The compact design of the Garmin Dash Cam makes it a really stylish looking and easy to use dash camera.
This is rated as a major upgrade to the Garmin Dash Cam 65W as the video stabilization has improved in a remarkable manner.
Apart from that, the video quality has also taken a leap as the 66W variant is able to capture video at 1440p 30 frames per second, while the 65W was able to record 1080p only.
The video stabilization allows the user to drive in a carefree manner even on bumpy roads. Moreover, the 180-degree field view captures a large area from the sides, which is also being regarded as one of the major upgrades.
Garmin Auto Sync: In addition, the Garmin Dash Cam 66W also includes the Dash Cam Auto Sync feature that puts the user in control. Having the capability to playback the footage comes quite handy as there are various moments you do not want to miss.
Voice Control: The convenience is further enhanced by the inclusion of voice control feature. One needs the utmost focus while driving and distractions can only be minimized by the provision of such features where you can control a device without using your haptic sense.
Safety Feature: The capability to generate driver alerts for different situations like forward collision, warnings for late departure, and ‘Go’ services add to the driver awareness. A safer driving experience is also insured by the inclusion of alerts for red light and speed. (These features make this dash camera quite a versatile one and suitable to be ranked among the best dash cams for the current year.)
Few things you must know before making your final decision about this camera.
No SD Card Included: Removal of 8GB SD card that used to come alongside the Garmin Dash Cams is something to consider about, though its not really a big deal, but you might have to spend $10 more to complete the set. (This can prove to be really problematic if you are buying this camera while travelling and are running short on accessories.)
Heating Issue: The side vents are quite less in this camera. This restricts the amount of heat getting outside, resulting into the camera getting really hot while travelling. A delicate gadget like the dash camera cannot afford extra amount of heat and it might have a negative impact on the camera life. (Therefore, if you are planning a longer road trip that will require travelling through higher temperatures, the Garmin Dash Cam 66W might not be the best option.)
With a variety of features to offer, the BlackVue DR650S is among the top 2-channel dash cams in the market.
What makes it attractive is the provision of front coverage as well as rear coverage.
This ensures maximum convenience for the driver as the camera has all the sides covered.
This ease is further enhanced by the dual-mode that switches between the driving mode and parking mode. It does not need to be configured via settings repeatedly and has the ability to adjust itself accordingly.
The motion detection allows it to adjust smoothly and parking mode recording ensures precision.
The availability of large memory size also comes as a handy feature. This is because it comes with a 64GB SD card that provides enough space for the recordings, minimizing the worries of the user to manage memory repeatedly.
Universal Files Running: Another distinctive feature brought by the BlackVue DR650S is the ability to run universal files. Considering the modern day technology, we see a wide range of file types and compatibility always comes as a major concern in this regard. However, this dash camera puts an end to these worries too with its great capability to run all file formats.
Battery Backup: Moreover, it includes an emergency spare battery that does not only add to the battery life, but also aids the emergency situations.
Storage Capability: The ability to enhance external memory up to 128 GB is another attraction the BlackVue DR650S has to offer. Having a 129 degree angle and covering both the front and rear sides needs a whole lot of memory for the footages.
The design of the BlackVue DR650S is also stealthier and this also comes handy for the user as the other drivers on the road are not bothered by the inclusion of the camera.
The color of the camera has a lot to do in this regard as black is always ensured stealth.
Other features like the inclusion of Wi-Fi, GPS, and great performance ability to record 60 frames per second really makes it stand out among the rest.
However, all is not perfect with the BlackVue DR650S.
Rear Camera is weak: The ability of the rear camera is only 720p at the very maximum. This along with a lower bit rate is really troublesome in the dark as obscure details are missed. For instance, the license plate of the car that just ran into yours can be missed at night, which goes quite against the very idea of installing a dash camera.
Slow Startup: The startup time is also relatively higher, which might be troublesome while being in the parking mode. This is because you will be driving while the 33 second startup time will still be in progress.
This dash cam stands out in every feature it has to offer, PERIOD!
This is because apart from being an award winner, it is heavily equipped with the features more than enough to catch your eye.
What differentiates it from the rest of the dash cameras is its unique ability to record videos with 4K ultra HD quality. This immediately enables it to move up the ladder for the top quality dash cameras around.
