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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reviewed: RAC 205 DashCam Reply with quote

Last year I reviewed the RAC 05 with GPS and our own speed camera database included. I was quite impressed with it as you can see from the review and it has remained in use in my car since. So when I was given the opportunity to test and review one of their newer models I was interested to see how it had been improved. So let me introduce you to the RAC 205 dash cam...

Read the full review here: RAC 205 DashCam
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any dash cam has to be better than nothing.

A few years back I was a passenger in my wife's car when she was hit by another vehicle. The other driver told numerous lies which resulted in may wife losing her no claims bonus, paying her excess. losing pay and, the worst part, being charges with Driving Without Due Care.

It took hours of research in measuring junctions, photographing signs and finding rules in Highway Code. Then getting a solicitor and barrister to fight the case. It took a year and a half until all the lies were proved to be so in court, my wife found not guilty and her court costs paid, her no claims reinstated and compensation paid for her excess and other losses.

What happened to the other driver. After all that delay, NOTHING

Now both our cars have dash cams as that would have immediately showed up the lies
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a terrible sequence of events but glad it got resolved - except for the other driver not getting brought to justice!

I agree that any camera is better than none and in fact I am now using one of my old ones in the rear window to record the maniac tailgaters.

I fail to see how this one can be recommended however due to the frequent lock-ups? You just know that "sods law" will take affect and the camera will have "gone into a loop" just at the moment that cyclist comes zooming out of a side road without even looking!

It could be a faulty unit but, if not, then how can it be fit for purpose?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodbar wrote:
I fail to see how this one can be recommended however due to the frequent lock-ups? You just know that "sods law" will take affect and the camera will have "gone into a loop" just at the moment that cyclist comes zooming out of a side road without even looking!

It could be a faulty unit but, if not, then how can it be fit for purpose?


Proofcam have contacted me to say that 1) they're working on a firmware update and 2) they are going to send a replacement unit so we can see if it was a one-off.

The review will be updated accordingly.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The power of the forum!

That's good if they are sending a replacement - please keep us posted whether that cures the problem or you need to wait for the new firmware.

It might be as well to check that your original unit AND the replacement are actually running the same firmware - especially if the new unit does not exhibit the fault - just to be sure?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any news on the replacement - did it arrive? Did it cure the problem?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodbar wrote:
Any news on the replacement - did it arrive? Did it cure the problem?


I've not had chance to return it yet - school holidays are a nightmare!! Will post back when done Smile
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