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The Crash Catcher CC3

If you haven’t already viewed all the images in the gallery, please CLICK HERE & then on the CC3 thumbnail.


The CC3 was reviewed by Susie Wolff, the Williams F1 development driver, on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show January 2014.

susie with the CC3

By kind permission of Channel 5, you can see the review on The Gadget Show website HERE


A short clip of Vicky Butler-Henderson reviewing the CC3 on Fifth Gear – October 2013

At least I see a postman in my review !

CC3 monitor active

So, what’s the major difference ?

As should be immediately apparent, the CC3 fits over your existing rear view mirror, so does not need a separate mount.

When the screensaver activates, all that is apparent is a rear view mirror, with a small red “charging” dot and a small, flashing green “recording” dot.

What you can’t see is the increased audio capabilities provided by the in-built, larger, microphone.

At around 28cm (11 inches) long, it’s only around 8cm (3 inches) longer than an existing rear view mirror.


A view of the CC3 over the top of your existing mirror.

A view of the CC3 over the top of your existing mirror.


Compare the models in our Specification Sheet

HD 1080P Video recording including Night Vision facility with 8 Night Vision lenses

Record inside, outside, or both ! – Quick change of aspects

5 Megapixel CMOS sensor – take still pictures too in standard jpeg format Choice of recording resolutions right up to 1080p (HD)

View recordings on any computer

Standard SD card memory – 4GB-32GB (card not included)

Time & Date stamped onto the recording

Automatically records on charge mode Cycled Recording in 2,5,10 minute sections – never run out of memory

Supplied car charger (12-24v) for continuous use

USB 2.0 interface for fast PC transfer of recordings

HDMI / USB leads supplied

In built microphone

120 Degree W I D E recording lens on both cameras

180 degrees of rotation on BOTH lenses

CE, CCC & FCC Approved 12 month UK Warranty.

Can you believe that all this is just £95.55 ?

.. or why not have a few extra’s at the same time for better value?

The Crash Catcher A* Bundle – All the beauty of the CC3 as listed above, with the addition of a 32 GB
memory card, a spare/extra charger, a magic sticky pad, and a Windscreen
Repair Kit. For just £123.95

Continue the “Windscreen Free” theme with a Crash Catcher Thingy for just £12.99 delivered !

Get a Crash Catcher Thingy. you know.... a Thingy to hold your satnav/phone/Ipod etc etc FREE P&P on this item.

And does it work in a “Black Cab” ? – Yes it does !!

Click the image to see the bigger picture

Still taken from a video shot in a "black cab".

Still taken from a video shot in a “black cab”.




Don’t forget to have a look at the Gadgets ‘n Gizmo’s on our Accessories Page

Comments ( 92 )

  1. andrew September 14, 2015 at 2:11 am Reply

    Hi, I currently have a reversing camera which uses a clip on mirror like the CC3 – can I feed the video from that camera into the CC3 unit ?


    • crashc September 14, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply

      Hi and thanks for the question.
      Unfortunately, the CC3 isn’t able to display video from external sources, sorry.

  2. Tony September 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Hi as a taxi driver this is i think what i have been looking for, could you tell me if the oicture from inside the car is clear when it is dark.

    • crashc September 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Hi Tony and thanks for the question.
      We have many taxi driver clients using this model and we’ve never had anyone say that it’s not OK.
      Like all things, it works better with a bit of ambient light such as the car courtesy light when people are getting in or from street lights. I think I may have a snap from some old video knocking about so I’ll have a look for it and email it to you.

  3. Jimbo August 31, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

    does the CC-3 have GPS positioning please?

    • crashc August 31, 2015 at 10:30 am Reply

      NONE of our products have GPS. As former accident investigators, we never had an issue about where an incident happened, only how!

  4. Boris July 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Thanks for getting back.
    Are you sure the length of the mirror is 11cm or do you mean inches?

    • crashc July 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm Reply

      …and now you see why my wife has banned me from doing DIY !!
      Yes, you’re correct, it’s 11 inches / 28cm.

      Very sorry to have confused you. That’s what happens when dinosaurs like me try and use this centimetres malarkey!!

  5. Boris July 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Have a Smart FourTwo car. Will the interior mirror cam fit this car?

    • crashc July 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Hi Boris and thanks for the question.
      You’ve caused me to drag out the tape measure for this one as well as search for images of your mirror!
      I can’t find any dimensions of the mirror unfortunately,just the images of the oval shape. I’ll try and give you as much in the way of dimensions as I can with the CC3, but it might be a case that you need to get your tape measure out as well !

