Last year, the world was wowed by the many different views of the Chelyabinsk meteor streaking through the sky and exploding over Russia. The videos were possible because many drivers in Russia have dashboard video cameras (the reason for this is unfortunately to protect drivers from corruption and scams). Since we will be doing a lot more driving soon, we thought it would be interesting to install a dash cam in our RV and toad. Mostly, we hope it’ll be great for capturing interesting scenery as we drive across the country through all the places we’ve never been to before. However, it can also be our eyewitness just in case of an unexpected accidents or incidents on the road.
Test video from our new DashCam installed in the CR-V. Click the gear icon to change to 1080p to view the original high definition version.
The two web sites I did most of my research on were Dash Cam Talk and Car Cam Central. Cameras range from $50 to $250, and have a variety of features. Some include GPS tracking, so you know exactly where the car was at each moment in the video. Most have screens so you can view the video as it’s being recorded. Some have better night vision, while others have very wide-angle views to capture more of your surroundings. I eventually decided on the Mobius based on its relatively low price ($80), its very small form factor (it’s around the size of a tic-tac box) which makes it less noticeable, and its high-quality HD video. The camera is configured to start recording as soon as the car is turned on, and stops recording 15 seconds after the car is turned off. It will record continuously by deleting older video segments to make room for newer ones.
I still have a few wires to tighten up, but the install is nearly complete and was easy and straightforward. Below are a few photos of the installed camera, with most of the wiring easily hidden from view: