Do you remember when a meteor lit up the skies of Russia some time ago? It was precisely the dashcam installed in the cars to capture this incredible event and to make it viral. Watch a series of these videos in this video.
And I love my car camera.
The pro dash cams are becoming increasingly common on Italian cars, giving drivers the chance to increase safety and assert their reasons in case of accidents.
Want to buy one car camera don’t know which one to choose?
We help you with this guide to best dash cam pro 2019.
Let’s start by saying for those who had doubts that the dash cam they are completely legal in Italy.
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What are dash cams and how do they work?
The dash cams are video-rooms for cars mounted on the dashboard or rear-view mirror that allow you to record everything that happens on the road and possibly use it as a test in the event of an accident.
Their spread around the world began in Russia, the main consumer country of dash cam. This is why youtube is chock-full of videos made on the street in remote regions of the East that portray incidents or comedic and unusual moments.
For example, look here what they accidentally immortalized dashes of years ago when meteors fell on some regions of Russia:
The dash cams are designed to record everything that happens on the street and inside the passenger compartment, and are also used as tools for teaching or safety.
In addition to the dual camera, other special features of the dash cams are multiple lenses capable of shooting at different angles, or the GPS to measure the position and speed of the car.
What makes the dash cams different from the Go Pro?
Le dash unlike GoPro they have an intelligent and dynamic use of the shooting memory, dividing the recordings into small segments and overwriting them in a loop when the memory ends.
The camera shoots continuously but the files are divided into pieces of 1-3 minutes. This allows you to save new files on old ones once the memory is full making sure you don’t miss any recent scenes.
There are sensors that recognize that something unusual is happening inside or outside the car and automatically save the current footage in a special permanent memory folder.
Obviously your automotive prowess will not be recorded forever starting from the moment you install it, as the recordings of the previous days are overwritten by the new ones.
Most of the pro dash cams record on microSD, allowing you to use a larger one to record more minutes of video.
Some also allow you to connect directly via smartphone to be able to consult the registration archive without having to remove the SD each time.
Dash Cam Pro and Cons
What are the benefits of having a dash cam?
Show that you are right during an accident
The main reason why you decide to mount a dash in your vehicle is to be able to prove your reason with the insurance companies if an accident happens to us unfortunately.
Thanks to this video camera for cars, in fact, if you have to decide who is right or wrong in a traffic dispute, it will be much more effective to show our video footage as proof of what happened against the simple personal testimony of the other driver.
Bring back unruly drivers
This does not mean becoming spies and contacting the police every time someone cuts us off, but for example making reports in the event of very serious infringements by other drivers even if they do not lead to serious consequences before our eyes .
The car room is also perfect for apprehensive parents who want to leave their vehicle to their children and make sure that they do not go crazy on the street, to keep them under control.
Since many of the modern dash cams are equipped with GPS trackers, you can also see the current speed at which the car is traveling at a given time or where it is located geographically.
For example, it can be installed on a company car to ensure that its employees make use of it for work and not personal use.
For some years now I have been running around trying to get around the unsuspecting car drivers with tricks to extort money on the spot or with insurance scams, for example by pretending an accident caused by your car.
A dash cam can prove your innocence and frame the face of those who want to cheat you and thus be able to bring the evidence to the competent authorities or to insurance, exonerate you and set up criminals.
Against the dash cam
The car camera in some road accidents may not be particularly « brilliant » or complete in the rendering of the event, since the vision of this one does not extend 360 degrees around the car and could in some cases lose important details such as a cyclist who overtakes us on the side of the passenger compartment.
In some cases, instead of being on our side, he could prove guilty in a dispute in which we initially thought we were right.
Its presence at the center of the front window may also be a distraction for some and for some data an encouragement to steal it, given that the dash cams are notoriously only resting on the rear-view mirror.
