On the road to mak­ing a movie

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

EV­ERY driver has a story of a near ac­ci­dent or, even worse, the time an­other car came from nowhere and a col­li­sion was un­avoid­able.

In­creas­ingly, drivers are tak­ing the ef­fort to shoot video to match their script. The idea of wiring up your car with a video cam­era as a just in case’’ move can seem a lit­tle daunt­ing. That’s why de­vices such as Nav­man’s MiVue 358, with a 2.4-inch LCD screen, are ap­peal­ing. You plug it into your car’s power sup­ply and at­tach it to your wind­screen with a suc­tion cupped-back clip.

The cam­era has a 120-de­gree lens, which, if you at­tach it near your rear-vi­sion mir­ror as di­rected, means it will record pretty much what you see as you’re driv­ing along.

One thing to re­mem­ber is that, by de­fault, it also records sound of the pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle, so it’s worth point­ing out to other drivers of your ve­hi­cle that their words and ac­tions are on can­did cam­era.

The cam­era has a 3-axis G-shock sen­sor, that will au­to­mat­i­cally turn on the video recorder if you have a sud­den im­pact or over­turn your car. For ob­vi­ous rea­sons, we sim­u­lated the sce­nario by putting the G-shock sen­si­tiv­ity to high and giv­ing it a good shake to start the record.

The cam­era may not see it but the G-shock sen­sor cal­cu­lates the point of col­li­sion.

Un­clip it from the holder and it also serves as a 5-megapixel cam­era to take pic­tures of an ac­ci­dent scene.

The video can record at full 1080p HD. There is a mini HD port so, with your own ca­ble, you can con­nect it to your TV and watch the high­lights of your daily com­mute.

If you ever have to prove your ver­sion of events of an in­ci­dent on the roads, re­mem­ber the old adage: the cam­era doesn’t lie.

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