A car dash camera is exactly what it sounds like – a camera which is mounted around or in the dashboard of your car. They are easily attached with a suction cup mount, direct friction mounts (sticky rubber pads) or can even be built right into a replacement rear mirror. They are powered by batteries and hardwired into the vehicles 12V system or cigarette light. It records everything it sees as you go about driving.
These cameras come in pretty much any configuration you can think of, from a single lens to multiple lenses that allow for recording both front and rear simultaneously. 1080p capable cams are starting to become standard, but VGA versions are still around and can be purchased cheaply. While dash cams are most often seen in cars, they aren’t just for the auto industry. They can be found mounted on the heads of two-wheeled vehicle drivers, too.
No matter what you need them for, check out the top 10 best car dash cameras in 2016 reviews below.
- 1 10. G1W-C Capacito Model Dashboard Cam by Black Box
- 2 9. NHD-1080P 32GB 1.5″ LCD Road Dash Camera by Vafru
- 3 8. Dash Cam and Standalone Driving Recorder by Garmin
- 4 7. V1 2.7 LCD Wide Angle Dashboard Camera by Rexing
- 5 6. Car Black Box Windshield/Dashboard Car DVR Camera by ZeroEdge
- 6 5. X1 Full HD Wide Angle Dashboard Camcorder by KDLINKS
- 7 4. A118-C Capacitor Full 1080P HD Dashboard Camera by Spy Tec
- 8 3. G1W Dashboard Camera by Black Box
- 9 2. 2.5” HD Dashboard Video Camera by Generic
- 10 1. F170 Dashcam with full HD 1080P by Falcon Zero
10. G1W-C Capacito Model Dashboard Cam by Black Box
This dashboard camera is one of the best 1080p HD dash cam you can get on a budget which uses a unique combination of the Aptina AR0330 Lens and the Novatek NT96650 Chipset. This camera features 1080p audio and video recording, G-Sensor capabilities, night vision, and the best in reliability. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches and high resolution, making it easy to navigate with. It is simple to set up and the suction mount lets you attach it to any surface which is flat in just seconds. It will start up automatically when your car starts up.
9. NHD-1080P 32GB 1.5″ LCD Road Dash Camera by Vafru
You can have peace of mind for your safety with this dash camera, as it records each journey you go on. It won’t obstruct your driving view and it is the smallest 1080P DVR you can find. It is not easily noticed by other motorists, either, and it will lower your chance of litigation and liability. You can record the gorgeous scenery safely as you are driving so you can enjoy it later and share it with friends and family. Also, it senses sudden impacts and the G-Sensor will automatically activate and capture the scene and store it with a time and date stamp.
8. Dash Cam and Standalone Driving Recorder by Garmin
This easy to use dash cam gives you high-definition recording capabilities while you drive. The 2.3 LCD display is easy to read and the camera records both video and audio. It also has GPS for detailed location and time data that pinpoints exactly when and where events happened. You can mount the camera to your windshield and record your drive in 720p, 1080p or WVGA. It records in a continuous loop using the 4 GB microSD card that is included. For more memory, you can add a larger microSD card.
7. V1 2.7 LCD Wide Angle Dashboard Camera by Rexing
This dash camera has 1920×1080 full HD resolution and photography compression technology. The 170 degree lens has six layers of glass and the camera is not easily noticed due to its discreet design. It continuously records on a loop, overwriting the oldest video file with the most recent. It has a G-sensor which automatically detects impacts and can lock the data into memory so that you have video proof of the scene and what happened.
6. Car Black Box Windshield/Dashboard Car DVR Camera by ZeroEdge
This dash camera has several great features such as manually adjustable contrast, brightness and white balance settings. It also automatically detects when you start your car and turns on, plus turns of automatically shortly after the engine is turned off. It detects motion, as it will pause the recording for 30 seconds automatically after the vehicle stops moving, and will resume recording when it starts to move. Plus, it has crash detection using a highly sensitive G-sensor which will start the camera recording and lock the file whenever a crash or collision is detected. The sensitivity can be changed to low, mid or high levels.
5. X1 Full HD Wide Angle Dashboard Camcorder by KDLINKS
With insurance costs rising, having this dashboard camera for your vehicle could save you more money than the price of the camera itself. It is useful for all drivers and will start recording right away when you start your car up. It has a night mode as well to make sure you get high quality recordings in low light conditions. No details escape the F1.6 high quality lens on this camera. The six-glass lens and very sensitive AR-0330 sensor ensures excellent quality videos.
4. A118-C Capacitor Full 1080P HD Dashboard Camera by Spy Tec
With this dash cam, you don’t have to worry about an internal battery like most dash cams. Instead, it uses a capacitor as its power source, which means it can be operated at a much higher temperature and you won’t be worrying about it overheating. This could make this camera the perfect choice for anyone in a hot climate. This camera is very compact and can fit in slightly above and in front of the rear-view mirror. The black facing blends into the exterior of the mirror which makes it look like other parts of your car. It has a high definition 1080p resolution and a built-in 1.5 HD screen.
3. G1W Dashboard Camera by Black Box
This dash camera has 1080P HD and is simple to setup, mounting to any flat surface on your dash. The camera will automatically start up when you start the ignition of your car and will record on an infinite loop. It has a 2.7” high res LCD screen which can playback direction on the camera. You will always have data available for viewing and protection.
2. 2.5” HD Dashboard Video Camera by Generic
This rotatable camera has a 120 degree wide vie angle and Infrared night vision. It will capture high definition and can display it on the 2.5” LCD screen. Videos are saved in the SD/MMC memory card, and files can be saved per 2, 5, and 15 minutes with recycled recording. It very easily attaches to the dashboard of your car.
1. F170 Dashcam with full HD 1080P by Falcon Zero
This F170 HD camera comes with GPS software plus a GPS module s you can see yoru footage plus see on a map what your coordinates and speed were. The gravity sensor detects any vibration or sudden jolt like in a collision and will automatically lock that clip so it won’t be overwritten. You get the highest quality recordings along with parking security, night vision, motion sensor and loop recording capabilities.