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Best Dash Cams

Dashboard cameras are an increasingly popular way of recording what happens in and around your car, and can provide helpful assistance in insurance claims or police investigations. Keep reading to find the car cam that’s right for you. Continue Reading

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98 listings

BlackVue DR650GW / DR650S
  • Award Winner 2019

BlackVue DR650GW / DR650S · includes 5 listings

4.2 from 164 reviews

For $399, the Blackvue DR650S is a mid-tier dash cam that offers a front camera and several of the advanced features of more premium BlackVue units.

Price (RRP) A$399.00 to A$549.00

  • Build Quality
    2.4 (9)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    2.9 (10)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (4) · No (4)
  • Video Quality
    3.6 (8)
  • Battery Life
    3.2 (6)
  • Audio Quality
    3.8 (6)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    3.4 (7)
  • Viewing Angle 129°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1 and 2
  • FeaturesNo Screen (Camera Only), Smartphone App, GPS, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, Wi-Fi and Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor)
  • Memory TypeMicroSD card
BlackVue DR750S
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019

BlackVue DR750S · includes 3 listings

4.1 from 62 reviews

Available with either a front camera (1 channel) or front and rear cameras (2 channels), the BlackVue DR750S offers a pre-buffered parking mode, Sports Mode and Extreme Mode for exceptional video quality.

Price (RRP) A$409.00 to A$679.00

Price fromA$699.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (32)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (32)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (32)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (22) · No (5)
  • Video Quality
    4.4 (31)
  • Battery Life
    4.0 (22)
  • Audio Quality
    4.0 (23)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    4.3 (28)
  • Viewing Angle 139°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2 and 1
  • FeaturesWi-Fi, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, GPS, No Screen (Camera Only), Smartphone App and Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor)
  • Memory TypeMicroSD card
Blackvue DR900S
  • Award Winner 2020

Blackvue DR900S · includes 2 listings

4.4 from 23 reviews

Marketed as the world’s first 4K dash cam, the DR900S is equipped with an 8MP CMOS sensor that is a clear step above the BlackVue’s DR650S and 750A models, which both have 2.1MP front cameras.

Price (RRP) A$599.00 to A$799.00

Price fromA$599.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (17)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (17)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (12) · No (0)
  • Video Quality
    4.9 (15)
  • Battery Life
    4.8 (9)
  • Audio Quality
    4.6 (12)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    4.7 (12)
  • Viewing Angle 162°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 2 and 1
  • FeaturesWi-Fi, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, GPS, No Screen (Camera Only), Smartphone App and Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor)
  • Memory TypeMicroSD card
Navman MiVUE800 Dual Camera

Navman MiVUE800 Dual Camera

2.5 from 53 reviews
Screen Size 2.7"

Price (RRP) A$269.00

  • Build Quality
    2.9 (16)
  • Value for Money
    2.1 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    2.7 (17)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (7) · No (4)
  • Video Quality
    3.9 (13)
  • Battery Life
    1.9 (10)
  • Audio Quality
    3.5 (10)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    3.0 (13)
  • Viewing Angle 130°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
  • FeaturesGPS and Motion Detection
  • Memory TypeMicroSD card
  • Dimensions 46 x 86 x 35 mm
Garmin Dash Cam

Garmin Dash Cam · includes 7 listings

2.5 from 28 reviews
Screen Size 2"

The Garmin Dash Cam features a miniature 2-inch LCD display with a 2.1MP camera. It monitors a parked vehicle thanks to the included G-sensor, and lets you wirelessly sync videos to your smart device.

Price (RRP) A$179.00 to A$349.00

Price fromA$145.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    2.7 (10)
  • Value for Money
    2.1 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    2.8 (10)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (5) · No (4)
  • Video Quality
    3.4 (7)
  • Battery Life
    1.8 (5)
  • Audio Quality
    4.5 (4)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    3.0 (7)
  • Viewing Angle 122° to 180°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD) and 1440p (Wide QHD)
  • Channels 1
  • FeaturesSmartphone App, Voice Control, GPS, Motion Detection, Microphone/Audio Recording, Wi-Fi, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor)
  • Memory TypeMicroSD card
  • Battery life30 minutes
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Why do you need a dash camera?

