How to Use a Smartphone as a Dash Cam

Those purchasing a dedicated dash cam for their car should consider using their smartphone instead.  The hardware quality and app capability combined with the raw computing power of most smartphones make it a good choice.  So, let’s look at how (and why) to use your smartphone as a dash cam in the car. Why Use Your Smartphone as a Dash Cam? The camera quality on your smartphone is many times better than that found on a dedicated dash cam.  Looking at the recently introduced top of the line Garmin Dash Cam 65W, it sports a 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p … Read more

Yi Dash Cam Car Mount Options

The Yi Dash Cam is a great device for keeping on eye on the action in front of you.  It’s a solid camera, and more importantly, very easy to use.  However, the Yi Dash Cam adhesive mount that comes in the box with the camera is very small and somewhat limiting. A photo of the mount that comes with the Yi Dash Cam accompanies this article.  It has an adhesive base so be sure that you are positive about the location because you only get one shot at this.  Deciding to change the location translates to an interesting project that … Read more

Mounts for Garmin Dash Cam 45, Dash Cam 55 and Dash Cam 65W

Garmin entered the dash cam market a few years back with the introduction of the NuviCam LMTHD.  Keeping in character with the GPS lineup, Garmin refreshes their line of dash cameras periodically.  Released during the first half of 2017 is the Garmin Dash Cam 45, Dash Cam 55 and Dash Cam 65W.  As expected, all three of these cameras include a mount and charger. Garmin Dash Cam Overview First, a quick overview of the cameras. The Garmin Dash Cam 45 introduces a completely different form factor to this year’s camera models.  We’re talking about a 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p … Read more

Car Dashboard GoPro Mounts for Using Your GoPro as a Dash Cam

A lot of GoPro owners have discovered these cameras can be used as a dash cam.  Makes sense.  All the GoPro models record onto a removable SD card, so do most dash cams.  I’m surprised that GoPro doesn’t pick this up for their marketing as it’s a nice additional use for their cameras and there is a huge market for dash cameras.  That’s the reason for our article on car dashboard GoPro mounts. As I search the mount universe for mounts specifically made for a GoPro on a car dash, there are very few.  Now, keep in mind, there are … Read more

Mounts for Garmin Dash Cam 20 and Dash Cam 10

Garmin made a decision a few years ago to enter the camera market.  I suppose the popularity of the GoPro had something to do with it.  Combine it with the decline of the personal navigation device due to applications like Waze and Garmin needed to find other ways to keep Wall Street happy.  The quality dash cam market is a good idea as there aren’t many high quality ones available.  The Dash Cam 10 and Dash Cam 20 represent Garmin’s entry into this market.  They then followed this up with the NuviCam which we wrote about here.  The difference between the … Read more

Car Dash Mounts for Garmin NuviCam LMTHD

Garmin NuviCam LMTHD was introduced a short time back and has caught on to become quite popular.  Makes sense.  Dash cameras have become extraordinarily popular so Garmin combined the best of a GPS with a very good dash cam.  The camera paired with the 6″ GPS provides collision avoidance alerts if following too close to the car in front of you.  It also will provide lane departure alerts if you drift off the road or onto oncoming traffic.  The device also provides a high-definition camera which continually records your drive.  The camera is mounted on the back of the GPS so … Read more