Choosing which dash cam to buy can be a daunting task. We have created this page to help you decide which camera is the most suitable for your needs. For most people this will be determined by your budget, so we have split the cameras into three categories.
Below you can find explanations of various features as well as things to look out for with the cameras. Scroll down a bit further to find tables showing the features of the most popular cameras.
Resolution = This is the number of pixels on display. Cameras with a higher resolution will record higher quality video
Angle = The angle of view. Cameras with a wider viewing angle will pick up footage with a wider field of view
Screen Size = The size of the screen measured from one corner to its opposite
Night Vision = Night vision mode will allow dash cams to record in lower light conditions. The LEDs are usually only effective at short range. It is important to note some dash cams will perform well in low light without a specific “Night Vision” mode. For this reason it is worth reading user comments to find out how well the camera performs in low light
G Sensor = The gravity sensors will monitor 3 axis of your vehicle. The camera will use this information to detect sudden movement and automatically save the recorded footage. This is very useful in the event of a crash, but you will need to alter the sensitivity as speed bumps can sometimes trigger this
Dual Camera = Dual cameras will allow the user to record both in front and behind. This can be useful if you are hit from behind while stationary
GPS Logger = Some cameras will have the ability to record GPS data as well as other measurements such as speed and distance travelled. This data can be accessed through a PC, but be sure to check compatibility first
SD Cards = These are used to store the video footage. Larger SD cards can store more video. Make sure to read which kind of SD card your camera requires as some are incompatible with certain dash cams
Wifi = Some cameras have built in WIFI, allowing the user to easily transfer video footage
Parking Mode = Parking mode allows users to record footage while they are away from the car. This is usually detected by the G-sensor or motion detection. It is important to keep an eye on the cameras battery life if you are parking for a long time. Beware though, having a dash cam on display could make your vehicle more attractive to potential criminals
ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)
Lane Departure Warning System = This feature detects the white lines on the road and will let the driver know if they are drifting out. This can be useful for long motorway journeys
Forward Collision Warning = Detects an imminent crash and will warn the driver
Other advanced systems are available but it is worth checking the features of each individual camera. This is because a camera will advertise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems regardless of whether it has a wide range of advanced features or only one.
Category 1 – Mid Level Cameras
|Camera||Nextbase||Maisi Full HD||Maisi Smart||Ragu||Eprance G1W||Eprance D101|
|SD Card Included||No||No||No||16GB||No||No|
Category 2 – High End Dash Cams
|Camera||Nextbase 402G||Transcend 200||HP F800G||Transcend 220||Garmin 20||Falcon Zero F360|
|Resolution||Full 1080p||Full 1080p||Full 1080p||Full 1080p||Full 1080p||Full 1080p|
Category 3 – Budget Dash Cams
We will not be including a table for budget dash cams as there is very little choice at this level and there is not much difference between the competition. This is because some cameras are sourced from China and other Asian countries, and re-branded to be sold on Amazon. The quality control from these countries is very poor and as a result buyers are ordering these cameras at their own risk. Although many of these cheap cameras are rated 4 and 5 star on Amazon, we highly recommend checking the warranty and returns policy with the seller.
Super Legend Dash Cam = This is the cheapest dash cam from Amazon and the reason is instantly obvious. The quality control is so poor we advise avoiding this camera, as it is like flipping a coin to decide whether it will work or not. If you do receive a working item the video quality is very poor. Invest an extra £10 and get a more reliable item with superior video quality.
Toguard = The image quality and reliability is slightly better with this camera, but there is still a small risk of failure. We found the quality of this product to be acceptable for the price, and in the event of an accident the video would be sufficient for evidence.
Lanka = Almost identical to the Toguard in terms of video quality, but the screen is slightly larger. The current Amazon seller offers a 1 year warranty and 1 month guaranteed return of goods, but we suggest checking this is still offered before you buy. Both this and the Toguard have the basic features such as motion detection, loop recording, and the G sensor to automatically save footage.
We recommend reading the product reviews of each camera on Amazon before purchasing, as this will be a good indicator of quality control and reliability.