Dash cams continuously record footage of your car's surroundings while you're driving. In addition to helping in accident investigations, they can identify the number plates of cars fleeing an incident. They can also offer a simple, hands-free way of recording a road trip or a car's interior.

These handy car companions can similarly be used by taxi or Uber drivers who wish to record interactions with passengers. Some dashcams can capture incidents (like hit and runs or break ins) when the car is parked. Most dash cams are an affordable and effective way to give you peace of mind on the roads.

When the time comes to make a claim or simply to take a closer look, you can download footage saved onto your car cam's SD card, play it back and share it.

Do dash cameras work when the car is off?

Not all dash cams will work when the car is parked and the ignition is turned off. Some higher-end models will have this feature though, marketed as 'parking surveillance mode' or something similar to this. For example, the Blackvue DR900S features a parking mode that acts like a security camera for your car, warding you against hit and runs or other incidents causing damage to your car when you’re away from it. It may be worth it if you have an expensive car.

How many channels should I get?

You can buy a single channel (1-CH) or dual channel (2-CH) dash cam.

1 channel

1-CH, also known as a single lens dash camera, is a front-only camera. Installing a dash cam that’s 1 channel is pretty straightforward, making a D.I.Y job within sights. The dash cam can be hardwired using a power cable that connects to your car’s 12v cigarette lighter. Using the rechargeable battery isn’t recommended, as if your dash cam abruptly runs out of charge, you might lose the footage on it.

Single lens dash cams are the more popular and more affordable choice, compared to 2-channel units.

2 channels

2-CH cams record footage from both the front and rear windshield. This makes them suitable for recording tailgaters and collisions from behind. A front and rear dashcam will also provide a better viewing angle. (To go all the way, you can even add left and right dash cams, and the four units will work together to give you an impressive 360-degree viewing angle).

On the flipside, dual dash cams have a more complicated set-up process, (in order to connect and power both cameras). Professional installation may even be on the cards, to ensure the cables don't get in the way while you drive. 2-channel dash cams are are also more expensive than their front-only counterparts.

Video resolution

Since the primary purpose of having a dash cam is to pinpoint details that are tricky to spot in real time, the video quality of recordings is important.

While there are units available in 720p Full HD, 1080p is widely regarded as the minimum standard to avoid pixelated, blurry images or footage.

Higher frame rates also help reduce motion blur (minimum 24fps, ideally 30fps and above). Higher bitrates, as well as a larger lens apertures, will also increase the clarity of the image.

Included HDR or WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) features may also help with the quality of recording at night, but be discerning when products claim to have a ‘Night Vision’ mode as the addition of this feature doesn’t always make a noticeable difference.

Storage capacity

The size of your Micro SD card will determine how much footage you get, so check the maximum Micro SD Card capacity of your dash cam to make sure it's right for you. Also note that the higher the resolution of your image, the more space the recording will take up. Most models use loop recording, which will record until the memory is full and then rewrite the oldest files to always give you the last few hours.

Charging options

Most dashboard cameras are powered via your car’s 12V cigarette lighter. Some also come equipped with an internal battery to power your dash cam when parked, the duration of this battery depends on the manufacturer. Some models can be hardwired into the car’s power supply.

Price

It’s possible to buy a cheap dash cam under $200, even from more popular and trusted brands such as Garmin and Navman. A dashcam that demonstrates this is the Navman MiVue 745, which retails for $153, and the Garmin Dash Cam Mini, which will set you back $199. However if you’re keen to get creative and save yourself some cash, it’s also possible to turn your smartphone into a makeshift dash cam, using a dash mount and an app like Nexar - AI, compatible with both Apple and Android.

Other features:

  • Impact detection and motion detection: These allow your camera to start recording after being hit while parked, as the impact will trigger the built-in G sensor in your dash cam. Pre-buffered parking mode also provides footage a few seconds before the incident, for that little bit of extra accuracy.
  • GPS feature: This records the location and speed and attaches it to footage, which may help with insurance and police investigations.
  • LCD display: This makes a dash cam more user-friendly, as perhaps surprisingly not all dash cams have a built-in display. if you’d like to play back your footage and use the camera for other purposes (for example, a rear dash cam can sometimes help with reverse parking) having a display can be beneficial. However also keep in mind that some of the best rated dash cams on ProductReview such as the award-winning Blackvue DR750S and the Blackvue DR650GW/DR650S are no screen (camera only) units.