which dash cam gives you best features with best price?

It’s never a bad idea to have a dash cam mounted in your car – you never know when you’ll need footage from your windshield.

Finding the best dash cam in 2019 can feel overwhelming; there are so many models out there, and many companies make more than one. Some of us have given up and resorted to using a GoPro on the dash instead.

But, once you do a little research and find the best dash cam for you, it can be one of the most crucial bits of tech you own, coming in handy in the event of an accident or in case something really amazing happens on the road that helps you become YouTube famous. 

We’ve sifted through some of the top dash cams to nail down the very best dash cameras for 2019. It’s important to point out that dash cams are much more than GoPros mounted on your car’s dashboard; these are car-ready cameras that perform some critical functions and can even help you save time and money that would be better spent going back into your vehicle

Whether used to provide evidence to your insurance company or help you avoid paying for a crash-for-cash scheme, dash cams provide some peace of mind wherever your journey takes you.

Generally the best dash cams have similar technology to one another, and for the most part mount somewhere along a car’s front windscreen or windshield. Of course, wherever you place your dash cam must not block your view of the road.

Dash cams record smaller snippets of footage, usually in increments of one to two minutes at a time. The cameras continually record over the oldest clip in order to keep the memory card from filling up as well.

While older models typically required the user to manually save or tag the appropriate clip in the event of an accident, new G-Sensor-based incident detection technology has taken over, and now takes care of this automatically.

There are also dash cams that boast additional features that, just like any other technology, translate to a higher asking price. 

These extra features can include multiple lenses for front- and rear-facing coverage, together with a more refined sensor for better video quality (HD recording, for example). Night vision and built-in Wi-Fi for easy file transfer might also be included.

Numerous parking modes are also possibilities. These use a time-lapse feature as a surveillance function to capture details of those irksome car park prangs when you’re off running errands.

Whenever we get a new dash cam review in, we’ll update this list with more of the best we’ve tested. Keep reading to find out which rank among the best dash cams 2019! 

Best dash cams in 2019

Cloud Dash​cams

top-tier models featuring built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and BlackVue’s exclusive Cloud capabilities.

BlackVue™
DR900S-1CH

$377.79 – $411.85

4K ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION CAPTURE

ULTRA-CRISP VIDEOS, NOT JUST ON 4K MONITORS

4K UHD is four times as many pixels as Full HD*. This is a huge difference, and it shows.
License plates can be made out more clearly and from further away.

Besides, you don’t need a 4K monitor to appreciate 4K videos.
Even on a Full HD monitor, you can zoom in much further without any visible pixelation.

*HD = 1280×720 pixels (0.92 million pixels);
Full HD = 1920×1080 (2.07 million pixels) = 2.25 x HD pixel count
4K UHD = 3840×2160 (8.29 million pixels) = 4 x Full HD or 9 x HD pixel count

THE BEST COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY

4 TIMES THE RESOLUTION. SAME RECORDING TIME!

Along with the regular H.264 codec, the DR900S Series features H.265, also called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), the leading standard in 4K recording and broadcasting.

With H.265, 4K UHD video file size is similar to that of Full HD H.264. In other words, you get 4 times bigger and better images without sacrificing recording time.
Increase your recording time in Full HD.

Tip to maximize recording time: set Codec to H.265 and Quality to Normal. Ideal for long Parking Mode sessions.

BUILT-IN GPS AND DUAL-BAND WI-FI

GPS ADDS LOCATION AND SPEED DATA TO YOUR VIDEOS

Speed: speed data will be overlaid in the video (can be turned off in the settings).
You can set speed display in Kilometers per hour (Km/h) or Miles per hour (Mph).
Location: visualize your vehicle’s location in the BlackVue App or Viewer’s Map.

FAST TRANSFER TO YOUR PHONE WITH 5GHZ WI-FI

The dual-band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi lets you download dashcam videos to a smartphone at blazing speed and allows Over the Cloud functionalities via any Internet-enabled Wi-Fi network. With BlackVue’s Sub-Stream technology, download Quick Play versions of the original videos for even faster review.

