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Geek Squad Agent
Posts: 3,251
Registered: ‎03-20-2012

Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

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Have you been in your car and wanted to take a video of something before it happened, or without you being there? I’m hoping by now you are curious and asking yourself, “How do you capture video without being there, or record before an event happens?” Simply put, get yourself a dash camera to capture moments that occur when you are not around and for times when seconds matter making a picture impossible to take.

 

When people come into Best Buy and see the display of the dash cameras, the first question that they ask me is, “Autotech, why would I need to record when I am driving? What is the point of recording my average drive to work, home, or activities throughout my day in the car?”

 

My answer to that is to provide you with a few interesting questions that might intrigue you enough to think that a dash camera isn’t just there to record your average “boring” drive, but that they are also there to promote safer driving awareness and much more.

 

Have you ever:

  • Drifted into another lane without realizing it or witnessed another person drifting?
  • Almost hit another car that came to an abrupt stop?
  • Been in an accident and were blamed for going too fast, but were not?
  • Got into a fender bender that was completely another person’s fault?
  • Driven past a stop light camera, or speed camera without realizing it?
  • Wanted to watch your car being driven by your child, grandparent, etc.
  • Been a victim of burglary while away from your car?
  • Want to record an incident 10 seconds before it happened?
  • Wanted to record anything cool or interesting that you saw to show others?

 

These are just a few of the many great options that you can get with dash cameras. I’m going to go a little more in depth to give you a better understanding of how great these devices can be while also promoting safer driving conditions for everyone who owns one! I will mostly be talking about the Thinkware F750 since it is the dash camera that we offer in our stores that has the most options currently.

Thinkware F750 Dash Camera

 

While driving the Thinkware F750 can help overcome many obstacles in your daily commute, while aiding in getting you there safely and recording whatever ends up in your path. When you are driving there are times where you are either getting drowsy, reaching for something across the car, or distracted, that can cause you to start to drift into another lane. The “lane departure” feature will notify you that you are drifting out of your lane and possibly into another car. The camera will also notify you if you are approaching a car too quickly that has changed speeds or has come to an abrupt stop.

 

With its continuous loop recording feature, it will save one minute videos for later viewing. If an “event” occurs it will save them under a different file name than the other normal recordings, and include 10 seconds of video before the event happened. This makes it easy to find that recording on a computing device when you need to locate it later, and capture the details that led up to the "event."

 

Another great feature is the red light camera, and speed camera detection.  These are features that can be simply updated from your computer to stay current, and they let you know when you might accidently drive past a red light or through a speed camera.

 

When parked and you have personal belongings that are very important to you in the vehicle, why not protect them as best as possible? The Thinkware F750 and the additional hardwiring cable should give you added peace of mind with its scrolling LED’s on the front of the camera to warn potential bad guys to stay away from the vehicle, similar to a security system. It has shock and motion detection sensors that will record 10 seconds before the incident and continue if the incident is still occurring. You can also capture all angles of your vehicle with the rear view camera (sold separately); this add-on camera works while driving as well!

 

This dash camera also offers GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities with a great application that works for Macs, and PC’s. You can now stream live views of your camera, check on where your car visited, and also see what kind of speeds, or events happened along the way from a mobile or computer device. This will come in handy for me when my daughter grows up and wants to take my car out for a drive!

 

With this camera, Thinkware has truly thought about every possible scenario to give you the safest driving experiences as well as when you are parked.  I hope that this information has shown how these cameras are really creating safer roadways for our vehicles and our love ones.

 

So now all you have to do is ask yourself, “Why wouldn’t I want a dash camera to record my "boring" drive to work?” 

I am a CAR Geek Squad Autotech, but the views that I post are my own and not that of Best Buy.
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Re: Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

Thoughts.....

  • on my insurance visits.... when I play the video first.  I don't need to waste time to trying to convince the adjuster that I was the stopped car and how I tried to prevent the collision.
  • GPS cameras may also track your speed.  Love this feature to show that I was excessively speeding.
  • My Garmin Dashcam also tracks the G-forces.  This gives the adjuster a better idea impact strength.
  • I hate the suction cups.... it's goofy when dashcams suddenly fall off when driving
  • some GPS's now come with dashcams.  Keeps the windshield cleaner

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dash+cam+compilation

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Re: Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

Something that I wondered.... how many dashcams are stolen?  I won't leave a GPS or phone in my car.... but would you leave a $300 camera on the windshield?  How much is that broken window going to cost me to replace?

Geek Squad Agent
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xl great questions and great feedback! if you do not like the suction cups then you are going to love the 3m adhesive tape that this comes with. its a super strong adhesive that is meant to stay in all weathers. living in iowa we get extreme hots, colds, and humidity galore, i have installed a few of these since they have come out and they are very comparable to "drive cams" adhesives. they are there to last until you remove them yourself, or professionally.

as far as a broken window from theft, that scrolling led is very bright and acts as a warning, unfortunately it is just a deterrent. you can double your protection with any of our viper, or conpustar security systems to fully warn you if anything were to happen, and warn others nearby, leaving the theif in your vehicle less time to grab things.

all in all its not a perfect world and things will and can be stolen, but to acts as a deterrent and monitor motion and collisions when parked is always nice to keep the theifs wanting to go to a different vehicle without a "security" system.
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Registered: ‎06-20-2011

Re: Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

I am lloking at the f750 along with the x500 and hard wire kit, what I did not see on the site is a battery back up for park mode, does Best Buy sell a battery back up like cellink b or similar? 

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jshaf,

   What a fantastic setup that you are looking to purchase.  Unfortunately we do not carry backup battery, as we only carry the parking mode hardwiring cable.  We do carry the x500 and the f750 in store and the parking mode cable in stock at most locations, mine being one of those.  If you are looking to have that installed by us, you are more than welcome to bring in anything that is not carried by Best Buy, to have our Geek Squad Autotechs install it for you. 

 

Of course any items that we do not sell the autotechs cannot offer a warranty on them, and should they fail, you would have to send it back to the place of purchase for warranty repair, or replacement.  I know you will love that setup, and it is my hopes that you are able to get this installed as soon as possible, the benefits are truly amazing and can really make your driving experience more of a peace of mind trip, everytime!  Best of luck and let me know if I can be of further assistance!

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Re: Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

what is a "parking mode cable"?

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do you mean the hard wire kit?
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Re: Dash Cameras and How They Can Benefit you!

correct the hardwiring cable allows the parking mode to activate. This is the piece HERE!

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actually already bought it and the F750m, x500, 64 sandisk card, just need to pick it up sometime in the next couple days, car is in storage for a week or more so not in a hue hurry just yet Smiley Happy