When it comes to keeping yourself safe on the road, wearing your seat belt, obeying traffic laws and keeping your vehicle in good working condition aren’t the only considerations. Dash cams also provide an added layer of protection, whether they are used to record what’s happening outside of your vehicle, inside your vehicle, providing blind-spot viewing or even acting as a GPS locator.
Dash cams have several features and thanks to their increase in popularity, they are becoming more affordable for the average driver. In the case of accidents, dash camera footage can help provide insurance companies and law enforcement with footage of who was at fault. They can also be helpful in the event of a hit and run; some dash cams have parking monitors that activate in the event of activity. For drivers who use their car for work purposes, including Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers, dash cams that record footage inside the car can also provide an added layer of protection for the driver. Many dash cameras also include large screens that provide drivers with blind-spot viewing, which is especially important for cars that don’t have this feature built-in.
If you’re looking for a way to provide more protection for yourself and your passengers, check out our top picks for the best dash cams available now.
1. Garmin Dash Cam 65
The last thing you want from a dashcam is another distraction, which is why this dash camera from Garmin is such a great option. At an inch and half tall and barely any wider, it’ll sit discretely on your windshield. In addition to recording, this dash cam has forward collision and lane departure warnings. It even has voice activation that allows you to save videos or images.
Pros: Super small and compact. Collision and lane departure warnings.
Cons: More expensive than other options.
2. Roav DashCam S1
Anker is one of the best brands for portable chargers, and they also make dash cams through their Roav brand. The small unit attaches to a suction mount, and a two-port charger and microSD card are included with the unit. It has built-in GPS and built-in WiFi, allowing you to monitor your position and easily download files. It also has a screen on the back of the unit so you position the camera as needed.
Pros: Compact. Continuous recording. Built-in GPS.
Cons: Some may not like the mount.
3. VAVA Dual Front and Rear Dash Camera
This unique camera from VAVA records both from the front and rear of the car, allowing you to get a more complete picture in case you get rear-ended. While some cameras have one camera facing inside the cabin, this one has a separate rear unit that can be attached to the rear mirror, allowing you to get a full picture from both the front and rear of the car. The camera records on a loop, so memory space doesn’t run out, but the motion sensor locks important footage in the event of unexpected movement or a collision.
Pros: Two cameras that record the front and rear windows
Cons: Some options are less expensive.
4. Rove R2-4K Dash Cam
For a dash cam that can record footage and be controlled using a companion app on your phone, we recommend the Rove R2-4K model. The Rove has an ultra HD video resolution of 2160p and an f1.8 aperture that works with clear night vision technology to make it easy to see other cars even in low lighting. The cam features GPS tracking that can provide information on the drivers’ location while a video is being recorded. A Rove app enables users to download video and photos directly to their phone or they can supply their own 512GB SD card. A G-sensor includes an emergency lock that keeps the camera rolling even when an accident has been detected. A wide-angle 150-degree lens provides an adequate range of view.
Pros: High video resolution, companion app, excellent night vision.
Cons: It can be difficult to read license plates in the Rove footage.
5. TOGUARD Dual Dash Cam
For rideshare drivers who use their vehicle for work purposes, including driving for Lyft and Uber, we recommend the TOGUARD Dual Dash Cam. The dash cam not only records what is happening outside the front of the vehicle in 1920 x 1080p, but it also has a camera pointed inside the vehicle recording sound and video at 1080 x 720p to help keep drivers safe. Loop recording and G-sensors that stay on in the event of a crash provide peace of mind and proof of fault for drivers when involved in an accident. If an accident is detected, the video loop is locked and will not delete the first video in the sequence. The Toguard also includes a parking monitor that will automatically turn the camera on if motion is detected while the car is on and in park.
Pros: Records interior and exterior of the car, wide 170-degree angle outside of the car, video loop recording.
Cons: The camera must remain plugged in at all times to work and the suction cup attachment is not always reliable.
6. Nextbase 222 Dash Cam
Capture important details like license plates and timestamps with the Nextbase 222 Dash Cam. A high precision G-Sensor will detect impact and continue recording in the event of an accident. The Nextbase also includes a Parking Mode and a built-in battery that begins recording when motion is detected even if the car is off, making this a great option for commuters. Wide and High Dynamic Range paired with Sony Exmor sensors provides clear images even at night. We also like that Nextbase provides users with free MyNextBase cloud storage so that users don’t have to worry about running out of room on a memory card.
Pros: Compact and discrete, Parking Mode powered by a built-in battery, free cloud storage.
Cons: The Nextbase has a wide-angle view of 140 degrees, which is slightly narrower than the other cams on our list.
7. AUKEY Dash Cam FHD 1080p
This dashcam from Aukey is designed to be mounted on the windshield in front of the rearview mirror, keeping it discreetly out of view. It records on a loop, ensuring that you won’t run out of video space. If an accident or unexpected movement happens, the memory card will lock the video to prevent it from being overwritten. A small screen allows you to monitor the video feed.
Pros: Affordable. Discreet mount. Loop recording.
Cons: Mount could be better.
8. Rexing 4K Ultra HD Car Dash Cam
This camera from Rexing has a small, 2.4-inch screen that allows you to monitor activity, and the tactile buttons allow you to make adjustments. The built-in WiFi allows you to connect the device to your phone so you can check footage captured by the camera. Like other options on this list, the Rexing camera has loop recording that automatically saves videos in the event of a collision.
Pros: Wide-angle shot. Collision detection. Parking monitor feature.
Cons: Adhesive can weaken in hot weather.
9. APEMAN Dash Cam
Feel safer driving with an extra pair of eyes on the road thanks to the APEMAN Dash Cam. The 1080P full HD dash cam has a 170-degree wide-angle shooting radius that can catch blind spots and important details when an accident or other event occurs. Users can replay the footage, including images and videos, on the 3-inch LCD screen. The camera is built with a G-sensor that will automatically detect any shaking or impact from a collision and lock the footage to ensure that it continues recording and is saved in the event of an accident. The dash camera comes with a suction cup and car charger and Apeman also sells a hardware kit that upgrades the cam and allows for an added monitoring system while the car is parked.
Pros: Large LCD screen, G-sensor that will continue recording throughout an accident, wide-angle camera and excellent night vision.
Cons: The Apeman does not come with an SD memory card, which must be purchased separately in order to record footage.