Touch Screen: Another alluring feature the Nextbase 612GW brings to the party is the inclusion of a touchscreen. This makes the use quite easier as buttons are often disliked by the users. Moreover, if the design is taken into consideration, it also is top-notch. A smartly designed camera is made even more appealing with the inclusion of GPS at the top. The aluminum case with a wide touch display really adds to the class.
Video Quality Modes: Where the Ultra 4K resolution provides tremendous results, the ability to record videos at multiple quality modes like 1440p at 30 frames per second whereas 1080p at 60 frames per second add to the versatility of the Nextbase 612GW. This along with a 150 degree wide angle provides enhanced imaging to produce real high quality videos.
G-Sensor: It includes the g-sensor that turns on the camera in a probable impact to record the video, but still a warning system is always more handy.
Equipped with multiple features, the Nextbase 612GW does not provide the best low-light video recording. This is because minute details in the darker areas are not focused properly, which can be a problem for the buyer.
It is another 2-Channel dash camera in the list which includes Ambarella A12 chipset, which allows it to record full HD 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
This provides tremendous quality whereas the shortcomings are covered by the inclusion of the Sony Starvis Sensor, which allows the Thinkware F800 to perform well in low light conditions. Video is recorded via both channels and the inclusion of rear camera also adds versatility to the performance.
Sensors: Thinkware F800 comes with GPS and g-sensor. This provides enhanced safety to the driver as the g-sensor automatically starts recording when you are closer to an impact. (This records the moments before as well as after someone runs into you)
Cloud Security: The provision of cloud security also makes it a catchy product as a mobile app allows you access to the camera remotely. The sense of security is even more enhanced by the driver awareness features it has to offer.
Storage: It comes with a 32GB Storage card.
Contrary to it, there are some things about the Thinkware F800 that might make you consider other options available in the market.
Only 1 Recording Mode: Although this camera records in full HD, but that is the only option you have. The video shot at 10 Mbps is the only mode available and the user is not provided with a variety of options to choose from in this regard.
No LCD Screen: The Thinkware F800 does not provide you with an LCD panel that may help you control the camera with ease. Therefore, the use can be quite troublesome.
The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is one of the most reliable and solidly built Dash cams that are priced really reasonably.
It is a full HD dashboard camera that comes with a 3-inch widescreen; this means that you’ll get great overall recording experience with this dashcam. The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is the latest flagship camera from the company and it shows clearly with the design philosophy.
Garmin has been around for a while and with the market being this saturated with various Dash cams, it is one of the few companies that has cultivated a brand following. While the Garmin Dash Cam 35 doesn’t necessarily bring top quality video, it does check all the basic marks that are required to make a great Dash camera in 2020.
It is an overall compact mental camera that will be easier to mount thanks to its circular adhesive patch.
Previously, we have seen Garmin use the usual suction mount, however, this time around there solution is rather permanent. The only thing that makes Garmin Dash Cam 35 not perfect is the lack of a proper cable management system. It would have been amazing if Garmin also added additional safety features that are available on competing Dashcams.
There are a lot of things the Garmin Dash Cam 35 does absolutely right; the 3-inch widescreen provides great viewing experience, it is capable of capturing HD quality video, and it comes with built-in GPS to geo-tag your videos.
The Garmin Dash Cam 35 nails the perfect balance between features and price point.
The camera is capable of recording 1080p full HD resolution at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
This is nothing to write home about especially when you consider the 8 Mbits/sec data rate.
It provides a 180° viewing angle which is a lot more useful than high-resolution.
There are not a lot of dashcams that are capable of recording wide-angle footage and Garmin Dash Cam 35 gives an almost accurate representation of the road ahead.
The Garmin Dash Cam 35 also ships with a 4 GB memory card which is necessary for recording purposes. However, in our experience 4 GB is absolutely inadequate when it comes to recording a full trip. For an additional cost, you can easily get a 64 GB microSD card, even though it is priced really inexpensively these days, it is still an extra cost to consider when purchasing the Garmin Dash Cam 35. A point to be noted here is that the Garmin Dash Cam 35 actually starts recording over previous footage if you run out of storage space, so a larger memory card is always a great choice.
