Questions related to speed camera detectors and sat navs with speed camera alerts:
‣Looking at your speed camera detectors, yes you have the Snooper 4ZERO and the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe. One does all, but Radar guns, and the other does all barring red light cameras. Do you do a product that does everything?
‣Do any of your speed detector devices actually display the actual AVERAGE speed that you are driving through in an average speed camera zone or does it just tell you what the speed zone's limit is and what specific speed you are driving at any specific time?
‣A few years ago I had a Road Angel device that detected all cameras and lasers but also had a sat nav too. Unfortunately it was stolen and I am now looking for the same type of thing. I can find sat navs that also do fixed cameras and ones that detect all cameras and lasers, but don't seem to have sat nav. haIs there not a device that does everything anymore?
‣I am looking for a speed camera detector which will detect all cameras in France. Can you please advise which will be the best one? I thought maybe the snooper 3zero. Also, will the laser blocker for mobile cameras work efficiently with the French mobile camera system?
‣I have a TomTom app on my iPhone which keeps itself updated about all fixed speed cameras. However, I'd also like to be alerted to all mobile cameras (including handheld ones). Could you please tell me what in your view is the very best detector for my needs?
‣I've been looking at the Road Angel Gem+ and was wondering if it works ok with a heated windscreen? My previous detector (Pogo Alert) needed the additional aerial which needed routing to the parcel shelf for it to pick up the satellites.
‣I want to buy a detector for all types of camera, so seems to me that only the Snooper 3Zero will do this. But as I'm Mac based, I see that this detector isn't Mac enabled. So then I looked at the Aura database options, and saw that there is a subscription allowing automatic updates - how does this work? And is that option available with a 3Zero? Is there no way of doing this through my iPhone?
‣Interested to buy a simple bleeper which tells me I am driving over the speed limit. Not bothered about a camera detector - just something which knows what speed I should be driving wherever I am in the UK and perhaps in Europe.
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Alternatively if you have a question about a type of speed camera in use on UK roads (e.g. SPECS, Gatso or Hadecs 3) then please visit our Speed Camera FAQ page.
I would recommend any device with a rechargeable battery. Therefore you can run the device independent of your vehicles electrical supply and start/stop technology.
Yes and no.
The ONLY speed camera detector we sell with ALL three technologies – GPS, radar and laser detection is the Snooper 4ZERO includes radar and laser detection and a GPS database for known mobile and fixed speed camera locations. GPS database updates via a Windows PC only (not MAC), Subscription costs: £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.
None of the current range of speed camera detectors are MAC compatible.
No other speed camera detector has the option to plug in an external GPS antenna only the Cheetah c550.
Your only and best bet would have been to keep the Cheetah c550 (pictured below, and available in either silver or black) and in ADDITION purchase a separate GPS antenna. This would have enabled you to receive a GPS signal by placing the GPS antenna elsewhere in your vehicle.
No other speed camera detector has the option to plug in an external GPS antenna only the Cheetah c550.
While detectors we sell like the Snooper 4ZERO (pictured right) do include a radar and laser detection, the forum you have read is correct in that sometimes when the device detects the laser or radar signal it can be too late. Two examples of this are as follows:
‣You are the only vehicle on the road at the time, the Police/camera operator waits for your vehicle to come into to range. He/she then presses the button to activate their laser or radar gun, you receive an alert via the radar/laser detector, but the Police/camera operator also receives the speed of your vehicle.
‣You are targeted when coming round a bend or over the brow of a hill. A radar/laser beam can only travel in a straight line.
The best way to receive an advanced warning to a mobile speed camera location is via a GPS database. The Snooper 4ZERO in addition to featuring radar and laser detection, also features an updateable GPS database of fixed and mobile speed camera locations, including those in the Republic of Ireland. Read more here.
Question 1: Is the main difference between the Road Angel Gem+ and the Snooper 4Zero that the Gem does not have a radar detector and the database is updated via GPRS, and it shows the speed limit?
Question 2: Is there a significant disadvantage to not having a radar detector as I like the idea of the speed limit being shown and not having to detach the device and attach it to a PC to update the database.
Answer 2: If you want complete coverage the Snooper 4ZERO (with radar and laser detection) would both provide that. However radar usage (K band) is very low in the UK and in fact you'll likely receive more false alerts than positive alerts to radar based speed cameras.
Answer 3: Yes, you are also paying effectively for an airtime contract with EE so the Gem+ receives updates in real time via the mobile phone network. The 4ZERO in comparison only receives it updates when connected to an internet connected Windows PC, so is only as good as the last time you updated.
