Want to know which is the best dash cam when it comes to recording your front or rear end? Well, we`ve got a piece of really good news for you. We have tested 12 to give you the best and most reliable recommendation to choose your next dash cam.
There are several things to consider while selecting the best dash cam and the most important of them all is the image quality. The device no matter how fancy it is if you are unable to review footage of any unfortunate event, then it is pointless to have that device. All the cams in our below list have the image quality that you can be happy with.
Another noticeable point is not only all the cams in below list are battery operated but they also have minuscule sub-thirty minute battery lives. Which is actually good news as they will require a power cable, similar to sat nav.
DASH CAM REVIEWS 2019
GARMIN DASH CAM 55 REVIEWS (The King of Dash Cams in 2019)
This is excellent dash cam having a number of extra features, high-quality footage, and a brilliant design. It is the most compact cam thus making it attractive as well. Despite being small it has plenty of extra features like GPS and smartphone integration with the Garmin Virb app. There is also speed camera warning and departure & forward collision warning.
The recording is done in 1440p and it records best in sunlight test and the night test went pretty well.
The best feature is the mount design which is a small 3M magnet mount, the placement and removal are incredibly easy.
The only noticeable downside is the kind of fiddly menu which is controlled by four buttons on the side. It could have been much better with a touch screen.
GARMIN DASH CAM 55 PROS AND CONS
- Well-designed mount
- Easy operation
- Voice control
- Action cam-like design
- Complex menu
NEXTBASE 612 GW DASH CAM REVIEWS
(A clunky design with best image quality)
The company is the major player in the Cam market and their latest device 612GW is their best so far. Top of the line point is the image quality. It is the best of any cam in the list having 4K Ultra HD resolution, polarizing lens, seven-element lens, and the Sony Exmor R sensor. The built quality is really improved as they have replaced plastic with aluminum. Wi-Fi and GPS are the other useful features and are pretty easy to use well.
The downside is the chunky design which really does take more space on the windscreen. And all the beep and chimes sounds does make it look like very cheap which it isn’t. By the way, you can always turn these sounds off.
NEXTBASE 612 GW PROS AND CONS
- Magnetic mount
- Best image quality
- Plenty of useful features, no gimmicks
- Poor app
- Chunky design
THINKWARE F800 PRO DASH CAMERA REVIEWS
(An invisible design with impressive night mode)
Arguably the cam which we have used for the longest time and the reason is its extremely low profile which makes it the favorite. You can easily stick it with 3M tape, as there is no screen, it can easily be hidden behind the rearview mirror. The F800 comes with GPS tracking, lifetime safety camera, and speed alerts, as well as Safety Warnings such as forward collision and lane departure awareness.
The image quality is quite good and night mode is very impressive as it produces a very sharp image with no noise at all. The built-in Wi-Fi is pretty useful for connectivity, though you might face some connectivity issues.
The most amazing capability bundled in this all-new F800 Pro is Thinkware`s new Cloud service. you can use this feature for geofenced notification, and locating your car while it is parked.
THINKWARE F800 PRO PROS AND CONS
- Non-intrusive design
- Interesting cloud features
- Parking & night modes
- Constant app connectivity issue
MIO MIVUE C330 DASH CAMERA REVIEWS 2019
This all in-budget dash cam can be your best starting point if you are looking to test the waters before jumping in. The 1080p at 30fps filming is pretty good though not as good as the other expensive options on our list. There are plenty of extra good features like built-in GPS tracking, and safety camera warnings.
The downside is the camera night mode which is not great and if you have a lot of night driving to do, this might not be the right option for you.
MIO MIVUE C330 PROS AND CONS
- Small in size
- Fully featured
- Large mount
- Not a good night vision
PHILIPS ADR81BLX1 ADR 810 DASH CAMERA REVIEWS
Philips is a trusted name worldwide, though not in the world of cams. But nonetheless, their all-new ADR81BLX1 ADR 810 has a pretty clear screen and a decent image quality to go with. A very cool feature which we have not found in any other dash cam is the Driver Fatigue Warning which seems to be very useful.
There are few downsides to this cam, top of them all is that this cam has no internal battery which means as soon as it is unplugged it dies (but of course, after saving the footage). The second is the built quality which you really don’t expect from the name like Philips.
