This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.
If you've ever seen crazy driving out on the road—and who hasn't?—you've probably wished you could have captured it on video just like it seems everyone in Russia is doing these days.
But beyond the entertainment value of other people's questionable driving skills, dash-mounted video cameras—better known as dash cams—can also give you a legal leg up in an accident or even reverse a traffic citation. Plus, you never know when you'll capture that random bit of craziness or a meteor on video.
Modern top-tier dash cams do more than just record video. They can also record driving data, warn about excessive speed and lane departure, even monitor your car while it's parked and send instant updates to your phone. Many also include Wi-Fi-based video transfer systems to a smart phone so you can get your video to where it needs to go right away: The police, an insurance company, a lawyer or your online media channel. And the video quality is better than ever with many models now featuring 4K or 1440P resolution.
This unusual-looking dash cam appears to be simple but packs a lot of tech into a small package. The cylindrical body houses a 4K camera system, 2.4ghz and 5ghz Wi-Fi and GPS. The DR900s is also unusual in that it does not include a viewscreen as is typical with most dash cams. Instead, it quickly connects and streams video to your phone, including remotely. That keeps the form factor small and simple. Adding BlackVue's Over The Cloud app and monitoring service lets you get push notifications in case of incidents, live video from the camera, and two-way audio communication through the device. It records in H265 for maximum quality. Cloud storage plans range from a free option to $10 per month for one dash cam or $20 for three. Fleet options are also available. And yes, the BlackVue app lets you stream live to Facebook.
Drive at night much? If that's your thing, then the Thinkware Q800 Pro might be your best co-pilot. While it offers many of the same features of other cameras on this list, it excels at low-light recording, making it perfect for night owls, rideshare drivers and anyone else out plying the roadways after sundown. Its unobtrusive design keeps it on the DL but the built-in Wi-Fi can send videos to your phone in seconds. The Q800 is smart as well, with built-in GPS that will give you a heads-up on red light cameras and speed limits, and warnings for lane departures and forward impacts. The free Thinkware Cloud service doesn't stream live video, but it does update the location of your vehicle as well as offering geo-fencing notifications and more.
The Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-S is a full-blown GPS device from a top maker - and it includes a ... [+] discreet dash camera.
Here's an idea: Take a top-tier GPS device and add a camera to it. That's just what Garmin did with the Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-S. It looks like a regular Garmin GPS device, and features a big 5-inch touchscreen, voice activation, Bluetooth for hands-free calling, driver alerts, parking information and on and on—and it's a dash cam as well. The camera records in one-minute intervals and includes crash detection. And when it's time to play back the video, the big screen rivals many smartphones. It can even overlay the video over the directions, giving you a better idea of where to turn or what exit to take.
Cctv Ahd Dvr
Do you drive ride-share? Or carry passengers for a driving service? Then the perfect dash cam is one that looks both outside and inside the car. The Vantrue N2 Pro is just such a device and it keeps things simple while capturing simultaneous 1080P HD clips of activity in and around your vehicle. The small size and low profile design doesn't scream "You're on video!" and at night, infrared illumination helps fill in the gaps. Wide angle lenses give you 310 degrees of total coverage and there's a small LCD screen to review your videos. It even has a parking nanny feature to catch those door dings.
Writer, photographer and technology evangelist, avid motorcyclist, car enthusiast and chronicler of the ongoing evolution of mobility technologies. I also write about o
Intelligent Car Cameras, Digital LCD Monitors, HD Rear View Systems - TOPO,https://www.hdimdvr.com/