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    I bought one on E-Bay for $40 will let you guys know how that product is once I get it.In this day and age especially when you have lawyers who target truckers and advertise it on bill boards giving 4 wheelers ideas you need to have a dash cam.


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    I bought my dash cam from Diesel Boss also. I got it last August and it's been running 5 to 7 days a week 24 hrs a day, even when the truck is off it still runs unless I unplug it. Here's a vid from Friday afternoon the right lane ended at the intersection. Can anyone help me figure out the Michigan plate number?



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwSs...ature=youtu.be

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    My own opinion is that the Top Dawg I had was a piece of crap. Those ultra-violet lights in the front, well they just reflected back at me and made it hard to see at night. The thing also interfered with both my GPS device and my vhf/uhf/aprs rig here on the dash. I think I am going to get one of those Go-Pro cams or something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabwrecker View Post
    Yeah, I'd say so at this point. I didn't buy another one though, there's a 30 day exchange policy on them.



    That I know, but I rarely go home and wanted to get one in a fairly fast manner.

    Realistically, I didn't post this to complain, though.
    Just wanted to inform other drivers that maybe they should hold onto their $100.
    Thanx for the warning cabwrecker... I definitely could tell from your post that it was meant to be informative and it certainly was that.
    We need more feedback on products as we get caught up in the hype and bull**** sales pitch in our desire to have some useful toy/tool, and a lot of drivers don't really have the time to do some good research....
    Maybe they can start a forum on here for just such a purpose...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vmaxx View Post
    I bought my dash cam from Diesel Boss also. I got it last August and it's been running 5 to 7 days a week 24 hrs a day, even when the truck is off it still runs unless I unplug it. Here's a vid from Friday afternoon the right lane ended at the intersection. Can anyone help me figure out the Michigan plate number?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwSs...ature=youtu.be

    Tip: There is a number that says "EV" on the top of your screen when it is recording. This is a setting for brightness. I find that you can tweak it up a click or two at night and down a click or two in extreme brightness. The "default" number is 0.0 and is normally the best all-around brightness to have it on most of the time. However, in looking at the video you posted, I would guess that it is higher than 0.0 right now because the brightness is getting washed out in that sun.

    Second, the max resolution that YouTube is letting me go to is "480." This may be because the camera recording "size" setting is on the default setting of "848X480" also. There is nothing wrong with this setting and we recommend it as a good all-around compromise to get good video and make the card last longer before over-writing begins. However, if you set the camera "size" setting to 1280X720, you will also have a better chance of reading plates in cases like this one.

    Do you have the raw video still on your computer? If so, do you know how to upload it to Dropbox or Google Drive and send me a link? Or, if your email provider will allow large file attachments, you could email it to me. I can almost get the plate number from your YouTube video, but not quite. If the raw video is a higher resolution or even if not, I may be able to extract the plate number, maybe.

    Either way, next time you get a chance look at that EV number on the screen. Press the "Up/Down" buttons on the right side of the camera to increase or decrease the brightness so you can get better image.

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    Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to look into them first chance I get. I do still have the video on my computer I'll check into the dropbox like you suggested, I really appreciate your help with this. It must have been a coin or something small thrown at my truck because there's no visible damage.

    I have to say this little camera just keeps going & going. Thanks again for the help!!

    Anyhow I didn't mean to thread jack SORRY..




    Quote Originally Posted by Dieselboss View Post
    Tip: There is a number that says "EV" on the top of your screen when it is recording. This is a setting for brightness. I find that you can tweak it up a click or two at night and down a click or two in extreme brightness. The "default" number is 0.0 and is normally the best all-around brightness to have it on most of the time. However, in looking at the video you posted, I would guess that it is higher than 0.0 right now because the brightness is getting washed out in that sun.

    Second, the max resolution that YouTube is letting me go to is "480." This may be because the camera recording "size" setting is on the default setting of "848X480" also. There is nothing wrong with this setting and we recommend it as a good all-around compromise to get good video and make the card last longer before over-writing begins. However, if you set the camera "size" setting to 1280X720, you will also have a better chance of reading plates in cases like this one.

    Do you have the raw video still on your computer? If so, do you know how to upload it to Dropbox or Google Drive and send me a link? Or, if your email provider will allow large file attachments, you could email it to me. I can almost get the plate number from your YouTube video, but not quite. If the raw video is a higher resolution or even if not, I may be able to extract the plate number, maybe.

    Either way, next time you get a chance look at that EV number on the screen. Press the "Up/Down" buttons on the right side of the camera to increase or decrease the brightness so you can get better image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabwrecker View Post
    I wanted to post a review of this product for you guys to check out. This particular product is available at almost any Loves, Petro, TA, Flying J, and Pilot truck stops.
    (edit- The cost of the camera package is $100 and can be bought off the shelf almost nation wide.)


    Recently after witnessing a bad accident on I-70 and having no proof to offer to a state patrol officer other than an eye witness testimony, I decided it would be a smart decision to invest in a dash cam as way to protect myself from any future incidents of "he said/ she said."

    I went straight to the nearest truck stop, put my five $20 bills on the table and asked the woman across the fuel desk at the loves in Boonville, MO to give me "the dash cam on the shelf there."
    When I got the box, I knew straight away this might be trouble- the box was incredibly light. I'm not saying that weight is necessarily indicative of quality but I would be lying if I said otherwise in this case.

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    • The product specs are as follows-

    "AVI Format, 848x480 view size @ 15 FPS. Display is a colorful 2.4 inch TFT screen that rotates 270 degrees to suit driver viewing preferences."
    That is just the camera alone, itself. The screen is by no means wonderful, but it's not as though you'll be driving your vehicle with it. The definition of a 2.4 in screen is the least of my concern.
    The camera has several modes, it can take pictures or work as a video camera that cycles through 2.5 minuet recordings, saving up to 30+ at a time then overlapping and erasing the oldest copy.

