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6 Cheap Dash Cams That Donít Suck
Dash cams can cost $200 or more, but you donít need to spend anywhere near that much for a decent-quality unit.
Here are six cheap dash cams that you can buy for less than $100, with features and attributes found in more expensive cameras.
Dash cams donít come much cheaper than the YKS 8000L, which sells for less than $20. Video quality isnít up to what youíll find in a more expensive cam, and some owners complain that the instructions are confusing and the mounting pieces are easy to breakóbut for 20 bucks, how much can you complain? This camera gives you basic functionality and acceptable video for an incredibly low price.
Another super-cheap dashcam, the $35 Bluepupil X08 (seriously, who names these things?) has a small footprint and records decent video. It will automatically start (and stop) with your carís engine when plugged into a power port that is switched with the ignition. Video quality is not as good as more expensive cameras, but thatís to be expected at such a low price.
The G1W (which can be purchased under several brand names) sells for $35-$50. Itís recommended by DashCamTalk.com and Popular Mechanics for its low price and good video quality, particularly under daylight conditions. It has a built-in screen that allows the viewing angle to be easily adjusted, and while it isnít the smallest dashcam you can buy, it will fit behind the rear view mirror of many vehicles.
One problem with budget dash cams is that the least-expensive models donít record well at night. The Mini 0805óagain, sold under a variety of brand namesóhas a higher-resolution sensor that does a better job under low-light conditions. It also has a built-in screen and GPS, features normally found on higher-end dash cams. Street price: Around $80.
Trouble doesnít just come from ahead; it can sneak up on you from behind as well. You can buy two dashcams, or you can buy a BlackSys CF-100, a Korean-made dual-channel unit that comes with two cameras, a 1080p unit for the front windshield and a 720p camera for the rear. Video quality from the rear-mounted camera isnít great, but this system does give you the convenience of two viewing angles recorded to a single memory card, and it can be purchased for around $90.
Technically, the Mobius is an action cam, not a dashboard cam, and youíll need to purchase a rig or some sort of mount to use it in your car. What sets the Mobius apart is its tiny sizeóitís small enough to mount on a keychain and light enough to be carried on a drone, so youíll find a lot of uses besides recording traffic accidents. Small as it is, it lacks nice-to-haves like GPS or a preview screen, but video quality is very good considering the priceówhich is around $60.
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