Using a radar detector for the first time



Using a radar detector for the first time may be fruitless if you’ve never worked with such a device before or if you have no idea about how it works. There are a few tips that any beginner should know to get the most out of their investment.


ol5First of all, the radar detector should be mounted correctly, so that it can detect a radar beam but not impair the driving. As many states have laws that prohibit attaching devices to the windshield, make sure you’re following the legal prescriptions. Most of the time, having a radar detector set that high won’t let it detect anything relevant, since the police usually targets the license plate and the headlights. Also, just like any other device that calls for your attention, having a radar detector in front of your eyes might lead to more serious consequences than a speeding ticket. There are different ways and accessories that allow you to mount the radar detector low, on the dashboard or the lower part of the windshield.


ol6As some radar detectors have high sensitivity, you may end up being falsely alarmed quite a lot, especially if you’re driving in the city. To minimize these, use city mode when you’re in the city, and highway mode when it’s the case. Each of these modes has a preset sensitivity that will manage the bands with a high rate of false alarms. However, don’t get to comfortable with the idea that low intensity chirps are not relevant. It is best that you pay attention to the band and signal strength displayed by you device and consider the possibility that the alert is real. While the X band is known for the high rate of false alarms, the KA and laser bands are almost always accurate.


Another tip is that you set your mind to be fast in reaction. If you decided to spend money on a device that warns you about the danger of being caught speeding, you might as well hit the brakes or reduce your speed as soon as it tells you to. Overconfidence can always hurt a driver, and you should never forget that.


As a last advice, if you’ve been tipped by you detector and you want to push the brakes, make sure the road conditions and the traffic situation allows you to do that without having the car behind you leave its print on the back of your car.

The advantages of camcorders over smartphone cameras

With the smartphones industry developing at such a fast pace, and manufacturers trying to integrate the best technologies into the smallest packages, many of you might wonder if buying an individual camera is still worth the trouble, and especially the money.

At a first glamp, a smartphone seems to hold all the advantages, being smaller, cheaper, and being able to offer the same Full HD resolutions as an expensive camcorder. However, there are a few reasons why people still turn to the classic handheld camera.


While it’s not the first thing experts will bring up in such a discussion, we will begin by referring to the sensibility of a smartphone when it comes to filming outside of the comfort-zone. Camcorders offer you the possibility of housing them into water and shock-proof cases that can get you filming in rough weather conditions and even under water without the risk of ruining hundreds of dollars worth equipment.

As for the quality of the videos and the image in general, smartphones have come a long way, being now capable of high resolution, some of them even offering 4K. However, the resolution is not everything when it comes to the quality of the image. Camcorders still hold the first place when talking about viewfinder, optical zoom and visual settings. While the viewfinder on a camcorder gives you much more control over the composition and framing of the image, the optical zoom lets you target your details without the trembling and blurr that the digital zoom on smartphones cause.

White balance, appropriate exposure and aperture are crucial to obtaining quality footage, and they are in your control with a camcorder.


Storage is another feature that gives camcorders the upper hand. Some models including both an internal, non removable flash memory chip and Micro-SD slots that allow you to store an immense quantity of footage. Smartphones can also house a lot of data, but they also serve many more purposes than just filming and storing videos. Apps, music, games, all of these need memory space, and you’re probably not going to still want them at hand even if you’ve decided to become a filmmaker.

This leads us to our last point of discussion. Just like memory space, video shooting requires power. While dedicated camcorders have their own rechargeable battery that can ensure several hours of continuous filming while you’re using your phone for urgent calls and texting, the smartphone dies altogether when it runs out of juice, especially if you’re recording in full HD.