Car Cam Central – We Review Dash Cameras

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

For our top picks and reviews see our page on Best Dash Cameras of 2016. If you want to learn how to pick a dash camera see our Buyer’s Guide.

Latest Updates

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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simon Wetton
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simon Wetton

Hi are you able to help. I was looking at buying one of these cameras. HD 2.7″ Car DVR R300 Camera Video Recorder Dash Cam 3D G-Sensor GPS Dual Camera. I want a good value but good quality video recording dual camera.

Can you advise on this one? or an alternative.

Thanks

Edward
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Hi Andrew,

Thank you, based on your review i have ordered Viofo A 119. Previously, I purchased, 118, which is also going great.

Thank you again.

Kishore
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Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your excellent review of Viofo A119,based on which I have ordered one.I am a first time buyer of dash cam.I did go through a number of dash cams,but was very convinced about A119.I have decided to buy Lexar high performance micro SDHC 633x 64gb card UHS-1/U1,LSDM164GBB1NL633.please let me know if this suitable for A119.
Thanks in advance .
Kishore

Ian Broughton
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Ian Broughton

Hello Andrew, I drive a 6m motorhome, could you recommend a dashcam with front and rear cameras. The rear cam is going to be primarily used for reversing, so quality needn’t be that great, but the cable has to be sufficient to reach rear to front, with allowance for routing. I love the A119, is there a similar quality of machine that can match those driving footages and incorporate a rear cam.
Regards

Uber Man on YouTube
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Uber Man on YouTube

Hello Andrew, Uber Man from YouTube here. I have 26K subs and a dashcam is something we all need for driving. What would you recommend as the best dashcam for ridesharing. I recently reviewed the VanTrue N2, VanTrue R2, and Falcon Zero F360. We need something that can give us quality interior video even in the dark, while providing the best video of the road ahead. Could I get your thoughts? Thanks.

Lost with a flat
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Lost with a flat

Andrew, I’ve looked at all of your videos and a ton of other videos on cams – they’re all over the board and NONE offer a good set of features for the value. $100 cams often have very good resolution, but limited features. $300 cams have good features, but fall behind even with good, modern chipsets.
That said, I’ve decided that a pair of Viofo (spytec) 119s forward and rear is a far better value than the much more expensive, and not badly rated, Thinkware 770 2c, Blackvue G650 2c, and others. The problem now lies on – what do I use for my in-car view? Many of the 2c sets have infrared illumination, while many do not.

Is there any camera (cheap, as the resolution does not need to be nearly so high) that offers infrared illumination that can be used as a primary in-cabin view but with a mount suitable for rotating if there is an encounter to the left or right of the vehicle (unruly passenger outside the vehicle, police stop, ect)?

Vinit Relan
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Vinit Relan

Hi Andrew,

First of all, great work with review of these dash cams. I have been trying to come to a conclusion to buy an excellent dash cam and i am unable to make a decision.

I want a dashcam for front and rear view. I have gone through your Blackvue 650 2CH review and it seems the quality is not great and it definitely puts a load on the system to process two videos. I have also gone through Blackvue 750 but i am not sure if it’s the best option with not so great reviews from the users.

My questions:
1. Is 2CH the best option? or should i go for front and rear separately. I want to use motion detection and was thinking of powering it through additional battery pack. And if it is a dual channel, i can live with single battery pack but with two separate ones, i need 2 battery packs.
2. I definitely want to have all the features with excellent video during day & night both. I am not bothered about the rear camera wifi option but its good to have for front camera.

I have gone through DODLS460 but not convinced to go with battery. I have heard korean manufacturer is better as compared to all the others.

It will be great help if you can suggest considering the best of the best (2CH or 2 separate single channels)

