Top 10: Best dash cameras to suit all budgets
If you’ve decided to buy a dash camera then there are plenty of routes you can go down. We've picked ten options to suit all budgets and this list is in price order.
The best way to describe this dash camera is 'cheap and cheerful'. If you're thinking of getting a dash camera, but you're not quite ready to take the plunge on a high-end model, this is a good introduction. Just don't expect the best footage, build quality or reliability.
It might not be the fanciest dash camera in the world, but it is well-reviewed by owners. For those who want to try a dash camera out for the first time, it's hard to complain too much about the price.
Yi's Smart dash cam records in Full HD 1080P at 60fps or 1296P at 30fps. It also registers an impressive 4.5 stars from the 318 reviewers on Amazon, suggesting a good chance of satisfaction for your hard-earned cash.
The 2.7-inch dash camera has a G-sensor to automatically save those heavy braking incidents, night vision and 165-degree wide angle camera to record three lanes of traffic in one go.
We like Aukey products at HonestJohn.co.uk. They're well-priced, nicely packaged, strongly-made and do exactly what they're supposed to. The Aukey DR01 is no frills, but it has a very good image sensor for excellent video quality, at a fair price.
There are some quibbles including the lack of a battery - the camera only works when connected to power. But on the plus side the camera supports memory cards up to 128gb, so you can record a lot of footage before old clips are overwritten.
The Azdome GS63H comes with an impressive specification for the price with GPS, WiFi, motion detection and a Sony sensor camera. There's also a companion app - called rather unfortunately 'LuckyCam' - which lets you view any footage, plus save it to your phone, share it or email the file to someone.
While Azdome may not be a familiar name to many, the GS63H is a superb camera for the money. Given the price, 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.
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Mio MiVue C330
The MIVUE C330 is another offering from one of the better-known brands. The specs of the MIVUE C330 are up with the standard you’d expect at this price, with 1080p recording and a 130-degree lens with a G-sensor to activate saved recordings.
Nudging up the appeal are safety camera warnings with free updates for life, plus GPS tracking that provides speed and location on all recordings – something that few rivals do at this price.
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Z-Edge Z3 Plus
Features like Ultra 2.5k Wide Quad HD in 1440P and a HDR night vision mode are a welcome surprise at this price. It may be missing things like GPS but the footage it takes is excellent, which at the end of the day is usually the most important factor of all.
It doesn't take any time to set up and once fitted you can just leave it alone to record in the background. It's also reliable and easy to use, so although not the cheapest dash cam around, we think it's a worthwhile investment given the quality of the footage it captures.
Vantrue OnDash N2 dual dash cam
The N2’s key feature is a wide-angle forward-facing camera that works in conjunction with an adjustable rear-facing camera. These allow it to capture a 310-degree view around the car. The Vantrue OnDash N2 is a capable, straightforward and feature-packed dash cam that offers plenty of functionality for a sensible price.
As a result, if you’re looking for an affordable and serviceable dual-camera unit, the OnDash N2 should be on your list. Vantrue, a brand that originates from China, also has a good reputation for support and service.
If you're looking for a top of the line, feature-packed dash cam then the Garmin 55 definitely fits the bill. Footage quality is excellent, as are the driver assistance systems you get included.
Another clever feature is the voice control, so you start or stop recording without having to take your hands off the wheel. Compact and well-built, the Garmin 55 is a safe bet at a reasonable price.
Mio MiVue 792 WiFi Pro
The MiVue 792 is the top model in Mio’s range and for this price you get a unit that films at full HD 1080p @ 60fps. There are also a few technical elements that bump up the price and Mio even says that the 792 will be able to offer several of the safety features found on modern, well-equipped cars.
There is also an app for your smartphone that allows you to download your videos and photos without the use of a cable.
Although not the most expensive camera from the manufacturer, the 612GW shows what Nextbase is capable of in terms of features. Amongst the big standard spec you get wifi connection, a sturdy metal casing and a 150-degree wide angle lens, although many of those are found lower down the Nextbase range.
What gives the 612GW the edge however is the headline-grabbing 4K Ultra HD resolution and the polarising filter that makes for excellent footage in dark or poor weather conditions. If you do a lot of driving at night or in the rain and you want to be as certain as you can that your dashcam will capture the crucial information, the 612GW is right up at the top of the pile.
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