What Is a Dash Cam?

dashboard camera or dashcam, also known as a car digital video recorder (car DVR), driving recorder, or event data recorder (EDR), it’s an onboard camera that continuously records the view through a vehicle’s front windscreen and sometimes rear or other windows. Some dashcams include a camera to record the car’s interior in 360 degrees inside the camera. Usually, it’s in a ball form and can automatically send pictures and video by using 4G.

EDRs (event data recorder) and some dashcams also record acceleration/deceleration g-force, speed, steering angle, GPS data and voltage of the power source (vehicle’s electrical net), etc.

A wide-angle 130°, 170° degree or more front camera may be attached to the interior windscreen, to the rear-view mirror, or to the top of the dashboard, by suction cup or adhesive tape mount. A rear camera is usually hooked in the back window or registration plate, with an RCA video output to the display monitor/screen.

The resolution will decide the overall quality of the video. Full HD or 1080p (1920×1080) is standard for dash HD cam. Dash cam may have 1080p, 1296p, 1440p, or higher definition for a front camera and 720p for a back camera, including f/1.8 aperture and night vision mode.

Dashcams can use as crime evidence. It also can provide video evidence in the event of a road accident. When parked, dash cams can capture video and picture evidence if the 360° parking monitor detects vandalism and send it to the owner, usually employing 4G.

Best Dash Cam
Best Dash Cam

Many dash cams are set up to automatically record once you start the car and overwrite video once the internal storage or memory card or hard drive is full. In the event of a collision, a dash cam with a G-Sensor will detect that action and automatically save the recording so you can view it later and use it as evidence if necessary. 

If you want to take a snapshot of your route, then still camera built-in is best. Though it’s usually low resolution, it does not even give a smartphone image quality. A camera’s field of view is essential, as a wider-angle lens will capture a more detailed video or snap.

While some dash cams double as actual GPS navigation devices, others simply use GPS so that you can pinpoint where a video took place, which is important in the case of accidents or other incidents. It’s also helpful when you capture a sunset, storm, or other exciting activity and want to know exactly where it happened.

Most dash cams have built-in screens so you can review video right on the device (hopefully not while driving), while others have no screen at all and must be paired with a smartphone app. While a dash cam can act as a safety device, one with a large 5-inch screen will take up more space on your windshield and, if not positioned carefully, can be a distraction.

Be sure to install it outside of your line of sight, perhaps closer to the passenger side. Smaller cams without screens can be installed right under the rear-view mirror and thus out of your sight.

1

Thinkware Q800PRO Car Dash Cam

thinkware q800pro

Specs

  • Part Number: TW-Q800PRO32C
  • Image Resolution: 2K QHD 1440P
  • Recording Channels: 1

Pros

  • Captures video in high-quality resolution
  • Wide lens angle
  • Can be managed from a matching app
  • Can serve as a vehicle tracking device

Cons

  • Relatively high price point
  • Can be difficult to operate
  • No installation or setup instructions included

We’re kicking off the list by recommending a dashcam we actually put to the test. While no dash cam is really subjected to much abuse, this unit from Thinkware did seem to outperform most. The first thing to separate this from other options is the 2K QHD high-quality video resolution with 140 degrees of coverage. Though it’s no 4K, it still does a great job of providing crisp imagery of street signs, road markings, and license plates. This model is also attached to a dedicated app that allows you to edit and manage recording files from your smartphone. As if that’s not enough, it can also tap into the cloud and give you real-time tracking of your car’s location when hotspots are available.

As much as we love this model, there are some concerns you should be aware of. It’s not quite as refined as it could be for a dash cam that sits on the higher end of the price scale. It doesn’t come with any directions for installation or setup, and the lack of an LCD display does make it a little more difficult to use than others.

2

Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual 1080p Dash Cam

vantrue n2 pro uber dual 1080p dash cam

Specs

  • Part Number: N2 Pro
  • Image Resolution: 1080P
  • Recording Channels: 2

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • Records front and interior of vehicle
  • Automatically records when the ignition is on or motion is detected

Cons

  • Quality control issues are common
  • Video looping issues are common

Type the words ‘dash cam’ into Amazon and the number of search results that appear can be intimidating. But nestled in amongst the pile of offerings is this Chinese brand that flaunts professional spec dash cams that cost up to half as much as some of the market leaders.

