If you’re reading this article, it means you’ve already taken the next step towards improving your and your car’s overall safety. Used to prove innocence in courts, capture thieves and vandals, the videos recorded on dash cameras could save you money and possibly even your life. If a picture speaks a thousand words, a video shouts a million more. When choosing the perfect car camera, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the massive amount of choices currently on the market. Buying one however, can be a walk in the park if you follow this article. First of all, there are a couple of factors you have to consider when purchasing a good car camera.
|Car Camera||Pixels and FPS||Field of view|
|Rexing V1 2.4” LCD FHD||1080P @ 30fps||170 degrees|
|KDLINKS X1||1080P @ 30fps||165 degrees|
|TaoTronics Car Dash Cam HD||1080P @ 30fps||150 degrees|
|Lumina Full HD Zoom-Series Dashboard Camera||1080P @ 30fps||170 degrees|
|YI Dash Camera||1080P @ 60fps||165 degrees|
This should be your number one concern. People usually value more frames over better resolution, but you certainly don’t want to be struggling just to interpret what’s on the video. Make sure to watch some demonstration videos from the camera you’re interested online. Two different cameras with an exact video quality on paper might turn out to be quite different.
Cameras with a single lens shoot only what’s directly ahead of you, capturing the footage through the windshield. Multiple lens dash cams can capture what’s in front of you, behind, and sometimes even inside the car, keeping you totally covered if you need to make a claim. Then there’s the lens angle. A dash cam typically uses somewhere between 125 and 150 degrees to capture both lanes in front of you. Obviously, you standard digital cameras with less than 100 degrees are not up for the job.
Though a dash cam can be perfectly operational without any additional features, they do make life that much easier and the experience a lot better. Newer cameras come with a built-in touchscreen display, giving you the opportunity to directly see what the camera’s recording. Fitted with Wi-Fi and sometimes even GPS, you can utilize your smartphone or table to effectively control the camera from a distance or track the location, which is especially useful if you’re a fleet owner.
Last but not least, you’ll almost definitely want a camera which is compact and discrete. Not only will it deter thieves who might try to steal it, but fit virtually anywhere thanks to its small size.
Rexing V1 2.4” LCD FHD
If you want the best car camera, the Rexing V1 is the full package. Let’s start with the actual camera, since it’s the most important feature. Capable of shooting full-HD 1080P videos at 30 frames per second, the V1’s immaculate video quality is amongst the best in the business. Then there’s the 170 degree 6-layer lens. The ultra-wide angle, crystal clear lens is best in-class. No other rival offers the same amount of layers or such a wide angle of capture. The V1 mounts directly to the windshield, and because it’s so small, it’s barely visible from the outside. You’d have to really look for it just to notice it.
Rexing V1 2.4” LCD FHD key specs
- 1080P FHD Resolution recording at 30 fps
- Ultra-wide 170-degree glass lens with 6 layers
The V1’s Wide Dynamic Range gives it amazing performance in low light situations. WDR Technology automatically adjusts the camera’s exposure to create balanced images and videos. Unlike your phone or standard digital camera which usually only captures pitch-black footage at night, the V1’s quality means you can clearly distinguish the elements in the video just like you do in real life. A loop recording feature means you can choose to record videos in 3, 5 or even 10 minute loops. It is, for all intents and purposes, the ultimate car camera.
The KDLINKS X1 is a more traditional camera when compared to the V1, in the sense that its design is more similar to a digital camera. Just as compact as the V1, it’s actually smaller when not attached to the suction cup. It too mounts on the windshield, but uses a separate suction cup. Recording Full-HD video at 1080P @ 30 fps, its 165 degree recording angle is 5 degrees short on the V1, but still more than a lot of cameras on the market. The X1 can automatically record footage in a continuous loop, thanks to the 8GB micro SD card provided with the camera. A large 2.7” screen means you can monitor the footage in real time.
KDLINKS X1 key specs
- 1080P Full-HD recording at 30 fps
- Ultra-wide 165-degree camera lens with 6 layers
The F1.6 six-glass lenses give the X1 superior night vision. It too uses Wide Dynamic Range technology to sharpen and lighten videos captured at night, making them clearly visible. In addition, it also comes with a built-in GPS module recording GPS data. A one year warranty is standard, giving you peace of mind. It just gets edged out by the V1’s superior 170 degree angle, but it’s just as good in terms of features and quality. A really good buy as well.
