The humble dash cam is a new but growing trend among motorists. A small camera mounted on your windscreen, it records your journey, meaning that if you’re involved in an accident or are the victim of a crime, you’ve got video evidence of what happened.
This can save you a huge amount of money and stress with an insurance claim: not only can they prove what happened and show you weren’t at fault, they can also help with a prosecution. Many of them have a GPS tracker too, which is useful if you break down or have an accident and need to call the emergency services. For peace of mind alone, they’re worth considering. Here are some of the features to look out for:
Video quality: the higher the resolution the better.
Viewing angle: the wider the better.
G-Sensor technology: this means the camera can automatically detect an accident and save the appropriate footage – you don’t have to do it manually.
GPS: the footage is time and location stamped so there’s no dispute over when and where something happened; the car’s exact speed, position and route can be recorded.
Wireless internet: allows you to wirelessly sync videos to your phone or laptop.
Front and rear cameras: mean you’re not just capturing everything in front of you, but what’s happening behind too - according to the AA, most road accidents are low-speed rear-end collisions.
Parking mode: starts recording if an impact is detected when your car is parked, so you can capture footage of any damage as it occurs.
These are some of the best dash cams for cars:
Garmin Dash Cam 55: Video quality is excellent, and there’s an anti-glare filter to improve quality further. As well as GPS, G-Sensor technology and wifi, you get voice control and driver awareness warnings, alerting the driver if, for example, he is too close to the car in front or drifting out of his lane.
Nextbase Duo: The Duo has front and rear cameras and can combine both video streams into one side-by-side film for easier reviewing. The 140-degree viewing angle is boosted by a wide dynamic range processor, which improves video quality when the camera is filming both light and dark areas at the same time. There’s GPS but no wifi or Bluetooth, so to retrieve the footage you have to put the memory card into a laptop or PC.
Thinkware F770:The F770 has wifi, GPS and G Sensor technology. The super night vision feature improves image quality at night, while time lapse mode records at a low frame rate when the car is parked, allowing the camera to work for long periods. There’s also a driver warning system, alerting the driver if he is drifting out of his lane or getting too close to the car in front.
BlackVue DR650S-2CH 32G:The BlackVue’s cloud technology means you can view live footage from the car via a smartphone, laptop or PC when you’re not in it, get notifications on your phone and back up important videos to the cloud. As well as front and rear cameras, there’s a parking surveillance mode, which stores film on the memory card when it detects motion or an impact.
TaoTronics TT-CD06: The TaoTronics has a 160-degree viewing angle – wide enough to capture five lanes of traffic – and comes with an extra-long power cable and a 12-volt lighter socket adaptor with two ports, meaning you can still charge your phone with the dashcam running. It also offers G Sensor technology.
RoadHawk DC-2 HD GPS Dash Cam: The Roadhawk’s electronic image stabilisation and good quality sensor help ensure excellent footage even in low light conditions. Audio quality is good too – you can even plug in an extra microphone, plus an external GPS antenna to supplement the inbuilt GPS where the signal is weak.
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