Is Dash Cam Motion Detection Necessary?

When you get yourself a new dash cam one of the features you will want to consider is dash cam motion detection, otherwise known as Parking Mode. When your car is parked and unattended, it will remain off until the sensor detects movement. This could be anything from an animal, to another person or a car approaching. Once motion is detected, the camera starts recording. Not every dash cam comes equipped with this feature so if this is something that doesn’t concern you, then not having it isn’t a big deal. However, if you are concerned about vandalism or a possible parking lot incident, you might want to look for a dash cam with motion detection.

The Benefits of Motion Detection aka Parking Mode

Having this option is probably very clear at this point. If your car gets damaged by anything such as vandalism, another car hitting yours or something else, having the footage can help you save a lot of money. For example, there’s quite a few videos out there of jealous ex boyfriends or ex girlfriends vandalizing their former lovers car. Many of these people had no idea that they were being recorded and ended up having to go to court to pay for damages. It’s extremely important to have parking mode when you have repeated occurances from the same culprit. This could end up costing you thousands of dollars if it is not handled swiftly.

Different Kinds of Parking Modes

1. Simple Parking Mode – With this option the camera starts to record once it detects motion or has felt an impact. The only issue with this option is that there is a slight delay for the camera to start recording so there is always a possibility of the event not being captured fully. Research this with the dash cam you wish to purchase to see what the delay is.

2. Time Lapse Mode – Every second or so the camera will snap a still photo while being parked. This way if an incident occurred, you would be able to review the footage. Some cams will start to record continuously if they sense motion with this option.

3. Buffered Parking Mode – This is definitely the most secure option. With this mode the camera records continuously and saves the footage to your memory card. If an event occurs, whether it is motion or an impact, the footage will be saved and not overwritten. Typically 10 seconds before and after the event occurred is permanently saved in a folder. An alert will also be displayed so that when you get back to your car you will be notified that an event occured.

Options to Consider When Choosing a Dash Cam With Motion Detection

It’s important to get the right cam depending on your circumstances but here are some things you should consider for criteria:

  • Dual Channel
  • Discretion – You’ll want a cam that is not easily seen, especially if you are trying to catch a perpetrator.
  • Quality of Video – To prove anything in court (if it ever gets to that) you’ll need to have at least 1080p resolution
  • SD Card – Get an SD card that is reliable and also with a good amount of memory
  • Reliable – Don’t spring for a cheap cam if you have some serious security issue. Nothing is worse than an event happening that doesn’t get recorded due to reliability problems.

Single Or Dual Channel?

A dual channel is preferred as this will allow you to capture events from both the front and back of the vehicle.

However, you’ll need to understand that a dual channel setup is typically more expensive and doesn’t capture at a higher resolution that what a single channel would. Depending on your needs, you might only need a single front facing channel cam if your car is parked up against a wall with the back end first. It’s something to think about.

If you need optimum protection then you could spring for two single channel cams to get great video recording quality in the front and back. This will cost more and will take much longer to install, but if your situation calls for it, this is your best option.

Not sure which one is for you? I’ve got some options for you…

Front And Rear Dash Cams That Have Buffered Parking Mode

1. BlackVue DR750S-2CH

This one is the most popular of all the dual channel dash cams. It supports buffered parking mode and is very discreet and reliable. One thing i love about this cam is that you can view the video footage live on the internet. Keep in mind that as a downside the rear video is 720p resolution.
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2. Thinkware TW-X550D

Noted for the most reliable of the dual channel dash cams and also has the best price. The only drawback is that it is not too discreet. Want another option? Check out the our Thinkware F800 pro review.

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3. BlackVue DR750LW

This Dual Channel dash cam with buffered parking mode records in 1080p both front and back. You will need to sacrifice cloud connectivity though as it doesn’t have it like the DR650S. It has a 4″ screen which makes it less discreet, but as I always mention, you need a dash cam that suits your needs so if you like these features, you should consider this one. Want another option? Check out the Blackvue DR750S-2ch

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These are just a few and I will update other models shortly.

If you have any questions, you can always contact me from my email address on my contact page.

Best of luck!