New Toy Doubles as Excellent Dash Cam
Not sure if this is the right section but I thought for some this could be related gear. Feel free to move as required.
I bought a new GoPro HD2 camera. If you haven't seen these around you will start seeing them now. They are everywhere and the cost is reasonable. I bought one for a lot of reasons such as motorcycle video, I bought two picatinny mounts from Strikemark that should result in neat persepective video. Search strikemark and gopro for some good ideas (link to one). They are waterproof and the suction cup is good to 150 MPH.
Back to the topic. For the cost of a flat mount when this new "toy" is not in use it can be in service as a very good HD dash cam. Below are a few examples of the various Fields of View (FOV). It will shoot out to 170 Degrees FOV but that doesn't add any additional value in my mind. It charges off of an existing USB port I have. The Battery (Li) is good for 2.5 Hrs. There is one video showing how quick it is installed. With a 32GB SD card it will record 4 Hrs 45 Mins.
The audio is very good in the cabin and is more than sufficient. I have a friend who is considering getting one for fun and his job. He is a locksmith who does a lot of roadside calls and like many in customer service he has unfounded complaints lodged. I recommended one of these with a cheap wireless lapel mike. Two SD chips in rotation and some hard drive space he could keep a period of video for backup.
I've been testing it for about a week now and am really satisfied and wish I had had this mounted on my last family trip where a semi doing ~40MPH cut me off with barely enough room to avoid hitting him on the highway ( I ran off on the rumble strip at 70) I would surely have snipped that segment, posted it and email the link to the owner of the truck and maybe FHP!
Quick Connect Video
Dash Cam 1080P 127 Degree FOV Medium
Dash Cam 1080P 90 Degree FOV (Narrow)
Night Time Dash Cam 1080P 90 Deg FOV