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Old Jun 16th, 2018, 12:41   #11
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DDpai mini 2 looks very discrete I have tints in the back so it will be invisible from outside so l,ll look into fitting one as soon as I can. Ive always done all my own upgrades on cars but I chucked my Ducati into a drystone wall in the bad weather in the borders last weekend no broken bones but still not as bendy as I was again yet.....oops ! Ive probably learned a lesson regarding the dealer talking up the job when as you say with a bit of thought an planning it can be done with little or no problems.
As I said the front cam is now sorted but I will fit the rear one thanks for your advice its always good to know a product is recommended because it is being used without issues
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Old Jun 16th, 2018, 15:24   #12
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Here are a few pictures of my Ddpai and Goluk installations in the Volvo.
When the ignition is switched on, we are greeted with "Hi, Goluk" from the front and "Hello ding ding pie" from the back cameras. The volume of each is adjustable thank goodness.
Ddpai is also available in black, which if I had known would have been better for the back untinted window. If tinted it wouldn't matter at all.
The picture out of the windscreen has been edited so that irrelevant stuff is hidden.


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I forgot to mention that both brands come with wi-fi remote battery driven buttons that I've such in front of the gear selector. These are for convenient quick protection of short clips from six seconds before and six seconds after the button press. These will not then get over-written.

One tip, the current sweet spot for SD cards is 32GB class ten as far as value goes. It is the size that also suits dash cams so they retain a good few hours of footage before a file is over-written.
Goluk usually come supplied with an SD card. Most don't.
Ddpai currently selling on Amazon for 50 plus free promotions, which is pretty much unbeatable value. It's all you need if you don't hard wire it. Plus a micro SD card of course. 10 for a Samsung 32GB card.
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Quacker what is the night vision like on these two dashcams, especially the rear facing one as there are no headlights lighting up the field of view.
I have a cheap cam in the rear of my XC90 and its next to useless at night. Night mode only lights up reflective signs like number plates but everything else is too dark. And you have to start car then go to the back of car lift tailgate and press the night mode button manually before setting off so never gets activated.

Anyone thinking about buying a dashcam and it says it has night mode check to see how it is activated before buying. Especially if its for the rear view.

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Quacker what is the night vision like on these two dashcams, especially the rear facing one as there are no headlights lighting up the field of view.
I have a cheap cam in the rear of my XC90 and its next to useless at night. Night mode only lights up reflective signs like number plates but everything else is too dark. And you have to start car then go to the back of car lift tailgate and press the night mode button manually before setting off so never gets activated.

Anyone thinking about buying a dashcam and it says it has night mode check to see how it is activated before buying. Especially if its for the rear view.
No tiny sensor camera will light up total darkness and no camera will work with headlights aimed at it. They will work quite well on lit streets however.
Forget those with infra-red array around the lens. They are useless, because the range is tiny.
There is no manual night mode on these two models or any other that I have, although they do automatically EV-compensate somewhat. They do not record speed or have satellite location. None of which are necessary on dash cams and are features that are seldom, if ever utilised.
Have a look at various Youtube reviews for comparisons, while remembering that many reviewers like to nitpick on very minor differences to fill time
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No tiny sensor camera will light up total darkness and no camera will work with headlights aimed at it. They will work quite well on lit streets however.
Forget those with infra-red array around the lens. They are useless, because the range is tiny.
There is no manual night mode on these two models or any other that I have, although they do automatically EV-compensate somewhat. They do not record speed or have satellite location. None of which are necessary on dash cams and are features that are seldom, if ever utilised.
Have a look at various Youtube reviews for comparisons, while remembering that many reviewers like to nitpick on very minor differences to fill time
Thanks, my rear view cam is the infra-red type and as you say only picks up very close reflective images like car number plate of car very close up. It was a very cheap thing but works fine in daylight but I need a better one and will put this one in my Defender as a front camera when I replace it with a better one.
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