If you're anything like us, when someone brings up dash cams, your mind probably jumps right to with Russian YouTube videos. But dash cams can be profoundly useful items, whether you're managing a fleet of vehicles, avoiding a fault determination in an accident or tracking down that parking lot hit-and-run offender. (Or maybe you just want to capture that amusing vanity plate to share on the 'gram later. We're not here to judge.)
It's not a tool you'll use every day, but when you do end up needing it, a dash cam will probably pay for itself. So adding one to your car is a simple, easy way to potentially save yourself some money (and headaches) later on down the road.
Below are five great dash cam options to consider, whether you're looking for immaculate 4K video or just a solid budget option.
The Nextbase 522GW takes high-quality video, it's easy to use with a simple touchscreen interface, and it can even summon emergency vehicles if there's an accident.
This Garmin cam has a low-profile design and a wide 180-degree field of view. It records incidents automatically. It also offers driver alerts for red light and speed cameras.
This is a reasonably affordable option that offers both a front- and rear- facing camera, with the latter looking into the interior of the vehicle — great if you're planning on doing some ride-sharing.
This Garmin is the budget option, which simply offers automatic incident detection and HD video recording without any frills (albeit at a reasonable price point).
This dual camera set up shoots front and back in 4K definition, can store up to 256GB worth of video, and has built-in WiFi so it can livestream to your devices.