You Ask, Elinz Answers pt. 5

Author: John D.   Date Posted:13 December 2019 


Welcome again to our weekly "You Ask, Elinz Answers", where we scour the internet for some frequently asked questions about dash cams, reversing cameras and other electronic gadgets!

Recently, we've been receiving a ton of dash cam & security camera related questions. We've seen some interesting answers that involve CCTVs, IP security cameras, and a lot more. Do read on if you'd like to learn more about the most common questions that people out there might have.

On to the questions!

Great question- most manufacturers don’t really have a handle on the different regulations that different countries have on the usage of cameras.

Others, like in Australia, view them as objective tools of safety and helps keep roads safe. Others view them as items that might invade the privacy of other people. Some even view them as distractions.

We at Elinz are of the firm belief, however, that dash cameras and reversing cameras help make the roads safer by giving visibility to drivers everywhere and helping them insure their vehicles, on top of making their driving better.

It’s not a universal viewpoint though and that’s okay- but studies are slowly providing insight into this practice and they’re showing as affirmative of the boon that dash cams and reversing cameras provide.

One other possible issue as to why car manufacturers don’t have them built-in into cars is that it can be quite costly, and there’s no structure set in place (yet) for these manufacturers to make cameras on their own just to attach to cars.

That depends on what kind of security camera you have. If you have an IP camera, then it should be plug and play.

Slap on an SD card on it, plug on a power outlet and you should be good to go!

If you have a CCTV camera, you’d have to set up the hub, configure it, install the cameras and configure them too to offload the footage into the hub.

You can tell that CCTVs are a little more complicated, but they’re worth it- they can cover multiple points in your home and they can deter criminal activity in and around your home.

if you don’t know anything about CCTV installation, we here at Elinz have a list of recommended installers that know our product intimately. If you do purchase from a different source, make sure to ask with them regarding their recommended and licensed installers to make sure.

For both IP cameras and CCTV cameras, consider that you have to pick a corner or a fixture on the wall with good height, and a wide view of what you keep your eye on. Our CCTV camera hubs have unique functions that can assign face capture to one of the cameras, so keep that in mind IF you do buy your security cameras from us.

You could, but I wouldn’t recommend it- I don’t understand either why you would like to do that- it would be kind of a hassle to do so.

I do oppose doing so unless there aren’t any other options and you really need to do some surveillance immediately. There are plenty of reasons, and here are some of the most important reasons why:

  1. Incompatibility. Different security cameras and different DVRs won’t always match when it comes to signals. So, the problem with that is that if the connection is shaky or problematic, the quality of the recording will be the smallest of your problems.
  2. Features disabled. Some cameras have features that only work with their intended DVRs, and if you mix and match for any reason, then there’s a good chance that that feature won’t work. For example, if your security camera system has facial recognition, then that feature might work at all.
  3. Differing setups might cause technical issues such as missing video parts, and it might even have problems with video encoding. The security camera might be loading footage in .mp4, while the DVR might be taking video only in .wmv or .avi. You can see how that could be a problem when it comes to video playback.

If you can get a system with the same cameras and hub/DVR, do get one instead of mixing and matching.

 

Absolutely! Unless your country doesn’t permit the usage of a dash cam, then it is absolutely important to own a dash cam.

In Australia, they’re allowed and even encouraged- and here are some of our reasons why they’re important to have:

  1. Insurance reasons. A dash cam is a silent witness that provide undeniable video proof on whatever you come across on the road. If at any point you need proof for law enforcement or insurance reasons, you’ll have it with your dash cam.
  2. A video log of your driving. It’s easy to think that you’re a great driver, but when you actually see your driving, then you’ll see what problems you have when you’re driving. With a dual dash cam, you can also see what your behavior is when you’re driving, which you can correct.
  3. Australia is home to beautiful sights and sounds, and having a dash cam is definitely great if you want to keep a video log of your travels.

Of course, it isn’t always going to be beneficial for you, especially if you drive terribly- so always be on your best behavior! In a way, it helps you fix some of your bad habits on the road by forcing you to make better decisions while driving. If you’d like to make best use of it, make sure that you’re driving as carefully as you can and that you’re following all the laws of road.

There you have it- Stay tuned next week for more as we continue to scour the internet for really interesting (and hopefully entertaining) and informative questions. 

Looking for the equipment mentioned in our answers? Browse through our listings today and get your own dash cam and security camera (or cameras, if you want a multi-camera setup) straight from us at Elinz- your perfect companion on the road and at home.