“Dash cams,” or dashboard cameras, are gaining popularity as a way to provide proof of what really happened during a collision with another driver.
When you start shopping for a dash cam, don’t be afraid to take it slow. Dash cams have so many features in common that it can be hard to parse out what makes each one unique. To give you a head start, I’ve researched a number of cameras available on Amazon and chosen six winners to share.
The Black Box G1W Original Dashboard Dash Cam
The Black Box G1W Original comes with all the standard features of a dash cam, including an Aptina AR0330 lens with a 140‐degree view, LED night vision, and a specialized chipset for smoother image processing.
The Black Box G1W Original has all the standard features, plus a few extras, for far less than other dash cameras cost, and most customers seem pleased with the quality‐especially as compared to other low‐end cameras. If you’re on a strict budget or want to try your luck with an inexpensive camera, this is the dash cam for you.
The Blackcam BCH‐1000 Hybrid Dash Cam
Blackcam’s BCH-1000 Hybrid has all the standard features of a dash cam, including a 126‐degree wide‐angle lens, dual WDR for light correction, and more.
The BCH‐1000 Hybrid is a highly sophisticated dash cam. With front and rear coverage, plus parking mode to protect you between drives, the BCH‐1000 captures double the footage of most other dash cams and does so with precision and style.
The Black Box Mobius Pro Mini Action Camera
The Mobius Pro has all but three standard features of a dash cam: (1) LCD screen, (2) G-sensor, and (3) suction mount. But read on before you skip this option. The Mobius Pro is compact and versatile precisely because it’s missing these features.
The Mobius Pro takes up almost no space in your windshield yet manages to achieve the HD picture quality, wide field of vision, and 32GB storage capacity of much bigger cameras. Plus, it’s easily removable and instantly usable for a variety of activities. Most importantly, despite not having instant playback, the Mobius still provides exactly what you need from a dash cam: proof of what happened in an accident.
The KDLINKS® X1
The KDLINKS X1 dash cam has all standard features, including an emergency lock button for collision footage and a premium, f1.6 Six‐Glass Lens that captures a 165‐degree angle.
With all the standard features and a wide range of bonus features, the KDLINKS X1 dash cam is an excellent overall choice. The HD resolution is incredible, and the GPS and speed recordings give you that much more data to present in your defense. Most impressive, however, is the X1’s durability in extreme temperatures. Few dash cameras can even approach, let alone promise, a tolerance of up to 170 degrees.
The FalconZero F170HD+
The FalconZero F170HD+ has all the standard features of a dash cam, including auto-save after a collision and an f/2.0 Six‐Glass Lens that captures a 170‐degree angle.
The FalconZero F170HD+ dash cam is a quality device with a generous set of bonus features. This dash cam gets Best Bet because of the peace of mind offered by its two top features: the parking mode and five‐year warranty. Parking mode gives you evidence when it’s usually hardest to come by; and a five‐year warranty means that the manufacturer is confident that this dash cam will last a long time.
The Cobra Electronics CDR 900 Dash Cam
The Cobra CDR 900 has all the standard features of a dash cam, including a 160‐degree view and an Ambarella A7LA chipset for better night vision.
With so many wireless devices cropping up these days, mobile control seems to be the way of the future. If you can get the CDR 900’s mobile features to work, this dash cam will give you not only excellent footage but also the flexibility and control that we’ve come to expect from modern technologies.
Now Start Shopping
If one of the above cameras is for you, congratulations and enjoy your new dash cam! If not, it’s time to head over to Amazon and do some shopping of your own. You can search using the same method I used: First, keep the list of standard dash cam features handy and tick them off as you find them. Then, note the bonus features and potential drawbacks.
Keep in mind that there’s no one dash cam that’s objectively perfect—everyone has different priorities. As long as your dash cam honors yours, you’ve found a winner.