Also known as dash cams, car cameras and DVRs, dashboard cameras are an increasingly popular piece of equipment to ensure you have supportive proof in the event of a road incident.
There are a range of different designs with different specific characteristics to suit various needs and preferences. These include options for those who are conscious of distracting clutter in the windscreen, and options for those who want to be able to capture footage in the highest possible resolution.
The factor shared by all five of these options is that they are among the highest rated devices of their kind available on the market today.
Proofcam RAC 03
The ProofCam RAC differs to ordinary dashboard cameras as it fits over the existing rear-view mirror. The design encases your actual rear-view mirror and essentially becomes a larger one; significantly enhancing your rear field of vision with a mirror on a larger surface. This design then positions the camera out of the way of the driver’s usual peripheral space.
The sensor is equipped with 4-megapixels, and the top video recording resolution is “Super HD”, which is 2,340 x 1,296. But there’s also a 2,520 x 1,080 option, which provides a 21:9 aspect without the view being widened.
There are also three different quality options for recording, which are intended to allow you the freedom to conserve space on the memory card, depending on how sharp you want the recording to be at the time. The device holds a microSD slot for video storage, and the retail bundle includes a 8GB card.
When the memory card is full the recording will loop, replacing the oldest files unless they have been marked previously. The device includes a built in ‘G-sensor’ which will influence the recording if a sharp movement or stop is detected, and then this footage will be transferred from the ‘normal’ to the ‘events’ folder.
This device is priced at around £160.
The significant dynamic with this device is that it is both a dashboard camera and a satellite navigation system. Like the RAC 03, the reduction of clutter in the windscreen area is a core intention behind this model.
The sat-nav has a 6-inch display, while the camera is situated at one end. The comparatively large size of the device does take up a considerable amount of space, despite combining two devices in one.
Video is captured at Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and the 8Mbits/sec data rate allows for reasonable quality. The nuviCam is fitted with two microSD card slots, one for downloading maps for the sat-nav, and the other is dedicated to the dashboard camera.
The device also features Garmin’s Digital Traffic via DAB radio. There is a DAB receiver built into the nuviCam, which allows the device to connect with traffic reports and updates minute by minute. Because the Digital Traffic service uses DAB, it does not have its own built-in data connectivity. This will mean a smartphone is required to access interactive live services.
The price of this device is a round £259. This is a competitive price since two devices are combined within one, but if de-cluttering is your priority, the RAC 03 could be the smarter option.