Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode

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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

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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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.

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Yi Ultra Dashcam

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We’ve upgraded to a newer dashcam—a Yi Ultra. Some of the notable features of this camera include (1) large video resolution of 2.7K or 2704 by 1520 pixels, (2) wifi connectivity with a smart phone for viewing and downloading files, (3) high sensitivity in low-light conditions, but no IR night-vision mode, and (4) voice-activated photo capture (takes photos by saying “Yi, take a photo”). The Yi Ultra replaces our old Polaroid N302 dash camera.

Here are sample night time and day time recordings captured with a Yi Ultra, (viewed through 3M medium dark tint).

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Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

A tire pressure monitoring system is an accessory that enables real-time monitoring of the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature via wireless sensor modules installed on the tires—external sensors simply attach to the end of the valve stem like valve cap while internal sensors require disassembly of the tire as the stock valve stem is replaced with reinforced valve stem with a sensor module attachment. The lithium batteries that power the sensors (both internal or external variants) are expected to last 3-5 years, depending on how often the car is used. The sensor data is then sent on to a receiver monitor which displays real-time information about the tire’s air pressure and temperature.

The TPMS kit I installed in our EcoSport has a receiver monitor that is powered via cigarette lighter socket (12V port) with 4 sensor transmitter modules that need to be installed inside the tires (internal type).

To watch a video on how I installed a tire pressure monitoring system in our EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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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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Removing EcoSport’s Head Rest

There may be instances when you need to remove the head rest of an EcoSport (e.g., changing the seat cover). To remove or adjust the head rest, simply push the release button on the left and right pillars. As an interlock feature, one of the release buttons is hidden, and must be pushed with a pin.

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To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s head rest, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Head Rest.

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Polaroid N302 Dashcam Road Test

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A pitch-black highway illuminated with just the headlights and fog lights presents an opportunity to test the night-vision feature of the Polaroid N302. Please note also that the video was taken through a dark tint.

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To watch the video demonstrating the enhanced low-light capability of a Polaroid N302 dash camera (night vision), head directly to Polaroid N302 Dashcam Road Test.

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Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode
Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera

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