The front lens, which is arguably the most important here, is comprised of six individual glass elements and packs a whopping f/1.8 aperture, which we found to be brilliant for capturing crisp imagery in low-light situations. On top of this, a second f/2 lens faces the cabin and is supported by four IR LED lights to boost what is often tricky, gloomy footage via an excellent Sony IMX323 sensor. Although not for everyone, this sort of functionality is perfect for professional drivers who may or may not want to relive any incidents that occur late on a Friday night. There’s also a built-in microphone to record sound. 

Continuous loop recording is a given here, as is G-sensor technology that detects an incident and will automatically save the footage to the microSD card. However, buyers will have to plump for an optional GPS mount that saves data on speed and location alongside the video file.

Thanks to the brilliant Sony sensor, we found image quality to be generally very good, while linking the device to a laptop or PC is as simple as it gets. Front and rear footage is handily divided into two separate files too, reducing the time spent browsing the various folders for the desired clip.

Parking Mode is also good value at this price point, as it can be switched on to auto record whenever it senses motion. Alas, it requires a power source, so needs to either be hard-wired into the vehicle via a separate accessory or attached to an external power source. 

3

Vantrue N4 Pro Uber Dual 1080p Dash Cam

vantrue n4 pro uber dual 1080p dash cam

Specs

  • Part Number: N4 Pro
  • Image Resolution: 1080P
  • Recording Channels: 2

Pros

  • Video Capacity 4K
  • Records front and interior of vehicle
  • Automatically records when the ignition is on or motion is detected

Cons

  • Quality control issues are common
  • Video looping issues are common

The Vantrue N4 is a three-channel powerhouse able to record out the windshield, inside and behind the car all at once in HD or greater resolution, or it can record two views at once in 4K and HD. Two of the views are captured by sensors built into the main front-facing unit, while the third is recorded by a remote rear camera that comes with a long cable to reach the back window on most vehicles.

Unlike many dash cams today, the N4 doesn’t require a phone for settings or clip review: It has a compact but sharp rear screen and plenty of dedicated buttons for features and settings. This is a great camera if you don’t want to have to fuss with a second device.

The N4 also has motion detection, not just impact detection, so it can wake up and record activity around the car when it’s parked. It also uses a robust supercapacitor to power those functions when the car is off, as opposed to a conventional battery that may suffer in a car’s punishing temperatures.

4

BlackVue DR900X-2CH Dash Cam

BlackVue DR900X-2CH Dash Cam

Specs

  • Part Number: DR900X-2CH
  • Image Resolution: 4K
  • Recording Channels: 2

Pros

  • High-resolution imagery
  • Wide lens angles
  • Front and rear coverage
  • App compatible

Cons

  • Premium price point
  • Lack of screens makes it hard to find proper recording angle

This camera is an upgraded version of our best overall pick. It’s another dual-channel system with a similar form factor and features — plus high-definition 4K resolution and a wider field of view. According to Tran, the DR900X’s clarity of video is unsurpassed among dash cams and very helpful for reading license plates or picking up other details on the road. The front camera’s 162-degree field of view provides a significantly wider perspective than other dash cams. It has optional cloud storage, parking mode, and night vision as well.

5

Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam

Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam

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Video quality: 4K

Viewing angle: 140 degrees

GPS tracker: Yes

Memory: MicroSD card (not included)

Pros

  • Stellar day and night captures
  • Modular add-on 1080p cameras provide interior and rear coverage
  • Alexa voice control and automatic emergency notifications

Cons

  • Expensive

6

Garmin Dash Cam Mini2

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Specs

  • Image Resolution: 1440P
  • Recording Channels: 1

Pros

  • Compact and easy to tuck out of the way
  • Easy to set up and install
  • Wide lens angle and high resolution

Cons

  • Short battery life keeps cords attached
  • May be too small for large hands to operate

Being the last of the three dashcams subjected to hands-on testing, we opted to give the Garmin Mini2 the best mini dash cam award. There may be smaller options out there, but this isn’t attached to the difficult installs or many of the others. Also, this model still manages to incorporate an LCD display and 140-degree lens angle into the mix, despite being so small. Much to our surprise, video quality is also of high resolution regardless of the time or conditions we subjected this model to. Of course, the swiveling mount is also a nice touch worth mentioning as it helps keep setting up as simple as possible.

While it’s a heavy-hitter, it’s not perfect, as a short battery life keeps you tapped into the 12-volt port with wires dangling in front of the windshield. Also, it is small enough that it can be hard to operate in large hands.