We also really loved the extra safety features provided by the Garmin Dash Cam 35.
It comes with a forward collision warning that notifies you if your car is getting a little too close to another car. It also comes with automatic incident detection technology that records automatically if there is an accident. The speed camera warnings, as well as red light notifications, will help you in your day-to-day commute.
A point to be noted here is that the speed camera warning function will require a subscription and it might be illegal in some areas.
I’m always surprised to see Aukey making something other than phone cases and it’s always a pleasure to see what they have done in another market.
The Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is a fine example of a sturdily built product that provides great functionality without costing a lot. So basically, it’s the standard Aukey affair with this Dash camera as well.
One of the best things about the Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is the inclusion of a Sony 2.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. If you are not aware, Sony makes some of the best cameras in the market, especially leading smartphone brands. So naturally, I had my expectations set high for the Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam and it amazingly delivered on each and every one of them. The Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is small in size, discrete and has great video quality both from front and rear cameras.
We can go as far as to say that the Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam has the best rear camera qualities we’ve seen in a while and we’ve seen a lot of Dash cameras for this list. The Dash camera comes with a 6 lane 170° wide-angle lens that covers almost everything that’s in front of your vehicle. It achieves that without degrading any kind of quality in broad daylight as well as nighttime conditions.
If I was told to recommend one Dash camera from this list, I would go with Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam simply because of its price point and functionality.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is its unconventionally low-profile design. You can easily mount it behind your rearview mirror and it won’t be that much noticeable from the outside. The Sony CMOS camera sensor is capable of recording everything in crystal-clear sharpness and quality. The camera is capable of capturing full HD 1080p resolution footage. The camera also has a wide field of view that enables it to record a wider picture, so anything that goes on in front of your vehicle is recorded.
We were really impressed by how well the camera performed in low light conditions. Even when you are only using your headlamps at night time, the camera was able to capture a lot of detail. Sure it won’t match up to professional-grade cameras, but it does the job remarkably well. The camera is also capable of recording in-car audio as well as still photos if there is a need for those.
The Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam comes with a built-in gravity sensor that automatically starts capturing footage whenever there is an unexpected incident. It basically works just like the rest of the gravity sensors in Dash cameras by detecting sudden changes in speed and acceleration. It is a great feature to have in case of emergency because it automatically captures evidence without any kind of input from the user. It also comes with a memory lock protection system that stops the continuous loop recording system from overwriting important files.
When it comes to main features:
The Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam has double-sided 3M pads that stick to your windshield and the camera.
They are quite secure and they can be readjusted if there is a need to do so.
The Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is powered by the standard car 12/24V socket with the help of the provided USB car charger.
We also really like an additional port on the charger to charge your smartphone simultaneously, a lot of Dashcams forget to do so.
Overall, the Aukey DR-02 Dash Cam is a surprisingly well-built Dash cam that will last you a long time and won’t cost a pretty penny as well.
We were really optimistic when we ordered the WheelWitness HD PRO simply because of the raving reviews it has been getting. And to be completely honest, the WheelWitness HD PRO is actually one of the best Dash cams out there and it doesn’t cost a lot as well.
This is an ultra-wide-angle mental camera that captures a wider 170° field of view.
One thing I immediately noticed is that the camera has a slightly wider resolution than the standard 1080p coming at 2306 x 1296 resolution and there is a secondary option of recording in at 2560 x 1080 as well if you want.
No matter what the resolution you choose, the resulting videos are crisp and of high quality resulting in a clearer picture. The WheelWitness HD PRO also comes with an 8 GB microSD card, so you’ll have no trouble recording longer trips; however, it is recommended that you upgrade the card to a respectable 32 GB if you are planning to go on even longer road trips.
Motion DetectorGravity SensingWide Dynamic Range
The WheelWitness HD PRO comes with a motion detector that acts as a great silverware one system when your vehicle is not in motion. For example, if you have just gotten out to get an ice cream cone from the store, the camera will start recording if it detects any kind of movement around the car.
Sure, it can be a little bit overwhelming when there is a lot of commotion around but it is nonetheless a great feature to have.
The WheelWitness HD PRO is priced exactly right for what it provides and this is why we have it so higher on our list.
