Cyclops Safety Cameras-any good?
  • meyer261
    Posts: 9
    Anyone have any experience with this subscription you can buy from Garmin?
  • Boyd
    Posts: 11,629
    I don't think those are available for the US, are they?
  • SergZak
    Posts: 2,778
    Yes, they've been available for ~6 months or so.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=69781
  • Boyd
    Posts: 11,629
    How about that... I didn't realize. Thanks Serge! And looking at that link, I think the answer to the OP's question is for him to simply get the free trial and decide for himself (if it is available for his area):

    Question:
    What is the difference between the Safety Camera purchase options?

    Answer:
    Safety Camera information is available in formats including a One Year subscription, a One-time download, and a Free trial. Your format selection will depend on how frequently you plan to download updates as well as the length of time you would like to have the service.

    One-year subscription – A One-year subscription will provide unlimited safety camera downloads for the region selected over the course of one year. Pay only one time and return as often as you choose to download updates to your compatible device. This option will keep you up to date as safety cameras are relocated or added in your area.

    One-time download – A One-time update will allow a single snapshot purchase of the Cyclops safety camera database for the region selected. This inexpensive purchase option will give you up to date information at your time of purchase, and as information becomes outdated, another One-time update or One-year subscription can be purchased.

    Free trial – Not sure if you are interested in a safety camera subscription? A 30-day free trial allows you to test out the service free of charge. Updates can be downloaded to your device throughout the free trial period. One free trial is offered per device and at the end of the trial, a new One-time update or One-year subscription can be purchased. The free trial is not available for all safety camera regions.
    Last modified on: 05/20/2010
  • meyer261
    Posts: 9
    Thanks Boyd, I did read that, but just wondered of anyone else's experience with it. Downloading free trial now....
  • Upacreek
    Posts: 236
    meyer261 said:

    Thanks Boyd, I did read that, but just wondered of anyone else's experience with it. Downloading free trial now....



    It would be interesting to know how this is like, or unlike the data available thru POI Factory.
  • SergZak
    Posts: 2,778
    I'll comment on the the differences between Garmin's offering and POI Factory's offering. I tested (free 30-day trial) Garmin's offering on my nuvi 765 and here's what I found (off the top of my head)...

    Garmin's pros:
    1. Nice speed cam icon embedded in the grey alert banner (I could not test older units that use the green alert banner at the top of the map screen)
    2. Very easy to install with no configuration needed
    3. Supposedly updated on a weekly basis (I only got one update in 30 days)

    Garmin's cons:
    1. Paid subscription lasts only one year
    2. RLC (redlight cam) file is locked to only one GPS unit
    3. Alert icon and sound are fixed and cannot be changed by the user
    4. Alert distance is fixed at .1 mile (too close for me personally) and cannot be changed
    5. Cannot search for speed/RLCs on the unit using Where To?>Extras>Custom POIs
    6. Cannot test the RLCs using 5 above in GPS simulation mode
    7. RLC intersection is not named (ex. Main St & Flower Rd)


    POI Factory's pros: (these will apply to pretty much any user uploadable POIs, not just POI Factory's since it's done through Garmin's POI Loader)

    1. Customizable icons, sounds, alert distances
    2. Updated weekly with an online changelog (locations added/removed by State)
    3. On-unit searchable (Where To?) and testable in GPS simulation mode
    4. Free as long as you're an active forum contributor.
    5. Not locked to only one device...use on as many GPS units as you own.
    6. New format shows RLC intersection name (ex. Main St & Flower Rd)

    POI Factory's cons:
    1. Must be an active forum member to access files (not really a disadvantage after all).
    2. Uploading and setting up alerts/icons/sounds can be confusing to the beginner.
  • I do not like the Cyclops commercial alert!

    I hate the constant speed alert when you are only 1 mile over the speed limit! (Turns speed limit to RED😃

    The dang alerts are audio sound and not voice! I am 59 years old and I can not read those dang small alert messages!

    I loved my old one with that very friendly female voice "Red Light Camera Ahead"!

    In my opinion do not waste your money on this piece of crap😃 lol
  • gatorguy
    Posts: 7,244
    My 1695 and Cyclops uses the "bong" alert (not, not the call for Deadheads) and a very readable on-screen icon for traffic camera alerts. The database might be slower to update new locations than POIFactories product (Ive used both) but I do like the way the Cyclops/Garmin alerts are integrated.
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