Ken­wood DRV-410

Dash­board Cam­era

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You may have no­ticed cars driv­ing around with a small cam­era mounted to the dash, or per­haps you've seen a bunch of in­ter­net videos where these cam­eras recorded ac­ci­dents or near-misses. While dash-cams have been pop­u­lar in other parts of the world for quite a while, they are just now catch­ing on in North Amer­ica.

The dash-cam is sim­ply a unit that mounts to your dash or wind­shield and au­to­mat­i­cally records as you drive. When the in­ter­nal mem­ory be­comes full, it sim­ply over­writes the ear­li­est record­ings and keeps on go­ing. A good dash­cam is one of the best pos­si­ble wit­nesses you could have in the case of an ac­ci­dent, par­tic­u­larly when it's down to a mat­ter of your word against some­one else's as to who ran the red light. Dash­board cam­eras are also great tools for re­port­ing reck­less or drunk driv­ers, and are great for wor­ried par­ents of teen driv­ers. Another ex­cel­lent rea­son for a dash cam is the pre­ven­tion of the com­mon fraud­u­lent claim. From fak­ing in­juries to ex­tort­ing pay­ment on the spot, a dash cam will have these knuck­le­heads slink­ing off in the other di­rec­tion. Maybe you sim­ply want to record an epic drive or road trip. A good dash-cam and a hand­ful of mem­ory cards can pro­vide an ex­cel­lent mem­ory of your ad­ven­ture.

The Ken­wood DRV-410 cam­era not only records your drives, but it does it in greater res­o­lu­tion than other cam­eras. With a res­o­lu­tion of 2304 by 1296 pix­els, it has a three-megapixel ca­pa­bil­ity rather than just the two megapix­els you get from a reg­u­lar “Hi-Vi­sion” cam­era. Ad­di­tion­ally, it's GPS en­abled, so it al­ways knows ex­actly where you are should an event oc­cur. Also built into the DRV-410 is a so­phis­ti­cated three-axis G-force sen­sor with three lev­els of sen­si­tiv­ity. This sen­sor can be used to be­gin a record­ing should an im­pact to the ve­hi­cle oc­cur when parked. This can be in­cred­i­bly help­ful when try­ing to prove who is at fault in an ac­ci­dent, or where the car was lo­cated when van­dal­ism oc­curred. Should an event oc­cur, Ken­wood Drive Re­viewer is a free PC ap­pli­ca­tion that dis­plays the recorded video and all the per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion, such as time of day, lo­ca­tion, and speed on your com­puter.

In­stal­la­tion of the cam­era is quick and easy. You sim­ply at­tach the mount­ing bracket to the cam­era, and stick the mount's ad­he­sive pad where you want the cam­era lo­cated. The unit can be pow­ered by two dif­fer­ent types of power cords: one is a typ­i­cal cig­a­rette lighter cord, and the other is a longer cord that can be hid­den and hard­wired to the ve­hi­cle's fuse box for a more per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion, or if you want to make use

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