Listen: Hope Breakfast's Tech Expert Geoff Quattromani on what to look for in a dashcam
Dashcams have increased in popularity, and decreased in price – but are they worth investing in?
In a city like Sydney, car prangs are sadly quite common. Following an incident, it can often be quite tricky proving to insurance companies who is at fault, however, in the last decade there’s been a game changer. The car dashcam has become somewhat of an reliable witness to accidents, as Geoff Quattromani from the Technology Uncorked podcast explained to Hope Breakfast listeners.
“Even if the police were to come to the scene, if you have footage, that’s the first thing that they will look to,” Geoff said.
“The great thing about so many dashcams today, is that they have apps with them. So, on the spot you could pull out your phone, replaying that, and showing it to the person you had the accident with.
“There are also a lot of prangs in car parks, sometimes there’s hit and runs, and you lose them, and if you don’t capture the number plate, maybe the dashcam did.”
But what makes a good dashcam? Geoff says there are a few factors to consider.
“First of all, you need to get one that suits your budget,” he said.
“Everyone should set a budget when you’re buying a dashcam. [They range] from $70-700. Also think about if you want a portable one [to move] from one car to another, or if you want one that is permanently part of the vehicle.
“And, also think about if you care about what’s happening behind you, as well as what’s in front of you. A lot of accidents happen from the rear, and if you only have a dashcam facing the front, you’ll miss that entirely.”
Hear the full conversation about dashcams in the player above.