DASH CAM FEATURES EXPLAINED
A Car Dashboard Camera is a small, windscreen-mounted, in-car camera recording everything in front of a driver. Think of it like “CCTV” for your car. It is sometimes referred to as a car’s “black box” as it records continuously while the car is switched on. As with all electronic equipment, there is a host of jargon that is used to describe the product and its features.
WIDE ANGLE LENS
In order to capture as much of the view as can be seen through the front windscreen, a front dashboard camera needs to have a viewing angle of between 140 and 170 degrees. Anything below would give a too small viewing angle and leave large areas uncovered. Safe Cams cameras have viewing angles of 150 degrees or more.
A high quality lens made from good optics will ensure a clear image is produced and the fish eye effect is reduced. All our Dash Cams have high quality lenses with 6 or more optical elements used in their construction. Our lenses will also enable better night video footage, as they have a larger aperture (a larger opening to allow more light into the camera).
G-Sensor senses sudden acceleration, braking and collisions, in order to write protect critical video footage before and after the time of an accident. When the recorded footage is protected, it cannot be overwritten by loop recording. This gives the driver peace of mind, knowing that their important footage is stored away safely and can be viewed later, without the need to remove the Dash Cam immediately after an incident has taken place.
Loop recording on a dash cam allows for continuous recording even if the SD memory card reaches full capacity. This means older files are overwritten once the SD card reaches its file size limit. The Dash Cam will record on a continuous loop when powered on, so you will always have the latest recordings. When reviewing footage to share, instead of recording one large file, loop recording sorts each file into manageable segments of around 3 minutes each. This makes the file easy to download and transfer due to their smaller size.
The higher the resolution your Dash Cam can record in, the more detail is captured. Resolutions that cameras record in are as follows (pixels are given):
- VGA/STANDARD (640x480)
- HD (1280x720)
- FULL HD (1920x1080)
- 4K (4096x2160)
AUTO START STOP
Dash Cams are connected to your car's electric system either via the cigarette lighter or hardwired to the fuse box. This allows the Dash Cam to start up when the vehicle is started and to shut down a minute or two after the vehicle is switched off. This means that the Dash Cam is always on and capturing video footage.
Dashcam with GPS Tracking records accurate speed and location data for your Dash Cam when driving. GPS logging keeps track of your vehicle’s physical location and will show the route and speed you were travelling. This can be vital in pinpointing exactly where an incident has occurred. This can be useful if you are on an unfamiliar road, with details often hard to remember straight after an incident has taken place. The GPS will show your current speed in kmph and is normally more accurate than your vehicle's speedometer.
WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE
Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) allows for the processing of multiple images at different levels of brightness, so one combined image of superior clarity is created. The benefit of having WDR in a Dash Cam means that it is able to record more detail in contrasting light areas. WDR increases the capacity to view higher detail levels and enhance the ability to distinguish important features and shapes. For example, when driving from the shade into direct sunlight, the cam will automatically adjust the recording to make sure it is always recording the optimum image. Dash Cams with WDR technology have advanced sensors that can produce a wider range of lighting, allowing them to record in lower light conditions. This method requires an extremely fast and light-sensitive sensor, which are found on our entire range of cameras.
LOW LIGHT SENSOR
All our Dash Cams are fitted with a low light sensor, which enhances the quality of the video footage in low light conditions by allowing more light to enter the device. This feature, together with a high-quality lens and Wide Dynamic Range software enhancements allows for clear night footage without the usual blurriness seen on low quality cameras.