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Old 28th July 2021, 14:12   #3511
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

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Thanks for sharing.Though I had already placed an order after receiving the footage shared by you.
Initially, I was slightly apprehensive about the camís inability to read the registration plates of passing car, as you had also commented.Then, I chanced upon some videos of 70Mai Pro Plus+.The results there were very similar to your videos in Youtube, where the number plates of some cars could be read.
Thanks to your videos as well as to JithinR and Wanderers for their subsequent posts, my fears have been dispelled!
All in all, I think, DDPAI Z40 is a good buy also considering that it uses a super capacitor which is considered safer, instead of Lithium battery. But one thing I have noticed is that their Amazon page mentions ďZ40 will not support ADAS feature in IndiaĒ. This is not mentioned anywhere in the Nexdigitron site. There appears to be no such issue with 70Mai Pro Plus + A500S !

ADAS is more of a gimmick feature introduced by these Chinese dashcam companies. It gets very annoying after initial excitement of having this feature fades. In India it is not very accurate and it is better to turn it off.
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Old 29th July 2021, 00:07   #3512
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Update: I checked the YouTube videos of DDPAI Z40 dash cam in a 43 inch screen size TV. The videos look good. Car numberplates at lower speeds (<30 kmph) were visible. If the YouTube quality (compressed) of the videos is good enough, I pressume the original resolution videos would be better.
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Old 29th July 2021, 15:53   #3513
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

I finally took the plunge and got myself a DDPAI MOLA N3 dash camera. The reference was given by fellow bhpian sinharishi.

I paid 4950/- including all discounts on amazon prime day. It was delivered in a day.

Took an hour to install and setup. Actually would have taken less time but I kept trying unsuccessfully to hide the wire behind the A pillar passenger trim . I have tucked the wire inside now and extra wire is inside the glove box.

I'll neatly put it once I take it to SC next month for my scheduled service.

Unboxing
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Wire showing from the side trim. Once the door is shut its not much visible
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CL port connection used. It automatically shuts when the car shuts. But I remove the charger to avoid any headaches
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Driver view. I sit high in my Scross and it's obstructing my view very little. For lower seat height adjust it'll be negligible
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All installation instructions are crisp and clear in the User Manual. Its basically few steps as follows:
1. Stick mount
2. Plug in cam
3. Connect wire to cam and power socket
And done

Use wifi to connect to the dashcam using DDPAI app. Its seamless in my phone but have read about lags in other's posts. Capture for photo. Every video is 1 min in length and is stored in the memory card. I have set it to 1080p resolution, which is enough. I can increase it to 2k (1600p), which will use up more space. It follows FIFO to replace older videos with new. Any time you can download a video to your phone, if you want a local copy. But you need to keep the camera on to do that. Otherwise you can always remove the memory card and take backup on your PC.

I haven't added a video here as there are many MOLA N3 videos in this thread. Just wanted to document this for anyone's reference. Currently I have set it to 1080p and mic off.

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Old 3rd August 2021, 18:24   #3514
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

Hey Guys, absolute novice in this area of dash cams, so some very basic questions,

1- What is the essential difference between a DDPAI Mola 3 and a DDPAI mini, I only see some GPS functionality in the Mola 3 not in the mini. Is a GPS really that important from a dash cam perspective?

2 - Is the DDPAI A2 a good buy?

Do I need a rear view cam also?

Edit - what is the best option in the Rs 4,000-5,000 range? Am looking for basic functionality of recording videos to safeguard my interests in case of any dings.

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Old 3rd August 2021, 23:48   #3515
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The interesting story of the Indian start up Safe Cams:

'Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Chetna Naidoo was used to driving in non-chaotic conditions. A well-organised road network and structured traffic was something she always took for granted.

However, in 2017, when she moved to Pune, India, along with her husband Vanesh Naidoo and two young children, she was in for a rude surprise. The unpredictable traffic conditions and a personal incident affected her to such an extent that it propelled her to do something about it.

And even as Chetna was getting a grip on her new life in India, she decided to launch Safe Cams, a Pune-based technology company, to help reduce accidents and fatalities on roads.'

https://yourstory.com/herstory/2021/...oad-safety/amp
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

How has your experience been so far? I'm in the market for a dual dash cam, since my car is parked on the streets, the DDPAI Z40 is one of the cams I have shortlisted.

Did you plug it via the fuse box? Did you conceal the wiring?

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I have uploaded few videos in Youtube, actually it becomes my YouTube channel!!

I am feeling super-excited like a school kid in this mid-40's!

Here is the link:
https://Youtube.com/channel/UCQTKWYVWT2WF9v7mY4OnP4w

I am also attaching few photographs of unboxed ddpai z40 dash cam package received from Nexdigitron, and some auto captured images today. Hope these help for comparison and buying decision. I am sorry I couldn't upload the video clips in a proper way into gdrive.
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How has your experience been so far? I'm in the market for a dual dash cam, since my car is parked on the streets, the DDPAI Z40 is one of the cams I have shortlisted.

Did you plug it via the fuse box? Did you conceal the wiring?
Initially I was a bit skeptical about the video quality, later got convinced from the feedback of others that video quality is acceptable. I watched the video on a big screen and it looks okay for the budget.

I didn't do the hardwiring myself. It was connected to the fusebox by Nexdigitron's recommended installer "Hello Car" in Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. However, it seems they made some goof-up. It is not recording anything in parking mode. There are options of continuous time lapse or event triggered capturing in parking mode. But I could not see anything in parking mode. Tried to simulate some events by disturbing the car, shaking it from outside etc. Didn't work.

I think I must break the ice and re-do the hardwiring by myself. There is always a first time for everyone.
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It is not recording anything in parking mode. There are options of continuous time lapse or event triggered capturing in parking mode. But I could not see anything in parking mode. Tried to simulate some events by disturbing the car, shaking it from outside etc. Didn't work.

