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What are the key features to consider when choosing a dash cam?

July 11, 2023 2 min read

What are the key features to consider when choosing a dash cam?

When selecting a dash cam, consider these key features to ensure it aligns with your needs and preferences:

  1. Video Resolution: Higher resolution offers clearer, more detailed footage. Common options include 720p, 1080p, 2K, 2.5K and 4K.
  2. Frames per Second (fps): The frame rate affects the smoothness of the recorded footage. Higher frame rates, such as 60 fps, provide smoother videos and can better capture fast-moving objects. A standard frame rate of 30 fps is generally sufficient for most drivers, but if you require more detailed footage or drive at high speeds, a higher frame rate may be beneficial.
  3. Wi-Fi Connectivity: A dash cam with built-in Wi-Fi allows you to connect the device to your smartphone or tablet for easy video playback, downloading, and sharing. This feature also enables you to adjust settings and update firmware through a dedicated app, making it more convenient to manage your dash cam.
  4. Field of View (FOV): The ideal FOV for a dash cam generally ranges between 140 and 160 degrees. This range provides a comprehensive perspective of the road, capturing a wide view of the surrounding area while minimizing distortion. While wider FOVs may capture more details, they can also introduce fisheye distortion, potentially reducing the clarity of crucial details like license plates. A FOV between 140 and 160 degrees offers a balance between a broad view and maintaining accurate, clear footage.
  5. Loop Recording: This feature allows continuous recording by overwriting the oldest footage when storage is full, ensuring constant coverage.
  6. Night Vision: To ensure clear recordings in low-light conditions, consider a dash cam with night vision capabilities. There are two common types of night vision technologies in dash cams, select a dash cam with the appropriate night vision technology based on your specific requirements and driving conditions: 
    • Without Infrared LED: These dash cams utilize advanced image sensors, such as Sony STARVIS, and features like wide dynamic range (WDR) to enhance video quality in low-light situations. They adjust the exposure and balance the contrast to capture clear and detailed footage even without infrared LEDs.
    • With Infrared LED: Infrared LED dash cams emit infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye but can be detected by the camera sensor. This technology is particularly useful for recording the vehicle's interior in complete darkness, making it an ideal choice for ride-share or commercial drivers who need to monitor their passengers or cargo.
  7. GPS Functionality: GPS-enabled dash cams record location, speed, and route data, which can be beneficial for analyzing driving habits or providing additional evidence.
  8. Parking Mode: This feature enables the dash cam to record when the vehicle is parked, capturing incidents like hit-and-runs or vandalism.
  9. Ease of Installation: Choose a dash cam that is simple to install and user-friendly, with a clear instruction manual and intuitive interface.

By considering these features, you can find a dash cam that best suits your requirements and enhances your driving experience.


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