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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Based on 785 reviews
BlackVue DR750S

BlackVue DR750S

3.6  (89)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $409 to $679
  • Viewing Angle 139°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1 and 2
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LJM
LJM26 posts
  DR750S
App really dreadfulWhen I first got the blackvue the app was straightforward and easy to use. Connect and download videos. Today I tried and the app keeps pushing me to update to the paid version and simply will not connect at all. Useless! Show details
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IRoad X9

IRoad X9

4.9  (16)
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  • Price (RRP) $669 to $879
  • Viewing Angle 150°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
Username123
Username123
  64 GB
Customer service 10/10Bought my car with the iroad X9 already installed, so thankful it was, it's an amazing price of equipment. Custimer service is 10/10 also, helping me at 9pm Sunday night.., These guys stand behind their products. Show details ·  1
Street Guardian SG9665GC V3

Street Guardian SG9665GC V3

4.7  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $549
  • Screen Size 1.5"
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
Soph
Soph
 
Great dashcamEasy to install, small and unobtrusive on the windscreen and clear images. Switches on automatically with car starting so never have to worry about forgetting to turn the dashcam on.
Innovv K3

Innovv K3

4.9  (10)
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  • Viewing Angle 120°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
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Sanjiv V.
Sanjiv V.NSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Innovv K5

Innovv K5

5.0  (9)
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  • Viewing Angle 120°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
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Siobhan River
Siobhan River3 posts
 
Navman MiVUE800 Dual Camera

Navman MiVUE800 Dual Camera

2.5  (57)
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  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Viewing Angle 130°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
Suz1974
Suz1974Teesdale41 posts
 
Won’t connect to iPhoneWill not connect to wifi despite following the multiple problem solving suggestions. Lost footage of an accident. I paid a good amount for this and certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone Show details
IRoad X10

IRoad X10

4.4  (8)
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  • Viewing Angle 150°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 2
geo.cooley
geo.cooleyNSW16 posts
  Verified
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Innovv ThirdEye

Innovv ThirdEye

5.0  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $549
  • Viewing Angle 150°
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Sanjiv V.
Sanjiv V.NSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive Watch
Viofo A119

Viofo A119

3.1  (16)
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  • Price (RRP) $79.99
  • Screen Size 2"
  • Camera Resolution1440p (Wide QHD)
  • Channels 1
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hen
hen
 
keeping in touchJust so wonderful to hear and read phone calls clearly without giving up because it is too hard to understand what was been said. Back in touch, thank you so much Konnekt!
Garmin Dash Cam

Garmin Dash Cam

2.5  (40)
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  • Price (RRP) $179 to $349
  • Screen Size 2"
  • Viewing Angle 122° to 180°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD) and 1440p (Wide QHD)
  • Channels 1
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Howard G.
Howard G.NSW5 posts
  Dash Cam
Navman MiVUE790 Wifi

Navman MiVUE790 Wifi

3.4  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
Ross
RossNSW5 posts
 
great machineWorks as expected and when I updated to new iphone automatically picked up all the latest traffic lights etc. Show details ·  1
DOD RC500S

DOD RC500S

2.6  (20)
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  • Price (RRP) $579
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
J-Man
J-ManSydney55 posts
 
IRoad X5

IRoad X5

4.3  (6)
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Him
Him
  Fair Incentive
Navman MiVue740

Navman MiVue740

3.3  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $159
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Viewing Angle 130°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
AKB
AKB450071 posts
 
Use the correct 128Gb cardEasy to set up. Had trouble with the SD cards for a while then found out it didn't like the particular 128Gb card. Navman provided a list of compatible cards so it all works well and it seems to be a good little camera. Show details ·  5
BlackVue DR900X-2CH PLUS

BlackVue DR900X-2CH PLUS

3.0  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $829
  • Viewing Angle 162°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 2
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Mario
MarioQLD5 posts
 
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Navman MiVue745

Navman MiVue745

3.3  (8)
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  • Price (RRP) $159
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Viewing Angle 130°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
Suz1974
Suz1974Teesdale41 posts
 
Navman
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Garmin DriveAssist

Garmin DriveAssist

2.2  (23)
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  • Price (RRP) $449
  • Screen Size 5"
  • Channels 1
Kevin
KevinSA
  51 LMT-S
Uniden iGO CAM 80

