Having a dash cam is one of the best things you could do for your own personal safety and sanity. In a world filled with different drivers that each have their own temperaments and driving habits, you can never be too careful when you’re on the road. Hopefully, you’ve taken the plunge and purchased a reliable dash cam for yourself and your family.
With that being said, it’s important that you try to take full advantage of your dash cam and all of the features it has to offer. Regardless of what you’re planning on using the footage for, you want to make sure that your dash cam is set up to be as effective as possible.
So let’s kick things off with a few tips on how to maximize the potential of your dash cam, both new and old!
Front and Center
The position you set up your dash cam has a huge effect on the quality of your footage. You might think that it’s common sense to set up your dash cam in the center of your windshield, but a lot of drivers actually set it up to be in the corner of their windshield.
The problem with setting up your dash cam on the corner is that your footage can be distorted by the angle at which you record from. Footage also looks a little better from the center since your point-of-view will be centered. The best place to put your dash cam is behind your rearview mirror. This way, it won’t distract you while you’re driving and it’ll stay out of the way.
Less Sky = Less Glare
Most dash cams have the ability to angle their lens up or down. When setting up your dash cam, try to balance out how much “sky” footage you’re actually taking. The problem with recording too much sky is that the brightness coming from the sky will add a ton of glare to your footage. This results in a dark video that can make it hard for viewers to identify certain elements.
A good balance would be to split your view so that only a third of your view is the sky. You really don’t need to be filming the sky unless you’re out chasing random meteors. Instead, do yourself a favor and balance the footage so that it’s actually visible for viewers.
More Storage For Better Footage
The point of a dash cam is to record things that happen as your driving. If you’re recording all of your footage in 240p, is there even a point to having a dash cam? The footage will be fuzzy and you won’t be able to identify anything you record. Make sure you opt for anything higher than 720p, with 1080p being the ideal quality you should be recording at. Some cams have 4K footage available, which is great for people using the dash cam to record their road trip.
The caveat with recording in higher quality is that your footage is going to be larger in size. Make sure that your memory card is big enough to carry that burden. Most dash cams can easily accept up to 32GB of storage space, while some can go up to 128GB. If you need more information, be sure to ask the manufacturer or the store you bought it from for clarification.
Adjust Your G-Sensor Sensitivity
Most modern dash cams that are of high quality will come with a g-sensor feature. This shock feature makes your dash cam record automatically on its own whenever it detects an impact. This is great for situations like when your car gets hit while it's parked, or if you only like to record videos when something happens.
The sensitivity setting should be adjusted for each car. For example, if your car has a sports suspension system, it might trigger the G-sensor more easily. Instead, make sure that you tune down the setting to fit your vehicle’s need.
More Set Up Leads To Better Results
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make these changes, but they can make a huge difference in the quality of your footage. Make sure you go through this little checklist and after you see the results, you’ll thank us for it!