Shopping for a windshield-mount Dash Cam.... Is there a good one??

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  1. mountie

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    2005 Yukon XL...... So many reviews. So many opinions. I found some that fit nicely behind the mirror.

    But I read about heat related failures ... batteries swelling .... lenses detaching. ( I live in Florida)

    I searched our forum and did not find much (yet?)

    Anyone have success with a camera for more than 6 months of use?

    Maybe aim me to a post?
     
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    Escort just came out with one that works with some (mine) model of radar detectors. Same mount and power works both. I’m having one before Christmas.
     
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    Garmin makes some decent ones, all dashcams are subject to heat related issue's if left running in the sun it can reach high temps fairly easily it can all depend on your climate, I just have mine record whenever the key is on otherwise it shuts off couple minutes after I turn the ignition off, pretty easy to just run a 12v to usb adapter and connect it to aux power so whenever the key is on the camera is powered and recording. I like the Garmins because they have gps built in so date/time/location/speed is always in the file. my current dashcam20 has been running for over 2 years problem free, you do want to replace the memory card at least annually they can only take so many read/writes then there toast. which I sadly found out after I thought I was going to get some really cool footage and found the memory card had failed from extended use.
     
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    I am not sure this helps... But I run my engine tuner above my mirror and it was getting very hot there when in the sun. So I cut a piece of sun screen material installed it on the glass in front of the mirror so it shades the tuner from the sun.

    Maybe you can put some above the camera so it is shaded from the heat without getting in the way of the camera.
     
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    I do use a windshield sun shade.... The kind that lays outside the windshield, and it drops inside temps by at least 30 degrees lower, by keeping heat off the glass. It works great.

    Having said that, what cam is the best, not considering heat issues, but quality / & also night time?

    ( OK... Garmin & Escort are trusted brands..... Funny.... those are not mentioned on Amazon or Ebay.) I'll check them out.
     
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    When I get a dash cam, I wonder if anyone has used the power source in the over-head,,, that houses the map lights ???? So you don't have to run power down to the console, etc?
     
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    2011SSVHOE I'm an egual oportunity offender

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    I got a cheap 40 dollar dash cam off of fleebay over a year ago. still works great. Since I have an SSV, in the overhead console there is a switch for the roof lights from the factory, I tapped into that circuit and added a receptacle for a cigarette lighter. Plugged the dash cam into the receptacle and neatly tucked the wires up into the roof. Easy Cheesy if ya ask me!!
     
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    Yea..... since power is up there...... there is a way! I will see if I can install a power plug on the side... it looks like there is room for one.
     
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    you can just tap right into the mirror power harness, no need to tear into anything
     
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    Hmm,,, 'tap into the mirror harness'.... I'll need to research that.... ( Some stuff I am good at....but..)
     

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