There are a wide range of in car cameras on the market today, ranging from basic video-only models which cost around £60, to sophisticated £200+ models which offer GPS and velocity tracking, as well as features to detect lane departure and collisions.
Installing a in car camera can seem like an intimidating proposition at first, and there are some challenges when it comes to installing a hidden dash cam or an in car camera with front and rear recording capabilities, but in most cases installing an in car camera is a relatively simple job.
How to Install a Dash Cam
The first thing you need to consider is where to mount it. If you have purchased a mirror mounted camera, or a simple front-facing wired camera then it probably came with an installation kit, and installing the camera is as simple as “plug and go”. Simply attach the camera to the window, point the lens to the road so that the view is centred, and adjust the viewing angle by rotating the camera.
Once the camera is in place, run the wire from the camera around the body of the car. You can conceal the wire underneath the headliner and under the rubber surrounding the edge of the window. Take the wire down to the bottom of the car, and run it under the carpet in the foot well, and up to the cigarette lighter. Plug the camera into the cigarette lighter/power socket.
If you have a heat reflective windscreen then the GPS function of your dash cam will not be able to penetrate the glass, rendering it useless. The camera will still work without the GPS. Some solar reflective windscreens do have blank patches to allow the GPS signal through, so this may be worth consideration when installing your in-car camera. However, these blank patches are not guaranteed, in a consistent location or necessarily in an appropriate position to place your dash cam. Always make sure your dash cam is positioned so it does not obscure the drivers view.
Hardwiring the Camera
If you have a more expensive, hardwired dash cam then you may want to wire it into the car’s electrics permanently. This is something that is often done for front and rear systems, or ones with a wider range of features. Permanent dash cam wiring is more challenging, and is best done professionally by specialist installers.