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I know this isn't particularly specific to the Insight itself.... But, anyone got a dash cam installed? I had one in my Hyundai Elantra that has since migrated over to my new Insight. It's not a terribly expensive unit but does offer some good features and really clear video that's easy to download to a computer. I know in the past I've gotten some good footage of people doing dumb things while out not he road but nothing more than that. It is nice knowing that should I ever be in a legal situation where I would need to defend myself that I would have a digital footprint of where I was and when and what happened both with audio and video. You just never know in this day and age.

To install my dash cam, used a fuse tap in the interior fuse box in the driver footwell area to tap into fuse number one which is the accessory fuse. Allows the dash cam to run run while the vehicle is in accessory or in the on position. It's definitely worth it to do this type of install so that you don't have any cords hanging down and you're not blocking a usb port/12 volt outlet. Simply tucked the lead into the weatherstripping of the driver door and then up into the headliner. Hides the cords and makes the install look really nice.... like a professional installed it. Took about 15-20 minutes to get it finished up.
 

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I know this isn't particularly specific to the Insight itself.... But, anyone got a dash cam installed? I had one in my Hyundai Elantra that has since migrated over to my new Insight. It's not a terribly expensive unit but does offer some good features and really clear video that's easy to download to a computer. I know in the past I've gotten some good footage of people doing dumb things while out not he road but nothing more than that. It is nice knowing that should I ever be in a legal situation where I would need to defend myself that I would have a digital footprint of where I was and when and what happened both with audio and video. You just never know in this day and age.

To install my dash cam, used a fuse tap in the interior fuse box in the driver footwell area to tap into fuse number one which is the accessory fuse. Allows the dash cam to run run while the vehicle is in accessory or in the on position. It's definitely worth it to do this type of install so that you don't have any cords hanging down and you're not blocking a usb port/12 volt outlet. Simply tucked the lead into the weatherstripping of the driver door and then up into the headliner. Hides the cords and makes the install look really nice.... like a professional installed it. Took about 15-20 minutes to get it finished up.
im looking to add a dashcam to my insight as well. just to make sure, the number one fuse is the one on the most top left corner with the 10 amp fuse right?
 

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I have a Viofo A119 that I had in my previous vehicle. I haven't routed the cord behind the headliner. I just have the cord draped over the rearview mirror stem and plugged into one of the USB outlets on the console.
 

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I have front and rear dashcams in my insight. There is a single wire running form the power outlet in the console. I removed the leahter trim on the dash and was able to run the wire within the console into the battery area. It is split there into two USB connections. One runs the front camera, and the other runs to the rear camera underneath the floor mats and under the rear seat and up the passenger side rear. I'm happy with the results. Let me know if you would like photos of the install.
 

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Correct! That 10 amp fuse allowed me to add in my fuse tap so that way my camera is powered on when the car is on or when the accessory power is on. A really simple and clean install!
 

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I have front and rear dashcams in my insight. There is a single wire running form the power outlet in the console. I removed the leahter trim on the dash and was able to run the wire within the console into the battery area. It is split there into two USB connections. One runs the front camera, and the other runs to the rear camera underneath the floor mats and under the rear seat and up the passenger side rear. I'm happy with the results. Let me know if you would like photos of the install.
Post the install pics.
 

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When dash cam already installed by Honda why install another one ?
The camera in the car is strictly only for the active safety systems, nothing else. Not for audio/video recording to be accessed by the customer.
 

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Here are the photos of my dash cam installs. I used the dash power outlet to start. The cable runs down beneath the mat into the right side joint. I removed the leather dash trim (it pops right off) and was able to get the cable down to the battery area. It's a split cable I had from some other earlier USB-type-device purchase but worked perfectly for this application. I used a 10ft USB 2.0 A-to-mini-USB for the front camera. I used a micro-to-micro extension for the rear camera. Your needs may differ. Although the cables are visible in a couple places, it's not very noticeable. I wish I had taklen photos when I had everything apart to show the cable routing. My apologies for that. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. I may clean things up more in the spring as it's starting to get a little nippy outside. :grin:
 

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Attached are the photos of my dash cam install. Using a fuse tap in the number one accessory fuse, I routed the power cord behind the door weatherstripping and then behind the top of the A Pillar. The ground wire is attached to a bolt in the driver foot well. I also used a small zip tie to get rid of the excess ground wire as not to have slack that my foot could get caught in. Next I tucked the cord into the headliner to where the only cord you see is a small pigtail sticking out of the headliner and then plugging into the camera. Took a little longer to install but drives me less crazy (Self diagnosed OCD) to see less of the power cord.
 

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I have Mobius cams in my old Subaru I plan to migrate over to my Insight. I like that they are very small and not obtrusive (requires a little tech savvy to use since there is no LCD display on them). Will likely hook them to the 10amp fuse. Will try to take pictures as well for posting. https://www.mobius-actioncam.com/
 

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Your Insight's Dash Cam...Pros and Cons...

Hi Everyone,

I have been looking into dash cam options for a long time but can't decide which one is good or bad. I guess there is no "apple" version of dash cams, the competition is very high and all look decent to me. That's why I wanted to open this thread to see if anyone out there using one and...

