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I'm looking into getting a Dash Camera for my Sportage and looking for recommendations (this might be as controversial as what oil should I use?). I know I want a two channel system (forward and rear view), with WiFi access from my IPhone. Expecting to pay $200 - $300 for a quality unit. Where I'm getting hung up:
1. Do I get a unit that straps onto the rear view mirror? However those units don't seem to act as a regular mirror and I'm not sure I want to look at a monitor as a rear view mirror while driving.
2. Windscreen mount camera? My concern here is partial blocking of forward field of view no matter how high and tight to the mirror mount I put the camera. Suction mount is definitely a no for me.

Alright camera geeks, what you got? why you like/no like? Let the games begin!...Oh, and thanks in advance.
 

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I have installed the aukey dr-02D in my Kia, and love where I have it. Mounts flat to windshield, and could tuck all wires into headliner. Doesn’t have the wifi, but what are the chances you’ll need it?

 

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Keep in mind that if you have a dashcam, if you're involved in an accident it may be a liability. The insurance company will surely subpoena the video and could quite possibly use it against you if there's any perceived issue with your involvement in any accident. You already almost surely have the black box recording the actual driving conditions before and during any accident, and more and more those are being subpoenaed in accident cases to determine liability. Big brother is already watching, but are you sure you want to give him that much help?
 

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Keep in mind that if you have a dashcam, if you're involved in an accident it may be a liability. The insurance company will surely subpoena the video and could quite possibly use it against you if there's any perceived issue with your involvement in any accident. You already almost surely have the black box recording the actual driving conditions before and during any accident, and more and more those are being subpoenaed in accident cases to determine liability. Big brother is already watching, but are you sure you want to give him that much help?
It all depends on how good a driver you are. I was in an accident recently without a dash cam and the insurance company settled because I couldn't prove the other car went through a red light. I just put a dashcam in both of my cars. I tend to be a truthful type, so if the accident was my fault, I'll take responsibility. I absolutely hate people who lie or won't take responsibility for their actions... Why should any of us be afraid of the truth if we don't do anything wrong?
 

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Keep in mind that if you have a dashcam, if you're involved in an accident it may be a liability. The insurance company will surely subpoena the video and could quite possibly use it against you if there's any perceived issue with your involvement in any accident. You already almost surely have the black box recording the actual driving conditions before and during any accident, and more and more those are being subpoenaed in accident cases to determine liability. Big brother is already watching, but are you sure you want to give him that much help?
I understand the concern how having a dash cam could possibly work against you in an accident. I drive cautiously and like an old lady as it is, just avoided a nasty accident of a tractor trailer crashing into the center median and jack knifing in front of me during a heavy snowstorm, then almost getting rear ended by a speeding truck coming up from behind because they didn’t see the accident in time and slid by me. That was a case to have a camera to prove my innocence. It’s a double edged sword for sure.
 

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If you are concerned about the insurance company using your footage against you then you have other things to worry about (your own driving habits mainly). All it shows is what happened on video, and is very likely not the only evidence available.
 

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It all depends on how good a driver you are. I was in an accident recently without a dash cam and the insurance company settled because I couldn't prove the other car went through a red light. I just put a dashcam in both of my cars. I tend to be a truthful type, so if the accident was my fault, I'll take responsibility. I absolutely hate people who lie or won't take responsibility for their actions... Why should any of us be afraid of the truth if we don't do anything wrong?
My take too. If it's really my fault, I'll rightfully take the hit. But I expect everyone else to do the same. I use a slightly cheaper Aukey camera than @you1232 posted. They seem pretty good quality.
 
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My take too. If it's really my fault, I'll rightfully take the hit. But I expect everyone else to do the same. I use a slightly cheaper Aukey camera than @you1232 posted. They seem pretty good quality.
I purchased the AQP M2 4K Dual with Sony sensor and IR night vision. It has great features and quality pics, but I haven't had it long enough to give a review.... I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the number of people who have a problem with the truth.... It seems to be a big problem these days....
 

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Forgot to say I use the Thinkware F70 and it is great. Cheap, easy to use, decent resolution, and over 3 years has been very reliable in all temperatures. I think they make 2 channel versions as well.

Biggest draw for me was its easy to hide behind the mirror and it doesn't have a screen to bother me with. To me screens on dash cams are pointless. I already see everything in front of me, and if I need to see the footage I can view it on my phone or computer instead of trying to view it on the smallest screen in the world.
 

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Forgot to say I use the Thinkware F70 and it is great. Cheap, easy to use, decent resolution, and over 3 years has been very reliable in all temperatures. I think they make 2 channel versions as well.

Biggest draw for me was its easy to hide behind the mirror and it doesn't have a screen to bother me with. To me screens on dash cams are pointless. I already see everything in front of me, and if I need to see the footage I can view it on my phone or computer instead of trying to view it on the smallest screen in the world.
The screen helps me position the camera. Mine is larger because it has front and rear views, but it does hide well behind the mirror. The screen automatically turns off after 30 seconds or so.
 

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I use Blackvue cams.

They are on the 3rd Kia and have been working like a champ. I dont run the inward facing.

I still need to install the rear window cam on my new Sporty.
Front was a bitch with the OEM safety camera crap taking up a lot of real estate, but it is tolerable.
 
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