On the road to making a movie
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.