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If you want to improve the performance of your drivers and enhance your protection on the road and elsewhere, you are in the right place. Dash cameras offer many benefits to both drivers and fleet managers and require minimal effort and investment. In fact, we partnered with Northbridge Insurance to make the most advantageous offer.

From precise night vision to multiple coverage angles, to online communication, our dash cameras come with state-of-the-art features that will help you improve your vehicles. Browse our catalog and take advantage of this fantastic offer!

For special pricing available exclusively to all Northbridge Insurance customers, please contact us with “Northbridge Insurance code” in the e-mail subject line and we will send your personalized code back to you within 24 hours (excluding Sundays).


General Overview About Dash Cams

  • What are Dash Cams?
  • Glossary and Terms
  • Installation Guide
  • Dash Cam Footage
  • Firmware Update

New to Dash Cams?

Don’t worry! Follow these quick guides to learn the basics of what dash cams are all about. We'll go over features that you should definitely consider when finding the perfect dash cam setup, as well as guides to setting up your dash cam!

Our easy-to-read infographic goes in depth to explain why dash cams are a great idea for you and your business.

Glossary and Terms to Know

A 2-channel dash cam setup with two pieces and two viewing perspectives. Units are typically placed at the front and rear of the car.

A 1-channel dash cam refers to a setup with only one viewing perspective, typically placed at the front of the vehicle.

1-Channel

Refers to a dash cam setup with only one viewing perspective, typically placed at the front of the vehicle.

2-Channel

A dash cam setup with two pieces and two viewing perspectives. Units are typically placed at the front and rear of the car.

Hardwiring Kit

It connects the dash cam to the car battery for a source of continuous power which means that you can keep your dash cam running while you're away. A primary example of a hardwiring kit would be the Power Magic Pro.

MicroSD Card

MicroSD cards are memory cards that stores dash cam footage. Our Northbridge Client Packages come with a bonus 8GB protection card in the case of unexpected emergencies such as memory card failure. (Read More)

Locking Box

A great solution for fleet managers who want to prevent people from tampering with their device. It clamps around the camera and is locked using a special screwdriver tool. The memory card and power cable cannot be removed with this piece equipped. This means that footage cannot be deleted by formatting the card nor can they prevent recording by unplugging the camera.

IR

Infrared-equipped Dash Cam. These models are built to film in dark environments such as the inside of the vehicle at night. All of the IR dashcams we carry are 2 Channel systems, with the front unit dedicated for exterior filming and the secondary "rear" unit for interior recording.

Auto-Start

Allows you to install, then "set it and forget it" until you need dash cam footage.

Loop Recording

Footage fills storage space, then records over old footage from the beginning.

Seamless Recording

Prevents the storage from having small gaps in the recordings.

Night Vision

Better, more clear footage if something is caught on video at night.

Battery or Capacitor

How the dash cam draws power. Battery is easier, capacitors are more reliable.

Field of View

The amount of action you catch on video. Wider FOV allows for more context.

Parking Mode

Most dash cams we carry come with parking mode. By hardwiring the dash cam or equipping a battery pack to your vehicle, the dash cam would be able to act as a CCTV even when the vehicle is turned off. Equipped with motion-detection technologies, parking mode conserves energy by only recording when motion detection is triggered in the vicinity.

Dash Cam Installation Methods

There are different ways to install a dash cam! We've created some infographics below to explain how each method works, ranging from Good to Best! Click on the accordions below to view each method in detail:

Installation: Plug-and-Play (Good)

Plug-and-Play Installation

Dash cams can be as simple as plug-and-play. All of our devices come with a standard cigarette lighter cable which can be inserted into your 12V/24V power outlet.

Installation: Hardwire Kit (Better)

Hardwire Installation

Hardwiring a dash cam can be as easy as 1-2-3. This method allows the dash cam to charge safely right from the source and gives you access to parking mode.

Installation: Battery Pack (Best)

Battery Pack Installation

Sometimes your vehicle's battery can't provide the charge a dash cam needs. A battery pack is designed to, meaning you can have parking mode and have it for longer!

Dash Cam System Reference Guides

Here are some additional infographics on installing a 2-4 channel dash cam system into your vehicle:

How to Install a 2-Channel Dash Cam System

2-Channel Dash Cam Installation

Sometimes your vehicle's battery can't provide the charge a dash cam needs. A battery pack is designed to, meaning you can have parking mode and have it for longer!

How to Install a 4-Channel Dash Cam System

4-Channel Dash Cam Installation

Sometimes your vehicle's battery can't provide the charge a dash cam needs. A battery pack is designed to, meaning you can have parking mode and have it for longer!

Recording Footage

It's easy to start using your dash cam. Simply plug it in, and turn it on. Your camera will automatically capture three-types of footage when in use:

Continuous Footage

While the truck is being operated, the dash cam will record continuous video footage of the road and its surroundings.

"Parking Mode By Motion Detection" Footage

Parking mode allows the dash cam to record video footage when the truck is parked, turning it into a surveillance system. When this feature is activated, the camera will only record video when shock or motion is detected. If someone hits your truck and drives away you will have evidence of a hit and run. The user can adjust sensitivity to shock and motion from the PC software.

Critical Incident Footage

When the G-sensor notices an impact (e.g., a sudden acceleration/deceleration or a crash), it automatically flags the footage for safekeeping (so it doesn't accidentally get deleted by the loop recording). This means that all your critical incident videos are recorded separately, making it easy for you to access them.

Reviewing Footage

Once you've installed your dashcam software onto your computer, you can review the footage that your dashcam has captured while on the road.

Dashcam footage can be an effective and educational resource tool that can be used for driver training. Demonstrate both the do's and the don'ts with real footage taken from the perspective of one of your drivers in one of your vehicles. Having real footage provides you with the ability to reinforce effective driving techniques in a variety of road and weather conditions.

