Choosing and comparing the best car dash camera can be difficult, however. Dash cams range from basic video-only models costing about £60, to more sophisticated in car cameras with wifi, lane departure warnings, GPS features and more. Which in car camera will suit you best depends on how much driving you do, when you drive, and how much you are willing to spend.
Finding the Best Camera
If you do a lot of driving at night, or drive a lot on motorways, then you will probably want one of the more sophisticated in car cameras with night vision, lane departure warnings and front collision alerts. These cameras tend to cost £200+, but they are worth the expense if driving is a part of your job.
In contrast, the best car camera for someone who primarily drives short journeys during the day is probably a simpler model that records on a continuous loop, and allows the motorist to hit a button to save the last few minutes of footage should an accident happen.
Some insurance companies, such as Swiftcover, offer a 10% discount for motorists with dash cams provided that the camera is “insurance company approved” – meaning that it has GPS and velocity detection features, records at a suitably high quality, and saves the footage properly. The RAC also offer a £30 discount to customers with an RAC dash cam.
Higher End Features
Some higher end dash cams have a wifi connection, and will upload the footage to their servers, so that it can easily be shared with the police or with your insurance company. Since the footage is transferred straight from the camera to a server, you cannot reasonably be accused of having modified it. This is a nice benefit compared to lower end dashcams where the footage is stored on a memory card.
Some cameras have G-sensors which detect sudden deceleration and will automatically save footage for a brief time period before and after the deceleration occurred. This can be useful if you are worried that you might forget to save the footage manually should you ever be involved in an accident.
Before you purchase any dashboard camera, read some reviews and look at sample footage. Most cameras produce good footage in broad daylight on a clear, sunny day, but what does the footage look like at night, in fog, or when it is raining? Think about the time of day you drive and the weather conditions you typically drive in, and make sure that the footage it produces in those conditions is suitable.
A dash cam is a great investment for any motorist, but you need to make sure that you will remember to use it, and that it will produce footage that will be of value to your insurance company.