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Last updated: 19 November 2018

Ever been in a car accident or road rage incident that wasn't your fault? When it's your word against someone else's, video from a dashboard camera could be useful to prove your case.

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We test more than 50 car dashboard cameras – also known as dash cams – priced from $50 to around $600, to help you find the models that:

  • deliver the best video quality in daylight, artificial light and low light, to allow you to see identifying details like number plates
  • have the best angle of view
  • are the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily compare the pros and cons of each model, and our Recommended list lets you see at a glance which dash cams get the thumbs-up.

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Brand

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Recommend retail price as of July 2018. Keep in mind most of the dashboard cameras tested don't come with a required microSD memory card, which will cost you more money.

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    Built-in display

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    Type and size of screen on rear of dashcam (if applicable).

      Records GPS map location and speed data

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      This information can be useful for police and insurers if you're involved in an incident that results in an investigation/claim.

        Impact detection

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        This notes when the car has been bumped or moved. Most dash cams will highlight and isolate the video segment using a date and time stamp. This includes the moments leading up to, and after, the incident. Some will isolate and protect this segment so you won't accidentally delete it.

          Internal battery

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          Lets the camera run without permanent power connection for a short period. This is essentially a fail safe should the dashcam disconnect from the power supply, in most cases. Many brands replace the internal battery with a capacitor that has enough power to save the video and shut down before the power runs out. These models, however, will not keep recording.

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            • Overall score
            • CHOICE Buy
            • Angle of view score
            • Picture quality - daylight score
            • Picture quality - artificial light score
            • Picture quality - low light score
            • Ease of use score
            • Good points
            • Bad points
            • Brand
            • Model
            • Availability
            • Price
            • Built-in display
            • Memory card included
            • Rear cameras
            • Parking mode
            • Records GPS map location and speed data
            • Internal battery
            • Continuous loop recording
            • Automatic recording when vehicle starts
            • Impact detection
            • Shoot still photos
            • Highest available resolution
            • Mounting method
            • Removable memory card type
            • Weight (g)
            • Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
            • Origin
            • Contact

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