- what are the pros and cons of your dash cam?
- would you recommend it?


The purpose of getting a dash cam for me is just to capture the accident in the future, not really interested in other features as my EX pretty much has all of other add-on features (such as traffic sign readings, lane departure warnings etc.)

Here are my priorities:


1) Loop recording
2) Good image / video quality day and night
3) Easy to manage the footage through my iPhone
4) Good design (not a fan of bulky looking dash cams)

I would also like to see a setup of yours if you have one, feel free to share pictures, not a huge fan of seeing the cable of the cam going all around my car but let's see how you came up with your setup!
 

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Hi Ebsandiego. I use the Spy Tec Mobius Action Camera 1080P HD with C2 lenses. I'm in the process of hard wiring them (one in front and one in back) to my fusebox and hope to have it done by next weekend. I'll post pictures when I am done. The big plus for these is they have very good video quality and are also very tiny (2x1x1 inches big and weighing only 1.2oz). They don't integrate with phones, so you have to take the memory card out to view video on your computer. These aren't for people that don't want to mess with hooking them up to your computer to make your settings (of which there are quite a few), or eject the Micro SD card each time you want to view videos. You will be hard pressed to find smaller dash cams that have better video quality than these though.
 

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Here's a link to one of the dashcam threads.
https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/7-2019-honda-insight-general-discussion/496-dash-cams.html
I have a rexing dashcam similar to the above thread starter @Johudso7 .


I didn't bother hiding my power cable, I just used the short USB cable(it comes with a long one, too.) that came with the cam, and plugged it into the Insight's USB port. It produces good quality footage both day and night. It's not going to capture license plate numbers at night unless the car is right in front of you and not moving fast like on the highway. I don't think you're going to find a dashcam(I haven't so far) that could do that since most license plates are reflective. The only cons I would say is it uses a built in battery and you have to press the record button each time you start the Insight if you plug it into the USB port. The dashcam thinks you're plugging it into a computer so it prompts you to select storage media. You have to let that prompt disappear after 5 seconds and then press the record button. You can avoid this by using a usb car charger via the cigarette lighter. Then it will automatically record when you start the car.


https://www.amazon.com/Rexing-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE/
https://www.amazon.com/Rexing-Suction-Cup-Mount-3rd/dp/B01N07VKIK/ (I bought this suction cup because I didn't want to use the adhesive sticker which could leave residue on my windshield if I want to remove it)
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Endurance-64GB-Micro-Adapter/dp/B07B9KTLJZ/ (Don't cheap out on the SD card, get one designed for dashcams due to the nature of the device, which does a ton of constant writes/rewrites, and temperature fluctuations in the car. You don't want the SD card to fail on you when you need it most.)


The other con is the built in battery, I'm not sure how it handles in the heat, but during the summer I take it back into my home after I'm done driving. I put it in the glove box when I complete a trip if I'm not home. Not sure if that helps but at least it is not baking in the sun even though the cabin is probably like an oven.



You can manage the footage by pulling the microsd card out, plugging it into a regular size SD card adapter, and then into your computer's SD card reader. You can set the loop recording to every 3, 5, and I think 10 minutes. The dashcam itself does look bulky but it doesn't take up that much space. Looking for the right dashcam is such a hassle due to all of them being no-name brands and reports of them dying within the 1st year. I had the rexing for almost 2 years from my previous car so it is still running at least.



I'm currently considering getting this newer rexing built with a capacitor instead of built in battery and a rear camera. I have never considered a rear camera because if you get rear ended it is automatically the other person's fault. At least I thought it was.... Read about many instances where the at fault driver lied about what happened to their own insurance company and you end up having to fight their insurance company to pay. I have never been in an accident where I was at fault but I have been rear ended 3 times while waiting at a traffic light. During my most recent rear ending(before owning the Insight) I found out Massachusetts is a no fault state(so stupid) but thankfully the at fault driver didn't lie to their own insurance company about what happened.


I will see if I can get a picture of my setup and some sample footage. Hope this helps your decision making.
 

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Most dashcams do loop recording. I have a little Aukey camera attached to my rear-view mirror. I recommend getting a mirror clamp instead of a windshield suction cup (which WILL fall off eventually). I've used a fuse-tap and have placed a dual USB socket in the 12v battery area near the firewall. I've routed both front and rear power cables to there. My rear camera is a cheap little chinese one, but it does 1080p and is very tiny. I built a wooden bracket (painted black) which slips between the roof and headliner and is held in place only by friction. It's been there for several months without a problem.

The only thing on your list that's going to be a problem is managing the camera via your iPhone. That's a rare option. I believe there is a company named OwlCam that may offer it - bit I'm sure it will be expensive.

Good luck!
 

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I recommend getting a mirror clamp instead of a windshield suction cup (which WILL fall off eventually).
I agree with the mirror clamp. Here is mine holding my Mobius Dash Cam. Will likely still go with a suction mount on my back windshield until I find a better solution like what Hasarad has done.
 

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I agree with the mirror clamp. Here is mine holding my Mobius Dash Cam. Will likely still go with a suction mount on my back windshield until I find a better solution like what Hasarad has done.
This!
 
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