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Last updated: 29 September 2021
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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 car dashboard cameras – also known as dash cams – priced from around $50–649 to help you find the models that:

  • deliver the best video quality in daylight, artificial light and low light (nighttime) 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.

Models tested in 2021 were assessed under different conditions due to COVID-19 travel limits restricting access to our labs. Though the stringent method was very similar to the typical one used to test dash cams previously, it does mean that the results for 2021 models are not directly comparable to older dash cams in our test. Since the heat test could not be conducted, new models were given a score based on the performance of previous models from the same brand. These will be tested, and the scores updated, when we can return to our labs.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    This is the recommended retail price at the time of testing. Keep in mind many of the dashboard cameras we've tested don't come with a required microSD memory card, which will cost you more money.

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    Screen

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    Type and size of screen on rear of dash cam, if applicable.

      Stamps 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 or claim.

        4K video

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        This means the camera supports a resolution of at least 4096 x 2160.

          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 – night driving score

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          Our tester installs the dash cam in a car, drives a set route in different lighting conditions at night including well-lit main roads, tunnels and dark side streets. They assess the recorded video for clarity, fluidity of motion, colour accuracy, light balance and environmental details.

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          • Overall score
          • Picture quality - daylight score
          • Picture quality - night driving score
          • Ease of use score
          • Heat test score
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Price
          • Built-in display
          • Memory card included
          • Rear cameras
          • Parking mode
          • Records GPS map location and speed data
          • Internal battery
          • Shoot still photos
          • Angle of view
          • 4K video
          • HD video
          • 60 fps
          • Mounting method
          • Removable memory card type
          • Weight (g)
          • Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
          • Origin

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