Dash Cam Buyer's Guide

Whether you are driving for business or leisure there are always incidents on your journey. Often you would benefit from being able to video the events in the road ahead or even behind you.

This is when a in-car camera becomes the ultimate in car accessory (also known as a Vehicle Driving Recorder). The latest dashboard cameras will help you provide evidence for insurance purposes or even as evidence at the scene of a accident - as many devices also feature a LCD screen for video playback. This video-proof can help protect your driving licence and even reduce your insurance premiums.

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Dashcams can capture bad drivers

Dashboard or windscreen mounted car video cameras can accurately record cases of bad driving that result in a collision - whether that collision was a mere accident or was staged.

Without the need for third party witnesses you can now continuously record the road ahead and/or the rear view from your vehicle. Many in-car cameras can also start recording at the push of a button or using a built-in 3-axis G-force sensor when an impact is detected, the seconds before are all recorded and saved to the device.

Parking mode is standard on the majority of dash cameras too, so you can document evidence of events whilst away from your car too - this works via motion detection to start recording so you do not need to waste video recording time.

Video evidence caught on a dash cam can be used in a court of law.


Crash for Cash Scams

"Crash for Cash" or "induced accidents" is the name given to the illegal activity of purposely crashing a car or other vehicle into another to claim an insurance payout.

In the UK Crash for Cash is estimated to be costing car insurance policyholders nearly £400million a year. Leading UK car insurance company Aviva, which insures one in ten of the cars in the UK, detected about 820 "induced accidents" in 2013 up 51% on the previous year. Read more here.

Organised gangs operate this criminal activity throughout the United Kingdom. However there are some UK hot spots, these areas include; Bradford, Birmingham, Liverpool and London. To view a poster of UK hotspot post codes click here or on the image to the right.

By driving with a driver vehicle recording device, you can accurately record any motoring incident involving your vehicle - giving you peace of mind.

The video above by the UK's Insurance Fraud Bureau explains what a Crash for Crash - Induced Accident is.


Cheaper car insurance when you install a dashcam video recording device

Some car insurers offer discount for drivers who use a dash camera in their vehicle of between 10-15% off car insurance premiums.

Installing an in-car camera will also protect your driving licence and vehicle insurance costs because you will be able to prove who was at fault at an incident.

Some individuals and criminal gangs have recently been attempting to purposely cause accidents so that they can claim and get a payout on their insurance this is known as 'Crash for Cash' (more details here). If you have the means to document such attempts you can use it as evidence for the Police to view. This will likely save your driving licence premium costs from rising too. Without dash camera evidence you could face an increase in car insurance costs.


Mounting and Installing an In-Car Cameras

There are two types of dashboard cameras - those that appear cylindrical, like the Road Angel Halo and Snooper DVR-1HD mini pictured right, and those that are larger and include a colour screen like the Mio Mivue car camera pictured below.

When it comes to mounting either device the best place to position the DVR system is behind or close to the rear-view mirror. There are small dash cams such as the Garmin Dash Cam 30 that will allow for a discrete installation. Also the slightly larger Garmin Dash Cam 35 is also a great device for a discrete installation which also features GPS speed camera warnings and records GPS location and speed information.

However with some dash cams e.g. the Mio Mivue range and Snooper DVR-4HD that include a colour display you may wish to mount these in the same position you might expect to find a sat nav. Especially as many of these in-car cameras also include speed camera warnings via the colour screen.

Some vehicle drive recorders also include two cameras - one camera to film the view from the front of your car and a second camera to film a rear facing view. In-car cameras with two or twin cameras include the BlackVue DR750LW and BlackVue DR650GW.

When installing Driver Vehicle Recorders (DVR) with two cameras you will need to install (and if you choose hide) the cabling running from the front of the vehicle to the rear windscreen.

You may also choose to have this type of DVR system hardwired into your cars electrical supply, so the device is fully integrated into your vehicle. For this type of installation, you may need to seek the services of a qualified auto electrician.


Dashcams with Speed Camera Alerts

An increasing number of in-car cameras feature a LCD screen. While you can watch playback of recorded videos on this display (at the roadside), devices from Snooper and Mio also include on-screen speed camera information as you drive.

So as well as recording traffic offences, these dash cameras can also serve to protect your driving licence too.

On approach to a speed cameras location the dash cam will warn of the speed camera location in the road ahead, your vehicles speed, and there will also be an audio 'beep'.

Some models within the Mio Mivue range charge a subscription fee, however the new Snooper DVR-4HD includes free lifetime subscription to the Snooper AURA speed camera database, this is worth £29.99 year. However, unlike other dedicated Snooper speed camera detectors, you can only update the DVR 4HD four times a year - once a quarter.

