If you've invested in dashcam to record incidents and protect yourself while on the road then you might be wondering what happens when your cam gets full, will it skip or miss important footage?
This is where loop recording is useful on a dashcam, it's where the cam will continue to record even when the SD card gets full, overwriting old footage to make space for recent footage.
If you want to learn more about why loop recording is beneficial, how to stop loop recording from deleting files and why your loop recording might not be working we've composed a short guide with everything you need to know below.
Having continuous recording on your dash cam is very important, it stops you from missing essential video recording during incidents and also saves you time from having to go through and delete dash cam recordings to make space on your SD cards.
Loop recording mode on your memory card also helps you to store and divide videos into smaller clips and files to make sorting through hours of footage easier.
If you are worried about your video files getting overwritten too often then it makes sense to get the largest memory card as it will allow you to store more footage, we've listed a few estimates as to what different capacity SD cards can hold in terms of footage below.
If you are worried that your dashcam loop recording might delete important video files then there are a couple of ways you can save important footage below.
If you've reviewed your dashcam footage only to find that the loop recording hasn't been working the whole time it can be frustrating to figure out you've lost footage.
We've listed out a few troubleshoots to fix the loop recording on your device below.
How often should I format my SD card?
You should aim to format the SD card for your dashcam at least every 3 weeks, this will reduce the chances of it ever getting corrupt and keep space on your card.
Is it possible to make more room on your SD card?
Yes, you could either do one or two things, one could be by lowering the resolution of your clips as this stores them in a smaller MB size, or, you can also set your dashcam to record in smaller amounts.
Do other cameras have loop recording?
Most action cameras such as dashcams, go pro and others all have loop recording do the fact they are set to take continuous footage.
Which size should my loop recording files be?
We suggest choosing a lower segment size for your files, you can typically choose between 3 minutes, 5 minutes and longer, people suggest smaller file sizes are easier to download to your phone over WiFi and there are fewer chances of your files becoming corrupt.
Can you manually delete files from a dashcam?
You can indeed manually delete files from your camera either via the SD card on a computer or via the delete button on the device.
To conclude, loop recording on a dashcam means that it records continuously and overwrites old footage to make new space for recent footage, it will not delete important footage if you have marked it or the G-sensor has detected it as a collision.
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