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What is the best dash cam ?

edited November -1 in Model S
What is the seat dash cam?
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  • edited November -1
    In my opinion, Blackvue 650s 2 channel with Best Installer Calibred Customs. They travel to you. 310-654-0532.
    Here is TeslaTap's dashcam guide: https://teslatap.com/modifications/dash-cam/
  • edited November -1
    +1000 @lilbean
  • edited November -1
    +1 for Calibred and whatever HW they recommend.
  • edited November -1
    I've also used Calibred Customs and was very pleased. Lilbean did the 4 channel job (2 650s), I just did front and back. You'll probably get 2 answers here. Either Blackvue 650 or another brand/model I can't think of now. I doubt you'd be disappointed in either.
  • edited November -1
    In terms of video quality vs. price, this one is hard to beat - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OTZWJE2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It does not have wifi. I had a different wifi enabled dashcam in my other car and I found I rarely used the wifi capabilities, so I recently installed this on in my newer Tesla. Stealth, hardwired install took 15 minutes (though I have done it before so it may take longer on your first attempt) I am very happy with the video quality. I am considering installing a second one for the rear camera view as well
  • edited May 2017
    thinkware and blackvue have been the go to dash cams on the MS/X.

    As PBEndo pointed out, you have to think about what you NEED, not which is the one with the most features.
  • edited November -1
    BTW - anybody attempting a DIY install should checkout the information on Teslatap.com - it's a great resource.
  • edited November -1
    @PBEndo - do you have pictures of your install? I'm with you on I doubt I'll use all the extra features of the thinkware or blackvue. I would rather have the image quality then wifi. But, I would be curious on how WheelWitness cam looks, whether it hides well similar to the other cams (from pics, it looks pretty tall).

    I was looking at the Spytec A119 (per teslataps review https://teslatap.com/articles/ultimate-2017-tesla-dashcam-guide/), anybody installed that? Any first hand opinions on it?
  • edited May 2017
    For anybody living in Mass, MIT has the best dash cams, email me at [email protected] and I can tell you more about them.
  • edited May 2017
    For ease of installation, no wires, and very unobtrusive and factory looking, the Topfit dashcam (for X and S, AP1 and AP2 versions) is not bad. Video and picture quality are pretty good, it turns on and off automatically and I have forgotten it is there. It doesn't record when the car is off if that matters to you, and is front only. I think for some it would be a great solution. Others who want more features, coverage and highest video may not want it.
  • edited November -1
    @ PBEndo
    WheelWitness has a 12v direct wire adapter. I'm going to try to hook this to the 12V source in the camera housing. It should be really easy.
  • edited November -1
    lilbean gets commission on every person that goes to her guy ;)
  • SOSO
    edited May 2017
    @colorado - I have two a119 cameras (one in front and one in back). (THANK YOU teslatap for the info.). They work great! Extremely clear video. They don't have any wifi capability. I also purchased the 128 GB memory cards and have them hooked up to the ODB 2 port so there is always power connected. (Thank you Silver for that tip.)

    I wanted the best video quality for the price so it could read license plates. I also like the built in display. They don't look quite as nice as the blackvue but I think they function well. I also set them to go to standby but with high sensitive. That way they are not recording all the time while in the garage.
  • SOSO
    edited November -1
    I didn't want to modify the wiring in the car itself. The wiring can be hid behind the panels fairly easily.
  • edited November -1
    @lilbean - thank for the plug! Actualy I made a more complete guide to Dashcams (what, why, how, etc.) specifically for the Tesla: https://teslatap.com/articles/ultimate-2017-tesla-dashcam-guide/

    For the DIY I include instructions, but if you're not handy, an installer can do a great job as well.
  • edited November -1
    @TT. Which side panel has the rear power and how do you take it off is it snaps?
  • edited May 2017
    I'll try to post a picture tomorrow when the sun is out, I wired the unit to the power Harness behind the microphone screen using flattened solid conductor wire pushed into the factory harness allowing for a no cut-no splice install. I used a 12v to 5v converter that I already had on hand for voltage conversion.
  • edited November -1
    For the wire connection I use solid copper conductor 16-18ga wire. Once you have identified the wires that you need to connect to, strip a half inch of the solid copper and flatten it with a hammer and hard surface (garage floor). Then push the flattened end into the back of hte wiring harness in the appropriate slot. Stabilize it with a zip tie and you are done. Completey reversible, and only takes seconds to install.

    If you want swtiched power (on only when the car is on), there is a switched power connection in the wiring harness in the rear view mirror housing.
  • edited May 2017
    You're welcome, TeslaTap! You're website is so awesome and very helpful. I would have loved to do it myself but I didn't want to mess my car up. I do love tinkering with things though. :-) I'm also afraid of breaking rivets.
  • edited May 2017
    I shared a few photos of my dashcam install. Obviously it can't be completely stealth because the camera needs a line-of-sight view of the outside world. If you pull the camera back too far, the wide angle lens will just start to pick up the A-pillars blocking the view. By stealth I meant I was able to hide the wiring fairly well. I may get a right angle USB adapter to enable better wire routing.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/r9rq38a77bbka31/screenshot_06.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/k5t0fq5c34pid6o/screenshot_05.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/233i8hk74aea0fl/screenshot_04.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/5d46qzgsv7w5z8l/screenshot_03.jpg?dl=0
  • edited May 2017
    @BigD0g - For a rear camera, 12v always on power is available at the liftgate module, behind the carpet on the rear-passenger side (LHD cars). I've yet to write up those instructions - too busy on another project :( I can say, it's not the easiest area to get to, but not crazy either.
  • edited November -1
    BTW - to view the sample video that I linked to above, you need to download it and then play it. If you merely play it in the browser, it will stream a much lower resolution.
  • edited November -1
    I followed the instruction from TeslaTap's https://teslatap.com/articles/ultimate-2017-tesla-dashcam-guide/ to install Spytec A119 and it works great (Thanks TeslaTap!)

    I set the A119 motion detection on and it records almost 100% of the time when the car is moving and turn to standby mode when parked and records when detect motion.

    So far, pretty happy with it.
  • edited November -1
    I love Thinkware's F770. Night vision mode works great. Phone app lets me view video in real time, or download videos saved to micro SSD.
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