Anyone using a dashcam in their 718 .

Anyone using a dashcam in their 718 .

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snorbs

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43 posts

96 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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I’d be interested to hear about your dashcam experiences re:

- choosing a model
- positioning it (there are rules where it can be placed relative to wiper arcs)
- powering
- installing. - costs for a pro install? I know Halfords ‘fit’, but may prefer a Porsche specialist

I’ve been looking at Blackvue models , which have a small footprint (but are stuck on with semi-permanent double sided tape). They have a Magic Pro power management module that gives some power drain protection for Parking Mode operation. Might be useful, or alternatively use the 12v electrical socket in the footwell which powers down after 30 secs.

TDT

1,220 posts

57 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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I used the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH in my 981 Cayman GTS - it was brilliant. and very discreet.
Came with a front and rear camera - I hardwired it myself and used a power magic PRO for power management. It comes with plenty of cable which you can nicely fit in under the rubber stripping in the car and through the roof panel around the windscreen etc. It looked totally OEM.
This means the camera could be used for parking surveillance and would automatically turn off after a set period of time or target battery voltage level - configurable by dip switches on the PmP box.

There are a few newer versions available now, that can support even larger capacity microSD cards.

I was able to removed it pretty easily too... just heated up the windscreen with a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive patch.
Pulled out all the wiring - no problem.

Definitely worth the money spent - I had a couple of incidents where unscrupulous types caused damage - i caught them and their plates on camera - saved my my insurance excess.

Edited by TDT on Friday 6th April 13:52

spooooook

8 posts

31 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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Have a look at the Aguri Fusion GTX200 - combined HD dashcam and speed camera/laser/radar detector with lifetime free updates: https://aguriworld.co.uk/index.php/fusion-gtx200.h...

I fitted one to my 981 Boxster - suction mount tucks neatly under the mirror mount and wiring runs discreetly up the mirror mount and round windscreen frame. Front facing camera only at the moment but works brilliantly.

jimbo761

138 posts

20 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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spooooook said:
Have a look at the Aguri Fusion GTX200 - combined HD dashcam and speed camera/laser/radar detector with lifetime free updates: https://aguriworld.co.uk/index.php/fusion-gtx200.h...

I fitted one to my 981 Boxster - suction mount tucks neatly under the mirror mount and wiring runs discreetly up the mirror mount and round windscreen frame. Front facing camera only at the moment but works brilliantly.
Watch out with these integrated devices if you drive to France. Dashcams are legal there I believe but radar detectors are not. Dashcams seem to be legal in most EU countries in fact with the exception of Luxembourg due to the stricter privacy laws...


spooooook

8 posts

31 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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jimbo761 said:
Watch out with these integrated devices if you drive to France. Dashcams are legal there I believe but radar detectors are not. Dashcams seem to be legal in most EU countries in fact with the exception of Luxembourg due to the stricter privacy laws...
It has a natty stealth mode which makes it look like a simple dashcam ...
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Klippie

1,440 posts

83 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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Have a read on here about the Mobius camera - https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/mobius.38/ - this is one of the best available, it has no gimmicks like gps and lcd screens as it’s tiny (about the size of a 9v battery) and hardly noticeable when installed, it’s 1080p and it’s internal battery can record for over 2hrs plug in a power bank and your looking at upwards of 5hrs recording on a 64gb high quality card.

The Mobius is extremely reliable I’ve been using mine for over two years without a glitch often recording for over 9hrs a day in the works car park.

Look at everything else then buy a Mobius...it’s that good.

Godlysmasko

91 posts

16 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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I’ve got one in my 718.

I use the G1W dashcam, the capacitor version rather than the battery version, and also the all black model. It’s positioned directly below my rear view mirror and the wire runs up into my passenger sun visor, down the A pillar (tucked into the weather sealing), and under the floor mat where it’s then plugged into my 12v socket.

The car stays powered for around 30 minutes after the engine is turned off, which means that it continues recording when I’m parked (and the footage is incredible to skim through afterward - I see so many people taking pictures of the car, complimenting it etc but I’ve also watched people pulling at the door handles and hitting my wing mirrors furious)

I use a Samsung 32gb micro memory card which holds around 3-4 hours of footage. Of course, when the card is full it’ll just automatically tape over the oldest clips.

Jonny08

218 posts

40 months

Friday 6th April 2018
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I've always wondered what would happen if you had an accident, could the police seize the footage as evidence? Even if the accident was completely non-fault, I'm sure some of us would have moments of spirited driving recorded on there...

Or what if the Police stops you, could he say excuse me sir, I see you have a dashcam, I'd like to review the footage.

Is there an element of potentially shooting oneself in the foot by having a dashcam?

DJMC

2,223 posts

41 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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http://www.caymanoc.com/forums/topic/562-dash-cam-...

A few niggles to start with, but now have the same in all three family cars.