BUILT-IN IMPACT & MOTION DETECTION

MARK IMPORTANT FILES AND ENABLE PARKING MODE

While driving, your BlackVue detects impacts and sudden changes in speed. While parked, it also detects movements*.

Videos files are marked accordingly so that you can easily find the relevant ones in the BlackVue Viewer for Windows and Mac OS or the BlackVue App for Android and iOS.

(*) For Parking Mode recording, an external battery pack (Power Magic Battery Pack) or a hardwiring kit (Power Magic Pro) is required.

SLEEK DESIGN AND CONTROLS

MULTIFUNCTION BUTTON AND CUSTOMIZABLE PROXIMITY SENSOR

BlackVue DR900S’ stealthy design incorporates easy access to useful functions.
Proximity sensor: toggle audio recording ON and OFF by simply waving your hand in front of it. The sensor can also be configured to trigger Manual Event videos in the settings.
Wi-Fi button: turn Wi-Fi ON/OFF (short press), reset your Wi-Fi password (hold until voice prompt, then short press) or format the microSD card (hold until voice prompt, and then hold again). All actions are confirmed by a voice prompt.

BLACKVUE APP (IOS, ANDROID) AND VIEWER (WINDOWS/MAC)

EASILY MANAGE YOUR VIDEO FILES

Both the BlackVue App and Viewer are free to download and use.

They let you easily change your BlackVue configuration settings and browse through your videos in an intuitive way.

With the BlackVue App, connect to your BlackVue via Wi-Fi to access files and check real-time Live View for easy setup and positioning of your dashcam

OPTIMIZED FILE MANAGEMENT

Event Files Overwrite Protection:

Dashcams record in a loop, overwriting older files when the memory is full. BlackVue DR900S-2CH can prevent Event files (triggered manually or by impacts) overwriting. Up to fifty (50) files can be protected this way. You can choose to allow new Event files to overwrite past Event files, thus keeping the latest fifty.

Adaptive Format-Free File Management

This BlackVue-developed file system improves recording stability and requires less microSD card formatting.

Scheduled Reboots (see Parking Mode section below)
Your BlackVue comes equipped with a U1 (16GB, 32GB) or U3 microSD Card (64GB, 128GB), guaranteeing high transfer speed and tested for durability.

BLACKVUE OVER THE CLOUD

Connect to your BlackVue anytime, from anywhere in the world with BlackVue Over the Cloud.

Enjoy remote Live View and Push Notifications to your phone.

Back up important videos to the Cloud remotely.

Play and download videos from your dashcam’s memory or the Cloud from anywhere.

Enjoy Two-way Voice Communication with the driver from the app through the BlackVue’s integrated speaker and mic. Check the BlackVue Over the Cloud page for more information

TAMPER-PROOF CASE (OPTIONAL)

BLOCK ACCESS TO CABLE CONNECTORS AND FORMAT BUTTON

The BlackVue Tamper-Proof Case is a security accessory for BlackVue DR900S Series dashcams. It blocks physical access to the microSD card slot and microSD format button, and prevents unplugging the power and coaxial cables, thus highly reducing risks of data tampering.

Blackvue Wi-Fi Dash​cams

DUAL FULL HD WI-FI DASHCAM

FULL HD 1080P FRONT AND REAR @30FPS

The DR590W-2CH records Full HD 1080p videos of the front and back of your car at 30 frames per second, in a 139-degree wide view angle.

STARVIS image sensor (front camera) for awesome image clarity day and night.

BUILT-IN WI-FI

Connect to your dash​cam with the BlackVue App to adjust settings, check the view from the front and rear cameras or transfer files to your mobile device.

STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

BUILT-IN IMPACT & MOTION DETECTION

ENABLES MULTIPLE RECORDING MODES

While driving, your BlackVue detects impacts and sudden changes in speed. While parked, it also detects movements*.

Videos files are marked accordingly so that you can easily find the relevant ones in the BlackVue Viewer for Windows and Mac OS or the BlackVue App for iOS and Android.

