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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.

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.

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.

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.

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