160 or less. Good sony sensors and night visibility

I'm not sure 1080p with 30 fps is good enough to read the license plates, especially if things are moving.
 

ranova

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I'm not sure 1080p with 30 fps is good enough to read the license plates, especially if things are moving.

They also have the A129 pro, which is 4k but I havent tested it yet (I installed the a129 in my wife's car) so I cant speak to it. Unfortunately, even with 4k dash cams, grabbing plates in movement is very difficult unless you have the right lighting conditions and the movement is slow enough. Thats primarily why I returned my Blackvue DR900S and swapped it with the DR750S. The 750S is 1080p60 but I found that the DR900S overheated (prior to firmware updates that upped the threshold for shutdown) too much and the night visibility was terrible. The DR750S actually shares the same sensor as the A129
 
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