A dash cam can make all the difference if you’re unlucky enough to be caught up in an accident, providing vital video evidence to show your insurers. With so many on sale, it can be hard to choose the right one, so we’ve ranked the best models on the market to help you choose.
Here are the 10 best car dash cams you can buy:
- ProofCam RAC 05
- Thinkware F770
- Cobra CDR 835
- Nextbase 212 Lite
- Mio MiVue 618
- Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D
- Cobra CDR 900
- Nextbase Duo TwinCam
- Mio MiVue 658
- Nextbase 512G
1. ProofCam RAC 05
The ProofCam RAC 05 is stuffed with features including a 2.7-inch LCD screen, high definition recording, GPS tracking along with lifetime safety camera and speed warnings. It may be pricier than some others on this list at £129.99, but the impressive quality justifies the price. Image quality is very strong and it’s easy to use, making it a great all-round dash cam.
2. Thinkware F770
The Thinkware F770 costs just less than £200, putting it at the higher end of the price range. It makes up for it with a full-HD 1080p camera, GPS tracking and night mode. With no screen, it’s compact and non-intrusive when fitted to your car’s windscreen. There’s lifetime safety camera and speed alerts, plus forward collision and lane departure awareness capabilities too, while built-in WiFi means you can connect it to your smartphone.
3. Cobra CDR 835
If you’re looking for a more affordable dash cam, the Cobra CDR 835 is one of the best around. It has a 2.0-inch LCD screen and a wide-angle 160-degree, 1080p camera built into its compact, non-intrusive body. It’s easy to install with a suction cup mount and has brilliant video quality. It lacks the more advanced features of others on this list but also the sizeable price tag.
4. Nextbase 212 Lite
Another dash cam that won’t break the bank, the Nextbase 212 Lite costs less than £60 in some retailers and offers good 1080p HD video quality. There’s a 140-degree wide-angle camera and has an easy-to-use mounting system. For the price, the video quality and the simple installation makes it perfect for first-time dash cam users.
5. Mio MiVue 618
The MiVue 618 is another great affordable option that manages to squeeze a screen in despite its small size. It’s easy to install with a suction mount and, despite a decent number of functions, it’s simple to use. An ultra-HD 2304p camera produces impressive video quality and recording begins the moment you start your car. Costing around £69 makes it great value too.
6. Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D
The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D is actually a sat-nav system with a built-in dash cam. It comes with European maps and traffic updates plus the video quality is clear – the least you could expect from a device costing around £250. The five-inch screen is easy to use but makes it a bit bulkier than others on this list.
7. Cobra CDR 900
The Cobra CDR 900 is a compact but powerful dash cam that’s easy to install without obstructing your view of the road. It’s WiFi enabled and, with a free app, allows you to control its video capturing and sharing settings. You pay a little extra for the 1296p super-HD camera that provides excellent quality, even at night. There’s a wide 160-degree viewing angle plus a microphone although it’s not cheap costing around £179.99.
8. Nextbase Duo TwinCam
The Nextbase Duo TwinCam has front and rear recording cameras – each in 720p quality. The clear 2.0-inch screen is easy to use and footage from both lenses can be played back simultaneously. The rear camera isn’t wide angle, but is an extra bonus should you suffer a rear-end collision. You pay a premium at around £159.99 though.
9. Mio MiVue 658
Mio’s MiVue 658 is another mid-range dash cam that comes with a good range of functions and features. Priced from just more than £100, it has built-in WiFi for instant access to footage and starts recording as soon as you turn on your car. It’s fairly small and light, meaning it doesn’t restrict your view and is easy to install. It records in very high 2304p quality for clear viewing.
10. Nextbase 512G
The Nextbase 512G offers good value for money at just £85, while still featuring a decent amount of functions. It has a handy anti-glare polarising filter to cut windscreen reflections and make sure the footage is nice and clear. There’s a 140-degree viewing angle and the device is small, making it easy to set up. Video is captured in 1080p quality and there’s a 2.7-inch LED screen.
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