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What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test drive

Postby DaiRees » Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:37 pm

I'm back in Volvo corner because I'm not really sure where else to post this. It's partly a "look at my dash cam footage" and partly a "what the dealer gets up to with your car" thread.

So anyway, I can't even remember whether I told you guys that I got a dashcam a few months ago. Following advice from this 'ere public meeting place I opted for the Mini 0801. This one in fact...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00F ... ge_o07_s00

Here it is:


Since I've had it, my fellow road users have been quite well behaved, lots and lots of poor driving as always but nothing worthy of being arsed to take the card out of the camera to view the footage. So after the car went into the garage last week I thought I'd have a look to see just what happens. Well the car ticked over in the workshop for 20 mins with no-one anywhere near it, and it was also parked up for huge chunks of time. I guess if the job sheet says that the warranty job should take an hour and a half, that how long it must take? I reckon actual work couldn't have taken more than 15 mins. Then he took it for a test drive...



I've posted that particular clip partly to demonstrate the video quality, and partly because it caused a bit of a debate in hour house.

He's up around the 40 mph mark in 30 zones a couple of times on that short test drive. The wife says that he's not driving unsafely and he probably does that little loop several times a day so is very familiar with the road, but I reckon that if you're driving someone else's car you should at least have the courtesy to obey the law! For reference when I drove down the same piece of road at what I deemed to be a safe speed after picking the car up (without even considering viewing the videos) I topped out at 29 mph.

Not on a witch hunt or anything, I've no intention of escalating this, just interested in your opinions.
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Re: What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test dr

Postby steve_earwig » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:00 pm

I watched that with the volume off (t'wife's friend is here, blah blah blah) so I couldn't tell if he was thrashing the nuts off of it or spinning the wheels. I wouldn't let it worry me, if he indeed isn't thrashing it or in any other way doing something that could cause damage then the only risk is his license.

I have one of those 0801s, the picture is indeed nice (although the sticky pad isn't up to much as strong sunshine made it fall off my screen and I can't find anything that's strong enough to survive the Croatian summer). I know what you mean about not bothering to remove the card, when I first got it I was pulling it out all the time ( :shock: ) but due to the wide-angle lens the action looks like it happens miles away. The micro SD cards are fiddly too, you have to press it in to release it and I'm sure it'll end up springing out somewhere where I can't find it.

They do an 0803 now, wonder if they're any improvement.
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Re: What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test dr

Postby DaiRees » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:09 pm

No, no thrashing at all. Other than the speeding he was very good!

I looked at the 0803 but there were some negative reviews, can't remember why now. The general consensus seemed to be that it wasn't worth paying more for.

Is yours permanently wired in? Apparently you can get a wiring kit for a few quid but I haven't bothered, it's just plugged into the lighter via an extension that also has my phone charger plugged into it.
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Postby steve_earwig » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:43 pm

I wanted to wire it in but no bugger would sell me one to Croatia, so I just thought "balls to you" and it's still plugged in the fag lighter.
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Re: What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test dr

Postby rwb » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:37 pm

I keep thinking of getting a camera, so it's good to get a recommendation and see a nice smooth video.
However, I can't read any of the number plates, for example on the green Fiesta.

The only bits that stuck out to me were: near the start on the downhill left hand bend with the parked cars on the left, this felt too fast compared to how far ahead I could see, although could it look different in reality compared to the camera? The other bit that felt a bit fast to me was at the end past the houses and parked cars and through the zebra crossing.
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Postby DaiRees » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:54 pm

It must lose something in the upload to Youtube. It's definitely clearer on the original that on the Youtube video, I've just compared the two. On the original you can read that fiestas reg for several seconds when it's near the roundabout.
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Postby Ares » Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:13 pm

wow,its really good quality.
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Re: What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test dr

Postby Captain Jack » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:22 am

Where does it get speed information from?

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Postby steve_earwig » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:27 am

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Postby Captain Jack » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:53 am

Cool - so all it needs it a power supply when the car is running?

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Postby steve_earwig » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:01 am

Yep, it's how it knows when to turn on & off too. I think it does actually have a small battery inside but I don't think it'll last very long.
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Postby Rolebama » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:55 pm

I know it's not really an excuse, but I have had occasions when a customer has complained of a noise or a vibration at a certain speed, and when on a road with a relevant speed limit roadworks or congestion make it impossible to hit relevant speed, so I have taken advantage of empty roads to get up to speed.
In terms of garages taking the mick, there was a story a few years ago of a guy who interrogated his Audi after it being in a garage. It seems that it had done 130mph at 11.30 on the Saturday night because a young lad who worked there had 'borrowed' it for the weekend. The only reason the owner looked was because it had gone in with a full tank of petrol, but was nearly empty when he got it back. He was not impressed.
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Re: What do you make of this? Dashcam / main stealer test dr

Postby Welly » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:49 pm

Looks well driven to me, courteous to others and held back when it was busy ahead.

Nice quality :D

I'm afraid if I got one it would capture MY bad driving :(
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Postby DaiRees » Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:22 pm

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Postby DaiRees » Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:33 pm

One of my worst road rage incidents many years back happened when I was passed by a speeding taxi, on a right hand bend under a bridge and across cross hatchings when I was already doing the speed limit. I saw red and chased the twat, sometimes doubling the speed limit, flashing lights and generally being a twat myself until he pulled over, where we had a very heated exchange which nearly came to blows. Both stupid and dangerous!

These days I would just let the twat go then share the footage on social media :supafrisk: . Safer and more effective! :lol:
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