What is a Dash Cam, and how do they work?

What is a Dash Cam, and how do they work?

What is a Dash Cam?

The Dash Cam is a small onboard camera mounted on the windshield that records everything in front and sometimes the back of the driver. In the case of an accident, it can be an independent witness of the driver and also saves the driver's insurance premium. Most dash cams also have a parking mode that records accidents and prevents theft and damage when you leave the vehicle. If you have captured the event you want to report, you can submit a dash camera to the police.

How does the Dash Cam work?
The dash cam is mounted on the windshield and records the road as you drive. It is powered by a cigarette lighter cable or can be hardwired into the fuse box. When the ignition key is turned, the dashboard cam automatically starts recording. It records in a continuous loop, and each clip is captured on a micro SD card on a short 3-minute clip.

Should I buy a Dash Cam?
Dash Cams can bring many benefits to its users, as many insurers now offer up to 30% annual discounts for drivers who use a dash cam, which may result in higher premiums.

Other reasons for obtaining a Dash Camera include:
Protect your no-claim discount
Parking protection when parking
Handling crime and bad motorists
Resolve disputes in the incident faster
Encourage better driving

Is Dash Cam legal?
Using a dashboard camera is legal in the United States if it does not limit the driver's field of vision and is not used to invade the privacy of others. If you are a taxi or a private car rental driver, it is recommended to keep the recording muted to avoid any personal privacy violations.

Is the Dash Cam recorded at night?
All short-range cameras are shot at night, but as the light level decreases, certain technologies (such as WDR and HDR) do help significantly improve night vision clarity. If you are driving a lot during the night, we recommend that you check the dashboard with the latest Sony STARVIS sensor for optimal night vision and enhanced picture quality.

Can the Dash Cam work when parked?
Yes, you can use a dash cam when your vehicle is parked. To record when you are not driving, if it has a smart parking mode, you need to install it from hardwired to hardwired or from its battery. The AKASO Trace 1 Pro features a smart parking mode, which means no complete hardware installation is required for parking. These models can detect when your car hits the parking lot and automatically record at this time.

Where is the location of the Dash Cam material stored?
The dash camera is recorded on the micro SD card. When the card is full, the camera will automatically cycle and record the earliest 3-minute file. The material can be transferred to a computer, mobile phone or tablet and stored permanently. All of our sprint cameras record high-quality lenses to protect you and your vehicle and give you peace of mind on the go.

What happens to the Dash Cam lens after the accident?
The sprint cam is equipped with a sensor that detects the impact of the collision. In the event of an incident, any records that cause this will be saved and the file will be automatically "locked" so that it will not be overwritten.

Type of Dash Cam
AKASO offers a range of award-winning short-range cams ranging from $39 to $150, using the latest technology, including:

Single lens
It is mounted on the front windshield and records high-quality lenses from the front of the vehicle, just like the DL9.

Double lens
Some short-range cams like the AKASO Trace 1 have two lenses, one for recording the front and the other with a 50-meter zoom lens for recording the rear of the vehicle.
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What is WDR?

What is WDR?


What is WDR?

Where does it apply?

Dash Cam Trace 1 Pro

Dash Cam Trace 1

Dash Cam DL9

Dash Cam C200

Dash Cam V1

Dash Cam D1


We've all been there--perfect moment, great action, less-than-ideal lighting--we have you covered. Turning on the Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) feature for photos improves the overall exposure throughout your entire image. It enables the camera to pick up greater detail in dark shadows while making sure that the highlights don't get blown-out, the result is a natural looking shot that doesn’t risk oddities if there is any motion in the scene (something that HDR photos can be subject to). 

What is WDR?-AKASO Support

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