Also, I was looking at three devices, the Road Angel, the Snooper 3ZERO and the Snooper DVR 3-HD. As I am trying to buy a dual dashboard camera with speedcam detection the Snooper DVR 3-HD is not the integrated solution I need. The best I could do is to buy a separate dual dashboard camera (e.g. Nextbase dual cam) and a Snooper 3ZERO for the cameras. My understanding is that both devices need the cigarette lighter power socket to function. As I only have one I will need the socket for the dualcam device. Can the snooper 3ZERO be powered by a USB socket as I have one in the arm rest? If not what is the alternative as I heard that dual socket cigarette lighter should never be used, especially if I plan to plug in a power hungry dual camera device.
Yes, you are correct there no single device that does traffic information and speed camera info, besides a sat nav. However with a sat nav you are then missing out on radar/laser detection, which most dedicated speed camera detectors feature.
Buying a dash cam such as the new Snooper DVR-4HD while also providing speed cameras just like a sat nav, there is no built in radar or laser detection.
You'd be best to buy either the Snooper ZERO or new Snooper 4ZERO which both feature a radar and laser detector, and then use a dash cam alongside. While we don't sell multiple cigarette lighter adaptors, they are available to buy online.
The only way you could achieve both is to buy the Snooper 4ZERO, not subscribe to the GPS database and use it solely as a radar and laser detector and to also buy the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe and subscribe to the Road Angel GPS database.
Smart phones, sat navs, dash cams, speed camera detectors and other in-car devices should not be mounted within the area of the windscreen covered by the windscreen wipers.
Yes we do and the speed camera detector is called the Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe.
When driving through an average speed check zone the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe displays THREE speed readouts on the units colour screen, these include:
Your vehicles speed
The road/enforced speed limit
Your vehicles average since the start of the zone
Subsquent Question: "Just a quick further clarification please, regarding the average in the zone - is it over the entire zone or does it calculate based on each checkpoint camera within the zone?"
"Reason I ask is I commute into London every day on a motorbike (so its very hard to stick to average limits while filtering!) and our dear Boris is installing an average camera system on the A40 all the way from the airfield near the M25 to the end of the Paddington flyover. There are about 6-8 cameras throughout where some are a very long way apart but some are quite close. I understand that they would issue a ticket, even if the whole was at the average, but anything was over between any two of the camera sites. The real number I need to see is the average between each camera site rather than over the whole stretch."
The average speed shown on the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe screen is from the first camera to the last camera in the complete average speed check zone, so all 6-8 cameras in the case of the A40. The device doesn't record or show your average speed between camera points.
However, it is worth noting that average speed cameras are NOT necessarily paired with the next or proceeding camera. So take for example a section of road which is covered by four average speed cameras - Camera 1, Camera 2, Camera 3 and Camera 4. The cameras used to calculate your actual average speed may in fact be Camera 2 and Camera 4.
Therefore to ensure you are within the speed limit when riding or driving through average speed cameras you need to maintain your average speed at or below the speed limit throughout the complete zone. The Road Angel Gem+ will certainly help you to do this.
There isn't currently a combined sat nav and radar/laser speed camera detector manufactured in the UK/Europe.
The main reason behind this is the fact that it is ILLEGAL to use a laser/radar detector in France. Most sat navs purchased in the UK are either preloaded with UK/European maps or have the option to install them. Therefore, the system would be illegal to use in France. The French Gendarmerie have been known to not only confiscate such devices, but also impose heavy fines – I've heard of 1500Euro fines! This has focused the mind of sat nav manufacturers to keep laser and radar detectors away from their sat navs.
If you are seeking a combined sat nav with laser detection, the best option would be to buy a sat nav and add the Snooper Laser Pod to use alongside it.
Please note: Laser detection is fully LEGAL in the UK, when heading into Europe you can simply unplug the Snooper Laser Pod from your vehicles dashboard.
For use in the Republic of Ireland the Snooper 3ZERO is our best seller and the detector I would recommend. The 3ZERO includes radar and laser detection and a GPS database for known mobile and fixed speed camera locations throughout the ROI. Updates via a Windows PC, Subscription costs: £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.
Delivery to Republic of Ireland is £14.99. We have sold many Snooper 3ZERO's to customers in the Republic of Ireland.
The Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe device is available to purchase from SpeedCamerasUK.com.
