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Top 10 Dashcam Dashboard Cameras 2020

We round-up ten of the best Dashboard Cameras available to record your car journeys in 2020.

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Why would you want a Dash Cam, or Dashboard Camera?

If you want to record your journeys, and want a camera in your car at all times to record journeys in case you have an accident, then you should look at a dedicated dashcam. This will help if you need to prove you weren't at fault, and could reduce your insurance costs by 10% to 20%, depending on your insurance company. Dashcams are also much cheaper than many of the name brand action cameras. If you're doing something fun or going on an exciting road-trip then you could look at an action camera, particularly if you want to use it outside of the car. Most in-car cameras are designed to be connected to the cigarette lighter socket for power.

 

What to look for in a Dash Cam?

As with cameras, image quality is important, so you're likely to be looking for a dashcam with FullHD video quality or higher, and you can even get a dashcam with a built-in polarising filter (Nextbase 512G) to reduce the glare from the windscreen. 

Lens considerations - the brighter the aperture, the better the camera should be in low-light, so look for an f/1.8 or f/2.0 lens. Some cameras offer WDR or HDR recording, designed to record a wider or high dynamic range image.

Storage is important, and it's recommended you get a decent size MicroSD memory card (if it doesn't come with one), however, 32GB should be enough, as the dashcam will "loop" the recording, so once the memory card is full, it will start recording over the oldest videos on the memory card. Many cameras don't support cards larger than 32GB so check before buying.

Does the dashcam have a screen or not? If you want to be able to view the footage straight away, then a built-in screen will be useful, although some cameras have built-in Wi-Fi, so that you can watch footage on your smartphone. 

Some dashcams feature built-in GPS, for tracking, car speed, plus date and time which will be added to the video. Some even come with built-in speed camera warnings, from motoring organisations like the RAC. Others include a G-sensor, so that they can automatically start recording if the camera detects movement or a crash.

 

Different types available:

Single camera - This is the standard dashcam, and can be used in the front or rear window for recording. There's nothing stopping you from buying two cameras and setting one up in the front window, and one in the rear window to cover both directions, although they will both need connecting to a power source, such as a cigarette lighter.

Dual-camera - A dual camera dashcam has two cameras built-in to the camera. It is useful for front and passenger recording (ideal for Taxi drivers), but not great for recording the car behind you, unless you buy a model with a zoom feature on the second camera, such as the Nextbase Duo.

Rear-view mirror dashcams - These hook onto and replace your existing rear view mirror, often with a built-in screen. 

Sat-Nav dashcams - If you're in the market for a Sat-Nav, then you can get one with a built-in dashcam. 

Alternatively, you can use an app on your smartphone:

Using an app to use your phone's camera will drain your battery quite quickly, so may be best if you only do shorter journeys. It can also be quite distracting setting it going every time you start a journey, although most apps have an auto-start option, as well as the ability to be left running in the background.

 

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Top 10 Dashcams:

Let's start with Nextbase who offer a range of dashcams. We'll also highlight the key features of each model, so you can quickly see what each dash camera offers. 

Nextbase - One of the leaders in dashcams, they offer a range of different dashboard cameras, including a dashcam with a built-in polarising filter for excellent image quality, reducing glare and reflections on the windscreen. They also offer a budget model that records FullHD video, or a dual camera option. 

 

Nextbase 212

Nextbase 212 - This budget dashcam offers an easy to use camera, with FullHD resolution, and a G-Sensor. You'll need to add a MicroSD memory card to this, and you can use a card up to 32GB in size.

Key Features: FullHD video | 2.7inch screen | G-Sensor | £62

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Nextbase 402G

Nextbase 402G - This camera is one of the cheapest with built-in GPS, G-Sensor, and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR). You'll need to add a MicroSD memory card to this, and you can use a card up to 32GB in size.

Key Features: FullHD video | 2.7inch screen | GPS | £79

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Nextbase 412GW

Nextbase 412GW - This camera has a higher resolution than most, with a video resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, at 30fps, plus it can record FullHD at 60fps. The camera has built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. You'll need to add a MicroSD memory card to this, and you can use a card up to 32GB in size.

