Sydney Dash Cams

You want dash cameras to protect you while driving, but what about when you park your car? Read on if you want a simple explanation on how dash cams with parking mode can protect your car

Sydney Dash Cams

Dash cameras are designed to record when you are driving your car, capturing everything in front and behind if you get a two channel system, just the front or back if you get a one channel system, and even inside the car if you need an internal infrared ridesharing dash cam system. No matter which dash camera system you need, in the simplest terms parking mode is like CCTV for your car that captures the same footage when you are not driving your car. This can help you to catch intentional or unintentional damage caused to your car when it is parked, and can even allow you to provide assistance with clarification on events that may have happened near your car.

How does dash camera parking mode work?

Normally parking mode is automatically activated when you turn your car off, it uses internal sensors for different recording reactions to occur:

  • Motion sensitive dash cam recording; detects someone/something near your car
  • Impact sensitive dash cam recording; detects contact with your car

Parking mode is designed this way so that when you are away from your car, only targeted footage is recorded, this means less footage is created/overwritten which is important for SD card health, and also means lower power consumption as the dash camera(s) are effectively in a hibernation state when not in use.

Some dash cameras, like the BlackVue DR750S dash cameras, allow continuous recording when your car is parked, giving you total surveillance when you are away from your car, but this is at the cost of higher footage creation/overwrites, and higher power consumption.

There is also what is known as the time lapse parking mode, featured in the THINKWARE F800 Pro dash cameras, which takes a series of photos and compiles them into a video, created as an alternative to motion and impact sensitive parking mode recording for cars in busy areas like a main street.

Do all dash cameras have parking mode?

No, but it is becoming a more common dash cam feature, that said it is important you check if the parking mode feature is supported on the dash camera(s) you are interested in, and what is required to power them when your car is parked to enable parking mode recording. For all the dash cameras we stock they include a hardwire kit for parking mode as an added benefit to our mobile professional dash cam installation Sydney wide service.

What are the dash camera parking mode power methods?

When your car is running the dash cameras get power from the car, when the car is parked there are two options to power dash camera parking mode:

  • Hardwire kit: connects dash cameras to run off the car battery and shut off the dash cameras at a certain voltage to prevent flattening your car battery
  • Battery pack: Separate/independent dash cam battery pack that is charged when you drive, providing power when parked for dash camera parking mode

We prefer, and include with all our quotes, a hardwire kit for parking mode, the reasoning is simple, car batteries are larger than any dash cam battery pack option, they are designed to stop and start regularly and therefore provide a reliable power source for dash camera parking mode. Alternatively an independent dash cam battery pack provides a separate power source for your dash cameras that charges as you drive so that when you park your car you have a separate dedicated power source for parking mode recording that does not rely on your car battery and protects it from overuse, but an independent dash cam battery pack adds more cost to the price of dash cameras when compared to using a hardwire kit. 

It is important to keep in mind that parking mode will only work for as long as your battery has extra power to spare, driving shorter distances leaves little spare power and shorter parking mode recording time, whereas driving longer distances leaves more spare power and longer parking mode recording time, regardless of whether you have a hardwire kit using the cars battery or an independent dash cam battery pack.

How long will dash camera parking mode record for?

How long is a piece of string comes to mind, many factors will affect this:

  • Size and health of your car battery or dash cam battery pack
  • Voltage cutoff point if hardwired to car battery
  • Busy areas potentially mean more impact and motion detection recording, using the power more quickly as more parking mode recording events are triggered
  • Recording settings, such as level of sensitivity set for impact/motion detection events, and the recording resolution, for instance
  • How long your car will be parked for, the longer your car is parked the less spare power there will be to allow parking mode recording

So, do you need dash camera parking mode?

If you are having dash cameras installed, it makes sense to make use of the parking mode feature, as stated above we include a hardwire kit with all our quotes because parking mode could help you catch the dishonest person who bangs your car with a shopping trolley, dissuade a would be thief, or catch the vandal who keyed your car!

If you want more information on dash cameras for your car please contact one of our team on 1300 533 922, or check out our range of dash cameras by clicking here. After years of experience we only stock the dash camera brands we trust: THINKWARE, BlackVue, IROAD, Street Guardian and eCELL dash cameras, providing a mobile professional dash cam installation Sydney wide, get in touch for your dash cam needs today!