What are dash cam channels?

What are dash cam channels?

Often people ask me how many dash cam channels should I get? What is the difference between a 1, 2 and 3 channel? Which is the most popular setup? Why get more than 1 camera? It all comes down to your lifestyle. Let’s answer these questions.

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1 Channel Dash Cam

Why get a 1 channel dash cam? Typically, these are popular with do it yourself installs and trucking industry. The main purpose is to capture video evidence from the drivers point of view. If you get into a front end collision, someone cuts you off, or maybe you witness an accident. If that is your main worry a front channel dash camera is right for you.

For Example, you are driving down the highway and another car cuts you off aggressively causing an accident you now have footage that can prove your innocence. It will show the car cut you off and did not give you enough time to stop. It also gives your insurance company video evidence. On the other hand, if an accident happens that is the drivers fault it now helps settle outside of court a lot speedier and move forward.

1 channel camera mounted on front windshield

2 Channel Dash Cam

Meanwhile, the most popular setup continues to be 2 channel dash camera. Available in 2 different setups, one which focuses on taxi, Uber, Lyft and the other on front and rear setup.

Rideshare Cameras

Why would anyone get a dash cam for driving UberLyft, or Taxi? The real answer is why would you not. Life of a taxi driver involves lots of driving. Whether it be in food delivery or getting someone from point A to point B you are behind the wheel driving. Accidents can happen in a split second and recalling all those details can be a challenge.

rideshare taxi uber lyft

If you are driving clients while dark out most cameras will not pick up any video footage of the interior. Which in turn completely defeats the purpose of having a dash cam. During your drive the camera will pick up heat signatures of people in your vehicle so if any funny business happens you will catch it on camera.

Front and Rear

2 Channel dash cameras have become the most used. In a 2-channel package you receive a front and rear facing camera. Install it with a parking mode cable allows you to record incidents while parked. These dash cams require some more effort, as there is a cord connecting the front camera with the back. Nevertheless, dual cams allow to record a fuller image in case you are hit from behind or get suspicious tailgaters.

2 channel dash cam

Imagine backing out of your parking stall and another car speeds by and hits you. Your 50/50 collision may lean in your favour if they were driving recklessly. Or maybe while you were inside buying groceries another car backed into you. Your rear camera catches the whole incident on video. That is what makes this the most popular setup.

3 Channel

There are many reasons why people strive for perfection. Not only does this cater to the Uber driver, but it also caters to every lifestyle. You get the best of both worlds in 1 package. 3 Channel units have a front facing, interior infrared and rear facing camera. What more could you ask for?

3 channel dash cams

Just think your kid gets their driver’s licence. You give them the keys and tell them to have fun and drive safe. The next day you feel that maybe you want to check up on their driving behaviours. Upon watching the video, you find that your teenager was playing with their phone while driving. Or maybe they were racing their friends. Better yet they drove perfectly and nothing to worry about. Either way you now have advantage to use this as an education tool.

In short, we answered some of the basic questions on dash cam channels. If you have any questions please Contact Us.

Dash Cams record while parked

Dash Cams record while parked

Dash cams are very useful. It records virtually even while parked. Are you curious to know about the ‘Parking Mode?’ It is available in premium dash cameras that it provides protection around-the-clock, and you can enjoy vehicle surveillance at all times.

What is the dash cam parking mode?

Parking mode is when a dash cam stays inside a vehicle powered. It is a feature that works as a surveillance system when the vehicle is not in running condition. Parking mode means the dash cam is efficient to know the parking place of the vehicle. It has GPS built-in.

The dash cam enters video recording and records video files constantly to the memory card as you are driving. However, with the feature of parking mode, the dash cam detects automatically your vehicle is in parked-mode. At such a point, a dash cam is on high alert for any motion or movement. Any object or person passing near the vehicle can experience an impact through the built-in G-sensor, that the dash cam springs into action, and all the events are saved into the memory card. Thus, only useful recordings are in the memory card as a storage.

The less advanced dash cams do not feature the functionality of true parking mode. It records everything happening in the surroundings and your vehicle. It does not wait for any impact or motion.  As it records anything and everything, there is a need to have a large memory card to hold footage of several hours. If not, the important events may get overlapped, and saving the essential footage may go out of hand.

How is dash cam parking mode useful?

Your vehicle burglary happens when you are sleeping or away from your vehicle. It means you should install an alarm system to alert you. Now, you can opt for a dash cam installation as an anti-theft device. It works as an evidence to know who broke into and at what time. Some of the units even have a blinking led light you can turn on for a deterrent.

On a busy street, sideswiping of vehicles is common. Having a parking mode enabled dash cam is helpful to claim the insurance, instead of bearing it on own. The evidence will make the insurance company, or the culprit liable to bear the expenses. The dash cam parking mode feature is useful even in a hit and run case, when your car is not in function.

The parking mode ensures, peace of mind on leaving your car unattended. The dash cam in parking mode captures the events. It also averts vandalism as there is a blinking light or a visible camera lens that compels people to accept their fault in situations such as a hit and run. Dash cams in the parking mode is capable of capturing video events such as time-lapse imagery or thunderstorms and lightning.

The parking mode is useful for personal use and commercial vehicles. It gives the fleet owner to keep a check on the drivers on the road. The parking mode features enables checking when the engine is working or shut off. Even if a vehicle gets stolen, the dash cams record in the parking mode gives enough security while parked. You can decide if your drivers are accountable or if you must monitor vehicles.

The dash cams work with the operation of the vehicle. However, if you want the parking mode to work, it should stay constantly connected to a power source. If so, it keeps working, even when your vehicle engine is off.

Wrapping Up

Now, learning about the dash cams record while parked with the parking mode feature ensures you make an informed decision while buying one. Look for outstanding performance of parking mode and if there are any more additional features of parking mode.