Parking mode recording is something that really makes a premium dash cam stand out from more basic products. Just as it is important to have a dash cam - a witness - in your vehicle while driving, so too is it for surveillance while the vehicle is parked. Remember that an accident can happen at any time, and it’s always worse when the driver is away from the vehicle and without a witness. The ability to capture footage while parked can prove to be very useful.
Parking mode recording is made possible either by hardwiring the dash cam to the vehicle’s fuse box or through a battery pack such as the Cellink B/Neo. While most of the top tier dash cams have a parking feature, not all are created equally. For example, Thinkware and Blacksys both use a feature called memory partitioning, which creates separate video folders for the different types of recording. This then minimizes any overwriting issues, as only the same type of files (recording) can overwrite themselves. For example, if an impact is detected - such as when the vehicle is hit and the built-in dash cam G-sensor is triggered - the video will be marked as an event and only other event files can overwrite this file.
Parking mode can be separated into different types, such as motion detection which activates recording when the video sensor detects movement and impact detection which activates recording when the built-in G-sensor detects shock. With the release of the flagship Thinkware F800 Pro, there are now two further types of configurations in parking-mode recording for this device:
1. Time Lapse
Timelapse is ideal for those who will park their car in a busy area and know that motion detection will almost always be triggered. Your memory card will fill up and your footage will be overwritten in a short period of time. To combat this, time-lapse mode takes 2 frames per second as opposed to 15 frames per second in motion detection mode. This reduces the amount of footage that needs to be recorded in the same period of time. As an example, 720MB for 1 hour of front/rear video in timelapse mode equates to about ~5GB of storage in regular front/rear motion detection parking mode.
2. Energy Saving
Instead of being in an always-on passive recording state, this parking mode option reduces power consumption by ⅓, providing 3x longer recording time as opposed to normal parking mode. The F800 Pro remains in a “sleep” state and once the G-sensor detects an impact, the dashcam wakes up to record for the next 20 seconds.
Which would we suggest?
Our favourite brand of cameras that support parking mode is from Thinkware. The company’s lineup starting from the F100 all the way to the flagship F800 Pro all supports parking mode with motion detection. Thinkware also allows for event recording so if motion was to be detected the dashcam will record the previous 10 seconds leading up to the event and 10 seconds after the event. Best yet, the feature allows footage to be saved in a separate folder in the memory card allowing for quick and easy access. *too much usage of “it” here - weak due to ambiguity”
Why it’s important.
Let’s be honest - a lot of times door dings on our new car or even acts of vandalism are the absolute worst to deal with. Without any witnesses, these claims are not only hard to resolve with insurance companies but could cost thousands of dollars in damages. This is also why it’s a good idea to have your dash cam running when the vehicle is parked. For best results, a Cellink B/Neo would allow for longer recording times as well as not depend on the vehicle’s battery.
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