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Old 07-23-2014, 06:12 AM
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This thread is to discuss dash cam options in Aus/NZ.

I am planning to buy the Blackvue DR650GW-2CH a 2 channel (Fr & Rear Cameras) unit with 1080P Front and 720P rear that has WiFi to broadcast its stream and viewed via a phone app. It records to micro SD as usual as well and has fantastic viewing/editing software for both Windows and OS X.
The 650 is an update for the 550.



The front camera are also available on their own as the 500 or newer 600.
Here is a 500 install thread - Blackvue DR500GW-HD DashCam Install

They are pricey, but are the cleanest looking once fully installed and have the best features.

Here are a few pics of the 550 installed by an Overland owner in Perth







Auto Black Box is the official importer - BlackVue | Auto BlackBox Australia
Buying OS can result in getting the Korean models (They are made in Korea) which means it will start in Korean and also it makes firmware upgrades a big problem. Personally I always like to support local industry anyway, so I will be purchasing from official Aus reseller. Probably helps that I'm friends with a manager at a reseller/installer.

An in depth comparison of the 500/550 and 600/650:



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I did buy a G1W, which is an excellent and cheap 1080P camera. Mine however was an older chip model that had several issues, so I sent it back. It is highly regarded, and for $50, can't be beat for the price.

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This is what I use.
Navig8r NAVCAM-PRO Full HD In-Car Camera - Crash Cameras - Cameras - Cameras, Phones & GPS | Harvey Norman Australia
not only HD video, but has GPS, GPS Speedo, as well as speed cameras in it's storage. When approaching a fixed speed cam, the voice alert warns you.
A little bulky, but has all the whistles.
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Funny you guys mention these models. I have both the Blackvue DR550GW-HD and a Navig8r Pro HD.
I replaced the Pro HD with the Blackvue, as I wanted something more slimline. I now run the ProHD as my rear camera. Both are great in both day and night.

Some things I noticed about the Blackvue, the Droid and IOS software is not as nice as I would like. I wanted to be able to copy easily from the Camera via wifi, but it does not work like that. You can setup the camera and view the video, but you cannot just copy the video straight from the camera, you still need to remove the MicroSD and put it in a PC. The viewing of the files over wifi is also a bit unreliable, as it tends to buffer a lot and it does not seem to keep streaming. You need to select the individual files, which are only 2mins long.
I was tossing up between the Vicovation wifi and the Blackvue. Both are great cameras, but the apps the Blackvue had was what sealed the deal for me.

I also recommend DashCams AU to buy locally for warranty. I ordered and it was in my hands 2 days later.

If anyone is after a cheap and effective camera, then I would recommend the Mini 0803 seems to have a good writeup and great value at $170.
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One thing in those long Blackvue videos that he notes as a major improvement in the 600 series is that the WiFi is far better.
I was considering that Navig8tr, but like Enforcer, I want something out of the way that doesn't need to be touched. It needs to be wife proof.
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I also have the Navig8r Navcam GPS, which I got a few years ago.
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Re: Dash Cams - Down Under

Blackvue 550 2ch is pricy, $450. Quality of front view is rather good. Is it necessary to have rear camera because if a car kiss you from rear, that driver is at fault by default unless he can approve otherwise. Plus, the night video quality from rear is poor to average.

I don't think front camera can capture side views which is more important than rear.
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if a car kiss you from rear, that driver is at fault by default unless he can approve otherwise. Plus, the night video quality from rear is poor to average.
Unless you're reversing. Not necessary, but can be helpful. The rear is lower resolution than the front.
As per my first post, you can buy the fronts of the Blackvues by themselves. In the second video about it I posted, the installer says he uses two 500s one front, one rear for best results, but that does cost more than the kits. Some of those rear videos are being shot through 60% tint, and with no headlight to help illuminate it makes it worse.
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Window tinting is good point which didn't come across my mind. Any ingenious solution about capturing side view?
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because if a car kiss you from rear, that driver is at fault by default unless he can approve otherwise.
Not quite true, have a friend who lane changed and rear video shows she had completed the lane change and some tosser who was going way to fast hit the skids and clipped the rear quarter. Police said she was in fault even after looking at the video and they issued an infringement notice. The insurance company has said the she was at fault because the Police booked her. She is in the process of disputing it. Waiting for outcome.
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Window tinting is good point which didn't come across my mind. Any ingenious solution about capturing side view?
I do not know why this would be too important as most collisions are front or rear. The best bet to cover most angles is to have a rear facing camera on the front windscreen. This would get some sides and the rear.
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For those wanting side camera views, you could try one of those Google mapping Car 360deg rotating cameras mounted on the roof. You might also need a file server in the boot to store the imagery, unless you go wifi to a satellite and store in the "cloud"
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I do not know why this would be too important as most collisions are front or rear. The best bet to cover most angles is to have a rear facing camera on the front windscreen. This would get some sides and the rear.

My colleague had side impact accident at intersection. Hard to tell who's at fault.
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