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We review dash cameras and give recommendations based on our hands on testing.

To quickly learn what we think is the best budget and premium cameras for 2017 see our two video guides:

To learn more see on article on Best Dash Cameras of 2018. If you want to learn how to pick a dash camera see our Buyer’s Guide.

Latest Updates

The Best Premium Dual Lens Dash Cams

Oct 2, 2018

Here’s our recommendations on premium front-back dash cameras for 2018. Learn which cameras give you better reliability, performance and features. We spent over $2000+ and 100+ hours testing cameras to give you our three top picks.

Viofo A119 Pro Review//A119V2 & A119S comparison

May 23, 2018

We have reviewed the A119 Pro and compared it to the A119V2 and the A119S. After our tests we can confidently say, that the A119V2 remains our top budget pick for most drivers and the winner of the A119 showdown. See our video review and decide which of these dash cameras is the best.

Blueskysea B1W – our cheapest pick for warm weather

April 22, 2018

If you still haven’t visited our youtube channel, make sure you do. We have reviewed the Blueskysea B1W which is now our top pick for a cheap warm weather camera. It has capacitors, WiFi, stealthy form-factor and good error notifications.

Best Dash Cameras in 2018

March 23, 2018 After testing 70+ dash cameras here are what we think the best dash cams for different drivers in 2018.

Z-Edge S3 and S4 – There Are Better Choices

February 21, 2018 We were initially excited by the great video specs and the strong reputation Z-Edge has for customer service but ultimately we ruled both cameras out as viable options. They have limited availability outside of the USA, are more expensive and less heat-resistant than other options on the market.

Viofo WR1 – A Small and Heat-Resistant Dash Cam

January 19, 2018

After fully testing the Viofo WR-1 we think it’s a good choice for people who want a small, heat-resistant camera that can rotate 360°. However, the WR-1 isn’t our first choice for most drivers unless you want it’s compactness and full coverage. Find out what we think of this camera.

Yi 2.7K – Not Great Value?

January 5, 2018

We took a deeper look at the Yi 2.7K Ultra Dash camera. It has one of the highest available resolutions in dash cameras right now. It also has voice control functions and great app functionality. Unfortunately, it’s not a good pick for warm weather because of the battery. Overall it’s improvements don’t justify it’s $100 price tag.

The Best Dual Channel Dash Cameras

November 7, 2017

We have tested a number of dual channel dash cameras and came up with our TOP 3 choices for most drivers. These cameras record not only the front, but also the rear of your vehicle. Having a rear camera could prove to be very useful as it is a great extra insurance if you get in tailgating accident or you are a victim of road rage. Read the Article Here

Anker Roav Reviewed – Not Good in Hot Weather

September 28, 2017

We tested one of the most popular cameras in the market – the Anker Roav. The Roav is not a bad buy for those who live in a cooler climate. It has a unique parking mode which is handy for people who don’t want to hardwire their camera. See our video to learn what we think about this camera.

Best $60 Dash Camera for Warm Weather

August 22, 2017

After testing many budget dash cameras we think the Viofo G1W-S is the best option for drivers living in warm enviornments and don’t have money for our $100 upgrade pick the Viofo A119.

Dash Cameras for Uber, Taxi, and Lyft Drivers

July 10th, 2017

After 100+ hours of research and testing we came up with 4 cameras for taxi and ridesharing drivers we recommend from budget to premium models. If you move passengers professionally, these cameras are for you.

Dash Camera Problems & Solutions

July 4th, 2017

After reviewing 20+ cameras we get many questions on common problems with the cameras we recommend. We’re launching a new resouce to hopefully answer some of the questions on how to fix your camera and get it running.

Thinkware F770 Dual Channel Review Launched

Nov 24th, 2016

We think Thinkware’s F770 is a pricey, albeit great front and back dash camera. Great for parked recording and a new body made specifically for North America to be more stealthy. Read more here.

Parking Mode Guide Released

Sept 14, 2016 parking_mode_installation_cameras_banner

I get a lot of questions about capturing vandals or hit and runs in parking lots. Here’s a guide on which dash cameras to pick, hardwiring equipment and installation.

Viofo A119 Review

August 1, 2016 Viofo_A119_Banner

The Viofo A119 is now our top value dash camera for it’s combination of stealthiness, capacitor design which increases reliability and great video quality. If I could only pick one camera to recommend, it would be the Viofo A119.

