Sebastian Roadman

Graduated engineer. Over 10 years expertise reviewing video technology. Specializes in dashboard cameras for cars.

Best Dash Cams With Parking Mode 2023

BlackVue's region-based motion detection

How to select and set up a dash cam with parking mode. Compare major brands like BlackVue, Thinkware, etc. From budget to high-end. Simple, buffered, and time-lapse parking modes explained.

The Best Dash Cams 2023

The best dash cams of 2023, for various budgets. Starting at $50 for a basic one-way camera, all the way up to $400 or more for a high-end device with cloud connectivity and various parking modes.

Vantrue E3 Sample Videos

The Vantrue E3, or Element 3, is a 3-channel dash cam that was released in 2023. We have compiled a collection of sample videos for each of the E3’s three video channels (front, rear, and interior). This should prove helpful if you’re considering whether to buy the this camera. Vantrue E3 Front Video Sample, Day…

Viofo A229 Duo

Viofo A229 Duo dash cam

Modern dual dash cam that records 1440p, both front and rear. Has GPS and 5 GHz Wi-Fi. Parking modes: Low bit rate, time-lapse, buffered. Good build quality.

70mai A500S Pro Plus

70mai A500S Pro Plus product photo

A front and rear dash cam around $100, the A500S supports GPS, Wi-Fi, and a simple parking mode if installed with a hard wiring kit. 1440p front, 1080p rear.

Viofo A129 Plus Duo

Viofo A129 Plus Duo dash cam

Dual dash cam that records 1440p front, 1080p rear. Has Wi-Fi and screen. Optional GPS, CPL filter, simple and time-lapse parking modes. Buffered parking mode not supported.

Viofo A139 Review

Viofo A139 3-way dash cam

3-way dash cam that records 1440p front, and 1080p with the rear cameras. Both rear cameras are separate from the main unit. Has GPS, Wi-Fi, buffered parking mode. No screen.

5 Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2020: Reviews

Front and rear dashboard cameras are also called dual-channel or dual-lens dash cams, or simply just dual dash cams. These are dash cams that have one camera recording out the windscreen, and one camera out of the rear window. We’ve reviewed most of the major front and rear dash cams on the market today, and found enormous differences in quality and…

BlackVue DR900X-2CH

BlackVue DR900X-2CH product photo

The DR900X-2CH comes with native cloud capability. Receive push notifications to your phone when an incident is detected. Live view video footage from anywhere over the internet. Records 4K front, 1080p rear. Wi-Fi, GPS, buffered parking mode.

Zenfox T3 Dash Cam

Zenfox T3 three-way dash cam

A triple channel dash cam that records 1440p ahead, and 1080p with the rear and interior channels. IR lights illuminate the passenger cabin at night. Has Wi-Fi, GPS, capacitor, 2″ screen, lock file button. Up to 256GB memory card supported.

Vantrue N4 3-Channel Dash Cam

Vantrue N4 3 way dash cam

The Vantrue N4 is the first 3-channel dash cam by a major manufacturer. Video quality is fair overall. It supports simple and time-lapse parking modes, and a GPS mount is available optionally.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini

Garmin Mini Dash Cam

A simplistic, easy-to-use dash cam that focuses on the basics. Can create PIP videos of up to 4 camera feeds. No GPS or parking mode. Reported to suffer from overheating issues.

Thinkware Q800 Pro

Thinkware Q800 Pro front and rear cams

A high-end, dual-channel dash cam that records 1440p front, 1080p rear. Remote live view over Thinkware’s cloud. Wi-FI, GPS included. Optional CPL filter. Buffered, time-lapse, and energy-saving parking modes. Mediocre video quality for the price.

Viofo A129 Pro Duo: Best Value 4K Dash Cam

VIofo A129 Pro front and rear dash cam

Best value true 4K dash cam of 2019. Priced below $300, the A129 Pro Duo offers excellent video quality during the day. Rear camera is optional. Comes with Wi-Fi, capacitor, buffered and time-lapse parking modes. GPS, CPL filter, and remote lock file button available separately.

