Car Cam Central – We Review Dash Cameras

Welcome!

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 2016. If you want to learn how to pick a dash camera see our Buyer’s Guide.

Latest Updates

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.

Vantrue R2 Reviewed

June 18th, 2016 Vantrue_R2_Review_Banner

The Vantrue R2 has been widely reviewed and even crowned as the runner up for “Best Dash Cam” by the Wirecutter but sadly it falls short of being good for us. The value is simply not there even with it’s good video quality.

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.

Ausdom A261 & Dome D201 Reviewed

March 9, 2016 Ausdom_Dome_Header

We compared two budget cameras with great video quality. Ausdom is great but has a critical flaw. Keep an eye out on Ausdom in the near future.

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

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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james
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Can you review a HiCool P3 dash cam?

Norm
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Hi Andrew, thanks for your very helpful reviews. I bought a Viofo A119 based on your recommendation. Unfortunately, it only worked for four months then failed. After a short web search, I found that many are having the same problem I had: the camera won’t record, and none of the buttons function except the power button. The camera never gets past the “VIOFO” opening screen.
Viofo was responsive and helped me load the latest firmware. I also replaced the SD card. None of this helped. The camera was used Jan-Apr, so it wasn’t a hot weather issue. I believe the camera design is defective. You should consider whether to revise your recommendation for this camera, or at least warn people of this common failure mode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDQfS5psZWE

Jacques Huot
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Jacques Huot

Andrew

thanks you for your reviews they’ve helped narrow my pick. One last item is that I wanted to know if you’ve updated the review of the VIOFO A119S V2 and would like to hear / see your views on the V2.

Tencho
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Hi, i want to ask for an advice, i have anti radar and i want to ask for recomendation. There are so many models. Could i have an advice
What do you think about Garmin or Cobra? Or there is something better on a normal not so expensive price

Dave Herbert
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Dave Herbert

Hi Andrew! I’m curious, Anker released a wedge type Dash Cam product recently and it looks a lot like the Viofo product. Have you seen it? Do you think you’ll get around to reviewing it?

Thanks
Dave

Anker Roav Dash Cam
https://www.amazon.com/Dashboard-Recorder-Wide-Angle-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B06XNSDRW8

Daniel Drake
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Daniel Drake

Andrew. I am in need of your advice. I recently decided to get a dash camera. But funds are quite thin. Have any idea on a good quality camera for a person who has little cash?. I do know in the climate I am in gets quite cold in winter and sometimes averages about 100 degrees and humid in summer (New England area of the USA). I am on disability and I can only afford about $50. Or do you know how I can obtain one free. Do not care if it is demo

Bruce
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Andrew: Have you ever tested/reviewed the dash cams from Rand McNally. I am specificaly interested in the Dash Cam 300. Would like to know what you think of it.

Kar Sharm
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Hello Andrew,
I am long haul truck driver (Driving my own truck- hence It will installed once and not moved around – no hard wiring though) based out of BC, driving all over Canada and the USA in varied climates and road conditions both night and day. I am on a stiff budget and writing to get what your pick of dash cam is for my intended purpose. I have shortlisted the following: A119, Blackvue DR3500, Transcend 200 and NuCam AW (1080hd with wifi).
I am apprehensive as to how I can position angle/focus the Blackvue DR3500 accurately as it is not wifi enabled nor does it have a screen.
Please help.
Thanks in advance.
Kar

Roman
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Hi Andrew ,

Hope you can help me here , I am leaving in Eastern Europe [Rep. of Moldova], and would like to buy the Vantrue X2 dash cam.
Please let me know, if its going to be a good one, as I am thinking between Viofo A119S and Vantrue X2 .

Jojin Mathews
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Jojin Mathews

Hi Andrew,
WHAT is your suggestion about the new Auto i camera. I saw a on YouTube and old like to know your opinion about that security camera.
Thanks,

Terry
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Hi there,

Glad to contact you.
My name is Terry from BRVISION.
We are professional factory specialized in OEM and ODM vehicle rear view system and surveillance products with high quality and competitive prices.

Kindly review our website wwww.brvision.com to know our camera products.
Thank you very much!

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