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What is SquareTrade?
SquareTrade is a well known and reputable third party warranty company with plans that typically offer protection against device failure from normal use as well as accident protection for portable devices.  Extended warranties for a dash camera can be purchased from SquareTrade for as little as $16.99.
To learn more about the extended 2,3 and 4 year warranties of SquareTrade please click on the above Banner > then click on the Cameras category on SquareTrade.
If you purchase a Dash
 Cam today and wish to purchase an extended warranty through SquareTrade click on any of the SquareTrade banners throughout the website and you will be directed to the SquareTrade website. Dash Cameras are generally classified as Camcorders in the Cameras category.


FAQ

Question:

Do U.S. insurance companies offer discounts, rebates etc. if you use a dash cam in your vehicle?

Answer:

No, but they should. Actually I do not know of any, but I believe that if you own a dash cam you should ask your insurance company to provide a benefit for yourself and others that use a dash camera. One idea that came from a truck driver that purchased a SmartCam HD2 is that the insurance company should pay to the policy holder what would have been the deductible s/he would have had to pay had the dash cam video not been used to secure the right outcome.  In other words, you saved your insurance company a lot of money - they should pay you back for your smart thinking. I like that one. This I do know. Personal dash cam ownership will change bad driving habits and vehicle insurance policies forever.

Question:

I am having trouble placing my order.  What might be the reason?

Answer:

The most likely answer is that the billing address for your CC or DB has been entered incorrectly.  This generally happens with apartment or rural addresses.  Also it is important to accurately enter in an email address as we are unable to change the email information on any particular order.

Question:

Please explain what it means when a dash camera is looping or loops?

Answer:

Here is an excerpt from the SmartCam HD 2 manual which explains looping also known as cycling.
Loop or looping is the important feature that allows the SmartCam HD to continuously record video (hour after hour) to the same SD memory card.  As the camera records in the “loop” or “cycle” setting it is creating video files or segments in 2, 5 or 10 minute lengths. These files are recorded and saved consecutively (one after another) to the SD memory card.  When a camera fills up a SD memory card (with many files) it must "loop" or "cycle" back to the earliest video segment / file it saved to the SD card and it must overwrite that file so that it can record and save the most current file.  The camera does this automatically when the Loop feature is on. This allows the SD card to always have stored the most recent video file/segment that the camera has recorded.  You only have to determine how long of a video file you want the camera to make and then save to the card. Your choices are files that are 2 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes long.  There are different reasons to choose different file sizes. The 5 minute file size is a good length to start with.


Question:

How does the SD card fit into the camera?

Answer:

The SD cards are generally placed into cameras labels "up" or "out".  Push them in until the click sound is heard (you will feel a little spring inside the camera providing tension) .  Sometimes you may need a nickel or another object to push in far enough.  Don't worry it is designed this way so that the sd card doesn't come out while you are driving down the road.  

Question:

What about infrared lights for night driving?

Answer:

The cameras have a "lamp setting" or "lights up" setting but no infrared led lights.  In general Infrared lights on small portable dash cameras do not work effectively in vehicles.  This is due to the "glare" of the infrared lights reflected back into the camera from off of the inside of the windshield.  At night the camera will pick up what the headlights do and the reflective road and sign markings as well as the ambient light of traffic around it.  The word photo means "light" so light is very important.  The SmartBox does have "WDR"  (wide dynamic range) which does a nice work in lower light situations.  


 Question:

What type of driving is the SmartCam HD best suited for?

Answer:

All driving from short commutes, to business and vacation trips. The SmartCam HD Dash Cam records it all.
Not only is it great for commuters but it is perfect for truck drivers (both local and OTR), bus drivers, delivery drivers (floral, pizza, couriers), if your job equires you to drive then you should definitely own a portable dash cam dvr. Frankly, everyone who drives needs the eyewitness protection that a SmartCam HD Dash Cam affords.

Question:

Do I need a dash cam if my employer already has a video camera system in my company vehicle?

Answer:

That is great for your employer, but you should consider that it is their system - they own it and all of the video data it collects and stores. We suggest that you have your own "dash cam" protection. Another important factor is that portability of the SmartCam HD allows it to be transferred from a company vehicle to your personal vehicle in a matter of seconds - further protection while off the job.

Question:

Is it called a "dashcam" "dash cam" or "car cam" exactly what is the proper term for it?

Answer:

It is called all those names. There isn't any specific name for it. In the USA we are accustomed to hearing about law enforcement cameras called onboard "dash cams" and so that is usually the term we use. In other parts of the world the term is "car cam" or even "car camera dvr" etc.
On this website when we refer to our "dash cam" the SmartCam HD; we are talking about a product that is both a portable digital video camera and a DVR (digital video recorder) to be used in a car, truck, or other vehicle. The SmartCam HD captures and records high definition digital video to an SDHC flash memory card. This card can be removed to transfer video files to a pc, Mac or other device. This is important because as an all in one "dash cam" it offers the simplicity of function that we all need.

Question:

Lastly two questions in one. Could you tell me a little more about the specifications of the SmartCam HD and how is it that the SmartCam HD 2 is the only dash cam for you.

Answer:

We have listed the Technical Specifications on the SmartCam product page that you can navigate to from the the menu bar.  It is a very thorough list and we hope it will answer any question you might have concerning the SmartCam HD. Also see our video about using the SmartCam HD on the Slider Home Page.
To answer the second part of your question I have always been interested in video recording and after we (my wife and I) became over the road truck drivers we saw the need to record our driving. Recording our driving showed our view of things (essentially total recall) when encountering the everyday liabilities that could potentially be career or life altering. Believe it or not we recorded for several years on a hard wired VHS camera system that I had "cobbled" together. Needless to say we were so glad to get rid of it. I am still stunned that everything I wanted in a portable vehicle dvr camera I found in the SmartCam HD 2. The logical step for us was to have a business where we could meet the needs of others with a great and greatly needed product.