Thinkware U1000: Best 4K Dash Cam With Cloud

Thinkware U1000 4K front camera

A 4K+1440p dual dash cam with cloud view, remote notifications, 3 different parking modes (including radar-assisted buffered parking mode), Wi-Fi, GPS, & more. Video quality is great for the front camera. Rear camera is optional, with disappointing video.

13 Best Taxi Dash Cams With Infrared

The year 2019 has finally brought us some interesting new taxi/uber dash cams. This article compares the 13 most important uber dash cams on the market today, including the awesome new Viofo A129 Duo IR and Blueksysea B2W models.

Viofo A129 Duo IR: Best Taxi/Uber Cam 2020

Dual 1080p dash cam with infrared LEDs for the rear camera, enabling taxi/rideshare drivers to record the passenger cabin even at night. Has Wi-Fi, 2″ screen, optional GPS, optional CPL filter for front camera. Short and long cables included so you can install the rear camera on the windshield or rear window as preferred.

Thinkware F200 and FA200: What’s The Difference?

An entry-level dual channel dash cam with great options for parking mode, but mediocre video quality. Supports buffered and simple parking modes, and in the case of the Thinkware FA200, time-lapse parking mode as well. Wi-Fi, no screen, capacitor. Optional GPS.

Viofo A119 v3: Best Value For Money

Viofo A119 v3 dahs cam with GPS and CPL

First low-cost dash cam to support buffered and time-lapse parking modes. Great video quality for the price. Optional GPS and CPL filter. Internal capacitor instead of battery.

Nextbase 522GW — How Good Is It?

Arguably the most innovative dashboard camera of 2019, the Nextbase 522GW includes ground-breaking features such as automatic Emergency SOS alerts to authorities in the case of an accident, and full Alexa integration. Comes with a 3″ touch screen and several rear view modules, so you can upgrade this device to a dual-channel cam or a taxi cam. Has Wi-Fi, GPS, simple parking mode, in-built CPL filter.

BlackVue DR590 / DR590W

The cheapest camera we have reviewed that supports buffered parking mode. Optional features include Wi-Fi, GPS, and a rear camera. Has capacitor and voice guidance. No screen.

Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO+ Review

Street Guardian SG9963DC 2x1080p front and rear car camera

An excellent front-and-rear dash cam for beginners and experts alike. Records top quality 1080p video footage at 15Mbps, both ways. Wi-Fi. External GPS. CPL filter included. 2″ screen for easy set up and video playback. Stealthy wedge shape. Excellent customer support.

Apeman C450 Series A

Apeman C450 series A dash cam

A low-cost camera that barely covers the basic features that every dash cam should support. Video quality is mediocre. No extras (like GPS or Wi-Fi).

Nextbase 612GW

Nextbase 612GW 4K dash cam

Nextbase’s first 4K camera supports Wi-Fi and a simple, self-powered parking mode. Unfortunately, video quality isn’t the best, and the internal battery is prone to early failure.

Nextbase 312GW

A reliable, highly popular little dash cam that comes with all the basics, plus Wi-Fi and GPS. Video quality is sub-par though.

Las mejores cámaras para coche del 2019

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

Las mejores cámaras para coche del 2019 en un solo artículo. Esta es nuestra primera publicación en español, esperamos que les guste a nuestros lectores de América Latina y de España, y que les sirva para encontrar su dash cam.

VAVA Dash Cam VA-CD001

VAVA Dash Cam VA-CD001

A unique, stylish dash cam that you can easily swivel around 360 degrees on its magnetic mount and point it to the passenger’s window or to the rear when needed. Comes with GPS, Wi-Fi, and a remote lock file/snapshot button. Low heat tolerance and only fair video quality though.