Uniden iGO CAM 80

2.5  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $278
  • Screen Size 2.4"
  • Viewing Angle 150°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 2
PatC
PatCVIC4 posts
 
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Kapture KPT-722

Kapture KPT-722

1.8  (38)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $169
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Viewing Angle 160°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
Ray
RayVIC2 posts
 
Navman Drive DUO 2.0

Navman Drive DUO 2.0

2.0  (22)
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  • Price (RRP) $279
  • Screen Size 5"
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
John W
John W2 posts
 
Useless gadget bound for the bottom drawerDifficult to set up and use, battery seems slow to charge and doesn't hold charge so constantly turning off and on. I've got another satnav device which is a piece of cake compared to this piece of frustration- a waste of money in my opinion and bound for the bottom drawer. The software needs a makeover- visually looks like 30 years old
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Gator GHDVR82W

Gator GHDVR82W

2.0  (20)
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Fred R
Fred RNSW7 posts
 
After saleCalled the support number 3 times in the past month , no one answered or returned my messages
Navman Drive DUO SUV

Navman Drive DUO SUV

2.1  (17)
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  • Price (RRP) $479
  • Screen Size 6"
  • Camera Resolution1296p (Super HD)
  • Channels 1
Ron H.
Ron H.NSW4 posts
 
Navman
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Blackvue DR590

Blackvue DR590

3.6  (5)
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  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Viewing Angle 139° to 140°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1 and 2
G Hi
G HiQLD105 posts
  DR590-1CH
IRoad X11

IRoad X11

5.0  (3)
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  • Viewing Angle 155°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 2
donald bourke
donald bourke
 
UPGRADING OF DASH CAMSent faulty unit (discontinued unit)back and was called with any easy upgrade offer and supplied with the new unit within 3 days… excellent service. Had trouble attaching unit and was supplied with additional parts (and over the phone advice) by mail within two days. Excellent service. Show reply
Navman MiCam

Navman MiCam

1.9  (19)
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Paul
PaulQLD31 posts
  Verified
It will workNavman micam truck not working from I got this from Ozonlinebuys paid for on the 13 Jan, 2022
Delivered on Wednesday 19 Jan 2022 Not Working It stop working to day
I emailed Navman on On Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:55 as I didn't get any results from Ozonlinebuys
and now no results from Navman Show details
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Nextech Dash Camera QV3872

Nextech Dash Camera QV3872

4.7  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $69.95
  • Screen Size 2.5"
  • Viewing Angle 170°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
Thies S.
Thies S.2 posts
 
Driver be aware in VIC, AustraliaNothing to add. Excellent camera for an affordable price. Just be aware, please: When using it in Victoria, Australia, either cover the screen with black cardboard (flip lid) or fit it behind the rear vision mirror. If the driver can see the screen, they will be fined for distraction. Show details
Thinkware F750

Thinkware F750

2.0  (14)
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  • Price (RRP) $529
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
Lulu
LuluQLD3 posts
 
Navman Mivue760 Ultra

Navman Mivue760 Ultra

2.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Screen Size 2.7"
  • Viewing Angle 150°
  • Camera Resolution2160p (4K Ultra HD)
  • Channels 1
UnhappyNWSydney
UnhappyNWSydneyNSW
 
The Navman Mivue760 Ultra comes only with a cigarette lighter socket power cableThe Navman Mivue760 Ultra comes only with a cigarette lighter socket power cable. USB power cable not available My car does not support cigarette lighter, so this purchase is a complete waste of time and money. Thanks Navman. Show details
Dashmate DSH-882

Dashmate DSH-882

1.9  (14)
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  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Viewing Angle 140°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 2
J C.
J C.
 
Uniden iGo Cam 30

Uniden iGo Cam 30

2.6  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Screen Size 2"
  • Viewing Angle 120°
  • Camera Resolution1080p (Full HD)
  • Channels 1
J costello
J costelloSA28 posts
 
Camera has diedBought over 13 months ago and now it does not work completely dead tried reset power button nothing autobarn installed item waste of money when it worked it was great but expect it to last longer Show details
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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.

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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.

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