Dash cams, or dashboard cameras are video cameras that are fitted to the interior of your car – normally to the dashboard.
Dash cams are fitted with either a suction cup or a tape mount and are normally placed somewhere on the dashboard or in a safe area on the windscreen of your vehicle.
Once fitted, the dash cam will continuously record everything that appears in front of your car as you drive. Dash cams will normally record video footage and then store it in files broken into small segments on storage media (Normally some form of SD card) attached to the device.
The main use for a dash cams UK based is of course security and road safety. With a dash cam fitted you can drive safely in the knowledge that any incident (should it occur) would be recorded by your dash mounted video camera for later use.
If you are interested in the sort of footage produced by dash cams in the UK, then youtube has some great footage available that has been recorded by UK dash cam owners.
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Best Dash Cam Reviews UK
There are many dash cams available on the UK market. Although the most common means to purchase dash cams in the UK is via the Internet and online dash cam outlets. The advantage of purchasing a dash cam in this was is that you can easily shop around for the best price and also for the best product. This is especially important with dash cams because there are so many different makes and models, all with different (but equally important) features.
The aim of this article is to show you the best dash cam reviews UK and to compare pricing and features of a range of dash cam products.
Entry level Dash Cams
If you are looking for an entry level dash cam at an affordable price, then the SmartCam HD II is a great product that fits that criteria.
The Smartcam HD II retails at £84.99 and comes with some great features including:
- 1080p hd recording
- Class A HR 120 Degree Wide Angle Lens
- AVI video recording and JPG still recording
- Accepts SD cards up to 32GB
- 2,5 and 10 minute loop settings
- Easy to mount
Considering the features available on this device and the price it is a fantastic buy, especially if you are looking to purchase your first dash cam and you want to see how well it works for you.
High end Dash Cams
If you are looking for a high end dash cam with more features then there are also products on the market that will suit your needs.
One UK dash cam that particularly stands out amongst the rest is the Roadhawk HD dash cam. This dash cam retails at £295.95 but for the features that this camera has, its well worth the additional expense. Especially so if you are serious about recording everything that happens whilst you drive your car.
As well as its very stylish look, easy fitting and suction based dash mount, the Roadhawk HD has some outstanding features such as:
- 1080p HD recording (30 fps)
- Adjustable sensitivity microphone built in
- 5Hz GPS receiver with internal antenna
- Waterproof, magnetic external GPS antenna included but optional usage
- Gyro controlled electronic image stabilisation
- 3D G-force Sensor installed
- Internal 2GB DRAM
- High-Specification Aptina sensor with WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) excellent for driving in the dark
- Wide angled 135 degree lens
- RoadHawk Adhesive mount
The Roadhawk also has the ability to except SD cards up to 128GB in size. With an SD card fitted with max capacity you could set the roadhawk to record up to 20 hours of continuous 1080p HD footage at 30 fps which is pretty impressive and will ensure that even the longest journeys can be recorded in full without having any over-write loop.