This is the camera I bought. The right hand view shows the included GPS module attached. This is also
the mount for the camera, and once adhered to the windshield, the camera can easily be un-clipped. The
lens can be adjusted up or down after installation.
shows the routing of the cable to supply 5 volts to the camera.
The wire comes out of the camera, over against a factory
up to the edge of the headliner where it is tucked
in across to the left A pillar. By slightly pulling on the pillar
trim, the wire dropped behind it
across the top and around to the
door molding. It then follows the molding down to the bottom of
the dash and under and up into the fuse
compartment. It made
for an invisible installation, and I did not have to disassemble
anything. It all just slipped under edges.
shows the wiring to the fuse block. The fuse taps are
wonderful! They plug into the block in place of the original
then plug 2 fuses into the tap, the original one,
and the new one. A wire provides power to your new fused circuit.
I had to drill and tap
a hole into the
frame for the ground wire. The 5 volt power supply is zip tied to the frame.
With the slight service loop I left at the camera,
and the route I used, there was
just barely enough wire to reach. I could not
move the power supply to the right as I had wanted, as a
result it interfered with part of the plastic cover.
guard around the finger hole hit the power supply, so I notched it to
clear. It does not affect the use or installed appearance at all.
is the installed dashcam. The mounting block with the cable
connected is the GPS unit. This provides an optional on-screen
display of the current
lat/long coordinates and the speed. I
am displaying the coordinates, but not the speed . The reason
should be obvious- no 5th amendment for this!
camera is not too obvious from outside. Here you can see it just
under the screened area in the
center of the windshield on the driver's side.
course this write up would not be complete without some of the
resulting pictures. The daytime pictures are taken during a trip
to a doctor's appointment in Prescott Valley, and the night time one
was just around the corner from me. These pictures are not as
sharp as the originals due both to the downscaling to put them on my
site, and the fact that they are a "frame grab" from the original movie.
It's a beautiful day in the Prescott area! This picture was actually
taken on my way home from the doctor, where I was not looking directly into the
shows the coordinates, the time and date stamp and the make and model
of the camera placed by the manufacturer. I put in the MASON
instead of my license number.
I am looking directly into the sun. (Yes, driving to my 7:40 appointment was nasty!) Although it washes out the
area right around the sun,
the remaining picture is amazing considering
the sun is actually within the field of view. There is some
fading of colors and some rainbow colors
caused by the polarized filter, but you can easily see the traffic light colors and
the position of all the nearby cars. I generally try to NOT drive
directly into a low sun!
night time videos are also amazing. This night performance is why
I spent about $20 more for the "S" model camera. They changed the
sensor to a Sony and increased the size
of the lens. There was not a lot of other traffic to include in
this picture. This was taken before I
removed the speed and added
MASON. I was OK here, it's a 40 mph zone.