Speed Camera Detectors
Speed Camera Detector - For Perth Australia, you need BLINDER Laser Detectors
What type of speed camera detector are you buying?
There are two different speed camera detectors available to purchase in the radar industry market. With so many different models, names, designs, it is easy to be confused if the product picks up mobile speed cameras or the speed cameras which are installed and fixed at a certain location.
Radar Detectors - Alert to mobile radar/laser speed cameras - Such as the Multanova 6F radar based speed camera.
Laser Jammers - Protect from Police Laser hand-held guns - Such as the Lti or Pro Laser range used in Australia
GPS Systems - Alert to fixed speed camera locations - i.e. New Redflex speed/red light cameras in Perth
The new poliscan laser based speed cameras used in Perth (picture on right), is best detected with the Valentine One radar detector, or laser detector diodes offered by the Blinder Laser Jammer systems. Watch a VIDEO HERE showing these products in action.
Well the answer is simple, products usually marketed as a speed camera detector i.e. the C100 by Cheetah, are only a GPS module containing a gps antennae like the commonly used Sirf-Star III. They work by saving a certain location using gps co-ordinates, either manually or with software they are bought pre-programmed with. When the person is driving, the gps computer will realise the approaching location, it will then alert at the firmwares desired distant point up to 400m away. The driver is then alerted there is either a red light camera or speed camera approaching. There have been numerous videos made to advertise the products, sometime using a comparison between a radar detector and the speed camera detector. Of course the speed camera detector will alert before the radar detector, because the speed camera detector doesnt know if a speed camera is there or not, it could be anything it is alerting to, it is only a computer using a saved location on its computer, that with an uploaded speed camera locations directory it will alert, also if you are using an out dated speed camera detector then you may not get any alert to a recently added fixed red light camera or speed camera, resulting in you being caught! There is no relation in how these products work; therefore you shouldnt rely on bios testing done the companys marketing the product which compare the two together. A Radar & laser detector (i.e. Beltronics, Whistler) alerts to actual frequencies being transmitted by fixed speed and mobile speed cameras. Many intersection speed cameras run on radar based speed detection devices, one particular favourite is the K Band Gatso camera, Redflex (Perths fixed speed cameras manufacture) also develop a K band radar based camera, not currently used in Western Australia. A good quality radar detector will offer advanced warning to fixed speed cameras running on radar anyway ruling out a need for a â€˜speed camera detector. Although a radar detector will not alert to a fixed speed camera running on laser or a point to point system. So as you see, the difference between a radar detector and speed camera detector is the fact that they are two totally different pieces of technology. Another negative factor about speed camera detectors is the fact they are quite expensive, why pay up to $200 for a gps module, when you can buy a gps navigation system (i.e. Navman) for the same cost, or only a little extra
Which one should you buy? We dont feel anyone really needs to buy a speed camera detector, unless you will never use a gps system, and the city you live in uses many fixed speed & red-light cameras. Only under these circumstances would anyone benefit from using these devices. If you are willing to pay little more, you may as well by a gps navigator system.
Many GPS systems available today have features which enable the user to save a certain location, and mark it as a hot spot or a fixed speed camera location. The positive factor about using your own gps navigator as a speed camera detector, is the fact that you can easily update locations where new cameras may have been installed a list of Perths locations can be found on our news page. Previously in Perth, only red-light cameras were fixed, these cameras worked on a one way direction lane, and for only that lane. They do not catch every driver running a red-light for that intersection, even though the road traffic authority places sign at on each approaching side, to try and trick drivers that if you run this red light you will be caught, only the lane the camera is set up in, these cameras did not catch drivers for speeding either. If you currently owned or own a gps navigator, it would probably have pre-loaded locations for these red light cameras using the state traffics database.
After new Red flex speed and red-light cameras have been installed in Perth. It is now very important to be aware of these locations, buying a GPS System will clear you of having to worry about being caught for speeding by these cameras, or being caught for running a redÂ light. Our newest Navman and Mio model devices already have this feature built in. You could say they are a speed camera detector and navigation systems combined into one! You may have to manually save the new locations for Perth, as there are only 12 locations, it wont take long to be protected! If you currently own a gps system, find each location where the cameras are, and the save the location as a speed camera, your gps will generally alert further away if the location is saved as a speed camera. If you currently own a radar detector, you cannot rely on any alerts what so ever from these new fixed cameras, as there are no radar frequencies to be picked up, also, your radar detector will not alert to laser pulses projected from the cameras, as the rear of your vehicle is being primarily targeted. We are yet to confirm all new Redflex speed/red light cameras are laser based and run on the laser light spectrum of 904, some cameras may also use a point to point system, where the cameras computer individual times the time it takes for the vehicle to drive over the four sensors planted in front and behind the white line. Red flex cameras are manufactured in Australia in Victoria.