There are a lot of features that are a must-have for a great Dashcam, and the WheelWitness HD PRO brings almost all of them to the table.
We really liked the memory lock gravity sensing system in the cam. It detects sudden changes in the gravity of the car which occur when you stop suddenly or accelerate at a rapid pace.
The camera will detect it and record a video of that particular incident, that’s not all though, it will even lock the video down so it doesn’t get overwritten.
While it is not as wide-angle as the first cam on our list, it is only 10° shy of the full 180° coverage.
However, it does come with a wide dynamic range which is similar to high dynamic range modes found in top-of-the-line smartphones as well as digital cameras. While the wide dynamic range forks reach the levels of normal life or even DSLR cameras, it does power over normal Dashcams by far.
There is also a 3 inch TFT LCD screen on the WheelWitness HD PRO that shows you live view of what is being recorded. It can also be used to replace any footage that you have already recorded without any problems. Setting up the WheelWitness HD PRO is also hassle-free as it comes with 2 sticky mounts, one suction cup, and a power cord to connect the camera to the cigarette lighter outlet. We also really appreciate the built-in battery that will come in handy in a lot of scenarios. Even though it’s a smaller 450 MAH battery, it can easily shoot up to 10 to 15 minutes of footage.
This high-quality Dashcam provides a surprisingly great video quality, especially when you consider the price point it’s selling.
It does come with a built-in GPS system, a great installation kit, and a microSD card as well.
So overall, it is a great product that will satisfy you in the long run.
One tiny little gripe we have with the WheelWitness HD PRO is that it doesn’t come with a rear-facing camera, but we can’t get everything every time.
Good video quality.
Built-in driver assistance software.
Easy to install and setup.
Automatically delete old files when the memory gets full.
The KDLINKS DX2 changes a lot of things for the better over its predecessor KDLINKS DX1 which is always a great sign.
The previous version of the camera didn’t feature a rear cam but the KDLINKS DX2 rectified that omission by including one. The first thing you’ll notice about this Dash cam is that it is designed really well and looks like an actual camera instead of a WebCam.
The front camera comes at a resolution of 1080p full HD with a wide-angle lens coming at 165°
What I really don’t like:
It is going to be looking straight out the windshield and the rear camera downgrades the resolution to simple HD 720p.
Continuing the theme of downgrading the rear camera, it comes with a fairly standard 125° angle lens. It is quite clear to us, the star camera of the KDLINKS DX2 is still the front one and it gets a lot of features that are not available on the rear camera.
Loop RecordingCamera LensLightweight
One great thing about the KDLINKS DX2 is the inclusion of continuous loop recording. You rarely need a video of a full trip and when there is an accident, only a few minutes of the incident is needed for evidence.
So, it makes sense to continuously record the footage while utilizing the same memory card. The KDLINKS DX2 basically overrides previously recorded footage in the favor of fresher one, thus ensuring that you always have the latest video recorded safely.
Overall, the KDLINKS DX2 is one of the best Dash cams simply because of its remarkable design, the inclusion of a rear camera and bevy of different features that will enhance your driving safety.
When you first look at this dashboard camera, you can easily mistake for it for a still camera simply because of the quality of the lens.
The front camera features a 6 glass Nikon lens that has a maximum of the aperture of f/1.6. This results in great low light performance from the camera.
Nikon has been making cameras and lenses for a very long time, so it is a great thing to have their lens on a dash cam. Another great feature of the KDLINKS DX2 is the inclusion of wide dynamic range, it allows the camera to detect and capture a wider spectrum of luminosity.
This means you’ll get amazing looking whites and close to reality darks in the footage. As a result, your image will have very well exposed look, announcing all the details while still keeping the overall image sharp.
The KDLINKS DX2 comes at only 5.3 ounces and that makes it one of the most lightweight dashboard cameras around.
It is also recommended that the dash cam is lightweight, so it won’t put that much stress on the mounting mechanism.
The KDLINKS DX2 also comes with a generous 16 GB microSD card but we would recommend that you upgrade to a 32 GB one for the ease of mind. You also get gravity sensing features that are robust and react really well to sudden deceleration and rapid acceleration and record footage accordingly.
