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Our editorial team selected the dash cams on this list based on extensive research, real customer reviews and personal experience. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
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Garmin was chosen by Australian customers as the top brand for dash cams in the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards. The 66W boasts a long list of practical features as well as lots of positive reviews from Australian consumers, so it's our pick as the best overall dash cam.
With a 180-degree field of view, the camera captures 1,440p footage as you drive. The 66W can also be controlled by voice and includes time and GPS location data so that you have a record of all key details for any on-road incident.
Any footage you record can be reviewed on the dash cam's display or on your phone via the Garmin Drive app. Driver assist features like forward collision and lane departure warnings are also included.
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Searching for a dash cam you can have for under $100? The Uniden iGo Cam 30 is a simple but practical option with a range of positive reviews from Aussie consumers.
Recording in 1,080p Full HD, the iGo Cam 30 features a 120-degree field of view and a 2-inch colour LCD screen. It also offers a Parking Mode feature that detects sudden vibration when your car is parked and starts recording – very handy for those bumps and scrapes that always seem to occur in shopping centre car parks.
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With an average score of 4.4 out of 5 from 22 customer ratings on productreview.com.au, the BlackVue DR900S is well worth a look if you're searching for a high-end dash cam.
This dual dash cam features a 4K Ultra HD front camera and a 1,080p Full HD rear camera. The main camera includes an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor to capture high-resolution footage, while dual-band Wi-Fi is provided to allow faster downloads to your phone.
Other features of the BlackVue DR900S include a built-in impact and motion sensor, Parking Mode monitoring when your vehicle is parked, and a 162-degree field of view from the front camera.
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The Garmin 66W is not only our best overall pick, it also takes the win as the best wide-angle dash cam. With its 180-degree field of view, the camera allows you to record more details, including extra lanes and cross traffic, which could be useful when filing an insurance claim.
Footage is recorded in 1,440p resolution and the 66W also records time and GPS location data. The camera supports up to 60fps and allows microSD cards of up to 256GB. And with driver assist warnings for things like lane departure and forward collisions, it can also help you stay safe on the road.
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With lots of positive reviews and an affordable price tag, the Navman MiVUE745 is worth considering if you're in the market for a dash cam with a screen.
With a wide-angle lens that offers 1,080p video recording, the Navman features a built-in 2.7-inch screen and easy menu navigation. A built-in GPS receiver automatically records location, direction and speed, while the camera instantly records whenever it detects a sudden change in motion or an impact. Other features include Wide Dynamic Range support to ensure better picture quality in difficult lighting conditions, and Parking Mode that automatically starts recording if your car is hit while parked.
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Garmin was chosen by Australian customers as the top brand for dash cams in the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards. And if you're looking for a compact in-car camera, there's plenty to like about the Garmin Dash Cam Mini.
Described as "car key-sized", this camera packs a big punch. It offers a 140-degree field of view and 1,080p video recording, and it automatically records and saves footage once it's plugged in. It's small enough to be mounted out of sight behind your rear view mirror, and it offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can upload footage to your smartphone using the Garmin Drive app.
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If you're searching for a dash cam that records 4K footage, the BlackVue DR900S we chose as our best high-end pick is definitely worth a look. But if you're looking for a more affordable 4K camera, the Uniden iGo Cam 85R provides an interesting alternative.
Offering a 4K front camera and 1,080p Full HD recording on the rear camera, this model offers a 160-degree wide-angle field of view. A GPS antenna inside the camera mount records your location, direction and speed, while there are alerts to warn you of fixed speed and red light cameras up ahead. Parking Mode is also included to keep an eye on your vehicle while it is parked.
The Lanmodo Vast Pro dashcam is purpose built for drivers with failing eyesight or who do a lot of driving at night. Especially driving at night in rural or outback Australia where the population of street lights vs kangaroos very much favours the latter. There's a lot of Australians who fall into this category.
As you can see in this image, which shows the view through the dash cam versus out the windscreen, the low light visibility is incredible. It extends up to 300m, too. The 1080p display, park mode, collision detection and ease of install also work in its favour. It is big, however, and tends to wobble a lot on bumpy roads.
For more, read our full review.
Blackvue is the leading dashcam brand, with Australians giving the brand top scores across the board for video quality, features, battery life and value for money.
Dash cams – or dashboard cameras – record video while you drive and sometimes while your car is parked. They work similarly to regular video cameras, but they are designed to be mounted inside your car. The footage captured is typically saved to a memory card or uploaded directly to cloud storage so you can access it easily.
You can use a dash cam to do the following:
Keep in mind, dash cams are limited and can only record within their field of view, so if the camera isn't pointed in the direction of the accident, it won't help.
Yes, as long as the camera is mounted correctly and you record in public areas, it's legal to own and operate a dash cam.
However, if you drive onto someone's private property and they ask you to turn it off then you must oblige. There may also be privacy issues when uploading videos to public spaces such as YouTube without the approval of anyone featured in the video.
There are two main types of dash cams: Single-lens and multi-lens cameras.
Choose a dash cam that you can depend on. When comparing, look for the following features:
You can get a budget dash cam for under $100 or spend $600 on a high-end model with extra features.
Look for a dash cam that turns on and starts recording automatically when you start the car. If not, you'll have to remember to turn it on every time you get in the car.
Some models can be hooked up to the car's internal battery so that they keep running even while the car is parked. This helps you capture footage in case another car hits your parked car.
Depending on storage space and video quality, your camera can only store a certain number of hours at a time. 32GB of storage typically holds several hours of high-resolution footage. A removable memory card allows you to add more storage space and transfer footage from your camera to your computer. Some dash cams use Wi-Fi to store video using cloud storage so you won't run out of memory space.
An important and increasingly common feature, impact detection ensures that the camera automatically stores important video and doesn't overwrite it. If your car is bumped, moved or hit, the device will detect it and make sure that a video of the event is available. Most dash cams can timestamp the relevant video, and more advanced models can also record the force and direction of the impact.
If you want a dash cam that runs continuously, you'll need to hook it up to a power source. Some dash cams will come with a cable to hook up to your car's 12V socket, while others can be hardwired into the car's battery.
Some dash cams come with an internal battery that allows it to run without a power connection. However, the battery will need to be charged or replaced regularly.
Dash cams need to be recording constantly while you drive, and sometimes when your car is parked too. Looped video recording ensures that the dash cam can still record new footage when its memory is full by overwriting the oldest footage with newer video when needed.
While not an essential feature, an inbuilt display screen lets you more accurately align the camera so you know exactly what it's recording. It can also be useful if you ever have to pick the camera up and actually point it out a side window to record something.
High quality video can help you capture more details in the event of an accident. Most dash cams have at least 1080p high-definition resolution, but some models record 4K ultra-high-definition footage. Some dash cams also offer a night vision mode to help capture clearer video in the dark.
Dash cams are designed to be installed relatively easily with instructions in the box. If you have trouble installing the camera or connecting it to a power source, take your car to an auto shop for assistance. If you install the camera yourself, make sure to secure any extra cords to the roof lining so that nothing is left dangling to distract you while you drive.
You can attach your dash cam with a suction cup or an adhesive. A suction cup attachment is useful if you plan on moving it to a different car or if you'll be using it in rental vehicles. Adhesive fasteners offer a more secure and permanent fixture while still letting you remove the camera if you need to.Back to top
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