Rear View Dash Camera

With all the modifications I’ve done with our EcoSport, the cost of getting another dash camera became prohibitive. To help offset the costs, one of our generous readers sent me a new Transcend Drive Pro 110. Our donor realized that modification projects do cost a lot, and wanted to help out offset the expenses by sponsoring a project. Thank you very much!

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To see this dash camera in action, head directly to Rear View Dash Camera Road Test.

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Installing a Rear View Camera

In addition to a front-facing dash camera, some car owners prefer to install a rear-facing camera. In the case of an EcoSport, this camera may be mounted on the rear door. The power supply cable of the camera may be neatly hidden behind the rear door panel, and passed through the door’s rubber connector.

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To watch a video on how I installed a rear view camera, head directly to Installing a Rear View Camera.

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Installing a Dash Camera
Removing EcoSport’s Rear Door Panel
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Rear View Camera Road Test

I have installed a rear view camera (or a rear-facing camera) in our EcoSport. This camera is a Transcend DP110, which is actually a gift from one of our blog readers. The camera is mounted on the rear window.

To watch a sample video taken with this rear view camera, head directly to Rear View Camera Road Test.

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Driver’s-View Camera in an EcoSport
Roof-mounted Camera
Installing a Dash Camera
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Camera on EcoSport’s Roof Rail

I have recently finished building a small removable roof rail camera mount, which I intend to use in capturing scenes while driving. The camera mount attaches to the roof rail using a standard thumb screw. It has a plate that raises the camera to about 6 inches (can be made longer). At the end of the plate is a ball-and-socket mount, to allow pointing to any direction.

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To watch a video demonstrating this roof-mounted camera, head directly to Roof-Mounted Camera. To view a sample video taken with this mount, click here.

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Driver’s View Camera in an EcoSport

In an attempt to better capture and document our road adventures, I have installed a driver’s view camera, mounted in the head rest of our EcoSport. The camera mount is designed to capture photos and videos from the perspective of the driver, without blocking the driver’s view. To view a sample video in which this mount was used, click here.

To watch the video on how I installed this driver’s view camera mount, head directly to Driver’s View Camera.

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Transcend DP110 Dash Camera

The following product review is NOT sponsored by Transcend. There are NO sponsored reviews nor advertisements on this website, EcoSport DIY Series.

I am currently testing a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, purchased locally for about 5500 pesos. Among all models produced by Transcend, DP110 is the cheapest one with a screen (display). I prefer stand-alone dashcams with dedicated displays over ones with no screens at all, or even those that connect with  smartphones and use the phone’s screen for displaying video feed.

DP110 is good enough for the task of recording and has the following basic functions of a dash camera:

  1. Time-stamped video is clear, both daytime and night time recording (it has enhanced low-light recording, but no infrared night-vision mode found in hi-end models).
  2. It has an “emergency save button”. You’ll find this very useful in case of an emergency.
  3. Saves automatically when bumped (sensitivity can be adjusted).
  4. Loops 3 or 5-minute videos (with audio). The oldest video gets overwritten with the newest video (except if the video is tagged as important—if it is saved manually by the user by pressing the emergency save button, or saved automatically when the camera detects vibrations).
  5. Has a built-in battery, allowing the dash camera to save the current video if power suddenly gets disconnected (some prefer capacitors over batteries though).
  6. Has a dedicated display (for me, this is a must)!

The camera comes with a power adapter, a mount, and a user’s manual. Installation takes only about 5 minutes! I would recommend Transcend DP110 to anyone looking for a low-cost yet fully-functional dash camera.

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Transcend DP110 dash camera’s sample frame from a recorded video

To watch the sample video taken with a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, head directly to Transcend DP110 Dash Camera. You may also head to Rear View Camera Road Test.

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Installing a Dash Camera
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Installing a Dash Camera (Part 1: Fuse Tap)

This tutorial video shows how to connect wires on to an EcoSport’s fuse box, such that the dash camera turns on only when the engine is running, i.e., the dash camera turns off as the engine is switched off. If done improperly, this could likely void your warranty, so be very careful in following this modification.

This modification requires basic knowledge of electronics and must be carried out only by those familiar with it. Please do it at your own risk.

To watch the video on how I installed a dash camera by tapping directly on the fusebox of an EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Dash Camera (Part I: Fuse Tap).

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Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode
Choosing a Dash Camera

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Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode

I have purchased a Polaroid N302 precisely for its superb night-vision capability. I have been using this dash camera with my EcoSport for more than a year now and has never had any issue with it. It captures video with time-stamp at 1080P (HD) resolution. Shown below are photos extracted from the video-recorded files, to demonstrate the difference between normal mode (colored), and night-vision mode (black and white).

Take note that these images were taken through a 3M medium dark tint.

High-end dash cameras feature what is called night vision mode. In night vision mode, the camera achieves heightened sensitivity in low-light environment by capturing not only visible light, but also infrared light (which is visible to the camera but invisible to the human eye). This is the same technology used in military-grade night-vision goggles.

To watch the video demonstrating the enhanced low-light capability of a Polaroid N302 dash camera (night vision), head directly to Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode.

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Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera

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Choosing a Dash Camera

In June 2017, I was involved in a minor road accident. Back then I did not have a dash camera. A week later, I had one installed.

Dash cameras are important investment and may be useful in case of accidents. I have prepared a guide on how to choose a dash camera, and identified the essential and optional features present in most dash cameras.

  1. Any dash camera should serve you well. If you have a dark or mirror-like tint, you may need a dash camera with enhanced capability, such as night vision feature found in higher-end models. In the camera that I am using, it automatically toggles to night vision mode (you will hear it mechanically change internal fiters) to accept infrared light, thus, yeilding enhanced sensitivity in low-light conditions. At daytime, it records color video, at night, it switches to infrared recording (black and white video, like a CCTV camera).

  2. A dash camera must have a decent screen, and dedicated playback buttons. You should be able to play and scan the saved video using the dash camera (no laptop required), which will come handy when settling a dispute on the road.

  3. Look for a dash camera with a dedicated microphone on/off button (for privacy reasons) and a dedicated save video button (quick-access button to save current video). Some cameras even have touch-screen functions, which is an optional feature.

  4. Some dash cameras feature GPS mapping to log  information about the vehicle’s location and speed. Wireless connectivity (like Wifi) is an optional feature, which allows live viewing of the dash camera (and playback access) through your phone.

  5. Check if the dash camera has an accident auto-save function (locks the current video when it detects vibrations). To those worried that their vehicle might get damaged while parked, some dash cameras have a parking-accident auto-record feature (just make sure to buy a dedicated power pack to avoid draining your battery, since the dash cam in park mode must be powered continuosly even when parked).

  6. A dash camera must have a built-in battery, so it could save the video the moment power is disconnected. Please note however that dash cameras with built-in batteries may suffer from premature battery degradation due to exposure to heat. Newer dash cameras are equipped with capacitors instead, which can work well without degradation, even at high temperatures.

Having a dash camera, even the cheap ones, will always be better than having no dash camera at all.

To watch the video on how I installed a dash camera in my EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Dash Camera.

Related link: Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode

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Venice Grand Canal Mall (Taguig, Philippines)

The Venice Grand Canal Mall (also known as the Venice Piazza) is an Italian-inspired shopping mall along McKinley Road in Taguig City, Philippines. Visit this place at night as it registers really well in camera. It features an indoor pool that mimics the Venetian Lagoon and offers rides with their gondolas.

Even the parking area at the side registers well in camera!

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