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 Post subject: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:09 pm 
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Hi,

How would it work if I put a dash cam in a bedroom widow, which would be pointed
towards the front door of my apartment?

I was thinking of getting this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390899083670

It has its own internal battery. I don't know the range of
motion detection.

Would this work at all?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:27 pm 
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Have you still got a toybox to store it in after you find you are disappointed with it?

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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:01 pm 
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So is that "upper class English twit speak" for laughing at me for not
having the money for something great?


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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:38 pm 
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No it's my BRITISH sense of humour and irony coming out. (Sorry if you didn't receive it in good humour it was meant to make you smile and think again)
Of course if thats what you can afford then it's better than nothing at all.
Just do a little research and see there are webcams and several variants that you could use also
am sure if you look carefully on ebay and other sites you will soon see othr items that might be adaptable to your purpose.
I doubt a dashcam is going to be suitable but then I haven't viewed the relative positions and distances.

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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:28 am 
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Go for Halfords dash cams. They are giving best quality dash cams for every place. Their higher end dash cams come with G-sensors that detect an impact and automatically save the footage, so you won't have to worry about doing it yourself in case of a crash.


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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:03 am 
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Donald1 wrote:
Go for Halfords dash cams. They are giving best quality dash cams for every place. Their higher end dash cams come with G-sensors that detect an impact and automatically save the footage, so you won't have to worry about doing it yourself in case of a crash.

Dude, did you even read the original post? or are you simply spamming.


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 Post subject: Re: want to put a dash cam in my bedroom window
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:29 am 
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There's no reason this set up wouldn't work, but there will be a few restrictions on it you'll need to be aware of.

1> The battery life of most dash cams isn't very long away from power(none will do overnight say without power as that's not what they're designed to do), but it could be cheaply extended by either using an external battery which has a USB output, or by use of your phone charger which almost always goes back to a USB port these days if you have a power point close enough

2> These units use an internal SD or micro SD card. The higher the resolution of the dash cam (and yes 1080P hd digital versions do exist), the shorter the recording time it will have, before it starts to record over the top of things from a few hours ago. These cameras will record everything faithfully, but often do not have motion sensing or have any way of compressing the video to save space.

3> Check carefully the the video format the dash cam outputs to your computer, as some of them use questionable, hard to find video formats which often means the ONLY way you'll be able to play back that video is on the unit itself. Often the mini CD, which has it's player, and comes with the unit itself, is corrupted forcing you to try to find a third party player which will work. (This actually applies to many cheap DVRs NVRs etc flooding the market as well.) Ideally you'll want to see a file being played on a computer from the place you're purchasing it. If you're purchasing it online, look for .mp4 or .avi video outputs, unless you're very knowledgeable and know of and have tested some of the more esoteric video codecs about the place.


Tips:

1. Try to get the lens as close as possible to the glass itself and try to keep the angle to as little as possible to reduce reflection. Remember that at night when your light is on in your room, your window will act like a mirror if you are going through the glass.
2. Also be aware that these units are not a night camera and on a dash the distances will be far less than from your window to your front door, so unless you give it lighting in that area, it's unlikely you'll see very much at night.


Note: Perisale Australia is a CCTV specialist security company and whilst I wouldn't recommend this as a proper security system giving you everything you would expect from a simple DVR or NVR, provided you're aware of your restrictions and you're happy to work within them, there's no actual reason it won't work.

Clay Turner
Systems Integration Engineer
www.perisale.com.au


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