The Garmin Dash Cam 35 optionally offers a speed camera database which costs £16.99 per year for UK and Ireland.

To view and buy the Snooper DVR-4HD click here.


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There is an increasing number of in-car cameras available to buy. Some devices, like the BlackVue DR650GW (pictured right) offer both front and rear video cameras for recording events in front and behind your vehicle. Other features include a built-in screen, speed camera database, full HD recording and GPS capabilities - to record speed, time and location.

Twin camera (front and rear) Road Angel Halo, this is the first in-car camera featuring a 150 degree viewing angle. The Halo also has GPS technology built-in for playback of your journey with Google Maps. There are four recording modes including continuous, impact detection, manual mode and parked mode. An in-built microphone enables you to record commentary of events as they happen too. This feature can be turned off giving you privacy as you drive.

The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is a great dash cam with a 3-inch screen and it is a discrete, windscreen mounted device. The Garmin Dash Cam 35 also features GPS technology providing speed camera database and records GPS location and speed information.

The dash cam comparison table below looks at six of current 2017 range of in-car cameras. The first three devices all include a colour display, while the latter three devices don't feature a screen.

Product/ Features Snooper DVR-4HD BlackVue DR750LW Mio MiVue 568 Road Angel Halo BlackVue DR650GW Garmin Dash Cam 35
Screen 2.7-inch 4-inch 2.5-inch None None 3.0-inch
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes No No No
Recording 1080P HD 1080P HD 1080P HD 1080P HD 1080P HD 1080P HD
Front camera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear camera No Yes No Yes Yes No
Speed cameras Yes No Yes No No Yes
GPS Yes Optional Yes Yes Yes Yes

For more information about the in-car cameras featured in the table above and to buy one, please visit online retailer ActiveGPS dash camera page.

Dash Cam Question and Answers

Question: I am looking into dash cams, read numerous reviews and noted down some features that seem important, based on these what dash cam can you recommend. At a reasonable cost that does all these (or most) features:

G position
GPS
Parking, records if car is hit when unattended
Good Night
Loop recording
Speed camera detection

Answer: The dash cam to look at would be the Snooper DVR-4HD (pictured left), this device features a built-in camera and FREE lifetime speed camera updates via a GPS database - speed camera updates are provided four times a year, once a quarter.

The only thing worth bearing in mind is a dedicated speed camera detector would offer better coverage and more regular updates, than a 2-in-1 device.

Better coverage - dedicated speed camera detectors such as the Snooper 4ZERO (pictured right) features in addition to a GPS database, a built-in Radar and Laser detector for live in-use mobile speed camera sites. In comparison none of the dash cams feature radar/laser detection.

More regular updates - while the Snooper DVR-4HD includes FREE lifetime speed camera updates, you can only access these updates once every 3 months. In comparison, dedicated speed camera detectors such as the Snooper 3ZERO you can access and download the database if you choose on a daily basis! The annual cost for the Snooper 3ZERO GPS database updates are either £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year. A Windows PC is required to update the database on the 3ZERO.

Taking on board all of the features that you are seeking a very good solution (to the one above) would be the following two products:

1. Road Angel Gem+ (speed camera detector) - laser detection and GPS database with LIVE speed camera updates as you drive thanks to the fact the Gem+ includes GPRS (mobile phone/SIM card) technology.

The Road Angel Gem Pus also includes all road speed limits, so you always know the correct speed limit for any road in the UK. Subscription costs: 6 months £39.99, 1 year £65.99, 3 years £169.99.

To learn more and to buy the Road Angel Gem Plus click here

2. Road Angel Halo (dash cam) - the very latest dash cam (released February 2015) and featuring (twin) front and rear cameras. In addition most dash cams feature a 130degree recording view, the Halo features a 150degree recording view.

To learn more and to buy the Road Angel Halo click here


SpeedCamerasUK.com Online Shop

Here at SpeedCamerasUK.com as well as selling a selection of the UK's leading speed cameras detectors and sat navs with speed cameras. We also now sell a range of in-car cameras. What's more all devices over the value £50 are delivered with FREE UK delivery.

We hold extensive stock of each model (unless otherwise indicated) with dispatch same working day for orders placed before 3pm on any working day.

12+ years of online trading

We first started selling speed camera locators right here at SpeedCamerasUK.com in August 2003. We also sell the same products at our sister website ActiveGPS where we also sell an extensive range of GPS products, accessories and mapping software.

With 12 years of trading you can rely on us to only supply the best tried and tested products with unrivalled product knowledge from ourselves and, equally important, excellent support from the relevant manufacturer if it is required.

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Last updated: 1st January 2017