      Anyway –
      Length of the CC3 is 11 cm in total. From the edge of the clip to the edge of the mirror is 9cm. The distance is the same on either side. The gap between the two clips is 6.2cm. The maximum depth (top to bottom) that the clips can stretch is 8.5cm.

      Hope that helps.


  6. George July 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm Reply


    I am interested in buying a Crash Catcher 3 unit but have a query in advance of placing an order.
    I understand that the unit clips over the rear view mirror. My car(a Honda Accord) has an automatic dipping mirror and wonder if this makes it too deep to fit over? I can supply measurements(if required).
    I would welcome your advice on whether this would still clip over my existing mirror.


    • crashc July 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm Reply

      Hi George and thanks for the question.

      We’ve got many a customer with this kind of mirror in Mercedes, Honda, BMW, Ford etc etc and it’s not a problem.
      The ridged rubber “feet” are just over 2cm long with 6 ridges in all. The top two are also spring loaded to give a really tight grip, so it’s not relying on just being fitted flush against the existing mirror.
      Remember though that the auto dim function on your existing mirror won’t be active any longer. Having said that, and other comments attest to it, you won’t need it. I’ve been using a CC3 & variants since an early prototype about 4 years ago and have never had to worry about being dazzled in all of that time. It’s great if you’re driving say from West to East as the day wears on too, as the low sun used to really blind me when it hit the mirror.

      Hope that helps

  7. Angela June 26, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    Can I run this just off the battery because I dont want cables hanging down If so how long does battery last

    • crashc June 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Hi Angela and thanks for the question.

      Yes, you can run just off the battery but it’s not something that I’d recommend. For one thing it means you’re constantly going to be removing it to charge when you’re not in the car.
      It’s hard to give a definitive answer on how long the battery lasts as it depends on so many factors such as Night Vision, if you’re using zoom, audio etc etc.
      A (very) conservative estimate would be 20/30 minutes.
      Hiding the cables is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes, and that way you’ve no need to worry how long your journey is. The best way (and easiest) to hide the cable is just to push it into the little gap between the A pillar and the windscreen and then again on the headlining. You’ll see about 2/3 inches of cable then coming down from the roof to the top of the CC3 mirror and that’s it. If you’d prefer, there’s also adhesive clips that you can fit onto and around the screen, but I prefer the “pushing in the gap” method myself.

      Hope that helps

  8. J.calder June 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm Reply

    read all the comments re cc2…. I like the clip on version . However, it seems that the rear view camera is for the purpose of recording what goes on inside the car…. Not recording full view of what or who is at the back of the car? Do I need to purchase another camera for this purpose…. Please explain fully my interest in rear view movement with this camera….. Thank you….jjcalder ……

    • crashc June 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm Reply

      Hi John and thanks for the question.

      If you want to record out of the back window with good wide coverage then you’d need a dedicated camera for that purpose. Something like the CC1 + One, or, as a lot of our customers do, have a CC3 for the front so that they don’t have a screen mounted camera, then a separate CC Micro or CC Mini to operate independently for the rear. The CC3 internal camera will pick up some of the view out of your rear window, but not to the extent that I think you’re considering it for.

      Personally, I wouldn’t bother. I’d just be concerned about what’s happening in front of you.
      As a former accident investigator, I can tell you that there are very few occasions where you’re hit in the rear and have the Third Party attempt to have liablity opportioned to you. If for example you’re accused of braking deliberately to cause a “slam on”, you’ve got your forward facing footage to prove that wasn’t the case.

      Hope that helps.

  9. johny humphreys June 9, 2015 at 11:33 am Reply

    Hi I have the cc2 camera and want to upgrade to the cc3 twin camera but before I do can you tell me if the mains wire plugs into the top or bottom of the unit

    • crashc June 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Easiest question I’ve answered in a long time – it fits at the top!

  10. Rob nixon May 6, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply

    Does your device permanently display the recording journey ?
    As my current device drops the display after a few minutes but continues to record

    • crashc May 6, 2015 at 10:16 am Reply

      Hi Rob and thanks for the question.

