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Dashcams for your Fleet | Dashcam for your personal vehicle

Dear fellow Motorist,

Ever since an incident last year in which I was literally driven off the road by a chap who was presumably having a very stressful day, I’ve understood the importance of having a Dashcam in your vehicle.

We both knew what had happened – although this chap didn’t seem too keen to admit it! – and sadly no other drivers stopped, so it was his word against mine.

My “friend” and I at the side of the road.
I didn’t have a Dashcam, so there was no record of the event…

Because liability for the “accident” was not admitted by either party, I had to fork out the excess of £600, prepare a statement of events, including pictures from the scene, Google street view shots of the location, and a comprehensive statement of what happened, totalling about 3 hours work…

I did this less because I was so concerned about getting the £600 excess back, and more because of the principle of it.

To add insult to injury, my next years insurance premium was then increased significantly because I had lost my no claims bonus.

Incidentally, to this day I haven’t got that excess back and I’m not expecting to ever get it…

I just wish I’d had a Dashcam in my car, which would have clearly shown what happened, and would serve as irrefutable evidence.

It would have saved me the £600 excess, the loss of my no claims bonus, and given me the satisfaction that the motorist who ran me off the road was shown to be the liable party.

So — as you do — I decided to
create a Dashcam!

After examining the products that were available on the UK market, I quickly made the decision that we should create our own Dashcam model, and that it should be the best that money can buy, but at an extremely good value price point.

I’ve been in the automotive electronics industry since 2004 (with the brands BTST and then Talex), so already had excellent design and manufacturing contacts.

At Talex we’ve gained a reputation for outstanding quality, functionality and ease of use with over 100,000 users in the UK, and I was determined to transfer these values in to a Dashcam product.

We first tested a whole range of products from the far east but none of them really had the Talex quality feel or functionality.

Some of the many Dashcams we tested...

Some of the many Dashcams we tested…

So we decided to develop a Dashcam from the ground up that I would be happy to use myself.

Almost a year later and here’s the result…

Presenting the Dragonfly™
Dashcam:

The Dragonfly Dashcam is so named because a Dragonfly has excellent eyesight, both during the day and at night, is elegant, and most importantly of all is perfectly adapted to its purpose.

AutoRecord™

(No need to switch your Dragonfly On/Off!)

The Dragonfly Dashcam automatically starts recording when you start your vehicles engine.

Then when you switch your ignition off, it automatically switches off, after continuing to record for 10 seconds.

I was surprised that most devices we tested didn’t have this function, which in my opinion is one of the most important features for a dashcam.

Why? Because – human nature as it is – we will either forget to switch it on every time we set off, or think “I’m only popping down the road” and not bother. As always in life it’s these unexpected occasions when something happens, and you’ll regret not turning it on.

With AutoRecord, you don’t need to worry – or even think about it.

You can literally set it and forget it, and the dashcam will record your journeys automatically unless you tell it not to, every time you start your engine.

Screen or No Screen?

The majority of Dashcams we tested had a screen. The screens were all very low resolution (read cheap!).

At first I assumed that a screen was desirable, until I really got in to testing the dashcams.

Turns out the reason that dashcam screens are such low resolution is because they don’t need a screen to function!

My friend and colleague Ian Roots, who is Technical Director and co-owner of one of my other businesses (fleettracking.co.uk) has always banged on about how dashcam products with screens were “rubbish” and – to be honest – I had always disregarded his comments, thinking that it was better to have a screen.

But as usual with technical matters, Ian was right…

Here are the reasons you definitely DON’T want a screen on your dashcam:

1) Both during the day, but especially at night, having a screen is a distraction. At best this is an irritation and at worst it’s dangerous. You find that the screen is always competing for attention against satnavs and the like. But unlike a satnav, a dashcam doesn’t need a screen! It’s much nicer if it’s tucked away out of your field of vision, just doing its job;

2) A screen drains the battery really quickly. If you’ve got an aftermarket satnav or a smartphone, you’ll know this problem well. Taking the screen away increases battery life by more than 400%;

3) It may well be illegal to have a screen showing the road ahead of you as you drive. If you’re interested in the specifics of the law, you can read about them here

In short, having a screen on a dashcam is nothing more than a gimmick to make it appear to have more perceived value. It’s simply not necessary (or desirable) for a dashcam to have a screen and actually makes the user experience worse rather than better.


But don’t you need a screen to line the camera up?

Nope. Because your Dragonfly has a wide angle lens, so long as it’s pointing forwards, it captures everything.

You don’t have to do any fiddly adjustments. Just adjust it visually as below, tighten the adjustment on the bracket, and it will always be in the correct position.

