Since dashcams were introduced a number of years ago, they have become increasingly lighter, smaller, clearer and all-round much more desirable than the original clunky models that needed frequent updating to work. Some people are happy to fit their dash cam in their car and forget about it, others may check it frequently and ensure it is working; either way, every year dash cams are evolving to fit customer needs, no matter what they are.
There are multiple factors to consider when picking a new dash cam. Most dash cams capture footage in Full HD as standard but some of the best are able to record footage in 4K. It depends on the user’s needs, but clarity can be important if you need to identify specific features such as a number plate of a passing vehicle for example.
Without further ado, our top 5 dashcam recommendations for 2021 are:
At first glance the Nextbase 622GW dash cam looks like a regular camera but it is in fact the most advanced dash cam that you can currently buy. This is due to the 140-degree viewing angle, GPS tracker and video quality of 4K.
Of course, a dash cam of this calibre does come with a big price tag that not everyone can justify. The Nextbase 622GW costs around £249.99 and has very strong points such as the amazing video quality and built in Alexa functionally. Some users have raised concerns around the performance of the smartphone app, however.
The Garmin Dash Cam 66W is an easy-to-use dash cam with a field view reaching 180 degrees, giving a large view of the front of the car into the road ahead in 1440p. The compact unit features voice commands allowing you to take pictures and save videos easily.
The lowest price for the camera we found online is 169.99; this is a good price considering the amazing performance in low lighting for a start!
The Garmin Dash Cam Mini is designed to be easy and discreet, placed behind the rear-view mirror allowing drivers to focus on driving and not be distracted. If you are looking for a no fuss camera, then this is the one, with only a single button and no screen, it connects to your smartphone and transfers the footage.
The video quality is high at 1080p covering a 140-degree viewing angle. Once it is installed into your car it records constantly and ticks a lot of boxes for the lower price of £99.99.
The Viofo A129 Pro Duo has a range of impressive features including a GPS tracker, 4K video quality with a significant viewing angle of 140 degrees. However, the Ultra HD dash cam does come with some undesirable features such as the bulkiness of the components and chunky cables.
If you are willing to splash £219.95 on a dash cam then the Viofo A129 Pro Duo has some impressive aspects, such as the time lapse feature, effective parking mode and real-time previews that connect to the smartphone app.
The Nextbase 122 is the most affordable dash cam in the list and is very compact with 2-inch screen. Even with a low price of £49.99, the camera features GPS and has a field view of 120 degrees. However, the small screen can be quite fiddly, and the camera does not have the best quality at only 720p HD. Consider this a great budget option that does its job well with not much need to interact with on a daily basis.