It must never be forgotten that the footage taken could be challenged by someone who wants to accuse you of violating privacy. Especially if you decide to show your automotive exploits on youtube. We must always be very careful about it and not upload everything online just because it seems like fun material.
Best dash camera (Car Camera) 2019, Reviews
1. Aukey DR-01, best quality car camera for price
AUKEY Dash Cam FHD 1080P Camera for Auto Lens …
- VIDEO NITIDI: the DR01 dash cam will support you in case of road accidents. The Sony Exmor sensor records very sharp 1080p video (with optional audio) and a field of view of 170 °, and guarantees excellent shooting even during night driving
- EMERGENCY AND LOOP REGISTRATION: emergency recording will automatically capture traffic accidents and protect the videos. The loop mode will allow the recording to be continuous overwriting on older and unnecessary footage. Connect it to the AUKEY GM-32 GPS antenna (sold separately) to provide the video with information regarding speed and location: in this way you can monitor the trip for your greater security
Easy to use
Very convenient price
Record at 720p and 60 fps
SD card not included
The name Aukey is more familiar to those who haunt audio environments, but in this case they managed to design an excellent product for video recording on the road.
It has a limited number of features, but the few things it can do, it does very well. It offers Full HD recording, which is sufficient for basic use, it can save files at 720p up to 60 frames per second, scalable to 30 to save battery usage should it be necessary.
It mounts a Sony Exmor CMOS chip that allows you to have good images even in low light, and of course with excellent performance in broad daylight.
There are no SD cards included in the sales box, so you need to buy an 8GB one separately, which will guarantee about 80 minutes of Full HD shooting.
Other features of this product are the three different sensitivity options of the incident detector, and the ability to print time and date overlay on the video.
There is the timelapse function to capture the highlights of the trip and the detection mode that allows you to turn the DR-01 into a burglar alarm.
Simple, inexpensive, solid and easy to use. The Aukey DR-01 is an excellent option for those who want to spend little but enter the world of dash cams from the front door without giving up anything.
2. Garmin Dash Cam 35, the easiest to use
Garmin Dash Cam 35 Driving Recorder, Black
- Excellent field of view with high video quality, even in low light conditions
- Assisted driving functions with warnings that include the frontal collision alarm and the presence of cameras and speed cameras
Ease of use
Record at 1080p
The Garmin Dash Cam is perhaps one of our favorite dashes given its incredible ease of use. The video quality is not at the top level, a little less than the other rooms presented in this review list, but can still record at 1080p Full HD.
Shooting is saved directly in a microSD card, with a 4GB card included that allows you to immediately record up to an hour of video.
Fortunately if you need to extend the rescue capacity the Dash Cam 35 allows you to use SD cards up to 64GB. It should be taken into account that as with other devices, Garmin also starts recording new files by overwriting the old ones once the card is full.
The G sensor allows you to automatically reveal any incidents and move the files to a special folder, thus preventing them from being deleted and being able to use them offline when needed.
In terms of extra features, the Dash Cam 35 is equipped with a collision detector and an excessive speed alarm but you need to pay a subscription to get updates on speed camera maps.
It’s not full of features like its more expensive rivals, but for the price you couldn’t ask for better, it’s one of the easiest to use on the market right now.
3. Thinkware F770, the one I use
Thinkware F770 Full HD 1080p with Super Night Vision, Dash …
- High recording quality: this Dash Cam has a 2.19 MP camera and 140 ° viewing angle, Full HD 1080p
- Don’t miss events behind your car, with the rear view camera: this model is supplied with an additional Full HD 1080p camera, to record events occurred on the back of the vehicle, automatically saved on the main Micro SD card of the Dash Cam.
Equipped with GPS that remembers the position of the accidents
Specific mobile app
The F770 think ware seems a bit different from the normal dash cams on the market, as it develops completely in a captivating horizontal shape without a screen. To be able to see the road, you need to download an app on your smartphone and connect to the F770 via Wi-Fi.
