• May 11, 2013
If you've noticed a disturbing lack of dash cam in your life, our friends at sister site Translogic have just the thing for you. They've worked up a quick play-by-play for how to turn your GoPro Hero3 into a go-anywhere camera to record everything that goes on in front of your vehicle.

The steps are as simple as drilling small hole in the camera's water proof case to allow access to the USB charging port. From there, you can supply constant power through a 12-volt USB adapter. Mount the camera to your windshield using the suction mount and you're very nearly ready to go.

Next, set up the loop recording feature and you're good to go. The Hero3 can loop record in 5, 20, 60 or 120 minute files wherein it will record to the maximum time before starting a new save file. Once the memory card is full, it will record over the oldest file. It can also loop record in "maximum" mode, where the camera fills the memory card, then starts over again. Check out the video Translogic made below for a look at the finished results.




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      TIMMAH!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turn your Go-Pro into a smash and grab magnet...
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        seriously..... what a bad idea
      chromal
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's more to an expensive dashcam than just video. Starting around $100, most dashcams build upon 720p or 1080p video to additionally offer accelerometer logging (e.g.: bumps and impacts) as well as GPS speed and position logging. GoPro's Hero3 offers non of that, yet costs twice as much. Don't get me wrong, the Hero3 is a fantastic product and takes nice videos. It's just not optimal as a dash cam when it is out-featured by $120 products that ARE optimal as dash cams. I think my other concern would be that good dashcams tend to be a bit low-key, not very large, not hugely visible. The Hero3 is really large and as likely to inspire a break-in to your car as leaving a laptop on the dashboard or passenger seat.
        Al Terego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chromal
        Sound advice for sure. Can you please make a recommendation. I admit I've caught the dashcam bug and are in the market for are in the market for a new product, please and thank you.
          Andy Dufresne
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Al Terego
          I researched two for over a year before making my decision: The BlackVue DR400G-HD and the Itronics ITB-100HD. I went with the Itronics ONLY because of heating issues I read about with the BV's. The BV's picture looked slightly better to me, but I wasn't willing to risk the investment in the hot summers here. Do your research!
          Al Terego
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Al Terego
          Thanks Andy.
          Doe John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Al Terego
          Yeah very cool but non of the stuff Andy mentioned costs $100.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      video removed already?
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Maybe they used their GoPro to record and it\'s already overwritten it :P
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprising that a tech site doesn't know that GoPro makes a frame housing for the gopro that lets you use all of the accessory ports. That way you don't have to ruin your waterproof housing that is $50.
      suirzes
      • 1 Year Ago
      hey, where's video?
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      RobG
      • 1 Year Ago
      You don't need to drill the case; just buy the GoPro "Frame" (expensive at $40 though) and use it instead of the waterproof case. To avoid obstruction issues, mount it up high, like above your rearview mirror if there is room up there and you don't have a tint band to block the video. Then you can fish the power wire up and over the windshield like you would a radar detector power cord.
      • 1 Year Ago
      dash cams are lame...most of the time they are used by paranoid cowards and are much less useful than you might think
        Doe John
        • 1 Year Ago
        What do you expect to do when someone claims you hit them when actually they hit you? Beat them up? Non-Paranoid brave man, you.
        wickedme91
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hopefully you will the same after someone rolls back into your car. Or when you laughing out aloud while on youtube watching the hilarious dash cam videos. Its also a good way to shame bad drivers.
        colin.shark
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are a man-child.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great idea to drain the cars battery
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        [blocked]
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      "This video has been removed by the user." That's what happens when you leave expensive stuff in your car.
        Israel Isassi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarda
        I was wondering how long it would take for someone to smash the window and take the camera.
        Klep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarda
        My first thought as well, but there's no reason (other than eventual laziness) that you couldn't be taking videos of the inside of your glovebox while not driving.
      Rampant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone make a camera or a mount that would mount a camera to the rear view mirror? Mounting directly to the windshield is a bad idea for all the reasons mentioned below *limiting field of view / increased risk of theft*. At least if it were on the rear view mirror it is somewhat less obvious and would help limit the risk of theft. I really would like to get a dash cam just for my own protection, but have yet to find anyone who offers a mirror mount.
        RampantFury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rampant
        Get your own user name, copy cat.
        Andy Dufresne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rampant
        My Itronics ITB-100HD is mounted directly behind the mirror - it is tinted there, and unless you were looking specifically for it (and under most lighting conditions), you can't see it at all. The videos aren't bad either: watch?v=INDy9_DqIec (watch in 1080p)
        madgamer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rampant
        This thing uses a suction cup. When you park, just unplug the USB and detach the suction cup. You can carry it with you or lock it in the glove box.
      csrecord
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blocking sight out the windshield isn't good.
        summazooma
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        With my phone hanging from the windshield, even with but below the rear view mirror, just above the hoodline outside, it doesn't block my vision (something I checked by closing one eye and the other, and confirmed in normal use). Also, part of the value of two eyes (binocular vision) is the ability to see "through" relatively small items somewhat close to you. And, no, I'm not watching videos or making/taking calls from the handset. I am using the navigation on my phone (something that's useful on the long commute or trips we take). You really need to be focusing on the view past the phone, though (anybody see "The Jerk"?) for fear that you might become cross-eyed (:D).
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