It's never a bad idea to have a dash cam mounted in your car - you never know when you'll needfootage from your windshield.
Finding the best dash cam in 2019 can feel overwhelming; there are so many models outthere, and many companies make more than one.
Before we get started with our video detailing the best dash cams on the market, we haveincluded links in the description for each product mentioned, so make sure you checkthose out to see which one is in your budget range.
Starting off at number 1 we have the Garmin Dash Cam 55.
Garmin has applied its knowledge of action cameras and fitness trackers to the worldof dash cams, and its mid-range Dash Cam 55 model offers sharp imagery and enough additionalfeatures to make it our top choice.
Offering 1440p video capture at 30p, video footage for a dash cam is great, while the122 degree viewing angle is pretty good, though there are wider optics out there.
A nice touch is the inclusion of an attachable polarizing filter to cutout unwanted glarefrom your car's windscreen.
Vital clips are automatically stored via the built-in G-Sensor technology, and thanks tothe built-in GPS unit, all footage is stamped with time and location so there's no disputingwhen and where an incident happens.
Chuck in the voice control, drive awareness warnings and the neat little travelapse feature,and the Garmin Dash Cam 55 is one great best dash cam.
At number 2 we have the Mio MiVue 766.
Not as compact as the Garmin Dash Cam 55, but what the Mio MiVue does, it does verywell.
It's still a pretty neat little dash cam, while there's a large 2.
7-inch touchscreenat the rear for simple control.
Built-in GPS takes care of speed and location video overlays, while built-in Wi-Fi makesvideo and image transfer to smartphones and other devices simple.
Above all else, the extra-wide 140-degree lens does an excellent job of capturing theaction, while a high-performing sensor ensures the resulting video footage (Full HD 1080pat 30fps) is some of the best around.
At number 3 we have the Nextbase Duo.
Nextbase has long been a leading name on the dash cam market, and this dual camera unitoffers both front- and rear-facing coverage in one simple unit, as opposed to runningunsightly wires to a separate unit in the rear windscreen.
The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) image processor makes low light and night time recording possible,while the crystal clear two-inch display makes it simple to interact with menus and changesettings before setting off.
At 720p resolution, the footage isn't the sharpest on the market, but the unit cleverlystitches both front and rear imagery together into one handy, side-by-side film for easierreviewing.
Naturally, the Nextbase features a loop recording function, which will automatically deleteolder files as required.
But it will also automatically detect and incident and save important clips to the on-boardmicroSD card.
It also features a built-in GPS module, which allows for the vehicle's exact route, speedand position to be recorded, while a date and time stamp embedded on to the recordedfootage provide further additional evidence.
Unfortunately, there isn't any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth compatibility, so retrieving footage willrequire extraction of the memory card and synching up with a laptop or PC.
Next up at number 4 we have the Thinkware TW-F770.
The super 2.
19MP Sony Exmor CMOS sensor provides excellent quality from this sleek and diminutivepackage, while the additional extra flourishes are an added bonus.
Designed to be mounted just beneath the rear-view mirror, the TW-F770 features just a few smallbuttons and no external screen – this is because it can be linked to a smartphone viaits on-board Wi-Fi.
This enables clips to be quickly and easily sent to a smart device, should you need toaccess them quickly, for example, but it does add an additional step to any settings andmenu changes.
A Super Night Vision feature boosts low-light settings for improved image quality at night,while a neat Time Lapse feature acts as a CCTV camera when the vehicle is parked.
Bear in mind, though, that this mode will require hard-wiring the unit into the vehicle'spower supply, as is the case with most cameras featured on this list, rather than simplyusing a standard 12V lighter adaptor.
An on-board GPS tracker, as well as speed and upcoming red traffic signal warnings makethis a very accomplished piece of kit.
Next at number 5 we have the BlackVue DR650S-2CH 32G Dash Cam.
Often cited as one of the best solutions for regular or professional drivers, the dual-cameraBlackVue covers many bases and boasts numerous additional features that go some way to justifyingthe lofty price tag.
To get the most out of its features, including a detailed parking surveillance mode, thecameras require hard-wiring to the car's power supply, but BlackVue makes this easier withan OBD II port converter, which plugs into most vehicle on-board diagnostics ports withease.
