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Old 20th January 2016, 09:26   #526
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I am looking at getting a dashcam for my Nano. Shortlisted this:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Origi...451318411_6448

I am new to this. Should i tamper my wiring to provide power for the dashcam or i can use the 12v power socket and use it when needed?
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Old 20th January 2016, 09:32   #527
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I am looking at getting a dashcam for my Nano. Shortlisted this:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Origi...451318411_6448

I am new to this. Should i tamper my wiring to provide power for the dashcam or i can use the 12v power socket and use it when needed?
I think you just missed the bus. Sad to see increased prices. I think the seller did that to increase his order count.

You can either power it through the 12V socket or hardwire it. Left to you. Tell you what, instead of paying more for the same camera, if you can wait, maybe someone can resell it to you since we have all brought in bulk quantities
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I think you just missed the bus. Sad to see increased prices. I think the seller did that to increase his order count.

You can either power it through the 12V socket or hardwire it. Left to you. Tell you what, instead of paying more for the same camera, if you can wait, maybe someone can resell it to you since we have all brought in bulk quantities
Ha ha! I am getting it for $16.59 approx -Rs1169. Got a $2 coupon for mobile app. Will order it today unless anyone here offers me one
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I ordered the GT 300 for 12 USD through Aliexpress on 16 Jan. Now waiting for delivery. No user manual I believe. Can someone send a link to a review of this product?

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I ordered the GT 300 for 12 USD through Aliexpress on 16 Jan. Now waiting for delivery. No user manual I believe. Can someone send a link to a review of this product?
You should be getting a user manual.
Here is an unboxing of the camera:

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There are n number of youtube videos of unboxing, but a review is what I was looking for
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I am looking at getting a dashcam for my Nano. Shortlisted this:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Origi...451318411_6448

I am new to this. Should i tamper my wiring to provide power for the dashcam or i can use the 12v power socket and use it when needed?
Dont touch any wiring of the car. Get a 12 volt multi socket splitter if you need to charge your phone or any other device. I have one in my Thar that I bought from the US. Sorry dont have photos handy. Do search for "12v car charger socket" with either multiple 12 volt sockets or USB ports.
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I mean running the wire inside beams/connecting direct to fuse etc.
You are better off doing it from outside instead of going through MASS. I generally do the DIY's myself. If its too complex for me I get it done from the neighborhood car electrician. In Mumbai this particular work of hardwiring can happen for around 100 to 150 rupees (labor only).

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So I just went through the last few pages and to what accuracy I counted there should be 27 GT300
I published this news in some other groups and those guys around 20.
I bet most of the orders are being shipped to India.

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Got a mail today that my order was shipped by shipper's method, basically Chinese post.
Same here. Mine has been shipped today. Lets hope it reaches quickly and without any customs hassles. Finally the product should work!
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It finally arrived around Dec 20th but as I was travelling, I didn't get a chance to test it properly. When I finally got around to testing, I discovered a glitch. After 6 minutes of recording (720p@50fps, medium bitrate) it would freeze up. There would be no further recording or response to button presses and the only solution was to remove the battery and reset.

Anyway, after eliminating various likely causes (tried using different settings, multiple SD cards of different capacity and class, power supplies etc.) I figured it was a firmware issue. By now Aliexpress purchase protection had ended so getting a replacement was ruled out. Luckily the supplier was co-operative and provided me with a link to a newer firmware version. Post upgrade it now seems to work. I'll post some pics and video after further testing.
Thought I'd post a follow-up with a sample video to show the camera in action. The raw footage looks a lot better than the YouTube version. This was shot in 1080p@25fps, but the camera also supports two other video modes - 720p@25fps and 720p@50fps. There are also three bitrate levels - high, medium and low. High means less compression and low means more compression. There is also a choice between PAL/NTSC. Some of the key features are:

* 170 FoV (or so they claim - not really tested this). The field of view is higher when shooting in 720p and slightly lower in 1080p

* Provision for external mic (audio in 2.5mm jack) and HDMI out. The second option is good if you want to do some live streaming for example

* Shoots still images in three modes - burst (rapid fire 30 pictures), every 30s or every 2min. Havent tested these out yet

* Comes with a good selection of mounting accessories and a waterproof enclosure as well.

Here's a link to a professional review

The video is on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/analytics?o=U#;fi=v-JwaqMIsyWNs
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I've ordered one as well but I am an absolute illiterate when it comes to DIYs. Do Maruti service centers install it for you? I mean running the wire inside beams/connecting direct to fuse etc.
By default the camera comes with a cigarette lighter attachment for powering up. Its hardwiring that will take time and effort. If you are finding either things hard, I can do it for you if you stay somewhere close by or you are willing to come to where I stay
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There are n number of youtube videos of unboxing, but a review is what I was looking for
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/car-en...ml#post3893895 (The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread) - earlier page.

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Went with the gang here and ordered the GT300 along with a hard wire kit and fuse tap after reading over the reviews. Getting ready for my first DIY. Estimated time for delivery of the products is 40 - 60 days. :(
Did you order a hard wire kit and fuse tap separately?I didn't see a separate option for that. If so, please send me the link. Thanks.
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I didn't see a separate option for that. If so, please send me the link. Thanks.
+1, I did not see that either. Please do provide the link

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If you are finding either things hard, I can do it for you if you stay somewhere close by or you are willing to come to where I stay
I know for sure I will find it hard to do so I am wondering if you could do a mini DYI session for few of us once we all receive the product, which I expect to be around the same time?
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/car-en...ml#post3893895 (The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread) - earlier page.


Did you order a hard wire kit and fuse tap separately?I didn't see a separate option for that. If so, please send me the link. Thanks.
Fuse Tap
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs-...370321347.html

Hard Wire Kit
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Micro...361526950.html
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I know for sure I will find it hard to do so I am wondering if you could do a mini DYI session for few of us once we all receive the product, which I expect to be around the same time?
My pleasure. But we should come to a common understanding on what is to be done.

Maybe we all can get together in a place and I can help you guys out.

If anyone wants fuse taps, we can order them together by this evening or tomorrow. We can create our own hardwire setup without a separate kit. Just a fuse tap and some soldering skills is needed which I am willing to help for a few people. Funny thing how the hard wire kit and the fuse tap costs more than the camera itself

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My pleasure. But we should come to a common understanding on what is to be done.

Maybe we all can get together in a place and I can help you guys out.

If anyone wants fuse taps, we can order them together by this evening or tomorrow. We can create our own hardwire setup without a separate kit. Just a fuse tap and some soldering skills is needed which I am willing to help for a few people. Funny thing how the hard wire kit and the fuse tap costs more than the camera itself
Can this be bought in India? Its bad enough ordering one item on AliExpress - its much worse to order three - any one can hold the installation up.
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