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The Best Dash Cams for Your Next Road Trip

Dash cams have gained popularity over the last few years thanks to falling costs and the plethora of dash cam videos from Russia that have shown the stranger aspects of commuter life in that country. Today, there are hundreds of dash cam options out there for every budget.

You have bare-bones video recorders for under $100 while some pack in features like voice control, 4K video, and more that cost several hundred dollars. Below is a list of some of the best dash cams you can buy regardless of your budget. There’s something here for everyone.

Garmin Dash Cam 55

A quick internet search for the best dash cam will often turn up the Garmin Dash Cam 55 as an option. Why? It’s not the cheapest option on this list; however, at $199, the Garmin Dash Cam 55 packs an abundance of features.

The Garmin has a 1440p HD resolution, returning decent nighttime video. It features voice controls while packing a G-sensor, which can automatically save the video if a crash is detected. The downside is the short 30-minute battery life and clunky user interface.

Nextbase 612GW

Those looking for uncompromised video quality should choose the Nextbase 612GW dash cam. The cam shoots HDR video with a Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor. The cam also features GPS logging and a feature that allows the camera to record a two-minute video when the car is parked if movement is detected.

However, the camera has a downside—battery. Capturing 4K video takes a lot of battery power, leaving the Nextbase 612GW with just 15 minutes of juice when operating.

Mobius Action Camera

The Mobius ActionCam is the dash cam for the budget conscious. At just $70 at some retailers, the Mobius ActionCam is everything you’re looking for in a dash cam without breaking the bank.

This little guy is compact while still recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The camera can also overwrite previous footage when the memory card is full. But a low price means you’ll have to make sacrifices. The camera lacks a built-in display, which means you’ll need to hook it up to a computer to review and retrieve the footage.

Thinkware F800 Pro

The Thinkware F800 Pro is the dash cam for those wanting something a bit extra and who aren’t afraid to pay for those features. With a price of $280, the Thinkware F800 Pro is one of the pricier options on this list, but it comes with features other dash games lack. This dash cam is designed to fit snugly at the top of your windshield.

The design allows for the cam to be hardwired to a vehicle’s battery, meaning it’ll start recording as soon as the car is started. It also means it’ll record while a vehicle is parked, too. Enhanced night vision gives better low-light video quality. Other features include speed camera alerts and Wi-Fi connectivity to stream video to your smartphone. There’s an optional rear-facing camera too.

Lukas LK-7950 WD

If you’re looking for even more features packed into a dash cam, then take a look at the Lukas LK-7950 WD. The Lukas LK-7950 WD packs a front- and rear-facing camera, with 1080p resolution thanks to a Sony Exmor IMX322 sensor in both cameras.

The design also makes it more resilient to extreme hot and cold temperatures when compared to other dash cams on the market. It also has every feature in the book anyone could want, including GPS logging, Wi-Fi and smartphone connectivity, OBD-II integration, HDR, UV and CPL filters, G-sensor, parking mode, and more.

Rexing V1

The Rexing V1 falls between the cheaper Mobius ActionCam and the mid-range Garmin Dash Cam 55 for $100. The Rexing V1 takes high-quality video with its Exmor IMX323 video sensor, which allows good performance at night and during low-light situations. The camera allows for new video files to overwrite the oldest files on the cars—which isn’t included in the purchase price.

If the camera detects an accident, meaning if the device malfunctions or forgets to record, the video file containing the crash is preserved. The only way to remove the file is to remove it manually from the SD card.

Blackvue DR900S-1CH

The BlackVue DR900S-1CH is the dash cam for those who like staying connected. The camera captures video in 4K at 30 frames per second while packing a wide 162-degree lens. GPS logging and parking mode are included.

However, what sells the BlackVue DR900S-1CH is a Cloud-based subscription packet that allows for remote viewing of live and recorded video. The service also offers push notifications in the event of a crash. Paying monthly for the Cloud service could get pricey on top of the camera’s $370 price tag, but it could be beneficial for those who own a fleet of vehicles.