What is loop recording on a Dash Cam?
This allows for continuous recording even if the SD memory card reaches full capacity. Older files are overwritten once the SD card reaches its file size limit. The Dash Cam records on a continuous loop when powered on, so it is always recording.
In the event of a driving incident, any files that have been protected by activation of the G-Sensor, or by manually pressing the file protect button, will not be overwritten and will stay on the SD card. Therefore, important clips that can be used for insurance purposes or for the police will stay locked on the card.
Assorted file segmentation
When reviewing footage to share, instead of recording one large file, loop recording sorts each file into manageable segments of approximately three minutes. This makes the file easy to download and transfer. This is particularly useful for Wi-Fi enabled Dash Cams, as the file can be downloaded quickly and shared to your phone or tablet.
Regular SD card formatting is essential
It is recommended to format the SD once a month to free up space on the SD card. You can easily format the card can via the setup to delete all files, including any protected files.
Dash Cam Loop Recording Time
The default recording time for most Dash Cams is three minutes for each file — but this can be increased to five minutes, making each file size easy to manage when playing back footage. At 1080p HD, the Dash Cam will give up to four hours of recording before looping over. At altered recording resolutions, this can be either increased or decreased. For example, recording at 720p resolution will increase the recording time compared to recording at 4K Ultra HD.