These damn dash cams are nearly worthless lately

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I had a vehicle break-in which had enough motion to trip the car alarm but not enough to set off the dash cam then this morning I get a phantom UL Marksman alert and couldn't find the shooter anywhere. I pull the dash cam footage and I've got jumbled up garbage and frozen frames on the front camera and the rear camera hasn't been recording anything new in days.
 

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Yeah, considering the inside of our vehicles can get to 140-170 degrees F, it is a wonder these electronics work at all! And our dash cams are usually in DIRECT SUNLIGHT. Crazy.

I try to check my cams every month to make sure they are still working, but I need to check more often for sure.
 

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That stinks. Which dashcam are you running? I’ve never been wildly thrilled about any dashcam. A lot of them are cheap Chinese junk. Even the higher end ones have quiality or reliability issues. I wish a high end camera company like Canon or Nikon would make dashcams.
 

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Erick uses some Papago Gosafe dashcam. I like my Blackvue cameras because they give you verbal warnings if the camera is recording or the sd card doesn't work so you know something is up.
 

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It seems as if many dashcams are like disposable razors. They work great for awhile, then you get quality and reliability issues -- from operating in an easy bake oven.
 

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Huh... I've been on the fence about getting one (A.K.A. Can't get the boss's buy in), and now reading this I might forego one. I wanted one for all the crazy stuff I see on the commute here in the city.
 

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I have had the taotronics TTCD-05 and it has yet to fail to record anything... the internal battery swelled last month enough to split the case open (after 2 years of daily use and parking outside full time) but it still functioned fine, new battery pack was $6 on amazon. so far I have been really happy with it. My parents both have the same one and they haven't had any issues either... that said I dont have them in parking mode.... cause frankly someone hitting my car in a parking lot would be a good thing at this point, could put it out of it's misery.
 

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I wish a high end camera company like Canon or Nikon would make dashcams.
That would be amazing. I would be hard pressed to find out that they have not already considered it. On another note, I wonder how Uniden's Dash Cams are in terms of features and reliability. I've seen them on their site but haven't really read into them at all. If they're as reliable as the R1 and R3, then they may be something to look into.
 

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That stinks. Which dashcam are you running? I’ve never been wildly thrilled about any dashcam. A lot of them are cheap Chinese junk. Even the higher end ones have quiality or reliability issues. I wish a high end camera company like Canon or Nikon would make dashcams.
I've got the PapaGo and the Uniden dash cam you gave me. I'm not sure why the Uniden stops recording but per some other posts the car gets upwards of 120˚ sitting out in the parking lot.

And that's a bit of a sore point with some people. When we had the office in Downtown Houston we had access to a parking garage although we had to pay $50 a month for regular car parking and $100 a month for large trucks and SUVs. Since I already lived downtown I opted to just take the train which was about $40 a month in rail pass charges. But then they closed the downtown office and moved us to Sugar Land where there's not even the option for covered parking. Parking is free how but you really can't even get in your car in the afternoons. You have to open both doors and let the car breath a bit first. I don't mind it too much except on the super super hot days but no doubt it's affecting the electronics. When I pull my V1 out of the glove compartment I can barely touch it, it's so hot.
 

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and with DOD out of business (now under another name), what's left?? My near 4 year old capacitor run G1W-C, a recommendation from my friend @hiddencam still works great and its in sub-zero cold and 140 car. Has not failed yet (although picture quality leaves a LOT to be desired).
 

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I pull the dash cam footage and I've got jumbled up garbage and frozen frames on the front camera and the rear camera hasn't been recording anything new in days.
Just a shot in the dark, but have you tried another micro SD card, assuming it uses that? Maybe the flash card is done.

And of course it could always still be hardware.
 

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My Vantrue X3 has held up pretty well. I have to replace the mount every summer,because they melt.
 

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Just a shot in the dark, but have you tried another micro SD card, assuming it uses that? Maybe the flash card is done.

And of course it could always still be hardware.
No I reformatted it so we'll see what I get on this afternoons commute.
 

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No I reformatted it so we'll see what I get on this afternoons commute.
That's a good step too. If it doesn't work, popping in a new card may fix it. If it's been in there for quite some time, the memory maybe severely degraded or so damaged it won't record correctly anymore.
 

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That's a good step too. If it doesn't work, popping in a new card may fix it. If it's been in there for quite some time, the memory maybe severely degraded or so damaged it won't record correctly anymore.
It is one of the older SD cards. Could be a bad card.
 

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I had a stupidly cheap chinese dash cam turn crap on me only after almost 2 years of service, a lot of which time was spent in the hot sun and 24/7 exposure to elements. It was even one with a battery that would keep the thing running for 15+ minutes after I turned my car off (didn't want to hard wire at the time). My a119 has been working good for I think a year now, it's been having a few power supply issues but I'm 99.9% sure it's the micro usb power cable just turning to crap as the cheap ones do, quickly. It never acts weird when it's connected to a different cable on my computer. So that's not really the unit failing.

My a118c2 that I use on the rear works really great when it's recording but has a weird issue where when leaving the work parking lot (ONLY when leaving this area, happens nowhere else) it opens some SD card notification thing for no apparent reason and I have to reach down and pull out the add a circuit plug and then put it back in after the cam shuts off. Always records fine after that, and records fine from the start when leaving anywhere else. I can't explain it.
 

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No I reformatted it so we'll see what I get on this afternoons commute.
I've had to format my card in dashcams a few times out of the blue due to similar issues... worked every time, for a while. I am not sure why they got corrupted but formatting worked.

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I did cut out a notch in my sunshade so it covers the forward camera but the rear camera is just out there for the roasting.
 

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Papago are junks

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