      Yes, it can stay on if you really want it to. Personally I wouldn’t. You’ve a mirror showing the view from behind you with a live video feed in the same space showing what’s in front of you – which you can see anyway!
      If you want a dual screen camera and to leave the screen on all of the time, you’d be best looking at the CC2 Plus model.
      Hope that helps

  11. johny April 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Hi I bought the cc plus camera just over 12 months ago but it wont turn on but the red light comes on.Is it worth sending it back to be mended in which ill pay

    • crashc April 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Hi Johny

      We may well be able to fix this WITHOUT you sending it back!
      I’ll drop you an email as I’m having a bit of trouble finding a Mr Shortpants in our order system :)

  12. Chris Player March 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I have a small two-seater sport (MX5), so the rear facing camera will probably pick up views behind the car unless I have both cameras facing forward. However, with the swivel action I am guessing I could potentially record anyone beside my car or just have both facing forward. My last question is regarding fitting the CC3 to the mirror, the anti-glare on my mirror is activated by the lever on the bottom, but it looks like the CC3 will sit in front of that lever. Is there a built in anti-glare function on the CC3??


    • crashc March 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm Reply

      Hi and thanks for the questions.
      It probably will pick up the view from behind, especially if it’s a convertible with the roof down. With a fixed roof/roof up it will be a restricted view, but I guess you’re used to the small rear window in any case.
      With the swivel motion on the lens, you can indeed have both pointing outwards if you wanted to. There’s plenty of movement on the lens, but if you look again at the image, you’ll see you are restricted insomuch as it can’t turn completely to the left as the view would be obscured by the unit.

      I can tell you for definite you’ll never use that anti glare lever again! The CC3 has an anti glare coating on it – I’d probably say it’s a greenish tinge. I’ve driven all over the place and never even thought of having to use the anti glare lever. It’s great if you’re driving from West to East as the day wears on too, as that low sun used to really blind me when it hit the mirror.

  13. stephen levens February 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm Reply

    any plans for the CC3 to have GPS anytime in the near future

    • crashc February 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Thanks for the question.
      There’s no plans to include GPS. From our experience as investigators, the location of an accident was never in doubt, and our market research indicated concerns over GPS proving to self-incriminate.

  14. James February 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hi guys, looking for dash cam following an incident where a taxi-driver hit me but then claimed he was stationary and produced a witness (another of his taxi-driver mates) who corroborated his story. Couple of questions. With the CC3 Dual Lens can both the cameras be pointing foward to get a “wider field of vision” and secondly whats it like in the dark as my accident occured at night. Thanks James

    • crashc February 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm Reply

      Hi James and thanks for the question.
      So you’ve come across the old “invisible witness” I see !
      Yes, you can point both lenses forward. It will still record on a split screen, but both views are visible at the same time on playback. It only takes a minute of adjusting to eliminate a blind spot or overlap, and you can do that in the car with the monitor on.
      As far in the dark, I feel it performs pretty well. As with all Night Vision devices, they enhance the light that’s there, so it needs some degree of ambient light such as headlights or street lights. If you’re on an unlit country road at night and turn your lights off, the camera will see more or less what you can.
      There’s an example of night time footage on our YouTube page – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmfm1Sflmwo although it was a while ago and I can’t remember which customer sent it to us or which camera it was !
      Hope that helps

      • James February 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm Reply

        Wow, quick response on a sunday! Just about to click the buy button then a thought occured. I have a ranger rover – what are these like for taller vehicles – do the cameras swivel down? thanks James

        • crashc February 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm Reply

          7 days a weeks wherever possible and we’ll reply!
          The lenses swivel side to side but not up or down. I wouldn’t have thought it a problem though. The lenses are underneath the mirror portion, so a bit lower than your existing mirror is now.
          We have clients who use them in all sorts of high vehicles – mini-bus, vivaro etc and they haven’t had a problem.
          The CC3 is in stock and if ordered tonight, would be shipped out tomorrow for a Tuesday delivery.

  15. Umang February 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm Reply


    I have read reviews about cams that the recordings take massive space (e.g. 700mb for 5 min), how does this compare? I can understand it all depends on the recording setting being used, but what’s the top consumption per minute of recording?


    • crashc February 14, 2015 at 11:00 pm Reply

      Thanks for the question.
      700MB for 5 minutes is a fair bit.
      I’ve never really looked into rates per minute on the CC3. I can tell you that on the highest setting, a 16GB card will record for approximately 3 hours & 50 minutes before it starts to loop and overwrite the oldest segment.

      That would give an equation of 16384MB/230 minutes = 71.23MB/minute or 356.15MB/5 minutes.

