Dashcam Research Survey

All dash cams I have had will record 24/7 if they are powered, it’s your vehicles battery. You need to get your power source always turned on it not already installed. I do not have the power source hardwired in any of my vehicles for constant power, no need for me. I have not seen a dash cam that will detect motion while in the parking mode but there might be one, most use vibration as far as I know. I haven’t seen any that will send notifications to your phone of movement or vibration either but they may exist for more $$$$.

Yes, I think this is because there isn’t a really good solution for this. Most motion detection cams rely on either:

  1. Recording 24/7 and then only reporting when there is a change in pixels between 2 frames of the video - this option requires a lot of power, and would require a very large battery power source, and if using your car battery, it could drain your car battery too quickly, causing more people to be upset about the device, than like it.
  2. Use PIR sensors to detect heat changes, but these don’t work well through glass/windows, so it is very ineffective. It would not accurately trigger when there is nearby motion. Additionally, cars often get hot inside and so it is possible to have false detections caused from this depending on how the PIR sensor works.
  3. Use a “gravity sensor” or vibration sensor to turn the cam on. If it senses a window break, or car door open/close or someone hit you in the parking lot, then it turns on and records from the moment of the vibration. Many dashcams have these vibration sensors anyway so that they can automatically lock and save any videos when it detects an accident (sudden jolt). They are often set to be more sensitive when in “parking” mode so that they will turn on if something makes them move at all.

So yes, you’re right that motion detection (by PIR or by pixel comparison) is rare because it doesn’t work well inside the car, and so most use vibration detection when parked for those reasons. Makes sense, but it sure would be nice to have a 24/7 recording or have a good way to start the recording a few seconds BEFORE someone bumps into you in the parking lot or something.

Before any accident, an option should be given to record the speed from the GPS or not. If the speed is recorded and there is a lawsuit, then the speed MUST be turned over to the other side if the video is requested. If the speed was never recorded, then there is no speed data to turn over.

As noted, if an accident is serious enough, the speed will be determined by measuring the distance between objects in the video. For minor accidents, why make it easier for the insurance adjuster to rule against you?

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And for those who choose NOT to own cell phones - I started using cell phones with a mid 1990s Motorola BAG phone and now have NOT owned a cell phone for over 10 YEARS! I have used GoPros for years but they have limited battery life and can get really hot - 128* - when in use… WiFi & Bluetooth are off until I GET HOME.

Cams need to be self sufficient - I like the parking lot disturbance recording but with Wyze need to be internet connected history I don’t think they can make a RELIABLE dash cam…

I would like to see an app to display multiple cameras on an Android tablet to use as a van security system.

display multiple Wyze Cams or multiple dashcams?

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I would like to use four Wyze cam V3 for a security system for my van. I have a passenger van so I can use the window mounts for the back and side cameras. The front camera would double as a dashcam. Like most new conversion vans I have a full time internet connection available. So I could display the cams on an Android tablet, in the van. I could also view the cams remotely on my phone.

Your need seems off-topic from Dashcam Research Survey, yet I have a DIY suggestion for you: power your multiple cameras off a separate smaller lead acid “auxiliary” battery that you connect a cigarette lighter socket(s) to, via a 5 to 10 amp inline fuse. A small car battery of your choice is fine and 1+ amp USB car chargers should work. To automatically recharge the auxiliary battery from the alternator when you are driving, connect it to your main battery through a thing called a Battery Isolator. Your extra battery will then be recharged while driving the van, With the cameras powered by the auxiliary battery, you should be able to power the cameras for 3-4 (wild guess) days while never depleting your primary starter motor battery. (Important- use an in-line 5 or 10 amp amp fuses to the cigarette lighter battery, and perhaps a 30 amp fuse through the battery isolator. A wire shorting a car battery will turn red hot and easily start a fire! So, if this is all scary, forget you read it!)

