dash cams

What is a Good Dashcam?

Owlcam

Episode 1575

Sundip from Orlando, FL

Sundip wants to know if he should get a Dashcam. Leo recommends a Garmin, and it's always recording in high def while giving an instant record if there's an accident. It has GPS and WiFi as well! The Owlcam, another product, also has LTE so it's always connected and instantly uploads in case of an accident or break-in. It connects to the OBD2 port for power. 

How can I put security cams in my truck?

OWL Cam

Episode 1552

Jude from Virginia, CA

Jude bought a Blink security camera for her truck and wants to know how she can use it while she's on the road. Leo says she'll need to have it connected to the internet. So putting a mobile device in hotspot mode would work. But Leo recommends using Wyze Cams because they don't require a subscription, where Blink does. And it only needs 5v USB, so she could plug it in with a USB charger and something with an internet connection. That's a good solution and they're only $20!

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1512

Chris got a new car and he has a backup camera. Some cars have composite pictures of your car all the way around you. Dashcams are hot right now, too. And in future car models, rear view cameras will replace mirrors. That means you have less drag and better mileage. Leo says that you can trace all these innovations back to the iPhone. When you put a camera in your phone, you can put one anywhere. It's amazing how photography is incorporated into our lives.

Is it safe to plug my dash cam into my car's diagnostic port?

Owl Dashcam

Episode 1477

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny bought the Owl Dashcam and needs a few tips. Leo says that the Owl ties into its own LTE connection and communicates to you through your mobile device. It's also voice controlled and can save video clips with a simple command. Johnny is concerned that connecting the Owl to his onboard diagnostic port will void his Audi's warranty. Leo says that connecting to the OBD2 port could give someone access to the car's computer system, but the Owl only draws power from it.

What is a good dash cam to buy?

BlackVue

Episode 1399

Stacey from Los Angeles, CA

Stacey would like to get a dash cam for her car after a recent accident. Her brother is also an Uber driver. Are there dash cams that record both forward and rear? Leo says yes. It's a huge category and there are plenty to choose from. Leo has been told that Garmin's dash cams are top notch. but they are only forward facing. That chatroom recommends BlackVue, which also records to a mobile device.