Previously I had posted about my purchase of the G1W dash cam following my recent interstate accident. My experience with it was pretty poor. However there were two things that have turned it around for me.

First, Amazon’s recommended purchasing the Kingston Digital 32 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter as a “frequently purchased together” item. The G1W camera regularly gave me cryptic memory errors. Reformatting the card with the camera or the computer didn’t seem to help. It would record a trip, and either stop half way through or just not be able to start recording again until the card was reformatted. I did a little researching and it turned out that I’m not the only one. The manual that was translated from Chinese to English by the best capable person the company happened to have claimed that it would work with class 4 or class 6 cards (higher the number the faster the card can record data), but apparently not all cards are created alike. On some message boards I found people recommending going with the Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 45 MB/s, which I bought and haven’t had a memory issue with since.

Secondly, that manual. I also found out that in the U.S., Spytec handles the product. Their product page includes a much better manual than the one that shipped with it from Amazon.

Either because no one is really comfortable having lengthy conversations about my injuries following having my car smashed up on the interstate or dash cams are more interesting, I’ve had a lot of questions about it. Including: how does it do in the dark. Here’s my what it looks like.

I’d say not that great, however the camera’s primary purpose is to exonerate you of being at fault (presuming you are), then secondly help pin blame on the at fault party, and then third, just record strange stuff to share on the Internet (I’m looking at you, Russia).