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
The Chinese G1W series dash cams are the cheapest dash cams around that we feel comfortable recommending. Available for below $40 on GearBest, they capture decent enough video for the price.
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
2016’s most successful newcomer in the $100 price range was without a doubt the Viofo A119. Its wedge shape allows you to stick it directly to the windshield, making for a highly discreet setup that doesn’t require a mount.
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
Vicovation released their Opia 2 just last year, in mid 2016. This little gem records hands down the best video quality we’ve seen so far in a dash cam, especially at day time. It records at 1440p, which is the highest resolution available with dash cams today.
Supports parking mode (time-lapse or motion activated). Optional GPS module and CPL filter available.
Best Video Quality At Night: DOD LS460W
While the DOD LS460W records at a maximum resolution of only 1080p, it has a larger aperture than the Opia2 and therefore records slightly better video at night. Day time video quality is also excellent.
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
BlackVue’s elegantly designed, highly sophisticated cams made them the undisputed market leader in the high-end sector, especially as far as dual-channel (front and rear recording) cameras are concerned.
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
Want to be able to watch your dash cam’s video feed in real time, from anywhere in the world? BlackVue’s Over-The-Cloud functionality allows you to stream video from your car over the internet. This is a unique feature of BlackVue dash cams — no other dash cam that we know of currently supports remote viewing over the internet.
The DR650S is available as a single channel (-1CH) and dual channel (-2CH) device.
Best Taxi Cam: Transcend Drive Pro 520
If you work in the people transportation business, you might be interested in a dash cam that records the interior of your car as well as the road ahead. While we have come across many supposed taxi cams that don’t really hold up to what they promise, the Transcend Drive Pro 520 is the first taxi cam that we can wholeheartedly recommend.
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
Ideal for use in hot climates, the LK-7900 ARA will function in temperatures as high as 176°F (80°C). It is quite small and stealthy, and comes with built-in GPS.
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
A state-of-the-art dual channel dash cam, the LK-7950 WD will operate at up to 176°F, just like the LK-7900 ARA.
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
If you’re wondering why dash cams don’t come integrated into satellite navigation systems: They do! The Garmin nuviCam combines both functionalities in a single device. Comes with a large 6.1″ screen and a 1080p integrated dash cam.
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
The Shenzen Dome D201 (also known as DAB201) supports memory cards up to 512GB in size. With a resolution of 1440p, the camera records at a bit rate of 19 Mbps, thus allowing for a total recording time of almost 60 hours before the oldest footage gets overwritten.
Video quality is impressive, both at day and at night time.
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Best Customer Support: Street Guardian SG9665GC
Street Guardian is an Australian company that has been known to offer first-grade, highly responsive technical support. Their flagship dash cam, the SG9665GC, records high quality 1080p video at day and at night.
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.