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With having 2 jobs during the summer and being a full time college student throughout the rest of the year ive been wanting to invest in a good dash cam. Any suggestions on a brand/model? Im not worried about the price all that much because I understand you get what you pay for. I would like it to have good night recording ability as well. Any and all suggestions are welcome!!!
 

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Not many have good night recording. I have a very cheap one, and even with additional 4 x 3w IRs on the front bumper still not great (but for 50 bucks, plus a 32gb memory card it serves its purpose). Some of the sub 1000 dollar ones used on big rigs, government/police cars, and the such are better I guess, your right, you get what you pay for.
 

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Jalopnik did some reviews around a month ago. Try searching there!
 

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GoPro!

http://gopro.com/

Although you'll want to remove it at night and be very careful when you leave it in the car as these are a hot item to steal.

You can probably buy the older GoPro used for a good price. The older ones are good enough and the new silver and Black editions are just amazing. They have a great field of view. Here's a couple of short videos that I shot with mine in the car for example.

I busted a drunk driver with mine back in 2011. Just grabbed it out of my bag, held it free hand and started shooting video of him. I turned this video over to the cops and got him busted.

http://youtu.be/UKyYIEF5Q2I

This one's inside the car.

http://youtu.be/Rv-33Covuvc

Here's one mounted outside the car.

http://youtu.be/MdCtBxBZ23c
 

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Obviously a gopro is much better quality but here are a couple of examples of a 40-50 dollar one during the day, I only kept a couple of night recordings because of lightning strikes, I don't have any posted. I would rarely remember or care to take it with me if I had to somehow attach it every day. I guess it depends on why you want a dash cam. To have video proof of an accident, something that you mount and forget is ideal. For videoing your exploits, drag strip runs, etc, a GoPro would be a better idea.

Inside the car so that I get the tach and attempt to get the speedometer after fixing transmission issue http://youtu.be/EYHPTruEDio

just a 15 minute drive around Phoenix Az http://youtu.be/N3JZU3WUj3E

Original placement, only about 1/2 inch of it is visible to the driver as it is hidden behind the mirror (I got a better mount and it is even more hidden now).


It screams "don't bother breaking in and stealing, not worth the time and effort":
 

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Hrm. I was going to comment that I wasn't sure if the GoPro was the right device because a dashcam needs to have looping record mode but I want to correct myself -- the latest versions include this feature (the idea being that it just continually records so you don't have to pull it off UNLESS you want to copy off some clip).

http://gopro.com/product-comparison-hero3-cameras

I guess the remaining feature that needs to be explored is their low light capabilities.
This chart says the latest gen (Hero 3) Silver and Black probably merit checking out.
If BB doesn't have a restocking fee on them, I'd probably pick up both and do a head to head comparison.


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