10 Best Dash Cams Of 2018

This year, ten dashboard cameras made it on our best-of list. Five of them are forward-facing (single lens) cameras, four are front-and-rear (dual lens), and of course we also included a taxi cam due to popular demand. Most of them were selected for their outstanding reliability and video quality; however usability, post-sales support, and overall customer satisfaction were also a plus.

We’ve included cameras with parking mode, cameras with cloud connectivity, cheap cams, expensive cams, cams with Wi-Fi, and cams with GPS. Prices range from below $50 to over $500 (if you go for a large memory card). So keep reading: Whatever you’re looking for and whatever your budget, this article has got you covered!

Here’s a quick overview:

Our Top 3 Dash Cam Picks For 2018

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraProduct photo of the Street Guardian SGCCX2 car cameraproduct photo of the Anker Roav C1 dash cam
ModelThinkware F800 ProSGGCX2Anker Roav C1
Top FeatureBest Parking ModeBest VideoBest Low-Cost
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Channels211
ReliabilityExcellentExcellentExcellent
Video QualityVery GoodExcellentGood
ProsVarious Parking Modes
Sends Alerts To Phone
Battery Drain Protection
Overheat Protection
Voice Menu
Wi-Fi
Best Video Quality
Free GPS & CPL Filter
Heat Resistant
Best User Ratings
Simple Parking Mode
Wi-Fi
ConsNo Screen
No Parking Mode
Internal Battery
No GPS

If you don’t have time through the descriptions of all the 10 cameras right now, we’ve picked 3 great cameras that should cover the needs for most people.

#1 is the F800 Pro: A high-end dual-lens dash cam that comes with a variety of choices for parking protection (it’s also one of the most expensive though). #2, the SGGCX2, is a single-channel camera that records the best video quality. It’s also getting awesome user ratings. And our #3 is the Anker Roav C1, a good low-cost camera that’s available for about $80 at the time of this writing.

Criteria For Selecting The Top 10 Car Cameras 2018

The first and foremost quality criteria for any dash cam is reliability. Imagine getting a shiny new dash cam that records awesome, high-resolution video — if you can’t rely on it to work continuously and without interruption (whenever you’re driving), it’s not much good. You don’t want to be in a situation where you need the evidence from your dashboard camera, just to find out that it decided to take the day off!

A close second is video quality. Over the years, we’ve analyzed thousands of dash cams in order to assess which devices record the best footage. There’s always some subjectivity when evaluating video quality, so apart from clarity and general color fidelity, we decided to base our evaluations on the readability of other cars’ license plates. While you may not actually need those very often (except in case of a hit-and-run), it’s a good and objective way to compare the footage of many different cameras.

Customer satisfaction is another very important criteria. We get a lot of feedback from users telling us their experiences with all sorts of cameras. We also measure the return rates over extended periods of time (ideally, returns should be below 10%; 5% or less is excellent), and take into account each camera’s user ratings on various sales platforms such as Amazon. (Yes, these can be faked, and we do sometimes see this happening — however after 5 years of reviewing dash cams, we have a pretty good idea of which reviews are dodgy, and which can be trusted.)

Another feature we value is discreetness. Many of the best cameras in 2018 are wedge-shaped, a growing trend this year as it allows for clean and stealthy installation.

Other important factors include: Ease of use, responsive post-sales support, and any unique features the camera might have.

So here’s our favorites list for this year, starting with the higher-end cameras and working our way down to the more affordable ones:

Our Selection Of The Top 10 Dashboard Cameras 2018

1. Street Guardian SG9663DC: Best Front And Rear Video

Street Guardian SG9963DC 2x1080p front and rear car camera

Approximate price: $350 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very Good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 256GB

Max Operating Temp.: 60°C / 140°F

Pros: Best dual video, great customer support, CPL filter and external GPS antenna included, capacitor, 2″ screen

Cons: No parking mode

The Australian company Street Guardian are the only dash cam manufacturer that got two dash cams on our best-of list this year: The single-channel SGGCX2 (see below), and the brand new SG9663DC which records both front and rear.

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This camera records better quality footage than any other dual channel dash cam. While the SG9663DC has neither Wi-Fi nor parking mode like some other high-end dual dash cams do (see the BlackVue and Thinkware models featured below), its outstanding video quality and excellent reliability make up for that fact.

