Dash Cams

If you’ve ever watched ‘Car Crash Britain’ on ITV, or seen a viral video featuring an angry cyclist or a smashed up car, the chances are that you’re watching dash cam footage. Historically a gadget just for police patrol cars, the dash cam is now a fairly cheap device that is available to all.

But why would you want to record your day-to-day commute? The main reason being ‘just in case’ really. On those (hopefully very rare) occasions when an accident can occur, having a recording of the accident can prove invaluable in proving liability of fault to your insurer. So much so, that many insurers will offer you a discount on your car insurance if you have a dash cam installed.

There’s other reasons to have a dash cam too of course. A recording of a lovely drive through the scenic Swiss Alps on your holiday, for example, would be a rather nice thing to have and share.

So a recording is a recoding yeah? Why are there so many dash cams, ranging from £50 to £350?

As with all technology, you get what you pay for. But if you don’t need the high end features then there’s no point in paying for them.

Things you should be looking for are:

Quality & Resolution
The cheaper models tend to have low resolution. Lower quality footage means you might not be able to see much detail such as road signs & number plates. Any branded model above £70 should be of a decent quality.

WiFi
Having WiFi onboard makes the transfer of videos from the dash cam to another device (or the cloud) a lot simpler. No cables necessary.

G-Force Sensor
G-force sensors measure impact and can lock a video to prevent deletion.

GPS
On-board GPS means that the geographical location is stored along with the video footage.

Dual View
Most dash cams are mounted on your, erm, dash board, and point forwards. Which is not much good if someone bangs into you from behind. A rear view dash cam will take footage out the back of the car too.

Mirror Dash Cams
Mirror dash cams don’t sit on your dash at all, they attach to your rear view mirror, keeping your dash nice and neat.

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Nextbase RIDE Bike Cam

Scores 3.5 out of 5 from 3 Amazon Reviewers.Now this is ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts who want to record their ride. The Nextbase RIDE Motorcycle BikeCam is the first dashcam developed by Nextbase that is designed specifically for motorbike riders. With a fully waterproof IPx6 housing, FULL 1080P HD recording, GPS tracking and Wi-Fi this camera is ready toView more

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Nextbase Dash Cam 412GW

Scores 4.5 out of 5 from over 2,257 Amazon Reviewers.The Nextbase Dash Cam 412GW introduces a new era in the search for picture clarity. It uses six element glass lenses to provide stunning clear images and a 140 degree viewing angle to capture the entire road ahead, documenting all of your journeys. Download and share footage instantly using the Nextbase CamView more

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Nextbase Dash Cam 512GW

Scores 4.5 out of 5 from 4135 Amazon Reviewers.The Nextbase Dash Cam 512GW is one of Nextbase's latest dashcams, offering key features that previously were only in top end digital camcorders. Having a dashcam in your car now makes more sense than ever, with discounts on your insurance and being able to prove an accident wasn't your fault. If you've seen 'CarView more

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Nextbase Rear View Mirror Dash Cam

Scores 3.9 out of 5 from 34 Halfords Reviewers (view on Halfords).The Nextbase Rear View Mirror Dash Cam was introduced towards the end of last year. You'll never get distracted by a messy dash board again! This dash cam really does add a whole new dynamic in dash cam design. Using five innovative suction cups, the mirror can be attached to any sized rear viewView more

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Garmin Dash Cam 65W

Scores 3.5 out of 5 from 314 Amazon Reviewers.A step up from the Dash Cam 55, the 65W has an extra-wide 180-degree field of view that captures more of the environment, including cross traffic, in high-quality 1080p video. It provides advanced driver alerts for forward collision and lane departure warnings, alerts for red light and safety cameras and Go alerts.View more

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Nextbase Dash Cam 612GW

Scores 4.5 out of 5 from 3723 Amazon Reviewers.The Nextbase Dash Cam 612GW is one of Nextbase's latest dashcams, offering full 1080p recording and key features that previously were only in top end digital camcorders. Having a dashcam in your car now makes more sense than ever, with discounts on your insurance and being able to prove an accident wasn't your fault.View more

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Nextbase Dash Cam DUO HD

Scores 4.2 out of 5 from 403 Amazon Reviewers.The Nextbase Dash Cam DUO features 2 lenses offering you all round protection on the road! The first lens is designed to view out of the front of the vehicle with a 140 degree wide angle lens. The second camera has a 50 metre zoom lens and looks back through your rear windscreen to capture detail of the cars behindView more

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Garmin Dash Cam 55

Scores 3.5 out of 5 from 214 Amazon Reviewers.The small and discreet Garmin Dash Cam 55 is a step up from the Dash Cam 45 and does more than just record your drive. It starts recording the high quality 1440p video (higher resolution than the 45) and automatically and saves footage in case of incidents. It also provides advanced driver alerts for red light andView more

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Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW

Scores 4.5 out of 5 from 4,180 Amazon Reviewers.The Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW offers very high quality footage, recording in Full 1080p HD at 30fps. The 312GW uses the latest 6G glass lenses which provides a wide 140 degree viewing angle to capture both sides of the road whilst maintaining image clarity. It's the first Nextbase model to have inbuilt WiFi, meaningView more

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