Top 10: Best value dash cams 2019
If you want to protect yourself while driving, the lowest priced dash camera you can get your hands on is probably a bad place to start. But there are still lots of cheap dash cameras that will do the job, albeit with a few caveats. This list of these cheap dash cams is in price order – and remember you’ll probably need to budget for a memory card too.
We found some dash cameras for sale on Amazon for less than £10 – but all of them had limited or very poor feedback from buyers. So this is about as cheap as we’d go for a dash camera – and even here we’d still recommend you spend a little more. But, according to owners, this does the job on a very basic level.
Image quality isn’t great, especially at night, so you won’t be capturing details like number plates or road signs. But if you’re not sure about the idea of a dash camera and you just want to give one a go, this is a cheap place to start before upgrading to something with better quality and more features.
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Lanka Full HD 1080p DVR
While it lacks the latest 4k resolution and high framerate footage of pricier cameras, the image quality from this dash camera isn’t too bad considering its price. Although its performance in particularly bright sunshine or at night isn’t exactly stellar.
But if you want the bare minimum for the lowest price possible, this is okay. It records in loops, has a save button and has legible, if not particularly impressive, video. For £21, it’s not bad at all – but we’d still recommend spending a little bit more.
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There’s a big jump in price from the Lanka dash camera to this, but there’s a big jump in image quality too. The Aukey DR01 has an RRP of £60 but you’ll find it for nearer £40 without much trouble. For that price, it’s excellent value, since it provides very good image quality at 1080p.
It isn’t particularly hefty, nor does it pack in loads of gimmicky extra features, but most of the time you’ll forget your dash camera and just leave it to do its job. And this does the job of recording the road ahead in a nice, wide angle with crisp footage very well.
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YI Smart dash cam
Another camera that is almost always heavily discounted from a high RRP, this YI dash camera is usually sold for around £40. At that price it’s very good, with high framerate 1080p footage. It supports wide dynamic range, so works well in harsh sunlight or darkness.
It also has lane departure warning and will alert you if you’re driving too close to the car ahead. Just be aware that there is no suction mount in the package, just an adhesive pad. You can get a suction mount, though – if you plan to move the cam from car to car.
In terms of image quality, the Nextbase 112 is good but not great. In its maximum resolution it only shoots at 720p at 30fps – which isn’t as good as the cheaper Aukey DR01. But the advantage to picking a Nextbase is that you can go try one out in a Halfords - and take it back if anything goes wrong.
That’s a lot easier than packaging up and shipping an item back to an online seller and will make up for a few other shortcomings. The footage is perfectly useable too, should the worst happen, so it’s a sensible buy, especially for less tech-savvy buyers who don’t want to figure things out for themselves.
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Apeman C760 - £50
This dash camera has an RRP of £130 but we’ve never seen it for much more than £50 online. It uses a Sony IMX323 image sensor, so shoots very crisp footage at 1080p, 30fps. It’s small, nicely made and does everything well enough.
We wouldn’t recommend it at full RRP price, but for £50 it’s decent – though it doesn’t have any more advanced features, like ultra-HD image quality or GPS monitoring. Not much does at less than £70, though, so that’s not really a point against the C760.
Mio MiVue C300
Mio has a strong reputation when it comes to dash cameras and it’s well-deserved. They pack lots of features, great image quality and sturdy build into an affordable package. The C300 has an RRP of more than £50, but shop around and you’ll find it at a more affordable price.
It shoots in 1080P at 30fps with a good quality lens, has easy-to-use menus and is strongly made. It lacks GPS connectivity, but if you pay a little more then you can get the C330, which is the same but with GPS connectivity and speed camera warnings.
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Autovox DVR B40C
This camera sits flush with the windscreen, so if you’re worried about potential thieves spotting the camera and breaking in, this is a good buy. When installed it looks like an integrated part of the car windscreen. It also has a decent sensor and lens, shooting in up to 1080p at 30fps.
It uses a supercapacitor rather than a battery, which some people prefer since it should cope better in high temperatures than a battery pack before going flat – though since dash cameras are usually plugged in at all times it’s not a massive concern.
Z-Edge Z1 Plus
This is another dash camera with a high RRP, but that is usually sold for less online. At £100 it’s not a great buy, but at £60 it makes sense – especially since it comes with a memory card in the box. It shoots in slightly higher resolution than other cameras in our list, supporting up to 1296p.
Otherwise, there isn’t much that stands out about the Z-Edge Z1. It’s just a decent, affordably priced, capable dash camera. It’s getting towards the sort of price point where features like GPS start to appear though, so if you can budget for those features, do so.
Nextbase 212 Lite
The RRP for this camera is £70 but you’ll find it for nearer £60 if you shop around. And at that price it’s a good buy, with 1080p footage, solid build quality, strong customer service and plenty of places to buy across the whole of the UK.
It also has a handy magnetic mounting system, so you can leave the mount in the car and quickly release the dash camera, should you need to connect the camera to your PC or hide it away when parking in an unfamiliar neighbourhood.
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