I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit that I’ve been in an accident or two in my life. Two such accidents were not my fault, and I was fortunate enough to have witnesses around to inform the police that it was so. I’ve always been worried that I would find myself in a fender-bender where it was nothing more than my word against theirs. I’ve long pondered the idea of keeping a small camera in my car to record any such collisions. It never seemed like a logical option though. When I saw this CarCam Voyager, it rekindled such ideas.
The CarCam seems like a great idea, you just pop the cradle onto the dashboard and plug in the power adapter to your cigarette lighter. Then just set the camera in the cradle and press record. The video footage is stored on a 2GB SD card, which you can easily remove and plug into your PC.
Unfortunately, as good as this product sounds at first, I don’t recommend it at all. Sure, you’ll tell yourself that you’ll be a good driver and turn on the camera every time you get in, and off every time you get out (unless it automatically shuts off when you turn off the car). However, since you can only store 8 hours of footage, you’ll start slacking off because you don’t feel like filling up the card, then actually taking it out and popping it into your PC just to erase it. Then when you do actually get into a wreck, there’s not a great chance that it’ll actually be recording.
I think that if they could have implemented something like perhaps an accelerometer that detects sudden braking, thus triggering the camera to begin rolling, it would be a much better product. As it is now, people will get tired of messing with it after a month or two tops. If you’re still interested, you can pick one up for $79.95.