6 Cheap Dash Cams That Just Work

This list will show you six good, but cheap dash cams that just work. If you’re on a budget, you may not care about the latest gimmicks such as Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity.

Most of all, you want your dash cam to be reliable, so you can just set it up and forget about it until the day you need the footage.

For this reason we aren’t necessarily going to include the latest releases here. We’d rather focus on dash cams that have been around for a while, and that are known to just do their job, and do it well.

So if you want a dash cam that does its job, just pick your favorite model from the list below. Let’s start with the cheapest one:

A Cheap Dash Cam Below $50 That Works

Yi Dash Cam

Xiaomi Yi (Xiaoyi) dash cam

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Resolution: 1920×1080

Video quality: Good at day, Fair at night

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 64 GB

Extras: 2.7″ screen, Wi-Fi, lock file button

The Yi Dash Cam (full review) is a basic and simple to use car camera from China. It may not be the greatest looking, but it does its job, and does it very reliably.

It actually records better video than some of the more expensive cameras. Its icon-based menu is simple and intuitive. It also has Wi-Fi so you can connect to it with your smart phone (free app).

Note: If you check on eBay, you may be able to find a matte black version of this camera which looks much better. At the time of this writing, the black Yi is only available in Chinese, but the menu is simple enough to understand even without knowing the language.

Three Stealthy And Cheap Dash Cams Below $100

Anker Roav C1

product photo of the Anker Roav C1 dash cam

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Resolution: 1920×1080

Video quality: Good at day, fair at night

Reliability: Very good

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: 2.4″ screen, Wi-Fi, lock file button, parking mode

Another Chinese product, from the well-known manufacturer Anker. The Roav C1 (full review) is quite stealthy due to its wedge-shape design, and black color.

It comes with Wi-Fi, and also supports a basic impact-triggered parking mode that’s quite simple to set up.

Also, Anker are known for their top-rate customer support, so (unlike some other manufacturers) should there be any issue with your camera, you can count on them fixing it.

Viofo A119 v2

The Viofo A119 as seen from the rear, with its 2-inch screen and 5 buttons

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Resolution: 2560×1440

Video quality: Very good at day, very good at night

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: 2″ screen, capacitor, lock file button. Optional GPS in mount, optional CPL filter available separately.

The Viofo A119 v2 (full review) is a long-time bestseller. It can record up to 1440p resolution at 30 frames per second, or 1080p at up to 60fps.

Having a capacitor instead of an internal battery makes it more resistant to high temperatures in the car. Stealthy wedge shape.

Rexing V1

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Resolution: 1920×1080

Video quality: Good at day, fair at night

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: 2.7″ screen, lock file button. Optional external GPS available separately.

Of all the sub-$100 dash cams featured here, this camera has by far the most positive feedback from happy customers.

Being stealthy and highly reliable, the Rexing V1 (full review) does a fine job of recording the road ahead of you. One of the most successful cheap dash cams this year.

A Cheap Dual Dash Cam Below $150 With Many Extras

Mini 0906

Product photo of the Mini 0906 front and rear dash cams, with CPL filter

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Resolution: 1920×1080, front and rear

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: 1.5″ screen, lock file button, CPL filter, capacitor, GPS, time-lapse parking mode.

If you want to record the road behind you as well, the Mini 0906 (full review) is the cheapest dual-lens dash cam available at this time. Video quality is good both at day and at night, except for the rear video at night, which is only average due to the lack of illumination.

This camera comes with a CPL filter to reduce reflections in bright sunlight, and has a GPS antenna integrated into its mount. Powered by a capacitor, it is more heat resistant than a camera with a battery.

In parking mode, the Mini 0906 records at a lower frame rate (time-lapes). When an impact is detected, it switches to normal recording for 15 seconds, before going back to time-lapse mode. Needs hard-wiring for the parking mode to work.

…And A Best-Selling Dual Dash Cam Below $200

Z-Edge S3

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

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Resolution: 1920×1080, front and rear

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: 2.4″ screen, lock file button, impact-triggered parking mode.

This front and rear camera is getting outstanding customer ratings. The Z-Edge S3 (full review) is a bit larger than the Mini 0906, and records similar video quality.

It doesn’t have GPS or Wi-Fi, however a basic impact-triggered parking mode is supported. Powered by an internal battery, the S3 doesn’t require any hardwiring for the parking mode to work.