Garmin 55

Garmin 55 Dash Cam product photo

An easy to use single channel dash cam that can record 1440p @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps. Unfortunately, the camera has major overheating issues, and video quality is sub-par for the price.

Garmin 65W

A tiny, discreet high-end dash cam with Wi-Fi and GPS. Outstanding field of view at 180°. Easy to set up and use. Great customer support. Video quality is not satisfactory for this price though, and camera can be prone to overheating in hotter regions.

70mai 1S

70mai small cylindrical dash cam

A stealthy low-cost dash cam that supports Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, overall quality isn’t great.

Viofo A129 Duo

Viofo A129 Duo front and rear car camera

A sub-$200 front-and-rear dash cam that records 1080p both ways. Good overall video quality. Supports GPS, Wi-Fi, CPL, buffered parking mode. Has some initial quirks that will hopefully be sorted out in the future.

BlackVue DR900S-2CH

BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K front & 1080p rear cam

The first front and rear dash cam to support 4K resolution. Plenty of cutting-edge features such as cloud connectivity, buffered parking mode, Wi-Fi, and voice menu. Rear camera is 1080p.

Aukey DR02

Aukey DR-02 low-cost wedge shaped dash cam

Easy-to-use entry-level dash cam. Optional external GPS. Large viewing angle and high temperature resistance. Stealthy wedge shape. Supports motion detection and time-lapse video, but no true (buffered) parking mode.

Street Guardian SGGCX2

Product photo of the Street Guardian SGCCX2 car camera

A high-end, single-channel dash cam that records excellent video quality, day and night. Upgraded model of the popular SG9665GC, with a better lens and several other improvements. External GPS receiver and CPL filter included.

Blueskysea B1W

Blueskysea B1W stealthy low-cost dash cam, front and rear view

Stealthy, elegant-looking, easy to use dash cam for around $50. No screen. Wi-Fi. Records at 1080p, but video quality isn’t the greatest.

Comparison Of Nextbase Dash Cam User Ratings

product photo of the Nextbase 512G dash cam, as seen from the front (lens side)

If you’re looking for a Nextbase car camera and are hoping to compare their customer product ratings on Amazon, you’ll run into an issue: All of the user ratings are lumped together, and there’s no simple way to see which Nextbase model got how many reviews, and what average rating.

This article shows you an overview table of how each of the individual models rank in the customer reviews.

Can I Use A Dash Cam As Backup Camera?

We often get questions from visitors of this site, asking whether there are any front-and-rear dashboard cameras that that can also function as a backup camera. Using a rear-facing dash cam as a maneuvering aid for backing up is not ideal for several reasons: Firstly, most dashboard camera’s screens are rather small (if they even…

Z-Edge S3

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

Decent low-price dual-lens dash cam. Records 1080p front and rear, or 1440p in forward only mode. Simple battery powered parking mode included.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH: Dual Cam With Cloud

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

BlackVue’s latest dual channel dash cam records 1080p, front and rear. Video quality is good, but not the best we’ve ever seen. Lots of improvements over the DR650S-2CH, including higher bit rate, better rear video, a lock file button, better heat resistance, and faster boot up time.

Thinkware F800 Pro

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car camera

Dual-channel dash cam that records 1080p both ways. Supports GPS, Wi-Fi, and three different parking modes. Great video quality. Sturdy build with an elegant and stealthy all-black casing. Excellent customer support.

Vantrue N2 Pro (Uber)

Vantrue N2 Pro 2x1080p Taxi Cam

A taxi cam that records 1080p both ways, with IR LEDs illuminating the passenger cabin at night. Excellent for taxi or uber drivers. Great rear video day and night. Forward video is fair to good, with a noticeable blue tint though. Supports time-lapse and motion detection parking mode.

Thinkware F800

Thinkware F800 dual channel car camera

Dual-channel dash cam that records 1080p both ways. Better night and rear video quality than all competitors (as of mid 2017). Has GPS, Wi-Fi, and buffered or time-lapse parking mode.

