Dash Camera under £100 shortlist
Dash cameras are becoming increasingly popular and, as such, the amount of budget cameras is now far greater than even 12 months ago. So, without further ado, here are our picks for the best five dash cams you can buy for £100 or less.
While Azdome may not be a familiar name to many, the GS63H is a superb camera for the money. Given that it's just £60, it outperforms more expensive dash cams from many well-known brands, both in terms of features and the footage it captures. Yes, it may not technically be 4K, but it's very sharp and clear nonetheless.
Easy to set up, the GS63H is a camera you can leave in your car and not have to worry about. As soon as turn on the ignition it starts recording and you can forget about it. You can also set the screen to turn off when you're driving to make it less distracting - a little lights tell you it's still recording. With GPS, WiFi, an easy to use app and reliable software that works well, the GS63H is a great dash cam and one that's easy to recommend.
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Vantrue OnDash N1
The small dimensions of the N1 make it ideal if you want an unobtrusive dash cam, but it is not without its faults. While we like the look and feel of the N1 - and we certainly have no complaints about the footage - the £65 price tag combined with a lack of GPS and WiFi means it's hard to recommend. True you can add GPS, but it's an extra £20.
There are plenty of dash cams that record in the same (or an even higher) resolution for considerably less money, but we do like the actual footage quality - which is the most important bit. While 1080p is pretty much the norm for dash cams these days, the fact the Vantrue has a Sony sensor makes a significant difference in the sharpness of that footage. The camera deals well with bright conditions and from changes between light and dark, plus number plates are clear enough to be easy to read.
The RBGDC50 is of decent quality, easy to use and produces usable footage. If you’re looking for a straightforward, serviceable unit from a known brand, this should do the job. It’s a compact, subtle unit that has a 2.7-inch widescreen display on the back, records in 1080p HD and has a wide-angle lens to capture more of what’s going on ahead of you.
Adjusting the settings is easy, thanks to a logical interface and well-defined buttons on the sides of the dash cam. Getting footage off the camera is similarly simple. Plug the USB cable into the top of the unit – not the charging port on the mount – and the device appears as a USB drive that you can access the video files on.
As well as its budget price, another selling point of the C330 is its compact size. At 51.2 x 62.6 x 37.4mm and weighing just 59.5g, you’ll barely notice it fitted to your windscreen. The C330 shoots reasonable quality footage (1080p @ 30fps) - with details like car number plates easy to make out. Plus, it comes with GPS too - which can alert you to upcoming safety speed cameras.
However, the MiVue C330 features a dated Mini-USB port, a connector that isn't commonly used anymore. It comes with a moulded 12v socket on the lead, too, so if you want to use this with a dual USB adaptor (allowing you to charge something else from your 12v socket) you'll more than likely have to buy another lead unless you have one knocking about the house. Ultimately, it's a decent camera, but there are better options on the market.
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The YI Smart is an excellent dashcam for the money. It's fairly inexpensive but outperforms cameras that are more than twice the price. The footage is very good, it's easy to use with a simple menu layout and is proving reliable too. In our time testing the YI, we had no issues with it freezing or crashing, despite us changing SD cards repeatedly and playing with all the settings.
It's disappointing there's no suction mount, plus the lack of GPS is a drawback - but if that's not an issue for you, this is a no-brainer. YI also has excellent customer support and you only have to have a quick glance at the customer reviews on Amazon to see many satisfied buyers. This is one of the best non-4K cameras we have tested and, for the price, is superb value for money. It goes out of stock online fairly regularly though, so grab it while you can.
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