Best dash cams in Australia

Protect yourself on the road with our round-up of the 7 best dash cams you can buy right now.

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The best dash cams in Australia

How did we pick this list?

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.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall dash cam: Garmin 66W

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • 180-degree field of view

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Some users report that driver warnings are a little distracting and need to be switched off

Price (RRP): $349
Amazon pricing: From $649.97

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Why we chose it

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.


Best cheap dash cam: Uniden iGo Cam 30

Pros

  • Full HD recording
  • Parking Mode is a handy feature

Cons

  • Some users report long cable is annoying
  • Only supports microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity

Price (RRP): $99
Amazon pricing: From $99.00

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Why we chose it

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.


Best high-end dash cam: BlackVue DR900S

Pros

  • Ultra HD front camera and Full HD rear
  • Loaded with useful features

Cons

  • Pricey (even for this category)
  • Some reports of overheating issues

Price (RRP): $799
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Why we chose it

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.


Best wide-angle dash cam: Garmin 66W

Pros

  • Supports voice control
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • There are cheaper cameras available
  • Some users report that driver warnings are distracting

Price (RRP): $349
Amazon pricing: From $649.97

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Why we chose it

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.


Best dash cam with a screen: Navman MiVUE745

Pros

  • Affordable
  • 1,080p recording and 2.7-inch screen

Cons

  • Lacks advanced features
  • If you push the event button, it will only record the previous three seconds

Price (RRP): $159
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Why we chose it

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.


Best mini dash cam: Garmin Dash Cam Mini

Pros

  • 140-degree field of view
  • 1,080p recording

Cons

  • No GPS
  • Some users report that it heats up quickly

Price (RRP): $179
Amazon pricing: From $202.54

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Why we chose it

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.


Best 4K dash cam: Uniden iGo Cam 85R

Pros

  • 4K front camera and Full HD rear camera
  • 160-degree field of view

Cons

  • Poor reviews for compatible smartphone app
  • Comes with sticker mounts rather than suction cup

Price (RRP): $349
Amazon pricing: From $308.88

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Why we chose it

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.


Best low light night vision dash cam: Lanmodo Vast Pro

Pros

  • Incredible visibility in near dark
  • Wide-angle view

Cons

  • Poor image stabilization
  • Big footprint

Price (RRP): $599.99
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Why we chose it

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.


Amazon prices last updated on 14 June, 2021 at 08:01 am

Methodology

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Best dash cams chosen
  • We compared dash cams from 17 leading brands.
  • We based our findings on key product specs and reviews from real customers (as of September 2020).
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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