You may still be uncertain about the benefit of getting a dash cam for your car, but think about the growing traffic and all the distractions you are subjected to while you are driving every day, and you will realize just how useful a good dash cam can be!
The video recorded by your dashboard camera can be used as irrefutable proof of fault for an incident on and off the road for the authorities and the insurers. It can provide evidence for a fender bender, a serious collision, a theft attempt or for an act of vandalism.
A dash cam can also capture something interesting or unexpected on the road, which you can share with your friends or with the world too.
These cameras are relatively inexpensive, require very little maintenance, but you never know when you will be needing footage recorded from the windshield of your car, right?
Since the wide range of dash cams on the market can be a tad overwhelming, we took the time to test a number of these cameras and to speak to drivers and authorities, in order to narrow down the best ones available in 2018 to just 10.
Read on to find out which dash cams we picked as the best ones for 2018 and why.
Both cameras are fitted with top quality Sony Exmor IMX323 sensors paired with Novatek NT96663 processors. The result is a stunningly clear and detailed 1080p video along with an optional audio from inside your car which is sufficient to back you up in case of a road accident, or for any other needs you have.
The cameras have very wide viewing angles. They will cover a 170-degree view on the front and 160-degree view in the rear. This means even more protection and a wider coverage of all details even in the peripheries, which sometimes is crucial when clearing up the details of an accident on the road.
The cameras are advertised as having wide six-lane coverage, and they really are capable of covering just about everything that is going on in front and in the back of you but on the sides as well.
You will have your back covered even when you drive at night with these cams because they can record in high quality in the dark thanks to the HDR and other night vision features they have.
Thanks to the intelligent operation G-sensors, the cameras will automatically capture any emergencies and incidents, and most importantly will keep the recordings safe for later use.
The loop recording function of these dash cams will keep recording over the older footage so that you will have a video recording of an incident on the road no matter what.
Because the manufacturer of these amazing dash cams knows how unreliable batteries can be, especially in extreme weather conditions, these two dash cams use a supercapacitor for power instead. It works seamlessly even in freezing cold or scorching hot conditions (from -22 to up to 167 degrees Fahrenheit).
The power for both cams is supplied via the dual port USB car charger, which has an additional port so that you can charge your phone or another device as well.
Along with the front and read cameras, you will receive a 13ft. USB Mini-B cable, a 23ft USB Mini-B cable, a dual port USB charger for the car, a suction mount for the front dash cam, two sticker mounts for the rear dash cam, 4 spare stickers, 6 cable clips, a trim removal tool, and a user manual.
You can set up the two dash cams very easily on your own using the included mounting suction mount and stickers, so you can start using your dash cam system immediately.
The Aukey Dual Dash Cams are available at a very reasonable price given the fact that there are two cameras of top quality in the package. You will also get a 45-day money back guarantee and a 24-month warranty by the manufacturer.
Our other favorite dash cam for 2018 is an inexpensive and yet highly reliable recording camera for drivers. The resolution of the video recorded by the front camera is 1080p Full HD at up to 30 fps. The rear camera in this affordable dual dash cam system is waterproof with a resolution of 640 x 480p and will help provide you with complete coverage of the situation on the road from the front, back and the periphery as you drive.
Thanks to the wide 170-degree viewing angle of the dash cam and the 6 element lens, there will be no blind spots, and you will have a recording of everything that is going on, which is essential, especially if you need access to a detailed and clear video related to a road incident.
The integrated G-sensor in the dash cam will automatically record an unexpected incident on the road and will lock all of the recorded videos in case of a collision, so that no matter what you will have a full recording of the accident.
Given the low price tag of the Apeman dash cam, we were pleasantly surprised by the numerous handy features it flaunts. Some of these include motion detection, a parking monitor, a license plate stamp, a GPS positioning system, loop recording, WDR technology for excellent quality night videos, G-sensor, display mode and a date stamp for the footage.
