Best Car Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 24, 2018
This review contains the comparison of modern car cameras. A car camera is a compact device for registering the traffic accidents using the built-in cameras and sensors. We selected and compared the best 5 car camera models on the most important aspects. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Design
Shooting mode
Matrix resolution
Viewing angle
Battery life
Expansion ports & slots
Display size
Features & technologies
Warranty
 
PROS

The camera is supplied with 2 sticky mounts and a suction cup so that you can easily install it in any vehicle. Moreover, you can use the device in several cars without even removing the mounts.

CONS

Some customers find the placement of control buttons to be a bit inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a premium product, get this. Besides numerous useful features, the WheelWitness HD PRO car dash camera with GPS can record videos in super HD 2K resolution (2304x1296 pixels), which is nothing short of impressive. 

detailed parameters
Design

Monoblock with a display

Shooting mode

2304x1296 (Super HD)

Matrix resolution

Video: 3 MP

Viewing angle

170°

Battery life

450mAh

Expansion ports & slots

Slot for microSD (16 Gb card included), USB, mini-HDMI

Display size

3.0”

Features & technologies

Built-in GPS, G sensor, Cycle recording, Wide dynamic range, 2 sticky mounts and 1 suction cup included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The package includes a Samsung microSD card with a capacity of 32 GB, which is enough for 4-hour videos at the maximum resolution of 2560x1440. So, you’re good to go right out-of-the-box.

CONS

The screen could be bigger.

OUR VERDICT

The dash cam from Roav incorporates the most advanced technologies and functions to make drivers feel a little safer. And built-in Wi-Fi allows you to view videos on your smartphone as well as download and share them with other viewers online.

detailed parameters
Design

Monoblock with a display

Shooting mode

2560x1440

Matrix resolution

Video: 3.7 MP

Viewing angle

145°

Battery life

470mAh

Expansion ports & slots

Slot for microSD (32 GB card included), USB

Display size

2.4"

Features & technologies

Built-in Wi-Fi (compatible with Roav App), Built-in GPS, G sensor, Cycle recording, 2-USB car charger included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The LCD screen is reasonably large and has high resolution, allowing you to watch videos in awesome quality without connecting the camera to a TV or computer.

CONS

The camera mount lacks in quality.

OUR VERDICT

Old SHark offers an affordable car video camera that is excellent for the money. It records at the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080p, and it’s not upscaled like the majority of cheap cameras.

detailed parameters
Design

Monoblock with a display

Shooting mode

1920x1080

Matrix resolution

Video: 2 MP

Viewing angle

170°

Battery life

450mAh

Expansion ports & slots

Slot for microSD (card not included), USB, mini-HDMI

Display size

3.0"

Features & technologies

G sensor, Cycle recording, Wide dynamic range, Urgent lock file button

Warranty

1 year

PROS

After two hours of non-stop driving, the device will alert you that you should have a rest. A very useful function for truck drivers and those who spend long hours on-the-go. 

CONS

It has no GPS.

OUR VERDICT

The YI backup camera for car is an innovative product. It looks like a car rear view mirror but it's much more functional. Two high-resolution cameras record everything that's going on to make rides much safer and more comfortable.

detailed parameters
Design

Rear view mirror with a touchscreen display

Shooting mode

Front: 1920x1080

Rear: 1280х720

Matrix resolution

Front Video: 2 MP

Rear Video: 1 MP

Viewing angle

Front: 138°

Rear: 120°

Battery life

240mAh

Expansion ports & slots

Slot for microSD (card not included), USB

Display size

4.3"

Features & technologies

Built-in Wi-Fi (compatible with YI Dash App), G sensor, Cycle recording, Driver fatigue alerts, Built-in straps for easy mounting

Warranty

1 year

PROS

When your car is in reverse motion, the camera screen will automatically display the reverse image. And the parking guideline will help you park safely.

CONS

The built-in battery capacity is very small.