(*) For Parking Mode recording, an external battery pack (Power Magic Battery Pack) or a hardwiring kit (Power Magic Pro) is required.

BLACKVUE APP (IOS/ANDROID) AND VIEWER (WINDOWS/MAC)

EASILY MANAGE YOUR SETTINGS AND VIDEO FILES

Both the BlackVue App and Viewer are free to download and use.

They let you easily change your BlackVue configuration settings and browse through your videos in an intuitive way.

With the BlackVue App, connect to your BlackVue in Wi-Fi to access files and check real-time Live View for easy setup and positioning of your dash​cam. In case of an accident, download the video proof on your mobile and visualize it on the spot.

LOOP RECORDING AND ADAPTIVE FORMAT-FREE TECHNOLOGY

LESS FORMATTING AND SMOOTHER RECORDING

Loop Recording: the DR590W-2CH records over the oldest video files first when the microSD card is full, in a seamless loop.

Adaptive Format-Free Technology: your BlackVue saves and organizes files on the microSD card in a highly efficient way. It reduces the need for formatting the card and prevents file corruption even after multiple write cycles.

EXTERNAL GPS (OPTIONAL)

LOG SPEED AND LOCATION ALONG YOUR VIDEOS

The external GPS receiver (approx. 1 meter / 39 inches) adds location and speed data to your videos.

Speed: speed data will be overlaid in the video (can be turned off in the settings).
You can choose to display the speed in Kilometers per hour (Km/h) or Miles per hour (Mph).

Location: you can visualize the location of your vehicle in the BlackVue Viewer’s Map during video playback.

WI-FI ON/OFF AND FORMAT BUTTON

The DR590W-2CH features a physical button to toggle Wi-Fi ON and OFF with a short press

Additionally, you can configure the Wi-Fi activation behavior in the settings (Auto Turn On, Auto Turn Off).

A long press of the button can also be used to format the microSD card without the need for a computer.

THE SONY STARVIS DIFFERENCE 

The Sony STARVIS™ image sensor that equips the front camera of the DR590W-2CH delivers outstanding low-light performance.

Additionally, it features Night Vision, which can be activated from the settings, further enhancing details in dark surroundings.

Even with Night Vision OFF, the STARVIS sensor outperforms regular CMOS sensors as you can see in the comparison shots below:

Blackvue Simple Dash​cams, LCD Dash​cam

DUAL FULL HD DASHCAM

FULL HD 1080P FRONT AND REAR @30FPS

The DR590-2CH records Full HD 1080p videos of the front and back of your car at 30 frames per second, in a 139-degree wide view angle (rear 140 degrees). With the front camera’s Sony STARVIS imaging sensor, you get awesome image clarity day and night.

STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporatio

BUILT-IN IMPACT & MOTION DETECTION

ENABLES MULTIPLE RECORDING MODES

While driving, your BlackVue detects impacts and sudden changes in speed. While parked, it also detects movements*.

Videos files are marked accordingly so that you can easily find the relevant ones in the BlackVue Viewer for Windows and Mac OS.

(*) For Parking Mode recording, an external battery pack (Power Magic Battery Pack) or a hardwiring kit (Power Magic Pro) is required

BLACKVUE VIEWER (WINDOWS/MAC)

EASILY MANAGE YOUR VIDEO FILES

The BlackVue Viewer is free to download and use.

It lets you easily change your BlackVue configuration settings.

Displays videos chronologically and by type (Normal/Event/Parking) to quickly identify and archive important footage.

LOOP RECORDING AND ADAPTIVE FORMAT-FREE TECHNOLOGY

LESS FORMATTING AND SMOOTHER RECORDING

Loop Recording: the DR590-2CH records over the oldest video files first when the microSD card is full, in a seamless loop.

Adaptive Format-Free Technology: your BlackVue saves and organizes files on the microSD card in a highly efficient way. It reduces the need for formatting the card and prevents file corruption even after multiple write cycles.

EXTERNAL GPS (OPTIONAL)

LOG SPEED AND LOCATION ALONG YOUR VIDEOS

The external GPS receiver (approx. 1 meter / 39 inches) adds location and speed data to your videos.

