Category: Reviews

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, and basic non-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.

Street Guardian SG9663DC

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. External GPS. CPL filter included. 2″ screen for easy set up and video playback. Stealthy wedge shape. Excellent customer support.

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 and -1CH

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.

Mini 0906

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

A stealthy, 2x1080p front-and-rear dash cam with above average video quality, and for an accessible price. The Mini 0906 might be the most exciting addition to the Mini series in a long while!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 / A119 v2

The A119 dash cam as seen from the rear, with its 2" screen and buttons

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.

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.

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.

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 Dash Camera

Xiaomi Yi (Xiaoyi) dash cam

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

Street Guardian SG9665GC

SG9665GC dashboard camera

A stealthy, wedge-shaped dash cam that ticks all our boxes: Great video quality, reliability, customer support, and user satisfaction. 1080p. GPS. WDR night vision. Up to 256GB SD cards. Optional CPL. Capacitor instead of battery.

Garmin nuviCam LMTHD

Garmin nuviCam product photo

A full-featured sat-nav unit with an integrated 1080p dash cam. Good video quality at day, average at night time. 6.1″ pinch-to-zoom touch screen. GPS. Up to 64GB storage. Voice menu with voice recognition. Connects via miniUSB, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi.

Rexing V1

Rexing V1 dash cam

A highly discreet Chinese wedge-shaped dash cam with 1080p resolution. Good video quality at day, fair at night. 2.7″ screen. 170° viewing angle.

Mini 0826

Product photo of Mini 0826 dash cam

Latest model of the Mini series, as usual with very good video quality day and night. Up to 1296p or 2560×1080 resolution. Optional GPS in mount. CPL filter included.

Transcend Drive Pro 520 (TS32GDP520)

Transcend Drive Pro 520, first taxi cam by a renowned manufacturer

Taxi cam that records high quality footage at day and at night, both inside and outside the vehicle. Resolution: 1080p front, 720p rear. Supports Wi-Fi, GPS, G-sensor. Free apps for iOS and Android. Sturdy build quality, great design.

Panorama X2

Panorama X2 Dual Channel Dash Cam

Dual 1080p dash cam with two Zoran Coach 12 processors, one for the front and one for the rear video stream. High bit rate and great video quality. Supports GPS (optional), WDR, buffered parking mode, CPL filter.

Lukas LK-9750 Duo

Product photo of the Lukas LK-9750 front and rear dash cam

Dual channel dash cam with 1080p front and rear. 4″ touch screen. GPS, GLONASS. Large temperature resistance. Up to 512GB total storage. ODB-II support. Buffered parking mode with in-built battery discharge prevention.

Vico-Marcus 5

The Vico Marcus 5, a front and rear camera with excellent video quality both ways and parking mode

Front & rear recording dash cam with 1080p@30fps. Better rear/night video quality than other dual channel dash cams. 2.4″ screen. Buffered parking mode. Optional external GPS. Capacitor based. WDR super night vision. Mount for CPL filter.

BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Truck

Front and rear camera of the DR650GW-2CH Truck dual channel dash cam

The first, and so far only, dual channel dash cam designed to be used with trucks. Same as DR650GW-2CH, except that the rear camera has a weather proof casing to be mounted on the rear end of your vehicle. 15m long water proof coax cable. Video resolution: 1280p front, 720p rear.

Lukas LK-7950 WD

product photo of LK-7950 front and rear cameras

State-of-the-art dual channel dash cam that records 1080p, front and rear. Great video quality. Supports Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, OBD-II, buffered parking mode, HDR, UV and CPL filters, and more. Downside: Large size of the front camera.

Falcon Zero F170

A popular dash cam released in early 2015 that records decent 1080p footage. Has GPS, WDR, parking mode with motion detection, 170° viewing angle, 2.7″ screen. Received excellent customer reviews, but is it really one of the best for its price?

Falcon Zero F-360

Falcon Zero F-360 dash cam

Taxi cam that lets you record the exterior and interior of your car simultaneously. Clips onto any existing rear-view mirror. 2x720p resolution. Average to poor video quality.

K1S

Koonlung K1S components: 2 cams, recording box, GPS unit, emergency button

First dual 1080p cam with a separate recording box you can stow away out of sight. Extremely small front and rear cameras: 28x28x32mm, or 1″ by 1″ by 1 1/4″. Good video quality at day, average quality at night. Optional GPS and CPL. Remote lock file button that can also be used to start and stop recording.

Vico-Marcus 4

Vico-Marcus 4 product photo

High quality video up to 1296p. Supports 2560x1080p wide screen. 16 Mbps bit rate and Ultra-High Dynamic Range (HDR) ensures great video quality at night as well as at day. Optional GPS tracker and CPL filter available separately. Uses capacitor instead of battery. Downside: Large size, not very discreet due to form factor.

