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