In-car camera reviews - dash cam test 2015

Dash cams test
9 Apr, 2015 3:15pm Henry Willis

Dash cams are in-car cameras for protecting you after accidents. We rate the best ones you can buy

The dash cam market is booming, as drivers rush to cover their backs. These devices film your journeys and protect against crash for cash scams, with some insurers even discounting premiums if you fit one.

In-car cameras can provide real peace of mind, as the evidence they provide can be relied on in court should the worst come to the worst.

Most record on a loop, and include a G-sensor, so if they pick up on a sudden movement – an impact, for example – they won’t overwrite that section of video.

Since our most recent test last year, a host of big-name tech brands has entered the dash cam business. We wired up 12 to find the best on sale.

How we tested them

You want the best-quality footage, so we looked for cams to record in high definition. Also key was ease of use – the footage needed to be simple to review, and a screen helps with set-up. We tested cams in the light and dark, and rated the sensitivity of G-sensors. Extras like rear-facing cams scored points, while our final factor was price, taken from a range of sources as we went to press.

Verdict

It's another victory for Transcend with its trusty DrivePro 200. This camera fought off tough new competition from Garmin and Thinkware with their Dash Cam 20 and Dash Cam F750 units.

1. Transcend DrivePro 200
2. Garmin Dash Cam 20
3. Thinkware Dash Cam F750

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What a rubbish review. So basically you omitted by far the biggest and best car camera make... Blackvue... Lol

I have the road hawk and it's laughable compared to my two Blackvue 500 cameras

I would very much like to get a dash cam but it is an invite to thieves like a sat nav if they are left hanging in the windscreen. Most are stick on so difficult to hide when parked and they need to be plugged into the power point to run. What I would want is one with battery power for say two hours and easily removable like a sat nav..

Screen:
Blackvue- none
Transcend- 2.4"

Bit Rate: (higher is better)
Blackvue- 7.5Mbps (10Mbps w/firmware update)
Transcend- 15Mbps

Sensor: (higher is better)
Blackvue- 2MP
Transcend- 3MP

Angle of View:
Blackvue- 120
Transcend- 160

Price:
Blackvue- $234 USD
Transcend- $167 USD

Night video quality: (check YouTube, select 1080p and pay attention to detail like license plate numbers)

So in what way is the Blackvue the biggest and best?

stats don't tell you everything, ill bet you think every 1080p tv is better than a 720p one because you are stupid. in football, spain had about 70% possession against Holland in the world cup yet lost 5-1.
ive used the transcend and wasn't impressed. its big, hideous and bulky. the blackvues and small.
why do you need a screen? the blackvue can transmit via Bluetooth or wifi direct to a phone/mobile device anyway. rather not have a screen as makes it bulky and you don't need it
you failed to mention the most import things like sensor, parking sensor. 30 secs protected recording is a joke too. Blackvue is FULLY configurable unlike the transcend - high / medium / low options lol!
blackvue comes with a decent mount not some suction rubbish. blackvue has a proper parking mode using pir
blackvue has voice alerts if required and touch controls
the transcend is good value but not as good as the blackvue

Are you DOD?