Also, its sturdy wedge-shaped casing allows for a clean, discreet installation. A 2″ screen lets you play back video on the spot, and makes configuring the camera a breeze.

Of all dash cam manufacturers, Street Guardian are maybe the most trustworthy. Over the years, they consistently receive the best customer ratings. This is due to their great attention to detail, as well as their excellent pre- and post-sales support.

2. Thinkware F800 Pro: Best Parking Protection

Thinkware F800 Pro all black front and rear car camera

Approximate price: $450 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 60°C / 140°F

Pros: 3 different parking modes, cloud alerts to phone, Wi-Fi, internal GPS, low-voltage cutoff, overheat protection. Single lens version available.

Cons: No screen

The Thinkware F800 Pro has been designed for optimum parking protection. With three different types of parking mode to choose from, this is the most versatile camera to keep your car safe while you’re gone. You can choose between buffered parking mode (recommended), time-lapse recording, and energy-saving (non-buffered) parking mode.

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A GPS sensor is built in, and the camera will shut itself down if a critical temperature is detected. Of course you’ll have to hard-wire the F800 Pro to the car’s battery for parking mode to work. The camera will shut itself down automatically if the voltage drops below a specified level, so you don’t run the risk of accidentally draining the car’s main battery.

Alternatively, you can connect the dash cam to an external power bank, however these are relatively expensive.

If you have a Wi-Fi hotspot in your car, you can make use of Thinkware’s cloud alert system. While they can’t currently view video remotely (only BlackVue cameras currently have this ability), the Thinkware cloud allows you to track a car’s location via GPS, or even to monitor a fleet of vehicles. You can also enable a feature called geo-fencing that will notify you if your car leaves a pre-determined area.

The F800 Pro can send a notification when an impact is detected

In the case that a collision or accident is detected by the G-sensor, the camera can send a notification to a phone number you specify, with the exact GPS coordinates of the event. You can then contact the driver and make sure they are okay, or send help if necessary.

The Thinkware F800 Pro is available as dual channel and single channel version.

3. BlackVue DR750S: Best Cloud Connectivity

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

Approximate price: $450 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 70°C / 158°F

Pros: Cloud viewing (watch live feed over the internet), internal GPS, Wi-Fi, overheat protection, buffered parking mode, cloud alerts, capacitor. Single lens version available.

Cons: No screen

The BlackVue DR750S-1CH and -2CH support buffered parking mode when hard-wired to the car’s fuse box. In buffered parking mode, the camera records continuously, but will only save the footage if an impact or event is detected.

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As of today, BlackVue cameras are the only ones that allow you watch their video feed live over the internet. Combined with a Wi-Fi hot spot in your car, you can connect your camera to BlackVue’s trademark over-the-cloud service. Their free account allow you to view 10 minutes of live-stream video from your car per day. If you need more, you’ll need to get a paid subscription.

Business owners can use the cloud to manage their vehicle fleet, track locations, and communicate with drivers in real time through the camera’s integrated microphone and speaker.

A fun feature was only recently added: BlackVue’s Cloud now also allows you to live stream your dash cam’s video to Youtube or Facebook, so you can share your trip in real time with your friends, family, and followers!

The DR750S has built-in GPS, overheat protection, and many other features. It is available as dual channel and single channel version.

4. Street Guardian SGGCX2: Best Single-Channel Video

Product photo of the Street Guardian SGCCX2 car camera

Approximate price: $200 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080

Overall video quality: Excellent

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 256GB

Max Operating Temp.: 70°C / 158°F

Pros: Best video quality, CPL filter & external GPS antenna included, fits vertical windows, great customer support, capacitor, 1.5″ screen

Cons: No parking mode

Street Guardian have given their long-time bestseller SG9665GC an overhaul, and the new camera is named SGGCX2. They updated the lens among other things, for a remarkable improvement in nocturnal video quality.

The result is the dashboard camera with the best video quality of 2018, hands down.

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While they are keeping the trademark wedge shape and layout of buttons, the hinge of the lens has been redesigned so you can now swing it a full 90 degrees up and down. This makes the SGGCX2 one of the few wedge-shaped dash cams that you can actually install on vertical windows, like in a bus or a truck.

When you order this camera, you will find an impressive amount of accessories in the package, including an external GPS antenna, and a CPL filter. With most other dash cams, GPS and a CPL will cost you extra.

