Dashcam Recs... for a topless Jeep

Discussion in 'Dash Cameras & Car Recording Devices' started by ATXHouston, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. ATXHouston

    ATXHouston Learning to Drive General User

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    So, I'm thinking about putting a dash cam in my 1997 Jeep Wrangler. I leave the top off year round and in Houston that means it -- and I -- get rained on every so often. While ideally, I would like something I could mount very securely and utilize parking mode, I realize that is not realistic. However, I would like something that is a bit weatherproof. Any ideas? Nothing I've seen really seems to fit the bill.
     
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    Some people here use GoPros. Not ideal for a dash cam, but should be plenty durable and waterproof. May have to get creative with a mount to prevent theft, but it's an option.
     
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    ATXHouston Learning to Drive General User

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    Thanks. GoPro is definitely an option -- especially the Hero 4 -- I was just hoping for more of the dashcam features (such as loop recording), auto start and stop etc. Like you said -- not ideal -- but certainly an option.
     
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    unfortunately there is not a "set and forget" option for "outdoor solution" that I have found... sucks for motorcyclists... which is my point.
    Either you are willing to set it every time... go pro, etc. Or you have to compromise with a "Bullet Biker Pro" cam which does loop recording, etc., but is unreliable and the mic sucks, bad....
    IMO, use the go pro...
     
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    There are gopro settings for loop recording and some add-ons you can get to get auto stop/start out of them. But that adds to setup complexity, tends to negate the waterproofing and with a gopro that means you're probably looking at having to pull it every single time so it doesn't get stolen.

    You could do something like Chasecam and hide the DVR and carefully select the camera mount locations to solve all issues. ChaseCam DVR (Dual Video Recorder)

    Go with a cheaper mirror mount clip on cam and maybe a little bit of protection from the top so if it's parked or you're in stopped traffic water gets diverted around the top, windshield blocks the rest, no high speed reverse and hope for no wind, and know you'll have to replace it every so often as a cost of going without rain protection.
     
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    You may also want to check out some of the motorcycle options out there.
    Something like this, not great quality, and seemingly a pain for pulling idiot driver clips, but may be enough to get things sided your way post accident.
     
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    I'd definitely go with a GoPro. I use a GoPro Session daily on my motorcycle. 100% waterproof. Probably charge it every 2.5 hours of driving.

    I thought it would be a pain in the ass to use but it's just like putting a key in the ignition - every time I get on my bike, I snap the camera into its mount and flip it on. You could rig up a charger in the locked center console so you always have battery.

    Great video quality and form factor. Been doing this for 1.5 years now and have only not had it going maybe twice due to no battery. It's also nice to have a GoPro around for other activities.

    When you fill up the SD card, it's really quick to log into the camera with the app and empty it out.
     
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