This app also provides the ability to access a vast amount of options on your phone’s screen, such as real-time monitoring of what the camera can see, with guides to make sure that the camera’s location is correct.
The F770 features a Sony Exmor CMOS with a resolution of 2.19 megapixels. The Super HD resolution is not available, unfortunately, it stops at Full HD at 1080 pixels and 30 frames per second.
Shooting is recorded at a bitrate of 9.5Mpgs and a 16GB microSD allows you to save 200 minutes of footage on the camera itself, minutes that will be recorded in the loop by overwriting the new data on the old ones unless the G- sensor sensor signals an accident, in which case the recording stops to avoid unwanted deletions.
The GPS can also remember the exact location of the accidents and give a series of useful and important notifications while you are driving. For example there is a warning if you get too close to the car in front of us or if you are proceeding over the dividing strips of a lane.
4. Snooper DVR-4HD, beautiful
Very beautiful and compact
Excellent image quality
Equipped with accelerometer and GPS
With its 2.7-inch screen the Snooper DVR-4HD is much more compact than a satellite navigation system and attaches to the front screen thanks to a suction cup. The power cable is long enough to be rolled around the dashboard.
Record on a microSD and has a 16GB module included.
Installation is incredibly quick and immediate and recording is activated by pressing a switch on the side of the unit.
The DVR-4HD records at 1080p at a rate of 17Mbit / sec, although there is also a 720p option. In 1080p mode the 16GB of memory ensures up to 2 hours of video saves.
Once the microSD is full, the Snooper will automatically start overdubbing the oldest files unless a certain shot is marked as an « event », in which case it is saved indefinitely if it can be used in court for example.
The image quality is good both in daylight and at night, although in low light it is necessary to be close enough to the vehicle in front, for example to be able to read the number plate correctly.
It is equipped with an accelerometer to pick up any collisions or sudden stops and the GPS receiver records the position and speed together with the video.
5. Thinkware X550
Thinkware X550 Full HD 1080p Dash Cam 16 GB with integrated GPS, …
- High quality video recording: this Dash Cam has a 2.19 MP camera and 140 ° viewing angle, which records in Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second. Along with the built-in advanced transparent video technology, this gives you the clearest picture. The Dash Cam is equipped with a 16 GB Micro SD card.
- Receive speed camera alerts: Built-in GPS allows you to use speed camera alerts, which are characteristic of speed cameras approaching. It also allows you to view your position alongside the recording in the filming environment, using the PC thinkware viewer.
Easy to use
A bit complicated to install yourself
Video quality is not the best
While the Thinkware does not mount perhaps the best standard sensor among all the dash cams in circulation but it has an excellent software mounted on it that allows it to be used even in low light conditions.
If you want to get the most out of the X550 you need to connect it to the car’s electrical system. A bit difficult to do, especially if you want to intervene on your own throughout the installation process, but very easy to use once you have settled down.
Connecting it this way you can take advantage of the Parking Mode or the option that makes the X550 wake up when there are movements in the car, so the camera will immediately start recording when the car starts to move.
It is also equipped with a very accurate GPS system, speed camera notifications and the possibility of connecting two video cameras for better visual coverage of the passenger compartment.
It does not record with the best video quality but for the low price it is a good dashcam.
6. Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT-D, excellent GPS plus Dash
It also acts as a satellite navigator
The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D not only acts as a dash cam pro but also as a satellite navigator. The camera records video in Full HD at 720p.
There are two microSD slots, one dedicated for satellite navigation maps and the other for camera recordings. It is sold with a 4GB microSD supplied, which corresponds to about 76 minutes of Full HD shooting.
It is also equipped with a collision detector and video loop recording.
He warns if you are getting too close to the vehicles in front and a lane detector, in case you are crossing a lane line on the highway.
The Go Alert will give a notification if the cars in front of us are moving while we stand still, thus preventing the angry horns of the drivers behind us.