OUR VERDICT

The Toguard CE13 is the perfect fit for those who're looking for their first car rear-view mirror camera. For a very low price, it has plenty of useful functions that any driver will appreciate.

detailed parameters
Design

Rear view mirror with a touchscreen display

Shooting mode

Front: 1920x1080

Rear: 640x480

Matrix resolution

Front Video: 2 MP

Rear Video: 0.3 MP

Viewing angle

Front: 170°

Rear: 120°

Battery life

~200mAh

Expansion ports & slots

Slot for microSD (card not included), USB

Display size

4.3"

Features & technologies

G sensor, Cycle recording, Driver fatigue alerts, Built-in straps for easy mounting

Warranty

1 year

WheelWitness A7LA50

Perfect Witness

If you are that type of a person who always wants the best of the best, the luxury HD PRO Dash Cam from WheelWitness is your choice. It's a premium product that delivers the highest resolution available for a dash camera today - Super HD 2K High Resolution. This means that everything will be recorded in crisp 2304x1296-pixel images allowing you to see every detail. And while most other dash cams have measly 120°-140° angles, this one features 170° super-wide angle lens. Furthermore, thanks to WDR/HDR technology, it performs equally well during day and night, sun and rain. In bright sunny days, the cam adjusts exposure so that the videos aren't washed out and in low light conditions, it automatically tunes the exposure so that all shots look crisp and sharp. As for the sound quality, it's great. The majority of car dash cameras can't equalize proper sounds, but this is not the case with the HD PRO Dash Cam. This one picks up everything. 

The camera has an option to beep if it detects that a driver is drifting out of the lane, which is a pretty nice feature if you're driving long hours or looking down at your phone from time to time. The item can also beep once it senses that your headlights aren't turned on. Speaking of interface, the camera has a 3" LCD screen that displays a preview of what it sees. The screen also lets you navigate various settings and menu options with four physical buttons (two on each side).

Review of WheelWitness A7LA50 HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS

Fully Equipped

This car camera recorder also boasts the following useful extras:

  • GPS. It can not only record video but also embed your current speed, location and coordinates onto the videos. When you load up the records onto your PC, it'll show you your whole trip mapped out. Pretty handy!
  • Loop recording. As soon as the memory card is used up, the cam activates its loop-function mode enabling it to overwrite old files and record new ones.
  • G-sensor will automatically detect an accident and start recording, preserving the relevant footage so that you can always have a perfect witness.
Tech specs aside, the camera looks good with an easy-readable display. It's made of durable plastic that neither flexes nor squeaks. Along with a camera, you'll get 2 sticky window mounts, a suction cup window mount, manual, 16GB Kingston microSD card, SD card adapter, USB adapter, and 12-foot 12V socket plug. And all you need to start the dash cam is insert the included microSD card, mount it as you wish, and plug in the power. Once it senses power, it'll automatically fire up and record everything going on the road. So, if you need a premium product that is very easy to use, the WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam is a great pick.
WheelWitness A7LA50 HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Roav AK-R2120112

Feel Safer with the Roav C1

ROAV is the brand renowned for its exceptional quality and innovation, and today the company comes up with a top-notch dashboard camera, C1 Pro. It was designed with an advanced sensor and a premium lens to deliver users excellent video quality. Combining as many as 6 elements, the lens of the camera fully captures 4 lanes of traffic, providing you with the complete footage of road conditions. The dash cam records all details of your trips in amazing 2K resolution. And boasting 145°-angle lens, it captures not just the cars ahead of you but also everything that's going around. Thanks to the wide dynamic range technology, it automatically fine-tunes exposure to guarantee well-balanced images in any light conditions. Plus, it works decently in any weather, including extreme temperatures. When plugged in, it operates within 19°F-149°F range.

This dash cam has a GPS automatically tracking and indexing the route, location, speed, and other information on your journeys. Also, it's equipped with a gravity sensor that powers on the camera while you're away if your car is hit or moved. The camera will record a 30-second video once the sensor detects strange activity.

The C1 Pro car video camera is shipped with a 2-port USB charger, Micro USB cable, and 32GB Samsung SD card, but if you want more storage, you can get a 64GB or even a 128GB card. The product is backed with a generous 12-month warranty, and the manufacturer can replace the product in the whole 12 months with no questions asked. This speaks a lot of the quality of the Dash Cam C1 Pro. Top-quality, functional, and compact, it will find its place in any car.

