The best dash cams on the market have similar technology, and it’s down to you to decide which features are most important to you. For example, the video resolution and quality might be the most important feature to you. Or you are looking for additional features such as GPS, WiFi, Touchscreen, ADAS, and the list goes on. However, as with all technology, additional features usually mean a higher price.
When it comes to the best dash cam, we are talking about a dash cam that boasts the most impressive array of features. While the Thinkware U1000 is many dash cam expert’s pick for the Best All-Round Dash Cam of 2020, you can definitely get by with a less “impressive” but more affordable dash cam. Don’t forget, when you’re out on the open road, you won’t be needing many of the advanced features that the Thinkware U1000 or even the BlackVue DR900S-2CH offers, such as Cloud connectivity (unless you have a WiFi router in your car) or advanced parking mode features (unless you plan on abandoning your car on the side of the highway for days).
For most roadtrippers, a dash cam on the middle range of the price spectrum will be more than enough, and there is no shortage of solid options to choose from in the sub-$100 to $250 price range. That will get you a discreet dash cam system that continuously records video with decent low-light performance, and automatically saves it in the event of an accident, or at the push of the button.
Many dash cams also have GPS, either built-in or as an external add-on module, to let you track your route and record speed and location along with your video clips. Smart features like smartphone (both Android and iOS) and Cloud connectivity are good to have, but if you’re not bringing the WiFi router along for the drive, we recommend getting a dash cam with a built-in LCD screen so you can easily adjust the camera settings and manage your video footage.
With that said, here are our 5 (and a half) most favorite road trip dash cams.