7

Garmin Dash Cam 67W

Garmin Dash Cam Mini2

Specs

Video quality: 1440p

Viewing angle: 180 degrees

GPS tracker: Yes

Memory: MicroSD card (16GB card included)

Pros

  • Impressively small package
  • Great quality video
  • Doddle to install

Cons

  • Some features need extra kit-
  • Wide-angle warps edge of frame

The 67W supersedes Garmin’s already very good 66W with a few additional connected features that only add to a very enticing package. At about the size of a matchbox, the 67W is one of the smallest dash cams we’ve had the honor of testing – in fact, it’s only usurped by Garmin’s own Mini, which is so small it looks like it came out of a Christmas Cracker.

Crammed inside this tiny package is a top-quality sensor that’s capable of capturing crisp 1440p footage and enhancing it in those tricky weather conditions thanks to a HDR (High Dynamic Range) function. In our tests, it looked great and the additional pixels made it possible to punch into footage on the computer to read number plates or spot minor things that could act as important evidence.

Easy to set up, simple to use and accompanied by a very clean smartphone app, the 67W goes one better than its predecessor by adding connected features, such as the ability to automatically upload any saved clips to Garmin’s cloud when the camera detects a trusted Wi-Fi network. 

Bear in mind that Garmin will charge you for a storage plan – and if you want to make the most of its connected features, such as the ability to remotely check in on a parked car from anywhere in the world, you’ll have to hardwire the camera into your vehicle’s main power source. 

You’ll also need to make sure the camera is connected to a Wi-Fi network, so this means parking next to a friendly router or investing in a mobile hotspot, which will also require constant power. You can see how it rapidly becomes a deep and expensive rabbit hole.

Regardless, if you just want great quality footage that’s automatically recorded by something that will fit into a shirt pocket, look no further.

8

Viofo A129 Pro Duo

Viofo A129 Pro Duo

SPECIFICATIONS

Video quality: 4K

Viewing angle: 140 degrees

GPS tracker: Yes

Memory: MicroSD card (not included)

Pros

  • Great value for a front/rear cam
  • Crisp footage

Corns

  • Lots of trailing wires
  • Relatively bulky front camera unit

It’s highly unlike you’ve heard of Viofo but that’s no reason to dismiss it, because its 4K resolution Pro Duo model represents phenomenal value for money. It’s no way near as sleek as some of its more recognisable rivals but this package comes with both front and rear cameras.

That does mean plenty of trailing wires  to stash underneath headliners but it also adds further peace of mind for all-round coverage. There’s the option of glorious 4K (3840 x 2160p) video recording up front, with the resulting footage offering a great amount of details and Wide Dynamic Range for rich colours in all weather conditions.

The fact that you get night vision, a parking mode, motion detection, automatic emergency recording, GPS tracking and dual channel 1080p for under £200 / US$250 makes this a package well worth considering if you cover a lot of miles and want total camera coverage that doesn’t cost a small fortune.  

9

Kenwood DRV-A601W Dash Cam

Kenwood DRV-A601W

SPEC

Video quality: 1080p

Viewing angle: 135 degrees

Integrated GPS: Yes

Screen: None

Pros

  • Great video quality 
  • Neat compact package
  • Easy to set up and use

Corns

  • Low on features
  • Additional extras quickly add up

Kenwood’s range-topping 4K camera almost matched the Nextbase 622GW for footage quality, but can’t quite repeat the image stabilisation in darker conditions, especially on rougher roads. 

It also has to make do without the Nextbase’s Alexa and What3Words features, but in exchange it costs less than £200, and that includes a 64GB memory card. 

You can also buy the Kenwood as part of a bundle that includes a hardwire kit, an SD card and a rear camera for the same price as the basic Nextbase 622. 

10

Cobra SC 400D Dash Cam

Cobra SC 400D

SPEC

Camera: 1296p Super HD

Field of view: 160°

Screen: 2.0-inch LCD

GPS: Yes

Pros

  • Excellent video captures, day and night, front and back
  • 3-inch touchscreen display
  • Voice control
  • Alexa support (if you care)
  • 2160p (4K UHD) if you want it

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Rear camera isn’t removable

The CDR 900 E gets off to a great start with a smart, sturdy body and some premium detailing. The 160-degree lens, 3MP camera and 1296P Super HD recording translate to high-quality footage with a great field of vision, and linking to your smartphone via the Wi-Fi and reviewing footage on the free app is a cinch. 

