Final thoughts The A119 V3 has brighter, crisper, better color videos than it's predecessor. The A119 V3 responds quickly to light changing conditions and shows more details and contrast.
A greatly improved version of the legendary A119 series.
The Blackvue models can be mated with a module called Power Magic Pro. It has its own power switch and can be set to cut power to the camera when the battery reaches 12V or 12.5V (user-selectable). As I mentioned previously, the OEM Subaru battery gets below 12.5V pretty quickly.I don't have Subaru Eyesight, so I mounted on the windshield just behind the mirror. Ran the wire along the headliner (tucked it in) and then behind the A-pillar trim, side dash trim and wired into the fuse-box to only come on when the ignition is on. You can also wire many cams to be on all-the-time - but be sure you get one that can monitor the battery to not drain it all the way. Some have that active check process built in.
When there is power to the camera, it is always recording to a buffer of 30 seconds or so. If the motion alarm goes off, the contents of the buffer are appended to the beginning of the recording that begins and is written to the internal memory.I have not had to use it for any safety issues - but I have used the footage to create off-road travel adventure videos for youtube. Some will have built-in shock sensors that can somehow catch somebody hitting your car... but I don't "get" how it can record the moments BEFORE the tap to see who hit you. Some have dual cameras (front facing and rear facing) that can capture action inside the car - good if somebody breaks in...
I occasionally buy stuff from a Chinese marketplace called DealExtreme (dx.com). I note they offer several dash cams that have the same form factor and similar specs to the Blackvue models. Blackvue is also made in China. I have no idea if all this hardware is coming from the same plant, or if they just pay not attention to patents. I see these as equally likely possibilities.note that while there hundreds of cameras out there, there are many that are the exact same unit, just offered by a different company, maybe a different case or button set up... some have a better screen, some don't. You will find that sometimes you're just paying for a name brand and it may not be any better than another, just more expensive (Lexus vs Toyota, for example?)
Mine records in three-minute clips, but I have the sound recording turned off by default. I wouldn’t want to go to court with evidence from an accident that had me singing along to “Sweet Caroline” as the lead-in. The Blackvue dash cam will activate sound recording by waving a hand at a sensor on the driver’s side, so activation is easy-peasy.Mine records in up-to 10 minute files, and I can turn off the sound so it is not recording my music or any chatter in the car. Why bother?
+1 for the UNMATCHED support.Street Guardian
Excellent camera thats built to withstand the heat from the sun and UNMATCHED customer service. These guys are incredible with response time.
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