The EventLock™ Feature…

If an “event” happens, you want to be 100% sure that it doesn’t get lost, in case you need to keep the footage.

There are 2 ways the EventLock feature works:

1- Automatically:
The Dragonfly has a built in G-Force sensor, and will automatically save any extra ordinary event.

2- Manually:
You can press the EventLock button as shown below:

When the g-sensor records a high g-force, or you press the EventLock button, your Dragonfly ‘locks’ the footage from 20 seconds before, and 10 seconds after the event, meaning that this footage can’t be recorded over.

When you plug your Dragonfly in to a computer, the EventLock footage will appear with the file name “LOCK” so you can easily identify it. Only once plugged in to a computer can you delete the footage if you don’t want to keep it.

If an EventLock event happens, it doesn’t affect the normal ongoing recording, so if you need a longer recording of before and after the event, the footage will still be there.

But if you keep recording for many hours so that the new footage starts replacing the old footage (it works on a loop) then the ‘locked’ footage will remain safe.

EventLock is like a double-security measure to be 100% sure that important footage is not lost unless you want it to be.

Easily Turn Sound Recording
On / Off

Some people like to have the sound recorded, while some (myself included) prefer to be able to switch it off.

You can choose whether to have sound recording on or off by simply pressing the “MIC” button. If the MIC light is on, the microphone is on, if the MIC light is off, the microphone is off.

The great thing about this feature is that your Dragonfly remembers your preferred setting, so you don’t have to manually switch sound recording on or off each time you start a journrey.

Battery Life

Your Dragonfly has an internal battery so that it can continue to record even if the power is disconnected, for example in the event of an accident. * important: auto on/off will only work if your Dragonfly is plugged in

Can I ‘Hardwire’ My Dragonfly?

Absolutely. If you want to ‘hardwire’ your Dragonfly dashcam – meaning to custom install it – you can either do it yourself, if you are experienced with automotive electronics, or get an Automotive Electrician to do it for you. They should charge around £50 to do the job and we will recommend a couple of companies on the “thankyou” page you are directed to after placing your order.

If you hardwire your Dragonfly in, the AutoRecord feature still works as normal.

Do I need to buy a Memory Card
or anything else?

No! Your Dragonfly comes with everything you need, including an 8GB Class 10 Micro SD card, which comes pre-installed in your device. You don’t need to buy any “add on’s” as with some competing products, and you don’t need to set anything up.

How Do I View The Footage?

Unlike with a lot of competing products, you don’t have to remove the SD card, put it in to a card reader, then plug the card reader in to a computer to view the footage.

Just plug your Dragonfly in to any computer (PC or Mac) using the USB cable that comes in the box and “voilà!”, you can view the videos!

Guarantee

The Dragonfly is offered with a full 1 year Manufacturers Warranty.

90 Day Road Test!

The Dragonfly IS the best Dashcam that money can buy in our humble opinion.

If you order your Dragonfly now, take 90 days to confirm this, and just return it if you are not 100% satisfied within 90 days for whatever reason (or no reason at all!) for a 100% refund.

If, within 90 days, you decide that that the Dragonfly Dashcam is not for you, just email support@dashcam.co.uk for a complete refund of all monies you’ve paid.

I’m serious. It’s such a beautifully engineered product (both in terms of hardware and the usability of the device) that I’m expecting virtually no one to take us up on the offer :-)

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I’m so excited to welcome you to the Dragonfly community and would love to hear from you about how it’s helped you.

All the best,
Dragonfly Dashcam

P.S. All testimonials are gratefully received to support@dashcam.co.uk!

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Dashcam Law

Although there is not yet any specific law relating to Dash cams in the UK, the following are from the Construction and Use Regulations 1986:

30.  (1)   Every motor vehicle shall be so designed and constructed that the driver thereof while controlling the vehicle can at all times have a full view of the road and traffic ahead of the motor vehicle.

(2)  Instead of complying with the requirement of paragraph (1) a vehicle may comply with Community Directive 77/649, 81/643 or, in the case of an agricultural motor vehicle, 79/1073.

(3)  All glass or other transparent material fitted to a motor vehicle shall be maintained in such condition that it does not obscure the vision of the driver while the vehicle is being driven on a road

So any screen must not be a distraction (which dashcam screens most certainly ARE in my experience, especially at night), and the device must not obstruct vision.

In the opinion of the Lawyers we consulted (who also happen to be the lawyers for our “sister” company, DriveProtect), any crash following from the use of a dashcam with a screen could put you at risk of a prosecution.

The Dragonfly, like other non-screen dashcams, is perfectly compliant with any interpretation of the law so long as it’s not mounted as to obstruct your view.

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