Review of Roav AK-R2120112 Dash Cam C1 Pro

Set it and Forget it

The camera easily attaches to a car windshield with an adhesive plastic mounting plate that is very durable and won't come off as long as you really want it to. The Roav C1 has a small footprint and neatly hides behind the rear-view mirror, which makes it an ideal purchase for those who don't want bulky cameras in their viewing angle. It has a small built-in battery that is enough for standby power. For daily use, the recorder needs to be plugged in. As soon as the cam is connected to the power, it will automatically turn on and begin recording after you start the car.

Before the first use, we recommend you to insert a micro SD card and format it via the dash cam settings. The next thing you should do is update the firmware using the Roav DashCam app on your phone. That said, you can also manage, download, view and share the recordings directly from your mobile devices using this app. For easy downloading and sharing, the cam has a Wi-Fi. Once connected you will be able to see your video recording organized by date/time. You can playback them or save to your device.

Roav AK-R2120112 Dash Cam C1 Pro in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Old Shark A1OS-GS505-T032

Excellent Protection from Fake Accidents

If you're on the market for an affordable "just-in-case" car camera recorder and don't want to spend several hundred dollars, the Old Shark Dash Cam is a perfect fit. The quality of this camera is just excellent for the money. It's solidly built from high-quality metal and has a very nice surface finish. It's also a bit heavier than most dash cams of its price tag, thus it feels expensive and even high class. Moreover, it even has a screen and it's not so tiny compared to most other cheap models. If you wish, you can activate the screensaver mode by pushing a relevant button. The camera will turn off the screen yet keep recording. We would like to emphasize that it records videos in the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 - it’s real Full HD, not upscaled. The camera films at 30 frames/sec, however, the video size gets bigger than usual. The image is as good as you'd expect at this price point. It's very realistic with rich and nice colors. It's also worth noting that the recorder handles direct sun exposure pretty well. And the 170° wide-angle lens can easily capture the entire road ahead.

It features loop recording allowing you to set 3-minute, 5-minute, 10 -minute, or OFF options. And owing to the accident auto-detection function with a Gravity sensor, the camera detects a collision. All the features are very easy to navigate and adjust on a display with a simple and user-friendly interface. All in all, if you need a simple car camera to make your driving experience safer and more reliable, get this.

Review of Old Shark A1OS-GS505-T032 Dash Cam

Easy Installation

Aside from the OldShark 505 Dash Camera, the box includes a 10-foot charging power cable, suction mount, mini USB cable, and a user manual. The instructions in the manual are very informative and useful. They can guide you through the whole installation process. The included mount seems fairly solid. It's of the suction type, meaning it's not for permanent installation and you will always have the freedom to re-position the camera whenever and wherever you want. Also, the mount is 360-degree rotatable, so you can easily adjust the viewing angle and rotate the camera as you see fit. This way, you can record even inside your vehicle. The provided power cable is long enough to help you mount the camera and hide it from sight after installation. The camera itself is very small and won't create a blind spot. The only thing we would like to note is that the memory card isn't included and if you don't have any old SD card, you'll need to buy a new one. The manufacturer recommends using 32GB Sandisk Class 10 High Endurance Card.

Old Shark A1OS-GS505-T032 Dash Cam in the use

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YI C1C

Ultra Sophisticated

Looking for something more than a simple dash camera? The YI Mirror car recorder is a way to go. It's a sophisticated device that boasts an integrated large 4.3" touchscreen as well as front-facing and rear cameras. The front 1080p HD camera has a full-glass 138° lens with an f/2.0 aperture that easily captures three lanes. The lens has an infrared filter that ensures clear images day and night. The high-sensitivity sensor delivers superb live videos with rich and pure color gamut. As for the rear camera, it has a bit lower 720p resolution and can automatically detect reverse motion. The device switches on the mirror display to show you what the rear camera exactly sees. And the item records front-facing and back-facing videos at the same time.

But the main selling point of this camera is that it's inconspicuous and extremely simple to install. It should be just fitted over the factory mirror and secured with two-heavy duty rubber bands. Needless to say, it can be quickly removed if necessary. It acts as a mirror and is completely discreet. Moreover, it's much larger than the factory mirror, which greatly improves the rear field of vision for drivers.

The camera has touchscreen controls, which makes it very easy to use. No more flimsy buttons and non-sense interface. Everything can be done on the device itself or through the YI Dash smartphone app. And due to a built-in Wi-Fi, you can playback videos in real time, download or share them using your smartphone.

