Are you going on a road trip or just want to document any incidents along the way? This guide explains how a dashboard camera works, the various features, and helps you find one that suits your needs.
Dashboard cameras - also known as car cameras – have gained an increased popularity in recent years because of their function as a security on the road. If something should happen, it will be a lot easier to see who’s to blame.
Dashboard cameras are available in many different price ranges, and the more you pay, the more features you get. Common amongst the cameras is that they film a continuous video stream from the entire trip. More expensive cameras also have features such as Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and the option for a higher resolution whilst recording. Some cameras also film both forwards and backwards in the car.
Things to look for when buying a dashboard camera
If you ignore the features and functions, a dashboard camera is basically just a camera. All cameras have a sensor that provides a certain resolution, and a good rule of thumb is that the higher the resolution, the clearer the images. Full HD 1080p resolution holds plenty for most things.
If you drive a lot in the dark and at night you should invest in a camera with night vision. Recordings from less expensive cameras become largely useless in the dark, but if the dashboard camera has night vision, the most necessary will still be visible.
Mounting: suction cup attachment or glued attachment
There are a couple of different ways to mount a dashboard camera. The most common is with a suction cup bracket that is attached to the inside of the windshield. If space in the windscreen is tight, it is also possible to get a mount that can be placed on the dashboard.
Some dashboard cameras have a screen that allows you to review recorded material, see how the camera is set, and adjust the settings.
If you are parked and someone bumps your car, it is almost impossible to prove what happened. Parking damages is a very common, and with a dashboard camera with a G-force sensor, you will be able to find out who has hit your car.
Connectivity: GPS & WiFi
In a smart world there should be no dashboard camera that does not include WiFi. Wireless WiFi lets you transfer video clips to your mobile phone, adjust settings and decide how your clips are stored, and much more.
GPS is a convenient feature found in more expensive models. The dashboard cameras will be able to state the location and speed, which is useful information after a possible accident.
Memory cards are needed in a dashboard camera. Some models come with built-in memory, but storage is usually very limited. See our memory cards for dashboard cameras.