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Driven to distraction: dash cam or action cam?

ByGB Blog Official 2018-07-03 14244

Buy a Dash Cam or opt for an Action Cam? Find out what's right for you.
Driven to distraction: dash cam or action cam?

A dashboard camera (or dash cam), is a small camera that is mounted on your windshield, dashboard, or around your rear view mirror.

These cameras are designed to continuously record and loop footage as you're driving. They are ideal for recording potential accidents to prove your innocence in court as a driver.

Action cameras are designed to be mounted on anything, but usually they are head-mounted. Their main purpose is to record action of any sort, and they are perfect for sports and recreational activities.

You simply can't do something insanely dangerous without capturing it on film! In recent years, action cameras have been gaining popularity among the general public.

Here are some key differences between them.

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(1). Automatic power on/off with auto-looping capabilities

● Most dash cams automatically power up when the vehicle is started, unlike with action cams.

● Action cams often do not have auto-looping function. Once the memory card is full, it will cease recording.

● Memory storage is also less of a concern because of the auto-looping technology, as non-incident footage will be overwritten automatically to ensure that the device is always recording.

(2). Impact detection

● Action cams often do not come equipped with 3-axis G-sensor to detect sudden impact.

● In an incident, an action cam will not isolate the video footage for viewing purposes, nor can it detect hit-and-run incidents when the vehicle is parked.

● A dash cam will isolate and store footage so there is no need to worry about missing important evidences in crucial moments.

(3). Safety and durability

● Conventional action cams are equipped with standard rechargeable batteries which has limited operating time.

● Rechargeable batteries inside these devices could overheat and become volatile under extreme heat, affecting performance.

● Dash cams are plugged into the vehicle's power outlet, and do not need a rechargeable battery.

● Some dash cams also utilize a super capacitor designed to withstand harsh conditions inside a car's interior.

● Even if the power is disconnected in the event of an accident, the super capacitor allows the videos to be safely stored.

● With this technology, dash cams provide a steady and dependable performance throughout a class-leading range of storage and operating temperatures.

(4). GPS tracking (for devices with GPS Antenna only)

● In the event of a collision, it is important to collect as much information as possible as evidence.

● Dash cams rarely have the capability to connect to a GPS antenna.

● Selected models have a built-in GPS antenna to pinpoint time, speed and your location at the time of the incident.

(5). Rear view recording capability (Optional)

● The best protection can be obtained by a paired dash cams connected to the rearview camera.

● It is important that both have a high standard of quality and durability for a worry-free drive.

(6). Out of sight, out of mind

● An action cam needs to be remounted every time the driver gets into the car.

● They also require manual deletion of used videos; are vulnerable to unstable battery performance; could become projectile objects in a crash; and is often subject to theft.

● A good dash cam has to be a device that drivers need not to worry about on their daily commute.

● Most dash cam is easy to install, highly autonomous, safe, durable, and discreet.

● All you need to do is just simply get in your car and go for a drive.

Hope it helps!

 You may also want to read:
 Ultimate Buying Guide | What dash cam should I get
 Seeing is believing: can I use my cell phone as a dash cam?


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