If you have a newer car, it has a back up camera, courtesy of federal regulations. But, if you drive an older one, as I do, you might want to add that functionality. Sadly, I decided that I needed both forward and rear recording capabilities also. That’s sad, because no longer will the testimony of a sound witness hold up in court. In the age of security cameras, body cams, and cell phone videos, people (such as cops and juries) demand video and audio confirmation of actions and words. So, rather reluctantly, I opted to purchase a mirror/backup camera which also records my driving front and rear. Here’s a link to the current unit that I had installed in my ride: AUTO-VOX X2 Mirror Dash Cam and Backup Camera
Like any other purchase, there are pros and cons, but overall, I am quite pleased. The unit fits over the original rear view mirror, which is good—but it is considerably darker than my original mirror, which is not so good. When he drives the car, hubby just activates the rear camera, which is easy to see in the screen, which is actually slightly larger than my original mirror. As the screen is reflective, but dark, I mostly use the side mirrors for a rear view, however, the mirror does display very accurate speed via gps, so it is handy even when not being used as a screen for the rear camera. When I do back up, the unit provides a good view behind my car, making parking lot maneuvers much easier.
The dash cam has very good video resolution of the road in front of the car, and while the rear resolution is less than the front, it is acceptable. Until I reviewed some of the rear footage, I didn’t realize how much one misses while just driving. Sometimes that rear footage is funny, such as seeing the driver behind my car picking his nose when we were both stopped at a red light. I have also gotten video of deer crossing right in front of the car, which seemed a lot more dramatic when it happened than it did when I watched the recording. Fortunately, I haven’t had any accidents, but the camera is always on, just in case. Left alone, it will eventually record over previous footage, but it is easy to keep old recordings by transferring them to a computer.
A few months ago, I was stopped by the local gendarmes when driving home from church, and my rear camera captured the incident, both audio and video. Reviewing the recording convinced my husband that I deserved legal representation. I preserved the footage by simply popping out the mini SD card, and that way hubby could look at the video and hear what I said, as well as what the deputy said. Without that footage, I might have had to pay that ticket, so this camera has already helped me quite a bit. If you have an older car, check it out.
Still shot taken from the video recorded by the rear camera of my AutoVox unit.