In the event of an auto accident, testimony from witnesses — and footage from street cameras — can make the difference in establishing that you aren’t at fault and ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome in an insurance claim or lawsuit. A dash cam is the “perfect witness”. It captures everything that takes place on the road, recording automatically when you start the car and saving the resulting videos to an internal memory card. An auto accident is a horrible event for everyone involved, but a dash cam can make the situation much easier to bear.
Dash cams are also useful for:
- Monitoring the driving habits of your employees
- Ensuring that your children drive safely
- Potentially obtaining a discount or reimbursed deductible from your insurance company
MIO MiVue 608 Dash Cam
The stylish MIO MiVue 608 begins recording automatically when you start your car, recording five-minute loops at 1080p and 30 frames per second. It features a G sensor that allows it to lock the current video automatically in the event of an accident. The bright lens works well during daytime driving, and the camera also includes a low-light mode for recording at night.
- Three-axis motion sensor accurately detects accidents
- Can detect motion and record a video when the car is parked
- Supports two microSD cards for extra storage
- Doesn’t include SD cards
- Uses the car’s cigarette lighter for power; doesn’t support USB power
- No optical image stabilization
Nextbase 312GW Full 1080p HD In Car Dash Cam
Providing both reliability and convenience, the Nextbase 312GW includes a magnetic mount that allows you to connect your dash cam simply by dropping it in. The mount keeps the camera charged and hides unsightly wires.
The Nextbase 312GW has a built-in GPS receiver to record your location and driving speed. It also has a G sensor that allows it to detect a potential accident and lock stored videos to prevent deletion. The 312GW’s Wi-Fi connection synchronizes with your smartphone to automatically upload your videos to the Cloud for safekeeping.
- Wide-angle lens records 140 degrees of footage
- Display is bright enough for daytime viewing
- Enhanced night vision for clearer night time videos
- Doesn’t include an SD card for storage
- Doesn’t include a carrying case
- Replacing the battery isn’t possible
GARMIN 30 Dash Cam
The GARMIN 30 Dash Cam features dual lenses to capture the best possible video during day and night driving. With the included G sensor, the GARMIN 30 has the ability to detect an accident. It automatically flags and saves the current, previous and next videos to create a complete record of the event from beginning to end.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t lock the videos to prevent deletion. While the GARMIN 30 lacks some features of other dash cams — the screen is small, for example — it does have excellent image quality.
- Records full HD 1080p video
- Includes 4 GB microSD card
- Separate bright lens and low-light lens for better performance in all lighting conditions
- Three-minute loops are a bit short
- Viewing angle of 113° is below average
- Screen size of 1.39″ is smaller than average
Best Car Dash Cams Under £50
Nextbase 112 Dash Cam
The Nextbase 112 Lite has a feature that can allow it to provide crucial evidence in the event of an accident: a 30-minute backup battery. If an accident occurs, the Nextbase 112 Lite may no longer receive power from the car’s battery. However, the backup battery will automatically continue supplying power to the camera to ensure that you’ll have a video of the entire event.
The Nextbase 112 Lite features 720p video recording and has a 120-degree field of vision. It has night vision support.
- Backup battery ensures continued recording if the car’s battery fails
- Magnetic mount hides wires and enables easy disconnecting
- Very small design
- Lacks separate lenses for day and night driving
- Doesn’t support 1080p video
- Display is slightly small at 2″
OldShark Full HD 1080P Dash Cam 3″
Based on our research, we have determined that the OldShark dash cam offers the best combination of price and performance currently available. Since it has a very wide viewing angle, it captures more of the action on the road than competing dash cams. It also includes an SD card with sufficient capacity to record many hours of video — something few dash cams offer.
The OldShark dash cam locks videos automatically in the event of an accident. It also uses motion detection for continued monitoring when your car is parked.
- Includes 32 GB SD card
- Very wide viewing angle of 170 degrees
- Infrared lights enable enhanced night vision
- Doesn’t save zoom settings between driving sessions
A dash cam is something that you purchase with the hope that you’ll never need to use it. Since every dash cam automatically loops back to the beginning of the storage card when it runs out of space, a dash cam is something that you should be able to set and forget.
The three most important factors that you should consider when buying a dash cam are:
- Ability to record clear, sharp video with a wide viewing angle in bright or low light
- Capability to detect that an accident has occurred
- Ability to lock and preserve videos that could serve as evidence
Choose a dash cam that fits the three above qualifications, and you will certainly be happy with your purchase.