A dash camera, or more colloquially, a dashcam, is a neat accessory for any vehicle. Basically, it puts the journey a vehicle goes through into film. So, in essence, it is a camera inserted inside and aimed towards the windshield. There are ones that face other ways, but this variant is the most common.
Now the obvious function is to record, no surprise there, but the purpose for recording varies. Security is a prominent reason why people keep a log of where they go, but there are also other reasons such as surveillance, and even for a carefree vlog or something.
Whatever the case may be, it might be useful to know about the types and classifications of this tool. And so, they are detailed as such.
As the name might suggest, a simple dash camera bears the bare minimum features that are needed to the recording and pretty much just that. In fact, some might have an absence of a familiar and expected feature. However, that is usually not the case.
Communication with the User
Some of the most simple dashcams may not come with the notification feature. Nevertheless, it may not necessarily be a bad thing because, yes, it affects how easily you can be informed of something wrong, but if the quality of the device is good, it may not be necessary to be notified.
The user can just check and see if there is anything wrong at infrequent, albeit regular intervals. Obviously, that entails that the camera has to have some rudimentary way of communicating to the user.
And yes, that’s basically the point of it all; the notification and operation system can be somewhat banal, but if functionally it works, then it can be viable.
Typically video quality for this type is on the more humble end. By no means does that imply that it’s bad, rather that it’s not the most pristine quality. The resolution, however, is nevertheless important, particularly at night, when things are harder to see.
In fact, even a simple dash camera can have high definition quality video feedback. It is a basic feature after all, and some simple dashcams are designed to prioritize quality over quantity.
The selling point for a simple dashcam is its inexpensiveness. For the average user, convoluted multi-functions are of little significance, and certainly not worth the extra money; multifunctional dashcams can be twice or thrice the cost of a basic one.
So, for the average family person or an office worker or student, the simple dash camera is usually the preferred choice.
Dashcams with Advanced Functions
This criterion is basically the simple variant of the dash camera plus additional features. Primarily, this type of camera is popular with tech-savvy enthusiasts or people who can simply afford the luxury to buy a pricey gadget. The basic functions are often enhanced, and there are tons of additions stacked on top of that.
The camera is usually very clear quality with a high pixel count. There may also be enhanced night vision; some manufacturers throw in an infrared camera, as well. The display and recording can also feature better zoom functions, face recognition software, among other things.
In short, it can pack in much more than just a video recorder. Coupled with the improved and enhanced basic functions of the camera, there are other built-in “cool” features.
Some straight-up can be called attachable camcorders since they record audio as well as video. Now, this also has room for augmentations; the audio can range from crude and scratchy to recording studio tier quality.
Cram in enough features, and the dashcam kind of become a smartphone. There is GPS, a speedometer and accelerometer gauge, and even a separate powering mechanism in many models. It becomes not just the jack of all trades but also the master.
Communication with the User
Notifications and operation of the device are often simplified and reduced to button or two. Some models of the device go the extra mile and offer notifications right into the driver’s smartphone. The alerts are usually more flagrant and more customizable.
There are models that take creative methods to notify the user, such as pre-recorded voice requests.
Many models offer direct synchronization with the driver’s smartphone and can let operations take place there. This feature can be useful in police cases, as the camera can be remotely controlled, so monitor anything suspicious. By merit of the syncing feature, law enforcement could even tap in and conduct surveillance.
Dual Camera Dashcams
The last is in its own category, actually, as it can overlap with either of the preceding two. A simple dashcam can never be one with additional features and vice versa, but they both can be a dual camera dashcam. Essentially it has a front and back camera.
Now, all other variables, from video quality to notification features and accessibility and whatnot, are all applicable here. And they can all vary. For example, an audio recording can feature or not feature in the device.
As may or may not the GPS system or the phone sync mechanism. Whatever the case, if it has a front and back camera, it counts.
Quality-wise, the feed of the inside camera is usually lesser than the one at the front. This is mainly because there is simply less to see. The interior is just the upholstery, and the seats and the driver, that’s pretty much it.
Things are different from the outside view. First off, it is a wider expanse of view, so more often than not, the viewing angle is much wider too. It can also vary from viewing nearby or faraway objects or structures. And, the camera has to fare through reduced visibility at nighttime and during rainy or snowy weather.
The subscribers for this style of the camera are the more cautious citizens who like to keep a close watch on the happenings both inside and outside of their vehicle. Indeed, what’s the use of a camera if it points only outward when something happens inside the vehicle? The inside camera can often view things behind the car too.
Many users prefer this for surveillance of the drivers themselves. Parents come to mind. They can rest assured and keep an eye on their teenage kids who are starting out driving. Driving license tests can also employ this feature for documentation of every examination.
Now that you know about all types of dashcams, you can easily make a choice between them. Let me which one you went for!