I think I must break the ice and re-do the hardwiring by myself. There is always a first time for everyone.
Do you mean that the installer forgot to connect the fuse tap for the parking mode? Or that they did do it and the camera does keep it's power on while the car is parked and it still doesn't record anything?
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Old 15th August 2021, 06:05   #3519
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

Hello Friends, I have 2 requirements
  1. Dashcam
  2. Rearview camera and display as my model does not have a Head Unit display.
Given this situation, I am thinking of purchasing 70Mai Pro Plus + A500S to meet these 2 requirements. I have following questions
  1. When I engage reverse camera, whether this display and camera will switch to support my requirement to take reverse. Or I need to do any manual changes
  2. How big is this 2inch display and clarity to get a view of the rear and take reverse? How well it's visible compared to a 5 inch display which might come separately or with a head unit?

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Old 17th August 2021, 18:35   #3520
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

Installed the DDPAI mini 3 on the front.

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Primarily I bought this specific dash cam for the reason below.
1. It is one of the few budget cams with capacitors powering up the unit. I didn't want to risk the chance of battery overheating and explosions.
2. Mini 3 was a decent 2k+ camera that also comes with a remote for snapshot, this is one useful thing in case you want a quick capture of the scene without opening the app.
3. Video quality was decent in reviews across websites and it is a stable firmware. It has also won awards for the best dash cam in 2018 ( although its late , I'm fine since I'm paying a lot less)
4. Didn't want a GPS for obvious reasons, don't want a dashcam to track my speed on record which in my view is a handicap. It certainly helps to prove overspeeding tickets wrong, my Honda already has a GPS tracker if needed to help me out in such situations.

Likes
1. Gives accurate videos which can be zoomed into, decent dynamic range.
2. Numbers are readable on most occasions except for high speeds.
3. Quick remote for snapshot records not only video but also captures pictures.
4. For approximately 8k, we get a decently built capacitor-based dash cam that doesn't have a LED screen. Both battery and screen are not favourable during hot summers.
5. Night time clarity is pretty decent for the price on offer.

Dislikes
1. The app on IOS is painfully slow to connect with the camera.
2. The reflections from the dashboard are quite disturbing in the daytime.



In the coming days, I plan to buy another capacitor-based dash cam for the rear side. I didn't want a dash cam that had both in a single unit because of inferior rear camera quality. Also, it is a single point of failure in case something goes wrong.
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Old 17th August 2021, 19:58   #3521
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Hello Friends, I have 2 requirements
  1. Dashcam
  2. Rearview camera and display as my model does not have a Head Unit display.
Given this situation, I am thinking of purchasing 70Mai Pro Plus + A500S to meet these 2 requirements. I have following questions
  1. When I engage reverse camera, whether this display and camera will switch to support my requirement to take reverse. Or I need to do any manual changes
The 70MAI Pro Plus+ A500S cannot be used as a reverse camera. Iím not sure if it can be modified to do that, but the product is not designed to do that. It doesnít know if the reverse gear is engaged or not. You have the option to toggle the camera feed between front and rear both on the unit and the mobile app.

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How big is this 2inch display and clarity to get a view of the rear and take reverse? How well it's visible compared to a 5 inch display which might come separately or with a head unit?
Itís too small in my opinion, (Iíve attached a couple of photos, one taken from the driverís seat).

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I think itís better to go for something like 70mai Rearview Dashcam Wide if you need reverse camera along with DVR.

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Old 18th August 2021, 18:09   #3522
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Re: The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread

Folks,

I'm looking to add a dashcam to my Sonet.

My primary requirement is 60 fps videos, wider is better, that's all. However, I do not see any active models with 60fps video capability.

I'm not sure what should be a good budget, but anything south of 10k INR should be OK. I've never purchased from overseas and would not prefer to go that route.

What are my options?

Also, is it safe to route the cable via the A-pillars, will it interfere with the way Airbags work?

Kindly let me know, thanks!

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Was looking for decent dashcam for my car (Mahindra XUV500 W8) for couple of weeks but couldn't decide. Visited couple of local shops too but no luck as all were telling to purchase online and they will fix. Tried Amazon, Flipkart and many other but couldn't get clear pic hence landed at reliable place nothing other than Team-BHP and went though almost 50+ pages discussion, anyway we have more than 200+ pages discussion, and decided to purchase the much advised Xiaomi 70mai dashcam.

Today (18-Aug-2021) ordered from Nexdigitron https://www.nexdigitron.com/ :

1. 70mai A500S Pro Plus+ Dual Channel DashCam
2. 70mai Hardwire Cable Kit with 6 Pcs Fuse Tap Adapters
3. Strontium Nitro A1 128GB Micro SDHC Memory Card for DashCams

Expecting to receive on or before 23-Aug-2021. Will share pic and other details shortly.
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I have bought a DDPAI mola N3 for my creta which is getting delivered earlier next week. Any recommendations for a shop where i can get it neatly installed in Mumbai (preferably around Powai). I do not want to try DIY as am skeptical of leaving some panels loose. Would also want a neat job not showing any wiring.
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I have bought a DDPAI mola N3 for my creta which is getting delivered earlier next week. Any recommendations for a shop where i can get it neatly installed in Mumbai (preferably around Powai). I do not want to try DIY as am skeptical of leaving some panels loose. Would also want a neat job not showing any wiring.
In case you are not using a hardwiring kit, try a DIY and I am sure you will be able to do a neater job. I have done it in my Creta without opening any panels and you can make use of the tool given along with the dashcam pack to tuck in the wires. One can hardly spot any wires .

You can refer to the pics i have shared in the post -728 (Hyundai Creta : Official Review)

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