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Top 10: Best dash cameras to suit all budgets

If you’ve decided to buy a dash camera then there are plenty of routes you can go down – prices range from free, for phone apps, through to very expensive. There are various options too, from purpose-made dash cameras to devices like action cameras, which do the job just as well or sometimes better. We've picked ten options to suit all budgets and this list is in price order.

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Lanka HD dash camera – £21.99

The best way to describe this dash camera is 'cheap and cheerful'. If you're thinking of getting a dash camera, but you're not quite ready to take the plunge on a high-end model, this is a good introduction. Just don't expect the best footage, build quality or reliability. 

It might not be the fanciest dash camera in the world, but it is well-reviewed by owners. For those who want to try a dash camera out for the first time, it's hard to complain too much at a price of just £21.99. 

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Comments

malcster    on 17 August 2016

Not sure I would buy another next base cam

14 months old and the battery is goosed

Next base not interested in any Goodwill claim saying the recent heatwave would have caused the battery malfunction

Hmm strange that that a device designed to sit behind a windscreen in all weathers has a weak battery

geoff allen    on 25 October 2016

Thanks for that info that has just made my mind up not to get one.

Corne Ferreira    on 7 November 2016

MiVue same story on no3 now all suffer the same problems, battery dont last, loses time setting as a result and the freeze up. not buying navman ever again.

glowplug    on 10 January 2017

This is a common problem with Lithium batteries and dashcams, more so in hotter climates. To avoid this pick a dashcam that uses a super capacitor instead. Another fault related to heat is loss of focus.

Nextbase Technical Support    6 days ago

Hello Glowplug,

When a customer is choosing whether to purchase a unit with a battery or capacitor they have to consider what features are important to them.

In order to utilise Wi-Fi, the ability to take photos of the scene after an incident and to use parking mode a battery is necessary.

There are lots of different options and models available with a variety of features. We're always on hand to talk through what would suit a customers particular circumstances.

Regards

Nextbase UK

Edited by Nextbase Technical Support on 11/08/2017 at 16:28

Miniman777    on 1 June 2017

After a lot of research, I bought an Viofo A119 from Ebay for £78. No battery to fail, but a capacator instead. Comes with GPS and non-GPS mounts, so can be moved from car to car (will need power lead). The design is small and discrete, unobtrustive and has a 160 degree angle of view. Has a variety of options from 30 sec to 10 min loops, choice of quality (720P, 1080P, 1440P), etc, etc. Pleased with it after 4 weeks. Also easy to remove and store in glovebox.

Dadog    on 5 June 2017

I bought a Roadhawk HD around 4 years ago and it is on permanently. Never had a problem and the 1080 images are amazingly good. No screen but why do you want one? Set it up and there's nothing to distract. Needs to be wired in - no batteries; but also no trouble. When it really matters I want to know I have it on camera.

roders2    on 5 June 2017

My Nevt Base battery packed up just out of waranty sent them an email they didnt even atempt to respond.

I purchased it because it was Which best buy.

did try and get it apart to check and replace the battery but it is well and truley glued together

would ned to saw it apart.

Nextbase Technical Support    6 days ago

Hi Roders2,

I am extremely sorry you didn't get a reply, this does sound unusual as we usually respond the same day if not the very next day at the latest. We understand it's vital for our customers to have a speedy reply.

Please can you forward the email you initially sent to support@nextbase.co.uk so I can investigte why there was no response and get this resolved with you? Alternatively call our UK Technical Support centre on 02920 866 429 referencing this forum.

We are here to help; I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Nextbase UK

Edited by Nextbase Technical Support on 11/08/2017 at 12:44

rx8moneypit    on 6 June 2017

Never buy a dashcam with a battery, top end dashcams always have a super capacitor. Take a look at the Vicovation range, the Opia 2 will provide you with the best video you can get and with a time lapse parking mode. The other Vicovations in the Marcus range are also excellent and a little cheaper, the Marcus 2 at £100 is a bargain. For a dual cam set up look at the Thinkware brand especially the x550, don't waste your money on the f770, this is exactly the same as the x550 just a different form factor. The F750 can be upgraded to a F770, which gives you time lapse parking, by downloading the upgrade file for the F770 and simply renaming it f750 - you can read about this on the web. The Viofo A119S is a great cam for a good price but there can be reliability issues with the gps. The parking mode does have to be switched on and off manually which can be a faff.

Edited by rx8moneypit on 06/06/2017 at 18:54

jacorwd    on 10 June 2017

I do not recomend NEXTBASE! The batterys only last for a year! My third Nextbase,202 gave up yesterday. It would be OK if they still worked off vehicle supply, if the battery quits the it blocks supply.

Nextbase Technical Support    6 days ago

Hello Jacorwd,

Please accept my apologies for what you've experienced here, it's completely unusual for not only one but three 202s to fail like this.

We would love to hve the oppoutunity to get this resolved with you, please can you get in touch by either calling us on 02920 866 429 or emailing support@nextbase.co.uk to speak with a member of our UK Technical Support centre.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Nextbase UK

Smileyman    on 11 June 2017

I've been using a dashcam since 2013, Mini 0801 is the model, a small discrete device plugged into the cigarette lighter, it has a screen that auto shuts down after 1 minute but can also be used for playback if required. It has a capaciter so only operates when the engine is powered, very pleased with it, does what is required.

There may be good reasons for owning / using a dashcam, but do bear in mind the recorded image is a record of your driving as well as others around you. Ask yourself if the GPS is necessary, likewise, if your reason for using the dashcam is for video evidence in the event of an accident (or any event) why you would need to purchase a large capacity memory card with several hours worth of history. Just remember to lock or download the relevant image file so it is not lost by the continuous recording system.

Edited by Smileyman on 11/06/2017 at 09:39

audio    on 11 June 2017

I want to send a vote for ROAD HAWK. In 2015 my car was flooded. My road hawk was floating in the car. In fact I had two, one for the rear windscreen. I do a lot of EU driving.

Following the advice of the Road Hawk tech team I placed the cameras in two shoe boxes, half filled with rice, NOT especially near a radiator, for a month. To my delight both cameras work.

OK this may be possible with other makes but 1) they responded fast with advice 2) The cameras are used every day and have never failed and are very reassuring.

Their boot up sequence triggers a small audio file that tells me they are operating correctly. There are also two leds that illuminate but in strong sunshine these are hard to see. If there is a malfunction then another audio file alerts me to the problem.

As mentioned in other posts, if you do have an event where you DO need the video and audio and GPS and impact velocity evidence then turn off this device having stored the event. I keep spare mem cards in the car so I can insert a new card and carefully keep the card with the recording. Do follow carefully the instructions to format new memory cards and check they are not false cards - not easy but the manufacturer of the card will tell you if the number on the card proves it is an authentic card.

Nextbase Technical Support    6 days ago

Hello Malcster,

Please accept my apologies for what you've experienced here, it certainly doesn't sound right.

Are you able in touch on 02920 866 429 or support@nextbase.co.uk mentioning this forum and our UK Technical Support centre will be more than happy to resolve this with you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Nextbase UK

Medita    6 days ago

I think the dash cam that offers the best quality/price is the Viofo A119s V2. At only 99£ it offers a HD video resolution of 720P (1080P), capacitor (instead of batteries), Sony lenses, night vision, G-sensor, GPS...etc. I think this website should test and review this very interesting choice

Edited by Medita on 11/08/2017 at 16:12

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