Best Dash Cams

Best Dash Cams

We’re so thankful that dash cams have become so readily available for multiple reasons! Dash cams are great tools that can be used as evidence in the case of an accident.

They’re not only beneficial for negative reasons, though! Dash cams can be great for the adventurous traveler, making it possible to capture rare moments on scenic routes throughout their journeys.

Brand/Model Key Features Ratings More Information
Rexing V1 (3rd Gen) FoV: 170-degrees
Resolution: 1260p
Loop recording, G-sensor, WiFi
4.9 out of 5

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Vantrue N2 Pro FoV: 170-degrees (front), 140-degrees (rear)
Resolution: 1140p or 1080p
Loop recording, G-sensor, Night vision
4.8 out of 5

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WheelWitness HD PRO FoV: 170-degrees
Resolution: 1296p or 1080p
Loop recording, G-sensor, GPS
4.7 out of 5

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Z-EDGE S3 FoV: 150-degrees
Resolution: 1440p or 1080p
Loop recording, G-sensor, dual channels
4.6 out of 5

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KDLINKS R100 FoV: 140-degrees (front), 140-degrees (rear)
Resolution: 1296p or 1080p
Loop recording, G-sensor, dual channels
4.5 out of 5

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Vehicular accidents are, unfortunately, fairly common as of late. As if that isn’t bad enough, there are actual scam artists around that are willing to throw themselves onto a moving vehicle with the intention to sue!
Isn’t that crazy?! Like we already mentioned, dash cams don’t have to be used for those specific purposes. They can capture beautiful moments as well as they can capture crucial evidence.

How to Choose a Dash Cam

There are many things you should consider before you commit to purchasing dash cams.

They’re not quite as simple to operate as disposable cameras are but that’s okay with us because they’re generally full of features.

So, how do you choose from all the dash cams that are available online? As with any serious purchase, you should begin by thinking about and listing your expectations and specific needs.

  • Why do you want a dash cam?
    • Do you live in an area where it is required? Did your insurance company suggest it in the event of an accident? Do you travel a lot and want to capture moments from your trips?
    • Do you need one because you find yourself traveling in a company vehicle more often than not?
    • Your reason for interest in dash cams in the first place should significantly influence the features you accept or expect.
  • Which kind of mount would you prefer?
    • Do you want one that sticks to your actual dashboard, a rearview mirror mount, or one that can be mounted on your actual windshield?
  • Which features are most important to you?
    • Some dash cams have the ability to record continuously while others record in intervals.
    • Several models host G-sensors that make it possible to begin recording as soon as an accident begins.
    • Do you care if it has night vision? What about the quality of said night vision?
    • Do you want to be able to record the interior of your vehicle as well as the outside? (You know, for those carpool karaoke events you’re always holding!)
    • Should you get a rear camera as well? Or does the model you’re interested in already feature dual channels?
    • Does GPS and/or road navigation sound good to you? Sometimes location matters and some models even have a navigation feature, acting as a two-in-one tool!
    • How much storage do you need? Do you want a camera that constantly overwrites data or do you want it to have so much storage that you can keep a year’s worth of driving documented?
      • The manufacturer should have the minimum and maximum storage size posted somewhere.
    • Do you want a mini cam or one that can be seen pretty easily?
    • Does it need the ability to turn on and off with your car’s engine or do you not mind doing that manually?
    • Should it be able to connect to WiFi? With WiFi functionality, you can avoid getting a camera with a screen because you can watch (and share) the data on a mobile device.
  • What is an acceptable field of view range?
    • It’s really up to you but we don’t recommend going with dash cams that have a field of view that is less than 90°.
      • The best ones we came across had a field of view between 90 and 180°.
      • Higher ranges are available but the images they produce might be a little awkward to analyze.
  • What kind of power source?
    • The best dash cams are typically made to be plugged into a car’s auxiliary power outlet and feature a backup battery.
    • There are several models that only run on battery or that need to be plugged in constantly in order to function.
    • If you want extra peace of mind, see to it that you get a model that is capable of recording even when its main power supply is drained.
  • Does ease-of-use matter?
    • Are you purchasing this for someone that is pretty tech-savvy and won’t have any trouble figuring it out?
    • Or are you purchasing it for someone that has never been too fond of technology and will only use it if it takes less than a minute to fiddle with?
    • Believe it or not, that information makes a big difference! You don’t want to get a model with a bunch of fancy features if the person using it just wants to record and go.
  • Where do you live?
    • Yes, this is an on-topic question, we swear! Keep your environment in mind when going through this list.
    • If you live in an area that’s known for scorching-hot summers, you’ll want a camera that can withstand high temperatures.
    • If you live in an area that doesn’t get very warm, regardless of the season, you’ll want a dash cam that can handle freezing temperatures.
    • Batteries can be dangerous when they’re exposed to the elements without proper protection, so please read the fine print!
    • Extreme environmental factors definitely make it riskier to use an old smartphone instead of an actual dash cam… please don’t mount an old phone to your windshield in the middle of the desert during a hot, summer day and expect everything to be okay.
  • How high should the resolution be?
    • With the way things are now, there’s simply no reason for having a camera with lower resolution than 720p.
    • 1080p is the most commonly accepted resolution.
    • 2160p is a nice resolution for those that want detail but not too much.
    • Some models have 2K (and higher) resolution if you really want to get the most out of your experience.
    • Just keep in mind that the lower the resolution is, the smaller the video file should be. So a low-res dash cam will require less storage space than a high-res one will.

