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.
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.
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