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Old 08-31-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Dash Cameras

I'm no crazy Russian, but after a near miss with a red-light running cyclist the other day, I got off my ass and installed a dashcam in my car yesterday. After a ton of research (there are not many established quality players in the field), I chose the Lukas LK-7900 Ace, which was available from Amazon for $230. The camera has all the things you'd want and more - endless loop recording, GPS, G-force sensors, parking mode, etc.

The quality is great, and the install was easy. I'm really quite pleased.

http://dashcamtalk.com/lukas-lk-7900-ace/



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Old 08-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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Damn that's one nice neighborhood, but when do we get a tour of ward 8?
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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The camera has all the things you'd want and more - endless loop recording, GPS, G-force sensors, parking mode, etc.

Does it play that music, bcs that's a nice touch.

adams morgan?

Trying to prove that the oncoming vehicle was flying at you at a speed you could not possibly have predicted (or even seen) is something I find extremely difficult to prove, even with camera.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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Awesome! Thank you. I've been shopping for one but it's hard to get any reasonable info. Is it hard to wire?


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Old 08-31-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
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You might practice stopping at stop signs (you ran at least six of them) before you start using the camera. The other guy's lawyer will use that against you.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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Locally, one squid recording his stupidity on a gopro was busted by a cop who used the footage as evidence. He was give a nearly $2000 ticket.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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I'm no crazy Russian, but after a near miss with a red-light running cyclist the other day
THIS is what did it for you? A near miss with a cyclist? Wow...what a wonderful city you must live in!

And what vehicle are you driving whose dashboard is higher than the roofs of most normal cars?

But yeah, given the habits of the modern American motorist, it's a wise investment.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:44 PM   #9
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You might practice stopping at stop signs (you ran at least six of them) before you start using the camera. The other guy's lawyer will use that against you.
He did a California stop on 3 of 4.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:52 AM   #10
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He did a California stop on 3 of 4.
Yep. I over-estimated the number of stop signs, assuming there'd pretty much be one at every intersection. I was sure there'd be one behind the ABF truck, but Google Earth shows there isn't one there. Anyway, a "California Stop" is no stop at all and will get you a fat ticket if a LEO sees it and wants to write it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:15 AM   #11
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You might practice stopping at stop signs (you ran at least six of them) before you start using the camera. The other guy's lawyer will use that against you.
Fair point.


Jonnytorch - it is simple to wire. I cut the cigarette adapter off the power cord that came with the camera and just hardwired it to the overhead console (the lights in the console are a switched power source). I used POSI-taps. Easy as can be.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #12
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. I've been thinking of one if these for awhile. I drive 1/2 the day for a living and I'd simply consider it another layer of protection in theo event of a mishap.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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Why do you hate stop signs?

Damm thats clear.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Does it power up automatically when you start the car? Or do you have to remember to turn it on?
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:03 AM   #15
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Fair point.


Jonnytorch - it is simple to wire. I cut the cigarette adapter off the power cord that came with the camera and just hardwired it to the overhead console (the lights in the console are a switched power source). I used POSI-taps. Easy as can be.
Shoulda got Mutt to wire it up for ya.
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