Dash cams give you reassurance when you’re out and about forcing.
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Locating the ideal dash cam in 2019 can feel overwhelming. It’s no wonder some people have given up and resorted with a Go Pro on the dash instead. We’ve sifted through some of the top dash cams to nail down the top dash cameras for 2019.
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Best dash cam: what to look for
Of course, wherever you place your dash cam must not block your view of the road.
The advent of rear-facing cameras (or complete kits that contain both front and rear) require a little extra instillation, as these often involve cables that run from front to back. Expect some fiddly work involving the car’s headliner to get these fitted correctly.
Dash cams record smaller snippets of footage, usually in increments of one to two minutes at a time. The cameras continually record over the oldest clip in order to keep the memory card from filling up as well.
These extra features can include multiple lenses for front- and rear-facing coverage, together with a more refined sensor for better video quality. Some cameras only record 720p HD footage, for example, while many others now offer Full HD (1080p) and 4K capture. Night vision and built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for easy file transfer may also be included.
A rise in popularity of voice control has also made its way over to the humble dash cam, so expect Alex a integration and other such voice-activated technology at the very pinnacle of the range.
Numerous parking modes are also possibilities.
Whenever we get a new dash cam review in, we’ll update this list with more of the best we’ve tested. Keep reading to find out which rank among the best dash cams 2019!
1. Next base 522GW
Next base has long been a name associated with top-quality dash cams, and its latest Series 2 range is arguably the best yet. This top-spec 522GW model does the basics very well, thanks to a crisp 1440p HD resolution and wide-angle lens, but also throws in plenty of additional features.
That all might seem like a bit of a gimmick and, to be honest, we didn’t use it all that much, so it is fortunate that the remainder of the UX is extremely straightforward. Videos can be quickly and easily shared to a smart device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, while a smart Emergency SOS system will alert the emergency services of your place and other details should you prove unresponsive after an accident.
2. Garmin Dash Cam 66W
On top of this, users can operate the 66W using voice commands, such as ‘OK, Garmin, save video’ and ‘shoot a picture,’ but we found this system a little clunky when out on the noisy motorway.
Footage is largely excellent and performance in low-light situations is very good but arguably its greatest appeal is the neat and tidy package. It is small, inconspicuous and doesn’t cost the earth.
3. Next base Duo HD
This Next base double camera has proved popular through the years, purely because it provides both front- and – rear-facing coverage in a single (albeit bulky) unit, rather than conducting unsightly wires to a distinct unit in the back windscreen.
The resolution has been bumped up in this upgraded model, now recording at 1080p HD, rather than the poor 720p of older. Thankfully, the device cleverly stitches both rear and front imagery together into one handy, side-by-side picture for easier viewing.
Obviously, the Next base Duo comes with a loop-recording function, which will automatically delete old documents as required.
Previously, users would have been required to use desktop software to save clips, but Next base has added its own simple Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning it is currently possible to download directly into a smartphone via an program.
4. Think ware TW-F770
It can be connected to a smartphone using its on-board Wi-Fi.
5. Blackface DR900S-2CH
Those doing high mileage on a regular basis, braving all conditions and types of roads, will probably want to part with a bit extra for their dash cam. We’re not suggesting the camera should boast a lot of fancy gizmos and superfluous tech, but investing a bit more means picture quality is improved.
Its circa500 price tag may feel unbelievably steep for a dash cam, but this is the only camera to feature an 8MP CMOS detector up front and a high performance Sony STARVES CMOS sensor in the back camera. As a result, the footage is the best on the market, night and day.
The 162-degree area of opinion seems absolutely perfect for the job in hand and rids the resulting footage of that awkward fish eye look that some wider-angle cameras suffer from.
Alternatively, users can make the most of BlackVue’s over-the-cloud storage offering or remotely check in on a parked vehicle (via the app) and view real-time footage from the camera.
6. Halfords HDC300 Dash Cam & HDC-R Rear Dash Cam Bundle
In essence, Halfords has re-badges a fairly common dash cam package that can be found from numerous Chinese manufacturers. Here, customers get a 1080p-capable camera at the front with an optimum 150-degree viewing angle.
Wide Dynamic Range technology ensures that footage is crisp and clear, even in low-light situations. However, the 720p recordings from the wider 180-degree rear camera are quite as good.
The only bonus here is that most Halfords stores will do all that for you for a small fee.
7. Motorola MDC300GW HD
Dash cams aren’t exactly desired products, however there’s something very nice about the texture casing on this little Motorola option. It’s small too, so it’s possible to subtly stash it behind a rear-view mirror.
In addition, the inclusion of GPS logging in this price point feels really generous.
10. Road Hawk DC-2 HD GPS Dash Cam
Simplicity is the name of the game here, and what exactly the Road Hawk DC-2 lacks in outdoor looks and additional attributes there’s no LCD, like it more than makes up for with great picture and audio quality.
GPS technology is included to look after location and speed information, although an external GPS antenna connection can also be offered in case you require a more powerful and reliable signal.