If you’re seeking security while driving uber, creating YouTube videos or are just exploring new options to capture day to day activities, you absolutely need a dashcam!
So you have been browsing around the web, watching YouTube videos, looking around amazon and thinking about buying a dashcam. But where do you start? Which one is the best? What are the different features on these devices? There’s just too much noise, clutter and confusion about which is the best dashcam that suits your needs. So here is a list of the must have dashcams that you should comnsider in 2020.
1. A cheap but formidable Apeman C450 Series A
With a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 and framerate of 30fps, the Apeman C450 Series A dashcam is as basic as a camera can be. With a price tag of 39.99$, the Apeman C450 Series A dashcam is ideal for people trying to get something basic on a budget. With a 3” screen, the camera’s screen can be used for basic functionality. With WDR/HDR supported night vision, the quality of the night time footage is pretty basic, it would be particularly difficult to capture the plates of the cars passing by.
The camera also supports pictures, the still camera offers 12MP. The camera can be attached to the computer or other devices via USB or HDMI ports. The internal microphone and speaker offer a decent quality and give out clear sounds. Users have the option to use the camera in parking mode, however, due to the small size of the battery, they’ll have to provide an extra power-source for the camera to be used for longer periods of time.
2. An eye catchy branded dashcam Pioneer ND-DVR100
Pioneer has got everything stacked up in their great looking ND-DVR100. In fact, the design is so well integrated it looks like the car manufacturer has installed the camera into the car design itself. With an adhesive mount, the camera can be placed on the windscreen. With its plug and play design, once mounted, the camera can start loop recording in 1080 with 27.5 fps once the engine gets started. The camera turns to sleep mode if the engine is switched off. Pioneer provides a charger to insure continuous charging during driving.
In case of an accident, the camera’s built in sensor immediately stops recording, making sure that the footage is saved. The high-quality footage makes sure that the street lights, car plates and other necessary information is captured, making sure that you have everything you need in the footage. Moreover, the built-in geo-tagging, time stamp feature along with speed, longitude, latitude and direction of travel definitely come in handy as reference points for evidence.
The parking mode feature allows for the camera to become active in case the car gets damaged in parking.
3. A dashcam with on demand features Kenwood DRV-A301W
Every once in a while, somebody comes up with a product that is so perfect that nothing can be added into it. Kenwood DRV-A301W is exactly such a camera. With a price-tag of around 120$, this dashcam has everything that is needed. Recording videos at 2MP at 1080×1090, the videos give crisp and clear details of the captured footage of number plates and street lights displayed clearly. The DRV-A301W features a High Dynamic Range for backlighting, giving dark or over exposed images clarity. With a dynamic range of sensors, the dashcam ensures the capture of footage, be it in parking mode or when driving. Through wireless connectivity and the cam’s built-in software, videos can also be shared to social media directly.
4. The 4K supported Vantrue X4
Compared to the other models, Vantrue X4 comes at a higher price at nearly 199$. However, these days everyone is switching to the 4K standard of filming and why should you be left behind? With the captured footage in 2160p, there’s little chance the camera will ever miss anything in its shooting range. The camera comes equipped with a 160-degree field of view lens and a new Sony IMX317 sensor. With a further investment, GPS mount can be added to give Vantrue X4 an extra edge. The camera has a USB connection option which makes transferring data to other devices a breeze. With an HDMI port, the footage can be viewed on a television.
The footage of the dashcam is excellent, specially if compared to the other, cheaper counterparts. On the other hand, at night or under low light conditions the camera doesn’t deliver the best results.
The sensor on the cam can be a bit sensitive especially for the larger vehicles. Sometimes, the built-in capacitor might not stop recording immediately. But over-all, if you can sacrifice storage for quantity, then the Vantrue X4 is among the best choices out there.