And as we mentioned before, Street Guardian offer excellent customer support and have consistently been getting the highest user ratings of all dash cam vendors over several years.

5. Vantrue N2 Pro Uber: Best Taxi Cam

Vantrue N2 Pro 2x1080p Taxi Cam

Approximate price: $200 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 64GB

Max Operating Temp.: 70°C / 158°F

Pros: Infrared lights allow for good interior video at night, reliable email support within 24h, 1.5″ screen

Cons: Form factor, GPS costs extra

Taxi cams still are a niche product in the dash cam scene, and unfortunately there still aren’t that many that are really reliable. Of the few that are, the Vantrue N2 Pro is by far the most popular in 2018.

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Granted, you could just take a regular dual lens camera and mount the rear facing camera so it records your car’s interior. The problem with this setup is, your typical rear camera doesn’t have infrared lights, so you won’t see much at night when the passenger cabin is dark — and who wants to drive with the interior lights on all the time?

So a good taxi cam should not only unite both the front and inward facing cameras in a single casing, making a lot less hassle to set it up. It should also have infrared lights that invisibly illuminate your passenger cabin at night.

The Vantrue N2 Pro does all this. It records good overall video, and is more reliable than the Transcend Drive Pro 520 which was the taxi cam we previously recommended. (Make sure to get the Pro model, as the previous model called just Vantrue N2 doesn’t have infrared.)

The standard version of this camera comes without GPS. If you’d like to use GPS, you’ll have to order an extra mount which costs about $20, however this is sold out at the moment.

6. Z-Edge S3: Cheapest Reliable Front And Rear Cam

The forward facing camera of the Z-Edge S3 is rather bulky. The rear camera is tiny though.

Approximate price: $160 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 60°C / 140°F

Pros: Good reliability and video quality for the price, basic parking mode, 2.4″ screen

Cons: Slightly bulky form factor, night rear video, internal battery

The Z-Edge S3 somewhat surprisingly turned out to be one of the most reliable among the cheaper dual lens dash cams. For below $200, it does a decent job recording the road ahead and behind of you.

While its video quality obviously is not as awesome as what most of the higher-end cameras produce, it’s acceptable and good enought for this price.

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Of course there are cheaper dual cams, however with the possible exception of the Mini 0906, most of them just aren’t that great. Either they record only 720p or even VGA rear video, which isn’t state of the art anymore. Or they’re generally just of low quality and not very reliable.

Compared to the Mini 0906, the Z-Edge S3 is the more reliable camera of the two, so we believe its worth investing the extra $20. The Mini 0906 is smaller though.

Downsides of the Z-Edge S3 include the somewhat bulky shape of the front camera. Rear video is a bit dark and fuzzy at night. It also operates with an internal battery, which is more likely to fail through overheating than a capacitor.

The S3 supports a simple, impact-triggered parking mode when hard-wired to your car’s fuse box. Parking mode is not buffered, so the camera will wake up and start recording whenever an event is detected by the G-sensor. It will then record for 30 seconds to hopefully catch the perpetrator.

Technically, the front camera can also record at 1440p resolution, but you only get this option when the rear camera is off. So for the intents and purposes of this article, we’ve reviewed it as a dual 1080p camera.

7. Rexing V1: Most Popular $100 Cam, Great User Ratings

Rexing V1 dash cam

Approximate price: $100 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 60°C / 140°F

Pros: 2.7″ screen, optional external GPS, good post-sales support, great user ratings

Cons: GPS costs extra

With over 6,000 customer reviews on Amazon, most of them positive, the Rexing V1 is one of the best rated dash cameras in the $100 price segment. While this camera has been around since 2015 already, we decided to include it in this years best-of list because of its continued popularity.

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Video quality is on par with the cheaper Anker Roav and Yi cameras: Nothing out of the ordinary, but good enough to reliably document what’s going on on the road.

A definitive plus for Rexing as a brand is their excellent post-sales customer support. They walk the extra mile to make sure their customers are satisified, so in case you have any question or issue regarding your device, you can rest assured they will sort it out.

If you need GPS, an external antenna is available separately for about $30.

Note: Rexing have also released a front and rear version of this camera, called V1P. However, the rear camera only records at 720p resolution, which is too low for a modern dual-channel dash cam.