Driver trainers and supervisors are always looking for appropriate scenarios to provide coaching and guidance to drivers. Footage obtained from a dash cam offers realistic scenarios and provides the coach with the tools to effectively demonstrate areas of concern, as well as celebrate areas where the driver reacted appropriately.

Firmware Update Guidelines

Dash cam manufacturers frequently make improvements to their software by adding features to existing cameras in order to optimize performance. If you find that your camera isn’t performing like it should, try formatting your microSD card and updating the firmware to the latest version before contacting our support team. This can save you time and get your Dash cam back on track quickly.

Prior to making any updates, please read the notes in the firmware release to see what additions or changes have been made.

Thinkware Dash Cams

  1. Go onto the Thinkware.com website and visit the support page: Thinkware Download.
  2. Select the series and model you are using. If the F770 is selected, all of the download links will say F770 at the bottom.
  3. Download the latest firmware that is available.
  4. Format your microSD card. For cards that are 64GB+, please ensure that these are in the exFAT format.
  5. Once the new firmware is downloaded, unzip the downloaded file into the root directory of your MicroSD card.
  6. Insert the memory card into the dash cam and turn it on.
  7. Your dash cam LED lights will blink for a while, as the firmware upgrade may take up to 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Once the dash cam is done upgrading, the following message will be relayed: "Upgrade is now complete, continuous recording will now start." Ensure your dash cam begins continuous recording before turning it off so you do not cause permanent damage.

    If the firmware upgrade continues for more than 5 minutes or the download fails, it means that firmware file is corrupt. In cases like this, please delete the download .bin, .rom or .pkg ile and re-download the firmware file into MicroSD card. After doing this, continue the upgrade from 4th step.

BlackVue Dash Cams

  1. Access the BlackVue homepage (BlackVue Downloads) from your computer browser.
  2. Download the latest firmware for your model from the Downloads page.
  3. Unzip the downloaded firmware (zip files).
  4. Insert the BlackVue SD card into your computer using the USB reader provided with your dashcam.
  5. Format the microSD card in the Viewer. If you're using a Mac, after clicking the Format button, choose MS-DOS (FAT) in the Disk Utility.
  6. Copy the BlackVue folder to the SD card.
  7. Insert the SD card into your BlackVue dashcam and turn the power on to start the upgrade.
  8. The dashcam will reboot automatically after downloading the upgrade. Then it will start recording.

Our Dash Cam Recommendations

Designed Specifically For Northbridge Clients

Take advantage of these amazing package deals that were specially selected and put together for Northbridge clients. Of course, feel free to shop the rest of BlackboxMyCar with your exclusive discount as well. Simply contact us with “Northbridge code” in the e-mail subject line and we will send your personalized code back to you within 24 hours (excluding Sundays).

Thinkware F800 Pro D+

Built for Daily Drivers Looking For the Best 24/7 Protection
If you are looking for the best of the best parking mode dash cams, look no further than the F800 Pro D+. It is the latest and greatest from Thinkware and builds on the F800 platform. Available with a rear camera, hardwire kit, and CPL filter, the F800 Pro D+ offers a fully featured and refined dash cam setup. The night time video quality is very impressive with the Sony STARVIS sensors (front + rear) and Ambarella A12 chipset and among the best of the 2 channel systems.

We like to recommend this camera for parking mode recording for a few key reasons. It has the lowest energy consumption out of any Full HD + Full HD parking mode setup. It has parking mode priority in the partition settings which dedicates almost half the memory card for parking mode. And it has an incredibly discreet design so you can feel confident in leaving it in your vehicle overnight. With the pro model there are some further refinements like the all black body, 128GB card support, and Thinkware's version of a cloud feature, Thinkware Cloud. Thinkware Cloud will add features such as driving impact notifications, vehicle locator, and phone alerts should a vehicle leave a specified zone (geo fencing).

Thinkware FA200 IRC

Built For Uber, Lyft, Fleets & Rideshare Drivers
The Thinkware FA200 is the all-around economical dash cam you've been waiting for. Designed with utmost discreteness in mind while jam-packed with features such as built-in Wi-Fi and Advanced Parking mode, this sleek and compact dash cam offers 2-channel recording, so you can rest easy knowing the FA200 has your back.

The rear unit records at 720P HD just like the standard rear camera but is equipped with true infrared lighting for the best interior view. This makes it an ideal choice for a number of applications such as ride sharing, taxis, police cruisers, or any other situation where monitoring the interior is important.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR Truck

Built For Trucks, Ambulances, Fire Trucks & RVs
The BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR TRUCK is an alternative to BlackVue's DR750S-2CH dual channel dashcam. The main difference found in this truck specific variant is that the rear unit is waterproof for exterior mounting and is specially designed for the commercial vehicle market. This rear unit (ERC100F) records at 1080P FHD just like the standard rear camera but is equipped with true infrared lighting for the best night time quality.

This unit also comes with a 15m (49ft) waterproof coaxial cable, making it an ideal choice for longer vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, RV’s, or any box truck in general. All versions of the DR750S-2CH support BlackVue Over the Cloud which allows access to the device from anywhere in the world if the dash cam is paired to the internet via a data hotspot. It's the perfect tool for managing fleet vehicles as you can track the vehicles locations, stream video, 2-way communicate, and more if paired with a mobile internet hotspot.

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Number of Units Discounts

1 to 100

10% Off

101 to 199

12% Off

200+

18% Off

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Simply contact us with “Northbridge code” in the e-mail subject line and we will send your personalized code back to you within 24 hours (excluding Sundays).

Explore Our Selection

Your discount code is applicable to the rest of the store as well, so take a look through our dash cam collection to explore our selections.