You will also find a very prominent memory lock feature on the KDLINKS DX2.
Recording video during an incident is exactly why you have purchased a dash cam and you don’t want the dash cam to accidentally erase the evidence. The automatic memory lock system ensures that the standard loop recording will not overwrite the important video while it’s on continuous loop recording, ensuring you have evidence safe and secure.
The mounting system of the KDLINKS DX2 is rather permanent. You’ll need to stick it to your windshield with a mounting hurt that comes with a 3M adhesive surface. The grill is attached to the windshield and you will then attach the camera to the hook. You can easily install the power cable to the cigarette lighter port of your car. Everything is thankfully supplied by the manufacturer and you won’t even have to purchase a longer USB cable. A point to be noted here is that setting up the rear camera is a little harder because you have to route a cable directly to the main camera.
Final Views on this Camera:
Overall, the front camera impressed us a lot, especially in lowlight conditions at night; it was able to capture crystal-clear footage. The rear camera is also serviceable and will serve you really well. If you’re looking for a well-rounded package the KDLINKS DX2 is definitely one of the best options.
Front and Rear Camera (All in one).
Wide field of view (290 degrees).
Polatized Lens on the front camera for glare filter.
The Accfly Mini Dash Cam is a small sized Dash camera for your car that comes with a wide-angle 120° field of view. While it is not as wide as some other offerings, the view is enough to capture what’s in front of your car at all times.
If you want to extend the recording time and save memory, the Accfly Mini Dash Cam also offers the option of recording at HD 720p resolution. In all honesty, the picture quality is serviceable and recording at full HD won’t fill up the memory card anytime soon.
The camera supports M-JPG video format as well as AAC audio.
It is also capable of recording full HD 1080p footage with relatively great quality.
LCD ScreenLightweightGravity Sensor
There is also a 1.5 inch LCD screen on the Accfly Mini Dash Cam.
Yes, it is a relatively smaller display that can be a little hard to read especially when you are on the road but that is highly discouraged. The interface is adequate enough with 4 clear buttons that allow easy navigation. Although reading the text on the smaller 1.5 inch LCD screen is a little harder than it should be.
The Accfly Mini Dash Cam is one of the smallest Dash cams on our list and it is also quite a bit lighter.
A lighter dashboard camera is a good one because it won’t stress the mount that is attached to your windscreen. We have seen a lot of cheap Dash cams coming off the windshield in case of an accident, completely eliminating their usefulness. Thankfully this won’t be the problem with the Accfly Mini Dash Cam as it is not only a light camera but also comes with a respectable mounting solution.
The Accfly Mini Dash Cam comes with a built-in gravity sensor that allows the Dash camera to detect if there is an accident.
It basically detects if there is a sudden change of speed and starts recording accordingly. There is also the industry-standard memory lock system that doesn’t allow the camera to record over footage that is deemed important. All of that is done automatically and you don’t have to do anything in order to save evidence for later usage.
The small-sized dash cam is compact and takes very little space in your car, most of the times it will hardly be noticeable.
Speaking of mounting, the cam comes with a suction-based mounting system.
While it is not as sticky as the more permanent tape-based solution, it is easier to remove and move around. There is also a built-in microphone to record audio, a surprisingly loud built-in speaker that can be very useful during playback, and there is a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB of storage.
In the package, you’ll find the main camera unit, a car charger, a USB cable, and a user manual.
You’ll need to attach the charger to the camera in order to use it during long periods.
Even though the Accfly Mini Dash Cam comes with an inbuilt battery, it can only record up to 5 to 10 minutes of footage.
So, it is highly advisable that you keep the Dash cam attached to the car charger at all times. If you are looking for a basic yet small sized Dash cam for your car, the Accfly Mini Dash Cam will provide you with all the necessary features without costing a lot.
Overall if you’re looking for a budget Dash camera for your car, the Accfly Mini Dash Cam will provide you all the necessary features without any extra stress on your wallet.
Extremely small in size.
The camera has a suction cup which makes it easy to change the position in future.
120 degrees wide camera.
Camera doesn’t support sd cards above 32gb.
It has no battery at all, it takes power only from the car.
The Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam comes with loop recording features. You can easily set the recording period manually.
By recording in 3, 5 or 10-minute loops you can be assured you will have the latest footage without having to invest in a large storage card. The new recordings will overwrite the previous ones in a continuous loop and save a lot of storage space in the process. However, the dash cam is capable of supporting memory cards
Not every dash cam has to be big and bulky, some can be small and discreet as well.
If you are looking for a sleek-looking car dash cam that not only comes with a low-profile design but can easily blend in without drawing too much attention to itself, then the Rexing V1 car dash cam is made for you. The very first thing you’ll notice about this dash cam is its unique design, it looks really aerodynamic for some reason, which looks really cool.
Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam comes with a sophisticated automatic accident detection system. There is a built-in gravity sensor that can detect collisions and sudden speed changes. The dash cam then locks the footage and doesn’t allow the loop recording feature to overwrite it. This will ensure the important footage remains safely stored.
The Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam is a well-designed and reliable dash cam that not only has a unique looking design but also comes with all the necessary features you will need in a dash cam. The design is something that will either make you a fan or turn you off completely, either way, it is capable of blending in and not drawing attention to itself.
One of the biggest advantages of investing in the Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam is its camera sensor.
The dash cam uses a Sony Exmor IMX323 image sensor that is capable of recording great quality full HD 1080p footage at a stable 30 frames per second. Sony sensors are used in top of the line smartphones and are well-known for their excellent picture quality and low light performance. The sensor in the Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam may not be on par with top end smartphones but it does have great quality and performance.
Wide Dynamic RangeCamera Lens
The camera comes with a wide dynamic range that enables it to perform really well in any lighting condition.
From hazy mornings to dark nights, the Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam will be able to capture decent looking footage without producing huge files.
The Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam also comes with a wide-angle lens of 170 degrees. While it may not be as impressive as other ultra-wide angle cameras on the list, it is still one of the best ones around when it comes to coverage.
The Sony sensor is also capable of automatically adjusting exposure so the detail in the images is not lost and creates a well-balanced footage with good color accuracy.
The 6 layers of glass lens allow the camera to capture a wide angle, covering both lanes and then some.
Final thoughts about this dashcam:
Overall, the Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam with its below $100 price is one of the best dash cameras and will be a solid investment. There is also an inbuilt 320 mAh lithium-ion battery inside the Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam, this will allow the camera to run for a little while even if the car is completely turned off. All of it makes it a perfect companion.
170 degrees wide angle.
Can support upto 128gb sd card.
Although it comes with a sticky mount, suction cup is available separately.
Extremely low profile dash cam.
You have to buy GPS addon separately.
SD card doesn’t come with it.
Well, it’s good but Who am I?
I’m just a regular Joe, in his late 30s who loves technology and driving around.
I don’t have any specific degree in Dash cams if you are asking about that, however, I am a software engineer and a fairly okay driver. I’ve also used a couple of dash cams over the years and know how they operate and what makes a dashcam great. I’ve also extensively used different types of cameras, not only the ones found on smartphones but also professional grade DSLR’s so I am intimately familiar with great picture quality.
I have no formal education in electronics, especially dash cams but I know a couple of ways everyone can determine if a product is greater not.
One of the biggest ways to know is to simply use the product and if it is working well, you can chalk it up as a good one.
Why did we write a guide on Dashcams?
The guide on best dashboard cameras was written to help regular consumers in selecting the top dash cam for their personal usage. Some people want absolutely crystal clear picture quality while some prefer a wide-angle view of the road, some may want a rear camera while others need a bigger screen.
All of this information is not readily available on product pages and can be a little bit daunting for someone who is not well versed in technology terms.
So, it was really important that we compiled a list of thoroughly tested dash cameras for people who simply want to look at a few great options and make up their mind.
Of course, there are several other dash cams available on the market, as a matter of fact, there are hundreds of them but you don’t have time to look at all of them. To be frank neither do we because we only drove around with 15 of them.
But we are really confident that this list is going to help people that were down to the searching process and get the best bang for their bucks.
What is the Selection Process – What we look at?
There are several steps involved in the selection process, one of the major ones is looking at all reviews left by customers, the 2nd step is to go to the local store and actually check out a couple of selections and the last step involves actually using the products that we have selected in day-to-day use.
