Thank you for responding. So sorry about your brother. I'd rather have a dash cam and not need it than wish I had one. With my Passport Elite, I have my wheel locks. I don't want just anyone installing dash cam. Best Buy is fairly convenient. Still researching other options for someone experienced to install...I have a Thinkware F750 in each of my other vehicles . Thinkware replaced it with F800 and I just ordered one from Best Buy - you will have to buy the hard wire kit for $29.99 but in my opinion, they are the best option for concealed dash cam ( behind the Rear view Mirror) and 1080p quality. It includes GPS so you can pull your entire route data / speed from the SD card if necessary. There is no video screen so you will have to hook up to it's internal wifi to watch or download videos to your tablet/ phone or remove the Micro SD card. they run $299.00 but will go on sale for $229.00 every few weeks ( they were on sale last week) Best buy will install for $49.99 or you can do it yourself- it's simple. I gave my oldest child the F800 + installation last Christmas for his Civic ( he's driving around Palo Alto / San Francisco)
For what it's worth, they also offer a rear window camera that hooks up to the primary, front-facing unit, , but I have yet to explore that option.
My F800 will be here Tuesday so I will know how it tucks up against the Honda sense camera package later in the week.
I highly recommend having some sort of dash cam. I am in the Transportation / Insurance industry and have recommended to all of my friends and family. Just so you know, my Brother in law was involved in an accident that rendered him a Quad a few years back. He did not have the dash cam installed at the time, and was not able to show that the other vehicle came over the rise in his lane of travel ( across the center line) and forced him off the roadway causing him to roll his truck. About a year later his wife ( my sister-in-law) was involved in an accident where the other vehicle ran the stop sign and struck her and spun her around and totaled out their wheel chair accessible van-- they still didn't have the dash cam installed. Finally they have one in all of their vehicles. They are not "get out of Jail free cards" they will record everything, and they do not give you the ability to drive anyway you want, but in certain circumstances, they can be very beneficial.
There are a lot of Dash-cams out there, but this is my recommendation ( some guy on a forum) for what it's worth. Good luck and let us know what you decide. I'll try to send a photo of my F750 in the Ridgeline and what the F800 looks like before installed in my Wife's Passport.
Thanks for sharing Ken!Transferred a Thinkware 800 from my last car into the Passport with the hardwire kit so it works for continuous driving and parking modes. I was using the additional rear camera in the previous vehicle, but haven't installed it on the Passport yet. It's been solid so far and the image quality has been good both day and night.
"Well, Mr. KenA, I see you were traveling OVER the speed limit when you hit my client, Mrs. Grandma. Do you think if you were driving AT the speed limit, you might have had the time to stop?"It's optional on the Thinkware. I have it turned on because I'm rarely going more than 5 over unless I'm passing and if I'm ever in a position where I need to use the footage as proof of something, the speed I was going is most likely irrelevant.
Recently installed a Blacksys-CH200. This is a two channel (which means front and rear cameras) I got from Blackboxmycar. They matched Amazon's price. I did the install myself. Wasn't too bad, took me about 2 hours as I've never done an install before.. The tricky part was getting the rear panels off of the tailgate. There was a Youtube video of a guy showing how this is done. Really easy.I am interested in purchasing and having a dash cam installed in my Passport. Any recommendations or comments? Is Best Buy worth considering? Thanks!
Indeed."Well, Mr. KenA, I see you were traveling OVER the speed limit when you hit my client, Mrs. Grandma. Do you think if you were driving AT the speed limit, you might have had the time to stop?"
Seriously, to each his own. My suggestion was just to make others aware of the options. Personally, I think the odds that I'd have to prove that I was driving no faster than the speed limit are smaller than having to explain why I was doing 5 over.
I’m looking at the Garmin 55 for our red Elite that is on order. I have a friend with one of these and he is happy with it.