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Help Dash Cam difficulty

I would like to get myself a dash cam.
I have been doing some online research and cannot find one.
Now, please don't think I am an internet idiot who couldn't find **** on the end of my nose.
The thing is I have a couple of points that make the perfect dash cam elusive.
I change my car every couple of months so need a dash cam that can easily be switched from vehicle to vehicle. (no adhesive pads or extensive wiring)
I want the dash cam to have a wireless rear camera that can be attached to the rear windscreen which is preferably powered by rechargeable battery. (dash cams with forward and rear facing cameras on the main body of the dash cam are no good as I want rear footage of the road, not of the occupants of the car.)
Needs to be HD too.

What do you think? Am I asking for something that doesn't exist?

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I've been following this dash cam thread https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...p?t=2056815237 for at least a year & don't recall ever seeing anyone mention a wireless option ? Don't think you'll find one with a rechargeable battery either, perhaps you could use a powerpack if you don't want to wire it.

I think you are probably looking for too many things !
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I've been following this dash cam thread https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...p?t=2056815237 for at least a year & don't recall ever seeing anyone mention a wireless option ? Don't think you'll find one with a rechargeable battery either, perhaps you could use a powerpack if you don't want to wire it.

I think you are probably looking for too many things !
Yep, I think you're right David. It is not normal that a dash cam set up needs to be so 'transferable' so I guess I will have to be a little 'creative' in finding a solution.
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Couple of cheap smartphones sellotaped to the front and back of a cycling helmet that you wear when you drive?
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IP cameras, surveillance station, router, desktop computer, Laptop and/or NAS with screen to control, lots of battery packs... oh, you want to fit in as well...

You kind of want the equivalent of a laptop with two webcams attached.

If you're prepared to "hide" a wire extender cable for power, and leave that behind (or have a power source hidden in the boot that you can move), that might work if a battery pack isn't an option - depending on the car, you could have a spare battery or equivalent in the boot for power and just drop a cable down the rear pillar by the parcel shelf (it will depend on the cars/style as to how easy that is). I have an ApeMan dashcam and that comes with a suction attachment which works well. Wasn't overly expensive (40 or 50 in an Amazon sale). Well, it's actually for my wife but I probably connect it up more - I leave the cable plugged in and just move the dashcam into the glovebox when not in use/parked as we don't bother with the "bumped into" feature.
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IP cameras, surveillance station, router, desktop computer, Laptop and/or NAS with screen to control, lots of battery packs... oh, you want to fit in as well...

You kind of want the equivalent of a laptop with two webcams attached.

If you're prepared to "hide" a wire extender cable for power, and leave that behind (or have a power source hidden in the boot that you can move), that might work if a battery pack isn't an option - depending on the car, you could have a spare battery or equivalent in the boot for power and just drop a cable down the rear pillar by the parcel shelf (it will depend on the cars/style as to how easy that is). I have an ApeMan dashcam and that comes with a suction attachment which works well. Wasn't overly expensive (40 or 50 in an Amazon sale). Well, it's actually for my wife but I probably connect it up more - I leave the cable plugged in and just move the dashcam into the glovebox when not in use/parked as we don't bother with the "bumped into" feature.

Hmmmm, all great suggestions lads. Much appreciated. (Even yours Fred. )

The use of power packs is perhaps a way to get sort of what I am after.....
Will keep looking and update when I have the solution I need.
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Have you thought of using something like a couple of Gopro style cameras? (Gopros themselves are a bit of an overkill and expensive for dashcams)

Alternatively Roadhawk have a few options for multi camera setups, tho' at first glance they all appear to be wired.

Two of our cars (Renault & Mini) have 12V sockets in the boot....
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Take a look at Mobius dash cams, not a solution to your specific needs but I don't think what you want exists yet.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mobius-Acti.../dp/B00DP1WYD2

Been thinking about one of these myself.
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https://www.lifewire.com/dash-cam-alternatives-534882

I'd looked at GoPro (not for me). Even a digital camera with a suction pad and rechargeable batteries would work (could set up a remote "on/off" with some) but you'd need to change SD cards at times unless you can get one that goes to an external hard-drive direct like a webcam would.
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Of course you could use a different mount for each car (up to 10 cars then!)...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crosstour-W...4YJRT9FH2FJW8N
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This is the only wireless rear camera I have come across, but it's not a rear window mount type

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-Re...XNT03K8WBT957G

I have an Auto Vox X2 and it works well so far, I'm just in the process of hard wiring the power and installing the rear camera.

What in the wide wide world of sports is a going on here?
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