  16. Matt March 10, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply

    Hi guys! Debating buying my first CC from you – looking to get this one (the CC3).

    Just wondering, I’m hoping to use this for both monitoring front/back whilst driving, and recording while the car is parked and I’m away from it. How long is the battery life, and can it be programmed to record while I’m away from the car?


    • crashc March 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

      Hello Matt
      Firstly, you should take into account that the second lens on the CC3 (as well as the CC2 & CC2Plus) is designed to capture the inside of the vehicle not out of the rear window. Due to the difference in vehicle designs, I don’t think it would be possible to have a universal front mounted system that will also see clearly out of the rear window. Having said that, I would just be worrying about what’s happening in front of you. If someone runs into the back of you and accuses you of braking deliberately for no reason, you have your forward facing footage to disprove this allegation.

      If you want to record away from your vehicle, then you need either the single lens CC3S, or the dual lens CC2 Plus. Both of them have a Motion Detection setting and will come to life and record for 10 minutes every time the lens detects something in front of it.

      The battery life would not be strong enough for you to leave this on MD all night. All the systems are designed to record and charge at the same time, with battery time varying from 35 to 90 minutes depending on usage and options selected. It’s impossible to say how long the battery would last on MD setting, as it would depend on how many times the recorder is activated. By far the best solution is if you have a permanently live feed in your vehicle which is normally provided with an auxiliary socket.
      Hope that helps

      • James Arnot May 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm Reply

        Have an auto dimming rear view mirror and note that there was a response. However, I would be interested in a product retains it, but adds the video functionality.

        • crashc May 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm Reply

          Not sure exactly what you mean!
          If you want to retain the use and function of your existing rear view mirror, then the CC3 range isn’t for you.
          You’d need either the CC2, the CC2 Plus or the CC-A, all of which use sucker mounts.
          Hope that helps

  17. john davies March 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm Reply

    hi,thanks for sending my c c 3,quite impressed with it but how do i get to page 2 where
    i assume you can alter the date and time.page 1 shows video and spanner at top with
    4 functions below and at the bottom 4 arrows and page 1/2.being one of the silver
    surfers i struggle with some of the latest gadgets.

    • crashc March 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Hi John
      Dead easy! Just press the menu button again (short press) and it will jump to page 2. Long press exits the menu altogether and takes you back to the “normal” screen.

  18. Michael Ord March 3, 2014 at 11:19 am Reply

    Hi Martin i bought this cc3 about a month ago as i first bought a cheaper one first and it was rubbish but i have checked the recording since i have had it and it as my mum used to say buy cheap you buy twice the only fault i find with it is the clips at the top tend to bend to easy which they could be a bit strong as i have a volvo and the mirror is a bit bigger than most cars and i bent one a bit but apart from that well worth the money

  19. Peter January 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm Reply


    I have just read all the questions and your full and honest responses.

    Further to Rod’s question regarding Memory Cards, I cannot see any ‘size limit’ mentioned. It may be elsewhere on your website and I’ve missed it; but I would be grateful for a definitive answer from yourself. I just so happen to be lucky enough to have a 64Gb memory card going ‘spare’ at the moment.

    Thank you for your time.

    • crashc January 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Hi Peter
      It’s there – honest! Towards the bottom of the page with the product specification.
      The CC3 is designed to take a 2 -32GB card. I’ve never been able to find a 64GB going spare, so I couldn’t tell you if it would work and only recognise 32GB, or not work at all.
      Even if it would work, my opinion would be that you’re wasting half the card!

      Hope that helps

  20. Dave January 15, 2014 at 12:09 am Reply

    Hi, been thinking of replacing my RoadEyes cam for a while and saw this on Gadget Show and think it fits perfectly. The 1080p and better night vision is what I have been looking for. As well as one I can confidently leave in the car.
    Am I right in that it will save the current recording when a certain G force is detected (as would be experienced when in an accident)? If so, what G force is needed and what portion of time before and after is saved.
    Also is there a ‘force save’ button? For example if I witness an accident can I save the recent recording?

    • crashc January 15, 2014 at 7:45 am Reply

      Thanks for the questions Dave
      You can certainly feel confident leaving it in the car. Many a time people on the inside don’t notice it never mind the outside.

