One common question that we often receive here at BlackboxMyCar is this: “How should I set up the settings of my dash cam?”. Now, this really does depend on your specific circumstances, but here are some tips on how to find the best settings for your dash cam!
Having over or underexposed footage is never a good thing. If you have a tinted window, you may want to bump up the brightness slightly for your camera. On the other hand, if you live in an area that gets a lot of direct sunlight, it may be best to lower the brightness setting.
For the G-sensor, you can adjust its sensitivity in both normal recording mode and parking mode. If you are noticing that your camera is constantly getting “event” or “incident” recordings while in continuous recording mode, it may be time for you to turn down the sensitivity. Having it set too high would mean that every time you go over a speed bump or hit a pothole, your camera would think that an impact has occurred and it will save the video as an event file.
Meanwhile in parking mode, you can leave the G-sensor sensitivity at a higher setting. As your vehicle is still while parked, any type of impact would mean that something has touched and moved your vehicle. You would want these to record since you would not be near the vehicle to see what happened.
In terms of audio alerts, some dash cams will allow you to turn on/off specific alerts, while others will only allow you to turn everything on/off. For example, on the Thinkware F800 Pro, you can adjust the volume of the audio alerts but you cannot select which specific ones to leave on/off. Meanwhile, on the BlackVue DR900S, you can choose to turn on specific alerts such as when recording starts, changes modes, or when Wi-Fi is turned on/off.
That’s it for our basic rundown of how to find the perfect settings for your dash cam! There really is no universal setting that is perfect for everyone, but through reviewing your footage and taking note of what you like and dislike about your current setup, you’ll only be a few clicks away from finding your perfect settings!