We basically looked at a couple of different factors that make a dash camera great and then selected the best ones we found at a reasonable price and that was in constant stock.
Once they were delivered to our office, I went out for a drive. At first, I only used one dash camera during a small 3-mile trip.
However, I soon realized that I can use at least 4 different Dash cameras in one go. I also drove back home at night with all of the finalists.
It took about a week to fully test 12 different Dash cams and come at solid conclusions.
We also looked at the file footage we captured off every camera both in day and night situations.
We graded the noise levels and clarity of the cameras and also took into account the file size.
Is it a super scientific method?
Absolutely not, but we believe that using the product in day-to-day life gives a better insight than using it in lab conditions. So this was basically our whole selection process, the main theme was simply using the manual cameras in our cars and comparing the footage as well as the overall experience.
The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
When you want to buy a dashcam, there are several factors that you need to keep in your mind before purchasing and to be frankly honest, they are quite a lot to remember.
So for your convenience, we have made a list of things you should look out for before pulling the trigger on a dashcam.
Here are several factors that one must take note of before purchasing a dashboard camera:
While mounting options are not the most important ones, there are certainly important if you have certain requirements regarding the placement. There are only 2 ways that the Dash cams are mounted these days on your windscreen; with the help of a suction cup or adhesive tape. There are several benefits to using both of them and this may influence your decision making depending on your personal preference.
If you have a low-resolution camera, there won’t be as much detail in it as high-resolution cameras provide. We are seeing Dash cameras that are hitting 4K resolution but we are not completely there yet. So to get the optimal experience, you should get a camera that supports at least full HD 1080p resolution. A point to be noted here is that the higher the resolution, the more storage space it will require.
Wide-angle cameras give a wider field of view thus capturing more in one frame. There are a lot of different dash cams with various ranges of wide-angle(ness). Some are a bit narrower coming at 120°, while some are extremely wide-angle reaching 180°. Just like resolution and mounting, there are certain pros and cons associated with wide-angle lenses on cameras.
A bigger dashcam may become an annoyance if you are used to not having any kind of obstruction in your view. Honestly, any kind of change takes a little while to get used to, especially when it is permanently in your view. Thankfully, there is some discrete and smaller camera available that hide behind the rear mirror and are not noticeable.
This one is super important, not all Dash cameras ship with a rear camera and it is highly useful to have that. Personally, I would always suggest that you go with a product that comes with a rear camera though it is not always necessary. The Dash cameras that have a rear camera are usually called dual-channel models and are able to record with 2 cameras at the same time. It is always great to have a backup camera in case of an accident, especially for those that involve someone hitting you from the back.
The display on Dash cameras varies from 1.5 inches to almost 3 inches. Some may have even smaller displays or even completely skip them. Personally, I prefer a dash cam with at least a 1.5-inch screen, preferably bigger but anything smaller is a little harder to work with. I highly recommend that you don’t get wide dash cams that don’t come with a display because then you’ll have to use a PC to set it up and it will be really hard to know if the recording is going on or not.
What else to look in a perfect dash cam?
StorageBackup BatteryGravity SensorsConnectivity and GPSSafety Features
Storage is important because without it you won’t be able to record a video. Some cameras have built-in storage that can capture a few minutes of footage in case of an emergency but most of them require a microSD card for storage.
Almost all of the Dash cams on this list come with a free microSD card that is at least 8 GB. Some of the companies ship a bigger microSD card with their Dash cams and it is always appreciated when they do that. However, you have to keep an eye out because some manufacturers may not include internal memory or a free microSD card. Another thing to note here is that some cameras don’t support bigger cards, thankfully, the manufacturer usually has the limit stated clearly.
However, most of the cameras will accept a 32 GB card without any problems. Thankfully, microSD cards are not very expensive these days and a good quality 64 GB card will only cost you around $15.
Some Dash cameras ship with a built-in battery that allows the camera to record for a short period of time if power is not supplied via the 12 V accessory outlet.