There’s a lot to like about the CDR 900 E, but it lets itself down with a faffy interface and a microphone that sounds like you’ve hung it out of the window. That it costs so much yet can’t record speed or location has it spinning out of contention.

11

Nexar Beam Full HD 1080p Dash Cam

Nexar Beam Full HD 1080p Dash Cam

Specs

  • Part Number: B07ZPGSKLS
  • Image Resolution: 1080P
  • Recording Channels: 1

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • Easy to set up and install
  • App makes video file management simple

Cons

  • Power wires are clumsy and unsightly
  • Lack of screen makes it difficult to find the right angle

Here we have a solid option from Nexar for those who want a little more quality for their money. The Beam certainly isn’t revolutionary, but it’s a great way to get a dependable dash cam in your car without spending a small fortune. Our testing of this unit shows that it’s quite capable for something of its size and price range. The 1080p video quality is far better than what you see from many cheaper options, and vibrations pose no threat to its stability. It’s also extremely easy to set up and install in your vehicle, as it took us no more than 15 minutes to get up and running. Also, we’ll tip our hats to the app’s easy-to-use nature that allows you to quickly review and manage video files.

Is it ideal? No, as the clumsy power line running to the 12-volt port of our vehicle is rather unsightly. Also, the lack of a screen makes it hard to angle just right and leaves you second-guessing whether it’s recording.

12

Mio 4K Quality Dash Cam

miofive 4k dash cam

SPEC

Video quality: 4K

Viewing angle: 140 degrees

Integrated GPS: Yes

Screen: 2.2in IPS

Pros

  • Premium feel
  • 4K video recording
  • Rear display

Cons

  • Large 4K video files
  • Optional hardwiring kit needed for parking mode

We were pleasantly surprised by the Miofive. This 4K Dash Cam is well-designed with a premium feel, a good smartphone application, and 4K video recorded through a 140-degree lens. There’s 64GB of integrated storage and fast, 5GHz Wi-Fi for transferring footage to your phone. Add in a simple, discrete windscreen mount, plus parking mode with an optional hardwiring kit, and the Miofive is all the dash cam most drivers will ever need. For a new company to launch its first product through a Kickstarter campaign, and for that product to be this good, is no mean feat. Don’t be put off by Miofive’s lack of track record. This is a quality dash cam. 

Dash Cams Types

Dash Cams Types
Dash Cams Types

Dashcams, also referred to as dashboard cameras, truck DVRs, connected cameras, or event data recorders (EDR), are in-vehicle cameras that continuously record the view through a vehicle’s front windscreen. Some dashcams include a secondary camera or cameras to record the vehicle’s interior or driver.

Some cabin cams have a screen, also known as a (rear view mirror dash cam) that can be attached to a rear-view mirror that usually uses a debris ring or strap or replaces the rear view mirror itself directly. Others attach to the windshield, dash, or other suitable interior surfaces.


Many dashcams include rechargeable batteries not needed when connected to car battery wire or capacitors.

Standalone Units

Most dashcam offers on the market are standalone units (Individual units). This configuration is by far the most convenient to set up and is usually the most affordable option. As the name suggests, these dash cams work independently of the vehicle’s existing operating systems. You, in general, need to run only a few wires to be operational, if any at all. 

Depending on the model you select, these generally feature the lens, a mini SD memory card port, and possibly an LCD display. Also, size can vary greatly depending on the model you select. Therefore, you want to be diligent in selecting to ensure you pick a dash cam that works discreetly in your vehicle and functions according to your needs. 

Multi Lens Dash Cams 

More lenses mean better documentation of an event. While a forward-facing dash camera is usually enough for most people, being able to record from the back can make all the difference in the world if another driver hits your rear bumper. That is why many dash cams will have the ability to place lenses on the front and back of the car. 

A multi-lens dash camera records the cabin, which can help prove that you weren’t distracted while driving during the incident and can also be an excellent security measure for rideshare drivers. The only possible drawback is that adding more lenses will drive the selling price. 

Integrated Dash Cams 

Mio Dash Cam

Integrated dash cams are less common than standalone units, but they may exist and may be worth considering. These units have been integrated into the car’s existing operating systems, such as touch screen navigation system, allowing them to offer the cleanest fit and finish. Usually, you may notice a small lens and housing that fixes to the windshield. 

