Dash Cameras have become increasingly popular with drivers in the last decade for drivers all over the world from all walks of life. Their popularity has surged due to the numerous benefits they offer and are now slowly changing the culture of our roads.
GoPro action cameras have also become popular with consumers to capture great videos of any action-packed activity. Many people are considering using their tough, durable GoPro as a dash cam. It is assumed that because they can cope with nearly any extreme sport or condition, they will be more than adequate as a dash cam solution.
GoPros and dash cameras have transformed from big, clunky analog devices (using VCR cassettes and film respectively) to compact, lightweight accessible technology that is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Both cameras provided an easy way to create and share interesting videos on sites like YouTube. Viral dash cam and GoPro videos when YouTube was still a novelty got both cameras out to the masses and they are still popular over 20 years later.
As a rugged, tough, waterproof camera that can keep up with extreme sports and weather conditions, it is assumed that you can use your GoPro for anything.
GoPro Dash Cam hack
Many people have started using their GoPro instead of a dash cam to protect themselves and their vehicle on the roads. There are loads of hacks popping up all over the net and it sounds easy. Just a few accessories and you’re good to go.
All you need to add to your GoPro is three accessories:
- Skeleton housing – this allows you to charge your GoPro at the same time as you film.
- 12V USB charger – plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.
- Suction cap mount – the suction cap will attach the camera to your windscreen so you can start capturing footage straight away.
PROS OF USING YOUR GOPRO AS A DASH CAM
Sounds good so far, but should we believe the hype?
Don’t believe the hype!! This is another of those hacks that will suck you in if you’re not careful. There are far more cons than pros in using this awesome POV action cam in the car.
CONS OF USING YOUR GOPRO AS A DASH CAM
GoPro cameras are purpose built for creating amazing videos that showcase your point of view in the middle of the action. They can handle nearly any extreme sport but aren’t made to be kept cooped up in the car.
Stick to a purchase-built dash cam for protection and piece of mind, at a good price point with very little effort involved in the installation and day to day use.