Often a source of YouTube entertainment, dashcams continue to gain popularity among drivers for a few key reasons. Opportunities to become a YouTube sensation aside, dashcam footage is frequently being used by insurance companies to determine who's at fault in the case of a collision. Having a dashcam can give you the peace of mind of knowing that the facts will speak for themselves, rather than having your case evaluated based on witness testimony and police reports.
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The Dash Cam 20 utilizes Garmin's vast experience in designing GPS navigation units for cars. A best-seller in its segment, the Dash Cam 20 features 1080p video recording, a GPS receiver, a 2.3-inch touchscreen, and an intuitive user interface.
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Black Vue DR-650GW is a high-end offering that combines 2.4MP front-facing and 1MP rear-facing sensors. It has a GPS receiver for logging the speed and position of your vehicle, as well as iOS and Android connectivity via a dedicated app.
Another high-end product, the DAS-3000HD Dash Camera by KJB Security Products doubles as a handheld video camera. It packs an ultra wide-angle lens and 5MP sensor that captures still images and 1080p video.
Falcon Zero Falcon F-360 HD snaps to your car's rearview mirror and features a duo of adjustable lenses with a wide field of view. Video recording tops out at 720p, but comes with audio captured via a built-in microphone.
We were pretty shocked when stumbling across this remarkably affordable dashcam option from GearBest. This unit boasts a fair number of impressive features given its ridiculously low sticker price, including full 1080P video recording, a motion detector, and some sort of anti-shake setup. We doubt the video quality will be as high as some of the more expensive items on our list, but for $16 it's definitely worth trying out.
Papago GoSafe 260 is another dashcam that will replace your rearview mirror. It captures 1080p video with sound and comes with a built-in G-Sensor, which helps it detect hard braking and accidents.
In situations where discretion is required — if you've been dealing with your car being vandalized at night, for example — having a dashcam tucked up by your mirror will give you an extra set of eyes without the whole world knowing you're watching. As you can see from the , the image quality from this affordable unit is fairly impressive too.
Another Papago entry in the segment, the P3 Dashcam has a 2.4-inch color LCD display and a 3.5MP sensor capable of 1080p video capture. A map view with location info and a GPS receiver are also part of the product's specs.
Transcend DrivePro 220 records 1080p video and has dedicated parking mode capture. It automatically adjusts to day and night conditions, and offers optional Wi-Fi video streaming to a dedicated app.
Transcend DrivePro 100 is a more affordable sibling to the DrivePro 220. It lacks Wi-Fi video streaming and parking mode, but can still capture crisp 1080p video via its 3MP CMOS image sensor.
The HP f500 captures 1080p video and has a three-axis sensor to detect motion and G-force. The camera has a loop recording feature that automatically erases the oldest videos, thus saving users storage space.
Like most Coby products, the DCS-401 Dashcam will appeal to users looking for value for their money. Priced below $30, the DCS-401 captures 480p video and offers a dedicated mode for night driving.