TaoTronics Car Dash Cam HD
TaoTronics isn’t as well known as KDLINKS or Rexing, but they make excellent mid-range cameras which always prove to be amazing value for money. The TaoTronics car dash cam is no exception. Arguably one of the best bang for your buck performers, it too captures Full-HD video at 1080P and 30 fps, but it can only manage a wide 150 degree angle. Though considerably less than the first two cameras on our list, its clear and sharp video quality more than makes up for the lack in angle.
TaoTronics Car Dash Cam HD key specs
- Full-HD 1080P resolution at 30 fps
- 150 degree 6 glass lens
Though it’s considered an entry-level car camera based on price, it’s certainly not lacking any features. It uses a similar Wide Dynamic Range technology to offer excellent night vision, along with features like Intelligent Dash Camera and Loop recording. The automatic accident detection with a built-in G-Sensor will actually lock the data in the event that an accident does occur, preventing it from being overwritten by new footage. This means that you don’t have to worry about turning the camera off when recording to stop it from overwriting the actual footage, it will do it completely on its own.
Lumina Full HD Zoom-Series Dashboard Camera
Lumina’s Zoom-Series represents the pinnacle in compact and stealthy dash cameras. It’s one of the smallest car cameras currently on the market, which when coupled with its stealthy design, makes for a nearly impossible to spot camera. It’s light too, weighing in at just 11.2 ounces. Don’t think for a moment that it’s sacrificed quality to achieve that however. Capturing Full-HD 1080P footage through its 6 layer Nikon glass lens, it rivals the V1 with its 170-degree viewing angle.
Lumina Full HD Zoom-Series Dashboard Camera key specs
- Full-HD 1080P recording
- A 170 degree 6 layer lens
The G-Sense system built into the camera works in a similar way the Intelligent Dash Camera system works with the TaoTronics camera. In the event of an accident where the car experiences G-forces not associated with normal driving (rolling over, crashing), it will automatically stop overwritten data to secure the footage. Speaking of data, it has a MicroSD slot for cards up to 32 gigabytes. Why is it fourth on our list? Because despite its great features and abilities, it performs almost exactly like the first camera on our list except it’s more expensive.
YI Dash Camera
Last but not least, we have YI’s dash camera offering. It’s the underdog of the bunch, but don’t let that fool you. Design wise, it’s almost identical to the KDLINKS we reviewed earlier. An elegant, simple design which is similar to that of most digital cameras. At 12 ounces, it’s as light as it is small. It captures video in 1080P at 60 frames per second, so it’s even smoother. Its 165-degree ultra-wide angle F1.8 apertures give it amazing forward visibility, capturing more than three lanes across, in front of you. It is sensitive to light, but that makes it great at night in low-visibility satiations.
YI Dash Camera key specs
- 1080P video resolution at 60 frames per second
- A 165-degree viewing angle with F1.8 apertures
The 2.7” TFT LCD widescreen is built-in, and comes with YI’s Dash Cam App. The application’s interface is intuitive and easy to understand, thanks to the large buttons and the user-friendly icons. Admittedly it’s simple with not a great deal of adjustability, but it is operational. It also comes with ADAS (a system offering Lane Departure) and an Emergency recording feature with a G-Sensor. It’s available in grey and gold.
Choosing a winner was really hard. Unlike most categories where just a few products stand out, the current car camera segment is littered with amazing units left and right. Still, one emerged victorious, in the shape of the Rexing V1. Coming in at a close second was KDLINKS’ X1, which had it not been for its slightly smaller viewing radius, it may have earned our top spot. The TaoTronics dash cam was held back only by its 150-degree viewing angle, followed by the Lamina stealthy car camera. If you want an inconspicuous camera which is just as good as the Rexing, the Lumina product is perfect for you. Be prepared to pay a small premium though. Lastly, we have the YI dash camera. An all-round great performer, especially when you consider the value for money factor. It’s actually the only one here recording at 60 fps, but that feature alone is not enough to put it above our number five spot.
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