Can a cam be used as a dash cam?

#1

I wasn’t able to find this topic, but can a WYZE be plugged into a USB port in a car and used as a dash cam?

Any reason why I can not use my wyzecam for a dashcam?
#2

You can certainly plug it into USB port, but it will probably lose power when when the engine is turned off. And when that happens, the camera will shut down.

This thread has a lot of info on Wyzecam in car. Unfortunately, due to a firmware bug, and hour and a half after it starts recording to the SDcard, it will stop recording.

Google is your friend.

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#3

byit losing power when the car is shut off after a while your almost certain to fry the sd card as well through read write incomplete corruption. walmart has dashcams for like 15 bucks, I cant say anything for the quality but they are made for the task. one thing most dashcams have that the wyze cam wont is a g sensor. you can set the sensitivity and if you are in some sort of impact (crash) the camera will automatically lock that footage and save it. its a good feature to have.

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#4

The 1080p profile’s bitrate (HD) is very low so there are major compression artifacts when compared to a higher quality dashcam. Other than that and providing the “90 minute without wifi” bug is fixed I think many people are thinking about this as a dashcam. I personally use Blackvu and is about as good as you can get, albeit don’t bother with their price gauging cloud offering. The mount is impeccable and the integration of a dedicated rear camera is amazing. Using two Wyze V2 would be an excellent, super cheap alternative. If they bring back black well then that would seal the deal in my opinion.

#5

@jjwatmyself who needs a fully black camera when you can turn it the color you need when you need it :sunglasses:

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#6

You absolutely CAN run a Wyze camera as a dashcam. I have had my oldest V2 mounted to the windshield behind the rear view mirror for something close to a year. The cigarette lighter plug that the cig to USB adapter I’m using is hot all the time, so the only time the camera loses power is if I need that outlet for something else. I have the camera set to record all the time. With the current firmware, there is a known bug limiting that usefulness, but it used to work properly and I expect the fix will come out before too long.

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#7

Internet retailers, especially Amazon, sell dash cams in the $10-30 range having video better than the Wyze Cam. As well, they have features exclusive to dash cams, like shock senors to lock the video upon an impact and park mode which is video on motion/shock detection. The latter draws minimal current. The price always includes a suction cup mount. They won’t suffer from power cycling.

They have LCD screens and will mount as a storage device on a PC so you can view on a real computer and a real player without yanking the SD card.

The Wyze Cam is loaded with features having no value in a dash cam.

The one I have cost $9.99 and with a $12 Samsung 32GB SD works great with video useful for insurance purposes. Maybe legal disputes depending on the incident and your innocence. Even on the $200 unit a friend has, plate numbers get fuzzy at about 30 feet away. Could be the newer 4K ones improve on that.

Cheap dash cams far outclass the Wyze Cam as a dash cam.

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#8

How did you do that ???

The black color is soooo smooth and comsistyant I love it !!!

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