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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    I have a Hero3 and would never use it as a dash cam. It's too much of a PITA to use it as one. You'd have to start it manually every time, as well as record manually...
    Ya I was thinking the same thing. Thanks BP
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    Here is an informative thread on dashcams on E46F. I have also been considering getting one since my move to Toronto and having to deal with nutcase drivers around me on a daily basis.

    http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1067906
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    For anyone that does have a dash cam currently, how did you route the power? I'm not enamored with the idea of having a plug constantly in the cigarette lighter...
    hook it up to my sunroof that i don't have lol

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    I'll probably use the homelink connector on mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by anandoc View Post
    Here is an informative thread on dashcams on E46F. I have also been considering getting one since my move to Toronto and having to deal with nutcase drivers around me on a daily basis.

    http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1067906


    This is nice. But I already have my V1 hard wired to the Homelink inside the cabbie hole. Might overload the fuse if I was to add a Mobius Cam or any other cam for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by das boots View Post
    This is nice. But I already have my V1 hard wired to the Homelink inside the cabbie hole. Might overload the fuse if I was to add a Mobius Cam or any other cam for that matter.
    You should be okay. V1 draws only 425mA maximum (250 typical), and the Mobius has a 1A charger, so its draw must be 1A or less. That connection is on a 5A fuse, so that's plenty of headroom.

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    You want a dash cam that doesn't have a Li-Ion battery on board inside the unit. Heat will cause destruction under a greenhouse and could cause the battery to ignite. My friend has one in his E46 coupe that it's design is moulded/slanted against his windshield next to his rearview mirror. He used a little bit of black vinyl trim to blend into the auto wiper masking so it looks OEM from the outside and thieves would have to look really hard to see it's a dash cam. Having something sticking out there in plain view is just another reason for someone to smash and grab.

    If you want parking mode on your dash cam make sure you find one that can be stealth when recording as well as having a high quality voltage regular so the sensing/recording shuts down when the vehicle's battery voltage gets below a certain threshold.
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    I ran a hero3 for 6months with BT it was easy to turn on and off. Recording was also simple with the BT. Obviously it's not designed for this, but it was laying around and functioned for what I needed. Changing cards and batteries was cumbersome.

    I'm now shopping for a more purposed cam, and can finally hardwire my V1 since the windshield replacement.


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    Dash cams - who has them, what do you think of them?

    Finally getting around to replying to this thread. I saw this about 2 weeks ago, but work and life got in the way.

    I'm on my second dashcam. Here are my thoughts with each. I'll add to this as I am able.

    -First one was a Garmin Dash Cam 20.
    I really like the quality of this unit. Never failed, never locked up on me. The image quality was good but the frames per second could have been better. I chose to plug and unplug this unit as I never got around to tapped the fuse panel.
    I still have this unit, but moved it into my wife's Tiggy.

    -Pros:
    Really good at adjusting to the light.
    Good picture quality at night
    G-sensor wasn't too sensitive - it captured if you hit a pot hole really hard.
    GPS enabled - GPS coordinates stamped on video
    Speed also stamped and recorded
    Great lens angle with wide view
    Overwrites old video files if not locked

    -Cons:
    The unit is HUGE with the suction cup mount
    Very viable through the front window (not ideal for car shows)
    The suction cup mount would often falls off the window during temperature changes.
    Li-ion battery was toast after 6 months
    Speed stamp recorded
    Pricey at $250

    Video footage uploaded to youtube

    Footage at sunrise
    https://youtu.be/nFzQms7VdJ4

    Footage at daytime
    https://youtu.be/G10_JrPB80A



    Next up is one my buddy recommended to me. I haven't decided if I like it or not yet. I've had it installed for about 3 days.

    This one is an A-118C made by Auto-Vox
    This is a capacitor based camera with no battery. This allows the unit to be a bit smaller, and should be less prone to heat failure.

    Pros:
    Small foot print on the window
    Very discrete
    Video is very clear on normal conditions
    No Speed recording
    $75 shipped through amazon prime (mafia link!)
    Overwrites old video files if not locked

    Cons:
    The camera seems to have a hard time adjusting to the sun glare
    G sensor is way too sensitive (had to turn it off)
    No GPS
    No Speed recording
    Fish eye type 170* lens gives a strange view


    Video footage:
    https://youtu.be/4rSsbxxzRQQ



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    Thanks! I have been researching dashcams and the A118-C looks perfect to me.
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