PHILIPS ADR81BLX1 ADR 810 DASH CAM PROS AND CONS
- Good image quality in low light
- Secure sticky mount
- Fewer features
- No internal battery despite the large size
PROOFCAM RAC 05 DASH CAMERA REVIEW
This is one of the most fully features Cam around. You will find almost all the feature in PROOFCAM RAC 05 which you have witnessed in Garmin Dash Cam 55. GPS tracking, lifetime safety camera and speed alerts, forward collision and departure warnings. The large screen makes video viewing easier and image quality is also very nice.
For the downside, it does not have any Wi-Fi & smartphone companion app, and the design of mount suction is also not intrusive.
The only reason is to go for this one is that it is significantly cheaper than the Garmin Dash Cam 55 and it probably worth it.
Read detailed Proofcam RAC 05 GPS dashcam review here.
PROOFCAM RAC 05 CAMERA PROS AND CONS
- Simple one having excellent features
- Lifetime speed camera warnings
- Almost zero battery life
- Not equipped with good safety features
MIO MIVUE 688 CAMERA REVIEWS
The neat little device on our list. Despite having a dinky body, it still has a 2.7-inch screen. It does have GSP tracking, and lifetime speed limit notifications but it doesn’t have any Wi-Fi option which makes direct phone connection impossible. The usage of Sony optic sensor is very impressive, especially in low light and the one button/touch screen makes easy to use along with the design beauty.
MIO MIVUE 688 CAMERA PROS AND CONS
- Sony image sensor
- Small in size
- Mount isn’t secure
- Expensive as compared to competitors
NEXTBASE 112 DASH CAM 2019 REVIEWS
This one is the cheapest and the smallest of them all. Having a 120-degree camera and smart brushed-metal detailing. It also has a mic and a battery with 30 minutes back up and comes up with a 32GB card for recording in the three-minute chunk.
The only two-inch screen doesn’t look very attractive in the current touchscreen era and that too with not very sharp images as extremes of light and shade through it a little.
NEXTBASE 112 DASH CAM PROS AND CONS
- Small in size
- Fiddly screen
- Not the sharpest
GARMIN DRIVEASSIST 51 LMT-5 DASH CAMERA REVIEWS
It is both a dash cam and sat nav. It has a very large five-inch screen which lets you check the camera position and a 4GB card to record onto, which can be either all the time or at the time of smash. The footage quality is excellent and has one-minute chunk saving. Microphone, time, date, speed, and location are included and can be turned off at any time. Bluetooth and driver assistance features such as lane-departure and forward collision warnings are also very handy.
GARMIN DRIVEASSIST 51 LMT-5 PROS AND CONS
- Comes with Sat Nav
- Large screen
- Large in size.
- Annoying driver alerts
SNOOPER DVR-4HD DASH CAM REVIEWS 2019
This dash cam has made its mark with its speed camera detectors. Like most rivals, it records automatically and on a loop, overwriting earlier footage when the 16GB memory card fills. The 140-degree lens, 2MP camera, and 1080P HD provide some of the sharpest imagery. You also get time, date, speed and GPS coordinates on a 2.7-inch touchscreen with clear sound and Wi-Fi connectivity.
SNOOPER DVR-4HD PROS AND CONS
- Built-in speed camera detectors
- Good quality recording
- Narrow FOV
- Plasticy design
ROADHAWK VISION DASH CAM REVIEW 2019
The compact design cam with some useful trick up its sleeves. All of this at a very affordable rate which makes it one of the cheapest options to have. It does not have any screen but since it has Wi-Fi so you can always check free app for the camera position. The 160-degree, 5MP camera gives a great view though most are 120-degree – and its images are very crisp.
Since it does not have a screen so speed and location are not shown which is a downside which cannot be ignored.
ROADHAWK VISION PROS AND CONS
- Affordable price
- Cheap build quality
- No speed or location
COBRA CDR 900 E DASH CAMERA REVIEWS 2019
You are going to love it at first sight. As it has a smart, sturdy body and premium detailing to go with 160-degree lens, 3MP camera, and 1296p Super HD recording producing high-quality footage. Link it with your smartphone via Wi-Fi and view recording on the free app.
COBRA CDR 900 E lets itself down with what you can call an awkward interface and a microphone which doesn’t sound good at all. Despite the steep price attached to it, the cam still cannot record speed or location.
COBRA CDR 900 E DASH CAM PROS AND CONS
- Good quality recording
- Neat design
- Poor Mic
- Awkward interface