Our Favourite Dash Cam
Our favourite dash cam is the BlackSys CH-200, it's the best all-round dual channel system on the market at the moment and has an easy to use WiFi app as well as a very discreet design. It's easy to hide in your vehicle and is very reasonably priced. Those looking for a higher end option should check out the Thinkware F800 Pro which offers better video quality with similar features.
Bang For Your Buck
With the trust and reliability of Thinkware, the Thinkware F50 gets our choice for “Best Bang For Your Buck”. If you want a straight forward, no-frills dash cam experience the F50 is an excellent choice that can offer parking mode recording at a low price point.
If parking mode isn't a priority, the VIOFO A119 offers excellent video quality at a maximum 1440P resolution for under $150. It's also very discreet, GPS compatible, and capacitor based for all-weather durability.
Fleet & Commercial Vehicles
Many of our commercial vehicle clients prefer a dash cam that has built-in GPS as they offer speed display so fleet managers can review/monitor how fast drivers were going.
For truck applications, the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Truck offers WiFi, Parking Mode, and GPS. It also uses a waterproof rear unit which is screwed into the exterior of the vehicle. The latest models offer BlackVue Over the Cloud which let's the account manager live view the dash cams via a smartphone app, provided that the camera is connected to an internet source.
A lower priced alternative is the Thinkware F50 which can be fitted with an optional GPS. The GPS can track location and speed but also warn drivers of speed cameras and red light cameras. This is a simple format-free camera so there's not much of a need for the drivers to interfere with the camera.
For more on fleet/commercial applications, read our article here.
Front & Rear Protection
Most dash cams nowadays typically only offer a single channel of protection; If you’re looking to maximize your protection, with a one-step solution, check out the BlackSys CH-200 and the Thinkware F800 Pro. These are our favourite 2-channel dash cams which feature WiFi technology, good video quality, and a sleek design. We recommend these for hotter climates as they have high temperature cutoffs that can protect the internal components and memory card.
LCD Screen Integrated Dash Cam
The Thinkware X550 has a 2.7" LCD screen and records in Full HD for both front and rear channels. It has an intuitive button and LCD screen interface yet the size is still relatively small and discreet compared to other LCD dash cams. The built-in GPS adds driver safety features such as a lane departure warning system and a safety camera warning.
The Vicovation OPIA2 is another great LCD screen dash cam with some of the best video quality on the market thanks to a 2K resolution and powerful Ambarella A12 processor.
Best Night Time Video Quality
Looking for the best low-light recording capabilities? Look no further, check out the Thinkware F800 Pro, VIOFO A119S, VicoVation OPIA2, and Street Guardian SG9665GC. They all offer built-in Sony CMOS Sensors which are great for recording in low-visibility environments.
If you are looking for interior recording at night, the best option hands down is the infrared camera from BlackVue, the DR650S-2CH IR.
High Quality Wi-Fi Capability
Dash cams with WiFi connectivity allow users to playback footage and change settings using smartphone apps. The models we carry that feature WiFi are the BlackSys CH-200, Thinkware F800 Pro, and BlackVue DR750S-2CH. The BlackVue DR650/750 Series dash cams have the advantage of Over the Cloud compatibility for users that are interested in remote streaming, downloads, and notifications.
Longest Recording Time
Just like a PVR, dash cams are able to continuously record footage by recording over old footage. This means that the more storage you have, the more footage you can keep on the dash cam before your old footage gets recorded over. If this loop recording is a big concern for you, we would recommend the BlackSys CH-100B as the file sizes are small, it can take 128GB Micro SD cards, and the memory card partitioning is highly customizable. The new BlackSys CH-200 also offers this feature but can take up to 256GB cards!
Another unit to consider is the Street Guardian SGZC12SG Pro is also capable of handling full size SD cards of up to 512GB which can hold more than 3 days of non-stop footage. We don't really recommend this large of an SD card though as it can often be more expensive than the camera itself. The reliability of the card might also be questionable.