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This week's Crave giveaway: A stylish compact DVR for the car that automatically records a 30-second high-def video clip when it senses a shock:
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Why would I want to take video from the car again?
 
Totally explained in the review and in the blog post, but I'll bite. You point the camera out of your windshield. That way if you get into an accident that's not your fault or someone tries to defraud your insurance company, you'll have video proof to protect yourself. That's just one reason, there are many more. Hope that helps, ladies and gents!
 
For insurance purposes in case of a car accident to help prove whose fault it was. It records 15 second from cache of from before the accident and 15 seconds after the impact.
 

I am anti-surveillance but having been ripped bodily out of my vehicle by an enraged Deputy during a traffic stop I would rather have a car cam that records more than 30 seconds.  My crime, speeding, and presenting my papers before he requested them.  The only thing that saved me from a beating while "resisting arrest" was that another Deputy arrived on the scene.  I deeply regret NOT reporting this but who would believe me - even though I am the son of a law enforcement officer.  Later that year the same Deputy and several of his associates used a Taser and night sticks my good friend while he was INSIDE a cell with hand cuffs on.  Guess what?  The judge dropped charges on my friend in exchange for signing that the event never happened.  
 
+antuan goodwin But it only records a 30 second clip... Which means you have to know you are going to get into that accident and turn it on to start recording before it happens...
 
Wrong +Timothy Collins The camera records constantly and caches the video. When the impact is registered, it save a  30 second clip consisting of the cached 15 seconds before and captured 15 seconds after. The driver does not have to turn it on and off.
 
Interesting thing about this camera. The whole video buffer is still accessible to you in on the SD card. The 30 second clips that are marked at the shock are separated and protected from being overwritten if you keep driving afterwards, but it will store a loop of as much video as its micro SD card will hold. So you can actually save about the last hour or so of video if you power off the camera at the moment of the incident.
 
+antuan goodwin So, let me get this straight : I am in an accident. Let's say someone rammed me in the drivers side as I crossed an intersection. I am lying there bloody and with a few broken ribs and maybe a arm bleeding from a major cut (That actually did happen to me once when I was younger when a car ran a red light).

I am supposed to hurry up and grab the camera and turn it off to mark the spot on the video within 30 seconds of the accident?
 
Nope. As I explained in the review, you get in your car and you turn the camera on. It begins caching video. You start driving and never think about it again. Now if you encounter a shock that triggers the accelerometer (say you hit a curb, someone hits your car, or whatever), then the camera automatically grabs the 15 seconds of video preceding the incident and the 15 seconds after and saves them in a folder. You hear a little chime, but you don't actually have to touch anything because it all happens automatically. It's actually quite simple.

The whole aside about turning the camera off or manually marking video was relevant to users who want to hang on to more than 30 seconds of video. However, in the case of your car accident, you'd only need the clip of the accident itself to prove that you didn't run a stop sign or red light to prove your innocence to the law and your insurance company.

This was all explained in the review which is linked to in the article above...
 
+antuan goodwin So, basically, it works for minor accidents? What happens when a major accident comes along? Is it durable enough to survive an accident that the car doesn't?
 
A blackbox for your card. They just need to add speed readings and audio
 
+Prithvi Bhargava Actually it does. Because my takeaway on the review is that it is a nice and expensive toy that would have done nothing for me in my personal experience.
 
I totally agree with +George Taylor, it needs GPS to merit its price tag (it already does audio), but in the case of a free giveaway, price is no option, so I've not dwelled on that during our discussion today.

As far as durability goes, it's a plastic camera that is attached to the windshield with strong semi-permanent adhesive so the windshield would probably have to be destroyed before it come loose. It uses solid state memory in the form of a micro SD card, so it can take quite a bit of chucking before the camera itself fails. Even if the camera doesn't survice the accident, as long as the car doesn't burst into flame, odds are good that the card probably will. There aren't many inexpensive electronic devices that you can buy that would survive a fire, so again, it's not something that I would hold against a $200 camera.
 
$200 value? I'll take one. Then fins out what it does.
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