Car camera recorders: Best Car On-Dash Mounted Cameras

Garmin Dash Cam 67W review

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Garmin 67W is a top-notch dash cam with a compact design, high-quality video with HDR and a beyond-HD resolution, plus a wide 180-degree lens, voice control that is actually useful, and a smart but simple windscreen mounting system. If you have the budget, this is the dash cam to buy.

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Cons
  • At the pricier end of the market

  • MicroSD card not included

  • Driver warnings can be annoying

  • Lens is wide but can distort

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The Garmin Dash Cam 67W is a compact but feature-packed dash cam that is the current flagship of the range, and as well as recording video it has voice control, GPS and a range of safety systems. These include forward collision and lane departure warnings, plug a ‘go’ alert to signal when the traffic ahead sets off, and alerts about upcoming red light and speed cameras.

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It also has an optional parking mode that monitors when your vehicle is parked and switched off. As with other Garmin dash cams, up to four can be fitted to the same vehicle with their video feeds synchronised using the Garmin Drive app.

  • Garmin Dash Cam 67W (Black) at Amazon for $198.99

The camera records to a microSD card (not included) and has a display and buttons on the rear, so can be set up and used without the smartphone app, adding to its simplicity.

Specifications

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Resolution: 1440p
HDR: Yes
Field of view: 180 degrees
Display: 2-inch, LCD
Battery: Yes
Voice control: Yes
Dimensions: 5.62 x 4.05 x 2.19cm
Weight: 57g

Key features

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A key feature of the Dash Cam 67W is how it blends together top-notch dash cam features with a compact design. The 1440p resolution is beyond Full HD and comes with HDR (high dynamic range) for improved clarity in tricky lighting conditions. There’s also audio recording if you need it, but we generally prefer to keep that switched off in the interests of passenger privacy; it can be switched on or off by saying “Okay Garmin, switch audio recording on/off”. On that note, the voice recognition works really well and is a convenient way to save video or photos. Video is automatically saved when a collision is detected.

The Garmin’s safety features work well and make good use of the display, providing it can easily be seen by the driver. It turns red to warn of a forward collision, yellow when you drift out of your lane, and sounds an alert when you fail to notice the vehicle ahead has set off. These can each be switched off if you don’t want them.

Build and handling

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About the size of a small matchbox, we think the Dash Cam 67W is a great size. It is compact enough to be hidden behind the central rear-view mirror, while packing a good set of features and hardware credentials. The black plastic finish is subtle and well-made, and we’d feel comfortable leaving the camera permanently installed in a car without worrying about someone trying to steal it.

The windscreen mount is tiny, consisting of a coin-sized magnet that sticks to the screen with adhesive, then snaps magnetically to a small arm that attaches to the camera with an adjustable ball-and-socket joint. It’s a smart but simple system that takes up very little space and makes it easy to adjust, remove and replace the camera in just a couple of seconds. A second adhesive magnet is included, making it easy to switch the Garmin between two vehicles.

Performance

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There is very little to say here, and that’s a great thing. The Garmin works precisely how you would hope, recording high-quality video and serving up useful alerts if you have them switched on. Voice control is responsive and set-up is very quick and easy.

The lens is very wide, at 180 degrees, creating some fish-eye distortion, but we still feel the footage is accurate, clear and would certainly be useful as evidence in a collision.

Verdict

A truly excellent dash cam that is compact and easy to use, with a good set of useful features and which records top-quality video. It’s not the cheapest, but it is a top-notch dash cam that does everything without being needlessly complicated. Even the mounting system is super-simple. It’s a must-buy.

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Alistair has been a journalist since 2011 and used to be Deputy Technology Editor at IBTimes  in London. His specialist tech subjects include smart home gadgets, phones, wearables, tablets and dashcams. He is the host of  The AutoChat Podcast.

Nextbase 622GW dash cam review

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nextbase 622GW is a fully-fledged 4K dash cam with powerful features like image stabilisation, Alexa, What3Words and SOS emergency response. Video quality is superb and the camera is easy to set up thanks to a smart magnetic windscreen mount with integrated GPS. Only the clunky smartphone app lets it down, but using this isn’t compulsory.

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Pros
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    Excellent 4K video quality

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    Optional 1080p at 120fps

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    Smart magnetic windscreen mount

  • +

    Easy to set up

  • +

    Integrated Alexa and What3Words

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    SOS feature could be life-saving

Cons
  • Cabling for optional rear camera

  • Aggressive image stabilisation

  • Expensive

  • Needs a big, fast microSD card

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The Nextbase 622GW has 4K video quality with image stabilisation, Alexa integration, an SOS emergency feature, and is the world’s first to use the What3Words global positioning system.