Key Features: 1440p video | 3inch screen | GPS | Wi-Fi | £119

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Nextbase 512G

Nextbase 512G - This model has a Polarising filter on the lens, which will cut down on glare and reflections on the windscreen, and as a result should give very good image quality. The camera has built-in GPS, a G-Sensor and Wide Dynamic Range. The camera works well in low-light with ISO up to ISO3200. There's also a parking mode, and a photo mode. You'll need to add a MicroSD memory card to this, and you can use a card up to 32GB in size.

Key Features: FullHD video | 2.7inch screen | GPS | £145

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Nextbase Duo

Nextbase Duo - This dashcam has two cameras, with a zoom on the second camera so that it can record the traffic behind you, whilst mounted on your front windscreen. Unfortunately, the video resolution offered is lower than others, with 720p HD video recording. The camera has built-in GPS and G-sensor.

Key Features: 720p HD video (x2) | 2inch screen | GPS | £154

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Transcend - Normally known for being manufacturers of memory cards, and storage devices, they also make a range of dashcams.

Transcend DrivePro 200

Transcend DrivePro 200 - This comes with either 16GB or 32GB MicroSD card in the box, has built-in Wi-Fi, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), G-Sensor, and an f/2.0 lens. You can get an app for Android or iOS devices to connect to the camera's Wi-Fi to view video.

Key Features: FullHD video | 2.4inch screen | G-Sensor | Wi-Fi | £79

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Garmin - Famous for being a Sat-Nav company, they also make action cameras.

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D - Sat-Nav with a built-in dashcam, bluetooth, and lifetime map updates. The maps cover all of Europe as well. There are advanced features including Forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. You can also pair it to the Garmin BC 30 backup camera. You get traffic updates, plus bluetooth handsfree calling. A 4GB MicroSD card is provided, although you can upgrade this with a larger card.

Key Features: FullHD video | 4GB MicroSD provided | 5inch screen | GPS | Bluetooth | £199

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BlackVue - Dedicated to making dashboard cameras, they offer a range of cameras and accessories. 

BlackVue DR450 HD

BlackVue DR450 - This basic dashcam comes with a tamper proof MicroSD card lock, and with no screen it can be discreetly hidden away from sight. The camera comes with a 16GB MicroSD card, and supports cards up to 128GB. You can add an optional GPS Antenna.

Key Features: FullHD video | 16GB MicroSD provided | no screen | G-Sensor | £130

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APEMAN - APEMAN are quite sell known for action cameras, and they now also produce a front and rear dash cam. 

 

Apeman dashcam

APEMAN C550A Dual Dash Cam - This unit features a dual-lens, and advanced G-Sensor and GPS. Loop recording, night vision and motion detection are also included. It can be attached behind the rearview mirror, so as not to impede on your driving view. The rear camera is water-resistant, if you want to mount it on the license plate.

Key Features: 1080p day and night video capture | Waterproof rear camera | Emergency recording lock | Wide-angle front and rear views | SD card not included

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ORSKEY - A budget choice, that also offers night vision using infrared LED fill lights.

Orskey

ORSKEY Dash Cam 1080p Full HD - This dashcam records Full HD 1920x1080p footage at 30fps, and features 6 unique infrared LED fill lights as well as WDR technology for clear night video. It features a Sony Xmor sensor. 

Key Features: FullHD footage | Great night vision | G-Sensor | 3-inch LED screen

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Useful Accessories: 

  • If you want to record more videos, then have a look at some of the fastest MicroSD Memory Cards, although make sure the dashcam you've chosen supports the size you want to buy, as many don't support cards larger than 32GB.
  • Car-charger Adapter - if you need more cigarette lighter sockets, then you can get an adapter from £3.

 

Further information about dashcams: It is legal to have a dashboard camera in your car (except in Austria), however, if the camera records passengers with sound, then there should be a notice, or alternatively you should record video only (without sound). 

 

Have a look at more of our Top 10s: Top 10 Best Action and 360 VR Cameras, or have a look at our latest camera reviews.

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