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Top 10: Cheap dash cameras

If you want to protect yourself while driving, the lowest priced dash camera you can get your hands on is probably a bad place to start. But there are still lots of cheap dash cameras that will do the job, albeit with a few caveats. This list of these cheap dash cams is in price order – and remember you’ll probably need to budget for a memory card too.

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Haoponer H198 - £14

We found some dash cameras for sale on Amazon for less than £10 – but all of them had limited or very poor feedback from buyers. So this is about as cheap as we’d go for a dash camera – and even here we’d still recommend you spend a little more. But, according to owners, this does the job on a very basic level.

Image quality isn’t great, especially at night, so you won’t be capturing details like number plates or road signs. But if you’re not sure about the idea of a dash camera and you just want to give one a go, this is a cheap place to start before upgrading to something with better quality and more features.

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2

Lanka Full HD 1080p DVR - £21

While it lacks the latest 4k resolution and high framerate footage of pricier cameras, the image quality from this dash camera isn’t too bad considering its price. Although its performance in particularly bright sunshine or at night isn’t exactly stellar.

But if you want the bare minimum for the lowest price possible, this is okay. It records in loops, has a save button and has legible, if not particularly impressive, video. For £21, it’s not bad at all – but we’d still recommend spending a little bit more.

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3

Aukey DR01 - £42

There’s a big jump in price from the Lanka dash camera to this, but there’s a big jump in image quality too. The Aukey DR01 has an RRP of £60 but you’ll find it for nearer £40 without much trouble. For that price, it’s excellent value, since it provides very good image quality at 1080p.

It isn’t particularly hefty, nor does it pack in loads of gimmicky extra features, but most of the time you’ll forget your dash camera and just leave it to do its job. And this does the job of recording the road ahead in a nice, wide angle with crisp footage very well.

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4

Yi 1080P60 dash cam - £42

Another camera that is almost always heavily discounted from a high RRP, this Yi dash camera is usually sold for around £40. At that price it’s very good, with high framerate 1080p footage. It supports wide dynamic range, so works well in harsh sunlight or darkness.

It also has lane departure warning and will alert you if you’re driving too close to the car ahead. Just be aware that there is no suction mount in the package, just an adhesive pad. You can get a suction mount, though – if you plan to move the cam from car to car.

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5

Nextbase 112 - £45

In terms of image quality, the Nextbase 112 is good but not great. In its maximum resolution it only shoots at 720p at 30fps – which isn’t as good as the cheaper Aukey DR01. But the advantage to picking a Nextbase is that you can go try one out in a Halfords - and take it back if anything goes wrong.

That’s a lot easier than packaging up and shipping an item back to an online seller and will make up for a few other shortcomings. The footage is perfectly useable too, should the worst happen, so it’s a sensible buy, especially for less tech-savvy buyers who don’t want to figure things out for themselves.

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6

Apeman C760 - £50

This dash camera has an RRP of £130 but we’ve never seen it for much more than £50 online. It uses a Sony IMX323 image sensor, so shoots very crisp footage at 1080p, 30fps. It’s small, nicely made and does everything well enough.

We wouldn’t recommend it at full RRP price, but for £50 it’s decent – though it doesn’t have any more advanced features, like ultra-HD image quality or GPS monitoring. Not much does at less than £70, though, so that’s not really a point against the C760.

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7

Mio MiVue C300 - £50

Mio has a strong reputation when it comes to dash cameras and it’s well-deserved. They pack lots of features, great image quality and sturdy build into an affordable package. The C300 has an RRP of more than £50, but shop around and you’ll find it at a more affordable price.

It shoots in 1080P at 30fps with a good quality lens, has easy-to-use menus and is strongly made. It lacks GPS connectivity, but if you pay a little more then you can get the C330, which is the same but with GPS connectivity and speed camera warnings.

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8

Autovox DVR B40C - £50

This camera sits flush with the windscreen, so if you’re worried about potential thieves spotting the camera and breaking in, this is a good buy. When installed it looks like an integrated part of the car windscreen. It also has a decent sensor and lens, shooting in up to 1080p at 30fps.

It uses a supercapacitor rather than a battery, which some people prefer since it should cope better in high temperatures than a battery pack before going flat – though since dash cameras are usually plugged in at all times it’s not a massive concern.

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9

Z-Edge Z1 Plus - £60

This is another dash camera with a high RRP, but that is usually sold for less online. At £100 it’s not a great buy, but at £60 it makes sense – especially since it comes with a memory card in the box. It shoots in slightly higher resolution than other cameras in our list, supporting up to 1296p.

Otherwise, there isn’t much that stands out about the Z-Edge Z1. It’s just a decent, affordably priced, capable dash camera. It’s getting towards the sort of price point where features like GPS start to appear though, so if you can budget for those features, do so.