As you might expect that the installation isn’t as simple and easy as a standalone unit. Not often, you will need to separate the dash apart and carefully wire everything up. That also means that moving it from one vehicle to another vehicle may be out of the question, as it can be more trouble than it’s worth. 

Do you need a dash cam?

A dash cam can be helpful on the rare occasion you’re involved in a crash or similar incident. But they aren’t always practical or worth the investment depending on your driving record.

Pros

  • Dash cams constantly film while you’re driving so that they can capture accidents or similar incidents you may be involved in.
  • This footage can prove that you are not guilty if you want to make an insurance claim or provide evidence in a police investigation.
  • The most common type of accident in Australia is the rear part of another car. If you are the driver of the rear-ending car or other vehicles, you’re usually considered to be at fault unless you can not prove otherwise. If you are innocent, then a good dash cam can help prove it.
  • It can also help you identify cars that may be trying to escape from an event in which you were involved.
  • Dash cams records driving data during an incident such as speed, impact points and location (using GPS). This could be valuable information in an investigation or an insurance claim.
  • Dash cams are also easy to record road trips (though a GoPro can be the best option).

Cons

  • Many drivers are never involved in accidents so they won’t get too much use from a dash cam.
  • A dash cam can only record video of its scenes (that is, in front of the car, unless you have a back camera installed behind you as well).
  • Many dash cams don’t give a clear picture of another car’s number plate unless that car is very close, directly in front and in bright daylight without glare (and some models still fight).

What to look for in a dash cam?

We will step you through what to think about when shopping for a dash cam, from video capabilities, recording options, power connections, and so on. 

Video Capability

  • Dual-channel support: This is what you will need if you want to run both front and rear cam or interior cameras (cabin-view). Interior cameras are generally located on the dash cam, but the rear cameras are separate and require additional wairing. 
  • A decently wide field of view: You will see cameras with a 90-degree field of view, but if you go for 120 to 140 degrees, you’ll capture more of what is around you. Some cameras offer 160- to 180-degree lenses. Keep in mind that the wider the field of view, the more fish-eye distortion and the more processing involved to compensate.
  • Day and night video recording (night standard is a big variant).
  • Infrared lighting is important: If you want to ensure good captures of nocturnal events inside your car cabin.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) is unnecessary but it produces more detailed video because of better contrast. It also usually indicates richer color.
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) is much like above, except it generally refers only to color and not contrast.
  • Do you need 4K UHD?: It is easy to fall victim to the sportsmanship of a higher-res image. In our tests, the gain in detail from 4K video (2160p) can vary, but the storage investment is consistently heavy: four times the storage of 1080p, or around 1GB for every three minutes of video. For most purposes,1080p is the more frugal everyday choice. Does not avoid 4K UHD—which is a feature in our best overall picks—but read the reviews first so you know whether the cost is justified.

Recording options

thinkware q800pro
thinkware q800pro
  • Continuous loop recording to minimize storage requirements. Video is recorded, then immediately overwritten at a specified interval unless saved. Video is saved (protected from overwriting) automatically when an incident is detected. Most dash cams will overwrite older recordings when they run out of space. 
  • Cloud storage is available with a few dash cams. Uploading to the cloud in real-time is a nice hedge against damage and theft—assuming the thief isn’t smart enough to kill the dash cam immediately. It’s also handy for those managing fleets of vehicles, as incident videos are safely stashed online.
  • Self-powered recording when power fails, so you can be sure to capture all of an incident. This requires a battery or large super-capacitor (see below in(“Power connections”). The camera should have a setting that allows you to specify how long the camera runs off 12-volt before shutting down. 
  • Incident recording is triggered by impact (G) sensors or when in parking mode (see below) by motion detection.
  • MicroSD card storage. Pricier dash cams bundle a storage card. Some come with larger cards, and some budget models come without. There are often bundles available with the card. Some cameras opt for hard-wired internal storage, like the Miofive 4K.

