Front & rear dash-cam recommendations

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    I'm thinking of getting these installed on my E65 and wanted to see if anyone has recommendations of what they've fitted etc?

    I'll probably get someone to do the installation for me, I'm not confident at all with car electrics, more so on my E65 which seems to have a sensitive enough electrical system as it is!

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    Ive had two in my 2 series, the first was a Blackvue 650 which was wired from a Blackvue power commander to allow parking mode without flattening the battery. I transfered it from my previous car, and would still have it if I didnt break it by putting the memory card in back to front and busting the insides. The downside was to get the images off the card I had to physically remove it and put it in my laptop, I couldnt download over wifi. I used its demise as an opportunity to go shopping and after quite a bit of research went for a Thinkware F770 2channel setup. The images are clearer and more natural than the blackvue, and the clarity at night is impressive.
    It has power sensing built in so wont flatten the battery, and also has a couple of other features you may want or may turn off - lane departure warning, speed camera warning and close follow warnings. All are configurable or easily disabled. I can also download to my phone over the wifi.
    I didnt fit it myself but it took my friend about 30 mins start to finish, hardwiring it into the passenger footwell.
     
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    I have a Thinkware F770 in mine. The rear one is connected to the main unit via a cable. Both cameras record in Full HD to the same memory card. The installation is very discreet. My only nag is the American drawl of the voice :coffee:
     
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    I have been using a Qvia AR790 2 channel dash cam for a while now after the previous make failed and Amazon refunded me. Here is the link to it...
    https://lukashd.co.uk/product/qvia-ar790-wd-2ch-dash-camera/
    I recently had it transferred from the X3 to the Audi Q5 by a good good auto electrician. There are many people in the country who fit these. You probably know that it needs to be supplied from a permanent (fused) live feed so that you can use the full parking mode. It is very highly configurable. I have mine set on 9 hours parking with cut off voltage at 12.2 volts ,so that it does not flatten the battery.


    I originally had it fitted by ttw of Nottingham
    https://lukashd.co.uk/
    https://lukashd.co.uk/lukasqvia-dash-camera-installations/

    I used the following company to fit it into the audi Q5. http://www.carcamerashop.co.uk/ I understand they have a team of installers. I had to wait about a week to get it fitted, because they are quite busy.

    I look at my footage on a Samsung S7. It is all in 1080p. For interest sake I also look at the footage on my PC

    The following is worth a read....
    http://www.carcamerashop.co.uk/dashcam-buyers-guide
     
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    I should have mentioned, on the recommendation of a couple of people on here (but I cant find the thread) I fitted an Aukey system to my missus's motor, it doesnt have wifi to get the images so needs to upload into a laptop etc but its very clear and a lot cheaper than mine. It doesnt do parking mode though as it doesnt have a permanent feed, but for £110 its not bad at all
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AUKEY-Wide...?ie=UTF8&qid=1541942836&sr=8-5&keywords=aukey
     
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    Thanks; but it doesn't do everything I want (hardwire, wifi etc); so it's a no-go
     
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    it was me :)
    these cameras can be as cheap or expensive depending on what you want them to do. At £100 the Aukey DR02 is fantastic, but basic dual camera system. The thinkwire is undeniably better,but so is the cost.
     
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    Decided to get a dash came fitted to my new 6GT, whilst picking the car up at the dealership this afternoon they had on show a BMW front and rear set looks quite neat and yes I know they will charge an arm and leg of course but if fitted by them should not have a negative effect on the warranty. Has anyone had experience of the latest BMW front and rear dash cam?
     
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    Have just bought a Garmin 55 for the Mini. Wanted one just for front coverage that was small and unobtrusive. Records at either 1440p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps or 1080p @ 30fps HDR and is fitted with a polarising filter.

    It includes a lifetime subscription for Garmin (Cyclops) speed camera alerts. The screen mount is magnetic so is easy to remove when not in use in the next heatwave! John Lewis give a 2 yr guarantee.

    https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-dash-cam

    Garmin 55.1.JPG Garmin 55.2.JPG
     
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    Very neat. Does that have the option of replacing the battery with a capacitor for powering via a USB to prevent overcharging?
     
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    No mention of battery replacement in the owners manual. The base is secured with a couple of tiny torx screws so can presumably be disassembled
     
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    I have used a series of Blackvue 2 channel cameras in my recent cars, and now want to fit my current Blackvue 750s 2CH in my 2016 BMW 220i Lux Auto.

    I have located the fusebox behind the glove compartment and am quite happy to wire it in myself (I also have the backup battery pack), but am undecided where to place the front camera. The screen is quite ‘busy’ behind the rearview mirror. Do any of our fine forum members have any suggestions or photographs? @.@
     

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