Combined with top class satellite navigation features, the DriveAssist 50LMT-D is a great accessory for the car.
7. VicoVation Vico-MF3
Vicovation MF3 2K Ultra HD 1440p HDR Ambarella A2 Extreme Car …
- Camera technical specifications: Ambarella A12, 4 Mega Pixels CMOS, F / 1.8, 6 G Mega Pixel lens, angle of view 150 ° (diagonal), 1440p HDR ultra HD 2 K (2560 x 1440p @ 30 fps HDR) resolution, 7, 6 cm TCD / TFT LED backlit LCD display, 3-axis G-Sensor built-in, ultra-hdr (High Dynamic Range) 3d noise reduction, hd-out / USB 2.0, audio / mute recording, CE / CCC / FCC / BSMI ( d33i02) / RoHS certified, H.264 video compression @ MP4 format, SanDisk Memory Card are not recommended.
- Package contents: vicovation Mf3 Dashcam, SD card 16 GB class 10, 4 meters, Cigar car charger, suction cup bracket, 3 m adhesive bracket, installation guide in English, warranty certificate. Optional accessories if required: vicovation vico-power Plus without power cable, mouse, external GPS vicovation 30 mm CPL filter.
High resolution and video detail
It is not equipped with GPS
The VicoVation Vico-MF3 is a simple and inexpensive car camera with few features, even if it is unfortunately not the best on the market.
If you are looking for high quality footage, the Vico-MF3 will make you happy, in fact it records at 2,560 x 1,400 at 30 frames per second, producing very detailed videos.
At maximum resolution the MF3 can save an hour of footage on the 8GB microSD mounted as standard before the loop starts. There are 5 buttons on the box so you can easily access all the features.
One of these is used to mark events, for example when you want the current video to not be overwritten. We remind you that dashes record 1-3 minute microfilms for greater organization and flexibility.
Marking an event will send the current mini-video to a perennial save folder, thus excluding it from the loop process.
The real big drawback of the MF3 is the lack of a standard GPS. You need to buy an external device in order to track your location, and only once purchased will you be able to know the location and use services such as the warning of obstacles in front of us and the alarm for speed cameras.
Without the GPS, you can use features like the G-sensor for accident detection, the driver’s fatigue detector and the alarm to signal that the car in front of us is moving while we are still, typical scene that can be done in a queue at a traffic light if the mind begins to lose itself in fantasies.
8. Garmin Dash Cam 55
High video resolution
8GB SD card included
Equipped with voice commands
The Garmin Dash Cam 55 is a great camera to capture our life on the road in video.
It starts recording automatically when it is connected to an electricity source, so that it does not lose even a precious second of footage, shooting at a maximum capacity of 2.5k or 560 x 1440 pixels at 30 frames per second, to be precise.
It is also possible to record Full HD at 60 frames per second, or at a minimum of 720p alternatively to conserve memory.
Comes with a standard 8GB storage but you can add up to 64GB of memory by inserting a separately purchased microSD card. At top resolution an 8GB card can record up to 56 minutes of footage before the loop begins.
The Garmin Dash Cam 55 also brings the innovative Travelapse feature to the table that allows you to capture the most important moments of our journey to automatically make a small summary video that you can watch once you have parked the car.
The Garmin can also be used as a normal camera in case for example there is an immediate need to make short movies or photos manually to document the dynamics of an accident once it happened.
This cam also has an excellent G-sensor to detect incidents immediately and save the shots of that crucial moment so that they can then be reviewed and presented, for example, in court or at your own insurance agency.
There is also a built-in voice control to start and stop audio recording, take voice-activated pictures or activate the Travelapse function. Great if you want to make a vlog of your trip without taking your hands off the wheel.
When you are ready to review the footage, you can see it both on your home computer and directly on the small monitor integrated into the dash cam, comfortably seated in your car.
The built-in WiFi allows you to synchronize the Garmin with your smartphone directly on the fly without having to use uncomfortable cables.
