Best Dashcams for 2020

January 6, 2020

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Road Safety

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Jack Delaney


From capturing footage of the family road trip to helping prove liability in the case of an accident, buying a good quality dash cam is one of the smartest purchases you can make for your vehicle.

Finding the best dash cam for your needs can be exhausting (if only they were built into all vehicles by default). When looking for a dash cam the basic rule is that the more money you spend, the more features you receive.

Extra features aren’t always a good thing though. Sure, night vision and auto-recording are nice, but do you really need to listen to your audiobooks on your dash cam? I don’t think so.

Whether you want a state of the art camera or a simple device without all the bells and whistles, you’ll find something that suits your needs on our list of the best dash cams for 2020.

Best Dash Cams For 2020

Nextbase 522GW

$349.99

  • Emergency SOS mode (in selected countries only)
  • Excellent video quality
  • Ships without SD card
  • Gimmicky voice controls

The 522GW does the essentials well with a 140-degree wide-angle lens recording in vivid 1440p HD resolution. There’s a responsive three-inch touchscreen to navigate with, as well as built-in Alexa integration and voice controls.

While the voice controls feel a bit gimmicky, the 522GW makes up for it with a bevvy of excellent features. Parking Mode, Bluetooth Low Energy and 10x GPS are all great, but the Emergency SOS system is the real standout.

Garmin Dash Cam 66W

$349

  • Loads of features
  • Compact design
  • Voice control isn’t very useful
  • Minor lens distortion

Boasting a 180-degree viewing angle lens, GPS tracking and 1440p HD video quality, the Garmin Dash Cam 66W is the perfect blend of design and hardware excellence.

The camera records nonstop in a continuous loop, noting time and GPS location data crucial for sharing with insurance agencies or legal authorities.

A built-in sensor detects hazards and potential collisions in real-time to ensure driver safety, while the motion-activated Parking Mode keeps your car safe while you’re away.

Most importantly the captured footage is great, even in low-light conditions, and is a breeze to export to a smartphone or computer via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or USB. This little device punches well above its weight.

Lukas Qvia QR790-1CH Dash Cam

$329

  • Brilliant night mode
  • Sharp image quality
  • Clunky companion app
  • Large file sizes

One of Korea’s most trusted names, Lukas’ Qvia QR790 is packed full of functions that make it one of the best dash cams on the market.

Fitted with a Sony Starvis sensor, the camera provides high-quality footage both day and night. Qvia Night Vision promises bright images even on dark roads, making it an ideal companion for adventures on some of Australia’s spookiest roads.

The Qvia QR790 is built to withstand extreme heat conditions (up to 70°C, perfect for the Aussie summer) and has an integrated gravity sensor that automatically records impacts even if you’re not in the car.

Kenwood DRV-830

$477

  • Good video quality
  • Huge storage space
  • Premium price
  • Unintuitive menus

The DRV-830’s viewing angle of 144-degrees puts it among the widest available, while its 1440p HD footage records excellently in day and low-light conditions.

Like most of the best dash cams, video files are captured automatically and stored by overwriting older files - though if you want to save clips, the camera is capable of a massive 256GB SD card storage.

It also comes with driver-assist systems, a G-sensor, GPS and Parking Surveillance mode. Compact, reliable and extremely durable, the DRV-830 is a great companion for your roadside adventures.

Best Rear View Dash Cam

Viofo A129 Duo Dual Dashcam

$229

  • Front and rear cameras
  • Easy to mount
  • SD Card not included
  • Middling video quality

You won’t find a better price to performance ratio than the Viofo A129. Both front and rear cameras shoot simultaneously in Full HD quality, producing vivid images in the day, night and low-light. Double the cameras means you have twice the chance of capturing something weird on video, right?

The A129 holds its own against far more expensive models with its integrated GPS, G-sensor, outstanding image stabilisation and a supercapacitor that keeps the camera alive for a few seconds after power failure. It’s the best rear dash cam and a great front dash cam all in one.

Best Dash Cam Under $100

Navig8r Full HD Dash Cam

$58

  • Very cheap
  • Decent video quality
  • Small LCD screen
  • Micro SD card not included

The Navig8r is the ideal first dash cam for anyone interested in buying one without breaking the bank. It has a built-in G-sensor and motion detection, automatically recording whenever it senses impact or movement in front of your car.

Shooting HD video with a respectable 120-degree viewing angle, the Navig8r is more than capable of taking clear photos and recording road incidents.

Jack Delaney
Rebecca Earl

Jack is an experienced writer who has worked for publications such as, National Geographic, The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC.

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