      There isn’t a G Sensor in this model, although I think the Gadget Show may have said that there was. We’ve tested G Sensors, and to be honest, it’s not something that I’d rely on in any case.
      As the CC3 is constantly recording, if you do witness anything, it will already be on the memory card. Depending on the size of the card that you’re using, you’ve then got at least 4 1/2 hours to decide if you want to keep it before it’s overwritten.

      Hope that helps.

  21. Asif January 14, 2014 at 11:19 am Reply

    I am interested in the cc3 but I have tinted window can a extension camera be put on

    • crashc January 14, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

      Hi Asif

      Obviously it depends on the depth of the tint. I’m guessing that as it’s the windscreen, then it’s just a “normal” tint and that won’t cause any problems at all, as our cars have tinted screens and have no issues.

      Hope that helps.

      • asif January 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm Reply

        I am more interested of getting the rear covered as well and my back tints are dark

        • crashc January 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm Reply

          Ok, two things here.
          If you can’t see out of the back window, then a camera won’t be able to see through it either.

          The CC3 is no use for a back window as it’s designed to fit over your rear view mirror. Either the CC2 or the CC-A are the models that are suction mounted and would see out of a normal rear window.
          Having said that, personally I think it’s a waste of money. If someone runs into the rear of your vehicle, that’s going to be because you’ve stopped and they haven’t. You will have your forward facing recording to show the reason why you stopped and thus alleviate the risk of being accused of causing a “slam on”.

    • Richard Judd January 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm Reply

      Question: How is the CC3 powered ie does the unit need a permanent connection to a power supply with a lead to a socket somewhere in the vehicle?


      R. Judd

      (removed your telephone number!)

      • crashc January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm Reply

        There is a supplied in-vehicle charger which fits into the cigarette/auxiliary socket. Please see the product specification on this page.
        This supplies charge to the unit for continuous use and enables the automatic functions for unit/record on and off when the power source is detected.

  22. stuart January 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm Reply

    hi could you please tell me if the night vision is very clear ,and could you record night vision inside the car thank you

    • crashc January 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm Reply

      Hi Stuart

      It depends on what your definition of “very clear” is to be honest. What one person thinks can be totally different to another. Is this the definition of fence sitting I wonder?
      Night Vision does require a degree of ambient light, whether that’s the internal car light as the door opens or street/car lights. If you were to be on a deserted country road and turned off your headlights, the Night Vision wouldn’t see much more than you do.
      To give you some idea, this is one of the videos from our YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmfm1Sflmwo&feature=share&list=UUp1mWtrSvdryldV27BH9Aww&index=2
      When you switch on the Night Vision, it’s automatically applied to both lenses if they’re switched on.

      Hope that helps

  23. Graham January 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Hello, i am interested in the crash catcher, just one question please?

    I have a bluetooth mirror, will the bluetooth work still if i fit the crash catcher over it, thanks, Graham

    • crashc January 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Hi Graham
      This isn’t something that I have any experience of I’m afraid.
      I’ve no reason to think that it won’t. I use a Visorblade Bluetooth kit, obviously over the visor, and it works just fine sat within inches of my CC3.
      Hope that helps.

  24. Angela B. January 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Can the unit be removed easily and used as a normal digital camera (using battery) to capture stills such as houses, flowers, thieves in action!!!!?

    • crashc January 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply

      Yes, you can take it out and use it as a 5MP still camera.
      To be honest though,I think it’s a bit cumbersome for that and I wouldn’t use it that way.
      You might be better off looking at the CC2 or CC-A. Both of those models will easily slip into your pockets.

  25. Jim C January 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm Reply

    How long is the warranty on the unit? In particular the battery as it can’t be replaced.
    Do you or can you supply an extra charging cable?
    Is there any more footage I can watch? Not sure why but the clips on the website don’t look anywhere near 1080 quality.

    • crashc January 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply

      As it says in the description, there’s a 12 month UK warranty on the product.
      There is an in-vehicle charger provided in the box, and you have the option to purchase an additional charger in the “shop”.

      You’re right about the footage not being 1080P. Nearly all of the footage was previously hosted by ourselves and so had to be reduced in quality/size to save on bandwidth hosting charges. Most of our footage is now hosted via YouTube, although it’s been a while since any new videos were added. The YouTube channel has videos that we have recorded using a number of different models, test units, etc
      As an example, the review of the CC3 carried out by ourselves can be viewed directly on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2lz9V32Sds If you use the settings icon (the cog) you can change from the standard playback format to 720P, which is used for dual screen.