Speed: speed data will be overlaid in the video (can be turned off in the settings).
You can choose to display the speed in Kilometers per hour (Km/h) or Miles per hour (Mph).

Location: you can visualize the location of your vehicle in the BlackVue Viewer’s Map during video playback.

MIC ON/OFF AND FORMAT BUTTON

Like every BlackVue dashcam, the DR590-2CH records audio in addition to video.
Handy to make oral notes to yourself while keeping your hands on the wheel, record a conversation with a police officer, or capture any sound of impact that might be off-camera.

Mic ON/OFF: The DR590-2CH features a physical button to toggle audio recording ON and OFF instantly.

Note: please consult your local legislation on the use of audio recording devices in your vehicle. Commercial vehicles may be required to bear a sticker mentioning the presence of an active dashcam.

Format microSD: A long press of the button can also be used to format the microSD card without the need for a computer.

DASH CAM Q800PRO  $299.99 

New Advancement For Premium Dash Cams

The all-new Thinkware Q800PRO is the perfect harmony between design and performance. Encased in an industry award-winning design lies a new optical lens and an improved 5.14MP Sony STARVIS image sensor that delivers strikingly clear video quality. Its advanced driver assistance system can warn you of potential forward collisions and lane departures along with alerts for red light cameras and speed cameras

2K QHD RESOLUTION

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High-quality image processor captures crystal clear video in 2K QHD, 30fps.

*Optional Full HD rearview camera is sold separately.

Locate Vehicle

Stay up-to-date* on the location, speed, and direction of travel of your vehicle(s) on a Google Maps display

Geo-Fencing

Create up to 20 geographic zones and receive notifications when vehicle(s) are arriving and/or departing the pre-selected zones

Driving Impact 

Receive a notification every time the dash cam detects an impact while driving

Super Night Vision 2.0

Captures superb videos in low-light conditions with minimal noise and excellent exposure control thanks to THINKWARE’s exclusive video processing technology and the Sony STARVIS image sensor.


Time Lapse

Records footage at a lower frame rate to cover a longer period of surveillance and reduce video file size.

Impact Detection

Captures impacts caused to the vehicle  such as hit-and-runs while you are away.

Motion Detection

Captures events detected by motion such as potential vandalism attempts.

Energy Saving Mode

Extends coverage duration exponentially by keeping the dash cam in a power-saving mode during inactivity.

Video Quality

THINKWARE Dash Cams capture everything from the ordinary to the spectacular.

Sony Exmor STARVIS 1440p

With the Premium 1440p Sony Exmor STARVIS, you get all the details you need.
With the Premium 1440p Sony Exmor STARVIS, you get all the details you need.

Wide Viewing Angle

THINKWARE Q800PRO comes with a 140-degree viewing angle to provide the best coverage of the roads.

WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)

The video is always in the right exposure and contrast in any environment.

Super Night Vision

In low-light conditions, videos are recorded with minimal noise and correct exposure

Podofo A1 Mini Car DVR  $19.39 – $32.41

Full HD 1080P Video Registrator Recorder |  G-sensor Night Vision Dash Cam

• Mesmerized bу the bеаutiful landscape оn уоur road triр аnd miѕѕеd tо сарturе it, nеxt timе plug оn the Pоdоfо DVR camera аnd lеt it ѕnар your jоurnеу. Thе A1 Mini DVR саmеrа is bundlеd with a рlеthоrа of fеаturеѕ that makes driving more рlеаѕing аnd hassle frее.

• Nо need tо cringe over miѕhарѕ while you drivе, Pоdоfо A1 Mini Car DVR Camera captures all the dеtаilѕ уоu wоuld lооk fоr. Powered with G- sensor feature, thе Pоdоfо DVR camera can ѕеаmlеѕѕlу dеtесt аnу sudden braking оr imрасt аnd grаbѕ thе fооtаgе.