As for extra features, it has a built-in 3 axis adjustable G-sensor that sends a signal to record in case of a collision. However, take note that this car video camera has no GPS.

Review of YI C1C Mirror Dash Cam with Touch Screen

Smart Functions

Many customers choose this car security camera because of its parking asset. As the 720p camera should be installed on the rear of your car and connected to the reverse light, it's great for backing up. The parking guide will be displayed when you're reversing your car. The guide shows 3 colors - red, yellow and green that stand for 1 ft, 2 ft, and 3 ft respectively. Another fantastic function is a Driver Fatigue alert that will remind you to have a rest after every two hours of non-stop driving. In such a way, the camera takes care of you and your well-being. Overall, if you're searching for an ultra-safe dash cam, this one is a good pick.

YI C1C Mirror Dash Cam with Touch Screen in the use

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Toguard CE13

Great Deal

If you're going to buy your first rear-view mirror dash cam, this model from TOGUARD can be the best choice. It looks absolutely fantastic and works great. For its low price, it has ample functions that any driver will enjoy. But, most importantly, it can record decent videos while driving. The package includes two cameras, front and rear. Both of them can record and show videos on the 4.3-inch screen at the same time. By the way, the screen is much larger than a typical mirror installed in most cars, which provides drivers with better road vision. Plus, since it should be installed over your existing mirror, it doesn't overlap your windscreen as separate car cameras usually do.

The car front camera has a 170-degree wide angle lens and records files in Full HD 1080P, while the rear one features a 120-degree lens and records in VGA 480P resolution. Multiple cameras ensure excellent coverage and the best footage possible. Made of 6 layers of glass, the cameras deliver clear and non-distorted images, prevent overexposure and can capture even the smallest details at night. There's also an integrated IR LED's for better night vision. The back camera is waterproof and dustproof. It's an excellent solution to stay protected if somebody hits you in the back. In addition, this night vision camera for car will automatically show you the rear view when your car is in R-reverse, while the parking guideline will help you park. For sure, the TOGUARD dash cam is a good all-around option that can record everything that happens in front of you and behind you. Great deal!

Review of Toguard CE13 Mirror Dash Cam with Rear view Dual Lens

It Will Work in Any Vehicle

For easy installation and maintenance, the package includes a user manual, 12.7-ft mini USB cable, 10.5-ft cigar lighter car charger cable, rubber straps, installation crowbar, and 18-ft cable for the rear camera. The default 18-ft extension cable can be used in cars only, and if you're going to use the dash cam in your pickup truck, you can easily contact the manufacturer and order a 23-ft cord. The installation is really easy. The rear-view camera slips over your existing mirror. And using the rubber Bungie-type straps, you can secure it in place.

We would like to point out that the SD card isn't included in the box, and you should get a 16GB or 32GB Micro SD card Class 10 additionally. You can enable Loop Recording to never worry about buying extra cards when capacity is full. Note that the camera will create separate folders on the memory card for normal and G-shock recordings. The G-sensor function will be activated immediately in case of a collision. Emergency videos will be locked and saved and never overwritten with the Loop Record function being activated.

Toguard CE13 Mirror Dash Cam with Rear view Dual Lens in the use

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What Is a Car Camera?

There're numerous advantages to having a car camera in your car. The most significant one is that a car camera (or a dash camera) serving as an impartial "witness" can help you disentangle from many controversial situations that occur on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informs that there're more than 30,000 fatal vehicle crashes in the US annually. And a dash camera can record all the traffic accidents and bear evidence of the unexpected situations. The car camera is a miniature recording device, which performs a recording of the videos of various length. The automobile cameras record the video footage of a traffic incident to a memory card, and when the memory is full, the new footage files overwrite the old ones.

Modern car cameras may have a variety of additional features implemented, such as a GPS or a radar detector for notifying you of the police radars detected ahead on the road. You can get a more detailed information about these devices in this review.

