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Onboard (a car) driving video recorders...

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  1. TTR

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    I asked about this 6+ months ago on another (“GoPro”) thread but since it didn’t lead to anything useful, I figured I’ll give it another try on dedicated thread.

    I’d like to find a simple and easy-to-use small onboard "camcorder"(?) with following features/functions:
    - Battery operated (rechargeable ?), as one of the intended vehicles has positive ground, 6Volt electrical system & no power source available for (modern) electronics.
    - Good image resolution and stability. Recording often at higher speeds on twisty secondary roads.
    - External/remote microphone (wired or wireless) that can be placed anywhere in the vehicle, i.e. engine bay, trunk, under the car or dash, etc.
    - Direct remote control (wired or wireless) for easy "on/off" while driving & without a need for “smartphone”.
    - Direct re-play (with good screen ?), delete/editing and possibly resolution adjustment that can be easily performed during roadside stops, would be very nice to have.

    Apparently GoPros cameras don't have some of these, especially external microphone (which is a must).

    Sony HDR-AS300 has all but any of the last options, but is surprisingly complicated to operate (while driving) and seem to wear out batteries quickly.

    Also, does anyone have simple advise how to easily(?!?) compress/convert footage shot with aforementioned Sony to easily email attachable resolution by using iMac Pro ?
     
  2. TTR

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    Still looking & awaiting for advise...

    ... or doesn't the technology I'm looking for exist ?
     
  3. Way2fast

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    I have blackvue 4k front and rear dash cam system. Always on and permanently mounted. You can view and down load videos to your phone or computer

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  4. LVP488

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    Why no smartphone control?
    The Garmin VIRB 360 offers the possibility to connect an external microphone; 360 deg. filming is nice IMHO (btw, I discovered this camera because Ferrari used it during a road test event they arranged).
    It also has an embedded GPS so that it records speed and paths; advanced editing needs to be done offline though.
     
  5. TTR

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    Thank you Gentlemen, but I don't have a "smartphone" nor particularly want one, so that does limit my on-board control or viewing options.
    Also, as I stated, I would prefer non-plug-in camcorder with good, self-contained battery life as my use will mostly be in vehicles with 6 Volt electrical systems.
    The remote microphone option is a must, especially in open cars as I wish to capture engine/exhaust sounds rather than cockpit or wind buffing noises.
     
  6. TTR

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    Apparently no simple solutions or suggestions for this ? :confused:
    I guess one of these days someone is going to tell me I need a later tech phone also... :(

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  7. TTR

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    A brief feedback/update report:
    After the aforementioned Sony onboard video recorder started to exhibit some annoying problems few months ago during our last road trip adventure, my wife found and got me another one with plug-in external microphone, something called COOAU(?), but reviewing at the recent footages, all I can say it’s image stability is not very good.
     
  8. TTR

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    Anyone with more or new recommendations/suggestions for good onboard video recorded with first 3 of my OP requirements ?
    We had a great few day road trip to Death Valley and surrounding areas couple of weeks ago, including several cool, extended stretches on scenic back roads and secondary highways :), but wish I would've had good equipment to record most of them. :(
     
  9. TTR

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    Still looking ...
     
  10. EastMemphis

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    Dash cams are becoming a required bit of kit. My S580 came with one. All I had to do was add a USB stick to the system and it works. It also is kind of hidden so if I caused an accident, I can just grab the stick and it will be like it never existed.
     
  11. TTR

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    Thanks, but as per my original post, I'm mainly looking for something to use mostly in a 92 y.o. analog, 6V car with no USB ports, etc. :rolleyes: (see attached photo).
    And the camera must be its own battery operated/supported & have external (wired or wireless) microphone which can be placed in any desired location in- (or out-) side the car.

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  12. Rifledriver

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    6V is a big stumbling block.

    Do not ever give up your phone. My last flip phone died and I allowed myself to be talked into an iPhone. Worst POS communication device I have ever had.
    Its amazing so many people can be so brainwashed into them. Kind of like DKG transmissions I guess.
     
  13. 066/8

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    On a vehicle like that it might be interesting to mount a 360° cam on top of the windshield. The camera records all 360° around and you can chose and change the angles that make it into the video rather easily during cutting. They are used in all kinds of adrenaline sports (think mountain bike downhill or extreme skiing), so 'battery powered' is a given and image stabilization should be sufficient for your application.

    The insta360 might fit your requirements, since they seem to support external microphones.

    Hope this is at least somewhat helpful.
     
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    Thanks, I will check it out.

    Another “requirement”, if you will, I have is that the camera mounting is to be at eye level either slightly behind & between the shoulders of the driver and the passenger or at the centerline of (non-present) passenger seat as to give the perspective of what both or either would see during a drive and allowing the viewer of the video to see the instruments (specifically the speedometer) and pedal/shifting/steering operations of the driver.
     
  15. TTR

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    Thanks again.

    I looked into their products, but all or most seem to required some kind of smartphone to operate them and the X4, only one with a some kind of "support" for external microphone, doesn't come with any such.
    Not to mention, they don't seem to offer very accommodating refund/return policy (you know, in case I don't like the product or results it produces).


    Any other suggestions ?
     

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