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Last updated: 29 October 2019

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.

  • For advice on what to look for in a new dash cam, or how to get the best out of the one you have, read our dash cams buying guide.
  • Dive into how we test dash cams to see how we arrive at our recommendations.
  • More information about shopping links is below.
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We test more than 30 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 and at night, 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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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Recommend retail price as of October 2019. Keep in mind most of the dashboard cameras tested don't come with a required microSD memory card, which will cost you more money.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 50 and 649

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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.

          Shoot still photos

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          Can capture stills in addition to video.

            Internal battery

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            Lets the camera run without permanent power connection for a short period. This is essentially a failsafe 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 - night driving score
              • Ease of use score
              • Good points
              • Bad points
              • Brand
              • Model
              • Availability
              • Buy now
              • 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
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