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Last updated: 13 October 2017

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 20 car dashboard cameras – also known as dash cams – priced from $50 to $545 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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Recommend retail prices are used, where possible. Keep in mind most of the dashboard cameras tested don't come with a microSD memory card, which will cost you more money.

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Built-in display

Records GPS map location and speed data

Impact detection

Shoot still photos

Internal battery

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Picture quality - artificial light score

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Our tester installs the dash cam in a car and parks in a well-lit enclosed garage (simulating an underground carpark or road tunnel), then assesses the recorded video for clarity, fluidity of motion and colour accuracy.

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Picture quality - daylight score

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Our tester installs the dash cam in a car, drives a set route in clear daylight, and assesses the recorded video for clarity, fluidity of motion and colour accuracy.

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Picture quality - low light score

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Our tester installs the dash cam in a car and parks in an enclosed garage but with most lighting and the car's headlights turned off. If the dash cam has a 'night vision' function, this is turned on. He then assesses the recorded video for clarity, fluidity of motion and colour accuracy.

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  • Overall score
  • Recommended
  • Angle of view score
  • Picture quality - daylight score
  • Picture quality - artificial light score
  • Picture quality - low light score
  • Ease of use
  • Mounting method
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  • Status
  • Price
  • Built-in display
  • Memory card included
  • Rear camera
  • 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 vertical resolution
  • Removable memory card type
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