The front dash camera can be rotated upwards and downwards so that you can get a different angle for your video recording whenever you need it. It has a 2 inch TFT LCD screen so you can playback video whenever you need or adjust the settings of your dual dash cam system.
The videos recorded by the system are saved in MP4 format and the photos are in JPEG format with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 2016.
The footage is stored on a micro SD card which you need to provide. The system supports Micros SD cards up to 32 GB. Even if you run out of memory, the useful loop recording function will continue recording over your older footage, so you don’t have to worry about the dash cam missing an important moment while on the road.
It is installed right behind your rearview mirror, so you won’t be distracted by it while you are driving.
The system has a small backup battery integrated into it, but you need to plug it in the car charger for power. It will be used if your car gets hit or vandalized while it is parked, and the dash cam will automatically record any hit and run incidents you may encounter.
All of the cables for powering the dash cams are included in this reasonably priced bundle, as well as the mounting and adhesive materials you will need for the easy installation of the dash cams in your vehicle.
Overall, this is a perfect dual dash cam system which you can buy for less than $100, but still has the capabilities and features which you will need to rest assured that everything on the road which needs to be recorded will be recorded and saved in a timely manner and in crisp clear 1080p resolution.
Out top budget pick for a dash cam which you can buy at an affordable price in 2018 is the Kimire Full HD driving video recorder.
Thanks to the top-notch Sony IMX291 sensor of the camera, you will have recorded video footage in clear and detailed Full HD 1080p resolution, even during the night. In fact, this dash cam will capture license plates with greater detail in dark conditions much better than many other dash cams available on the market.
The dashboard camera has a built-in G-Sensor which will automatically detect impact or an unusual motion and will record footage of the incident and keep it safely locked for later reference.
It has a backup 250mAh polymer lithium battery which will wake the camera up and switch it on automatically even if it is parked and you are not there, in case somebody hits it.
The top quality videos and photos are stored in a Micro SD card, and you can choose to use a card from 4GB up to 128GB, depending on your needs.
Even if the card is full, the dash cam will continue recording over older footage via the loop recording function. If you prefer, you can switch the loop recording function off.
The Kimire dash cam captures video in MOV format and takes pictures in JPG.
It has a 3 inch IPS LCD display for easy access to the settings and the recorded videos and photos.
You can manually snap photos of the road by just waving your hand in front of the gesture detection window of the device.
The dash cam has a 6-layer glass lens and a viewing angle of 150 degrees to capture not only the road but the cross traffic and roadsides as well.
It is adjustable, so you can choose the best angle of view you need when on the road. Otherwise, it is compact and will not interfere or distract you from your driving – 3.85 x 3.46 x 1.77 inches.
Both the camera and the 3M mounting sticker are weather resistant and will work and remain attached on your car’s windshield even in cold or scorching weather, as well as on bumpy roads. You will also get another 2 extra stickers for the camera and clip stickers as well as a car charger in the package.
The dash cam has a built-in speaker and microphone to record audio from inside the car. You can choose to use the power save function which will turn the camera off in 1, 3 or 5 minutes too.
So, if you are not ready to spend too much money, but want a good quality and feature-packed dash cam, we suggest you take a closer look at this car dash cam from Kimire.
The other leading dash cams for 2018
Are you worried that installing and using an onboard car camera can distract you when your driving? With this Garmin Dash Cam, you don’t have to worry. You can use voice commands to switch it on and turn it off so that your hands can safely remain on the stirring wheel at all times.
- An Ultra-compact 65W dash camera with a 1080p Full HD resolution which will capture every detail on the road
- A 180-degree viewing angle for a panoramic view of all lanes, sides and the cross traffic
- Can be controlled hands-free via voice commands to start and stop recording, take a photo or to start or stop a travel lapse feature
- Comes in a bundle with a 64GB Ultra Micro SD memory card, a deluxe carrying case and a large screen cleaner for LED displays, as well as a magnetic mount, a USB and charging cable and a quick start guide
- GPS capability for time, date and location stamps on the footage
- G-Sensor automatic collision sensing function for auto recording and storage of critical footage
- A 2-inch LCD display to playback the footage and adjust the settings
- Continuous loop recording function
If you need a reliable dash camera which will capture every single unexpected movement or incident on the road, then we suggest you consider buying the LG Innotek dual dash cam system.
