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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Garmin Dash Cam 65W

Scores 3.7 out of 5 from 250 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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from £122.00

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Nextbase Dash Cam 612GW

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. If you've seen 'Car Crash Britain' you'llView more

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Garmin Dash Cam 55

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 and speed cameras, forward collision and lane departureView more

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from £114.95

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Garmin Dash Cam 46

The compact, discreet GPS-enabled Garmin Dash Cam 46 provides a wide 140-degree field of view that clearly captures important details in high-quality 1080 HD video if an incident occurs. It also provides advanced driver alerts, including forward collision, lane departure and a Go alert to enhance driver awareness.Get alerts for red light cameras and speed cameraView more

from £115.00

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Garmin Dash Cam 56

The compact, discreet GPS-enabled Garmin Dash Cam 56 provides a wide 140-degree field of view. It clearly captures important details in high-quality 1440 HD video - in all light conditions - if an incident occurs. It also provides advanced driver alerts, including forward collision, lane departure and a Go alert to enhance driver awareness.Get alerts for redView more

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Garmin Dash Cam 66W

The compact, discreet GPS-enabled Garmin Dash Cam 66W provides an extra-wide 180-degree field of view. It clearly captures important details in high-quality 1440 HD video - in all light conditions - if an incident occurs. It also provides driver alerts, including forward collision, lane departure and a Go alert to enhance driver awareness.Get alerts for red lightView more

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from £155.00

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Nextbase Rear View Mirror Dash Cam

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 view mirror - simply stick on and switch on. It's packed full of theView more