Best Dash Cameras in 2017

We tested numerous dash cameras and published our reviews here and on our YouTube channel. This page is a summary of “what’s best”, “what’s affordable” and “what’s a good value”.

If you want to learn about how to pick a dash camera you can see our Buyer’s Guide. Otherwise enjoy the many hours of work condensed into one simple page.

Updates

Jan 8th, 2017: Added our latest budget camera roundup

Nov 25th: Removed the Blackvue DR650GW-2Ch and replaced it with the Thinkware F770 which is a better camera for most drivers

Oct 24: Added the Vicovation OPIA2 as a new premium camera pick

Aug 1st: Added the Viofo A119 as our top dash camera pick.

Top 5 Budget Cameras ($100 or Less)

We have full reviews for most of the cameras if you scroll down below.

Review of our Top Pick: Viofo A119

If I could only pick one dash camera it would be Viofo’s A119. For the first time a budget dash camera has all the essential features: great video quality, capacitors for better reliability, useful warning notifications and it’s stealthy.

Watch our video above or see our written review for more information and places to buy the camera.

See the Price on Amazon (USA/UK)See the Price on eBay (International)

Best Budget Black Boxes

XiaoYi (XiaoMi) Yi – $70

If You Need Wifi and a Camera that Rotates

Update:July 20th
Since the Viofo A119 was released the Yi is no longer our top pick. Still, the Yi is better than the A119 in three ways. It’s cheaper, has WiFi to easily watch/transfer videos to your smartphone and can face the side windows to capture police encounters. The Yi is not recommended for hot environments as it uses lithium ion batteries.

Read Our Full Yi Review

See the Yi’s Price on Amazon (USA, CAD, UK) $70 from GeekBuying

Transcend DrivePro 200 – $100

Reliable Camera for Hotter Environments
Transcend Drive Pro 200 Dash Camera Overhead

This is a good camera for anyone who prioritizes reliability. It has a two-year warranty which is the best right now. The biggest drawback is the night video quality. I think the A119 is the better buy but the A119’s reliability is not proven while the Transcend 200 is battle tested and proven.

Read our full Transcend DP200 Review

See the Price on Amazon (USA/UK)

A118-C (B40-C) – $50

Cheap Stealthy Camera
A118 Profile Dash Camera

The A118-C was once our top stealth pick but with the release of the A119 I would not buy the A118 unless it was $50 or less. Compared to the A119 it has significantly worse video quality and poor warning notifications. The value from purchasing this camera has diminished greatly and it’s not worth the premium from a local retailer.

Read our full A118-C Review

$50 from eBay (Taiwan)

Premium Dash Camera Recommendations

Watch this video first

Thinkware F770-2CH – $400

Top Parking Mode Camera

If you’re looking for your next dash camera that has excellent parked recording for the front and back of your vehicle, the Thinkware F770 is a great choice. It has some of the best video quality for dual channel systems, great functionality which includes an automatic video backup for any g-sensor incidents.

It’s black body is specifically designed for the North American market to be stealthy. It also incorporates a thermal protection sensor which shuts down the camera when it’s over 75°C. As well it uses 23% less energy than the Blackvue DR650GW-2CH which means you can record for longer

The downside like all dual channel cameras system is the video quality relative to cost. It’s a $400 system but it doesn’t come close to the video quality of the $100 Vifo A119. It is easier to install as everything is included except the microSD. As well it has Thinkware’s history of exceptional quality control which means better reliability

Read our Thinkware F770 Review

Use coupon code “carcamcentral20” for $20 off your order of $400 or more

$400 from BlackboxMyCar See the Price on Amazon

Vicovation OPIA2 – $250

Best Heat Resistant Dash Camera that Rotates

If you’re looking for a premium dash camera that rotates 360° this camera is your only choice. Luckily it’s a great camera. It has amazing video quality, heat resistant up to 75°C/167°F for hot & humid environments and finally a good parking mode.

The issue with error notifications has been fixed with the latest software. If you want to record anything that happens on the side or police encounters this is the camera for you. Truck drivers would also be an ideal user. If you want something stealthier and heat resistant you’ll want to look at the Street Guardian SG9665GC.

Read our Vicovation OPIA2 Review

See the OPIA2’s Price on Amazon

Choosing the Right SD Card

Certain SD cards have better durability which is important as dash cameras put a lot of wear and tear on the memory card which can cause it to fail overtime. Certain features like MLC memory are important but it’s not obvious what to purchase. We wrote up a guide and made a video which goes in detail and explains our recommendations.

We have two quick recommendations

Transcend64GB

Transcend High Endurance


Optimized for dash cameras and has error correction codes. The card used by Novatek engineers to test their image processors which are found in many dash cameras. Only a 2-year warranty.

See the Price on Amazon
Lexar_633X_microSD

Lexar 633x


Has a good history of use with dash cameras and cheaper with a lifetime warranty.

