CAUGHT ON CAMERA
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.