There are plenty of other things to keep in mind, such as whether you want Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) or High Dynamic Range (HDR), or both. Maybe you want a dashcam that can easily be removed and used as a portable camera?

Do plenty of research and browsing before you decide on a particular model because there might be a model out there that is capable of meeting every expectation you have for dash cams!

When it comes to memory cards, be sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some do not work well with the most readily-available memory card brands.

Now, let’s take a look at our list of favorites.

Dependable Dash Cams

Rexing V1 (Generation 3)

  • This Rexing V1 is our favorite standalone dash cam.
    • It doesn’t come with a rear camera but it is a quality front camera at an affordable price.
    • The 3rd gen Rexing V1 can record at 24fps with 2160p resolution.
      • Want to exchange resolution for frames per second? No problem. Enjoy watching videos with a 60fps rate with 1080p resolution.
  • Is compatible with Wifi.
    • However, you cannot yet transfer UHD (2160p) files via WiFi. You must change the settings to a lower resolution to transfer data over WiFi.
  • Comes with a 16GB memory card but can support a 128GB card.
    • Class 10 (or higher) memory cards are required.
  • Has a 170-degree field of view and WDR.
    • Doesn’t specifically have “night vision” but if your headlights are strong, late-night images should be clear.
  • Has a G-sensor and features loop recording.
    • The G-sensor being triggered will save the video in progress from being overwritten by loop recording, too.
  • Should come with an adhesive windshield mount but can be used with a suction cup mount.
  • The charging cable is 12 feet long so the cords can be placed in the vehicle trim.

Vantrue N2 Pro

  • The Vantrue N2 Pro is a wonderful front and rear dash cam!
    • With a combined 310° field of view, what can’t you see?! (Okay, maybe you still can’t see everything, but 170° in the front and 140° in the cabin means there’s not much that will be missed).
    • This is a great option for anyone that drives a company car or makes a living by giving people lifts!
      • Uber and Lyft drivers can enjoy peace of mind with dash cams like this because you can record your environment as well as your customers to protect yourself in all legal situations!
  • If you turn off the dual cameras and settle for just the front-facing camera, you can enjoy 1440p resolution.
    • If you keep both cameras on, you will still be able to enjoy 1080p.
  • This is one of the few dash cams we came across that had legitimate night vision.
    • Many models boast this feature but do not have the appropriate equipment.
    • This model has infrared vision, making it possible to record even when there is absolutely no light around you or your car.
  • Can withstand temperatures between -4°F and 158°F.
  • Has a built-in microphone, loop recording, and a G-sensor.
  • Can be used with 64GB memory cards.
  • Has a time-lapse function.
    • This allows the camera to take a bunch of pictures in intervals and piece them together into a video clip that will play out faster than a real-time video.
  • Comes with a suction cup mount and 10ft charging cable.

WheelWitness HD PRO

  • If efficient simplicity is your goal, the WheelWitness HD PRO won’t disappoint.
    • It’s full of features though it doesn’t support WiFi, we love the fact that you can watch your video alongside a mapping of your location at the time of the recording.
  • It doesn’t have a rear-facing camera but the front-facing cam has a 170° field of view.
    • It doesn’t feature infrared lenses but it does have HDR and WDR to compensate for lack of (or an excess amount of) lighting.
  • Does have a G-sensor, making it record accidents as they happen.
    • Don’t worry about accidentally overwriting evidence of an accident either, it has loop recording.
  • Supports memory cards up to 64GB in size.

Z-EDGE S3

  • The Z-EDGE S3 is a straightforward, dual channel dash cam that just begged for our attention.
    • The front camera can record at 1440p resolution and the rear camera can record at 1080p.
    • Don’t want the rear camera to record the road? Want it to record the cabin instead? Your wish is its command!
  • Has a field of view range of 150-degrees for either camera.
  • Has a G-sensor but can also be programmed to record and stop recording as the vehicle is started or stopped.
  • Comes with a 16GB memory card and can support cards with up to 128GB of free space.
  • Can withstand temperatures from -5°F to 160°F while not in use. In use, can handle 10°F to 140°F.
  • Does have a parking feature, making it possible to monitor your parked vehicle with its battery life.
    • If something vibrates the sensor in this mode, the dash cam will start recording and stop once the vibrations stop.

KDLINKS R100

  • The KDLINKS R100 is pretty awesome because it’s discrete and capable of recording plenty of details.
    • It mounts on the rearview mirror.
  • This has a parking mode that is beneficial and doesn’t drain the battery too much because it turns on and off only as needed!
    • Someone bumps into your car while it’s parked? It’ll start recording and stop once the person quits flinging their body onto your car.
  • Can support memory cards up to 128GB in size with 64GB being standard.
  • The total field of view is 280°.
    • 140-degrees in the front and 140-degrees in the back.
  • Can record in the night but the rear camera’s vision isn’t as impressive as the front camera in these conditions.

 

In Conclusion

It all depends on what you’re looking for! Many of the dual models can be used as cabin cams instead of reverse cameras but some cannot.

If you’re an Uber driver and you pick up most of your shifts during the evening, you’ll probably want to find dash cams that have infrared lenses for night vision. WDR is fine and dandy for the average user, but if your job security depends on your ability to prove your innocence, go with the high-end equipment.

Most of the dash cams on our list are great for the average user, though, and are wonderful about doing what they’re supposed to.

If the model you’re interested in doesn’t support WiFi, make sure you have the appropriate cables or devices to view your footage properly.

Some models are super easy to use, featuring buttons that can be pushed for instant recordings or voice recordings that walk you through the setup or process of using it.

Thank you for learning about dash cams with us and we hope you find what you’re looking for!

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