Dash Cam Reviews

The 8 Best Dash Cams Reviewed and Tested

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Dash cams are increasingly becoming a necessity in vehicles today. With numerous modification being added daily, they are proving attractive to drivers and even insurance companies who may cut as much as 20% from your car insurance cost provided you have a supported model installed.

Do you really need a dash cam?

Dash-cams are smarter than your normal cameras. These smart cameras record the view from your windscreen. Should you be involved in a road mishap, a dashcam may proof your innocence or guilt as the case may be. Some Dash cams can notify emergency services in the case of an accident proving thus invaluable. Unlike your normal cameras, most dash cam record in a loop of 1-5 minutes, deleting the oldest files when the memory is full to make space for newer recordings, although important files marked either manually or automatically are saved from being deleted.

Before reviewing the Best Dashcam for you, let’s briefly take a look at what a basic dashcam should possess.

Basic Dashcam Requirements:

  • VIDEO RESOLUTION: A dashcam should have at least an HD 1080p resolution. Dash cam exist which record in 4K resolution though not commonplace, but a 1080p Resolution allows you to view clearly when reviewing video feeds later. A wide viewing Angle camera males for a wider field of view but it also makes details such as plate numbers appear smaller. Some camera possess automatic zoom.
  • STORAGE: Most dashcam comes with storage capacity ranging from 4-64GB storage while some do not. Larger storage capacity of 16GB or more is preferred. Some dashcam may come with memory card storage as much as 32GB saving you extra cost.
  • GPS: This allows your camera record your current location and your speed. It’s very important to have a dashcam which possess GPS support else you might have to trust on just your judgment for location and speed.
  • G-FORCE SENSOR: A G-force enabled dash cam allows your cam sense a sudden change in speed which might mean a crash has occurred and automatically make an emergency recording that’s locked from being deleted.
  • NIGHT VISION: The quality of a dashcam night video feed is very important as road mishaps are more likely to occur at night. Your dash cam should be able to make out plate numbers easily and video quality shouldn’t be too grainy.

Now to the best dashcam pick.

There are numerous brands of dashcam cutting across different cost and specifications, these are our 8 best choices when buying a dash cam for your car.

  1. NEXTBASE 402G
  2. TRANSCEND DRIVE PRO 220
  3. COBRA CDR 840
  4. Z-EDGE DRIVE 3
  5. ASUS RECO CLASSIC
  6. VANTRUE X1
  7. REXING V1
  8. KDLINKS X1

 

1.

The Nextbase 402 G is one of a range of dash cameras by Nextbase. A leading dash camera company based in the UK.

Pros

  • Inbuilt GPS
  • Sucker attachment
  • Extra-long power cable
  • Easy to set up and navigate
  • 140 degree viewing angle
  • Motion detector
  • Night vision
  • G-Sensor
  • 1080p resolution

Cons

  • Not Wi-Fi enabled
  • No memory card included

2. 220

 

Cost: $144.95

Pros

  • Inbuilt GPS
  • 16GB memory card included
  • 4-inch display screen
  • G –sensor
  • 1080p resolution
  • Added functionality like lane departure technology, speed alarm and forward collision warning
  • Motion detection enabled
  • Wi-Fi connectivity enabled

Cons

  • Not the best of viewing angle at 130°
  • Suction mount available as additional purchase.  Comes with an adhesive pad.

3.

Cost: $69.00

Pros

  • Minimal setup
  • Inbuilt GPS
  • G-sensor
  • 1080p video resolution
  • Comes with 8GB memory card
  • Suction mount

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support
  • Viewing angle not optimal
  • Small screen so you may have to connect to PC to view properly

4.

Price: $109.99

Pros

  • Large display screen of 3“
  • Sucker mount
  • Comes with 32GB memory card
  • Wide field of vision
  • G-sensor
  • 1296p video resolution
  • Added functionality like automatic turn on and turn off with Ignition

Cons

  • No GPS support
  • No Wi-Fi functionality

5.

Pros

  • 1080p video quality
  • GPS receiver built into suction mount
  • Comes with both Adhesive pad and suction mount
  • G-sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Added functionality like lane departure and forward collision warning

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi functionality
  • No memory card included
  • Small viewing screen


6 –

COST: $199.99

Pros

  • Full HD 1080p video
  • HDR and super night vision
  • 7” display screen
  • 170° wide viewing angle
  • G-sensor
  • Added functionality like parking mode
  • Supports up to 64gb memory card

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support
  • No inbuilt GPS although you can purchase a separate GPS mount

7.

Cost: $99.99

Pros

  • 4 “ Display Screen
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • 170° wide viewing angle
  • Dual channel weatherproof cameras
  • Excellent night vision
  • G-sensor
  • Support up to 128GB memory card storage

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi functionality
  • They don’t have built-in GPS support
  • No memory card included
  • Adhesive mount

8.

Cost: $199

Pros

  • Full HD 1080p video
  • 165° wide viewing angle
  • G- sensor
  • Inbuilt GPS
  • Night vision
  • Motion detection
  • 7’ screen
  • 8 GB memory included
  • Added functionality like automatic turn on and turn off with Ignition

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi functionality

Conclusion:

It is important to protect your car and belongings with a dash cam.  They lower the risk of theft and increase safety when driving, and can be distracting to the driver so always be careful!  They can also be a lot of fun for the passenger on long road trips.  We hope this guide helped you choose and if you need to protect your home with surveillance cameras, you can see that guide at our home page.

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