When you’re out on the road, things don’t always go to plan. If an incident does happen however, having the moment caught on camera can prove very useful.

To help you get started with your new PC 105 forward facing HD dash cam, here’s a quick guide on how to set up your dash cam.

How to set up your dash cam

Everything you need to set up your PC 105 dash cam will be included in its box. ProofCam dash cams are plug in and play, so you should be able to get started within five minutes. Here’s how:

  1. Connect the suction pad to the dash cam and then insert the USB end of the car charger into the camera. Use the suction pad to secure your dash cam to your windscreen. The ideal place to mount your dash cam is behind the rear-view mirror on the passenger’s side. Any excess cable can usually be tucked into the ceiling of your car.
  2. Insert the charger end of the car charger into your car’s power socket. Start the engine and the dash cam will turn on and start recording immediately. If you sometimes leave your car power on after you’ve switched off the engine, you may want to turn off the dash cam using the power button.
  3. If you wish to set the time or change any of your dash cam’s settings, simply push the REC button (middle button on the right), which will stop the dash cam recording. Push the MENU button (last button on the left), and you’ll find two menu levels – the second of which you can access by pushing the MENU button a second time. You’ll then be able to scroll through the menu options and select whichever item you wish to change by pressing the REC button.

Once your dash cam has been set up, it can be left in place without needing to change the settings. The PC 105 dash cam records using loop technology, so once the memory card is full, it will tape over the oldest files and continue recording. You’ll also need to make sure the dash cam is plugged into your car’s power supply at all times. When you turn off your car’s engine, your dash cam will switch off as well. You can make sure your dash cam is recording properly by checking it once a month.

How to save important footage

As the dash cam records on a loop system, you’ll need to make sure you save any important video footage that you want to keep. You can do this by simply pressing the emergency button on your dash cam.

When pressed, the current segment of your recording becomes protected and will not be lost when the camera continues to record. The recording segment lengths are pre-set to 1 minute on the PC 105 dash cam, however you can change this in the menu settings, if you wish. The saved footage will only be removed when you manually delete it off the SD card.

The amount of total video footage stored depends on the size of the SD card being used. The PC 105 dash cam can support SD cards with a capacity of up to 32GB and it comes with a 4GB MicroSD card. When recording in HD, 6 minutes of video uses about 1GB of space on the SD card. So, if using a full capacity 32GB SD card, your dash cam should be able to record for about 3 hours before it overwrites the original footage.

If you do get bumped whilst out on the road, having the footage caught on camera can be pretty handy. Take a look at our blog 5 reasons dash cams are useful to ensure you’re putting your camera to good use!