Aftermarket dash cameras can be loaded with a host of useful extra parts and features. But what does it all mean? And how easy are they to install? Here's a great simple guide to Dash Cameras and how to install them.
Feature's & Benefits
When looking at the features of a dash camera, the acronyms and extra features may seem confronting.
Common extra functions tend to be a G-Sensor, which detects the motion of a crash; GPS means gobal positioning sensor – which serves to record location and speed data;Park mode, which begins recording if your parked car is hit.
Some dash cameras perform advanced driver assistance functions such as lane departure warning and forward collision warning - or offer front and rear facing dual record cameras with reverse camera modes.
WiFi can also become common place, allowing the dash camera to be controlled directly from your smart phone, where footage can also be reviewed.
Some models even react to the simple wave of a hand thanks to gesture control technology.
Each dash camera will offer different resolutions, affecting the quality of your recording; and how much memory the files use.
Higher the resolution, the picture recorded is larger and easier to read licence plates and details.
The entry level is VGA or 480P, going up from there to 720P High definition, then up to 1080P Full High Definition, and Super High Definition 1296P.
Now that you’ve decided which model suits you best, installing it properly will ensure the best user experience possible.
Single camera units often require only a power cable to your power accessory socket. Depending on its location on the windscreen, you may wish to route this underneath the dash mat, or along the roof lining and behind the trim panels for an even neater installation.
While nearly every dash camera contains a rechargeable battery, this must not be relied upon to power the unit. It is only a backup should the camera be interfered with; and to power the camera for parking mode functions while the vehicle is off.
Be sure to mount your camera on an area of the windscreen reached by the wipers, or wet weather incidents will be recorded only as a wet blur. Other pieces which may require connecting include the GPS antenna or secondary cameras
For dual camera models, the neatest and easiest way to fit the cabling for your rear camera is down the
A pillar, underneath the door kick panels and through to the boot or hatch. In many cases, the wire can feed out through the number plate lamp where the camera may be installed above the license plate.
It is best to angle the rear camera to reveal just the edge of your vehicle bumper.
With everything installed, all that’s left is the software setup. This can be done through the menus on most cameras, although some; such as this Kaiser Baas model – can be set up using an app on your smart phone controlled by WiFi.
Always format the memory card when it is first inserted, and set your preferences for things such as loop recording, G Sensor settings, park mode and other functions.
Now, with your dash camera plugged into an accessory socket; it will switch on and begin recording when power is supplied - and power down when the ignition is off.
That’s all there is to it! Grab your dash camera from Supercheap Auto today and you can easily deck out your car with this fantastic technology.
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