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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. 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, 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 mini–dash cam

Accfly Mini Dash Cam 1080P
$28 at Amazon

“Following the instructions and using the free tools included in the order, it’s easy to install it on my car. This mini–dash cam is really mini, it doesn’t take much space, and also didn’t block my vision at all. The video is clear and the vision is large enough for me. By the way, just happened yesterday — I drove my friend to have dinner together; he saw it in my car and asked me the price. He was surprised by my answer, since what he guessed was two times the real price! Best for the price. LOVE it!”

Best dash cam for $100

Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam
$100 at Amazon

“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.”

Best dash cam under $100 with Wi-Fi

Roav by Anker Dash Cam C1
$73 at Amazon

“Works well; I like that the software can be updated easily through your phone, and have not had any connectivity issues between the camera and my newer Android phone. Another thing I like is the compact packaging. It is mounted out of sight (behind passenger side of rearview mirror) and doesn’t interfere at all with line of sight. Definitely offers good piece of mind for the price, and [I’m] considering buying another identical one for the second car. It has functioned flawlessly in recent subzero temps. It will be awhile before I know how well it deals with heat, but I’m optimistic.”

Best dash cam under $50 with LCD preview

YI 2.7” Screen Full HD 1080P60 165 Wide Angle Dashboard Camera
$50 at Amazon

“Awesome dash cam for the price. Great video quality and wide field of view. I really enjoy the app that you can download and control most settings and download video instantly to your phone if needed. It allows you to pick a video clip and then crop a section of the video you want to save, and then you can even share it with others if you choose. Wonderful camera, can’t go wrong.”

Best dash cam under $50 with built-in Wi-Fi

Pruveeo F5 Dash Cam With Wi-Fi
$39 at Amazon

“This thing is great; it’s small and easy, and the Wi-Fi connectivity is great. The video quality is also way better than I would expect for the price. I have no complaints whatsoever about the video quality. I bought a 5V regulator and hard-wired it behind the dash. I feel a lot more confident behind the wheel knowing I have proof of anything that may happen to me.”

Best dash cam for high-quality video and photos

KDLINKS X1 Full-HD 1920 x 1080 165-Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera
$170 at Amazon

“I can’t say enough about how great this camera is! The quality and ease of use are just amazing. I’ve had the camera for over a year now, and I can’t imagine driving without it. Luckily, I haven’t had the need to use it in an accident yet — but I have been able to catch some beautiful sunsets, thunderstorms, and my drive down Mt. Washington. With the picture clarity, you feel like you’re in the vehicle. I like the feature of being able to turn on and off the microphone, as well as being able to rotate the camera any which way you need … I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a dash cam. The field of vision, ease of use, customer service, and quality all around are worth way more than five stars.”

Best dash cam with GPS

WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam With GPS
$125 at Amazon

“I’m a truck driver and have been using a different dash cam for the past five years. When that one died, I started searching for a replacement and found the WheelWitness HD Pro with GPS … The camera was easy to set up. I did have one question for tech support that was answered in less than 24 hours. The quality of the videos is excellent. Playback is easy, either from the supplied card adapter or from the camera itself. It is a little difficult to remove the camera from the suction-cup mount, but if you take your time, it slides right off. The GPS feature is great. There is a link to an app that you can use to view your videos. With the GPS enabled, you can see on a map exactly where your vehicle was located and the speed it was traveling. This could come in handy if you need to contest a speeding ticket. Considering that I paid $300 for my old dash cam five years ago (no GPS feature), and this one was only $124.99, I believe this camera delivers a lot for your money. Stop reading this and buy it!”

Best dash cam without GPS

Z-Edge Z3 3” Screen 2K 2560 x1080 Ultra HD Car Dash Camera
$100 at Amazon

“As a long-haul trucker, I’ve purchased over five different dash cams [over] the last six years. This camera is by far the best yet. The image quality for the price is excellent. It does one thing only, and it does it well. With no GPS or other (what I call) bloatware, it records video very well. The Ambarella processor adds fantastic high dynamic range, excellent image with no noticeable artifacting that you see in cheap cameras. The slight curvature of the image is hardly noticeable, considering the wide angle of the lens. The image color is somewhat oversaturated, but makes a great-looking video. The audio is sensitive and easily picks up conversation and the slightest noise. With my radio on, audio can sound over-modulated, but is not a problem. The mount is stable and easy to use. The power cable is long enough to reach anywhere in my rig … I’m buying another one for my home to set up with just motion detection. The menu items are easy to see and change. What a great camera for the price.”

Best easy-to-use dash cam for daytime driving

OldShark 3” 1080P Dash Cam With 32GB Card
$66 at Amazon

“This camera has really surprised me. It records very clearly and is easy to use and figure out. The video quality is similar to my GoPro 3 in 1080p. The product also came with a brand-name (SanDisk) memory card that works great in the camera or my phone. For the price, I didn’t expect the quality to be as good as it is. The only downside is that it doesn’t really have a nighttime recording mode. The night mode it does have doesn’t do anything I can see. However, it still records well at night, and if there is light, you can see everything in high quality. Also, I have caught several road incidents since I picked up the cam. Definitely a good buy!”

Best two-channel dash cam with front and rear cameras

Rexing V1P
$130 at Amazon

“This dash cam is amazing. The picture is very clear, making it no wonder why they have a secondary PC cam use for it. The setup is pretty easy. The cord that goes from the front to the rear is very long, almost too long for my little Impreza. Being able to use a 64 GB micro-SD card means saving a lot of video, so one does not need to really worry about space. The rear camera does not come off the windshield once attached, but it is very discreet, so it won’t be the easiest target for thieves to see. Overall, I am extremely happy with this product and cannot recommend it enough.”

Best dual-camera dash cam for recording car interior

Pruveeo MX2 Dash Cam Front and Rear Dual Camera for Cars
$50 at Amazon

“Okay, so I’ve been using this for over a month now. Driving for Uber and Lyft to make some extra money and wanted one of these for my protection … Fantastic picture! Seriously, a great picture. Easy to use and set up. Dual cameras — in the car and out front if you want — or whatever you want! They are adjustable! … Has an internal battery, so it will save whatever video you are working on before it shuts off. Records over old video, so you don’t have to remove the card to delete old stuff … The audio isn’t that great. It’s okay, but could be a lot better. I didn’t buy this for the audio, though, so all is good.”

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The Best Dash Cams on Amazon, According to Reviews