9. Nextbase 512GW
Nextbase NBDVR512GW – Built-in DVR For Full HD 1440P Car DVR -…
- Recording at 1440P Quad HD, the 512 GW offers unbeatable quality images and a wide range of features for the best Dash Cam experience.
- On the front of the 512 GW you will find 6-layer glass lenses covered with a special anti-glare polarizing filter. This greatly reduces glare and helps reduce reflections in recordings.
Full of features
High video quality
Equipped with GPS, timelapse and parking mode
The nextbase are some of the most special rooms on the market right now.
The recording format available 1440p at 30fps, although you can save space by opting for the lightest Full HD 720p format, however enough to be able to better appreciate our images.
At maximum resolution the standard 16GB memory will be enough to record up to 77 minutes of footage before the loop begins to replace the old mini-files with new ones.
The back of the device has a small 3-inch LCD screen that is sensitive to touch to be able to conveniently use the various functions of the camera.
As usual there is the G sensor for accidents, GPS localization (but without speed camera detection and signaling), it is useful timelapse and parking mode. All supported by Wi-Fi to be able to transfer our shots to the smart phone and admire them directly at home.
Image quality is one of the best on the market, providing details that other products in the same range can only dream of.
It is a very well built and robust room that I am sure will withstand even the most difficult and deadly accidents.
10. My MiVue Drive 65 LM, GPS and dash
MIO Mivue Drive 65LM
- Navigation truck integrated with Extreme HD Dash Cam
- Cam security updates for life
It acts as a satellite navigator
Large 6 inch screen
Perfect for small cars
Not the best on the market
The Mio MiVue Drive 65 LM kills two birds with one stone by combining satellite navigation with the dash camcorder, allowing one power supply to use and exploit two cutting-edge technologies for the safety of your vehicle.
The 6-inch screen is particularly large and excellent to be used without diverting attention from the guide.
The Super HD resolution ensures an impressive quality of well 2304 x 1296 at 30fps, there is a bit of compression in the image but the right one enough to be able to read for example car license plates at considerable distances.
It comes equipped with a 16GB microSD card that guarantees 135 minutes of video at top resolution, with a second micro slot to add our GPS maps.
There is also the autovelox alert and the alarm for when you go over your lane, and you can’t miss the car’s sensor in front of us on a little gem, so you can warn us if we have gone too far go ahead and risk an accident.
It’s not perfect, but it’s a great compromise for those who want to have GPS and dash without having to buy and install two different products. Recommended for those with small cars.
How to install a dash cam
Dash cams can be of two types, either single or with dual cameras. If you buy a double the installation is a bit more complicated, since the rear camera must be connected to the front one.
To mount the rear view camera on the rear window you need:
fix the back support in the rear window
connect the power cable to the rear camera
connect the other end of the cable to the front camera.
The cable that connects the cameras must then be positioned so as not to constitute a danger or hinder the persons transported or the devices present on the vehicle, for example hiding it behind the plastic moldings of the passenger compartment, the gaskets or the roof lining.
The world of car cameras it is as rich as it is complex, in fact every model on the market exists to meet specific consumer needs, so it is easy to find yourself a bit off-guard when you need to choose.
There is a lot of talk about electric cars that drive themselves, but we forget that the common cars we are used to are here to stay for many years, the transition will be long, and will not happen overnight.
Car cameras have been one of the many pieces that will lead to a real technological revolution that will unfold before our eyes in the coming years.
Who would have thought that the cameras would become so small and cheap that they could be stuck in any vehicle? Not to mention the devices that save videos and images of the same, let’s not forget that only thirty years ago to record the images were used very bulky magnetic media, it would have been folly to think of keeping a television video camera of the time on board a car, only RAI could have covered the costs and technical difficulties of a similar folly.
Car cameras are a must-have tool today and I hope this guide will help you choose the best one for your needs.
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