Ken Larsen's web site - G1W car dashcam
In 2016 I bought and began using a G1W car dash camera by Black Box. I felt I needed to have a dash camera, because of an accident in 2009, a small collision with 3 deer in 2014, and a near accident on December 23, 2015. In the 2015 incident I almost t-boned a car which ran a stop sign. A dash camera provides video evidence should there be controversy as to who was right and who was wrong. With so many people texting while driving, I feel it's important to have video evidence.
Research that I did on the internet showed that the G1W provides high definition video for under $ 100. That's a bargain.
Here's a YouTube video I found which shows how stunningly clear the video can be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TWc3_uV-Es
I bought my G1W from Amazon for $ 55.61. After receiving it I learned that it didn't come with a micro SD card. I drove to Staples and bought a 32 GB micro SD card for about $ 22. I should have ordered the micro SD card at the time I submitted my Amazon order.
Here's a video on how to configure the G1W: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33XItGyWnqM
If you wish to conceal the G1W's wire, here's a video on how you can do so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUHAQvThsvY After viewing this video, I ordered trim tools from Amazon.
Parameters and recommended settings:
[To view and change parameters, leave unconnected from your computer, and turn on. To change settings, the camera must not be recording.]
|9||Loop recording||5 minutes (This will make a file every 5 minutes.)|
|10||WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)||on|
|11||Exposure||+0.0 (The larger the value, the more light will be gathered.)|
|16||Date Stamp||On (Will display the date and time on the video.)|
|17||Date/Time||Set to the current date and time|
|18||Auto Power Off||Off|
|21||TV mode||NTSC (for U.S.A.)|
|22||Frequency||60 Hz (for U.S.A.)|
|23||Lamp setting||Day mode|
|24||Format||SD card (do this once/week)|
|27||Default setting||Cancel (otherwise all settings will be returned to factory set values)|
|28||Version||20150508.V0.01.DA380 on my G1W|
|30||LicensePlateNo.||Set to your car's license plate number|
If you want a dashcam that displays GPS coordinates and your car's speed, consider buying the Sony DOD-LS460W. I bought one from Amazon for my son. It cost a little over $ 200. Here is a review of it.
If you want a motion-sensitive camera for your home, the Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 Trail and Game Camera looks good. [details] I ordered one from Amazon for $ 139.