It is a neat feature to have in case of an emergency where your car is not starting properly or the car battery is unresponsive. However, as most cameras use standard lithium-ion batteries there is an inherent risk of using them. For example, if the car is left in the summer sun, the internal temperature of a car may reach up to 180° or above; this poses a risk of the batteries getting overheated. Same goes for low temperatures and this will make the battery unable to function right away. Some models use a capacitor instead of batteries to better handle high and low temperatures and provide a stable recording experience than the battery would have.
However, without a battery, the capacitor won’t be able to run when it’s unplugged, so the camera will shut down almost immediately.
The gravity sensors are capable of detecting impact and sudden acceleration of a vehicle. This enables them to automatically save video of the accident without any kind of input from the driver.
Almost all the modern Dash cams come with memory lock systems that safeguard the accident footage from being overwritten.
Some dash cams come with a Wi-Fi that enables you to view the footage directly on your phone or use the Internet to monitor the camera footage remotely. Wi-Fi is not extremely important when it comes to Dash cams and is just an added bonus.
However, a GPS receiver is a great thing to have because it automatically stands the video with your coordinates. It can also record the speed and direction of travel which is also useful.
This is not the kind of GPS that will provide you with directions though, for that you will need a separate device or use your smartphone.
Many of the Dash cams ship with additional safety features that are useful in your day-to-day drives.
However, in our testing not all of them are reliable and should be used as an additional safety measure rather than a tool. Some of the Dash cams are able to provide forward collision warnings, Lane departure warnings and help you avoid speeding tickets by informing you about oncoming speed traps. As the features rely on the camera footage, they are not as quick or reliable as features found in modern smart cars.
They are great to have but we recommend that you don’t really rely on them for safety.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
Finally, here are some of the most asked questions regarding the topic.
How to use a dashcam?
The use of a dashcam is quite easy and it is actually the ease of use compared to the safety it ensures, which induces the urge to buy this useful gadget. Once you have a dash camera, you just need to insert an SD card, mount the cup on the windshield, and plug it into the power source.
Do car dash cameras record all the time?
Yes, dash cams are engineered and designed to record continously after you start the car. Although you always have the option to plug it out or turn off the recording manually for privacy reasons.
What is the benefit of installing a dashcam?
Dashcams serve multiple purposes and the primary benefit of using them is the assurance of safety. This is because they monitor the whole driving activity. In case of accidents, moments before, during, and after the accident have a vital role and these moments are captured by a dash camera.
Is it safe to leave a dashcam in your car?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to leave the dashcam in the car. Most of the advanced dash cams do have the feature to detect theft and accidents. So, you will always have proof of what is going on around your car.
Are dash cams the same or do they have different kinds?
Dashcams have a number of kinds to serve multiple purposes. Like any product, the most suitable one would be the one that meets one’s requirements. Some prefer the single-lens dash camera whereas some like dual-lens that might record both front and rearview. Then there are professional dash cams for advanced use.
Is the use of dashcam legal?
Using a dash camera is totally legal as long as it does not invade the privacy of others. If you have installed a dash camera to keep track of your speed as well as the driving moments, it is allowed to install a dash camera into your car. However, stopping in order to shoot something negative might get you in trouble.
Where does the power for dashcams come from?
As mentioned earlier, the power for the dash cameras is obtained from the 12 v cigarette lighter installed in the car. It provides enough power to turn on the dashcam and start recording your driving experience.
Does a dash cam have an impact on the car battery?
Although the dash cams are designed to require the least amount of power in order to operate. However, most of the dash cams are designed without a power source, resulting in them obtaining power from your vehicle. So, there is a probability of them draining your car battery.
How many hours of storage does 32 GB get me?
While recording a full HD video, it takes almost 20 minutes of recording to occupy 1 GB of space. Therefore, a 32 GB memory provides a time of 10 hours and 40 minutes for recording.
Can a dashcam be left inside the car?
Leaving the dashcam inside the car has a higher chance of scaring the thieves as most of the dash cams now come with cloud security as well. This gives you remote access to the dash camera and can really be a threat to the thieves.
We certainly hope that this list of best dashboard cameras will make your driving experience better and more secure.
Hopefully, in a perfect world, you won’t ever need to use footage captured by the dash camera in your car unless it is a very beautiful sunset.
But we all know that accidents do tend to happen and it is always better to be prepared.