Power connections

Before buying, most people do not consider that dash cams connect to a power source in your car via a physical cable. That cable can sometimes be tucked out of the way, but more likely than not you will have a loose cable hanging somewhere. You can sometimes fix this with a longer or shorter cable (or a professional installation). Keep that in mind as you consider your power options:

  • Auxiliary 12-volt Power (adequate): Most vendors have stuck with powering their dash cams via the auxiliary 12-volt power socket (also known as the cigarette lighter) and USB cables. It can lead to an unsightly cable run, and the power disappears when you turn off the car, but it’s universal and easy.
  • Hard-wired 12-volt power (better): Most vendors offer kits that connect the dash cam directly to a constant 12-volt source in your wiring harness behind the dash. This provides always-on power, but it isn’t particularly easy to install.
  • OBD-II 12-volt power (better): Outliers like the Owl and PureCam use the OBD-II connector for constant 12-volt power. OBD-II-to-USB power cables are now available separately (as an alternative to hard-wiring kits that draw constant 12-volt power from the wiring harness). I recommend one with a USB Type-A port, which will accommodate any dash cam. Most of those with captive cables I’ve seen are mini-USB. The only downside is a long cable run, as the OBD-II port is usually under the dash next to the driver’s left knee.
  • Rearview 12-volt power (better): Another option that features a super-short cable run is powering your dash cam using your auto-dimming rearview mirror. You can find adapters for this at Dongar Technologies. If your car qualifies, this is by far your best option.
  • Battery (or super-capacitor) power: Many dash cams come with super-capacitors, which allow the dash cam to operate for a brief period after losing regular control—such as during a collision. They don’t record for very long, though, and sometimes not at all. A battery gives you a better chance of recording an entire incident, even when 12-volt power is lost. If run time is sufficient, it also allows you to record the car turned off for a while. 

Other handy features

  • Phone connectivity is not essential but can make offloading video and configuring the dash cam easier. We’ve noticed recently (12/15/2020) that phone apps are starting to require later versions of Android. If you’re rocking anything older than 8, keep that in mind.
  • GPS: This feature could be the tipping point if you use your captured video to resolve a dispute. Water-marking the video is common, but GPS info is also beneficial for mapping your travels when embedded into the video. GPS will also automatically set the time in better cameras.
  • Parking monitoring: This can mean two things. They are running the dash cam continuously in low frame-rate mode to save card space and battery or running in standby mode and awakening when motion or g-forces are detected. We’ve reviewed cameras with a large battery to monitor the car with the 12-volt turned off for several days, but most cameras require a constant 12-volt source.

How to Test Dash Cam?

dash cam

Now a day, there are a huge number of dash cams on the market today, and some of them are really very cheap. But the good quality dash cams go further, with better quality, better connectivity, more driver assistance or more safety features. 

We have reviewed every dash cam on our list. Its means that we have installed them and tested them for real-world driving. 

You will see our verdicts in the entries above, but here is a run-down of what to look for:

• Angle of view: Dash cams usually have wide-angle lenses. The wider the field of view, the more likely it is to take in what is happening in junctions and side streets, but objects up ahead will be smaller.

• Resolution: 4K capture is excellent, and high resolution means clearer, sharper images with more detail, but it also means files are bigger and you need more storage. 

• Battery-powered dash cams: Some dash cam have batteries and can easily be installed without wires, but the batteries will not last long – typically around 30 minutes. Though the cables may look messy, some dash cams can plug into a USB socket or 12V supply and keep running indefinitely. 

• Professional installation: The other alternative is to install your dash cam professionally with hidden wiring. It will cost more, and you can not move the camera from one vehicle to another, but it looks better.

• Protection while parked: A wired-in dash cam can run while your car is parked and record suspicious activity, attempted theft or parking bumps.

• Rear and Front dash cams: Sometimes, the hazard is from behind, so a rear-facing dash cam can be handy. We have a separate buying guide to the best rear and Front dash cams

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. Some front-facing dash cams come with an optional rear camera upgrade.

• Interior cameras: Some drivers, particularly those who make a living carrying passengers, will want a dash cam that records the car’s interior. Our best Uber dash cam

 The guide recommends the best options for this.

• High Dynamic Range: This HDR sounds like a feature for a high-end digital camera, but HDR capture can be an advantage in bright, high-contrast lighting.

 Night vision: We do not just drive in the daytime. A dash cam with night vision can also offer protection and security at night.

• Wi-Fi: Some best dash cam with a Wi-Fi connection can communicate with a smartphone app to control settings or check videos.

• Cloud Subscription: An optional extra with some dash cams. This could be useful for fleet owners keeping track of several vehicles or for people who want to see what is happening (or what happened) remotely.

