There are a few important factors to consider when buying a dash device because without certain features you could get low returns for your money and poor user experience overall. Here are some important things we prioritized when making our decisions.
Video and audio quality
This is the most important factor to consider when buying a dash cam or any other video recording device. Without crisp video and audio output, this device is virtually useless because that means it can’t fulfill its primary purpose – producing quality video footage with clear sound. The resolution of the camera and its lens is what determines the quality of its video and audio, and ultimately the higher the resolution, the better the quality. As for the product in question, you can find dash cams with resolutions of 720p HD, 1080P HD, 2K, and 4K, with 720p being the lowest quality and 4K resolution being the highest quality.
Field of view
This feature translates directly to the fact that a dash’s terrain view is measured in degrees. This basically means the width of footage that the dash cam can capture. Just like video resolutions, the larger the field of view, the more images are captured. On-board cameras can have fields of view of 130º to 160º. We must however warn that although the highest field of view seems to be the best option, with such a dash cam you may have to sacrifice video quality at the edges of the footage due to distortion and decreasing resolution. Therefore, the ideal point to look for is a camera with a field of view of approximately 140º.
What good is a safety device if it doesn’t last long enough to do its job? Dash cams are made of a variety of materials depending on their manufacturers. We’ve selected cams that are built to last and made from the most durable materials.
Due to the wiring and circuitry of these devices, many of them drop out in extremely cold or extremely hot regions. A durable dash cam should be built with facilities to withstand such harsh weather conditions and capture quality footage in stormy, snowy, or very sunny weather. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your safety or protection because the seasons have changed or you’ve changed location.
Dash cams come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, but when it comes to the design of these devices, what’s important is that they’re compact enough to fit in our cars without causing distraction. , and that they have features that can facilitate our experiences like buttons and display screens. The dash cams we have selected have sleek designs and features that make your user experience even more enjoyable.
Price vs Quality
Many people assume that dash cams are an extremely expensive purchase. These devices come with different price tags ranging from $100 to $400. We’ve selected affordable and mid-range dash cams that have the best features and produce quality video to give you the best value.
Night Vision/Low Light
You don’t always drive during the day, so your dash cam shouldn’t be able to capture video only during the day. For these devices to be truly security tools, they must be able to protect us even at night. Dash cams use night vision apertures and lenses to maintain quality video footage in low light conditions.
Number of cameras
Is it really enough to have a forward-facing dash cam? We’re sure you’d love to protect your vehicle from every angle, and that’s what it’s all about. The number of cameras in a dash cam is directly proportional to the number of views it can provide. There are three types of views your car should be protected in; front view, cabin view and rear view. The front view refers to images that appear in the field of vision in front of your vehicle, for example in the event of a frontal collision. The cabin view captures everything that happens inside the vehicle which in most cases will concern the driver and passengers, while the rear/rear view captures everything that happens behind the vehicle, just like your parking camera would. The more views a dash cam covers, the more cameras it will have and the more protection it will offer. In the case of single cameras, the right device should always be able to pair easily with similar devices and protect you from all angles.
Today’s dash cams not only have allowances for external SD storage cards, but even have the ability to upload images to a cloud. Imagine the amount of storage needed to hold months of consistent video recordings, it would be difficult to always manually free up space by getting rid of old footage. With features like loop recording, modern dash cams can automatically “clean themselves up” and free up space by getting rid of old footage after a while. These devices are also capable of uploading images to an online cloud where they can be stored and revisited. However, when it comes to good old-fashioned SD cards, your camera should be able to take up to 256GB of recording space. Connectivity is an important factor in ensuring your dash cam can store, download and transfer video recordings, and the two easiest ways to do this are via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Therefore, these are also very important qualities of a record dash cam.
Imagine a dash cam that occasionally falls out due to a weak mounting bracket. Not only can it disrupt your driving and recording, but it can also lead to injury. There are two types of mounting types that you can find in the dash cam market: suction cup mount and adhesive mount. Suction cup mounts are more flexible, have simple installation, and can be moved or moved easily. The downside of these mounts is that they take up more space and vibrate easily while driving. This could result in shaky images if your camera does not have image stabilization capabilities. On the other hand, adhesive mounts usually come in the form of double-sided tape and are the most reliable type of mount. They are sturdier and more discreet, but also inflexible and cannot be moved easily as it is a more permanent and long-term solution. In some cases, one end of the tape may be weakened by pressure, leaving your dash cam vulnerable.
Of course, we don’t want to suggest a product that will make it difficult for you to understand. When selecting our dash cams, we chose easy-to-install devices with simple placement allowances. We want you to be able to place your future product somewhere comfortable for you and also allow the dash cam to do its best job.