I had been toying with the idea of having a car dash camera fitted and following some recent vandalism to my car I have decided to go ahead and have one fitted. I did not want one that was attached to the window by a sucker pad and plugged into my car auxiliary power socket, nor did I want any wires dangling about in my windscreen. I required it to be hard wired to the car so it would be able to work when the car is parked up, as a visible deterrent to vandalism was what I was looking for.
Eventually I found the Thinkware F800 Pro, and as well as being able to start recording via a motion detector when anybody came near the car, it has lots of other features that I was interested in, such as front and rear cameras operating at a full 1080p, HD video recording at 30 frames per second, super night vision 2.0 and a time-lapse feature that greatly increases recording hours whilst parked.
The field of vision is a very wide 140 degrees and more features that I like is the safety camera alert, front collision warning system, lane departure warning system, built-in GPS and dual save technology. The car dash camera is also able to connect to your smartphone via WiFi making easy access to your videos.
I had looked at this car dash camera previously but had been put off by the fact that despite it retailing at around £350.00, it did not have a display screen on it, but if you think about it, it is better not to have a display screen as this would be a distraction to one’s driving. You just need to know that the car dash camera is operating correctly and forget that it is there until needed.
As my car is not very old I wanted the car dash camera to be professionally installed and I paid the extra money to have this done at Advanced In Car Technology at their premises in Poole Dorset. The drive to Poole was about 100 miles and would take approximately two hours to get there and the installation would take up to three hours, so a whole day would be taken up by the fitting.
When I arrived the friendly staff showed me around the workshop and I was shown the car dash camera’s, front and rear, from a sealed box, with all the accessories, including the 32gb memory card and these are the camera’s that were going to be fitted to my car.
A couple of comfy sofa’s, plenty of car magazines to read as well as a large screen TV and a radio to keep me occupied in the waiting room whilst the fitting took place, it did not seem like three hours later when the technician called me to come and look at my newly fitted car dash camera.
I was quite impressed with the location of both the camera’s, the front one is hidden from view behind the rearview mirror and so cannot be seen when sat in the driver’s seat and the rear camera can be seen when looking in the rearview mirror but is so small, it is hardly intrusive.
The technician got me to download the Thinkware app and showed me how to connect my smartphone to the camera, and he went through the settings with me, I was quite impressed as I was able to see the viewing angle of both the front and rear cameras on my smartphone screen.
Once I was happy with the fitting, I then drove back home with the knowledge that should any incident occur it would be recorded and stored on the camera’s memory card. When I arrived home, I connected my phone to the camera in order to see the camera footage and was very impressed with the recording quality, even though it was dark by this time, the videos that had been recorded were very clear.
In conclusion, I am very pleased with the fitting of the Thinkware F800 pro front and rear car dash camera, and so far am impressed with its performance. I will write another article on this camera after I have been using it for a while.
If you have this camera or are thinking of having it fitted to your vehicle, or have another make of car dash camera, I would love to read about your experiences so please leave your comments below.