Car Camera FAQ.
Q. What is the GPS used for on a car camera?A. Unlike a satnav, the GPS on an in car video camera is not for navigation. Instead, it is used to record your co-ordinates, and then, when the dash cams video is played back on a PC, a map is also displayed showing where abouts your car is at any point on the video.
Q. How do I connect the car camera to the cars electrical system?
A. Each camera is connected to the cars cigarette lighter socket, or hardwired. This means that as the ignition is switched on, the camera comes on and starts recording. The camera itself is fixed to the windscreen using a suction mount or a bracket stuck firmly in place with a sticky pad. Car cameras can be removed and re-fitted as required - for example you may not want to leave it on show whilst parked.
Q. Is a car camera legal in the UK?
A. Yes, not only are they legal, but the evidence recorded on car dash camera memory can be used in a court of law.
Q. Do I need a computer to play the cameras video?
A. Yes. A PC is required to view the videos and integrate the maps. However, some of the newer in car camera dvr recorder models have wifi, and this allows playback on an Android compatible Smartphone. This allows you to see the video camera recording whilst still in the vehicle.
Q. Can I install more than one car camera?
A. Yes, you can install multiple car cameras to suit your needs. Some people have one at the front, and a car camera mount at the back to record events where the incident occurs from behind. You may need to purchase a socket splitter to accommodate both cameras, some systems incorporate auto two channel videoing - whereby a slave camera is connected to the main unit.
Q. How long do the cameras record for?
A. Most cameras will record for around Six minutes per GB of memory installed. Some will record for double this. See the individal page for the exact detail. With loop recording switched on, the camera will record indefinately by deleting older video when the memory runs low which makes them an ideal car security camera.
Q. Which is the best in car camera?
A. This depends on what is required by the cars owner. The range is wide enough to allow any individual to choose a camera which suits their needs best. For example, if you do not see a particular use for GPS, then there are models available which do not incorporate this facility. If two lenses would be of use, (for example a driving instructor would need this) then the dual lens versions would be suitable.