• May 1st 2013 at 2:15PM
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Dashboard cameras have drastically grown in popularity ever since a video of a meteor falling through the sky in Russia went viral last February. While you may never catch a glimpse of a meteor, these cameras can be great for proving fault in an auto accident, or even making sure your teen is driving safely. You can purchase a dedicated dash cam for under $100, but the video quality isn't great and you can't easily use the camera for anything else. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 3 is a small, slightly more expensive HD camera that can go nearly anywhere, including the dashboard of your car.

With some slight modifications, the GoPro Hero 3 quickly becomes a trusty, high-quality dash cam. like Here's what you'll need:
  • GoPro Hero 3
  • GoPro suction mount
  • USB charging cable
  • USB car charger
  • Power drill

First, remove the GoPro from its plastic housing and drill a hole into the side where the USB input is located. This will allow you to plug your GoPro in and charge it while you drive. Just don't expect the housing to remain waterproof after you've put a hole through it.

Next, suction mount your GoPro to your windshield. For the best angle of the road, you may have to mount the camera upside down. GoPro offers an in-camera option to flip the image, or you can rotate it using the software that comes packaged with the camera.

Finally, plug one end of the USB cable into the GoPro and the other into your vehicle's 12-Volt outlet via a USB car charger adapter.

Once you have your GoPro set up, simply turn on the loop recording feature. Here's what the looping feature does, according to Abe Kislevitz, GoPro Production Artist:

The way it works is by actually splitting the 20-minute duration by 4, and keeps 5 sets of these clips on the SD card at any given time. 4 of the 5 clips are 5 minutes in length (20/4) which equals the full 20 minutes, the 5th is the current one recording (until it hits 5 minutes). So if you stop after 44 minutes you'll have 4 clips each 5 minutes long and one clip 4 minutes long. This is why I say you'll always have at least 20 minutes (or whatever duration you set). --AbeKislevitz.com

Now you can capture everything that goes on in front of your vehicle. And even if you don't end up with a video of a meteor falling from the sky, you can always speed up your footage and make a cool time lapse of your favorite driving route like we did in the video below.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Why drill a hole in your water proof housing when the skeleton case is so affordable?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Was about to say the same. Aslo, why not get the combo cable whilst at it? That way, you can hook up an external microphone for the engine noise, or play stuff back on the infotainment system (or do both).
        • 2 Years Ago
        …although I already use "The Frame", which is just as fine inside the car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the Go Pro turn on and start recording automatically? Or will I need to switch it into loop recording mode each time I get in the car?
        • 1 Year Ago
        No it doesn't, you'd need to manually turn it on and off. Also, their loop recording is bugged and doesn't work, card maxes out and says SD FULL even when loop recording is enabled.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recently purchased the GoPro Hero 3, Silver at Sam's Club for 249.00. A multitude of parts came with it, including the waterproof frame, 2 other frames not waterproof, assorted mounts and clips, a side mount extension. The camera itself was mounted to a square plastic base that was adhered to a box. After struggling to remove the plastic base from the box (which I don't believe GoPro intended the base to be used, it was cosmetic in nature), I was able to use this as the dash mount in my car for the camera. I found through the GoPro web site, that THEY DO NOT sell the 3M double sided adhesive tape that they use for their mounts. I was able to find at both Lowes and Home Depot, double sided adhesive tape. It is recommended that you use at least a 10 pound PSI tape. You can also find a 20 pound PSI tape. Get the widest tape, 1 inch wide. Before applying the tape to the base, I first found the area on the dashboard where I wanted to mount the camera and base. I adheredd the tape to the bottom of the plastic base on all four sides. I put three layers of tape, alternating seams, to compensate for the inconsistency of the base bottoms lack of being smooth. I washed the spot on the dashboard and rinsed it well, letting it dry before adhering the base to the dash. I placed the camera in one of the non waterproof plastic frames, attached that to the clip, then slide the clip into the dashboard mount and was ready to go. Don't ruin your waterproof case by drilling a hole in it as the above article suggests. In the past, I have used suction cup mounts and found that, SOMETIMES, they loose their suction, Once that happens, you have a costly electronic item bouncing around your car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video does not exist. I guess the camera was stolen out of the car. ;-)
      • 2 Years Ago
      where did the video go??
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