- Consists of a front and rear camera with a 720p HD resolutions for a full view of everything going on in front and at the back of your car at all times
- The 3G G-sensors will start recording a full video of an incident 10seconds before the motion is detected for a full picture of the situation
- Very easy to mount
- A built-in 3.5 inch LED screen to watch playback right on the spot
- A battery protection hardware kit
- 129-degree field of view
If you want a car video recorder which can record the activity within the car as well as what is going on on the road, you should get the Vantrue N2 Pro Uber dual dash cam.
- Includes a 1080p Full HD front camera and a 1440p internal cabin camera with Sony Exmor IMX323 and OV4689 sensors and Novatek NT96660 processors
- The viewing angle on the front camera is 170 degrees and for the cabin camera 140 degrees, so every detail will be captured
- The cabin camera can be rotated for additional front view, and for even more detailed footage of license plates and other details on the road
- The internal camera has excellent IR night vision for clear and flawless footage even in the dark
- The front camera’s video footage will be balanced automatically for a clearer picture by the HDR video system and with the help of its 6 glass F/1.8 lens
- You can switch on a parking mode which will wake up the camera to start recording if any motion is detected while the car is parked so any attempt by somebody to steal or vandalize your car will be caught on film
- You can set an automatic recording to start as soon as your spark up the ignition
- External audio from the car can also be recorded
- A time lapse feature will take photos at certain time intervals while on the road
- A G-sensor will start recording as soon as unusual motion is detected
- Supports micro SD cards up to 256GB
- Has a loop recording function
- An optional GPS function for tracking the route
- The LCD will turn off, to prevent distracting you from your driving
- Very suitable for Uber, taxi, Lyft, rideshare, commuting, and others
- Captures video in MP4 format and has a USB port for transfer and storage of the footage
- Sold with an 18month warranty
For those of you who want a vehicle video recorder with Wi-Fi and internet connectivity capability, the Blackvue DR650S 1 channel dash camera is one of the best Wi-Fi dash cams we have seen in 2018.
- This is a Wi-Fi enabled dash cam with a capability of storing the footage on a mobile device or in the cloud as well as an option for live streaming of the video footage
- Excellent quality of the video and images captured by the dash cam thanks to its Full HD 2MP CMOS sensor and the 129-degree viewing angle
- Has a built-in mic for recording and streaming audio
- Supports memory cards of up to 128GB
- Has various video recording modes to choose from
- The cylinder of the dash cam can rotate 360 degrees
- Precise motion detection
- Parking mode to capture any hit and run incidents, theft attempts or acts of vandalism on your car while it is parked
- Works with the free BlackVue App and PC software, and with MyWay Viewer app
- The camera can be used as a wireless access point
- Backup battery for emergency recordings
- A voice guide option
If you want to ensure that no details are missed in the footage of your dash cam, then you may want to pick the Rexing V1P dual cam which has two 1080p Full HD cameras and ultra-wide viewing angles. Features:
- Dual camera system – both front and rear cameras have 1080p Full-HD resolutions
- The Wide Dynamic range adjusts the exposure of both cameras for perfectly clear footage even during the night
- The cameras have 170-degree viewing angles, which will ensure that everything going on on the road around you will be captured duly on video
- The dash cam has Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can save your footage share it or view it on your phone or another mobile device
- The loop recording function will overwrite old footage if the memory card is full
- Supports micro SD cards of up to 128GB
- The accident detection G-sensor will allow you to rest assured that any incident on the road will be recorded and stored diligently
- The dash cam is temperature resistant
- Uses a supercapacitor for more reliable powering
The Vantrue capacitor 1080p dash cam is a reliable video recording camera for your car even if you drive or park in extreme temperatures.