The subsequent and on-going subscription is payable directly with Road Angel themselves. Details of which are included in the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe when you receive your purchase from SpeedCamerasUK.com.
The Police can and do use several different methods to record/capture a speeding motorist. One of the most common is to simply use the vehicles built-in CCTV system. The unmarked Police vehicle follows the target/speeding vehicle for a set distance (normally 3 miles) recording the vehicles speed on the CCTV. When the Police deploy this method there is unfortunately no way to detect and warn of the unmarked Police vehicle following your vehicle.
The Snooper 3ZERO (like all other speed camera detectors) is NOT Apple Mac compatible.
The 3ZERO (like all Snooper devices) doesn't warn to red light cameras.
The Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe while also not Mac compatible, gets its speed camera updates via the mobile phone network - eliminating the need for a PC. The exception to this is when you need to carry out a firmware update (up to four times a years), where a Windows PC is then required.
The Gem+ also includes red light cameras.
No, there is currently nothing on the market that is designed for use while on a motorbike.
In the past has there have been a few systems, but these have all been discontinued.
The short answer is no.
The only speed camera detector with live automatic updates is the Road Angel Gem+. However, while this model includes GPS and Laser detection, it doesn't include Radar detection.
Radar usage is in decline in the UK. Most mobile speed cameras and Police handhelds are laser based, plus in addition radar detection does give lots of false alerts as traffic signals/lights, petrol station automatic door sensors, etc all work on the same frequency.
If you do require a device with GPS, Laser and Radar then your only option is the Snooper 3ZERO, however the 3ZERO requires updating from a Windows based PC.
None of the current range of speed camera detectors are MAC compatible.
You could consider buying the Road Angel Gem+ which features live automatic updates as you drive, thanks to built-in GPRS (mobile phone) technology.
You will need to connect the Road Angel Gem+ to a Windows PC for firmware updates, however this is only up to 4 times a year, when firmware updates are released by Road Angel.
Two such detectors that will provide alerts to HADECS 3 camera are the:
More information about HADECS 3 cameras and the speed camera detectors that will provide alerts to them can be found here.
Yes, we do sell a range of laser jammers or laser diffusers to view the base model click here.
Laser diffusers require hardwiring and installing the laser sensor head within your vehicle engine bay and behind your vehicles front grille, and then running the on/off switch into your cars dashboard so you can operate it as you drive.
Gatso speed cameras are radar based, so they will have no effect when using a laser diffuser.
The Snooper 3ZERO is a plug and play GPS based device with radar and laser detection.
1. The GPS database includes locations where there could be a speed camera (to comply with French law), you need to opt into this option.
2. The units built-in radar/laser detector will detect in-use cameras operating using the radar and laser bands.
However, it is ILLEGAL to use a radar/laser detector in France to warn of speed camera locations. A motorist seeking to buy a replacement 3ZERO a few weeks ago had his last one confiscated by the French Gendarmerie. In addition he had a fine of 1500EUR!
I would suggest you steer clear of a laser jammer as if and when the Gendarmerie fire a laser gun at you vehicle and don't receive a reading on their laser gun, they will almost certainly pull you over and search the device jamming the signal in your vehicle.
A radar/laser detector on the other hand doesn't interfere with the signal in anyway, being completely passive - but is still illegal to use in France.
Please note: Having a device with radar and Laser detection in the UK is completely legal to own, use and operate.
The Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe will provide the closest alert to what you are seeking.
When driving through a SPECS average speed camera zone, the Road Angel Gem+ displays on the screen (shown below, right) the following information at the same time:
I'd suggest you consider one of three devices.
1. Snooper Laser Pod (pictured right) - this device alerts to laser based sites only.
2. Snooper 3ZERO - while the 3ZERO actually includes three technologies; GPS database, Radar detection and Laser detection. You can choose not subscribe to the GPS database (charges apply) and simply use the 3ZERO as a radar and laser detector.
3. Valentine ONE G3 - most advanced radar and laser detector. The Valentine ONE includes directional alerts, letting you know where you are being targeted from e.g. front, back, or sides, and which side - left or right.
The Valentine ONE is a radar and laser detector only, therefore there would be no reason to plug an external GPS antenna in.
GPS antennas are required for devices that use a GPS database of speed camera co-ordinates. Most modern day GPS speed camera detectors DO NOT offer the option to plug in an external GPS antenna. The reason being that GPS antennas built into the detectors are far more sensitive and should work through most windscreens, than they were in the past.
The only GPS speed camera detector we sell where a GPS antenna connection is available is the Snooper Lynx GT LITE (pictured right).
