5 Best Dash Cams 2018

Dash cams are fast becoming commonplace as road traffic accidents and scams are on the up. They are reasonably cheap, easy to use and can make the difference between getting the insurance payouts that you’re entitled to or having to pay for repairs yourself. However, it can be daunting trying to work out which dash cam would be right for you, so we’ve compiled a list of the best dash cams available on the market for 2018, complete with reviews, pros and cons and a handy buyers guide.

 

 

There are a lot of models and features to check out before you make your final decision, so it’s important to know what features are going to be the most important to you. For example, do you need a screen so you can watch footage back? Would you prefer full HD 1080p? Is motion detection and loop recording  important to you? Check out the buyers guide to be sure you’re getting all the features you need.

 

Best Budget Dash Cam

TOGUARD Mini Dash Cam

TOGUARD Mini Dash Cam Review

This TOGUARD Mini Dash Cam is our best budget model and comes packed with features for a very reasonable price. Perfect for any car for someone with a low budget, this model records in full HD 1080p and the 1.5” LCD screen on the device allows you to see the recording in realtime but also supports playback so you can check what your cam captured. Small enough to be completely unobtrusive, this cam can be hidden behind your mirror.

We found this model really easy to use and particularly like the fact that the device turns on and starts recording when the engine is turned on, and saves and powers down when the engine is turned off as it plugs into the cigarette lighter.

 

Pros

  • Small, unobstructive unit
  • Full HD 1080p recording
  • LCD Screen supports playback
  • Motion Detection
  • Loop recording
  • Timestamp
  • Night Vision
  • 1 Year Warranty


Cons

  • SD card not included
  • Instructions not 100% clear

 

 

Best Dash Cam With SD Card Included

OldShark Dash Cam

Oldshark dash cam review

The OldShark dash cam is a sleek little device with plenty of good features and even a 32gb SD card included. With loop recording, running out of space is never an issue and the 1080p HD wide angle recording with night vision means that no matter what time of day or night, the quality of footage is always high quality.

This dash cam also comes with motion detect and g-sensor features with unexpected incident lock, meaning that if an incident should occur, causing a collision with the vehicle or emergency breaking, then the footage will automatically be saved and locked so that it isn’t recorded over. We really like this feature because it means not worrying about continuing to use the cam after an incident for fear of losing the footage.

Perhaps the most useful feature on this cam is the fact that the rear view camera doubles up as a parking monitor, making it easier to squeeze into those tight parking spots.

Not only does this cam have all the great features mentioned, but it also comes with an 18 month warranty, lifetime customer service and a 30 day money back guarantee, so there’s nothing to lose!

Pros

  • 32gb SD card included
  • G-sensors
  • Motion sensors
  • Emergency lock
  • Parking monitor
  • Night vision
  • Full 1080p
  • Loop recording
  • Front and rear cameras
  • 18 month warranty


Cons

  • Cost slightly higher than other models

 

APEMAN 1080P FHD In Car Dash Cam

APEMAN dash cam review

This is a neat little dash cam from APEMAN with a durable case and handy LED screen for playback. Unlike cheaper models, this cam comes with G-sensor, motion detection and parking monitoring. For the price this is an impressive dash cam.

We particularly like the fact that when your car is parked up, if the cam detects motion or vibrations then the cam with record for 30 seconds to be sure not to miss anything important. This will be particularly useful for those whose cars are not kept in garages and could be targeted for break ins or vandalism.

 

 

Pros

  • Full 1080p HD recording
  • 3 inch LED Screen large enough to view footage without needing a bigger screen
  • Easy to install
  • G-sensor
  • Motion detection ]
  • Parking monitoring
  • Loop recording
  • 1 Year Warranty


Cons

  • SD card not included
  • Suction cup included isn’t very strong

 

YI 2.7″ Screen Full HD Dashboard Camera

YI Dash Cam ReviewThis little dash cam from YI is surprisingly sleek and beautifully designed. We love that it doesn’t have the regular dash cam look and is more like a small digital camera.

Unlike cheaper models, this product comes with ADAS(Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)  which will warn the driver if the vehicle begins to stray from the lane. We found this really useful when driving on long straight roads such as highways for extended periods of time.

