If you’re just starting to get familiar with dash cams, the sheer variety of devices to choose from can be a bit overwhelming. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the very best dashboard cameras available in 2017 for each of the main categories, such as price, video quality, and so on.
This selection will make it a lot easier for you to decide which dash cam to buy — and in case what you’re looking for is not on this list, let us know!
Cheapest Usable Dash Cam
Best Video Quality At Day
Best Video Quality At Night
Best Front And Rear Cam
Best Cloud Connected
Best Taxi Cam
Best Heat Resistant
Best Heat Resistant, Dual Channel
Best Dash Cam & Satnav Combo
Highest Recording Capacity
Best Customer Support
Best Parking Mode
Cheapest Usable Dash Cam: G1W-CB
Our favorite model is the G1W-CB, because it is all black (thus more stealthy) and has a capacitor, which makes it more heat resistant than the G1W base model.
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Best Value: Viofo A119
The A119 records high quality 1440p video, at day as well as at night. It’s easy to set up and use with its built-in 2″ screen and simple interface structure.
Best Video Quality At Day: Vicovation Opia2
Supports parking mode (time-lapse or motion activated). Optional GPS module and CPL filter available.
Best Video Quality At Night: DOD LS460W
Having been around for a couple of years, the LS460W is known to be highly reliable. Supports integrated GPS, time-lapse parking mode, and password protection.
Best Front And Rear Cam: BlackVue DR650S-2CH
The DR650S series is packed with the latest features, including Wi-Fi, GPS, cloud connectivity for remote viewing, voice menu, buffered parking mode with motion detection, and lots more.
Best Cloud Connected: BlackVue DR650S-2CH / -1CH
The DR650S is available as a single channel (-1CH) and dual channel (-2CH) device.
Best Taxi Cam: Transcend Drive Pro 520
Fitted with infrared lights, the interior camera will record what’s going on even at night, with the passenger cabin’s lights switched off.
Best Heat Resistant: Lukas LK-7900 ARA
Supports OBD-II connectivity. Optional CPL filter available for reduced glare when driving in bright sunlight. Up to 48h of footage on a 256GB SD card.
Best Heat Resistant, Dual Channel: Lukas LK-7950 WD
Supports Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, buffered parking mode, and OBD-II connectivity. Great video quality.
Note that despite its rather large size, this camera doesn’t have a screen, however you can view video footage on your smart phone via Wi-Fi.
Best Dash Cam & Satnav Combo: Garmin nuviCam
Video quality isn’t as good as with a dedicated dash cam, but you save yourself the hassle of having to install two separate devices on your wind screen.
Highest Recording Capacity: Dome D201
Video quality is impressive, both at day and at night time.
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Best Customer Support: Street Guardian SG9665GC
This stealthy, wedge-shaped camera comes with an external GPS module and supports an optional CPL filter. With a memory card capacity of up to 256GB, it can record over 36 hours of video. Excellent customer ratings on Amazon.
Best Parking Mode
There’s quite a few dash cams that have a decent parking mode. You’ll need to decide whether you want buffered or time-lapse parking mode, how to power your dash cam while the car is parked, and whether to go for a single or dual channel set up.
Sounds complicated? Read this article to learn everything you need to know about parking protection for your car. It will help you to find the camera best suited for your needs.