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 Post subject: In car camera
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:09 pm 
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Is there a recommended in car camera that people find easy to use? Cannot seem to find the thread on this.
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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:12 pm 
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If you have an AIM data system and want to integrate data and video, then the SmartyCam is the easy button. They are pricey ($1000), but you plug it in and drive. done with the race? pull the card and stick it in your computer. Data and video all together. voila.

GoPro and others are all pretty versatile now. the latest Gopros have some amazing video stabilization. many of the kart kids strap them to the bodywork on the karts, which buss pretty bad with the engine at at 13,000rpm and a tiny little kart bouncing down the track. video is crystal clear. not quite so much an issue in most cars, but it's a great feature to have and potentially useful if you use the camera for other endeavors.

Garmin VIRB had a nifty one a couple years ago, but it seems to have faded away in popularity. I hear it was easy to use and extract data from, but wasn't the bestest image quality compared to some of the others.

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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:53 pm 
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I've installed front and rear security type camera system in all my BSpec cars. Cheap and effective. Plus they only do a five minute slice at a time. So you can provide only as much as you want to provide when asked. And they do mph, etc.

Never know if the person looking at your video has a personal axe to grind.


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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:00 am 
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My take - there are a zillion inexpensive mini video cameras that will work if the goal is just basic "in car video". GoPro does work well.

My company (Race Technology USA) does not sell cameras, but we do sell a cool software add-on that turns a GoPro (or at least the GPS-enabled GoPro versions) into a full blown if basic data system, allowing lap and sector time analysis, graphing, etc. All for $81, not of course including the GoPro.

If interested see here:

http://www.race-technology.com/us/gopro


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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:55 am 
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I run an ion camera facing forward. I like that it has a sizeable slide switch that turns it on and starts recording, and gives a tactile vibration signal that it is on, making it easy to turn on "blind" from the driver's seat. It also records longer video files than GoPro, so there is less to stitch together after a race - usually I catch an entire sprint race in one file. Mine is more than 5 years old, but they still seem to be out there in the low $100s on the market.

I run a GoPro session facing rearward. It is really compact, and has a bit wider view, also has one button operation, but uses an audible signal and flashing light to confirm that it is on. It seems to be much more durable than the ion - smaller, lighter, rubberized outer shell. However it records in smaller 12min increments that need to be edited together if you wanted to make an actual video. Mine is a 2nd or 3rd gen, and works pretty well.

Both units have the ability to connect with an app to see the image real time and control the unit, but I never use that feature.

The front facing camera did save my 2017 runoffs finishing position. I wouldn't race without one any more if I could help it.

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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:27 am 
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I run an old GoPro Hero 3+ Black, that I won in a contest from SCCA back in 2013 or 2014. Works just fine. No 4k reso or super stabilizer in it, but for something mounted on a rollbar that's going to get slammed with stones and rubber bits, it will suffice.

Can probably get a used one for $50 these days.

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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:28 am 
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FWIW If you have used sunglasses under your visor, there are Sunglasses with cameras for cheap on Amazon. I have captured some really surprisingly amazing video with a pair of them.

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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:11 am 
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GoPro has the Hero8 Black on sale right now, $100 off at $299 and includes a 32G SD card.

https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/cameras/he ... aster.html

I tried one this weekend and it's really nice. You can set it up so it's one-press recording and stop. I recharged once and used it for all 5 sessions. You can also remove the battery and plug it right into a USB port if you want to wire that up.

Don't use the "super" image stabilization tho; if you do it looks like someone's in the car panning the camera towards each turn.

Video quality is great, and I have to use the lowest setting so I can process the videos on my old computer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx3XIWgRVf8


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 Post subject: Re: In car camera
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:56 pm 
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I recently purchased an Akaso DL12 for the RV. I am thinking to put one in the CRX. Front and rear cameras, screen, turns on and off by itself. Dont have to think about it. Anyone use one?

https://www.amazon.com/stores/AKASO/Das ... 5FEE2FD551

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