I nearly went head-on into a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo the other day who pulled out wide from a junction opposite me. Every silly little thing like this justifies my purchase of my Roadhawk video camera as insurance companies are more often than not, likely to take the 50:50 route in the event of an accident.
If they want to turn their Porche/Maserati/Ferrari/Jag etc into the path of my Series 3, I think I know who will have the cheaper repairs!!
I got the Roadhawk HD in the end and have fitted it with a 64GB Sandisk Ultra which is good for an entire week's driving before it loops around again (720P & 60FPS, 12Mbps).
The quality is astounding although number plate detail is only visible when at standstill (eg. in traffic) although the 1080P mode is noticeably sharper than 720P (but I feel 60FPS is better for seeing what's happened and as a drawback you have to stick to 720P to get that framerate). It's not quite wide-angle enough to capture whether or not people are indicating at roundabouts though (you could adjust its direction of view of course but that would mean your left-hand side isn't covered) but for recording what's going on directly in front of the car it's superb.
The microphone is a bit shoddy but I've bought a little external tie/lapel one (~£8 ) so I'll see how that gets on once I've got around to fixing it into the car.
Are these Roadhawks easy to move to another car or are they plumbed in more or less permanently? I suppose the width of the lens is a trade off against definition.
Interesting. I'm looking to get one soon, had I had one a couple of months ago it would have payed for itself - as it is I'm going to have to accept 50:50 What made you choose the roadhawk ?RedCheckerIf you use the default brackets, they themselves can be tricky to remove (they use 3M VHB bonding material), I bought a suction mount. The camera itself is easily removed from the brackets (a bit like a sat nav). As for the angle of view, it's probably about as wide as they could sensibly go anyway. In an ideal system you'd have 4 cameras, one for the front, one for the rear and two front corner ones but that's just daft (although some people install an additional rear one). It wouldn't surprise me if they become a fitted option in cars over the next few years.
I've been doing a bit of research, looking at the Blackvue and also this one: http://www.mi-witness.co.uk/?gclid=CNqQ3p6l9rkCFcLHtAod4XYA5gRedCheckerHere's a short sample from my car taken a few weeks ago: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gjj3y9un6fxhl55/09-09-2013-16-45-02_0015.MP4 If you download the Roadhawk HD app off their website and open this file from that, you'll then see the map, speed and g-force meter.
I've been doing a bit of research, looking at the Blackvue and also this one: http://www.mi-witness.co.uk/?gclid=CNqQ3p6l9rkCFcLHtAod4XYA5g