Dash-cam app suggestions wanted

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41792 by peterquinn
So I want to use a smartphone as a dash cam. If any of you have experience with this, please suggest good dash cam apps. Any other insights, suggestions, cautions welcome too! Thank you, folks.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41793 by realLexusl21

peterquinn wrote: So I want to use a smartphone as a dash cam. If any of you have experience with this, please suggest good dash cam apps. Any other insights, suggestions, cautions welcome too! Thank you, folks.


May I ask for what purpose you want to have a dash cam?

The answer will dictate my recommendation

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41794 by Isamorph

peterquinn wrote: So I want to use a smartphone as a dash cam. If any of you have experience with this, please suggest good dash cam apps. Any other insights, suggestions, cautions welcome too! Thank you, folks.


"AutoBoy Dash Cam and Black Box"

I would take heed of what the Android Central article below says about sunlight and theft.


"Next you need some software. Google Play is chock full of apps that can act as a dash recorder, but most everyone loves AutoBoy Dash Cam and Black Box. It's filled with features that will remind you why a phone makes for a better dash cam that one you can buy. You'll find features like auto-start and stop, GPS tracking, and more in AutoBoy, and best of all it's free. There are plenty of others, though, and you might want to try them all and see if you like another better. If you do, let me know, please!"

www.androidcentral.com/how-use-old-phone-dash-cam

play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happyconz.blackbox&hl=en_US
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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #41795 by peterquinn
realLexusl21 asked --
"May I ask for what purpose you want to have a dash cam?
The answer will dictate my recommendation"

My thinking behind a dash cam was to have a record in case of an accident.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41796 by peterquinn
Thanks Isamorph, will check it out.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41797 by realLexusl21

peterquinn wrote: realLexusl21 asked --
"May I ask for what purpose you want to have a dash cam?
The answer will dictate my recommendation"

My thinking behind a dash cam was to have a record in case of an accident.



Ok there are some on Amazon that are mirrors that go on top of your rearview mirror. Or you can have a window mounted version.

Using a phone you would need a large SD card. Better to have a separate device Imho.

For an example of a mirror version


www.amazon.com/VanTop-Waterproof-Enhanced-Starvis-Assistance/dp/B07XZ1D226/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=mirror+dash+cam&qid=1574354921&sr=8-4

A window mounted version is easier to take off and on.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41798 by KentE

peterquinn wrote: realLexusl21 asked --
"May I ask for what purpose you want to have a dash cam?
The answer will dictate my recommendation"

My thinking behind a dash cam was to have a record in case of an accident.


Sounds like a useful idea. I have a feeling I would get tired of putting in away (when leaving the car parked somewhere), and setting it back up again each time I prepared to drive. That would render it about as useful as a point-and-shoot camera stuck in the glovebox.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41799 by Chelle
Kent:

I've become a big fan of magnetic phone mounts. Initially I was concerned that:

1) They would affect my stored data
2) They wouldn't be strong enough to hold the phone on bumpy roads
3) They would affect the GPS

They do none of these things. I've since bought magnetic vent-mount phone holders for all of our vehicles.

I notice that there is a magnetic mirror-mount phone holder that would work perfectly for the dash cam application. The nice thing is that you could attach a long USB cord to it and just throw it under the seat when you leave your vehicle. When you return, just grab it and stick it to the mount. That's essentially effortless.

Here's the mount I'm going to try:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CE08FXM/
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2 weeks 2 days ago #41802 by KentE
Thanks, Chelle. Let us know if you get one & it works?

I got one of those magnetic vent mounts for Christmas last year. I've been afraid to use it, not because I distrust the magnet, but because I fear broken vent louvers. It was a thoughtful gift, since I'd complained about not being able to hear my phone (GPS) when it's speaker-down on the seat.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #41803 by realLexusl21

KentE wrote: Thanks, Chelle. Let us know if you get one & it works?

I got one of those magnetic vent mounts for Christmas last year. I've been afraid to use it, not because I distrust the magnet, but because I fear broken vent louvers. It was a thoughtful gift, since I'd complained about not being able to hear my phone (GPS) when it's speaker-down on the seat.



Not sure what car you have. Assuming it is a 2016 ish

If your car has Bluetooth.

1) turn on phone Bluetooth. Assuming you already paired the car for phone use

2) turn on map.on phone

3) on car turn the source to Bluetooth

You will now hear your map direction through car speakers

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