Please note: The Lynx GT Lite has been discontinued and we have limited stock of both the units and GPS antennas which are priced/sold separately at £34.99.
All of the speed camera detectors we sell are designed to function/work as a standalone device. Hence they will include their own screen and speakers.
The best option in my opinion would be the Snooper 3ZERO (pictured right). The screen is small in size, and the device is the only one we sell to feature a GPS database*, Radar detector and Laser detector.
The 3ZERO can be hardwired, and I'm sure BMW could help to hardwire the cable/device into your car. The 3ZERO hardwire power cable is sold separately priced at £14.99.
The 3ZERO includes in the box (when purchased from SpeedCamerasUK.com), both windscreen and dash mounting options.
*The Snooper 3ZERO GPS database updates are priced at either £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year. However, you may decide not to subscribe and use the speed camera database in your BMW sat nav instead. If you don't subscribe you will still receive alerts to fixed Gatso speed cameras and mobile radar/laser devices via the Snooper 3ZERO's built-in Radar and Laser detectors.
While none of the speed camera detectors we sell are waterproof.
The detector I'd recommend would be the Road Angel Gem Plus.
The Road Angel Gem+ includes:
‣Fixed speed cameras inc. the new HADECS 3 (stealth cameras)
‣On-screen road speed limits for UK ALL roads
‣Laser detector for laser guns
‣Rechargeable battery providing 2-4 hour operation
‣Live automatic updates as you ride
You would just need to devise a way to securely fit the Gem+ on your bike, as no off-the-shelf motorcycle fitting kit is available.
The Road Angel Gem+ like most other current speed camera detectors and other GPS devices/sat navs don't include the option to plug-in an external GPS antenna. The main reason being that the built in GPS antenna these days are more sensitive and powerful than they were in the past. So they are more likely to work without the need of an external GPS antenna.
However, having said that, I would first check to ensure that a GPS signal is being received on your vehicles dashboard. To do this, simply try any sat nav or GPS device that was manufactured in the last few years in your car. Your local garage or car dealership should also be able to provide specific advice regarding your particular vehicles heated windscreen?
Customer replies: Thanks for the reply. Yes, my new...ish TomTom works fine so hopefully a new detector would function too then....never thought of that.
The Snooper 3ZERO (pictured right) is a solely a speed camera detector with GPS, radar and laser detection. Using a radar and laser detector, will provide alerts to live GATSO speed cameras and in-use 'live' mobile speed camera sites using radar and laser guns.
The Snooper DVR-3HD (pictured left) is first and foremost an in-car camera (dash cam) designed to capture and record traffic events in front of your vehicle. The DVR-3HD also provides alerts to (fixed and mobile) speed cameras via a GPS database, there is no radar or laser detection.
The 3ZERO can be updated as often as you choose (we recommend updating for example before any long journey), the DVR-3HD can ONLY be updated 4 times a year (once a quarter).
Both devices use the same Snooper AURA database.
The Snooper 3ZERO subscription costs: £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year. The Snooper DVR-3HD updates are FREE for the life of the device.
HADECS cameras are identified as GATSO cameras from within the AURA database.
If you have the latest version downloaded to your Snooper S600 then you will receive alerts.
The Snooper 3ZERO requires updates by connecting to a Windows PC with an internet connection.
The only model in the Snooper range with wireless/GPRS updates is the Snooper Lynx LT Lite (pictured right) The Lynx GT Lite comes with free lifetime updates; however these updates are free via a Windows PC only. To activate and use the wireless updates you must subscribe to the AURA Live database at a cost of either £7.99 a month, £22.99 a quarter or £86.99 a year. Please also note the Snooper Lynx GT Lite does not include any form of detection – there is no radar or laser detection built into this device. In comparison the 3ZERO includes both a radar and laser detector.
An alternative product to consider is the Road Angel Gem+ (pictured left), this detector like the Lynx GT Lite includes live wireless updates at a cost of either £39.99 for 6 months, £65.99 for 1 year and £169.99 for 3 years. The Road Angel Gem+ unlike the Lynx GT Lite, does include a laser detector. The Gem+ also includes onscreen road speed limits for all UK roads irrespective to whether a camera is located or not, so you will always know the correct speed limit for any given road.
The device you require was available but has since has been discontinued and was called the Snooper MY-SPEED (pictured left).
The Snooper MY-SPEED had two simple displays:
1. When you were driving below the road speed limit a green smiley face would appear
2. When driving above the road speed limit a red unhappy face would appear.
Your vehicles speed and road speed limit would also feature on the units LCD screen.