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Not all drivers will want every feature offered by the Nextbase 622GW, but the 4K video quality (or 1080p Full HD at 120 frame per second with slow-motion video) is difficult to ignore. After all, the most important feature of a dash cam is its ability to capture key details like number plates, traffic lights and road markings.

  • Nextbase 622GW (Black) at Amazon for $379.99

Specifications

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Video resolution: up to 4K

Field of view: 140 degrees

Frame rate: 30fps/60fps/120fps

Digital zoom: No

Inbuilt microphone: Yes

GPS included: Yes

Key features

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The 622GW shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second, or 1440p at 60fps and 1080p at 120fps. We recommend buyers pick either the first or third option. With the former they have the greatest resolution for the most detail, while the latter means smoother video and more chance of capturing details in fast-moving footage.

Video is captured through a 140-degree, six-layer lens with an aperture of f/1.3 and a polarising filter. The dash cam’s software includes functions for improving video quality at night and during bad weather. Audio can also be saved, but we prefer to switch this off to protect passenger privacy.

The rear features a 3-inch HD IPS touch screen for navigating through the user interface. Inside there is Bluetooth 5.0, QuickLink Wi-Fi for transferring footage to the Nextbase smartphone app, and 10Hz GPS.

 As with most dash cams, the 622GW has no battery. It can be plugged into a USB port, 12V lighter socket, or hard-wired to the car’s fuse box with a hard-wiring kit sold separately.

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Key features include Alexa integration, SOS and What3Words. The former lets you interact with the voice assistant as you would from any other device, like a smart speaker at home. SOS emergency response alerts local emergency services and gives them your location if a crash is detected and you do not respond. What3Words is a global positioning system that assigns three words to every three-meter square on the planet, making it easy to share your location without GPS coordinates or a phone signal.

We tested the 622GW with the optional rear view camera from Nextbase. This connects to the front camera, comes with a long cable for routing through the vehicle, and attaches to the rear screen with an adhesive pad on a magnetic mount. It records in 1080p HD and has a 140-degree lens.

Build and performance

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Sharing its design with the rest of the Nextbase range, the 622GW is fairly compact and subtle, with a smart magnetic mounting system for quick installation and removal. The device comes with a suction cup and an adhesive mount for a more permanent installation, plus a long USB cable with a lighter socket plug and a tool for concealing the cable behind interior panels.

A true set-it-and-forget-it device, the 622GW is quick and simple to set up, then can be mounted to the screen and forgotten about, quietly getting on with recording whenever you drive. The 4K video is excellent quality, with details like number plates highly legible and exposure handled extremely well; but the image stabilization is best switched off in vehicles with a firmer ride, as it has a tendency to overcompensate. Aside from that, the video quality is top-notch.

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Video sample from optional rear camera

Verdict

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The Nextbase 622GW ticks a lot of dash cam boxes. From the 4K video and option for 120fps at 1080p, to the integration of What3Words, a three-month subscription to SOS assistance and Alexa (which sends audio to your Bluetooth-connected smartphone), this is a formidable dash cam.

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HN-DVR03

Compact car DVR Full HD with built-in GPS receiver. Model: HN-DVR03 Description: Image sensor: 3.2 MP CMOS Maximum resolution: 1920*1080@30fps Built-in memory: 32MB Flash LCD screen: 2.0 inches…

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Compact car DVR Full format HD with built-in GPS receiver.

Model: HN DVR 03

Description:

  • Sensor: 3.2 MP CMOS
  • Maximum resolution: 1920*1080 at 30 fps
  • Built-in memory: 32MB Flash
  • LCD screen: 2.0 inch
  • Built-in GPS receiver (ability to record the speed and coordinates of your car)
  • Shock sensor G-sensor
  • Micro SD card support up to 128 GB
  • Stamp in the frame (display on the recording: date, time, speed and coordinates of the recording made)
  • Wide viewing angle 120°
  • Image Quality Enhancement (WDR): Automatically adjusts movie settings in low light conditions, helping to reduce oncoming headlight glare for more detailed images
  • Excellent color reproduction, high definition
  • DVR comes with windshield swivel mount

Technical specifications :

Chipset

NTK chipset+AR0330 sensor

Matrix

3. 2 MP CMOS

Lens

6G IR F/1.8 fixed focus (120°)

Video resolution

Full HD: 1920×1080 at 30fps

720P: 1280×720@30fps

WVGA: 848X480

VGA: 640X480

WDR

yes

LDWS

yes

GPS

integrated

Shield

2″ HD 960×240 LCD

Video length: 2 min, 3 min, 5 min or OFF

Image resolution

3M / 5M / 8M / 12M

Built-in memory

32Mb Spi Flash

Memory card

Micro SD, up to 128GB

File formats

Photo: JPEG 4032×3024 pixels, Video: MPEG4, H. 264

Digital zoom

yes

Automatic power off

off/3min/5min/10min

Video Stamps

Date, time, ID, GPS coordinates

Microphone

yes

Speaker

yes

ISO

automatic

White balance

automatic

Exposure compensation

auto/-2.0 to +2.0

Shutter speed

1/2~1/4000sec.