Regards
Vinit

Nigel
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for the thoughtful reviews, they helped me a lot in getting acquainted with the subject matter. I’m looking for a camera that can survive both cold winter and hot summer temperatures – I live in Toronto, where winter temperatures can get below -25° C for a few weeks and below -25° — -30° C for a few days. In the summer, temperatures can get easily 35° C and much higher inside the car. Looked at several cameras, it seems that the ones with a Capacitor, which are good for Summer, are not that good for Winter: – A119, however it may not work well below 0°C – someone recommended “testing it in a freezer if you are near the end of your return period.” – Lucas QVIA T790 GPS operating temp is advertised as -20° – +70° not sure if that is realistic since it is a battery based camera. – DDpai mini 2 – the same temp range as QVIA, capacitor based (potentially 2 – one for front and one for rear) since its front camera DDpai M6 Plus is battery based and it battery exploded at 20° C ! – SG9665GC is considered good for high temperature, however its quality may have went down recently! May be i should go with an easily removable camera, which is not very practical, since its connectors may get loose or damaged from frequent disconnect/connects. Wondering how my Camry’s external rear view backup camera survives the summer and winter swings in Toronto and provides an excellent image. If i can find a similar camera with dash cam functions that would be a perfect solution. • Is there such thing or is it just a pipe dream 🙂 GIT2 looks very attractive as both action and dash camera and… Read more »
Harry Drasin
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Harry Drasin

Thank you for your reviews, they’re great. I agree with you that the A119 has excessive daytime glare and I can’t wait for them to release a filter for it. You have mentioned many times difficulties with suction cups. I’m looking for a dash cam that I can use for rental cars which has a suction cup that can be removed each time I leave the car. It would also be a backup for my A119 if there were problems. Any recommendations? People seem to like the Z edge 3 or the Black Box G1W-CB, although the G1W-CB also gets a large number of very negative reviews as well. Thanks very much. Harry

mitrebox
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Love the in depth reviews.

Could you do a review/overview of player software? I’m confused on what is out there and what works with all cameras or proprietary systems.

Shingo
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What is your recommendation for budget 2 way dash cam? of course with good video quality. no need to have wifi or gps

Adam
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Hi Andrew. I love your reviews on Youtube, as they are knowledgeable and informative. I purchased a G1W-C and it served me well in two accidents, one where all three witnesses claimed I had a red light when the video showed it was clearly green. However, this camera isn’t working so well anymore as it is coming up with some corrupted videos, especially when the car is turned off, so I am looking to buy a new one.

I am looking for a camera that has good video quality during the day and night, especially while in motion (I do a lot of highway driving at day and at night). I also need heat resistance since we’ve had a few triple-digit days here. Stealthiness is preferable. I have been mostly considering another G1W-CB and a Viofo A119S. They seem to have the most going for them compared to other cameras I’ve looked at. Have any ideas on what might be a good fit for me?

Jonathan
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Andrew, thanks for all your reviews and attention to each user comment. Your website is very helpful. I found one comment that asked for high end dash cams. Is there a product that offers great video quality, heat resistance, and all the other bells and whistles? I looked at the garmin 20 so far and liked the blackvue however the video ratings on the black view haven’t been as great as I’d like to see

Anonymous
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Hi Andrew.
I’m having a hard time trying to pick the right dash-cam for my semi truck.
I would like to be able to let others persons (of course, only the authorized ones) to get remote access to my dash-cam so they can watch “real time” videos.
I can bring fast Wi–Fi with the Mobile Hotspot in my truck but i can’t find a dash-cam that works with “ip address”.
Can you give me any support?
Thank you.
Victor G.

Anonymous
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Hello, I hope all is well. My name is Eric and I do ride sharing. Is there a good 3 channel system with IR for the front, rear, and interior of my vehicle? Thank you.

Adam
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Hello my name is Adam yesterday I got a fine from a highway policeman saying I was on my phone while driving. Phone was in my pocket. Is there a good car cam for interior as well as road recording.
Thank you Adam

Audrey
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Hi my name is audrey I am in the market for a dash cam but I don’t know what to get.i am looking for one that is motion activated ,has night vision and not very expensive.what would u suggest

jae
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Hello. I am in the market for a good quality dash cam. i have viewed many of your videos and love how they are done. Great Job! i recently saw a dash cam, the Beast BX929? have you tried/ reviewed this one and your opinion on it.

Danny
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Thanks Andrew
I bought the viofo A119 and the Lexar memory card 32gb I did follow your links to them just hope I did it correct for you
Thanks Again
Danny

Suraj Serrao
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Suraj Serrao

Hi Andrew,

Great work and very informative reviews. I wish to have your pro comments on the newer Ambarella A12 DAB205. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Suraj

roman musalek
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roman musalek

Good day left to buy a camera finevu cr 500hd?

