Last updated on July 3rd, 2018 at 10:44 am
There are various dash cam reviews, consumer reports, and ratings on the Internet that you can use to decide what is the best dash cam for you. However, as I already mentioned, the research can get a bit extensive as there’s a lot of information you need to look through. To make it easier, I’ve put together a comprehensive list of some affordable dash cams that could potentially be a good fit.
16 Best Dash Cams Recommendations
Anker Roav C1
The Anker Roav C1 is a well-built, durable dash cam that features a low power mode for recording when the ignition is off. Because of the motion detection, it’ll only run when it notices movement in the vicinity of the vehicle and won’t drain your battery constantly. A major downside to this camera is that it cannot be attached to flat windscreens.
The Thinkware X500 employs a fail-safe feature that backs up your footage to an internal storage device. This way, if your SD card fails for any reason, the backup will remain intact and is easily downloadable. The capture angle is 140 degrees, which is more than enough to get a sufficiently wide picture. Automatic exposure makes sure that the camera works correctly in a low-light environment, at night or in an underground parking lot.
Z-Edge Z3 Plus
The Z3 offers full HD video quality and an ample amount of storage. The built-in 32GB module can store up to four hours of video in, which is understandable due to the HD resolution. If you want more than that, you’re going to have to swap out the memory card for a larger one. Sadly the Z3 doesn’t come equipped with a GPS or any additional safety features, but if you want just a basic camera that does its job well, this might be a good choice. Furthermore, you can get it at Walmart which means you’ll have the ability to add a 2-year warranty for just $9. In addition, although the price’s quite affordable, Walmart discounts and coupon codes will provide you with a true bargain purchase.
When you’re deciding what is the best dash cam for you, you need to balance different aspect of them such as their size and the features they sport. The Rexing V1 has a 2.4-inch display screen and superior cooling capabilities, due to its large size. However, because of its size, it might pose a dangerous obstruction on your windscreen and introduce blind spots. The Rexing doesn’t include a GPS unit by default, but you can add one for the price of $30. The image quality is Full HD (1080p), excellent during daytime and fair in low light conditions.
As the name suggests, the F170 features an ultra-wide 170-degree recording angle and 1920×1080 resolution. It comes with a 2.7 inch LCD screen and built-in GPS, and perhaps one of the most useful features is the HDMI output. This makes it easy to play back your footage directly from the camera storage, without having to transfer the files to a computer. Said feature and the ultra-wide angle make this perhaps the best dash cam for car accidents.
The DR470 features both front and rear cameras, although the video quality isn’t quite as good as the one of some other items on this list. The rear camera, in particular, has been reported to have visibility issues in low light conditions. One of the most useful features this camera employs is the so-called ‘parking mode’; when the engine is off, the DR470 will go into low-power mode, and when something triggers the motion detection it will start recording to the SD card, starting from 5 seconds before the trigger to 55 seconds after it. As we said, low light condition performances leave something to be desired but you might as well fall in love again when you see all available Amazon discounts and promo codes.
Aukey Stealth DR02
This is probably the best front and rear dash cam that is going to be reviewed on this list, so if you need both, you might want to check it out. The rear camera video is excellent, even when recording in a low light environment. The camera supports memory cards up to 128GB. but one isn’t included in the price – you’ll have to purchase it separately. When you’re low on memory, the DR02 enters ‘loop recording mode’, which overwrites old footage when your memory card is full.
AutoLover A118 1.5” 1080p
As for the budget-friendly best dash cam, Reddit and its community choose the A118 and its capacitor-powered twin A119 as one of the best low-end options. The camera is very durable and handles temperatures from -10 °C to 60 °C – more than you’ll probably ever have to deal with in most climates. The GPS isn’t included by default, but you have the option of adding it via an external module, for an additional price.
Car and Driver CDC-628 Eye-1 Minio
The CDC-628 offers Full HD video, and syncs with an app on your smartphone to display the camera feed since it doesn’t come with a screen. Like any good dash cam, it comes with a wide-angle lens and gravity sensor for motion detection. The CDC-628 is very small, only about 1.5 inches wide so you’ll have no trouble finding a spot for it on your windshield. As far as pricing is concerned, you can get a reasonable discount on this item by applying one of many eBay coupon codes.
Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT
This camera comes with a built-in GPS, and various safety features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and recording after power loss. The 50LMT features a large 5-inch screen that displays the navigation options, signal strength, and battery life. It’s a great choice if you need an all-in-one package for your vehicle’s safety and navigation at a tad higher cost.
Cobra CDR 855 BT
The CDR 855 records video in 1920×1080 and comes with 8GB of storage, which is sufficient for approximately 100 minutes of video. It does, however, feature loop recording that overwrites old data similar to the DR02, so the 8 GB is a satisfactory limitation. Sadly it doesn’t come with a built-in GPS, but it is possible to connect the camera to your smartphone via Bluetooth and obtain a GPS signal from the device in your phone.
Garmin Dash Cam 35
Garmin devices are known for their pristine build quality, and the Dash Cam 35 is no exception. It’s light but very durable, and able to withstand extreme temperature changes without sustaining damage. This camera has a very useful feature that allows you to access the GPS location information from Garmin’s Dash Cam Player. The included storage is rather small by today’s standards (a mere 4GB), but it supports SD cards up to 64GB in case you need more disk space.
The Goluk T1 offers an interesting feature where it detects collision using the built-in G-sensor, records the corresponding video footage to memory and enables write-protection, preventing the footage from being accidentally deleted. A potential flaw is that it doesn’t feature any hardware controls, and the camera itself is controlled exclusively through a mobile app.
Old Shark 1080p
With a 3-inch-wide screen, the Old Shark is easy for monitoring and playing back footage from the camera itself, eliminating the need for transferring data to a separate medium. The 170-degree angle makes sure that all the blind spots are covered, so you don’t have to worry about missing a license plate simply because it was out of viewing range.
The DX2 is the younger brother of the KDLinks X1 and features an improved screen and superior video quality in comparison. It comes with a 16GB MicroSD card, which is more than sufficient for all your monitoring needs.