As well as these features, this cam comes with loop recording at full 1080pP at 60 FPS, meaning that it is able to easily capture details such as number plates from a distance, even in the dark.

We found it very easy to set up and the screen is perfect for video playback. The G-sensor works well and provides extra security and evidence in case anything should happen to the car when it is parked. These fantastic features make this dash cam a serious contender in our list.

Pros

  • G-sensors
  • HD recording
  • Loop recording
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • ADAS(Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)


Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than other models
  • SD card not included

 

Best Luxury Dash Cam

EIVOTOR Dash Cam

 

EIVOTOR Dash Cam review

With front and rear dual lens, this EIVOTOR camera is worth the slightly higher cost. The gravity sensor works really well and can even sense when an emergency break takes place so it will never miss capturing an accident in progress. When this emergency recording mode activates, the video captured is automatically saved so it won’t be recorded over. A 140 degree wide angle lens means this camera will not miss a thing, and the 4.0” LCD display is bigger than that on most dash cams making playback much sharper on this device.

We particularly like the parking monitor mode which can automatically detect and save footage when the car is not in use. This is very useful for cars that are parked on roads and works really well.

The support for this product is also a major plus. With a 30 day no questions asked returns and exchange policy and 24 hour email response service for any issues of queries about the product.

Pros

  • Full 1080p recording
  • Front and rear cameras
  • G-sensor
  • Motion Detection
  • Parking Monitor
  • Loop recording
  • Easy to install


Cons

  • SD card not included

 

Buyers Guide

Buying a dashcam can seem like a minefield of lingo and confusing abbreviations, what is FCWS?! Do I really need motion sensors? Fear not, we’ve put together a user friendly buyer’s guide to help you work out which features you need, which you don’t and which add-ons will improve your experience!

LCD Screen

Perhaps one of the most sought after features in a dash cam is a screen. Having a screen allows you to see what the camera is capturing as well as some models providing the ability to play back captured footage without needing to remove the SD card and upload the footage into a computer.

G-sensors

G-sensors are simply gravity sensors, sometimes called an accelerometer. This allows the cam to recognise when a collision has occurred due to it sensing a fast change in acceleration. Some devices have an auto lock feature that will lock the footage when the g-sensors recognise a collision so you won’t lose the footage.

Motion Sensors & Parking Monitor

Motion sensors are often used for parking monitoring and allow dash cams to record when the engine is turned off, they are useful for when a car is parked and can capture anything from break ins to hit and runs as long as motion is detected.

Lane Departure Warning System & Forward Collision Warning System

These features are useful for long drives on the motorway. Lane departure warning system recognises road markings and will warn you if your vehicle is unintentionally straying into another lane. Forward collision warning system will recognise when a frontal collision is imminent by recognising slower or stationary vehicles in front and provide the driver with a warning.

Loop Recording

Loop recording simply means that the camera will continue to record over previously captured footage when space on the SD card runs out. This feature is useful as it means not worrying about running out of space or having to erase data from the card.

Auto On / Off

Auto on /off is another feature which can be incredibly useful as it means the camera powers on and off with the car, so no need to worry about doing this manually or forgetting and missing an incident.

Wide Dynamic Range & Night Vision

Wide dynamic range and night vision increase the capability of a dash cam to view number plates and other detail in low light or from a distance. This can make the difference between being able to report a collision with all the details and not being able to claim insurance after an incident.

 

Micro SD Card

dash cam micro sd cardSome dash cams come with an SD card, but in case the model that you have chosen doesn’t, be sure to opt for a good quality card to ensure that you don’t lose any important footage. We recommend SanDisk cards as they are a reliable brand with good customer support. This option also comes with an adaptor.

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Dash Cam Holder

Dash cam mountThe majority of dash comes will come complete with a dash cam holder, however we have found at times that the holder is not substantially strong. It is worth investing in a strong and reliable holder to be sure that your camera is safe and secure. We recommend this dash cam mirror mount as it fits most dash cams and allows the cam to sit behind the mirror, therefore making it less likely to obstruct the drivers view.

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That concludes our list of the 5 Best Dash Cams 2018. We hope that our reviews and buyers guide have helped you come to a decision regarding which dash cam and features will best fit your needs. Please feel free to leave a comment, we’d love to hear your feedback!