See the Price on Amazon

Promising Dash Cameras

These cameras we haven’t reviewed but have researched. These are car DVRs we could probably recommend based on other reviews and intuition but will wait until they are fully tested.

Street Guardian SG9665C – $200

The Hope: Reliability & Stealthiness Under Very Hot Weather
Street Guardian SG9665GC - Front Angle

The Street Guardian has been praised for it’s reliability and focus on performance under hot weather. The camera looks the same as the A118 on the outside, but the hardware within has been significantly improved.

It adds a glass lens, more powerful image sensor and a Sony Exmor sensor for better video quality. A metal lens holder was added to prevent temperature related focus shifts. The owner is frequently on Dash Cam Talk to discuss issues and fix problems as reported by users.

See the Price on Amazon

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Alex
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I’d like to recommend the Lukas LK-7500. It’s only $140 on Amazon-US right now. I’ve had one for a year and I’m very happy with it. Pros – GPS is standard, built into the base – Stealthy design (though it doesn’t look it out of the box, mounted in the car you can barely see it) – Transistor power instead of lithium ion battery – Quick startup time, < 10 sec – Excellent video quality, despite the max setting being only 11 mbps at 1920×1080 – Buffered video recording (10 seconds before and 30 seconds after) – Full parking mode – Full-size SD card slot, much more reliable than microSD cards – 3m long power cable and comes with wire clips Cons – No screen. Settings are set via a file located on the SD card, which can be accessed by downloading Lukas’s proprietary software (PC only) – Minimal customization… Read more »
Alex
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One additional thing. Most dash cams can’t take more than a 32GB memory card. I have a 128 GB Transcend SD card in my Lukas and it’s glorious.

Lambro
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I just bought a Xiaoyi Yi car cam three days ago. Before that, I knew nothing about car cams. Among the reviews both video and prints I have seen over the internet, it is your video review of Yi that convinced me to get it. Why? Your video highlights a feature which is crucial for me and I must have it, that is, the Yi can be turned 360 degrees. The feature would enable me to turn it around to capture someone approaching me ( driver) or front passenger from either side windows. Lots of crazy things happening nowadays, you can never know. Other reasons for getting the Yi – it is available here in Malaysia and night time video quality. Some Best Buys and Value for Money car cams in your recommendation are not available here. The Yi has two models – mine 165 degrees angle of view and… Read more »
Della
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What about Möbius 2 camera?

Daren
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Hello Andrew. Great reviews, bye the way. I want to buy one or two car cameras to cover both front and rear; I drive along narrow, winding country roads here in the UK to work early, including in winter when it’s dark, and find many oncoming drivers encroaching onto my side of the road, nearly clipping my car, and many impatient drivers tailgaiting, driving aggressively behind. In winter, the rear camera would ideally see registration/licence plates even though headlights are used, but this is probably too much to ask. I don’t mind two cameras too much if the registration number evidence is better – a little inconvenience, but also if one breaks then it’s only that one I have to replace. I’ve been interested in your reviews of the 2 channel Thinkware F770 ($270) and the Viofo a119 (£75) and a119s (£100). Obviously, if I wanted two of the single… Read more »
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Daren
Believe Thinkware…be the number one and biggest in Korea..They were the first
Korea and Taiwan are where the Best cams come from…..90 per cent of koreans have dash cams,,,priority.
Thinkware has all you need for a top quality cam..next would be Lukas, Qvia….TOP SHELF …High End
,note/ never get 2 channel dash cams, too much for processor and demenished vid…get two separate cams,,,much better..Rexing good for rear view,,,or THINKWARE F50 for example
I like thinkware x330

Alex
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Hi Andrew, would you recommend the VicoVation OPIA2 for use in the winters of the GTA? It’s official operating temperature range is 0C to 75C so I’m worried it won’t work in the winter when it gets to < -10C (car parked outside).

Windmill
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Thank you for some very well researched and informative information.
Getting rid of my 6-yr old $69 unit which has reverted to selective recording, usually AM only.

DDpai M6+ appears to be a reasonably made camera with quality video, both day and night.

Would love to hear your opinion.

Ken

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Hello Andrew, Please can you give some advise on the Pros and Cons between the DR650S-2CH and the Thinkware F770? Struggling to decide between the 2 of them

Heath
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Hey mate
wanted to ask your thoughts
DDPai mini 2 or M4 +
Goluk T range
XiaoYi (XiaoMi) Yi
I am trying to pick but I cant 🙁

lee
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Get a korean cam…much better…do the research

https://dashcamtalk.com/dash-cam-manufacturers/

Heath
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what would you say has the better picture?
DDPai mini 2 or M4 +
Goluk T range

trux
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Hi I find it very difficult to find the Goluk T3, but amazon and ebay are full of Goluk T1, which seems more expensive than T3. Which one is better, T1 or T3? Thanks

Chuck
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In the Top Premium Cam video you point out that the Street Guardian SG9665GC V3 has better video quality, but once the sample video starts you say that it is no longer as good as before. I’m a little confused as to what you were really trying to say. Thanks

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