  26. Rod January 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Reporting as requested, does the CC3 have an easily replaced battery as it will be recharging all the time will tend to degrade the battery over a period of time. With regard to the memory card will any SD card slot take any SD or just the basic standard as it see there are micro SD with adapters and some SDHD or TF cards around as well.

    Enjoyed the gadget show video have been looking for something like this especially when you see the videos of the meteor in Russia stuff.
    Thanks Rod

    • crashc January 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm Reply

      Hi Rod

      Sorry that you’ve ended up having to ask again. We tried to be a bit too clever for our own good, and somehow managed to corrupt & crash the whole website!
      There is a new, cleaner looking site on the way very soon, but at least now I can answer you.

      Right. Q & A time : –
      The lithium battery in the unit isn’t removable or designed to be replaced. We do have customers using some of our original cameras that are now over 2 years old, and they haven’t shown any signs of battery degradation, despite the constant charging/recharging.
      The CC3 is quite happy using either a full sized SDHC card or a Micro SDHC with an adapter. I prefer the adapter type to be honest, as you’ve got that flexibility if ever you desperately need a smaller card for say a phone or whatever. The key is to make sure it’s SDHC. Ordinary SD cards tend to be less than 4 GB in size, and anything over that should be SDHC in any case.

      All you need is a Class 4 and above card. I’ve experimented with Class 6 and Class 10, and the only difference I’ve found is a few seconds saved when transferring video over to the PC. In normal operation there’s not a jot of difference between a 4 and a 10, so I don’t think it’s worth the premium.

      Thanks again for the questions, and I’m sorry that you’ve ended up having to repeat yourself.

  27. Dean January 7, 2014 at 12:02 am Reply


    Just seen this product on the Gadget Show.

    Could you clarify one point please? It states the camera has night vision and several lenses are supplied. Does this mean the cameras have to be physically altered when it gets dark or do they automatically switch to night vision when light levels drop?


    • crashc January 7, 2014 at 12:07 am Reply

      Hi Dean and thanks for the question.

      The Night Vision is manually activated, but it takes all of 2 seconds.
      All that you have to do is press the Mode button for 2 seconds – a half moon symbol appears on the screen to confirm that it’s been activated. That’s all there is to it, and is easy to do even whilst driving.
      Hope that helps, but if you need to know anything else, please just shout up!

  28. Jonathan Foley January 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply


    I saw this product on the Gadget Show and really like the look of it! I have also had a nose around the website and am really impressed with the products and the support you offer to both existing and potential customers.

    I have a query about the recording and screensaver functionality. My main reason for being interested in the CC3 is the ability for me and my partner to be able to see our son in the back seat whilst driving (and of course also having the added bonus of recording some of the scary driving we see from others on a regular basis!) I see that generally when recording you recommend (and indeed I believe the device does this automatically) that it is in screensaver mode. Is this simple to activate and deactivate whilst driving? We would not be recording inside the car, but want to be able to see our son as often as possible but with little effort!

    Finally, I am very excited about the possibility of driving around my home town and recording various journeys to be reviewed in years to come to see how the place has changed!!

    • crashc January 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Hi Jonathan
      Thank you for the kind words and the questions!
      Remember, the CC3 is just like your ordinary mirror, you’ll still be able to see behind you as you can now with no difference at all. I’ve always described it as just like when you’ve the “anti-dazzle” bit activated on your ordinary mirror.
      The screensaver function is activated within the main menu, so it’s not just a single button press (more like about 4 in total). I really wouldn’t recommend you using the menu whilst driving.
      The screensaver can be set to “off” so that the monitor is permanently displayed, and please don’t take this the wrong way, but you’d be mad to leave it on!! You’ll still be able to see your son fine, as without the monitor on, it is just a mirror. You can still record your son to play back later even with the monitor off.

      As to your last point – what a great idea & I wish I’d have thought of it! The CC3 also has a 5MP still camera function, so you’d also be able to take snaps of the town when you’re stopped as well.

      Hope that helps, but anything else, just ask away!

  29. Mark January 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Hi, in the video it looks like the lady clips on the cc3 but does’nt connect any power cable. I assume it is working on battery power! how long will it record on a full charge as id prefer not to see any cable. sorry if this was explained in the video but couldnt watch video as my computer was not running it well. just saw the product on the gadjet show and looked it up.