Alternatively, you could consider the Road Angel Gem+ or Gem+ Deluxe which is in stock today and provides an on screen speed limit for all UK roads whether a speed camera is present or not.
What's more the Road Angel Gem+ has live GPRS updates via the mobile phone network. What this means is that unlike the Snooper MY-SPEED speed limit database which was provided by NAVTEQ (map company provider) on an annual basis. The Gem+ speed limit database can be updated everyday.
A feature or more precisely a button on the Road Angel Gem+ called 'Speed Share' and taking advantage of the connected GPRS technology allows Gem+ users to feed road speed limit changes back to Road Angel, so they can in turn verify and update the database.
The Inforad K2 isn't currently available to buy from SpeedCamerasUK.com so I can't comment on how good or bad the device is.
However, what I can say is that the Inforad K2 relies solely on GPS database, there is no form of detection.
Contrast the Inforad K2 with the Snooper 3ZERO (pictured left), which not only includes a GPS database, but also includes both RADAR and LASER detection for alerts to live in-use mobile speed cameras.
The Snooper 3ZERO GPS database updates via a Windows PC. Subscription costs: £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.
More and more motorists are discovering the benefits of driving with a speed camera detector. The main benefit being advanced warnings of speed cameras in the road ahead and avoiding points, fines and potential loss of a driving licence. In addition GPS based systems also provide the driver with spoken voice alerts and speed limits at camera sites. So if driving in an unfamiliar area the driver knows what speed his vehicle needs to be doing to drive within the law and avoid a speeding conviction. For more information regarding speed camera detectors see Speed Camera Detector Buyer's Guide.
More recently the Government, through the Road Safety Bill, is reviewing the use of speed camera detectors and their technologies in the UK. The Road Safety Bill looks to ban speed camera jammers and detectors.
To fully understand the implications of the bill first you need to understand the different types of speed camera detectors that are available in the UK. There are currently three different technologies that a speed camera detector could utilise to detect and warn of an approaching speed camera. Speed camera detectors can use Radar detection, Laser detection and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) a combination of one, two or all three of the technologies can be used. As a Radar detector warns by detecting a camera in the road ahead. Legality of these systems are under review, as they potentially allow a motorist to drive above the speed limit without facing prosecution through an in active road side speed camera. GPS systems such as the Origin b2 warn via a national database of speed camera locations, whether the road side speed camera contains operational equipment or is simply empty.
The following is a extract from the Department for Transport (DFT) website "The Government will not be prohibiting those devices that rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to warn drivers of published camera sites or posted speed limits, as these compliment the Government's policy to ensure that camera sites are visible and conspicuous to drivers, and so help deter excessive and inappropriate speeds on the roads." To read more about UK government policy regarding the legality of speed camera detectors see UK Law relating to speed camera radar detectors.
The only device to include all UK road speed limits is the Road Angel Gem+ and Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe.
The Road Angel Gem+ features a database of fixed and mobile speed camera location and also includes a built-in laser detector - for live detection of mobile laser based camera sites.
The Road Angel Gem+ also benefits from built-in GPRS (mobile phone) technology, which enables updates in real-time. The GPRS also enables Road Angel Gem+ end-users can also send information (camera information and road speed limits) back to Road Angel for them to validate and add to their database.
Unfortunately the Novus GPS Rider data power cable is no longer available.
Online retailer ActiveGPS do have some parts available.
My recommendation would be the Snooper 3ZERO which includes:
‣GPS database of fixed and mobile cameras – subscription at either £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.
For a sat nav you would then also need to buy a separate device. If you buy a Snooper sat nav e.g. SC5800 DVR, these use the same GPS database as the 3ZERO (AURA database). As both are optional (at the prices above) you could then choose which device to subscribe to the database, the 3ZERO or the SC5700.
If you choose not to subscribe, the 3ZERO will detect mobile cameras (via radar/laser) and warn to live Gatso cameras (via radar), however fixed Truvelo and SPECS cameras would not be alerted to. For alerts to Truvelo and SPECS cameras you would need to subscribe to the GPS database.
All of the speed cameras detectors at SpeedCamerasUK.com are also available to buy from us and include FREE delivery within the United Kingdom (UK). For deliveries outside of the UK please see delivery information for costs.
We hold extensive stock of each model (unless otherwise indicated) with dispatch same working day for orders placed before 3pm on any working day.
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Last updated: 1st January 2017