LG Innotek LGD521

Product photo of the LGD521 front and rear dash cam

Elegant, stealthy 1080p/720p front and rear dash cam that supports Wi-Fi. Video quality is fair or better except for rear night video, which is poor. Optional external GPS. Buffered parking mode with motion detection and low-voltage cutoff.

Anker Roav C1

product photo of the Anker Roav C1 dash cam

Wedge-shaped 1080p dash cam that records good video at day, fair video at night. Great build quality and excellent customer support. WDR. Wi-Fi. 2.4″ screen. Simple parking mode that doesn’t require hard-wiring, due to large internal battery.

Nextbase 512G

product photo of the Nextbase 512G dash cam, as seen from the front (lens side)

A 1080p dash cam that records good quality video, day and night. Easy to install and use. Supports GPS and comes with a built-in CPL filter. 2.7″ screen.

Best Dash Cams Per Price Segment (Summer 2017)

product photo of the Viofo A118C2 wedge shaped dash cam

If you already know how much you’re going to spend on your new dashboard camera, this article will help you make sure that you get the best value for your money. On the other hand, if you’re not sure yet how much to invest, you may want to have a read anyway to find out what’s the state of the art in mid 2017 and beyond.

Viofo A118C2

product photo of the Viofo A118C2 wedge shaped dash cam

A newer version of the A118-C, the A118C2 records better night video due to its larger aperture of F2.0. Also now features a mount for a CPL lens, and better shielded power cable. Optional GPS. Capacitor. Highly stealthy wedge shape.

ThiEYE T5e

Product photo of the ThiEYE T5e 4K high resolution action cam

An action cam recording at 4K (3840×2160) resolution. Can easily be used as a dash cam. Also records 1080p at up to 120fps, or 720p at 240fps. Wi-Fi. Electronic Image Stabilization. Batteries included.

Thinkware X550 / X550D

Product photo of the Thinkware X550 dash cam, as seen from the front (lens side)

An updated version of the Thinkware X500, the X550 comes with a darker casing and supports time-lapse as well as buffered parking modes. Optional rear camera (1080p both ways). 2.7″ screen. GPS / GLONASS. Dual save. Capacitor.

Viofo A119S / A119S V2

Viofo A119S car DVR, screen side

A newer version of Viofo’s best selling A119. The A119S uses the same casing, but records significantly improved night video, albeit at a lower resolution. Aperture F1.6. Optional GPS. 2″ screen. 135° diagonal viewing angle. Sony STARVIS IMX291 sensor.

Best Dash Cams Of 2017

This list of the very best dashboard cameras available in 2017 will make it a lot easier for you to decide which dash cam to buy. Quick & simple overview.

Papago GoSafe 260 (GS260-US)

Product photo of the Papago GoSafe 260 rear view mirror dash cam

A reliable rear-view mirror mounted dash cam that’s been around since 2014. 1080p. Optional GPS. Excellent customer support. Intuitive to use. Clips onto most existing rear-view mirrors.

DDPai M6 Plus

The tiny DDPai M6+ car camera, as seen from the front

Records 1440p@25fps, with very good day and good night video quality. Stylish and discreet. Magnetic mount. Wireless remote emergency button. Wi-Fi. Built-in GPS. Time-lapse parking mode. Optional CPL filter.

Best Dash Cams With Parking Surveillance – 2016/2017

BlackVue DR650S-2CH dual channel car DVR

Parking mode keeps your dashboard camera running when your car is parked, giving you video footage in case of a hit-and-run or vandalism incident. Find out how it works, how to hard-wire a dash cam without draining the car’s battery, and which dash cams offer maximum parking protection.

How To Use A Dash Cam CPL Filter

CPL filters remove reflections visible in the windscreen from dash cam footage. Find out how to use them with this 4-step guide (it’s actually really simple). We’ve included a sample video anyways, just in case.