    • crashc January 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm Reply

      Hi Mark
      The production company ran it that way for aesthetic reasons I think. The camera will work on battery power alone for 35 mins – 1 hour approx., depending on the settings being used.
      It really is best to used the supplied charger. Most of our clients run the cable up the gap between windscreen & the A pillar and over the headlining, so you don’t see any cable within your field of vision at all.

  30. GMillar November 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Is it possible to switch the mic off?
    Had a foul mouthed driver tell me today that he only had to give way to a car coming from his right if that car is actually on the roundabout! He actually sped up and ignored my indicator. I thought “crash catcher”.

    • crashc November 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply

      Hi Gary
      Don’t you just love some drivers!
      The audio is user selectable on all of our models, and it’s up to you if it’s off or on.
      Personally, mine is off as all you’d here is me chuntering along at Talksport, but it’s only a couple of clicks in the menu to switch it on again.

  31. Marcus Grant October 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Hi guys

    Looks like a nice piece of kit, i am a driving instructor looking for rear view as well, how clear is the rear view as a one of the vids suggest it can white out a bit

    • crashc October 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Thanks for the question Marcus.
      Unfortunately, at times, third party reviewers don’t listen and maybe an incorrect message comes across!
      The CC3 isn’t designed to record the view out of the rear window but the inside of the vehicle (as well as out of the windscreen). Obviously you can see out of the mirror section as you would a normal mirror, and whilst the camera lens does pick up a fair proportion of the road from the rear, but that’s not what it was designed for.
      Please take into account that the review you are talking about also has a cameraman in the car complete with strong lighting – that’s why it “whites out”.

  32. john baker October 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Can just the forward facing camera be used, and therefore have a larger screen view in the mirror instead of the split forward / in vehicle camera working at the same time.

    Driving a vehicle at night with a bulkhead right behind my head, I would prefer a larger screen view facing forward.

    Many thanks


    • crashc October 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm Reply

      Hi John and thanks for the question.

      The camera lenses can work independently of one another, so you can have on just the inside, just the outside, or both together. Obviously the actual monitor size is the same, but the view in the screen is then effectively doubled.

      It should be noted though that in the interests of safety, you should allow the screensaver to operate and “blank” the screen whilst still recording.

  33. Geoff September 30, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    Just bought a CC3 – fantastic piece of kit. Fits easily over the rear view mirror – easy to hide all the wiring, just tucked it into the headlining, down the edge of the windscreen, down door pillar, under dash and under transmission housing to power point – dead simple and not a cable in sight. Great service from Steve & Simon – they even set it up for me and posted it on the day I requested. Great quality playback – does everything it says it will ! Thanks a lot Crash Catcher team !

  34. R Johnson September 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Can you please confirm if the mirror is glass or plastic. The quality of the images suggest it is indeed glass as against some if the other integrated rear view mirror variants. Thank you.

    • crashc September 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply

      Thanks for the question – never been asked this one before.
      I’ve even been out to my car and sat tapping at it and I still can’t say for definite either way until I contact our development team.
      It feels like glass, and is as cold as glass, but something tells me that it has to be a reinforced polycarbonate of some description to enable the monitor portion to show through.
      I shall check 100% for you and report back on the 17th!

      • crashc September 17, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

        Well, I was wrong – the mirror part is, as you suggested, glass !

  35. bler September 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Hi im interested on this cameras especially the cc3

    The main problem is that the car parks especially on supermarkets who ever hit/scratch cars and drive of the scene.
    which system is the best for these matters?
    i parked my car at tescos to get a 50p drink and when i came out car been hit! had to respray my bumper three times each time £400
    i wouldnt mind investing in a good system that keeps the car secured with plenty of proof?

    • crashc September 12, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply


      Tricky question…
      You’re never going to get 360 degree coverage of your car, and Sod’s Law says if you cover the back you’ll get hit at the front and vice versa.

      For the best coverage in circumstances such as those you explain, then a CC3 over your rear view mirror and a CC-A placed on the rear window would offer the most protection. The wide angle lenses on both would be enough to cover someone say reversing straight back into you and then pulling away from the scene.

      Please remember though that the units are designed to switch off when a power source is no longer detected, so you’d have to manually switch them back on to run on battery power before you leave your car.

      Hope this helps.

  36. Brian Robinson June 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply


    I am thinking of purchasing an “in car video recorder”. I have looked at the photos of the CC3 and the way it attaches to the interior mirror looks like it would easily fall off if you went over a severe bump or pothole. Can you clarify please?

    • crashc June 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Hi Brian and thanks for the question.

