The staff at Certified Autosound and Security in Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Langley get a lot of questions about cheap dash camera solutions. While we agree that having any dashcam is better than not having one at all, the frustrations associated with using inexpensive units often negate their benefit. In this article, we’ll talk about the products we offer and why their performance matters when it comes to capturing information in the event of an incident.
Why You Need a Good Dashcam
A high-quality dash camera will offer at least high-definition 1920×1080 resolution. With that said, six additional factors will ensure that your camera system captures important details like license plate information and other identifying marks. Proper image exposure and contrast compensation are crucial where bright light sources like the sun are visible. Low-quality dash cameras often suffer from washed-out or overexposed images. Low light sensitivity and a wide lens aperture are also important factors. Being able to capture detail at night without an excessive amount of video noise is crucial.
The frame rate of the system determines how often a picture is stored. Most high-quality cameras offer rates of 30 frames per second. Higher frame rate values capture more information. Finally, different video compression methods will affect the amount of detail stored by the camera system. Look for compression algorithms like H.264 for excellent detail with reasonable recording times.
Thinkware F100 Dashcam
Our entry-level solution is far from a cheap dash camera. The F100 records Full HD video at up to 30 frames per second and includes a 2.13 megapixel Sony Starvis image sensor with an f1/2.9 lens for good low-light performance. A built-in GPS receiver stores vehicle location and speed information along with data from the integrated 3-axis accelerometer.
Thinkware F770 Dash Camera System
For clients interested in stepping up to a system with dedicated front and rear cameras, we have the Thinkware F770. In addition to the second camera to capture activity inside or behind the vehicle, the F770 features WiFi connectivity that makes it easy to download video files to your smartphone. The F770 adds optical lane departure and forward collision warnings to help make driving safer.
For the ultimate in video recording technology, the Thinkware F800 features a Sony Exmor R Starvis image sensor with Super Night Vision 2.0 to capture amazing detail in the darkest of situations. The F800 increases the maximum storage card capacity from 64GB to an impressive 128GB when using a UHS-1 Ultra High-Speed micro-SD memory. All Thinkware camera systems offer industry benchmark reliability to prevent data corruption.
Visit Us Before Buying a Cheap Dash Camera
If you are considering adding a dashcam to your vehicle, drop by one the Certified Autosound and Security retail locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge or Langley and speak to a member of our sales team. They will explain the benefits of a high-quality dash camera system and show you how important it is to use a solution that will capture the fine details you need to be protected in the event of an accident. For more information, give our store nearest to you a call or send us an e-mail using our contact page.