What do customers buy after viewing this item? This is how you avoid a hit-and-run on your parked car — if someone backs into your front end, the camera will have recorded the footage and the license plate of the offending vehicle. For now, though, you really don’t need a battery in your camera.Whether you use the internal 12-volt cigarette lighter plug or have it hard-wired, look for a long power cable.
You should, however, turn them off and let the cam work with your headlights and street lamps. This costs $30 and a trip to a Best Buy with an auto center or your local indie car stereo shop. If you do this, the dash cam will fire up with the car and start recording automatically. That way, you don’t need to worry about deleting the old, unimportant files of video of a drive to the grocery store without incident. Andrew noted that the K6000’s high video resolution is its chief attribute, but DashCam Man said that it has “below average” nighttime performance.A screen shot from my testing of the DVR 027. We’ve cropped the edges to fit on the site, so the actual width of the image is greater.
The major drawback to using parking mode is that save for a few otherwise unremarkable dash cam models, you must have the cam hard-wired to your vehicle. But at night, you’ll lose some clarity as the only source of light will usually be your headlights or street lights. Specifically, the GoPro casing’s design, which keeps the power plug set in the waterproof housing, means that if you want to hook up a permanent power connection to the camera, you need to drill into the housing to keep it plugged in. Unfortunately, one those electronics all too susceptible to overheating is your camera’s battery that sits front and center on your car’s windshield day after day. Unlike buying from sketchy third-party distributors (the exception being the eBay seller we’ve been recommended), you’re guaranteed to receive a fully functional unit that’ll work out of the box.The BlackVue’s strength is its comprehensive and intuitive viewing software, which I’m using here. Once plugged into the 13-foot charger, the cam starts up and automatically begins recording. It has an annoying startup and shutdown jingle, but you can turn off the volume entirely.