Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the sick the spirit and the meteors of the daily journey
Dash cams are already in many countries because of the scammers that try to create accidents so they can sue you. You have
However, while auto-con artists, not, as usual, with the record of your trips is a sensible precaution to take—especially if you are driving professionally. And even if you don’t, you will be able to appreciate unexpected timeline and map knowledge with it-and embedded-GPS, your travels, or tap in your smart home, as we recently tested with an Alexa-enabled dash cam, the Garmin Talk Plus (available at Amazon).
29. November, 2019: We have a new front – inner dash favorite came! The Akaso track 1 Pro is the premium version of Akaso affordable track 1, which we have already fallen, although GPS were missing. The Pro-version of the Trace-1 adds to the lack of GPS and bottom doubled with Wi-Fi-phone connectivity. Plus, at $130, it’s still pretty affordable. Read our full review.
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We have a new top pick for the best front/rear, dash-cam. Next base is 422GW (available on Amazon) is a modular system, the multiple camera-types and functions of Alexa-assistance, touch display, and GPS. Apart from the lack of internal infrared, it is the almost perfect dash cam. Read our review the Thinkware X700.
We also liked the Z-edge F1 dash cam (available on Amazon) so much, we started a new “best” category. With 1440p front video, 1080p front/interior, good night and low-light shooting, and GPS, it is the overall package is almost as soon as you figure out how to use the devil. read our full review.
The Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro (available on Amazon) is our new favorite low-cost dash-cam. It is compact, lightweight, relatively inexpensive, takes good video under all conditions and has a real battery on the run, if the 12-volt fails. Because we recommend for GPS-legal and trip report reasons, which I will speak, it is as if the $22 optional GPS mount were part of the deal. If you’re smart, it will be. Read our full review.
Garmin Speak, Plus, dash-cam (available on Amazon) deserves mention because it is the only dash cam (Speak in a different way than its predecessor, the Garmin), which can be controlled with Amazon Alexa smart assistant. You can also of course, to ask you to do Alexa, and other things around your house, while you in the car. Keep your smartphone phone to enjoy all the features, if. Read our full review.
Best front/rear, dash-cam
next, base the GW modular series (available at Amazon) has raised the bar for the dual-channel dash cams. They are expensive, but have a HDMI port, in addition to the output of video, one of the three rear camera options. In addition, there is phone connectivity, Alexa, GPS and a touch screen. If it is not recorded for the lack of infrared lighting for interior night, the 422GW would be pretty much perfect. For my purposes, it still is, but if you are driving, a taxi or police car in night, the instrument recorded is not going to cut it. Read our full review.
Best budget-front/rear, dash-cam
The A129 Duo is our favorite budget dual-camera dash-cam (available on Amazon), with superior-1080p-day-and-night-video of the front and rear cameras. It holds its own against far more expensive competition. Apart from the slightly bulky rear-cam cable, it’s all the goodness, all the time. Read our full review.
Best the front/interior of a dash cam
The Akaso track 1 Pro is the premium version of Akaso affordable track 1 (available on Amazon), which does not have GPS. The Pro version adds the missing GPS, double down with Wi-Fi-phone connectivity, and at $130 on Amazon, still in the financial range for most users. Read our full review.
What to look for in a dash cam
- 12-volt-power: I was sure that all the dash-cam would companies switch to OBD-style power connections, in this year, but Garmin and most others seem to be sticking with the extra 12-volt outlet (also known as the cigarette lighter) and USB cable. But the power disappears if you turn off the car. Outliers, such as the owl and PureCam to use the OBD-II port for a constant 12-volt power and OBD-II-USB-power-cables are now available separately (as an alternative to hard wiring kits, draw a constant 12-volt power from the harness). I recommend one with a USB type A connection, the space for a dash cam. Most of those are with a captive cable, I’ve seen mini-USB.
- battery (or super capacitor) energy: is A battery that keeps the camera recording after an accident is important if you want to be sure you take a whole incident in the 12-volt power supply is lost. If the duration is sufficient, it also allows you to record for a while with the car turned off. Super-capacitors, and at the same time offers more charging cycle and a wide operating temperature range, do not burn for very long 12-volts-power supply is disturbed, a crash, and sometimes not at all.
- event capture triggered by a shock (G) sensors, or, when in the Parking mode (see below), by the movement detection.