- Powered by a supercapacitor rather than a normal battery which will work in temperatures from -20 to up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and won’t blow up from extreme heat
- 24/7 continuous monitoring, even when the car is parked without draining the battery of the car
- The camera can capture video in Full HD or HD and has a Sony Exmor IMX323 CMOS sensor which is excellent for both daytime and nighttime video recording
- Wide 160-degree viewing angle
- A Wave Guard Indicator detects the distance and senses motion in front of the car which prompts the camera to start recording 24/7
- GPS driving route and speed tracking
- Loop recording makes sure everything is captured and stored even if the memory is full
- Sold with all the cables, mounting equipment and documentation needed to set up and start using the dash cam immediately
- 18-month warranty from the manufacturer
If you don’t want to break the bank for a dash cam, but still want one which will help record any incidents on or off the road, you should go with the Apeman FHD dash cam.
- Offered at a very attractive price
- Compact dash camera with a resolution of 1080p Full HD and top quality 4032×3024 photos
- A large and easy to see 3 inch LCD display to keep an eye on the recording while you are driving
- The gravity sensor records and locks the video to keep it safe from being overwritten in case of an accident
- Seamless loop recording function
- Wide dynamic range and HDR for perfect visual even at night
- 2 different types of mount kits – suction cup or 3M stickers
- A date and time stamp to identify the time of the recording
- Precise motion detection
- Supports SDHC cards up to 32GB
- Has a small backup battery but works when plugged in the car charger
Everything you should know about dash cams before choosing the best one for you
Due to the growing number of viral online videos captured by onboard cameras, as well as the fact that people are so easily distracted on the road today, the popularity of dash cams has been growing rapidly.
People are installing dash cams to protect themselves and their property as well, as car video cameras can record and save video and pictures of traffic accidents, as well as various incidents such as theft attempts, hit and runs and vandalizing too.
So, if you want to stay protected, and to make sure that you never miss an unbelievably curious situation while on the road, you should get and mount a dash camera in your car or vehicle too!
Here are some of the important features which you should look for when purchasing an onboard camera for your vehicle.
The type of dash camera
There are several different types of dash cameras to choose from, depending on what you need them for and the type of vehicle you are driving.
The traditional dash camera
This is the most common type of dash camera which is mounted either along the dash or directly on the windshield. These cameras capture footage of what is going on in front of the car while on the road.
Rear view mirror dash cameras
These are shaped like a rear view mirror or can be placed on the windshield behind it, which makes them unobtrusive and discreet, and will record what is going on on the road without distracting the driver.
Dual dash cams
These have two lenses capable of capturing footage of both the front and the back of the vehicle. Some dual dash cams offer video recording of the road on the front of the car as well as of the inside of the car too. These are excellent if you want a full video record of what is going on as you are driving, or if you want to make sure that the driver of your company car or other is driving safely and properly.
The resolution and night vision capabilities
Naturally, if you want to end up with crystal clear video footage with details such as license plate numbers and others, you should pick a dash cam with a high resolution, such as 1080p Full HD or at least HD. Usually, dash cameras have night vision capabilities, so look for this feature as well, especially if you tend to drive at night a lot.
Since your onboard vehicle camera will be recording mostly when the car is in motion, it is a good idea to look for a dash cam which can record at least 30fps, so that there is little motion blur, and the footage remains clear.
The viewing angle
The wider the viewing angle of your dash cam, the larger the area it will cover when recording video. This can be very important in cases when an incident occurs somewhere from the side of the road another lane or from the other side of the road. A good camera with a wide angle can capture all of that as well as what is going on directly in front and in the back of the car.
This may seem unimportant if you live in an area without any extreme temperatures, but if you live somewhere where it gets scorching hot or freezing cold, you should pick a camera which can withstand such conditions and will continue working, stay mounted and will not be at a risk of its batteries exploding from overheating, or getting damaged from the freezing cold temperatures. For these types of extreme temperatures, we recommend you look for a dash cam which uses a capacitor instead of a regular lithium-ion battery, or which is tested to work at low and high temperatures.
