How to Choose a Dash Cam

There are several reasons you should purchase a dash cam. The problem is that it’s hard to find the right dash cam. Many cameras seem like a great choice but they may have too little, or even too much, functionality. There’s no point in purchasing a dash cam that does too much. That’s just a waste of money. Here’s how to choose a dash cam.



Your budget is going to give you a good idea of what you can and can’t get. A dash cam can cost between just $50 and as much as $500 or more, depending on how many features it has. Give yourself a reasonable budget and stick to it. You should also shop around to ensure you get the right deal as some outlets may offer the same camera at a cheaper price. Try to avoid going for the cheapest thing you can buy. You need a good quality dash cam that can last longer than just a few months.



Next you need to decide if you want a front-facing, rear-facing, or dual-facing camera. A simple front facing camera can also record the inside of the car and they can help you get out of a ticket or fine but they don’t let you see too much of what’s happening behind the car. There are also cameras that face both the front and rear. They typically come with a length of wire that you can use to attach the camera to the rear window. These cameras can be more expensive and some people would rather buy a front-facing and a rear-facing camera and just use two cameras. A dual camera is more convenient however so go with that option if you can afford it.



Many people don’t seem to understand that the internal battery in a dash cam is not there to power the camera. A dash cam needs a constant power supply that it gets from the car. These built in batteries and capacitors are included so that the camera has enough power to save the footage if it loses power due to a bad accident or the car breaking down. Cheaper dash cams tend to use batteries but capacitors are more effective. They are especially more heat-resistant than batteries so if you live in a hot area a capacitor is the right choice for you.


Extra Features

Dash cams come with a lot of additional features including GPS/speed overlay. Don’t forget that while a GPS/speed overlay can prove that an accident happened where you said it did, it could also prove that you were speeding. There are other features including accelerometers (also known as G-Sensors). These detect when the car has been hit and automatically save the footage so that you can look it over afterwards. All of these extra features make the price tag on the dash cam go up and there’s a chance that you don’t even need them. Look at the extra features on a dash cam and ask yourself if you really need them before spending more money than you need to.