The Best Dash Cams of 2020

Dashcams have been popular for a long time already and for good reason. They are a rather simple device – a camera mounted onto a windshield or mirror. Their purpose is to record whatever is going on in front of the car. These recordings are necessary, if you get into an accident, because you may have to prove your innocence in court and this video will be vital to show the accident was not your fault.

Dashcams have been around for a while, so it is not surprising that almost every brand of electronic devices has designed a few models. On the market you can find hundreds if not thousands of different dashcams, and each advertises its unique benefits. Each also has its own minuses. And of course, prices are always different.

How do you go about picking a dashcam that suits you, if the market is so full of them? Well, for that purpose we have put together a rating of the 5 best dashcams you can get for your money. They are designed by respected brands and their specs put them above most other models.

Place#
Product
Editors' Rating
Editors' Opinion
#1
APEMAN Dash Cam C860
9.9
/
10
Editor’s Choice
#2
APEMAN Dash Cam C660
9.8
/
10
Best Budget
#3
TOGUARD Uber Dual Dash Cam Full HD 1080P+1080P
9.7
/
10
Best dual FullHD dashcam for the money
#4
Lenovo Mirror Dash Cam, Backup Camera 9.66 Inch
9.4
/
10
Best mirror replacement camera
#5
Vantrue T2 24/7 Surveillance Super Capacitor Dash Cam FHD 1080P
9.1
/
10
Extremely durable capacitor instead of battery
APEMAN Dash Cam C860
#1
Best capabilities for night recording
Editors' Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model records in 1440p, and the image is sharpened by the 6G Lens, made of optical-grade glass. It permits a 150 degree wide field of vision, allowing the driver to see even into the next lane. The lens is combined with an IR sensor — the reason the videos turn out so good during dusk and night.

The clips are recorded at 30 fps, which is fast enough, considering the WQHD resolution. The second camera records at 1080P, letting the user see in front and behind his vehicle with decent resolution.

The videos are written to an SD card, which can be up to 128 GB in volume.

The accident lock is triggered by a G-sensor, which allows the device to track sudden hits or collisions. When an accident happens, the camera saves footage both before and after the collision, to prevent accidental deletion of vital footage.

The overall design of this device is rather simple – the 2.7 inch screen shows a menu, presenting a few options or recorded footage. The device is operated through 4 buttons.

Pros:

  • Decent resolution at 30 fps
  • Allows usage of big SD cards
  • Ships with a 1-year guarantee

Cons:

  • It is possible to accidentally eject the SD-card

APEMAN Dash Cam C660
#2
Best dashcam below $100
Editors' Rating:
9.8
/
10

This camera sports a metal outer case and is equipped with IR LED emitters, which give it good infrared vision abilities. The field of view possible for this dashcam is amazing – 170 degrees, so even the sides of the windshield will be visible.

The camera is capable of 1080P at 30 fps. The photos are taken at 12 megapixel resolution. This is plenty good for viewing license plates, even if the car is 20 meters away.

The 8 infrared LEDs come in handy when it is dark outside. Parts of the image that would be invisible without them, now stand out much brighter.

The G-sensor allows the camera to detect a collision and prevent deletion of video before and after the accident. The camera also goes into sleep mode when not in use to conserve battery power.

The settings for this model are very simple and easy to use.  The camera boasts an HDMI interface, so you are able to connect your dashcam to a TV and watch the footage. The compression algorithm allows the SD card to last much longer.

A cable and cigarette lighter charger ship with the device. The manufacturer includes a year guarantee.

Pros:

  • User-friendly menu and interface
  • IR LEDs are very useful at night
  • Field of view

Cons:

  • No customers were able to find any cons for this device

TOGUARD Uber Dual Dash Cam Full HD 1080P+1080P
#3
Best dual FullHD dashcam for the money
Editors' Rating:
9.7
/
10

This model boasts two cameras with 1080p sensors. Therefore video recorded both from the front and the back of the car will be in high resolution. The lenses are made of high-quality glass, which allows for a sharper image.  License plates will be captured even from a moderate distance.

The cameras themselves have two lenses, and that allows for recording inside the car too. The cameras are rotatable and have a field of view of 180 degrees each. This allows for 360 degree recording. Therefore it is possible to see what is happening to the side of your car.

The looped recording is totally seamless – when the card is full, the software overwrites the oldest recording. Therefore the card will never run out of space.

The recording is enhanced by a microphone, which lets you hear if your car was damaged or record a conversation.

The G-sensor will help the camera make the necessary footage undeletable. This is necessary, because relevant footage must be presented in court.

The sensor used in the camera is Sony IMX323, which gives a good image at night as well as day.

Pros:

  • Sensor from Sony
  • Very sensitive microphone
  • 360 degree field of view

Cons:

  • Does not support 128 GB cards.

Lenovo Mirror Dash Cam, Backup Camera 9.66 Inch
#4
Best mirror replacement camera
Editors' Rating:
9.4
/
10

This dashcam is mounted instead of a rear view mirror. It has a large screen, which is 9.66 inches wide. This model is equipped with a second camera for mounting on the back of the car. The image from the rear camera can be translated to the mirror, which allows you to see behind the car. The resolution of both front and back cameras is 1080p.

The rear-view camera is very helpful when parking.  The image is recorded both from the back and the front camera, so no information is lost. The processor used is Mstar-8336P – it is able to both record and compress the video.

Night vision is also a good point of this model, because of the glass lenses. They let through much more light than plastic ones. So you will be able to see the details of an accident even if it happened at night.

The videos are recorded seamlessly as separate clips. The software will begin overwriting them if the card is full.

The screen is not just wide; it also has a very good resolution – 1280 by 320 pixels. This allows you to see even small details when parking.

Pros:

  • Makes a good parking camera
  • Indistinguishable from a mirror
  • Quality optics make for good night vision

Cons:

  • No G-sensor

Vantrue T2 24/7 Surveillance Super Capacitor Dash Cam FHD 1080P
#5
Extremely durable capacitor instead of battery
Editors' Rating:
9.1
/
10

The most interesting point in this model is the presence of a Super capacitor, which is way superior to a Li-ion battery. You can count on it to last much longer and there is no need to fear an explosion or overheating. It also will never drain your car battery.

The lens of this dash cam captures 160 degrees, which is an optimal range for a dashcam. The video is recorded at 1080p at a speed of 30 fps. The video is enhanced with HDR, so the device is able to catch a better detailed and sharper image.

The camera has a built in motion sensor, which automatically turns the camera on, once the car is in motion. The clips the dashcam records can be 2, 4, or 6 minutes in length. The supported size of SD-cards ranges up to 256 GB. This model is equipped with a G-sensor and overwrite prevention.

There is also an option to make photos every 1, 5 or 10 seconds. This creates a slideshow.

There is also a GPS module, which will allow you to insert the current location and speed into the video.

Pros:

  • GPS module
  • Supports large cards
  • Good field of view

Cons:

  • Fairly hard to mount

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