Thinkware F770

Thinkware F770 front camera

A discreet, attractively designed dual 1080p/30fps dash cam with Wi-Fi, GPS, and buffered parking mode. Easy to set up and use. No screen. Capacitor instead of battery.

Z-Edge Z3

Z-Edge Z3 dash cam

A dash cam that focuses on the basics, the Z-Edge Z3 records good video at day and average to fair video at night time. Up to 2304x1296p or 2560x1080p resolution. Internal capacitor instead of battery. Accepts up to 64GB SD cards. Vendor is known for their excellent customer support.

Vicovation Vico-Opia2

Product photo of the Vico-Opia2 1440p dash cam

High-end 1440p camera with best video quality yet. Replaces the DOD LS460W as our video quality benchmark. Ambarella A12 processor. HDR. Capacitor instead of battery. Time-lapse or motion detection parking modes. Optional GPS and CPL filter available separately.

Viofo A119 and A119 v2

Viofo A119 v3

Stealthy, wedge-shaped 1440p camera that records very good quality video, day and night. Easy to set up and use. Optional GPS in the mount. Capacitor based. 2″ screen. 160° viewing angle.

BlackVue DR650S-2CH

BlackVue DR650S-2CH dual channel car DVR

2016 version of BlackVue’s top-selling DR650GW. Improved configurability of rear camera. Alert if impact detected in parking mode. Supports Wi-Fi, GPS, cloud connectivity. Up to 128GB recording capacity.

BlackSys CH-100B

product photo of the BlackSys CH-100B dual channel dash cam

A reliable front and rear dash cam with a great form factor and lots of extras. 1080p front, 720p rear. Easy to install and use. Excellent customer support. Wi-Fi. Capacitor. Optional GPS/GLONASS and OBD-II modules available.

The 5 Best Front & Rear Dash Cams – 2016/2017

product photo of LK-7950 front and rear cameras

Are you looking for a dashboard camera that records the road not ahead of, but also behind your car? For optimal protection, most drivers opt for dual channel dash cams these days. Find out which two-way dash cam offers perfect security for you. NOTE: This article is outdated. For an up-to-date list of the latest dual-channel dash cams, click here.…

Ausdom A261

Chinese dash cam capable of recording 1080 or 1296p, with a bit rate of 20Mbps. Video quality: very good at day, fair at night. Fast locking internal GPS.

Thinkware X500 / X500D

Modular, great value-for-money dual channel dash cam. 1080p@30fps front and rear. Very good video at day, good at night. Integrated GPS. WDR. Capacitor. G-sensor. Motion detection. Buffered parking mode.

Mini 0903 (Nano Q)

Mini 0903, the most compact of the Mini series so far

Smallest and (so far) best dash cam of the Mini series. GPS. Wi-Fi. Parking mode. Capacitor based. Astonishingly sharp 1080p video day and night. Up to 64GB SD card supported. Magnetic mount for CPL filter.

Mini Series Overview

Mini 0805 with 3M tape mount, as seen from the front

Overview of all the Mini series cameras: From Mini 0801 to Mini 0903 and beyond. What they all have in common, what the differences are, and where you can find the best price. Compare main features and prices in a handy table.

Dome D201 / DAB201

Shenzen Dome D201 dash cam

1440p dash cam that records excellent video day and night. 512GB storage for more than 50 hours of video at 19Mbps bit rate. HDR. Optional GPS. 170° viewing angle. LDWS. FCWS.

Yi Smart Dash Cam

Yi Smart Dash Cam

Affordable, simple-to-use dash cam. Wi-Fi. WDR. 165° viewing angle. Good video quality at night, very good at day.

Best Dash Cams Of 2016

Looking for the best dashboard cameras of 2016? We’ve compiled an overview of this year’s favorites, presenting dash cams of various types and from various price ranges.