Dashboard cameras are becoming increasingly necessary with all drivers. Their success and popularity have skyrocketed as they have helped many people provide proof and evidence in the event of and accident. Whether an accident happens on the road or when the car has been parked a dashboard camera will record exactly what has happened and when. They will help you to be able to identify someone from a hit and run accident by recording their license plate, time and date. You don’t even have to be in the car some cameras will capture these incidents when the car is parked and unattended. Sometimes this is the only way to prove your car has been hit in a car park and exactly who did the damage. Here we have our 7 pro tips to help you choose the Best Dashboard Cameras 2020 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide.
The higher the resolution of your dashboard camera the better the picture quality which is essential when getting license place details but the larger the resolution the more memory the footage will take up. You are going to want 720p or above to be able to capture face details and license plates. The footage will be able to help you out a lot more if you can clearly identify the driver and the car.
The more memory you have the better, if you have ample memory you will be able to go better resolution. The memory at a minimum will want to be able to record for at least a week this gives you time to retrieve the information from the camera to a computer after an incident most people will only drive for around 2 hours a day. 64 GB with a 720p should last around 12 hours, depending on make and model. Obviously, this can reduce dramatically with higher resolution 1080p may only last a 4-6hours with a 64GB.
Automatic On And Off
Ideally you want to look for a camera that starts recording when you turn the car on and stops recording when you turn the car off automatically. If you have to do this manually then over time you may not bother if you are only taking a short trip to the shops or if you are in a hurry and this is undoubtable when the accidents will happen. There’s no point having a dashboard camera if it’s not recording when you have an accident. Also look for cameras that have impact activation, this will make the camera records a couple of minutes before and after an incident without you even being in the car. Exactly what you need if you get hit in a supermarket car park.
If you are looking for ease of use, then look for something that records over the older footage when its memory is full. This means you don’t have to delete the recording when it reaches its capacity. If your memory is full and you don’t delete it, you won’t be able to record anything new.
Front And Back
Although not essential having a camera with the view pointing behind you can be useful for the rear end accidents. This will involve another camera mounted correctly and more memory storage.
Be conscious of the size of your dashboard camera and its placement. A camera that is too large will obstruct your view potentially causing accidents and making it difficult to see exactly what you are doing. A camera poorly placed will do the same. To make sure you have the most visibility possible place the camera behind the rear-view mirror or mounted very low on the dashboard. When installing your dashboard camera always follow the instruction or get a professional to install it to your car.
GPS can help when providing evidence to insurers or if the incident goes to court as it will say the exact route you took an exactly where the accident happened. Although this feature isn’t as important as memory or loop recording it will help prove what happened on the day of an accident.
You may not be able to get all the features we have gone through in our article due to model availability or due to cost so our most important considerations would be memory, loop recording, automatic on and off, resolution and Impact activation. Dashboard cameras have helped so many people that would have otherwise been made to pay out for repairs that were not their fault you really can’t do without one.