DOD LS460W

LS460W car DVR product picture

Excellent video quality day and night. Large F/1.6 aperture. WDR super night vision. Integrated GPS. Sony Exmor sensor. High bit rate (15 Mbps). Parking mode with time lapse option. Overspeed warning. Password protectable. One of our favorites for 2015.

Lukas LK-7900 ARA

Product photo of the Lukas LK-7900 ARA dash cam

An upgrade of the LK-7900 ACE, the Korean Lukas LK-7900 ARA has a couple of unique new features: an OBD-II interface, and up to 256GB memory support for over 48 hours of video recording. Also, the internal battery has been replaced by a capacitor. Of course it’s keeping the best features of its predecessor, like extreme temperature resistance and great video quality.

Mini 0806

Mini 0806 product photo

Great video quality day and night. Up to 1296p resolution. Optional GPS. HDR enhanced night vision. Up to 256GB storage. Optional CPL filter. 1.5″ screen. 135° viewing angle.

KDLinks X1

KDLINKS X1 product photo

A highly successful dash cam especially in the USA, due to its ease of use and excellent customer support. 1080p resolution. GPS with geo-tagging. WDR super night vision. 165° field of view. Fast boot time. Viewing software for PC and Mac.

Mini 0805

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

Very good video quality day and night, up to 1296p resolution. 2560x1080p wide screen also available. Great buy for around $100. WDR super night vision. Optional GPS in mount. G-sensor. 1.5″ screen. Supports 128GB cards.

Garmin Dash Cam 20

Product photo of the Garmin Dash Cam 20 with its 2.3" LCS screen

HIgh quality, user-friendly dash cam with integrated GPS. Good video quality. Large 2.3″ LCD screen. G-sensor. Loop recording. Auto on/off. Date/time/speed stamp on video.

BlackVue DR650GW-2CH

The DR650GW-2CH's front and rear cameras in closeup.

An upgrade of the DR550GW dual channel dash cam, with improved video quality and added features, and an all black casing for better stealth. Has GPS, Wi-Fi, and voice menu function. NEW: Now also has truck version (with weatherproof rear cam) and taxi cam version (with IR LEDs on the rear cam).

BlackSys CF-100 2CH

Closeup of the BlackSys CF-100 main dash cam unit

A fairly priced dual-channel dash cam that records 1080p front, 720p rear. Very good video quality, except for the rear view footage at night, which is a bit dark. Optional GPS. Parking mode with buffered video. Voice menu.

DOD LS430W / NextBase 402G

DOD LS430W car DVR

Great video quality day and night. Large F/1.6 aperture. WDR super night vision. High 15 Mbps bit rate. Integrated GPS. Excellent reliability. One of the best selling dashboard cameras for over a year now.

BlackVue DR750LW-2CH

closeup of the DR750LW front camera

High-end feature packed dual channel dash cam. 1080p video resolution front and rear. 4″ touch screen. Wi-Fi connects to smart phone or PC. Optional external GPS. Battery discharge prevention. Overheat protection. Automatic firmware update via Wi-Fi.

A118 / B40 and A118-C / B40-C

A small and compact dash cam with 1.5" screen

Small, low-price dash cam with a revolutionary, highly discreet form factor. Sticks directly to the wind shield (no mount). Huge 170° viewing angle. Very good day time video and build quality. Capacitor version available.

Mini 0803

1296p version of the highly popular Mini 0801. Same exterior and still one of the smallest and most discreet dash cams available. WDR enhanced night vision. Optional GPS and internal memory up to 16GB. LDWS. Takes MicroSD cards up to 64GB.

Transcend DrivePro 200 (TS16GDP200)

Product Photo for the Transcend DrivePro 200 Dash Cam

High quality video day and night, Wi-Fi support and a large angle of view (160°). Easy to set up and use, even for the technically challenged. Solid build quality. Exellent user feedback and helpful, responsive after sales support. Downsides: Medium size and not too discreet. No GPS.

HP F210

A closeup of the HP F210 dash cam from up front

The HP F210 delivers great 1080p video at day, and good video at night. Solid build quality. Excellent ease of use. Integrated GPS and clear 2.4″ screen. Sometimes shaky video footage is a downside.

ABEO HDVR-180 G3

Product photo of the ABEO HDVR-180 rear view mirror dash cam

The 1080p version of the popular HDVR-150 rear-view mirror camera. Clips on to your existing rear-view mirror for maximum stealth. HDVR-180C also supports external GPS.

Shadow GT680W

The GT680W is all black and smaller than a credit card

The Shadow GT680W delivers very good quality 1080p video at day, and good quality at night. Optional external GPS. Smaller than a credit card. WDR super night vision. 2.7″ screen. Easy to operate.

RoadHawk HD

RoadHawk HD dash cam

The RoadHawk HD is a high quality car camera with high precision GPS, WDR super night vision, Electronic Image Stabilisation, large memory capacity (up to 64 GB SDXC cards supported), a tripod mount, and a separate microphone jack for that extra audio quality.

