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I"m not very camera savvy. I would like to get something I can use mounted to the windshiled on trips and stuff to capture footage.

I know GoPro is very highly regarded. I really like the Ion SpeedPro 2 (distributed through Walmart $249). The Ion SP2 is targeting driving and has a nice form factor (at least I think so).

Price is not a huge factor but I'd like to stay under $300 unless some very compelling reason to spend more. I wouldn't use it all that much.


What do you guys use/recommend? Again, it's primarly for in car use. Doesn't have to be top of the line but I don't want junk either.
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Thanks for the info. on the Spy Tec. I've seen reference to that unit (A118 and A118C) on one of the websites. It seems like one of the better ones. Most of those units just seem like some generic camera (not that I'm saying that is bad).

I tend to agree that the Hero is somewhat large and definitely more than I need.

So far I'm leaning toward the Ion Speed Pro 2 but I haven't seen much on it (nobody using it or review of that exact model). I saw them at Walmart right after Christmas the unit I wanted was on sale for $189 but sold out. I looked at some of the other models (same form factor) and they seemed well built to me.

I just don't feel like I know enough about them. I primarily want to capture footage on roatrips and maybe just use it as a dashcam while driving (like you are for 'just in case' purposes).

I can't see using it for much else. I really don't video anything.

Thanks for the input.
 

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Thanks guys/gals. Keep the info. coming. I"m finding new options and already learned a few things.

Not crazy about the size/form factor but that PapaGo 3 looks like a nice camera. Seems to have some faults too but what doesn't.

Keep the info. coming. I'd really like to get something and I'm even starting to think I may want to use it all the time "just in case" as mentioned in the video and by others on the forum.
 

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The DR6xx stuff looks nice. If I don't want the rear cam is the DR600 quality as good? I'm googling it now but curious since you have experience with them. Thx.
 

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My DR600 is awesome. That's why I recommend it. The size. Video quality and ease of use are great. It's worked flawlessly that's why I will buy a second one. When I was in China last year these were the most highly desirable there and I was in Shenzen the fake capital of electronics.
So far this is the one I'm most interested in. I'm not looking for a rear camera. This unit looks nice. Still checkout out the other recommendations here but I like this unit for my needs. Thanks for the input (everybody).
 

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Will check out roadhawk. This is great info. I was aware of some of these options form my previous searches. Thanks guys.
 

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We have a GoPro Hero 3 Silver...and I'd say if you want something that you can use for MORE than just sitting on a dash, get the GoPro. It's versatile and tiny and can go anywhere you want it to (even underwater!). It can also be controlled remotely via your phone if necessary (not sure if this option is available on what you're considering).
This weekend I looked at a GoPro Hero Black 3+. Super camera but I decided it was WAY more than I needed. I really want a semi-permanently mounted dashcam. Also, with the GoPro by the time I added suction cup mount (could have used tape with one of the included tab mounts), the housing with the hole for the power cord and the SD card I was into it for another $180ish.

Nice cameras no doubt but I really just want a decent dashcam. Getting some good ideas in this thread. Thank you all for the input.
 

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i added a pic to my post showing what it looks when replay'd with the software.
I went for a ride with you LOL. That was great thanks. I like how effortlessly you passed that car ;) Thanks Abe
 

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i added a pic to my post showing what it looks when replay'd with the software.
No Wifi on this unit correct? To view you remove the SD card and pop it into a PC? Are you using MAC or PC?
 

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yea no wifi.. but i dont see a real need for it for myself... it comes with a usb- sd card reader. i run 2 SD cards and just switch them out if there is something i want to watch or save.. it comes with software for both mac n windows
I'm not saying Wifi is a must have. Just trying to understand what each one has to offer... Thx.
 

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Wifi probably be one of the nicest features as I can live view on my phone or play back/save any time without take out a card. Dashcamtalk has all the info. the road hawk not on same level. Also they are not a very Mac friendly.
Thanks again, this is all helping me research options.
 

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I decided on the Blackvue DR600
I'm still researching but right now that is my top contender. One of the things I like is the WiFi enabled OTA firmware. Seems like it eliminates a step in that I can grab the Wifi to my phone and send to the device OTA. These days everything has needs a firmware update sooner or later!!!
 

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Where did you guys get your DR600's. I see one site in Austin, TX, one in Canada, Amazon... Not to many options but then again I just need one good one.

I also like I can buy an extra mount for $15 and leave it in another car. Then just slide the camera out and in...
 

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I decided to give the DR600GW-HD WIFI a try. Good recommendations here, I like what I'm reading, fits the budget... I ordered it from the CDN site. Thanks guys. I appreciate all the suggestions and discussion.

Looking forward to getting it...
 
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Make sure you get the power magic or something similar. Wires in easily gives you a switch for power and won't let your battery die. I actually never turn the cam off. When parked in garage goes into Park mode on its own only records on motion detection. Have left car for a week no issues. Great choice.
I did order the powermagic with it. I also ordered a spare mount. Got it with the 16GB card and then ordered a good Class 10 Sandisk 64GB microSD. I didn't want some noname SD (not saying what they have is bad, just didn't want to chance it). I can use the 16 as a backup if I ever remove the other SD for any reason or I have other uses for it.

Does the Challenger have a fuseblock on the passenger side? That would make hooking up the power magic pretty easy.
 

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I broke down and did the 650 with 64 card with rear cam as well
Sounds good. Let me know how you like the rear camera. I will most likely tint my windows and while it never hurts to have someone eye on your six I figured I'm good with just the front for now.
 

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650 showed up today, seems to be really good, need to play around with it, but so far, pleased
Have it in my truck for now, until car arrives
Cool, report back. I didn't get mine yet. The order was processed but I never got any tracking info/update from the. Website said 3 to 4 days and it's shipping from Canada. No rush here but I am anxious to check it out. My 64GB SD card that I purchased at Amazon is waiting for me on my front step right now thanks to Amazon and UPS.
 
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