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September 08, 2015, 04:51 PM #0

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Seems like my $60 knockoff G1W may have saved me my deductible.
At the time of the collision the other party indicated to me that:

A) I must have been speeding
B) I was not in a lane
C) I must have done something wrong as their car warns them when it's unsafe to turn
D) I must have been speeding (they were really stuck on that point)

I told them they were welcome to tell MPI what ever they wanted, but that I would be telling them what I witnessed and would be submitting my dashcam footage that captured the incident as well. They got really quiet after that but still seemed quite determined that I was 100% at fault.

Didn't hear a thing for weeks till MPI indicated my deductible was waved.  :banana:

For your viewing pleasure.



(please note that the flashing brake light seen in this video was due to PWM dimming used in LED tail lights mixed with the cameras refresh rate and was not a turn signal)

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    September 08, 2015, 05:40 PM #1

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    Originally posted by OrBy
    Seems like my $60 knockoff G1W may have saved me my deductible.
    At the time of the collision the other party indicated to me that:

    A) I must have been speeding
    B) I was not in a lane
    C) I must have done something wrong as their car warns them when it's unsafe to turn
    D) I must have been speeding (they were really stuck on that point)

    I told them they were welcome to tell MPI what ever they wanted, but that I would be telling them what I witnessed and would be submitting my dashcam footage that captured the incident as well. They got really quiet after that but still seemed quite determined that I was 100% at fault.

    Didn't hear a thing for weeks till MPI indicated my deductible was waved.  :banana:

    For your viewing pleasure.



    (please note that the flashing brake light seen in this video was due to PWM dimming used in LED tail lights mixed with the cameras refresh rate and was not a turn signal)


    Remove the s in https.

    Yeah I'm thinking of having a dash cam in the main car just for that reason. Right now it is used for autox, lol
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      September 08, 2015, 06:07 PM #2

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      Solid thread. Link to your dash camera so I can get one. What is your review on the one you have currently? Should I get the same one as you?

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        September 08, 2015, 06:45 PM #3

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        Too bad about the collision. Good to see that the camera paid off.

        The G1W and it's clones are a solid choice for the price. There is also a variant with a capacitor instead of a battery which supposedly holds up better in the cold.
        Two problems that I had on my G1W: The screen turns on with power and can't be disabled (three minute timeout is the shortest option). The suction cup mount is huge and sucks.

        I solved the later issue with a custom mount: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:671822


        I think I'm going to try out a B40 / A118 clone for my next camera and move my G1W to tailgate duty.
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          September 08, 2015, 07:13 PM #4

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            September 08, 2015, 07:48 PM #5

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            @OrBy  Your link no longer works.

            Nevermind, i lied.  It doesnt work on the website here, but is still active on youtube.   gonna have to click it to work i guess?

              September 08, 2015, 08:23 PM #6

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              I love having a dashcam,  I hope never need the footage though.

              I'm glad you caught this, first he turns into the wrong lane then turns from the wrong lane without a signal.
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                September 08, 2015, 09:14 PM #7

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                Fixes the HTTPS thing. (I think)

                Don't get the battery based G1W like I did - it hates cold. You have to leave it on for 5-10 min then reset or power cycle it a few times to get it to work once it's below +5c out. I just got it for a cheap test so I wont bother linking it.
                I also never used the included mounting crud. I bought a cheap 3m sticker mount that was much smaller and had to file/trim it to fit but it tucks in real nice in front of the rear view mirror. Sorry but I cant find it on the sellers eBay site anymore so no link.

                Still looking at something to replace it like one of the mirror replacement ones like http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX53361 but have not gotten around to it.

                Watching the footage - you actually see them basically run a red, make a left into the wrong lane, fail to check mirror?, fail to shoulder check?, fail to signal?, then attempt to make a left into the back lane from the right lane across traffic on a two lane one way street and cut me off.

                I think you can almost hear me thump on the brakes at the 9sec mark as I realized what was happening but at that distance I just didn't react fast enough.

                It really just goes from bad to worse...

                If they can make backup cameras mandatory - dash cams should be next.

                I doubt MPI would ever back it - that would likely mean way less 50/50's where they get the deductible from both parties - cant have the truth getting in the way of $$$.

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                  September 08, 2015, 09:58 PM #8

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                  Had this same **** happen twice to me today. Its like people don't have necks that actually can turn to shoulder check. Also many seem to lack a brain as shown in that video. No signal or regard, just ignorance.
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                    September 27, 2015, 08:15 PM #9

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                    Originally posted by OrBy
                    Don't get the battery based G1W like I did - it hates cold. You have to leave it on for 5-10 min then reset or power cycle it a few times to get it to work once it's below +5c out. I just got it for a cheap test so I wont bother linking it.
                    Thanks for the tip.

                    So it's great for half of the year, the other half is too cold lol?

                    I have been doing a lot of research on dash camera's. I want one that will perform well in winter. Anyone have any advice?

                      September 27, 2015, 09:10 PM #10

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                      I've got a Blackvue and it works great down to about -20. Then it needs to warm up to work.
                      I also have a G1W C (capacitor equipped) but don't know how it will work in the cold, only bought it in May.
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                        September 28, 2015, 09:18 PM #11

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                        oooh dis my jam:

                        so far  a dash cam has saved me four times from headaches

                        Also get to capture beautiful and exciting moments like this:
                        https://www.facebook.com/heiyuu/videos/10151932194331498/?l=5326893893677430003

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                            @heiyuu which dash camera are you using?

                            What ended up happening with that collision?







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                              Damn after reading this yesterday. I really could have used a dash cam today.
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                                Originally posted by Impact
                                Damn after reading this yesterday. I really could have used a dash cam today.
                                What happenes?

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                                  I have a Whistler brand dash cam purchased from Visions (also available on Amazon) and it works fantastic. It clips in and out of the windshield mount with ease so I bring it inside every night. Would recommend for sure.

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                                    @heiyuu - where's the footage?
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                                      Originally posted by dano
                                      @heiyuu - where's the footage?

                                      missing or corrupted

                                      TIL: turn the cam off before removing the memory card.

                                      I'm so upset.

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                                        Originally posted by heiyuu
                                        missing or corrupted

                                        TIL: turn the cam off before removing the memory card.

                                        I'm so upset.
                                        Maybe there's a way to get it back? At least you have the plate and make of the car. Can compare damage. Call the cops, file a report, I'm sure it will be resolved quickly.
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                                          Originally posted by s-low
                                          Whistler brand dash cam
                                          How does it perform in the cold and at night?

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