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Old 07-08-2024, 10:54 AM   #1
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Dash cam recommendation

After reading some discussions from MOC members regarding how a dash cam really helped them out when they were involved in an accident that wasn't their fault about two years ago I purchased a Type S 4K Ultra HD Dash Cam at Costco and paid a friend to hard wire it in to my fuse block. It has been working great until recently. Now when I start up my truck when it shows the date on the screen it defaults to 01/01/2021. I called the company (based in CA) and was told that yes, there is an internal battery to keep the date and time once it is set, but that the internal battery is not replaceable by the user or even them. I even asked if they sold an upgraded product that had a user replaceable battery and was told no. I feel like if and when I do need to show the dash cam footage to a law enforcement officer it will need to have the accurate day and time stamp. I would appreciate any recommendation for purchasing one that has a user replaceable internal battery. TIA.
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Old 07-08-2024, 11:20 AM   #2
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Of course there are many options and likely many different cameras used by folks here. I have this one in my truck and our car. So far it's worked well even though we haven't needed it to prove liability.
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Old 07-08-2024, 12:45 PM   #3
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I have a Garmin that works well. If the only issue is the date stamp, I would continue using the one you have. The video would still have value even if the date is incorrect.
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Old 07-08-2024, 01:03 PM   #4
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Wow, a major design flaw to have a non replaceable battery that only last 2 years in a product legitimately expected to last many years. A class action law suit could net lawyers millions! And actual purchasers would probably get a $25 rebate on a new one.

Makes you wonder how many other brands and models have a similar issue.
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Old 07-08-2024, 01:09 PM   #5
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Both my insurance companies (USAA and Progressive) and my son in law who has been a police officer for many years have told me that if date and time stamp are incorrect that the video would be worthless in establishing fault.
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Old 07-08-2024, 05:41 PM   #6
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I just installed the Red Tiger F7NP. It can be hard wired or plugged into a 12v outlet. It is front facing with a small screen but it links to your smart phone and can view the camera on your cell phone. Also has a separate rear camera. I set the rear camera up to point at my 5th wheel hitch. It records in a scheduled loop but you can also capture still images on demand.
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Old 07-10-2024, 05:06 PM   #7
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I've had close calls where I wished we had a dash cam, with those we found the need so a little trial and error to find what was best for us.
I have the Rove 4k on the windshield now and the Garmin mini in the rear window drivers side to view that rear/side view of the Truck and trailer (one close call was a near sideswipe on the camper that a dash cam wouldn't have caught).
I like the Rove 4k, date, time, GPS location, and speed stamp.
The Garmin has no stamps on the video but it's still valuable combined with the other if necessary.

I also have the Garmin 67W on my other vehicles, not a bad unit but moved to the Rove for all the data that can be selected and imbedded in the video while towing and traveling.
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Old 07-10-2024, 06:29 PM   #8
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We've been using a Rove-4K for about a year and a half now. I was surprised at how many dash cam MFGs that have no GPS data for time / date stamp, GPS location and speed......
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Old 07-11-2024, 05:30 AM   #9
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I am a big fan of the blackvue cams. They can be installed very discreet fast they have a small shape and footprint.
We have them in all cars.
I was able to prove my point in 4 cases with them and police could always figure out on the scene that the opponent was lying.
Never will run without one again.
There is a version with front and back cam.

I typically run the version without cloud connections.

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Old 07-11-2024, 09:07 AM   #10
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We have a Garmin 47. Works very well.
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Old 07-14-2024, 02:29 PM   #11
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We have had good luck with Rexing brand of dashcams. We have them in all our vehicles. They have all the features gps, date/time stamp, and fairly easy to setup. Check YouTube
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