Best Car Cameras

Last update December 30, 2016
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 focusing on the most important aspects. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Shooting mode
Viewing angle
Battery life
Design
Expansion ports & slots
Display size
Features & technologies
Matrix resolution
 
PROS
This car camera has all the features needed for registering the traffic accidents and has a wide operational temperature range.
CONS
Very wide viewing angle may result in visual distortion along the image edges.
OUR VERDICT
This model embodies the well-balanced price and set of features supported by the car camera.
detailed parameters
Shooting mode
1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720, 640x480
Viewing angle
165˚
Battery life
up to 20 min
Design
Rotating monoblock with a display
Expansion ports & slots
Micro SD, mini HDMI, power supply socket, GPS module connection socket
Display size
2.7"
Features & technologies
GPS, G-sensor, video shooting with the sound recording, loop recording mode, quality improvement mode for a night shooting mode - WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)
Matrix resolution
2.1 MP
PROS
The Vantrue R2 model has a unique design of the charging port - it is built into the mounting fixture of this dash cam. Such a design allows you to save space and optimize the camera connection.
CONS
Detaching the camera from the mounting fixture might be quite inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
R2 is a modern car camera with a convenient design, which is capable of recording 2K videos even at night.
detailed parameters
Shooting mode
2560 x 1080 @ 30 fps 2304 х 1296 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (+HDR)
Viewing angle
170°
Battery life
up to 20 min
Design
Monoblock with a display
Expansion ports & slots
Mini HDMI, USB 2.0, A/V out
Display size
2.7"
Features & technologies
G-sensor, loop recording mode, improved night shooting mode, parking mode, motion detection, emergency write protection of the device memory
Matrix resolution
16 MP
PROS
The device is easily installed using the bundled double-sided 3M adhesive tape to the windshield (in the rear view mirror area). The camera storage temperature ranges from -5 °F to 160 °F.
CONS
The GPS module and memory card are purchased separately.
OUR VERDICT
The unshowy design, easy installation and the ability of camera angle adjustment make this car camera device an inalienable part of your car. The device is almost invisible from the outside and it does not impede the driver's view.
detailed parameters
Shooting mode
1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1440x1080, 1280x720, 848x480, 640x480, 320x240
Viewing angle
170˚
Battery life
up to 20 min
Design
Monoblock with a display
Expansion ports & slots
Micro SD, mini USB, power supply socket, GPS module connection socket
Display size
2.4"
Features & technologies
WDR quality improvement mode, loop recording mode, auto motion detection, G-sensor, GPS (optional)
Matrix resolution
5 MP
PROS
The charger with a cigarette lighter plug has an additional USB plug.
CONS
Watching the recorded videos on the built-in display may sometimes prevent you from seeing the small details.
OUR VERDICT
This car camera's compact size and quick disconnect mounting allow carrying the device around after leaving the car.
detailed parameters
Shooting mode
1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720, 640x480
Viewing angle
135˚
Battery life
up to 15 min
Design
Rotating monoblock with a display
Expansion ports & slots
Micro SD, mini USB
Display size
2.4"
Features & technologies
G-sensor, motion sensor, video shooting with the sound recording, loop recording mode
Matrix resolution
5 MP
PROS
The device offers the encoding of the Full HD recorded video in H.264 format for saving the storage space.
CONS
Despite the availability of 6 LEDs, this car camera provides reportedly lower quality of the night video shooting than its counterparts.
OUR VERDICT
An excellent car camera that is capable of recording your whole root and save the high-quality video thanks to the built-in video processor.
detailed parameters
Shooting mode
1920x1080, 1280x720, 848x480, 640x480, 320x240
Viewing angle
120˚
Battery life
up to 15 min
Design
Rotating monoblock with a display
Expansion ports & slots
Mini USB, mini HDMI, Micro SD slot
Display size
2.7"
Features & technologies
G-sensor, SOS, motion sensor, video shooting with sound recording, loop recording mode, LED-lighting for night shooting
Matrix resolution
5 MP

What Is It

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. Such camera will 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 auto camera records the video footage of a traffic incident to a memory card, and when the memory is filled 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 on such detecting devices if you read our Radar Detectors review.

What To Look For

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.

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Design

This is a monoblock device with a built-in display, which is mounted on a fastening bracket using the bundled suction cup at the top middle position on the windshield. This auto camera device can be rotated on the swivel. GPS adapter connects separately. The car camera is powered by the car system through a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter.

Shooting Quality

High-quality video recording is ensured by the powerful and high-performance processor, which effectively processes the data received from the CCD-matrix. The camera optical system, which contains six glass lenses is capable of performing the transfer of the captured optical image to the CCD-matrix of the device while preserving the maximum details of the original image (which is most important) and its high quality.

Extra Features

The built-in G-sensor activates the video recording mode at the required moment, in the event of a collision, or on the car's getting into a pit. This car camera is furnished with a WDR function for the image improvement at the night time. There is a GPS that records your route, speed, and current location. The video is recorded with the sound.