• With thе раrking mоdе оn, rest assured уоur car iѕ safely parked. Additiоnаllу, loop rесоrding оn Podofo DVR саmеrа еnѕurеѕ thаt nоt a mоmеnt iѕ miѕѕеd, еvеn whеn уоu run оut оf diѕс ѕрасе.Dеѕсriрtiоn

• Item Type: Cаr DVR

• Intеrfасе: AV-Out,USB2.0,HDMI

• OSD Language: Chinеѕе (Simрlifiеd),Ruѕѕiаn,Sраniѕh,Chinеѕе (Traditional),Italian,French,Japanese,German,Russia,English,Portuguese,Korean

• Vidео Format: AVI

• Special Fеаturеѕ: Miсrорhоnе,Lеd Diѕрlау,Mоtiоn Detection,Real Timе Survеillаnсе,Anti Vibrаtiоn,Timе&Dаtе Diѕрlау,Cусlе Rесоrding,G-ѕеnѕоr,Cусliс Rесоrding,Night Vision,Led Light

• Vidео Cоdе: MJPG

• GPS logger: None

• Bаttеrу: Built-in

• Diѕрlау Sizе: 2.4″

• Assembly Mode: Pоrtаblе Rесоrdеr

• Number Of Lеnѕеѕ: 1

• Brаnd Nаmе: роdоfо

• Originаl Package: Yеѕ

• Mеmоrу Cаrd Required Reding Speed: Clаѕѕ 10

• Pixеlѕ: 500Mega

• Cаmеrа Rеѕоlutiоn: 1920×1080

• Imаging Sеnѕоr: 1/4 Cоlоr Cmоѕ

• Viеw аnglе: 140°

• Mаx Extеrnаl Memory: 32G

• Frames Pеr Sесоnd: 30

• Screen Rаtiо: 4:3

• Tоuсh Sсrееn: Nо

• Chiрѕеt Mаnufасturеr: Tорbоx

100% Originаl Pоdоfо A1 Mini Cаr Dvr Cаmеrа Full HD 1080p Recorder Vidео Rеgiѕtrаtоr Night Viѕiоn Bоx Cаrсаm Dаѕh Cam Vеhiсlе BlackBox DVRѕ

Fеаturеѕ:

• Mоtiоn dеtесtiоn funсtiоn

• G – sensor funсtiоn

• Lаnguаgе ѕuрроrt: Engliѕh, Russian, Frеnсh, Gеrmаn, Itаliаn, Sраiniѕh, Jараnеѕе, Kоrеаn,Pоrtuguеѕе, Chinеѕе

• Topbox GT300 A8

Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam 
$55.85 – $83.19

70Mai AI powered voice control smartest dash cam debuts its world’s first English version on indiegogo! 70MAI smart dash cam meets all your video/photo needs while driving. The powerful, convenient voice control makes driving safer and more enjoyable.

● Voice Control (support English)

● AI Integrated

● 1080P Full HD

● Sony IMX323 High Sensitivity Image Sensor

● 130° Field of View

● Automatically Emergency Recording

● App Connection (support English)

The current popular 70MAI Dash Cam on the market is Chinese version, do not support English. English version of 70Mai Dash Cam debuts here, better for English speaker using and better specs.

Recording while driving has never been so simple! 70MAI is an AI powered smart dash cam to meet your requirements that you can’t achieve now while driving.

It can help you to take pictures of scenery, record the beauty on the way, and automatically record the scene of accidents. With 70MAI, all of the above can be achieved HANDS FREE! Which boost your driving safety. 

POWERFUL VOICE CONTROL

With your hands on the wheel, where they should be, you can still capture the perfect still shots or videos with just your voice commands. And you can review back the beautiful scenes and happy moments through 70 MAI APP at any time.

Junsun S590 4k Ultra HD WiFi Car Dash Cam  $
$75.90 – $131.78

The Video resolution of Junsun S590 is high up to 4K 2880*2160p 24fps and 1920*1080p 60fps Cooperate with a 170 degree wide angel and F/1.8 large aperture, ensure less blind spots, Capture a more pristine picture than ever before

The Junsun S590 was equipped a front Camera lens OV4689 170 Back Camera lens Sony IMX323 170° See more of your surroundings in pristine quality. With its 170 degree ultra wide angle lens, you can mount the camera nearly anywhere and still capture the entirety of the road.