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10

Nextbase 212 Lite - £65

The RRP for this camera is £70 but you’ll find it for nearer £60 if you shop around. And at that price it’s a good buy, with 1080p footage, solid build quality, strong customer service and plenty of places to buy across the whole of the UK.

It also has a handy magnetic mounting system, so you can leave the mount in the car and quickly release the dash camera, should you need to connect the camera to your PC or hide it away when parking in an unfamiliar neighbourhood.

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Comments

Slobodan    on 11 December 2017

I have Yi Dash Cam. It is good for the price. But it has some bugs. For example, "urgent recording" button does not record 15 seconds before and after press. It records 15 seconds after press, but before press it is a lottery what you will get. It can go from 2 min and 45 sec down to 1 sec. Because this camera splits files in 3 minute parts, it depend in what part of that video file you press the button.

Here is my footage: www.youtube.com/channel/UCGKkBthxymVMSpbptXR8leQ It is set at 1080p and 30fps. If I set it to 60fps, it lags when playing a video on computer (it could be that my computer can not play 1080p at 60fps videos).

Also, note that Youtube decreases the video quality to some extent after I upload the video, for some reason.

Edited by Slobodan on 11/12/2017 at 11:44

Clive Stacey    on 11 December 2017

The Haoponer H198 - £14, looks like the product I paid £29.99 over the counter ay Europarts. Yes it does do the job at an affordable price. One advantage over all the others reviewed is that when fitted you don't have a distracting small screen taking up space in the windscreen.
I set mine to continuous loop, with a 4GB chip in this lasts about 2 hours. More than enough to hand to the Police or Insurance company.
Also on my frequent journeys on the A12, drivers who wish to undertake me and then cut in robbing me of my safety margin, look across, spot the camera and then think better of it.

A 12 Hopper.

Slobodan    on 18 December 2017

I have "hid" mine behind a rearview mirror, and the screen turns off after one minute. But I can still see half of the camera or so.

I can transfer videos from the camera to my phone via WiFi. So,m I would not just give away my SD card to police without taking a copy of the video to my phone first. Police and/or insurance company can allways delete the video or loose the card by "accident".

R Solomons    on 11 December 2017

I purchased a Nexbase because it was a Which best buy.
Just over a year later the internal battery failed, I contacted Nextbase stating I am out of warranty requesting a repair service, I got a very terse Email reply emphasizing I am out of warranty and offering no more.
I found a battery on the internet and replaced it my self requiring a little soldering but during my research found similar stories from other owners.

Slobodan    on 12 December 2017

Yeah. Those batteries get absolutelly baked in the sun.

Premierkit    on 14 December 2017

I purchased the Yi Smart Dash Camera in November from Amazon, for a basic dashcam I was amazed at the quality of both the day and nighttime recording. With the camera in situ, using my iPhone 6 I can log into the camera’s wi-fi, and using the free Yi app, available from the App Store, I can see all the 3 minute files recorded on the micro sd card, I can view the individual files and download those that I wish to keep to my iPhone 6, all in a few minutes, it’s as easy as that. Rather than push the buttons on the camera you can also use the Yi app to remotely set the camera up from your phone, it’s so much easier.
The recording can be set to either 1929 x 720, 1920 x 1080, or 2304 x 1296, I’ve not used the 720 option, but in my opinion the quality of the recording is very good and you can easily read the number plates of cars day or night. The built in wi-fi and the free Yi app makes using this camera a doddle, you don’t need a computer to view or download the video files, just a smartphone.
This week Amazon were selling this dashcam on a lightning deal for £29.99, at this price, for a camera of this quality, it’s a no brainier, so I bought two more cameras, one for my wife and one for my daughter.
The camera is best used as a basic dashcam, but it also includes options to turn on Driving Report, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) which includes LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) and FCWS (Forward Collision Warning System) but having set these up I turned them off as they were too eager to advise me that I was drifting out of lane (on single carriageway country roads) or was to close to the car in front (in traffic jams).
If you need any further information try reading the reviews of this camera on Amazon (4.5 stars, 112 reviews)

moddedmoggy    on 18 December 2017

Thanks for this list, but I'm still looking for the one that suits me. I'm looking for one that autostarts recording on power on, so I can link it to the daytime running lights that come on with the ignition, and that is also as small as possible and at the same time weatherproof, as I want to mount it behind my grille rather than inside the car. I don't want to view it all the time so I don't care whether it has a screen or not, I just want to be able to retrieve the card from it should it witness anything I want to use the footage from. It seems like such a model doesn't exist yet, but I'm damned it I know why - wouldn't we all want a cheap recorder hidden away running permanently with the car?

hanglider    on 20 December 2017

Will dashcam not get broken if it's in behind grill in an accident.

Slobodan    on 22 December 2017

Well, the answer is logical. If the camera gets hit it will get damaged.

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