GS6000 A7 / Samoon 3H2F

A product photo of the GS6000 A7 dash cam

One of the first cameras based on the new Ambarella A7 chip, the G6000 A7 allows for an ultra-high resolution of 2304×1296, more than any other dashboard camera on the market. Excellent video quality at day, good at night. Comes with GPS, WDR super night vision and a 2.7″ screen. A great buy for around $150.

Mini 0801

Product photo of the Mini 0801 dashboard camera

Great value for money: A small and stylish 1080p dashboard camera. For less than $100, the Mini 0801 offers good video quality at a 135° viewing angle. Optionally, integrated GPS and 8 GB internal memory are available.

G1W / G1WH / G1W-C / G1W-CB

A closeup of the G1W dash cam (also known as GS108)

Best dash cam if you are looking to spend the minimum amount of money. Records decent quality 1080p video for around $60. Only drawback is the sometimes shaky footage. WDR super night vision. 2.7″ screen. 120° viewing angle.

BlackVue DR550GW-2CH Dual Channel

A photo of the cylindrical BlackVue DR550GW cams, with the rear camera being about one fourth the size of the front camera

Dual channel version of the highly successful BlackVue DR500GW-HD. Records 1080p front, 720p rear. Very high video quality. Stylish design, small and discreet size. Wi-Fi connects to smart phone for easy video viewing. GPS included.

Mobius Action Cam / Mobius C

The Mobius action camera is very small and discrete, of rectangular shape

A very small and discreet 1080p dash cam for below $100, the Mobius Action Camera records great video at day and acceptable video at night. Excellent usability. WDR Super Night Vision. Records in .MOV format.

DVR-207 / DVR-207GS

A closeup of the DVR-207 dash cam

An upgrade of the highly successful DVR-027. Top choice in the lower price range. Good video quality at 720p. Seamless recording. Rotatable 2.5″ screen. HDMI and mini-USB connectors.

DOD F500LHD Review

Product photo of the DOD F500LHD dashboard camera with its windscreen mount and bracket

The F500LHD is one of the cheaper dash cams, but it records 1080p @ 30fps with great video quality during the day. Night video quality is less great, but still acceptable. Highly reliable. Records in .MOV. Tripod screw mount. No GPS.

Itronics ITB-100HD SP Smart Plus

A product photo of the Itronics ITB-100HD Smart Plus dashboard camera

The Itronics ITB-100HD SP Smart Plus is a high-end Korean dashboard camera valued around $340. It features in-built GPS, Full HD recording at 30fps, voice alerts and is of a good overall quality. However it does suffer from a couple of drawbacks, the most important of which is its low bit rate.

808 #18 DR32 (a.k.a. Hetai DR32)

A closeup of the DR32 dash cam, showing its lens, tripod mount and mini-USB power connector

The DR32 delivers great video quality day and night, taking into account that it costs less than $150. Unlike most other dash cams it has a standard tripod screw mount. Cons: Its not so discreet form factor and some reliability issues that are still being worked on.

Vico-TF2+ Premium

A closeup of the Vico-TF2+ Premium dash cam

The Vico-TF2+ Premium features great video quality day and night. Large viewing angle of 160°. Very heat resistant due to large casing (up to 75˚C/167˚F). 2.4″ screen. No GPS and the rather taste-dependent form factor are the main drawbacks.

K6000

A closeup of the K6000 dash cam

A low cost dash cam of Chinese origin, the K6000 shoots good video at day, but night quality is poor. Records 1080p @25fps, or 1440×1080 @30fps

Lukas LK-7900 ACE

A closeup of the Lukas LK-7900 ACE dash cam

A very popular, small and discreet, high quality dash cam. Supports up to 128GB memory card and can withstand very high temperatures up to 90˚C. CPL lens available separately to reduce reflections. GPS.

DOD LS300W / LS330W

Photo of DOS LS300W

Great night vision: The LS300W is one of the best dash cams currently available. Featuring high quality video no matter whether it’s day or night, thanks to its large aperture, high bit rate and WDR Super Night Vision. Small and discreet.

FineVu CR-500HD

A closeup picture of the FineVu CR-500HD dash cam

Arguably the most elegant dash cam available in 2013, with great video quality and excellent discreetness due to its small size. Various extensions available.

DVR-027

Used to be the best affordable dashboard camera on the market, but has now been replaced by the DVR-207GS. Great image quality for its price. Highly Reliable. Resolution: 1280×720.

GS1000

GS1000 Full HD 1080P Dashboard Camera

The GS 1000 is a low price, GPS enabled dash camera that supports Full HD resolution. Sports a classic “photo camera” design. Resolution: 1920×1080. GPS.

BlackVue Wi-Fi DR500GW-HD

BlackVue DR500GW-HD

Stylish and discreet, the BlackVue DR500GW has great video quality day and night. Watch your video footage on your smart phone via Wi-Fi. Large angle of view. GPS. High temperature range. Excellent reliability.