New SD Card Guide Launched

July 11, 2016 Vantrue_R2_Review_Banner

Choosing the right SD card for your dash camera can greatly improve reliability. We let you know what’s important.

Yi Dash Camera Reviewed

May 29th, 2016 XiaoYi_Smart_Dash_Camera

We review Yi Technology (XiaoMi) first dash camera and we’re a big fan. It’s a great camera for most drivers.

Garmin 20, Papago GS200 and Transcend DP200 Reviewed

February 22, 2016 Dash Cam 20, GoSafe 200, DrivePro 200 Side by Side on Tabletop

We looked at 3 name-brand models: Garmin 20, Papago GoSafe 200 and Transcend DrivePro 200. You’ve probably seen them at places like Best Buy.

These aren’t new cameras but are still popular and will serve as a good comparison for future reviews.

Got Into An Accident On Christmas

January 15, 2016

Ran into this gentleman on Christmas evening (ignore date stamp). Nice guy but clearly misguided on the rules of the road. I couldn’t believe his explanation! Read more below on damages and the camera used.

Total accident damage – $1500 in parts, $1500 in labour. Overall glad there was no injuries and everyone returned to their family dinners that night shortly after this video was taken.

Recent Dash Cam Deals

July 5th, 2016
A118C’s price dropped to $49 USD from GearBest. We recommended it here. Good stealthy pick but we think the XiaoYi Yi is a better pick for most drivers.

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hi im noushad from india and in looking for dual channel dash with parking mode. budget $150 to $200.
i loved viofo A129 but any other models if im missing please pour in ur comments and recommendations.
Thanks

robert engstrom
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Andrew, you haven’t posted in a while. Did they buy you off? I can imagine your hard hitting reviews make you less than a favorite of the industry. But they are the best reviews by far. If you are going to do more I for one would be willing to pay a small amount to support the effort.

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Anker’s Roav dashcams have a couple of newer available models, C2 and A1. Do you know what are differences between the two models. Both models are similarly priced.

Mack
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Mack

Would love you to do a review of the ZXS X9 out of china. Currently it’s on Amazon. Thanks

Kirby
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Kirby

Hey Andrew,
When are you going to review the new Viofo a129 Duo and compare it to the a119? I’m was ready to purchase the a119, based on your review until I learned that the a129 has been released.

Thanks for all the reviews, they have been very helpful.

robert engstrom
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robert engstrom

I also would love for you to review the A129.

james rubben
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james rubben

using a A129 myself and totally happy with the built quality as well as the video quality. haven’t found any issues so far, wifi has been good, rear camera is nice and discreet, definitely a step up from the A119s. highly recommended! for this price, you can hardly go wrong.

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Hey Andrew,

I just bought the dual channel mini 0906 from Amazon with the parking guard. I had a mechanic install the whole thing and for the last couple days the camera seriously over heats in a matter of minutes, both while driving and while the car is off and it’s in parking guard mode. On both a cool, cloudy day with full blast air conditioning to a hot day, the temperature of the camera goes from say, 80 degrees all the way to 170.

Have any insight on what might be causing the problem? I’m using SD card(s) that you recommended as well.

Thank you for your time.

John
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John

Any opinions on Papago or 4Sight dashcams?

Dave
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Dave

Hi Andrew,

Have you heard of Viralsaur? I’ve been seeing their Ad online for a little while now. It might be something worth checking out for a budget car cam.
https://viralsaur.com/products/1080p-wifi-dvr-dash-cam

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Dave

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Hi Andrew, looking forward to your Aukey DR02D review, I’m currently running this after trying a few different cameras. It out performs the Mini 0906, Blackvue 490L and Thinkware F770 for picture quality front and rear whilst recording at a reduced bit rate it still manages to capture more detail than the others and saves space on the mico sd card. Thinkware and Blackvue have better parking monitor but picture clarity in comparison are not good. Mini is a good effort but still not as clear as the Aukey, also not being close to the windscreen magnifies any dirt marks – you need a clean windscreen.

Steve
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Steve

Hi Andrew,

Can you review rear view mirror dash cams?

Clint
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I absolutely am waiting for this as well. Best reviewer on YouTube hands down!