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The Best Dash Cams on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about our favorite battery packs, the best Wi-Fi-connected outlets and external hard drives, and even a comically long phone charger cable, here we’ve found the best-reviewed dash cams for your car on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best dash cams under $100

Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam, 2.4” Screen, Full HD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle

“The Rexing V1 dash cam is really an amazing camera. First off, it’s smaller than other dash cams, so it can easily hide behind the rearview mirror, so it does not take up any windshield real estate … This cam can be attached two ways: directly to the glass with a flat mount that it comes with (recommended) or a suction cup (purchased separately). I have owned several car cams, and all shake and lock recordings for bumps in the road because the mount shook. The mount on the glass keeps [this dash cam] from shaking and false locks because it is directly on the glass, [it’s] also easy to remove the camera from the mount … The menu on this camera is easy to understand once you get used to it. Well laid out and easy to navigate. Buttons are easy to use on front and side, no hard mashing to make it change. Record button blinks red to say it’s recording. Different screen modes for front and rear camera, [and] 170-degree view on front cam covers the entire hood of the car and more.”

AUKEY Dash Cam, Full HD 1080p, 1.5” Screen, 6-Lane 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens

“This is my first dash camera. I was trying to buy something good for less than $100 so I spent hours watching videos on Youtube comparing recording quality. I’ve found better quality only on the few dash cams that were 4-5 times more expensive than this AUKEY camera. After receiving it, I checked the video quality and I’m very satisfied. I recommend to using it with high-endurance memory cards.”

Best dash cam under $100 with Wi-Fi

ROAV DashCam C1 by Anker, 2.4” Screen, 1080p Full HD, 4-Lane Wide-Angle View Lens, Built-in WiFi

“This is so far the best dash cam I’ve ever had. Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money on known brands like Anker. I had two dash cam prior to this, one for me and one for my wife’s car, and even though they advertised 1080p quality, it definitely didn’t look as sharp as the video quality from the ROAV. The menu is a lot easier to navigate and the Wi-Fi makes it so much easier to retrieve a footage when done. Gone are the days of taking the dash came inside and plug the memory card to my PC. I can just download the footage. It does take a bit of time but it beats forgetting to put the dash cam back on its mount. Mounting the camera is simple, it comes with a piece of plastic that you stick to your windshield. It’s adhesive so it will be hard to remove. Make sure you know where you want the camera to be. I wish this was a suction cup or something more reusable but at least I know the camera will stay in place even in the summer heat.”

Best dash cam with GPS

KDLINKS X1, 2.7” Screen, Full HD 1920x1080p, 165 Degree Wide Angle Lens, with Built-In GPS

“The video quality is great and the wide angle is very helpful. I was driving my wife’s car early in the morning when it was still dark and someone came out of the gas station and crossed over three lanes and cut me off to the point I had to lock up the brakes. The quality was good enough when I went back and looked to read the license plate. The audio also picked up the choice words that I used very well. The included software (or downloadable updated version) is great too. With the GPS capability, it shows the video along with a map on the right side so you can see exactly where you were at the time the video was taken, along with speed, date, time, etc.”

Best mini dash cams

APEMAN Dash Cam, 2” Screen, 1080P Full HD Mini, 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens

“Great quality for the price! I am surprisingly happy with this little thing! These days you can never be too safe, so I had been looking into getting one of these for my vehicle. This one is small and can be installed under the rear view mirror so it is pretty discreet and not in the way while driving. Keep in mind you will have to purchase a separate micro SD card for storage for this.”

AUKEY Dash Cam, 2” Screen, Full HD 1080p, 6-Lane 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens

“The picture quality for this dash camera, both day and night, is wonderful. Recently a rock fell from an oncoming cement-mixing truck and cracked my windshield. Not only did the Aukey’s video clearly show everything written on the side of the passing truck (to identify it), but I could also see the rock coming towards the windshield in the video! Night scenes adjust to oncoming headlight situations and to ‘my-headlights-only’ scenes.”

Best budget dash cam

APEMAN C450 Dash Cam, 3” Screen, Full HD 1080p

“I was a little skeptical when the price for this dash cam was lower than almost all the other dash cams but ended up buying it given the reviews. So far so good. The quality of the video is great and it’s really easy to install. I had some questions about the camera but customer support was very quick to answer and make sure I was satisfied. My good experience with customer support persuaded me to purchase another one for my spouse’s car. I would definitely recommend this dash cam given the price.”

Best front/rear combo dash cam sets

Rexing V1P 3rd Generation Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear 170 Degree Wide Angle with Wi-Fi, 2.4” Screen

“I absolutely love this dash cam. All three of my cars have them now and I love the peace of mind having a dash cam in all my vehicles. I live in Southern California where driving the freeways is like a war zone, so having a dash cam will save me a huge headache if some idiot crashes into me. Oh, I crashed into you? Bummer for you because I’ve got front and rear high-definition dash cams to show my insurance company that you hit me … If I ever need it, it will save me thousands of dollars.”

Crosstour 1080p Full HD Front and Rear Dual Lens Dash Cam, 3” Screen

“I upgraded from the previous model since this was new and had both the front and the back cameras. I was looking around for a good quality camera but not for the $300 price tags. This one here was only about $100 and man I love it. I haven’t had the need to really use it (show to the police or anything), but the quality is up there with other cameras for a lot less money. The install was super easy. You also get a front and back camera view so you can see either one or both on screen at the same time.”

Best front/rear combo dash cam set with built-in GPS

Rexing V1P Pro Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear 170 Degree Wide Angle, with Wi-Fi and Built-in GPS Logger, 2.4” Screen

“This is the second Rexing Dash Cam I have bought. My first was the Rexing V1P. It’s a nice dash cam. This one is a major upgrade. Both front and rear cameras are 1080p which is a big deal. Built-in GPS logging is a big upgrade. And being able to download an app to my smart phone to change settings and review the videos is a huge upgrade. The picture is clear and setup is easy. I had mine professionally installed and it looks great! I am happy to recommend this dash cam and I would definitely buy it again.”

Best dual-camera dash cam for recording car interior

Crosstour Dual Lens Dash Cam with Built-in GPS, 1080p Front and 720p Inside with Parking Monitoring, Infrared Night Vision, 2.4” Screen

“This is the perfect affordable dash cam for Uber drivers. Great interior/exterior views. Night vision inside vehicle is decent. The mere presence of this dash cam in the windshield is enough to keep a lot of passengers’ behavior in check. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the value of this product. Great price. Great product.”

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The Best Dash Cams on Amazon, According to Reviews