No one seats behind the wheel assuming they’re going to get into an accident—that is until they do. But it occurs and here come the benefits of having a dash cam. Let me clarify first, what is a dash cam. A dashboard camera, or dash cam, is an in-car digital camcorder which is designed to be installed on the windscreen with a suction cup. It has a wide-angle lens to capture virtually everything in field-of-view which is in front of the car or even back. A top-quality dashboard camera produces high-quality footage to prove what happened after a crash, have a raft of useful features, and are easy to use. Having one installed could help prove what happened or protect you from false claims in the case of a crash. Some insurers even offer considerable money off your insurance premium if you have a dash cam fitted. It’s a onetime investment to ease your recurring cost. And it won’t create much pressure on your purse.

Here we’ll go over some of the features you should keep in mind when deciding on the best device for your needs:

Video quality

Like any other camera, quality of the video is the most important feature to consider. If image quality isn’t high enough, you might not be able to use your footage in the case of an accident to prove that it wasn’t your fault. you’re All dash cams support at least 720p resolution and some devices record with a resolution of 1,080p or even 4K. Though higher resolution does not necessarily guarantee a better quality of the footage, 720p should be enough to get a clear and detailed picture.

Audio recording

Most dash cams worth investing in support audio recording inside your car, but it’s something you’ll want to double-check. Some super cheap dash cams may not support audio recording at all. Conversely, some cameras have mute buttons, so you can turn off audio recording if desired.

Front facing or dual facing

The decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a single camera that records the road ahead or a multiple-lens system that offers both forward and rear cameras. Front-facing dash cams are the most basic and common type of dash cam. A dual facing dash cam can record with a forward-facing lens and a rear windscreen lens simultaneously.

Parking mode

A parking mode will allow your dashboard camera to automatically start recording if it detects a collision or impact while you’re parked. This can be very useful for seeing who bumped your car or left a nasty scrape on your door while using a busy car park.

SD memory card & G-force sensors

All dash cams use a memory card to store recorded images and video footage. All the dash cams must use ‘loop recording’, meaning that when they run out of space on the memory card they rewrite over the oldest footage. Some models come equipped with an SD card, but this is worth checking. You may need to purchase an SD card separately.

Installation

All dash cams come with a power cord that plugs into the cigarette lighter. These range from around 1.4m up to 4.9m. Choose a model with a longer cable if you want to route the cable around the windscreen and down the car’s front pillars so you can plug it into the power socket, without having cables dangling down from the windscreen.

Auto start and auto stop

A dash camera must have the ability to start recording when it receives power and stop recording when power is removed.  This is typically done via the car’s cigarette lighter power adapter, but it could be hard wired also.

Inbuilt GPS

Why would someone want to have a dash cam with GPS? GPS position data doesn’t lie. This information can be used to prove you were where you said you were, and the time when you were there. Perhaps one of the best reasons for utilizing GPS data logging is for fleet vehicle owners to keep track of where their employees are driving.

The popularity of dash cam has increased rapidly throughout the world. The reasons are manifold, road rage being one of them. Invest in a good quality one so that you are never at the receiving end of a road rage incident or an accident, where you weren’t at fault.