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My comments in the survey about what I want:

(1) Option to turn off GPS so it is not recorded at all and (2) easy way to turn on audio recording, if needed (e.g., after the police try to pull you over). If the GPS speed is recorded, then it MUST be turned over if there is a lawsuit and it is asked for. It is better to have the option not to record it at all.

In some states, it is illegal to record audio without telling anyone in the car first. However, there are times when we need to turn on the audio and be 100% sure that it is on.

A mini-screen on the dashcam is optional. I would rather be able to see the video clips on my smartphone. A big screen makes the dashcam bigger and more likely to be seen and stolen.

Post-survey thoughts: I keep my audio off because California is a two-party consent state. Also, if I get into an accident, I don’t want an lawyer arguing that I was a bad driver because I was listening to loud music right before the accident or because I was recorded swearing at the other driver for being an idiot. However, I want to be able to turn the audio recording on easily if a cop pulls me over or if I see a license plate number and need to say it out loud so that it is recorded.

In those instances, I need to be 100% sure that the audio recording has been turned on. My current dashcam uses a touch sensor to turn on audio recording, which does not give me much confidence. I would rather have an old-fashioned mechanical switch.

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Two more items to add to the Wish List, based on my current use of a BlackVue DR750S-2CH dashcam:

  1. If there are voice prompts, include the ability in the software to turn them off. I don’t need to let the car repair person, valet, or even thief to know that a camera is recording or that parking mode recording has ended. (Telling me that there is a problem with the SD card is OK.) I’d rather have unobtrusive LEDs turn on to confirm that the dashcam is actually recording video or audio.

  2. Have an almost instantaneous start to the recordings. On my BlackVue, the camera does not start recording until after about 20 seconds. Unfortunately, starting and moving a car from a stationary position is when there is a high risk of an accident. Recording those 20 seconds may be crucial. The alternative is to sit in my car for at least 20 seconds after turning it on. Unfortunately, where I live, it is not always safe to be sitting in an idling car.

LoL. Yes.

Interesting note on your comment: on a cross-country from SC to Denver alone, on some backroad East of the Toledo Bend Res on the Texas/LA border, I found myself blocked by a washed out road.

While working my way to the Pendleton Bridge, Microsoft had me on some sketchy cow trails and 2 tracks while passing by a few active Moonshine Stills (I am pretty certain). The fact that my Yukon had dark tinted windows and bore a resemblance to a Government Issue was not lost on me.

I hate Interstate driving if I am in no rush, but I learned from this that there are times they are the better evil.

If it’s all options it wouldn’t be called a survey. Wyze needs to find what features potential customers value the most. Because all of that would make a camera priced at $399+. That feature list would turn a GoPro into HAL.

“Dave, I can’t let you drive the car. I am programmed to protect you, Dave.” LOL

If you release a dashcam, will the app work in LANDSCAPE MODE?

Would love to see Wyze release a dashcam! There are some decent sub $100 models out there but none of them (that I’ve found at least) have a connection to my phone to pull videos off of it and the settings are very confusing. Wyze could definitely make a killing releasing this. I would instantly buy 2 for our cars.

Unfortunately it wouldn’t display in landscape mode.

Videos have always been capable of displaying in landscape mode to my knowledge (at least on android). It’s just the rest of the app that doesn’t do landscape, but I’ve always been able to make the videos stream fullscreen in landscape orientation on my devices. I can’t imagine this would be any different.

What people want is for the rest of the app to support landscape mode as well. Hopefully, they’ll work on supporting landscape for everything…but I am not too worried about the video stream itself, they’ve always supported viewing the video full screen in landscape to my knowledge.

My sister sent me this. The camera needs to be capable of recording a major Dukes of Hazard while looking directly into the sun. :astonished:

(The driver was okay)


Holy Moly. :flushed:

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I watched a video last night of a tesla jumping an intersection and just getting demolished. The poster compiled several phone recordings and a dash cam video of the jump. Everyone was OK, shockingly, but it was crazy.

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Yes that video of the Tesla was good except maybe for the Company that rented it and the driver if they catch up to him :rofl: I’ve seen the video Newshound posted before, crazy !!!