CAUGHT ON CAM­ERA

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Re­mem­ber the me­teor

that fell to Earth over Rus­sia ear­lier this year? One of the most sur­pris­ing things aris­ing from the event was the sheer quan­tity and qual­ity of video record­ings of the in­ci­dent. YouTube was in­un­dated with film of the event, the trail across the sky and the ex­plo­sion that rocked the nearby city of Chelyabinsk. It seemed that al­most ev­ery Rus­sian driver had a cam­era in his car. Could the same thing be about to hap­pen in the UAE? The rea­son why driv­ers in many coun­tries have fit­ted dash­cams in their cars is for their own for pro­tec­tion; a way of record­ing ev­i­dence of any in­ci­dent in which they might be in­volved. With a dash­cam in your car, you can record the lead up to a col­li­sion and pro­vide ir­refutable proof of who was at fault. No more de­bate about who gets the pink slip. Por­ta­ble car DVRs can also pro­vide in­valu­able ev­i­dence of road, traf­fic and weather con­di­tions to sup­port an in­sur­ance claim. It can cap­ture road rage, threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and all sorts of bad driv­ing we see on our roads. That lit­tle box on top of your dash is al­ways on your side, ready to record the truth, to show re­al­ity, no mat­ter what the other guy claims to his in­sur­ers or how the po­lice de­cide to ap­por­tion blame. Sales of dash­cams have quadru­pled across the world and DOD, the lead­ing maker

DOD’s mar­ket-lead­ing por­ta­ble car DVRs can pro­tect driv­ers in all kinds of un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions

of por­ta­ble car DVRs, ex­pects them to be equally pop­u­lar in the UAE. These in-car DVRs are like or­di­nary video cam­eras, but with a cou­ple of im­por­tant ex­tra fea­tures. They are avail­able in a range of dif­fer­ent res­o­lu­tions and record­ing speeds, with the best now of­fer­ing full HD (1920x1080) and up to 60 frames-per-sec­ond (fps). High-qual­ity lenses are im­por­tant for best im­age qual­ity, and many cam­eras now in­clude some form of dy­namic ex­po­sure con­trol to al­low good-qual­ity footage to be shot in low light, and in high con­trast con­di­tions. A high aper­ture lens (lower F-stop) en­ables bet­ter light cap­ture, and the lat­est CMOS sen­sors en­sure that what goes into the lens is cap­tured in all its glory. All DOD in-car DVRs will au­to­mat­i­cally time-stamp the footage, whilst the more so­phis­ti­cated ones now come with GPS as well. This lets them record a route, and the pre­cise lo­ca­tion of any in­ci­dent. They also in­clude a G sen­sor. This de­tects g-forces in three direc­tions (such as the force of a col­li­sion) and uses this in­for­ma­tion as a trig­ger to pro­tect the pre­vi­ous five min­utes of footage. Video is mem­ory hun­gry, so choose a DVR with plenty of stor­age. Most have some on board (look for around 64MB) and the op­tion to add an SDHC card for up to 32GB more.

In the event of a col­li­sion DOD in-car DVRS can help pro­vide ir­refutable proof of who was at fault

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