Which dashcam is better?

Which would you get around this price range, this

http://www.foxoffer.com/gt300w-full-hd-1080p-car-dash-camcor...

or this

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2013-newest-Full-hd-1080p-spo...

p.s. not affliated with either sites. both models have generic Chinese knockoffs so hence links to pics with model. I am trying to buy a decent dashcam for my car but want one that won't cost the world.

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  • +6 votes

    http://www.dashcamtalk.com/ is a great resource, have you tried looking there?

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    Yes, and these two cams have been rated highly, but no one's done an actual comparison and hence this thread.

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    This website
    http://www.techmoan.com/blog/category/car-dvr-dashcams

    has a lot of reviews on car dashcams. Also try his Youtube channel.

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    I've had several experiences with dash cams, and perhaps I've just had a bad run, but I've had several fail on me.

    The one I have currently is a Uniden that was a bargain here a while ago. (http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/105832)

    There's some benefit to buying locally. I've found that the mounts for different cameras can make a huge difference in terms of how easily they mount in a specific vehicle. At least if you buy from JB or Harvey Norman, you've got the option of exchanging it for a different one, if you wanted to try a couple out.

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    I bought a Contour Roam 2. Quality stuff. Comparable to GoPro. I wouldn't waste time with the generic Chinese stuff.

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    I bought from an Aliexpress store recently. Paid $135 + $15 shipping. Item became faulty after 8 days. Had to send it back at my own expense (to China), which involved having to open up the camera and take out the lithium-ion battery (not allowed to send via air with Australia Post). That cost me $25. So I am now $175 down for a cam which was suppose to be ~$150. I don't even know if the seller will come good sending out a replacement product. I have already given feedback on Aliexpress, so I am no longer covered under their buyer protection.

    The only recourse I have (if the seller scams me) would be to do a Visa charge back via ING Direct, which can take around 70 days - and that's only if I'm eligible for one (as you need to initiate a charge back within 45-90 days after the transaction took place).

    If I had my time again, I would certainly buy local.

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      I bought from aliexpress too… I got two K6000 for around $30 ea delivered.
      Not true cinematic quality but that is not what it is for. The recording quality is very adequate for the purpose.
      Had them for about 6 months now and no problems.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRoq7qt9y4

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    I recommend the Korean ones. They're slimmer and more discreet and better quality than the Chinese made ones. I've been using Itronics ITB-100HD. Pay a bit more or otherwise get local. The Chinese ones are a bit hit or miss.

    One thing to consider - most dash cams are fixed lens meaning at certain distances it becomes blurry. You actually want to record and see the number plates vs just recording what happens.

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    I bought one yesterday a BlackVue DR550GW-2CH, from local shop & with 12 mth warranty. Though it is not cheap but it is one of the best on the market.

    Similar review but for single channel (front cam only).
    http://dashcamtalk.com/blackvue-dr500gw-hd/

    Bought it from Camzilla (Lindfield, NSW) 16GB for $469 (cheaper on ebay tho):
    http://www.camzilla.com.au/products/dashcam-vehicle-recorder...

    Manuf's site (DR550 is not shown on their English site)
    http://www.blackvue.co.kr/Prod/DR550GW-2CH.asp

    And why you need a Dashcam (sexy Korean girl is included) :p
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGb9_NTN97E

    Specs:
    - Sony Exmor CMOS sensor 2.4 mp (front only, 1080p), generic CMOS at rear 1 mp (720p)
    - WiFi enable for live stream to smartphones (& maybe to PC?)
    - mp4 codec, audio recording can be switched off (via Proximity sensor?)
    - Built in GPS & G-sensor
    - Softwares are included by booting device on blank MicroSD card
    - Low profile
    - and yes it is Korean brand

    Gonna test more today. :)