With the crazy weather that’s been going around lately and the simple fact that there are more cars on the roads than ever before, it’s no surprise that dashcams are becoming more popular. If your customers are asking your advice on buying a dashcam, or if you’re looking to start selling them and don’t know where to start, this deep-dive is just for you.
Here are the things to consider.
Field of view
This is probably the most obvious dashcam detail to be aware of. The bigger the field of view, the more you can see, but this can also result in a drop in quality around the edges. Want higher quality? Go for a narrower view.
Yeah, you’re not going to be watching TV on it, but if a dashcam recording is going to be evidence then it needs to be able to record the finer details, like registration plates. A 1080p camera should show all of the finer details, even when zoomed in.
Does sensor size matter?
You bet it does — the bigger the sensor, the more light it receives, making recordings less fuzzy.
Do you want your recording to look like the sort of choppy CCTV you’d see on an old episode of crimewatch? If not then it’s better to go for a dashcam with a frame rate 30 frames per second (FPS) or higher to make sure your videos are super smooth.
So you got bumped by another driver, but it’s all good because your dashcam caught everything. That is, until you pull over and turn your engine off. Get a dashcam with a battery so it has time to save a video even when the engine turns off.
Does it need to have an App and Wi-Fi?
The short answer is no. But, you’ll get a better user experience if it does have them. You’ll be able to manage everything from your phone and quickly access recordings.
Get coordinates as well as time and date stamped on every single video, making evidence airtight.
What sort of memory card do I need?
Most dashcams take Micro SD cards, but the standard fare won’t cut it. You’ll need a ‘high endurance’ class card, due to the sheer amount of times that data will get written and then replaced.
Congratulations, you’re now a dashcam pro. But on the off-chance you have any more questions, then the Accessories team at Westcoast will be more than happy to help. And if you looking to make a new purchase then click here.