The 2MP CMOS sensor and 129-degree lens capture excellent-quality HD video footage from thefront camera, while a smaller unit at the rear records in 720p, with incident detectiontechnology automatically flagging the appropriate video footage.
The BlackVue's clear advantage over some of the rivals listed here is its Over-the-Cloudabilities, which mean drivers can check live footage from the car via a smartphone, laptopor PC, even when it's parked.
The small, sleek unit is also neat and doesn't look out of place on modern vehicles, althoughthe lack of screen and limited buttons mean it does require smartphone tethering to adjustsettings.
At number 6 we have the Z-Edge Z3.
With its sharp 'Ultra 2K HD’ image quality, broad 145-degree field of view and super-simpleuser interface, the Z-Edge Z3 has regularly been voted one of the best devices in itsclass.
The CMOS sensor and advanced image processor ensure the resulting footage is razor sharp,making it easier to read licence plates and capture incidents with superb clarity.
A 3-inch touchscreen display makes interacting with the camera extremely easy, although you'lllikely just set the camera up and let it do its thing, as most of the functionality hasbeen automated for ease of use.
Like most cameras on the list, the unit will power up and instantly start recording whenthe ignition is switched on (so long as it's plugged into a power source), and turn offwhen power is cut.
Memory is managed via a loop recording function, and incident detection ensures vital clipsaren't erased.
In short, it's a great package for those who simply want a fuss-free camera that deliversquality images without the hassle.
In at number 7 we have the TaoTronics TT-CD06.
Considering the price point, it's very difficult to fault this TaoTronics model, even if itdoesn't boast GPS for speed and location recording or some of the added niceties of more expensiverivals.
That said, there's plenty in the box to get excited about, chiefly the various well-madesuction or adhesive mounts, the extra-long power cable and a 12V lighter socket adapterthat features two ports, meaning you can still charge your phone with the dashcam running.
The unit itself boasts a G-sensor, for automatic saving of important incident footage, as wellas a super-wide 160-degree field of view that's able to capture five lanes of traffic.
Low-light video footage is very good, and the audio quality is surprisingly good atthis price.
Minor foibles include the small and fiddly buttons, while the lack of speed and positioninginformation might be a deal-breaker for some.
At number 8 we have the Cobra CDR 840.
A dashcam isn't exactly the sort of thing you purchase for its smouldering looks, butthe Cobra CDR 840 is one of the very few units on this list that seems to have been designedwith aesthetics in mind.
The rear touchscreen may be small, but it's sharp and very easy to navigate thanks toa simple joypad-style switch interface, with a clearly labelled, bright red button formanually saving important clips.
Built-in GPS will take care of speed and location, while the G-Sensor tech will automaticallysave clips should the device detect an accident.
The GPS system can prove a little touch-and-go if satellites are difficult to reach or ifadverse weather is playing havoc with the signal, but this is another unit that's veryquick and easy to set up, with minimal on-going attention required.
In at number 9 we have the YI Smart Dash Camera.
Yi is a recent entrant into the action camera arena, and is also busy plying its trade inthe world of dashcams with some neat units that cram a large amount of technology intotheir small forms.
The huge field of view on its Smart Dash Camera model means it can monitor the surroundingarea and even warn the driver if the vehicle is straying out of its lane.
Plus, a forward collision warning sounds if the device senses an impending impact withthe vehicle ahead.
This is all part of the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) package, which works in conjunctionwith G-Sensor technology and sees the camera automatically record and save clips in anemergency situation.
An impressive all-glass, high-resolution lens and f/1.
8 aperture means that video recordedin low-light situations is crisp and clear.
And for our last pick at number 10 we have the RoadHawk DC-2 HD GPS Dash Cam.
Simplicity is the name of the game here, and what the RoadHawk DC-2 lacks in exterior looksand additional features it more than makes up for with great image and audio quality.
Gyro-balanced image stabilization and a high-quality sensor team up to create excellent footage,even in low-light scenarios, while an audio-in connection allows additional microphones tobe added.
GPS technology is included to take care of speed and location data, although an externalGPS antenna connection is also offered should you require a more powerful and reliable signal.
So that sums up our top dash cams.
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