      As you’ve seen the CC3 attaches by way of 4 “feet”, each with a rippled rubber boot to ensure resistance against the existing mirror smooth surface.
      The top two feet are spring loaded on a very tight spring to ensure the fit. It’s certainly a two-handed operation to fit the unit, such is the amount of pressure needed to elongate the top two feet.

      Mine has been fitted for around 7 months in my car, and I’ve travelled over all sorts of terrain with no issues, nor have any of our customers reported any issues to us. Hope that helps with your decision making.

  37. Jason B April 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I note this unit can take stills.
    Suitable for locus enquiries?
    If so, how is the camera activated in order to obtain a particular still ie do i have to manually press a button whilst driving?

    Many thanks

    • crashc April 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

      Hi Jason and thanks for the enquiry

      As with all still cameras, you have to press a button to take a picture. Not a problem if you’re just sat in the car as you’ve time to “twiddle” the lenses/zoom etc if need be.
      If you’re driving, I wouldn’t even be thinking of doing this, purely from a safety aspect. Yes, it’s possible & relatively simple – change from video mode to still camera then just press the Ok to take your snapshot.
      Having said that, there’s no way I’d do it or recommend anyone did it!

      I did use the CC3 for locus reports when I was investigating.The easiest and safest way of doing this whilst you’re on the move is to use the video mode. That way you’re just driving as normal and you’re not taking your eyes off the road.
      If you then play back on your PC – I use VLC Player as I like it’s capabilities – just press pause when you reach the particular junction/island or whatever that you want the still of, then press “Take Snapshot”. An image is then saved in My Pictures that you can edit/crop etc exactly as you would with any still image.

      Hope that helps, but feel free to contact us if you’d like any further information.

  38. Andy Hatfield April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Hi Martin – Brilliant piece of kit – I fitted it in minutes using the supplied cables etc. the cable tucks neatly around the edges of the windscreen and reaches the cigarette lighter socket with about a foot to spare. In use I find the unit acts like a dimmed mirror (as explained in the video) and works fine – in fact I prefer it to the normal mirror because I don’t need to bother operating the dimming lever because bright headlamps are not a problem with this unit. The recordings are clear and I like the ability to be able to adjust the rotation so you can aim the cameras at just about any point you want. I’ve already captured several ‘near misses’ which had they been actual impacts would have been captured perfectly on camera – although I might have to edit the sound to erase my colourful comments 😉

  39. Jason Temperton April 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply


    Interested in the cc3 system, but the method of charging bothers me, It would mean that you have to have a wire hanging from your rear view mirror. Is it possible to get a long power cable that could be discreetly run around the edge of the windscreen and round the interior of the car to the charging point?


    • crashc April 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Hi Jason

      The power lead supplied is long enough to do exactly as you suggest – It’s around 3.5 metres long.

      A client did email a picture of how he’d fixed it through the headlining & along the A pillar of his Citroen. I’ll dig it out and email it to you.
      There’s not a lot of cable to see, but I guess that’s the point!

  40. Martin adkins April 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Do insurance companies recognise your product ?

    • crashc April 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Hi Martin

      The insurance industry aren’t the easiest to deal with, and in a lot of ways have been very apathetic when it comes to discussions in our experience.

      However, Advance Insurance (advanceinsurance.co.uk/) do recognise the benefits of Crash Catcher and do offer a 10% discount to owners. Details & the discount code are provided upon purchase.

  41. peter April 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm Reply


    • crashc April 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

      Hi Peter
      The answer is really yes & no!
      The CC3 fits over your existing rear view mirror, so it will obviously disable your auto dim.
      However, as you can see from the pictures, the CC3 already has an anti glare/dim appearance.
      In fact, I described it on the video as rather like when the auto dim/anti glare function is enabled on a normal mirror.

      If you’d like further images to be sent to you so that you can make a decision, just use the “Contact Us” function and we’ll email them to you.

  42. Martin March 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Hi!Would the cc3 be able to be mounted on the dash of a truck/heavy goods vehicle ? Or would one of the widely available sucker mounts suffice as Im in and out of various trucks ?

    • crashc March 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

      Hi Martin
      The CC3 is only designed to be mounted onto the existing rear view mirror.
      Taking into account the vehicles that you drive, the CC2 is the best model for your needs. It mounts wherever you choose to place it in the cab, and is removed and re-applied in another vehicle in just a couple of minutes.

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