I have a couple of knock off Go Pro cameras and they work well for what they are. However, I recently bought dash cameras for our daily drivers and it got me thinking "Why not install a Dash Camera in the tractor cab?" instead of all the monkeying around with Go Pro cameras?
While the GO Pro's KO's are handy for mounting for really unique perspectives (like right ahead of the mower chute on the zero turn or off the rear bumper of the zero turn while also under the front of the zero turn at the same time) they have issues such as
-Battery life. And remembering to charge batteries and carrying spares, etc.
- Memory cards fill and they stop recording.
- 10 minute file lengths and sometimes the camera stops recording and has to be restarted for each new 10 minute file and other times it runs file after file.
- Moving mounts, etc. and adjustable mounts sometimes come loose, etc.
I have had several situations where it would have been nice to have a video of something which happened while using the tractor and I didn't have the Go Pro KO's on or I looked and they had filled the memory card, battery was dead, etc.
A few advantages of the Dash Cam approach I see are;
1. Its on when the tractor is running.
2. It will keep writing over previous files if I don't have anything I want to save so I shouldn't "miss" anything
3. I won't have to think about the batteries and bringing the camera, etc. it will be on when the tractor is on.
Really, the only "issues" I can think of are
A. Certain things (severe bump or banging into snow piles, etc) might cause the camera to protect the file and save the file, but from what I understand, it's limited in length so that shouldn't be an issue.
B. If the camera does "protect" a file, how long is the file it saves and will the camera continue to "record around" the saved file?
B. Having to reposition the mount if I mount it to the glass as the windshield opens, however, I can mount it on a bracket off the headliner or some other alternative so its in place for use whether the windows are opened or not.
From the experience of those who have been using the dash cams, how severe of a "impact" or "incident" is required to cause the camera to lock the file? Is it something which you think will be a rare occurrence or fairly common with a tractors use, such as mowing across a rough field with the tractor tipping and pitching from the bumps?
I did learn from using the Go Pro KO's that you want to think about the clearing of the glass with the wiper blade, etc. as having a water covered window in front of the camera which doesn't get cleared with a wiper blade is annoying for the video image you are watching through the camera lens. While the driver looks through the windshield where the wipers clear, having the camera mounted in the corner of the windshield produces a great image when the glass is clean and clear. When its dealing with rain or snow, different issue all together.
Any other issues or concerns which I might not be considering? While the GoPro's are fun and provide an interesting point of view, I would like to use them for special views and perspectives and in conjunction with video from the Go Pro KO's.
Any reason why a video file from the Dash cam wouldn't be compatible with the video files from the Go Pro KO's to merge together for video production?
Thanks for the input........