The Best Dash Cams Of 2019

Posted: Apr 24 2019, 9:57am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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The Best Dash Cams of 2019
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Technology changes quickly, so don't get stuck with an old dash cam. These new ones have some great features that are worth the upgrade.

You've been in an accident, but there's no one there to witness what happened. Now it's your word against someone else's, and your chances of getting a full insurance payout are slim to none. A dashcam can change all that.

Dashcams have been popular for some time in Europe, but as technology has improved and prices have come down, they're catching on in the United States as well. Similar to an action cam, but with a focus on recording what happens to your car when you're in it — and sometimes when you're not — these handy gadgets are cheaper than your average GoPro and could easily pay for themselves in the event of a crash.

Garmin Dash Cam 55

For under $200, the Dash Cam 55 gives you everything you need and nothing you don't. The camera's included G sensor can recognize a likely crash, and will automatically save the footage leading up to and following it, which could be useful as evidence when you file an accident claim. The only downside is that its short battery life means you'll probably have to keep it plugged into your car's auxiliary power outlet.

Thinkware F800 Pro

We love the way the F800 pro is designed to mount behind your rearview mirror for a from-the-factory look. If you go the extra mile and hardwire it in, you might even forget it's there — that is, until you have to use it. An enhanced night vision mode and speed camera warning make sure this camera has you covered in every situation.

Mobius Actioncam

The little $100 Mobius is lovable for its no-BS layout. It's probably the closest thing to the cameras you could expect to see around Europe in this roundup. It records at 1080p and 30fps, so it isn't as high-quality as some of the newer cameras, and because it lacks a g-meter, it won't deliver the stabilized images they will. It also lacks a dedicated screen for reviewing footage. Then again, it's still a camera, and the footage is perfectly permissible as evidence for half the price of the fancy alternatives.

Mio Miovue 766

Here is another excellent all-arounder in the same league as the Garmin. It boasts a slightly wider viewing angle and a touch interface that is simpler to use, if for a slightly higher price. It's also a few fractions of an inch larger than the Garmin, but in testing has been shown to deliver some of the crispest footage around from anything short of a full-on action camera like those used for extreme sports.

Nextbase 612 GW

If you're seeking high-quality video, this is the camera for you. It claims to be the first dash cam with the ability to deliver full-quality 4K video, and a look at the footage backs up that it's industry-leading. There's a slight premium to pay, with the Nextbase coming in at around $320 — roughly $100 more than competitors that offer slightly lower-quality footage. If you value crispness and clarity, however, this is the camera for you.

These five choices range from the bargain-minded Mobius to the uber-high-fidelity Nextbase with its 60fps 4K footage — all for well under the $500 a decent GoPro would cost you. If you live in an urban area, or just have bad luck when it comes to car accidents, you may want to consider investing. After all, when's the last time you heard of a $200 insurance claim?

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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