What Features to Compare

The car cameras are primarily distinguished by the Design, which governs their size, mounting type and functionality of the car camera. Drive cameras have the following design types: classic, with a flip-out display, rear view mirror overlay and the ones with a remote camera. Monoblock dashboard cams have a one-piece case, small size, and are equipped with one or two video cameras, and are either supplied with a display or have none. The devices are mounted to the windshield from the inside of a car using the suction cups. Such an installation is simple and allows you to turn the device or the camera in the desired direction. Dashboard cameras with a flip-out display, as a rule, have a flat case, allowing folding and retracting even a large display. Often the devices with this design have a rotating camera that enables you to turn it toward the side window. Another auto cam type is mounted as an overlay on the rear view mirror. There are models with one and two surveillance cameras. This type of car camera has a concealed mounting, it does not attract attention to the device from the outside of the vehicle and does not hinder the driver's view. There are also models with a remote camera. This camera is connected to the main unit with a cable and can be installed both on the windshield and on the rear windshield of your car. The unit of such a device is small in size, has a built-in display, thus, you can hide the unit where you feel comfortable, for example, in the glove compartment or on the dashboard.

Perhaps the most important point that you should pay attention to when choosing a car camera is the Video recording quality as it affects the quality and the detail of the video evidence of traffic accidents. The video with an optimal quality is recorded at HD resolution (1280x720), FULL HD (1920x1080) (requires at least 2.1 megapixel CCD-matrix) while the best quality option is provided by the Super HD resolution (2304x1296). The video of such a quality has the highest detail, and you will be able to discern the license plates, traffic lights, and other important details easily on it. Another important parameter is the car camera Angle of view. Typically, the manufacturer specifies the value of the viewing angle measured diagonally, not horizontally. The value of this angle ranges from 90˚ to 178˚ depending on the model. The modern high-quality camera recorders have a minimum viewing angle of 110˚, with that the camera with such a viewing angle shoots the image approximately in the same way as the human eye perceives it in reality. Using the car camera with an Angle of view exceeding 140˚ (higher than 110˚ measured horizontally) results in significant geometric distortion, especially at the edges of the image frame. It is desirable to use a glass optical lens in the car camera, but often the cheaper models equipped with plastic lenses perform their functions well.

With regard to Extra features of a car camera, the manufacturers have made efforts to make the device some kind of a "black box" for your car, which can perform many useful tasks. For example, a built-in GPS can help pinpoint your position and speed, and will also notify you in case of exceeding the speed limit. A G-sensor or a shock sensor initiates the video recording at the device on detecting the vehicle shaking or collision. Almost all the recorders use the battery, of a built-in or a removable type, by means of which the car camera device can continue the recording and save the footage with the engine stopped, or perform the night shooting.

Did you know?

What is G-sensor and how it works

G-sensor or gravity sensor is the sensor that detects motion and measures the linear acceleration. And once the shock from collisions, hits, or crashes is detected, the dash camera starts or continues recording but locks the recording file so that it won't be overwritten. This is a very important function that locks the crash footage and protects it from being deleted as soon as the memory card is full. The users can adjust the G-sensor’s sensitivity depending on their driving environment - from Low, Medium, to High. Bear in mind that if you set the sensitivity to High level, your dash cam will lock those files where you're going over speed bumps, since the force from the bump will trigger the G-sensor.

Road Accidents in the U.S.

In terms of the road traffic, the U.S is one of the busiest countries in the world. There're more than 218 million people with a valid driving license and over 264 million cars registered in our country. And, naturally, the high level of traffic leads to more accidents. No wonder that car accidents cause more deaths compared to other personal injury incidents. There're around 17,250 accidents per day in America and, sadly, more than 100 people die from fatal injuries daily. The majority of fatal accidents occur on urban roads. The national police link most of them to alcohol impairment and speeding. Among other risk factors, they proclaim distracted driving, reckless driving, driving in the rain, night driving, drugs, animal crossings, construction sites, tailgating, and running red lights.

Dash cameras in police cars

Police extensively use car recording cameras in their vehicles to gather evidence during car accidents. Most dashboard cameras can be automatically activated once a police car's siren or emergency light are turned on. However, the footage can be released only under some circumstances.

Legality of car cameras

The video recording of public events is illegal at the federal level (the First Amendment right), while the videotaping of non-public events should be dealt at the state level. For instance, in most states, it's prohibited to record someone's voice without their concession. In Illinois, for example, it's even illegal to record police officers when they're performing their public official duties.

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