The best dash cams 2018 out there have proven to be critical essentials in one too many occasions already: accidents, falling meteorites, crimes, funny occurrences, and even mini in-car concerts, just to name a few. You have to be prepared for such moments too, so it only makes sense to invest in a trustworthy dash cam.
We reviewed some of the best, tested-and-proven dash cams available today to help you decide which one works for you. Read on and share this list with your friends!
Top 5 Best Dash Cams 2018
One of the biggest advantages of the Rexing V1 is its form factor. It is small and sleek and is thus unobtrusive and stealthy.
It is also easy and uncomplicated to attach to the windshield. The camera has a small, rectangular adhesive bracket placed above the lens. To remove the camera, you pull it so that it slides out of the bracket.
Some of the salient features of the Rexing V1 include G-sensor, date/time stamping, loop recording, and automatic power on/off. The display can be turned on and off with a button, which is a feature you do not often see in dash cams at this price point.
Here are its other technical details: f/2.8 aperture, 1920x1080 @ 30 fps max resolution, WDR super night vision, 2.7” screen, NT96650 processor, 5 MP CMOS sensor, 6-layer AR0330 glass lens, 170-degree diagonal AOV, operating and storage temperatures of 12C to 60C and 20C to 70C, support for up to 128 GB SDHC cards, USB 2.0, 320 mAh Li-ion battery, and internal microphone and speaker.
These specs are quite standard, but that is not what makes the V1 great. What we like about it is that it does not promise much, but it does what it promises very well at a low price.
We therefore recommend the V1 for everyone who wants to keep it simple and remain within a reasonable budget. Remember that not everyone needs or wants advanced features, but absolutely everybody needs the basics!
The Z3 from Z-Edge is another dash cam that mostly focuses on the essentials. There are no fancy features, and the Z3 nearly won this little roundup had it not been for a small inconvenience, which we will get to later.
The Z3 has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080 or 2304 x 1296 @ 30 fps, 3” screen, HDR super night vision, Ambarella A7 processor, Omnivision OV4689 CMOS sensor, 145-degree diagonal AOV, a free 32 GB sd card (but supports up to 64 GB), date/time stamping, loop recording, and more.
In terms of quality, the Z3 is not perfect but above average considering its price range. For example, license plates are usually visible but only under very specific conditions.
As for the caveat we mentioned earlier, it is the lock file function of the camera. There is a button on the lower left, and that takes care of “locking” or protecting a file from accidental overwrites.
The problem is that button has more than one function. It also gives you access to the camera menu. The difference lies in how many times (and how fast) you press that button. There is also the added confusion that may be caused by the fact that this button saves locked footages separately from your normal recordings.
The main benefits of Old Shark’s GS505 are good ultra-HD video quality during both day and night. Considering these, you can even say that the GS505’s price is very attractive.
This is a camera you mount on the dashboard, which is sometimes preferred because they are not as obtrusive as those that stick to the windshield. The wide-angle lens is great, so you may find this helpful if you often drive on highways and interstates.
The GS505 has made a name for itself with the aid of its night vision. The images are surprisingly clear, which is not something you see in a lot of dash cams at this price point.
Another good feature is that you can lock the GS505 on record. This is a very useful feature that may come in handy during emergency situations.
One thing that may deter you from purchasing the GS505 is that it does not even have Wi-Fi and GPS, which can be found in many other dash cams in this price range. Nevertheless, we think that this model is well worth your money.
DX2, which is made by KDLinks, is a super-wide-angle dual-camera. It shoots at 1080p in front and 720p at the rear. It would have been better if both cameras had the same max resolution, but 720p is not bad.
The super wide-angle lens is great if you are frequently on highways and interstates. DX2 shoots full HD videos, which is good news because you do not see this feature a lot in dash cams at this price point.
You also get the auto accident detection and emergency lock button functionalities offered by the G-sensor. The aperture is a wide f/1.6, which is sufficient most of the time, but there are other dash cams out there in the same price range that can give you more detailed footage.
The DX2 can be used within a wide range of temperatures and boasts a rigorously tested lithium-polymer battery. Everything else is more or less standard.
You get loop recording, auto on/off, and the like. One thing we noticed about the DX2, though, is that it comes with a measly 1-year warranty, whereas its competitors offer lifetime warranties. Maybe you will not consider it too high a cost if and when you have to buy a new dash cam just because it is out of warranty, but everyone will take lifetime over 1 year any day.
All in all, we think the DX2 is a reasonable enough purchase. It does come with all the standards plus a few extras, and the only thing that might discourage you from buying it is its 1-year warranty.
The N2 Pro Uber Dual Dash Cam, which is from manufacturer Vantrue, is just a little more expensive than most of the items on this list, and we think that small bump is worth it.
First, the N2 Pro is a dual-channel camera. The maximum resolution is 1080p for both front and rear cameras. However, the screen is a lot smaller at 1.5” than those of many dash cams.
Its processor is a Novatek NT96660, and it supports HDMI and Mini USB 2.0. The N2 Pro can be used between 0C and 70C, and it supports four languages: English, Japanese, German, and Chinese.
This dash cam uses different sensors: Omnivision OV4689 for the front, and and Sony Exmor IMX323 for the rear cam. These are commonly used across different dash cams because they are reliable and proven to produce high-quality video.
The angle of view is much wider in front at 170 degrees diagonal than in the rear at 140 degrees diagonal. The apertures are f/1.8 and f/2.0 for the front and back, respectively.
Possibly due to the IR lights and the narrower aperture, the rear camera captures better videos at night. During the day, both cameras produce relatively the same quality video.
The N2 Pro is not the highest-end dash cam out there, but it does offer some extras that greatly improve ease of use, video quality, and convenience. We believe the little upward bump in price is worth it.
Normally, when you ask people what they think the best dash cams 2018 are, they list top-of-the-line models, which come with advanced features and oftentimes a formidable price tag too. We selected the Rexing V1 for the opposite reason.
Unlike most of the dash cams that are hailed to be the “best” in many lists out there, the V1 is a barebones model. It has merely standard features, and even GPS has to be purchased separately.
But that is where it excels: it promises only the basics, so its resources are not spread too thin, which tends to be the case when a gadget tries to do too many things at the same time.
Finally, the V1 is very affordable. We believe that all these things combined make this dash cam useful to absolutely everyone. As mentioned earlier, not everyone needs fancy features, but everybody needs the essentials.