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Old 01-28-2012, 11:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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...except for the "180-degee phase-reversal", the common 'mirror' works well (wink,wink).
Except when you're being followed by one of the a**holes in the giant SUVs, now with two sets of headlights - one low, one high - that they refuse to dim.

Also for night driving, it'd be nice to have something with image enhancement to bring out things - like deer! - beyond the range of your headlights.

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Old 01-28-2012, 11:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Also for night driving, it'd be nice to have something with image enhancement to bring out things - like deer! - beyond the range of your headlights.
Infrared flood lights would work. I'm not sure how one would make those aerodynamic.

UVA spotlights should work for lighting up street signs.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Infrared flood lights would work. I'm not sure how one would make those aerodynamic.
Shouldn't need any added light, just image processing/intensification on the existing ambient light.
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Just wearing night vision goggles may do that ?
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Shouldn't need any added light, just image processing/intensification on the existing ambient light.
I suppose it depends on where one is driving. 1am, no moon, up in the mountain; stars aren't enough (even with night vision goggles on) to see a deer on the side of the road. IR will light everything up for the camera, UV will light up the deer's eyes and signs for the driver.
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I'm really thinking about it also, especially after this video..

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I have tried a few ideas with differing results. I started out with mini DVR cameras you can buy for about 10-20 on ebay - things like this
Thank you Arragonis - that's basically what I'm looking for. Just something real basic. Doesn't even need to be the highest quality.

Did you fare okay with the cheaper ones until you upgraded? I mean, even if they weren't great, did they do the job?
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The cheapo cameras worked ok with the problems I listed - rattles from the case, the mounting and battery life. But for 5-15 a time they seemed worth the risk even if they don't work - its not worth sending them back at that price. The quality was OK - see my youtube entries for the shaky ones where I mounted the camera on the headrest using rubber bands.

If you can stretch to it I would go with the phone mount option - most mobiles can take reasonable videos and mountings are widely available together with chargers and memory cards - and blutak is a worldwide product...

Also it is dead easy for casual use, as in you don't have to mount / setup loads of stuff before you film - clip in the phone, set the camera off and drive.

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I would like to resurrect this thread. I'm looking into getting a dashcam as it's probably the best thing you can have on the road for how cheap its become. I try to be very aware of my surroundings when i drive, as well as leaving a lot of room in front of me. But you can't trust everyone you see on the road no matter how well you try to avoid them. I know you can get police dashcams pretty cheap from law enforcement auctions. Well see how it goes, then i'll review whatever i buy here.

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