Best dash cams
Unfortunately, ‘crash for cash’ scams happen on roads in the UK. Crash for cash is when fraudsters stage or deliberately cause a road traffic collision in order to gain financially through fraudulent insurance claims.
According to the Insurance Fraud Bureau, the scams cost the UK around £340m a year.
However, drivers are turning to dash cams as a method to protect themselves from such scams. A recent survey by Aviva found that 17% of drivers currently use a dash cam, and another 30% plan to purchase one in the near future.
If you’re interested in getting a dash cam, here are some of the best…
Garmin Dash Cam 55
No stranger to in-car technology, Garmin has entered the market of dash cams. This compact camera comes packed with features.
The design resembles a GoPro and it features GPS-enabled G-Sensor tech to automatically detect incidents and save the footage. It has built-in voice control and can be used like a normal camera to take photos.
It records in 1440p and is able to record in Full HD. It enables smartphone integration with the Garmin Virb app, features Lane Departure and Forward Collision warning, and warns about upcoming speed cameras.
The Nextbase 412GW is slightly more expensive than the 312GW but it records video at Quad HD and can record in Full HD, which is particularly beneficial when shooting at night-time.
It comes with a suction mount and an adhesive mount, so you can easily move it between cars, and it features GPS and Wi-Fi. It doesn’t include an SD card, but it does support cards up to 32GB, which will capture four hours of recording at the top quality.
Mio MiVue 688
The Mio Mivue 688 packs a lot of features into its 2.7-in screen. It uses Sony’s optic sensor, ensuring that picture quality is impressive, even in low light, and is able to capture Full HD at 30fps.
It has a 3-axis G-sensor that automatically records in the event of a collision and features GPS tracking and a lifetime of speed limit notifications. However, it isn’t Wi-Fi-enabled so you can’t connect it to your phone.
RAC 05 GPS Dash Cam
Another feature-packed camera that comes from the reassuring RAC brand. As the name suggests, the device comes with built-in GPS tracking, is a lifetime safety camera, has speed alerts in more than 80 countries, and features Forward Collision and Lane Departure warnings as well as Forward Motion Detection Warning.
It records in ‘Super HD’, provides excellent night-time footage and comes with an 8GB card. Once the device is full, it will begin recording over the oldest footage, although there are ways in which you can save specific files.
However, it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or a companion app, which can make getting the footage slightly trickier.
If you’re on a budget, you don’t have to miss out on some of the top features. The Nextbase 101 records in 720p with a 120-degree field of view and is small enough to hide behind the rear-view mirror.
Its 2-in colour display allows users to view footage and adjust settings. It doesn’t come with an SD card, but it provides a good footage for an extremely good price.