So, you’ve decided to purchase a dashcam for your hotshot truck? What should you look for?
There are a variety of dashcam brands and models in the marketplace today. But don’t let these confuse you. Here are things to consider to help you find that ultimate hotshotting dashcam.
1. Dashcam Channels
The first thing to consider when getting a hotshotting dashcam is to know how many channels your dashcam should have.
Channels are places where the dashcam gets its video feeds. Most vehicles today have the front-facing or front channel dashcams. If we’ll get techy, there are even dashcams with six channels. These channels face the front, rear, the left & right sides of the vehicle, the inside of the cab, and the pedals.
But for your hotshot truck, consider getting a dashcam with a front and rear channel at least. The front-facing channel would be enough to cover head-on accidents. The rear channel not only will serve as a witness in case you get rear-ended, but it is also useful when backing up the vehicle.
2. Dashcam Lenses
Most good quality dashcams have lenses with a viewing angle of at least 120 degrees. Advanced dashcams have even larger viewing angles that go up to 140 degrees.
Choose a dashcam with a wide lens angle. The larger the lens degree angle, the more areas the dashcam can capture.
3. Dashcam Resolution
Have you seen social media videos that are not crisp and crystal clear? It has something to do with their camera resolution.
Unlike these videos, you’d want your dashcam videos to be precise and on point. You’d want a hotshotting dashcam that can capture important info with ultimate clarity. In court, a high-res dashcam video can become a piece of incriminating evidence.
Your dashcam should have the capability to record at least 1080p. This is the number of pixels you need to capture number plates and symbols with high precision. The higher the number, the higher the quality of the video.
Steer clear of VGAs because the video quality from this type is substandard. If you want your videos with a higher definition, you might want to invest more. It is best to get the highest resolution you can afford — the higher the resolution, the better.
4. LCD or Non-LCD DashCams
Dashcams come in different sizes. Many would want a discreet dashcam that can be tucked away “in plain sight.” Some drivers would like to have a dashcam that has an LCD screen just enough to give you a glance at everything.
In this case, your preference would be deciding judge. Whether you’d like a dashcam that is sleek and hidden or a bulky one with an LCD screen, one thing is important to note: Your dashcam should fit perfectly on your hotshot truck.
The ultimate dashcam should not interfere with your driving. It shouldn’t obscure your vision or become a distraction.
5. User-Friendly and Easy to Install
Many motorists, even hotshot truckers, find dashcam installation daunting and overwhelming. But you don’t need to be apprehensive. There are a lot of dashcams that are easy to use and effortless to install.
There are two types of dashcam mounting accompaniments. You can choose between a dashcam with a suction cup or one with a permanent adhesive for mounting.
Here is a pro-tip for you when installing a dashcam. For more enhanced video quality, keep the distance of the dashcam’s lens and the windshield to a minimum.
6. Dashcam Features
There are a variety of features your potential hotshotting dashcam can have.
Some features you may want your dashcam to have are:
A. Date and Time Stamp
Do you need video as evidence? Then make sure that your dashcam has a date and time stamp feature. Before hotshotting for the day, have your dashcam’s date and time set correctly to your local time. Once established and activated, you will be able to see the date and time added to your dashcam video.
The G-sensor or Impact Sensor is a vital piece for your would-be hotshotting dashcam. This sensor detects any sudden impact or change of direction from your truck.
Buy a dashcam that automatically records when your vehicle meets a sudden collision. The footage is immediately saved in a protected space of your dashcam’s memory.
This feature is beneficial, especially when your truck is parked. Your camera will start recording upon sudden impact. In some cases, certain dashcams have an emergency lock button. Press this button to protect important video files from being overwritten.
The GPS is an optional feature you may want in your potential dashboard camera. This functions as your “logbook” that takes note of your speed and location. If in case you’ll head into trouble, know that the court favors dashcam footages with GPS logs.
Even though you have a GPS, it doesn’t mean the dashcam offers navigational support.
D. Offline Power Supply
Save your hotshot truck’s battery by getting a dashcam with a built-in battery. The dashcam’s battery power can extend its recording time when your vehicle is turned off.
E. Temperature Resist (Capacitor-Powered DashCams)
Electronic circuitry has to stay in the range of their operating temperature for it to work its best. This also includes hotshotting dashcams.
If the temperature gets too hot, your dashcam might be scorching to the touch. It may also cause its batteries to swell or leak. Also, if the dashcam is under the sun for too long, your camera’s video resolution will deteriorate.
Inversely, if it gets too cold, your dashcam’s lens may be slightly out of focus. A temperature shift (from a cold to a warm place) may create moisture in the camera.
That is why dashcam aficionados recommend the capacitor-based powered dashboard cameras. Capacitor-powered dashcams are suitable for high and low temps. These cameras are good, especially in the summer when the weather is extreme.
Another feature that hotshotters need to look into is the dashcam’s memory space.
Dashcams use a cycling or loop-recording function. It records videos even if your card or memory is full. What this feature does is it overwrites your dashcam’s oldest video footage to make enough room for the newest one.
If you want your dashcam to capture more footage of your driving, find one with ample memory space. Find a dashcam that can allow you to upgrade from a 32GB (standard dashcam memory size) to a 64GB or 128GB.
It is also wise to save your footage on your PC to save space and also for future reference.
Another important tip: Get a dashcam memory card that can withstand various temperatures.
When purchasing an electronic product, it must always come with a warranty. Your hotshotting dashcam is not exempted from this.
In a highly mechanized production, about 5% of the items created will have defects, statistically speaking. So get a dashcam with a warranty just in case it falls into this category.
The Bottom Line
Are you ready to get your hotshotting dashcam?
Keep in mind the features mentioned in this article, and you’ll be able to get the best kind of hotshot dashcam. Not only will it be your witness, but it will also keep you and your hotshot truck secure.
As always, drive safe.