Here's THE dash cam forum to research... https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/#dash-cam-forum.1

Swimfinz

310 posts

46 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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Anyone have any idea which dashcam/wiring method is best for continued recording AFTER the car is parked up...?? Some of the car parks I park up the GT4 in are dodgy as feck, and this aspect of recording would be even more important to me than the “on-road” recording.... My mate has already had his GT3 windows smashed twice...!!

Having a later model GT4, the 12V in-car sockets power down after a few minutes (unlike on the earlier models), so a simple Ciggy socket plug-in cam would be unlikely to work for me after the ignition is switched off.... Do I simply need to hard-wire it to the battery terminals....?? Or do I need some form of “back-up” battery pack.... I’m parked up for up to 8hrs at times, so will need it to record for roughly that amount of time.....

TDT

1,220 posts

57 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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Like i said i hard wired mine to do just that - and you don't need to carry around extra batteries or have the cables hanging out of sockets all over the place.

One the 981 - on the fuse box in the passenger well - you need to find a constant feed, and switchable feed that comes on with the ignition and you need to ground to the chassis....
you need a Power Magic Pro power management box - you can wire this all up and tuck the box up a little gap between the carpet trim and the glovebox meaning that you can still have access to the main switch on the box and turn the whole thing off if your parked up at home in your garage or a location you don't need/want surveillance.

You can run the wires up around the passenger door trim, then up the a-pillar and across the windscreen to the rv mirror - it can all be tucked in behind the various trims - just have to be a bit brave and trust yourself - once the first bit is in..you find it easy.

The PmP offers up a 12v socket that you plug the camera into.




Edited by TDT on Saturday 7th April 11:36

DJMC

2,223 posts

41 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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Hard wiring will invalidate your warranty don't forget.


TDT

1,220 posts

57 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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DJMC said:
Hard wiring will invalidate your warranty don't forget.
Never had an issue with it in 3years - Car was maintained by Porsche Reading.. they knew i had installed it. When it went in I just removed the camera from the bracket. all the other stuff was just left in place... no problems.

Swimfinz

310 posts

46 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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TDT said:
One the 981 - on the fuse box in the passenger well - you need to find a constant feed, and switchable feed that comes on with the ignition and you need to ground to the chassis....
you need a Power Magic Pro power management box - you can wire this all up and tuck the box up a little gap between the carpet trim and the glovebox meaning that you can still have access to the main switch on the box and turn the whole thing off if your parked up at home in your garage....
Excellent description TDT— thanks....!!

How did you determine which feeds were constant, as opposed to ignition dependent...?? (Excuse my ignorance on this one— I’m about as far from an electrician as you can get....!!). I imagine the constant feed on your car will be identical to that on my GT4, as the fuse box wiring on all 981 must be pretty much the same....

Paynewright

239 posts

15 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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Piggy back blade fuse holder.

DJMC

2,223 posts

41 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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I bought one of these for when I visit "dodgy" parking areas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073QQPKVY/?coliid=I1U...

Some odd reviews, but I've had no issues for my purposes.

LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) internals rather than standard lithium or LiPo which can cause issues if they get too hot.

See: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/types_o...


Swimfinz

310 posts

46 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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TDT said:
DJMC said:
Hard wiring will invalidate your warranty don't forget.
Never had an issue with it in 3years - Car was maintained by Porsche Reading.. they knew i had installed it. When it went in I just removed the camera from the bracket. all the other stuff was just left in place... no problems.
Will check with my local OPC on this one, and feed back... wink

DJMC

2,223 posts

41 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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Swimfinz said:
Will check with my local OPC on this one, and feed back... wink
When mine went in for its MOT, 111 point check, and extended warranty I asked if I should remove the cam from the screen (for MOT rules) and the OPC asked if it was hard-wired as this would be a problem with the warranty extension. I said no, it's plugged into the 12v socket and they were fine with this, as were they with full Zunsport grilles all round.

But as always, different OPCs will tell you different things!

TDT

1,220 posts

57 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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DJMC said:
When mine went in for its MOT, 111 point check, and extended warranty I asked if I should remove the cam from the screen (for MOT rules) and the OPC asked if it was hard-wired as this would be a problem with the warranty extension. I said no, it's plugged into the 12v socket and they were fine with this, as were they with full Zunsport grilles all round.

But as always, different OPCs will tell you different things!
Yeah - thanks fair enough.

Swimfinz

310 posts

46 months

Saturday 7th April 2018
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DJMC said:
Swimfinz said:
Will check with my local OPC on this one, and feed back... wink
When mine went in for its MOT, 111 point check, and extended warranty I asked if I should remove the cam from the screen (for MOT rules) and the OPC asked if it was hard-wired as this would be a problem with the warranty extension. I said no, it's plugged into the 12v socket and they were fine with this, as were they with full Zunsport grilles all round.

But as always, different OPCs will tell you different things!
OK..... So formal answer from my OPC is “no-hardwiring”, but informally just been told they can be “flexible”.... wink As always with these things, it comes down to individual OPCs, and your relationship with them.....

I guess if anyone is worried about it, they can simply un-install prior to Service/Warranty work.... wink