- Continuous loop recording -the storage requirements. Video recorded is then immediately overwritten, is stored in a specified interval, unless. Video is stored (protected against overwriting) automatically when an incident is detected. Most of the dash cams overwrites older recordings when you run out of space.
- Cloud storage with a dash-cams, like the owl and PureCam. The upload to the cloud in real time is a nice insurance against damage and theft. The thief provided, is not smart enough to kill the dash cam immediately. It is practically fleets for the administration of the vehicle, as well as to ensure incident-videos are safe easy online.
- Self-powered recording if the power goes out, so that you can be sure of, all to an in-between case. This requires a battery or super-capacitor (See above). The camera should have a setting that you can set how long the camera runs on 12-volts before shutting down.
- A decently wide field of view: you will see cameras with less than a 90-degree field of view, but you will catch more of what is around you, if you go for 120 to 140 degrees. Some cameras offer 160 to 180 degree lens. To compensate, you note that the wider the field of view, the more fish-eye distortion, and the workmanship is involved.
- day and night video recording (night quality is a great variant)
- infrared lighting is important if you are to guarantee good shots of the nighttime events inside the cabin of the vehicle.
- MicroSD – card storage. More expensive dash cams and bundle a memory card. Some come with larger maps, and some budget models come without. Often there are bundles with the card. A camera which we are familiar, the owl, opt for hard-wired internal memory.
- GPS: This function is the tipping point could, if you settle your recorded Videos, the dispute. Watermark the video is common, but if you are in the embedded-video-GPS-info is also very useful for the mapping of your trip. GPS will also automatically set the time in better cameras.
- Parking monitoring: This can mean two things. The dash runs to save the cam continuously in low-frame-rate-mode, the card space and battery, running or in the standby mode, and Wake up when motion or g-forces are detected. We/ve checked the cameras (VaVa), which has a battery large enough to monitor the car with the 12-volt on-off for several days, but most cameras need a constant 12 volt source. (See above).
- Dual channel support: This is what you need if you want to run both front and rear or inside (cabin view) cameras. Indoor cameras are usually located on the dash cam, but the back cameras are separate and require additional wiring.
- HDR (high dynamic range) is not necessary, but makes for the more detailed video due to the better contrast. It also gives, in General, richer color, which is part of the movement, if you are not necessarily in the connection.
- WDR (wide dynamic range) is similar to the above, except it usually only applies to the color and not against it.
- phone > connectivity is not essential, but it can shift video, and the configuration of the dash-cam easier.
How we test dash cams
Few people are as well situated geographically as I am, to test dash-cams. Within two blocks there is a large, four -, and six-lane thoroughfares, numerous bike paths, joggers, dog-walkers, blind ear-budded pedestrian and a major bus nexus, both for public and private trainers. The possibilities for the near-accident are endless.
For each of the dash-cam I fit to judge it in my car to do the ease and convenience, so. tip: a Lot of dash-cams set on the adhesive for mounting on your windshield. Hot conditions can make it impossible to remove the film that protects the adhesive. Remove the foil in a cool environment, or put it in the fridge for a minute or two before you install it.
I put each of the dash-cam for several days and nights worth of driving, video recording and picture quality assessment. All the dash ve take the cams I ‘ in the last couple of years, good day video. However, night-time video is often flickering plagued by dark shadows and spotlight. That is to say, the quality can be improved quickly with the introduction of new sensors. Take a look at the night shots in each evaluation.
I try all the functions: keys, display controls, apps. Apart from the rear-view support and GPS, the main differences between the products are the control elements of the user interface and additional features, such as lane departure and collision warnings, the with some models. I try them…and I turn them off. In practice, you will usually tell me I’m changing lanes in dense traffic, or you have been simply cut off. In addition, the conflict due to the warnings will come too late to do something, but it draws exactly the wrong time.
Note that the one thing that I can not on them is the durability, as my exam is done over a relatively short period of time. Please check user reviews on the various attractions and pay attention to the warranty.
What’s next in dash cams
Dash cams have a lot of room to develop. As nice as dual-channel, there is talk about real 360-degree video. Check out TechHive’s see evaluation of PowerDVD 16, 3D playback to how convincing that can be.
All of our dash cam reviews
See the list below for details on dash-cams we’ve reviewed that are currently available, and check back for the reviews of the new products in this growing category.
Released on Sun, 01 Dec 2019 15:14:00 +0000