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Design

The Vantrue R2 Car Dash Cam is a compact device that can be mounted on a windshield of a car to provide an appropriate video shooting on the road. The case finish combines the matte metal shapes and pitch black plastic. The camera case includes a 2.7-inch display that shows all the necessary information. On both sides of the display, there are buttons for selecting different functions and setting video shooting parameters. One side also accommodates a mini HDMI extension port, and on the opposite side, there is a micro SD slot. The USB port and audio and video signal outputs are placed on the upper side of the car camera. The manufacturer website offers you a variety of additional accessories to purchase.

Shooting Quality

This modern and compact car camera is capable of shooting video at 2K resolution, therefore the footage will satisfy you in terms of detail and picture clarity. Even at the maximum supported resolution (2560 x 1080 pixels) the camera is capable of achieving 30 frames per second while shooting at Full HD resolution offers an HDR mode. This advanced functionality is achieved owing to the built-in Ambarella A7L50 processor and OV4689 CMOS-sensor. The implementation of these components makes this car camera a cutting-edge device.

Extra Features

The Vantrue R2 car camera has a motion detection feature, which automatically activates the video recording when any motion is detected even with a vehicle engine off. The car camera also has a parking sensor, which activates the shooting in case there are people walking at a distance of 33 feet. The write protection feature comes in handy for protecting the footage saved to a video file from accidental deletion. Thus, you will always be able to provide a footage if a car accident occurs and you need to prove you aren't guilty.


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Design

Rexing V1 has a wedge-shaped case. This compact car camera with a built-in 2.7" display is mounted directly on the windscreen in the rear view mirror area using the double-sided 3M adhesive tape. That makes the installed recorder invisible for the outside observer and obstacle-free for the driver. The car camera can be detached quickly and easily from mounting, thanks to its quick installation design. The device charging is performed via the 12V charger with a cigarette lighter plug.

Shooting Quality

The high quality of video shooting is provided by the 5-megapixel CMOS matrix, which performs an excellent video shooting in the daytime and at night. The 6-layer glass lens ensures the wide viewing angle of 170 degrees. Thanks to extensive customization and numerous settings, the user can choose the needed mode, which provides the optimal parameters for the video encoding algorithm, video resolution, video stream quality and bitrate, as well as many others.

Extra Features

This car camera is equipped with the automatic on/off function, thus, its operation will not distract the driver. The G-sensor triggers the device upon the hard braking or detection of the vehicle driving on poor road surfaces, as well as in case of a road accident. The triggered camera records the video footage to a separate folder. The device features a standard loop recording with attaching the date/time data. The display of this car camera can be switched off or on, using the key, which may come in handy especially at night. You can also set the time of the screen automatic turning off after the period of time you need. Rexing V1 can record your route using the GPS module that can be purchased separately.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Design

The camera has a monoblock case with a built-in display. The case itself is small in size and is easily attached to the windshield using the included suction cup. The mounting part has a quick detachable connector for securing the car camera and quickly disconnecting the dashcam device itself from the mounting part. The auto camera is charged via the charger, which plugs into a cigarette lighter socket.

Shooting Quality

With ZeroEdge car camera you can choose one of several video recording modes featuring the 1280x720, 640x480 settings and the one with the maximum resolution of 1920x1080 (with the AVI/H.264 video stream encoding). The optimal viewing angle of 135° provides the image with minimal distortion along the edges of the image.

Extra Features

The device can be automatically activated and starts the recording or monitoring upon the engine ignition, and automatically turns off on the engine cutoff. Using the motion sensor, the dashcam can automatically start the video/audio recording or situation monitoring after the movement detection and stop the recording 30 seconds after the car stops. G-sensor signal initiates the video recording mode upon the crash/vibration detection and the system protects the recorded footage from deletion in case of an accident. G-sensor sensitivity level can be adjusted with the low, medium and high settings available.


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Design

DBPOWER Dash Cam has a matte metal casing and is rendered as a monoblock with a display. The mount design allows placing this car camera on the windshield using a suction cup included in the package and adjusting it conveniently to achieve a better view. This car camera is furnished with a 2.7" TFT screen, which displays all the necessary information. For charging the device, you need to use a special bundled cable, which plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter slot.

Shooting Quality

The 120° viewing angle covers a bigger area of the screen without image distortion and aberration. The camera settings allow for recording video files in all popular formats, including 1920x1080p FULL HD. With this car camera, your video records will always be of high quality. Besides, you’ll have an option to record videos at night since the cam is equipped with 6 LED lights for your convenience.

Extra Features

This DBPOWER car camera has a popular and widespread G-sensor feature, which aim is to activate the video recording upon the detection of a vehicle collision as well as to protect the resulting video file from being deleted. The loop recording function leaves you with no worries about the availability of free storage space in the car camera memory. The camera has got a built-in microphone/speaker for quality voice recording either. As a useful addition to the standard functionality, this camera supports multi-language menu and can be used literally in any corner of the world.


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