8. Viofo A119 v2: Best Video Below $100

The A119 dash cam has a lens that can be adjusted horizontally as well as vertically.

Approximate price: $80 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 2560×1440

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 65°C / 149°F

Pros: 2″ screen, optional GPS in mount, optional CPL filter, very good video quality for the price, capacitor

Cons: GPS and CPL filter cost extra

The Viofo A119v2 records excellent video quality for a sub-$100 dash cam: We haven’t found any device that performs better in this price range. It is also the only camera that supports 1440p resolution in this year’s top 10.

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This camera is available with 2 different mounts. The mount is a thin plate that sticks directly to your windshield. One mount contains a GPS antenna, the other mount doesn’t. The GPS mount is a bit thicker than the non-GPS one, and costs about $10-$20 more.

Unfortunately, the A119 seems to be a bit more error-prone and less reliable than the other cameras presented here. We’ve included it on this list nonetheless because of its video quality.

A CPL filter for this device is available separately, and will set you back about $15.

9. Anker Roav C1: Best Budget Cam, Simple Parking Mode

product photo of the Anker Roav C1 dash cam

Approximate price: $80 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB

Max Operating Temp.: 65°C / 149°F

Pros: Wi-Fi, 2.4″ screen, simple impact-triggered parking mode that requires no hard-wiring, great customer support (phone or email)

Cons: Internal battery means lower heat tolerance, long parking mode wake-up time, no GPS

The Anker Roav C1 is a camera with a great build quality that’s quite easy to set up and use, even for the technically challenged. Unlike most other dash cams, its parking mode is powered by the camera’s internal battery, so it’s not necessary to hard-wire the camera to the car’s fuse box for parking mode to work.

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The downside to having an internal battery is that it’s more susceptible to heat failure, so it’s better to get a capacitor-based camera if you’re going to use it in a hot climate.

The parking mode in itself is rather basic: If an impact is detected by the G-sensor, the camera will wake up and record 30 seconds of video after the event. The manufacturer claims that the battery will allow for up to 30 such videos to be recorded.

The Roav C1 needs about 7 seconds to wake up though, which is relatively long. This is acceptable for a camera of this price, however if you need a quicker and more reliable parking protection, we recommend you go for a camera with buffered parking mode.

Anker Roav C1 connecting to smartphone app

Like most dash cams that support Wi-Fi, there’s a free app for Android and iOS devices that lets you view videos and configure the camera on your phone.

As a company, Anker are known for their excellent customer support. They even offer phone support for some countries (including the US and UK), not just email support like most other manufacturers.

10. Yi Dash Cam: The Cheapest Reliable Dash Cam

Xiaomi Yi (Xiaoyi) dash cam

Approximate price: $50 (compare vendors)

Resolution: 1920×1080

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 64GB

Max Operating Temp.: 60°C / 140°F

Pros: Low price, simple menu structure, Wi-Fi

Cons: Form factor, color, internal battery

The Yi Dash Cam is as cheap as it gets if you’re looking for something reliable. For below $50, you get a somewhat clunky device that nonetheless records good video. It comes with a screen and the menu structure is simple, making it quite easy to set up and use.

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This camera even supports Wi-Fi, so you can also operate it through your smart phone if you feel so inclined. A downside is that it has an internal battery instead of a capacitor, making it more susceptible to heat failure.

PRO-TIP: If you prefer your dash cam to be black, you can find a matte black version of the Yi on eBay. At this time, the black version is only available with Chinese menus, but the menus are simple enough to be usable even if you don’t understand the language. It definitely looks much cooler than the gray version in our opinion.

A Note On Resolution

An interesting observation: It turns out that with the exception of the Viofo A119v2, all of the cameras featured here operate at 1920×1080 resolution. 1080p seems to be the new sweet spot in 2018, being a lot more popular than higher resolutions such as 1440p, 2560×1080 or even 4K.

Why is this so? A possible reason is that at resolutions above 1080p, night video quality degrades notably. Individual pixels on the sensor necessarily become smaller as resolution goes up, thus absorbing less light per pixel.

If you’ve a long-term reader of our web site, you may have noticed that our previous favorite for night video (DOD LS460W) records at 1080p, while our previous day-time favorite (Vico-Opia2) does 1440p.

This year however, we found that the Street Guardian SGGCX2 records great video both at day and at night, and is a lot more reliable than our two previous favorites.