USB port

USB 2.0 high speed

HDMI

yes

Supported Systems

Windows 7/XP SP3/Vista, Mac 10. 4 and above

Power supply

400mA lithium-ion battery

Battery

Video recording at 1080p≥40 min;

Motion sensor

yes

Loop recording

yes

G-sensor

yes

Languages ​​

English, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian

Dimensions

53x32x59mm

Weight

80 gr.

Contents:

Dimensions:

HN-DVR10

2-channel video recorder, Full HD, with two video cameras, G-sensor, battery, 3″ screen

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Car DVR HN-8004 with two cameras

The car DVR is designed for real-time shooting while the vehicle is moving. This model supports sound and video recording in Full HD format, as well as the connection of an additional external video camera for video and audio recording of what is happening inside the car.

Functions devices:

  • Full HD 2ch DVR (1920×1080@25fps)
  • Color TFT LCD 3.0” HD
  • Built-in video camera: 5MP, 1080P, 170° field of view
  • Optional external video camera: VGA 720×480 @ 25 fps, 120° field of view (option)
  • Night view support
  • G-sensor (emergency video recording when motion sensor is triggered)
  • Parking control function
  • Audio recording
  • GPS / GLONASS (option)
  • Wi-Fi (option)
  • SD memory card support, up to 64GB

Contents:

DVR with built-in video camera – 1 pc.

External video camera – 1 pc.

Device for mounting the DVR to the glass or panel of the car – 1 pc.

Car power supply – 1 pc.

User manual – 1 pc.

Technical characteristics:

Chipset Novatek + GC Sensor

Number of pixels

1920(H) x 1080(V)

SD card

support for memory cards up to 64GB Class 10

LCD screen

3.0″ LCD color TFT (320×240)

Built-in video camera

5MP, 1920×1080 @ 25fps 170° FOV

Optional video camera VGA 720×480 @ 25 fps with 120° FOV
Night mode yes
Recording mode cyclic

G-sensor

yes

Battery

Lithium polymer battery 3. 7V/180mAh (option 200mAh/220mAh)

Food from battery, from onboard network, Input: 12~24V, Output: 5V/1A

Operating temperature

-40° ~ +60° C

Dimensions 85mm * 50mm * 13mm

Weight

180 gr.

HN-DVR11

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Car DVR with two external cameras 1080p / 2MP GLONASS / GPS screen 3″

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Car DVR with two external cameras 1080p / 2MP

0061 Fully modular design that allows maximum hidden installation in the vehicle interior

  • Easy cable routing and multiple assembly options
  • GLONASS/GPS module with information on speed cameras, two channels of video recording, remote recording control, loud speaker, fast satellite search, support for memory cards up to 128 GB, intuitive and detailed settings
  • The package includes the main module, power cable, two external cameras with mounting platform, external GLONASS/GPS module, wired remote control button, bracket, additional wiring, spare 3M tape, instructions and warranty card

    Description:

    • 3” LCD color display
    • 2 external cameras FHD 2MP / 1080p
    • Three buttons for built-in menu control, as well as access to quick functions (microphone mute and write protect)
    • USB for PC synchronization, micro SD card slot, GPS connector, power connector.
    • 2 independent external cameras
    • Viewing angle 170°
    • Cable for front camera – 3m and for rear camera – 3m (option 6m)
    • GLONASS/GPS support
    • Sealed connectors
    • Micro SD card support up to 128 GB
    • Recording archive capacity on 128 GB memory card:
      1080p 30fps (and 720p 60fps) – 23h:12m:23s , 720p 30fps – 38h:37m:50s
    • Software player for Windows

    Specifications:

    Model:

    HN-DVR11

    Description

    Dual Channel DVR with 2MP/1080p External Cameras

    Image sensor and lens

    1/2.7″ 2M CMOS sensor

    Processor

    Ambarella

    Viewing angle

    170 degrees

    Shooting mode

    1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps, 720p 30fps

    Bitrate

    ~9Mbps per channel

    File format

    *.