While it’s vital to have a silent witness in your vehicle while driving it’s just as important to have it while the car’s parked. Accidents can happen at any time and when the vehicle’s parked especially without a witness, a claim can be deemed to be 50/50 or even worse at fault.
Parking mode allows the dash cam to continuously record while the vehicle is stationary and with the vehicle off. To allow for this mode the dash cam has to be either hardwired into the vehicle or be powered by a Cellink B.
While most of the top tier dash cams have a parking feature, not all are created equally. For example, Thinkware and Blacksys both use memory partition to create separate folders for driving and parking mode to decrease the chances of lost files or overwriting. While others may overwrite if the memory card size is not sufficient for the timeline that’s needed.
Most recently, there have only been a few known types of parking mode. Motion detection parking mode which activates when motion is detected by the g-sensor, which triggers the recording function while parked. With the recent release of the Thinkware F800 Pro, we now have three different types of parking mode configurations:
Motion Detection – This sort of parking mode will only record when there is any activity such as moving cars or pedestrians that triggers motion detection. This technology reduces memory consumption since it doesn't record when nothing is going on around your car.
Timelapse – This parking mode 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. By taking 2 frames per second in the Time Lapse mode as opposed to 15 frames per second in Motion Detection mode, you are reducing 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 Time Lapse mode as opposed to ~5GB of storage in regular front/rear motion detection parking mode.
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, it wakes up within a second to record for the next 20 seconds.
Why we suggest it.
Our favourite line of cameras that support parking mode is from Thinkware. Their lineup starting from the F100 all the way to the flagship F800 Pro all supports parking mode with motion detection. It also allows for event recording so if motion was to be detected it will trigger an event 10 seconds before and after the event was to occur. Best yet, it’ll be saved in a separate folder in the memory card allowing for quick and easy access.
Why it’s important.
Let’s be honest: a lot of times door dings on our new car or even acts of vandalism is the worst to deal with. Without any witnesses, these claims are not only hard to deal with but could cost thousands of dollars in damages. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have your dash cam running while the vehicle is parked. For best results, a Cellink B would allow for longer recording times as well as not use the vehicle’s battery while it’s parked.
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