Stickers can keep the cameras stable, but are difficult to remove, or can be damaged by heat or humidity. Suction cups for mounting are easier to remove, but can also fall off as a result of heat, moisture or uneven roads. There are some cameras which come with magnet mounts, and others with other mounting options which you may want to choose, depending on the car and conditions you are driving in.
The built-in screens which some dash cams have can be useful for playing back video footage, and also for adjusting the settings of your camera. Displays can be distracting, so you may want to choose a dash cam which has a screen which turns off automatically or which is hidden while you are driving.
The different dash cams provide different storage options for the videos, pictures, and audio you record on the road. Most work with memory cards of different types and sizes. Some are Wi-Fi capable and can connect to a computer, mobile device or the Cloud to transfer and store the footage there.
This is a function which will ensure that new footage overwrites old one in case the storage is full, but the camera needs to keep recording. Some dash cams have an optional loop recording which you can turn on and off. Anyway, this is particularly useful in case you have forgotten to delete or transfer your old footage. All of our top picks for 2018 have a loop recording function.
Dual dash cam capability
If you want a dash cam with a front view only, then you should opt for the single car video recorders available, but there are dual dash cameras such as our top choice – the Aukey, and our runner-up – the Apeman dash cams, and some of the other cameras on our list, such as the Rexing V1P which has dual Full HD cameras.
These have either an added rear camera or a camera which can be rotated to record the driver and passengers in the car as well. So, if you want to keep an eye on the driver, or on what is going on in the back of your car while driving, then you should opt for one of these cameras.
This is a motion detection function of a dash cam, which will detect any irregularities, sudden change of speed, collisions or other movements of the vehicle which will trigger the camera to start recording the situation immediately. Some cameras have sensors which start recording seconds prior to such an incident, so that you can get complete video footage, such as the LG Innotek. Most have an auto lock function which will store these videos and keep them from being overwritten for later reference.
Most of our top picks have this useful function which will wake up the camera even when it is parked if any motion is sensed around it. The camera can then record any attempt of theft, vandalism, a collision or other incident even when you are not in the car and are not driving it.
This is a feature to look for if you want to connect your onboard camera to your mobile device, and transfer, store or share video footage or images from there. The Blackvue and Rexing dash cams from our list have Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile and PC apps which you can install on your phone, tablet or PC so that you can store, watch, share and upload your videos and photos to the cloud or to social media, or live stream it to friends.
Some people prefer to have hidden dash cams, while others don’t mind keeping the onboard camera visible to others. So, decide which type you are interested in when picking the best dash cam for your car.
Many dash cameras have built-in microphones to record audio inside the car as well, which can be useful for establishing driver liability in an accident or for other purposes such as recording your trip to show your friends.
GPS functionality will allow for pinpointing the exact location of where a video was recorded, which can come in handy whether you have been in an accident and need video evidence, or if you took an amazing picture on the road and want to share it with friends. Some dash cameras can be used for GPS route tracking during driving as well.
Time and date stamps
The ability of your onboard video recorder to place time and date stamps on video footage and on photos is also an indispensable feature if you need evidence for the police or your insurers, or if you want to have a memory of a particular day and hour when something memorable got captured on video by your dash cam.
Car video recorders are relatively inexpensive devices. We have picked a few which will cost you less than $50, and some which are more expensive and can reach up to $350. Overall, given how useful the video recording from your dash cam can turn out to be, investing in such a device is a pretty good investment to make.
We will be very happy if we have managed to help you pick the best dash cam for your needs.
Thank you for reading our reviews, and let’s hope that your new car video recorder will serve its purpose well, and pay back the investment you will be making by providing you with unforgettable footage of your road trips, as well as useful videos which can help you resolve any incidents on the road.
Hopefully, you won’t need to be using the dash cam for recording collisions, but it is better to be safe than sorry, so go ahead and mount a good quality dash cam in your vehicle for some peace of mind!
Good luck, stay safe on the road and enjoy your brand new dash camera!
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