Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

What is the best dash camera for the Model S nowadays?

LastPadawan

Member
Jun 29, 2017
32
4
Fairfax
Hello everyone,

I realize there are quite a few options for dash cameras nowadays. I was wondering what the most popular dash camera for the Model S is, and what costs one can expect when trying to install the dash camera? I would most likely prefer to have a professional do the install, rather than myself.

Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

Thanks.
 

jelloslug

Active Member
Jul 21, 2015
4,728
6,405
Greenville, SC
I have the one that snaps on the back of the rear view mirror. The Blackview is probably a better camera but for a balance between function and aesthetics, it works great for me.
 

quack724

Member
Aug 23, 2016
22
9
Dublin
I'm waiting for the Thinkware F800 Pro to be released (supposedly soon) and see how it fares vs the Blackview 750S.

Thinkware F800 non pro is already released but I don't like how the camera portion is silver which makes me feel like it can draw unwanted attention.
 

LastPadawan

Member
Jun 29, 2017
32
4
Fairfax
I've never had a Dashcam before, what would be the cliffnotes to the whole process? If anyone doesn't mind humoring me and catching me up a bit please?
 

boaterva

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Apr 2, 2016
7,575
3,817
Northern Virginia, USA
I'm waiting for the Thinkware F800 Pro to be released (supposedly soon) and see how it fares vs the Blackview 750S.

Thinkware F800 non pro is already released but I don't like how the camera portion is silver which makes me feel like it can draw unwanted attention.
Isn't there an 880 coming that has the case all black again? Or is that the 800 Pro now? You think Tesla's bad, can't keep up with DashCams (but at least they do have new numbers... :D ).
 

jelloslug

Active Member
Jul 21, 2015
4,728
6,405
Greenville, SC
I've never had a Dashcam before, what would be the cliffnotes to the whole process? If anyone doesn't mind humoring me and catching me up a bit please?
Pick your device based on your criteria, mount your device, and supply power to it. Some people want basic front facing coverage only, some want front and rear, some people need 24/7 surveillance, some only want it when they are driving. Once you decide what kind of coverage you want and when you want it, you can start choosing a device.
 
  • Like
Reactions: davidc18

LastPadawan

Member
Jun 29, 2017
32
4
Fairfax
Pick your device based on your criteria, mount your device, and supply power to it. Some people want basic front facing coverage only, some want front and rear, some people need 24/7 surveillance, some only want it when they are driving. Once you decide what kind of coverage you want and when you want it, you can start choosing a device.

I'm thinking front and back for me. I've really only heard of Blackvue, prior to starting this thread. Will have to research based on what everyone's saying.
 

Quick2Judge

Member
Jun 4, 2017
141
177
Rust Belt
I Installed the Blackvue DR490.
-1080 front camera
-1080 rear camera
-has a parking mode
-Looks identical to the DR750
-is $200 cheaper than the DR750
-it doesn't have wireless (unlike the DR750)

I am not paying for a hotspot for my Family Joules so the wireless function wasn't going to offer me much value.
 

futurem3owner

2017 90D
Jul 20, 2016
162
251
Philly
I just purchased Blackvue 750 and having it installed next week by a professional dash cam installer recommended on TheDashCamStore website. He's charging me $300 for both front and rear cam installation which is a lot better than the other recommended installer who quoted me $125 by the hour with average install time on Tesla being 4 hours (which is crazy since they said they work on Teslas all the time).
 

sakimano

Active Member
Mar 20, 2017
1,374
938
Ontario, Canada
I had a dashcam but getting the tiny card out was a pain and then going inside to copy files to computer, then hopefully not forgetting the card etc.

I remember thinking if they could Wifi this (come home, connects to home network and uploads) that would be great.

Does that exist yet? Or if there was a phone app that could let you control that.

As for the two channel cameras (front and rear) is the rear really necessary? I'd think j most of the interesting stuff would be on front. Generally liability wise getting hit from behind is instantly their fault and you wouldn't likely need a camera to prove that. Seems the modern ones are all 2 channels though.
 

f-stop

Active Member
Jul 31, 2015
1,481
1,432
Vancouver BC, Canada
I had a dashcam but getting the tiny card out was a pain and then going inside to copy files to computer, then hopefully not forgetting the card etc.

I remember thinking if they could Wifi this (come home, connects to home network and uploads) that would be great.

Does that exist yet? Or if there was a phone app that could let you control that.

Exists.

Another TMC member made a downloader to transfer video from the BlackVue 650 over WiFi to PC or Mac
 

James*

Member
Aug 4, 2017
146
233
Minneapolis, MN
I just purchased Blackvue 750 and having it installed next week by a professional dash cam installer recommended on TheDashCamStore website. He's charging me $300 for both front and rear cam installation which is a lot better than the other recommended installer who quoted me $125 by the hour with average install time on Tesla being 4 hours (which is crazy since they said they work on Teslas all the time).

That's insane.

I've honestly never done a single thing on a car before I purchased my Tesla (to be fair, I only had 1 other car). I installed the front/rear dashcam in 2 hours. The hardest part was running the cables from the speaker grille area through the plastic rearview mirror piece. I also simplified the process by just making the jump from behind the rear seat to the center trim piece in the hatch. That is, I avoided running through the grommet into the hatch, down the hatch, and back up -- that would take a bit of time, and you'd need to make sure you don't break any clips. If they're not running through the grommet, down the hatch, and back up, $300 seems pretty expensive IMO.
 

Products we're discussing on TMC...

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top