• Driver-assist safety aids: Some dash cams can sound warnings if you cross lane markings or warn you that a vehicle near has stopped in traffic.

• Voice control: You have to keep your hands on the wheel while driving, so voice control is a safety feature, not just a techno advantage.

• GPS and emergency services: It is the last item on our list, perhaps the most important. If you are involved in an accident, you can not call anyone for help, and some of the best dash cam can detect a collision and automatically notify the emergency services. And also send your exact location to the emergency services through GPS.

How to install a dash cam?

You can install a dash cam by connecting it to a 12V power supply (such as the cigarette lighter in older cars) or hardwiring the unit into the vehicle itself. While you can attach most models with a bit of DIY (with instructions often coming in the box). You can also ask for your camera installation if you purchase from car shop retailers such as Supercheap Auto.

If you decide to play handyman, align the cord with the roof lining and behind the trim panel for a neater installation to avoid being left with a lot of wire hanging from the camera. An additional cord can usually be purchased if you need it for a tidy interior.

When choosing where to install your dash cam, you need to consider the standard recommendation behind the rear-view mirror. You will also want to select spots that the windscreen wipers can reach, or you may not be able to properly see an event during wet weather.https://www.youtube.com/embed/I_cu3SXeksg

Back-Up

Dash cam manufacturers have also entered into the rear backup cam business. Many new model dash cam has dual cameras that can be used side-by-side to get a large field of view or as simultaneous forward- and backward-facing cam.

A rear-facing cam is not necessary for everyone, though it is convenient when backing out of a driveway or parking spot. However, many new cars have this feature built-in, as well as GPS navigation and other safety features. You can also get standalone options in addition to a dash cam.

Dash cam battery

You may also need to perches a dash cam battery, especially if the dash cam you are viewing at records while your vehicle is parked. As most of all dash cam are connected to the car battery, it may drain the battery, potentially leaving you stranded. As a result, a dash cam battery may be a worthwhile investment, with most brands offering charging stations or additional batteries to deal with this.

Tips and Tricks

VAVA dash cam
VAVA dash cam

As with something you have done for decades, you pick up a few tips and tricks to select the right product and/or use it. That is the case with us and dash cams. To help you bridge the information gap, here is a selection of what we have learned along the way.

  • Dash Not Glass: Suction cups can have trouble sticking when things heat up. Heat and weight may yank it free from the windshield while you drive. Mounting it to the dash puts the force of gravity in your favor. 
  • Front and Rear: Don’t just mount a dash cam on the front end—accidents happen out back, too. Setting up a dash cam on both ends is the best way to protect yourself. 
  • Mount Within Legal Limits: Dash cams aren’t illegal, but some areas have restrictions on where you can mount a dash cam, so you should know the local guidelines.
  • Verify Your Settings. Like any camera, dash cams have a number of settings to enhance clarity. Take the time to make sure the settings are dialed in to match the position of your unit to ensure a good view and image quality. 

FAQ

Which dash cam brand should I use?

Now a day, there are lots of Car Dash Came with many brands and models available and no shortage of specs and features in each dash cam. Getting out of first gear can be challenging. If it is your first time intering into the market. 59% of survey respondents said they purchased their dash cam for safety. 

It is important to buy one that gives you additional peace of mind, even when you have parked it. One-third (33%) of respondents said they had previously researched and compared various brands and models. And 18% of all respondents wished they had bought a good car dash camera. 

When you buy a car camera, you have to think about the peace of mind and feeling safe behind the wheel. So looking into all your options and then choosing a model that can help should you get into an accident is a sure-fire way. You won’t be left spinning your wheels.

Are there any alternatives to dash cams?

If you do not have any interest in impact detection, GPS tagging, or speed, consider attaching an action cam instead (like a GoPro).

Some deliver much better video quality and have a range of accessories and mounts. Depending on the mount, you can place the camera in and around the vehicle. They can be a particularly good option if you simply want to shoot some home movies while rolling down the highway.

How is the dash cam powered?

The power source depends on the model you use. Some are hardwired to the vehicle, others tap into 12-volt ports, and even those run on battery power. Each type has a unique list of pros and cons and which is best ultimately comes down to user preference. 

Is it a dash cam record all the time?

A Best Dash cam typically begins recording once you turn your vehicle on with some room except for battery-powered models. There may be manual settings you can use as needed, but this feature usually works well for most motorists. 

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