So you’ve received your brand new dashcam and opened the box and there’s all sorts of things in there. This guide should help you get up and running with minimal confusion.
After unpacking everything from the box please check that you have all of the items pictured here:
Unpack your microSD card if you’ve received a new one. Insert your first microSD card into the slot “A” on the dash camera.
Insert the microUSB end of either cable into the camera and plug the USB end into your pc/laptop/phone charger. This is to provide power for the dashcam while we set it up.
Hold down the “up” button on the dashcam to enter the settings menu.
Navigate with the down arrow to “FORMAT CARD” then press the middle button to select this option. Press the down button again to change the selection to “YES” and then press the middle button again to format the microSD card.
You can use the arrows and middle button to navigate through the rest of the settings however the default settings are generally best.
If you are mounting the camera to the left you will need to rotate the camera around, towards the bottom of the base so that it looks forward when mounted to the left. You will also need to enable the setting “FLIP IMAGE” on the camera.
Now that the camera is set up we need to mount it in your vehicle. Normally the best position to mount it is either under or to the left of the rear view mirror. Plug the charger into a cigarette lighter port and the long power cable into the camera base. Slide the camera into the camera base. This will normally be quite tough the first few times you insert it and remove it.
Note that some vehicles will only supply power to the cigarette lighter once you either turn the key to the first position or press the start button without your foot on the brake. You will need to ensure the camera is receiving power from the car so you can see the camera view on the screen. When the camera receives power you should see a startup screen and hear a jingle, followed by the red record light on the screen and a recording timer. The green light will flash until a GPS lock is obtained and then turn solid green. The red light indicates the camera is recording.
Now you should be able to find a suitable position to mount the camera. Make sure that the camera isn’t picking up any obstructions such as the rear view mirror, pillars, windscreen dots, etc. The camera should be rotated downwards until the bonnet is visible at the bottom of the frame. Use some tape or prestik to temporarily mark the ideal location for the mounting pad before applying it.
If you need to adjust the angle because of a curved windscreen then use a small screwdriver to attach one (or both) of the included wedges to the mounting pad. Use one of the double-sided tape squares to stick the pad on the windscreen in the marked position.
If you ever need to move the mounting pad you can remove it quite easily with a bit of dental floss, nylon thread or cotton thread. Spare double-sided tape is included.
Give both your camera lens and your windscreen a wipe with the included cloth. Make sure the outside of the windscreen is clean as well.
And now for the fun part, go for a test drive 😉
Once you have returned, slide the camera out of the mount and plug it into your PC with the (shorter) data cable. You should see it behave the same as a regular flash drive and show a folder with some video files in it. These will normally play in your default video player software, eg. Windows Media Player or iTunes
See “Dashcam Software” for a list of available dashcam specific software.
Now that you’ve got it working, you probably want to neaten up the wiring so see “Wiring your dashcam” and “Hiding wires”
Once you’re assured everything is functioning correctly you should be able to simply leave your new dashcam in place and only remove it when/if something happens. Note that on the default settings it will “lock” files when a bump is detected and prevent them from being overwritten. This sometimes happens because of things like potholes so you will occasionally need to clear out these locked files. The easiest way is by formatting the card occasionally.