I did contact them before the new year and they said it didnt look right, but then obviously not much happened because of all the bank holidays and partying :P
My main reason for getting it was because of the quality in the videos I had seen on youtube, but now it looks as though smart witness has a better image quality and similar features.
My problem is the angle at which the windscreen is on the civic, the only real way I can get a half decent image is if I stick it in the middle of the screen, but this then fills half the screen with the dashboard.
I have managed to watch the footage & it would appear you have the lens too far away from the screen & the lens set too low. Its picking up a lot of reflection back from the screen. I have the lens a couple of mil away from the screen & aimed higher up.
Managed to paste a couple of pic's, one is driving on the freeway from Tahoe to San fransico, 2nd is in the dark when my daughter was turning right at a roundabout and a youngster decided to overtake a stopped car & drive through the roundabout at 40+! how they missed I have no idea as you can see how close it was !
You may wish tio zoom in on the 2nd as its a screen shot. She was still travelling at 14MPH & the ABS was full on!
You know civman, daughter rings me up in tears! "I nearly had a crash " I thought yeah yeah yeah, & she said the bloke was a numpty & I thought bound to be some exageration but when i saw the video I couldn't belive it! you can see where the other car had stopped for her turning right! & this guy ploghs through the roundabout at 40+ in the dark in a 30mph.
hence to say daughter won't drive now without a camera. best bit was she didn't even swear bless her cotton socks & she even found time to parp the horn!
There is a guy on another forum who just had an accident with a cam fitted & the other guy claimed a different story. the outcome was when the evidence was shown in court he got a wacking great big fine for making a false statement!
camera is worth every penny.
I even used mine once when I was told I had driven through a red light in Northolt when in fact it was clearly amber on the playback so worth it weight in gold for many applications
Is the Roadhawk DC1 really as good as the makers claim? It seem to be very expensive considering some of the poor reports that I have seen . Is there an alternative? BFN
Yes, there are alternatives. I bought one of the fifty quid ones from Amazon, and sent it back because it didn't work. That is, it didn't work properly. It gave a few seconds of smooth(ish) video at a time and then stuck on one frame, missing big chunks of video. Customer reviews of this camera suggested that most buyers had had to return them. The video quality was about the same as the Roadhawk, which I've got fitted now. The Roadhawk has been completely reliable in the three months that I've had it fitted. I'm impressed with the video quality of the more expensive cameras that I've seen on various web-sites, but that's it -- they're more expensive and even buying the Roadhawk was not easy for me. Why have I got it? Got caught with cash-for-a-crash when a gang of hooded youths blocked in my car on the approach to a roundabout and a young asian girl reversed her Renault Clio into me. All the rear-light bulbs had been unplugged from the Clio. Anyway, I agree that the night-time quality is not good, but there we are. I'm sure that as these camera journey-recorders become more popular, they must become cheaper.
One other thing - like it says in the Roadhawk documentation, the GPS receiver can take some time to 'aquire' a signal. It's better with a clear sky, but on a rainy day - well, I drove all the way from Ramsbottom to the centre of Bolton before it gave the triumphal chime and the GPS led turned green!
M1, two cars in front pulled alongside each other and appeared to be having a conversation, was sufficient to warn me. One pulled in front of the other and braked, I was far enough behind for ABS to pull me up in time. Perhaps they were novices?
'Fraid so. I really didn't know what they were up to at the time. I'd just driven three hundred miles, nearly home, and it all happened so quickly. No damage appart from paint cracked on front bumper. Didn't really understand that she'd reversed into me 'till I was talked through it by someone, and couldn't understand what she hoped to get out of it. Then she made a 'whiplash' claim and Churchill payed up and docked my NCB. Won't be back with Churchill when my insurance is due in Feb. I've learnt the hard way.