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Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:16:11 AM »
It looks as though we will be getting our car back in the next week or two. After this happened: http://www.mazda3forums.co.uk/index.php?topic=15035.0 we are very keen on getting front / rear cameras fitted.

The rear view mirror fitting is very big because of the sensors in it so I was wondering if there is anywhere else I could get it installed. Behind the infotainment screen would be ideal.

Also, I'm thinking of a hard wired one which has a parking mode but I'm concerned it'll be a magnet for morons.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also, are there any essential accessories for a Mazda 3 fastback Nav I should look at? We have the red welcome lights and rear parking sensor fitted already.

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2018, 10:36:18 AM »
To be fair they can be anywhere you want, but what you might want to do is put a mobile phone recording in the position you want it.

You just need to check you get a reasonable field of vision and aren't going to have it blinded by reflections constantly.

If it's a camera with combined front and rear cams..then yes it has to be on the window.

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2018, 10:41:18 AM »
Good idea regarding the mobile recording.

The one I was thinking of was the Thinkware F770, probably from Autosounds in Newcastle (and get them to install it).

I wasn't aware front and rear ones had to be fitted on the windscreen. Thanks!

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2018, 11:46:21 AM »
Good idea regarding the mobile recording.

The one I was thinking of was the Thinkware F770, probably from Autosounds in Newcastle (and get them to install it).

I wasn't aware front and rear ones had to be fitted on the windscreen. Thanks!

It depends, if it's 2 seperate units it can be in different places but if it's say a nextbase Duo where it has two lenses on one unit then it needs line of sight both directions from where it is.

You must be local to me then, I commute along Scotswood road most days!

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2018, 12:18:00 PM »
It depends, if it's 2 seperate units it can be in different places but if it's say a nextbase Duo where it has two lenses on one unit then it needs line of sight both directions from where it is.

You must be local to me then, I commute along Scotswood road most days!

Pretty sure the Thinkware F770 is two units.

Well. I'm in Durham but I do go to Newcastle a lot :) I've had stuff done to other cars by the guys in Autosounds and they have always been excellent.

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 09:07:50 AM »
I've heard that fitting the dash cam to the windscreen sensor cover (that big thing behind the mirror) is the best place for it as you can't see it externally.

Would there be any problems fitting it there?

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Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 09:07:50 AM »