    If you want to, you can set it for motion detection (which I advise against, since the camera will not start even when the vehicle is in motion for some reason. To get it to work on this setting I had to actually wave my hand in front of the camera so I keep that particular setting, off.)
    If you did have an accident and were not at fault then the first thing you would want to do with the camera, would be to cycle through the saved periods, find the one the accident occurred in and immediately protect the file from deletion so that it is not over-written in the cameras filming cycle.

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    • The Camera itself is fairly small, being only 4-5 inches long and 2-3 wide while being 1-2 inches thick.

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    • While it may appear sturdy and rugged, the camera is extremely light and frankly; flimsy. You could very easily brake any number of things off the unit thereby completely ruining it.

    The low-wattage Infared LED's attached to the front create more problems then they solve. They have a tendency to create glare off your windshield interior, and when the camera notices this; it shuts them off. However it will turn them back on a few seconds later, only to shut them off again. This process will continue until daylight breaks.
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    While working with the buttons to select menu and mode options, I have almost accidentally broken the screen off several times. Not a very ergonomic design for $100.
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    • Here the camera can be seen with it's screw in mount and the screen closed (note; the camera will not function without the screen open, and folded down. It will shut down otherwise.) I will post another picture of the screw on mount later.


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    • (cant seem to rotate this picture in the thread box, not re-uploading) here is a diagram of what's included in the box.





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    • A two axis screw-pin mount. I'm very surprised with the quality of this; and wish, frankly that more devices came with a screw-pin mounting style. Very convenient and the suction cup grips extremely tightly. You can loosen the knobs on either axis to move the viewing angle.


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    • Mic Jack in, avi out plugs. Pretty standard, cheap quality though. The wires used are extremely thin and don't look up to years of service. This isn't news though.


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    • Out of all the things that made me regret this purchase, it's the "charging system." Which is a huge joke.

    A bit of a back story, this is my third topdawg dash cam (I'll get to the later.) The charging port and cable included with the camera are entirely not up to the job for this already bad product.
    The USB port style plug does not have an inline fuse (read on, later about this) which can in fact, lead to the destruction of your camera. The cable is short and adds unnecessary clutter to my already cluttered dash board.


    • The unit also includes a very generic brand 8Gb flash card that is installed via a small port on the side of the camera, next to the charging port.



    As I said earlier, this will be my third TopDawg Dash cam.
    The first two I got, broke, almost immediately after un-boxing.

    The first had a defective SD card. It would not format or store information, instead it would just lose everything you put on it- Which I only noticed after deciding to look at some video of myself driving later after buying it. It lasted a whole 2-3 hours before I took it back (unsurprisingly I was met with a rude attitude from the loves I was bringing it back to.)

    The second one was a glorious meltdown, literally.
    Less than a day after receiving an immediate replacement of the first TopDawg Dash cam, the second broke. Only this time it could've been really bad.
    I'm driving along, nice warm day- no rain. The camera is plugged in and mounted in an area it would be safe from any inclement weather (on the passenger side of my dash.) I notice that the camera has suddenly stopped working. I pull into a rest area to diagnose the problem, however I decided first to check the temps on my reefer. Getting back into the truck I noticed the strong smell of burning plastic, I look around to check that nothing is on fire- but low and freagggin behold that ###### dash cam is smoking up a storm. I removed the power supply immediately but it continued to smoke until I took the battery out of the camera. It continued to smolder for several minutes saturating every square inch of my cab covered in fabric, with a wreaking permeating stench of burnt plastic that, 30 some hour later, still has yet to dissipate.

    Stopped at yet another loves, and as a very annoyed trucker replaced the camera, yet again.

    I've called the TopDawg help line several times and have been told that basically, it was probably my fault. Though I doubt that, and don't really see how using something to the tee of written instruction can put the user in fault; that's their response to a very pissed off trucker.


    On the whole, it's an okay product- but I think that $100 might've been spent in a few, better areas.

    I've had mine for six months and absolutely love it. Have had no issues with it whatsoever. It records crystal clear HD. Even records fairly decent at night. Seems to show better visual than I actually see. I bought mine from the Joplin Flying J. Think the Verizon guy was the one selling them.

    I'm super happy with mine. I never shut it off unless I'm swapping the 32 GB memory card out to pull something off of one card.

    I've not had to deal with their customer service but again, I ain't had any issues with it. I think it's an excellent product.

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    I too have bought this exact unit while down in Vegas 2 weeks ago. It seems to work fine. crossing my fingers. My questions to all other owners of this unit, are, what settings are optimal for the best quality video?, and how can you view the recordings in real time, without the time lags? or is this even possible?

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    For the camera hunters... Here's some I found... I'm getting the first one with the 170 degree vision... the 2nd looked good too but only 120 degree vision... What led me to buy one... I got hit by a kid and I'm being charged with a preventable... I'm getting the cam to protect me from the company... I'll go into what happened on another post... down the road... anyway check out these cams... I really like the first one... just fyi... the DHL shipping is $25 for a total of $119... I'd say definitely worth it... I spent all day researching... so... take my word for it.... The reason I posted the same cam twice is the second one has a video...

    http://www.geekbuying.com/item/GS800...ut-312751.html

    http://www.ebdeal.com/1080p-hd-gs800...ht-vision.html

    http://www.foxoffer.com/hd-1080p-gs800-car-dvr-camera-with-ambarella-cpu-p-465.html#.UZFld8ol_7Q


    Here's a bunch of choices....
    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/grou...211563718.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by skateboardman View Post
    I bought mine at dieselboss.com and it works with the screen closed. dang good unit
    Mercer is pimping those for $80.

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