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Dash - GoPro Dashcam Controller

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  • Use your existing GoPro as a Dashcam!

    Automatically turn on the GoPro camera and start recording when your vehicle turns on. Automatically turn off when your vehicle turns off.

    'Dash' from CamDo converts your GoPro to a dashcam. 

    Capture exciting footage from your motorbike, race car, plane or helicopter or simply capture a family road trip or bike ride. Plus have the peace of mind if something goes wrong, you will have a record.

    Check out the CamDo Dashcam pack which provides you with everything to get started.

    Note: Dash will work on 5V power outlets only. Attempting to connect to a voltage greater than 5V may result in damage to the camera. 


    movieRecord Evidence for Peace of Mind

    • Record incidents.
    • Proof for insurance claims

    settingsEasy & flexible setup

    • Intuitive - just plug in and get started
    • Starts automatically, stops automatically
    • 8 different modes for flexibility

    camera_enhanceImage Quality

    • GoPro 4K Image quality
    • Adjustable standard and wide angle capture
    • Compatible with all GoPro video modes including - record video, looping video, video & photo or video time lapse.

    extensionFlexible mounting

    • Choose mount to suit your application/depth
      • Cars - windscreen or dash mount
      • Motorbikes
      • Helicopters
    • Infinite viewing / mounting angles
  • Dash will fit inside the extended backdoors included in the GoPro Backdoor Kit that are designed to fit GoPro BacPac accessories. We recommend using the frame mount inside a vehicle.

    Camera

    Compatibility (Y/N)

    HERO4 Black

    HERO4 Silver

    HERO (2014)

    HERO3+ Black

    HERO3+ Silver

    HERO3 Black

    HERO3 Silver

    HERO3 White

    HERO2

    HERO

  • Resources / Support

    Recording Options

    The video looping feature of the GoPro HERO cameras allows you to shoot 5 minutes to 2 hours of video in a continuous loop. When the programmed time is up, the camera will erase the first segment of the video and begin recording a new segment. We recommend using the 2hr setting as GoPro chaptering on the MAX setting is not ideal (see below).  The video is saved in segments which can be combined using GoPro’s Cineform Studio. Segment length depends on the total time selected.

    Powering the Camera

    By powering the GoPro camera via the USB connection on the side of Dash, ignition power can be detected and the camera automatically activated. Power is provided via a USB car charger which plugs into the accessory jack (cigarette lighter) of the vehicle. The USB cable can be any USB Male A type plug to a USB mini male plug. We have suitable cables for sale on our Dashcam pack page if you need one including a longer 10ft cable if you wish to mount the camera further away (eg behind the driver). Dash wiring

    Connecting the CamDo Dash Controller

    The Dash USB trigger input will work on any 5V input so it can run off either the 5 volt USB cable power, or an alternate custom trigger system of your own design.

    As chargers with 2 outputs are readily available, it makes sense to connect the board and camera charging USB cable to the same adapter.

    The charger should be plugged into a accessory/cigarette lighter jack that is wired in such a way that it is not on unless the ignition is turned on. Some vehicles have both types (eg an always on jack for car refrigerators etc) so please check your particular setup. Refer diagram above.

    Run on Time

    The camera will begin recording on receipt of ignition  power and continue to record until USB power is removed (ie when the vehicle turns off). The run-on time is 60 seconds or 10 minutes (user configurable).

    Camera Settings

    Set the camera to operate in your preferred mode (any video mode - video, time lapse video, video + photo, or looping mode). Dash will automatically select ‘Video’ mode on the camera so the last chosen settings will be used. Settings to consider:

    • Choose the video resolution you wish to record in.
    • Set the Loop control to the desired length of time you wish to save.

    At this time, there is a bug in the GoPro firmware for the loop recording. Choosing the MAX setting will work for a while, but at some point, the camera will decide (incorrectly) that there is not enough room on the SD card to continue. We do not recommend using the MAX setting as it wastes space on the SD card. This may be fixed in future firmware releases by GoPro. If you wish to maximise the loop, we presently recommend using the 2 hour setting. Alternatively, if  you do not wish to overwrite footage, just choose a standard video setting.

    Dash Modes

    Mode

     

    Camera Action / Operation

    USB power received

    USB power removed

    1

    Turn on and start recording

    Stop recording and turn off

    2

    Turn on and start recording

    Continue recording for 1 minute, then stop recording and turn off

    3

    Turn on and start recording

    Continue recording for  10 minutes, then stop recording and turn off

    4

    Turn on and start recording

    Do Nothing

    5

    Turn on

    Stop recording (if recording), and Turn off

    6

    Turn on

    Wait 1 minute (note camera may not be recording in this mode eg if using scripts), then stop recording (if recording) and turn off

    7

    Turn on

    Wait 10 minutes (note camera may not be recording in this mode eg if using scripts), then stop recording (if recording) and turn off

    8

    Turn on

    Do Nothing

    See the 'Dash' manual in our Resources section for further details.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Which GoPro cameras is Dash compatible with? 

    Please see the Compatibility tab.

    My race car vibrates a lot. How do I keep secure the USB cable in Dash or the  camera?

    We recommend placing a loop in the USB cable and a cable tie to provide a level of security and to reduce the vibration. We also recommend mounting to the windshield where practicable which has less vibration than the dashboard.


Collections: All, Dashcam Pack - basic

Type: Controller


 

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