Crystal clear 4K(2160p)video resolution quality so good that you will notice unlike any other dash cam

The Junsun S590 supports to connect mobile phones with WIFI and APP. You can control the dvr by connected mobile phone, lile recording video, taking photo, playback preview, parameter settings, etc.

ADAS Plus Make Driving Safer. It is useful alarm systems to keep your driving safer Advanced Driving Alarm Systems( LDWS/FCWS).

Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) video system for superior low light compensation-reacts to extreme light conditions just like your eye, balancing exposure and light/dark spots, you will always enjoy an optimal night vision.

Super capacitors have a long life and no longer have to worry about batteries exploding because of too high temperatures, We designed a bracket attached to the windshield, It is a venting hole design that can cool down quickly.

Video can be recorded in 1, 3, or 5 minute intervals; When the storage limit is reached on the memory card, new recordings will automatically overwrite oldest recordings overwritten. Supports high-endurance micro yet locked videos will be safe from being TF memory cards up to 64GB in memory size.

4H Parking Monitor with Junsun S590 – When someone near your car or vehicle starts to move, Automatically turn on and start recording when detects any impact or collision, the device auto-call automatically recording for few seconds, make sure 24hr Parking Guard

New E-ACE Car DVR 3 Cameras Lens 4.0 Inch Dash Camera Dual Lens With Rearview Camera Video Recorder Auto Registrator Dvrs Dash Cam With box

Price $ 23.87

  • the low illumination high-definition video, there are three cameras, the front camera is Full HD 1080P, the rearview camera and the inside camera is 720P
  • The built-in low illumination high previous to light 170° wide angle lens, was made by 6 layers of A+ high transmittance glass, add a variety of intelligent processing technology, extreme image, dual camera with all glass
  • 4.0 inch IPS HD display screen, noble black design, made of high-quality material, you touch it while giving you a different feel, Slippery and exquisite
  • Support “Picture in Picture”,two camera can record and display on the screen simultaneously, you can just select two of the three cameras to record and display in the screen(the front and the inside /the front and the back)
  • Support G-sensor, automatically recording video and lock file when the accident occurred, is the best evidence for you
  • High sensitivity parking monitoring
  • Support loop recording
  • Support reversing video camera, connect the red line of the rearview camera to the anode of reversing lights. Insert the car charger, a machine will automatically start recording, when you car switch to R position, it will switch to reverse image automatically
  • Support Motion detection
  • HDR–High Dynamic Range image processing
  • The ultimate video processing ensuring you can record and view clearly on the brightest day and darkest night
  • Impact sensitivity adjustment automatically lock file
  • Drive start simultaneously
  • The biggest support 32 GB TF card (access speed class 10, card not included)
  • USB Function, connect to the computer by USB cable, in the massage mode, you can access video files and photo files, in the PC-camera mode, you can take the photo or make video chat
  • The image monitor the real-time recording output
  • Mainly powered by car charger, automatically turns off to protect the battery when it`s down
  • Easy to install with help of the suction bracket
  • While recording, long press the Menu key to lock files, short press down key to shutdown sound, short press the power key to close the screen, short press the up key to switch camera(front & back,back&front,front,back), pause recording, long press the up key to switch video mode(the front and the inside/the front and the back)

AI ALGORITHM INTEGRATED

AI integrated is based on extensive data training. Regardless of accents, speech recognition is not an issue. Also, the speedy processor completes the voice commands almost instantly.

EMERGENCY RECORDING

When collision happens, 70MAI can automatically record the emergency situation and save the videos separately to event folder. This feature avoids the emergency videos being recovered by normal loop recording. And these emergency videos can be important for police reports, accident reports and insurance claims.

APP CONNECTION

By downloading our APP and accessing 70MAI Free Wi-Fi, you can view your dash cam video in real-time.  You can also watch historical footage and even download your important pictures/videos to your cell phone. It’s simple and does not use your SIM card.

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