Oli
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Hi Andrew,
Great website and youtube channel!
I am torn between 4 cams and was wondering if you could give some advice?
On the UK Amazon site, these 2 cams are very popular, Nextbase in car cam 512G and the previous model 402G.
I also like the look of the one you recommended recently Xiaoyi Yi Dash Cam (International English) version and also your other recommendation Viofo A119.
I basically just want the one with the clearest/best quality videos, that show number plates well.
Any help appreciated,
Thanks, Oli

Paul
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Hi Andrew,

What a great site! I’ve been looking into dash cams (I drive 50-miles a day) for a while, but this site is clearly the best in terms of helpful information and reviews! Kudos!

Anyway, I’ve been previously using an Ion Air Pro2 action cam as a makeshift dash cam. (Great field of view with a very simple “Turn-it-on-and-its-recording” interface.) Of course, it lacks the features of a basic dash cam (loop recording, for instance)… and despite its “rugged” nature, my Ion died recently! 🙁

So, now I’m shopping for a “decent” dash cam.

Based on your reviews, I’m seriously thinking of the XiaoYi, but… Does it track GPS data? I know in your buying guides that such information might be useless in a court of law, but I believe information such as location and speed would be useful for insurance purposes in case of an accident?

As such, I was leaning toward the Garmin 20, but if the video quality–especially during night drives!–is not good… Well, what’s the point?

So, in short, I’m looking for a dash cam (less than US$200) that has (in order of importance):

1) Very good video-recording quality–especially at night
2) GPS data logging
3) Easy/Removable mounting (no stick-on windshields, please. I have two cars, one of which is a lease.)

Any recommendations?

Also any chance you’ll be testing/reviewing this Ion Dashcam WiFi? I loved my little Ion action cam and this looks interesting. Not sure of the night time video quality, though. And I haven’t seen very many online reviews of it. (Maybe it’s limited to the U.S. and U.K. markets?)

Anyway, thanks for a great site. Keep up the good work!

Daniel
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Hi Andrew. Thanks for your reviews, it helps a lot when it comes to all of the choices out there. I’ve been beating myself on what to get, and at some point the Yi dash camera seemed a good choice, however I hear of cases of blurry videos, and think it might have to do with the heating issues you’ve mentioned.

I have researched many different cameras, and there always seems to be something I don’t like.

Have you had a look at any of the following cameras? I had a look at them but would like to know what you think if you have the time to get back to me. Hopefully this can help others as well.

1. TaoTronics Car Dash Cam HD 1080P Wide Angle with G-Sensor WDR Night Mode 2.7″ Screen
2. AUTO-VOX D1 HD 1080P 2.7” Dash Camera With Superior Night Vision and 32GB TF Card?
3. Mini 0805 Dash Camera + GPS Logger| 1296p HD Video /w HDR | Original Ambarella A7LA50 Chip + OV4689 Sensor

Thanks!

Kevin C
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hi, there

I’m kevin
just bought the Uniden Cam650, today,,
cz of the price at $79.99 CAD ,, and read some reviews at amazon.com, which was great.
Could you do a review on this dash cam too.. thanks

Anonymous
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Hi Kevin,

I’m interested in the CAM650… where did you buy it at $80. The cheapest I can find is over $100. Thanks.

Ed
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Of your premium brand car cameras, which are your top two choices and why? Would be greatly appreciated to be explicit and go over with viewers on why one or two models outperformed the reat and go into the details of their features. Thanks

charles
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any knowledge of T1 dash cam by “my life unit”?

dashcamz
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While the driving public may not have used dash camera systems in the past, that could change in the near future as drivers become more aware of the potential benefits. If you get into an accident or have another issue on the road, a dash cam may provide proof of what actually happened and if there was any foul play

Andrew Lam
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Sorry dashcamz, this message was captured in the spam folder. I agree. I’m also hoping with more dash cameras other people’s behavior will also improve.

Geoff S
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Keep up the good work, Andrew. It’s a refreshing change to see other dashcams mentioned and reviewed other than those put forward by a certain dashcam forum.
I have long been of the impression that there are many very good quality cams that we hardly ever hear about.

Andrew Lam
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Thanks Geoff, really appreciate the comment.

My thoughts exactly. I find there are many unreviewed retail cameras which are often the first cameras consumers will see first.

I also have a different emphasis compared to other reviewers. I think the ability to know your camera is working is just as important as video quality. I’ve heard too many stories where the camera dies but someone doesn’t know until they get into an accident.

The Garmin 20 is a good example, bad video quality but it does a lot of things well to make it easy on the consumer.

I’ll do my best to keep pushing out content.

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