Best Car Cameras in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 16, 2017
This review contains the comparison of modern car cameras. A car camera is a compact device for registering traffic accidents using built-in cameras and sensors. We selected and compared the best 5 car camera models focusing on the most important aspects. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DESIGN
SHOOTING MODE
MATRIX RESOLUTION
ANGLE OF VIEW
BATTERY LIFE
EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS
DISPLAY SIZE
FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES
SUPPLY PACKAGE
Warranty
 
PROS
The anti-glare polarizing filter reduces reflections on a windscreen while 6 glass lenses ensure a striking sharp video. The camera comes with a 4 m power cord for a concealed installation.
CONS
Short battery life.
OUR VERDICT
The new-generation car camera that combines the most modern technologies and features. Owing to the built-in Sony Exmor sensor the device captures high definition video in the daytime and at night.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Monoblock with a display on the back side
SHOOTING MODE
1920x1080 @ 30 fps
MATRIX RESOLUTION
2 MP
ANGLE OF VIEW
140˚
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 min
EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS
Micro SD, Mini USB, Power supply socket, HD video out
DISPLAY SIZE
2.7"
FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES
G-sensor, GPS, Loop recording mode, Motion detection, WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) - the improvement of night shooting quality
SUPPLY PACKAGE
Charger with a cigarette lighter adapter, USB cable, HD cable, Suction cup mounting, User manual, Software CD
Warranty

1-year

PROS
The device easily attaches to a windshield using the bundled double-sided 3M adhesive tape (in a rear view mirror area). The camera storage temperature ranges from -5 °F to 160 °F.
CONS
The GPS module and memory card are to purchase separately.
OUR VERDICT
The unshowy design, easy installation and camera angle adjustment make this car camera device an inalienable part of your car. The device is almost invisible from the outside and it does not impede the driver's view.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Monoblock with a display
SHOOTING MODE
1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1440x1080, 1280x720, 848x480, 640x480, 320x240
MATRIX RESOLUTION
5 MP
ANGLE OF VIEW
170˚
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 20 min
EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS
Micro SD, Mini USB, Power supply socket, GPS module connection socket
DISPLAY SIZE
2.4"
FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES
WDR quality improvement mode, Loop recording mode, Auto motion detection, G-sensor, GPS (optional)
SUPPLY PACKAGE
Charger, Double-sided 3M adhesive tape for the mount, Flat mount, USB cable, User manual
Warranty

1-year

PROS

It features a high-end CMOS image sensor that provides smooth and clear videos. 

The camera can record up to 1080p resolution videos.

CONS

The control keys make loud sound.

OUR VERDICT

This is an excellent car camera that comes at a very attractive price! It deftly combines functionality and durability, plus it's supplied with a complete set of accessories. Great value!

detailed parameters
DESIGN

Monoblock with a display

SHOOTING MODE

1920 x 1080, 30 fps

MATRIX RESOLUTION

12 MP

ANGLE OF VIEW

140°

BATTERY LIFE

Can only save emergency files when parking off

EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS

USB, HDMI, and Micro SD card slot

DISPLAY SIZE

3.0"

FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES

Parking guard watchdog, Accident auto detection (G-Sensor), Motion detection, Night vision 

SUPPLY PACKAGE

8 Gb microSD card, Cable clips, Car charger, USB adaptor for card, Data cable, Mount

Warranty

1.5-year

PROS
The camera shoots high-quality, detailed and colour corrected images at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution at any time of the day.
CONS
Doesn't feature a built-in GPS module.
OUR VERDICT
This model supports an auto image processing during the shooting enabling you to clearly see even the smallest details on the record. The camera offers all the basic convenience features for a driver to feel comfortable on the road.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Monoblock with a display on the back side
SHOOTING MODE
2304x1296 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 30 fps, HDR 1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 60 fps, 1280x720 @ 30 fps
MATRIX RESOLUTION
4.8 MP
ANGLE OF VIEW
150˚
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 30 min
EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS
Micro SD, mini USB, mini HDMI, power supply socket
DISPLAY SIZE
2.7"
FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES
G-sensor, Motion detection, Loop recording mode, Improvement of night shooting quality - WDR
SUPPLY PACKAGE
USB cable, Suction cup mounting, Charger (4M)
Warranty

1-year

PROS
The high-quality optical system comprising 7 glass lenses with 1 infrared filter is intended to prevent the fogging caused by the heat generated during long recording periods. The camera comes with a micro SD memory card included.
CONS
Comes with a low power capacitor instead of an internal battery. Nontilting mount attachment.
OUR VERDICT
The camera comes with the built-in Wi-Fi module and allows you to upload the recorded footages and change the camera settings on any Wi-Fi-enabled gadget with the DrivePro app installed.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Monoblock with a display on the back side
SHOOTING MODE
1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720
MATRIX RESOLUTION
3 MP
ANGLE OF VIEW
160˚
BATTERY LIFE
No battery
EXPANSION PORTS & SLOTS
Micro SD, Mini USB, Power supply socket
DISPLAY SIZE
2.4"
FEATURES & TECHNOLOGIES
G-sensor, Built-in Wi-Fi, Emergency recording mode, Loop recording mode, Improvement of night shooting quality - WDR
SUPPLY PACKAGE
Adhesive pad mounting, Charger with a cigarette lighter adapter, Video cable, 16GB micro SD memory card, User manual
Warranty

2-year

What is a Car Camera

A car camera or a dash camera serving as an impartial "witness" can help you disentangle from many controversial situations that occur on the road. Such camera will record all the traffic accidents and bear evidence in unexpected situations. The car camera is a miniature recording device, which performs a recording of video footages of various length. An auto camera records a video footage of a traffic incident to a memory card, and when the memory is full the new footages are written over the old ones.

Modern car cameras have a variety of additional features implemented, such as a GPS or a radar detector. Some of them you can purchase optionally and use as separate devices. In this review, you'll find a selection of GPS navigating systems that may be of interest to you.

What Features to Compare

Сar cameras are primarily distinguished by the Design, which governs their size, mounting type and functionality. Drive cameras usually have the following design types: classic (monoblock),  the one with a flip-out display, rear view mirror overlay and the assembly with a remote camera. Monoblock dashboard cams have a one-piece case, small size, and are equipped with one or two video cameras, and are either supplied with a display or have none. The devices are mounted to the windshield from the inside of a car using the suction cups. Such an installation is simple and allows you to turn the device or the camera in the desired direction. Dashboard cameras with a flip-out display, as a rule, have a flat case, allowing folding and retracting even a large display. Often the devices with this design have a rotating camera that enables you to turn it toward the side window. Another auto cam type is mounted as an overlay on the rear view mirror. There are models with one and two surveillance cameras. This type of car camera has a concealed mounting, it does not attract attention to the device from the outside of the vehicle and does not hinder the driver's view. There are also models with a remote camera. This camera is connected to the main unit with a cable and can be installed both on the windshield and on the rear windshield of your car. The unit of such a device is small in size, has a built-in display, thus, you can hide the unit where you feel comfortable, for example, in the glove compartment or on the dashboard.


Perhaps the most important point that you should pay attention to when choosing a car camera is the Video recording quality as it affects the quality and the detail of the video evidence of traffic accidents. The video with an optimal quality is recorded at HD resolution (1280x720), FULL HD (1920x1080) (requires at least 2.1 megapixel CCD-matrix) while the best quality option is provided by the Super HD resolution (2304x1296). The video of such a quality has the highest detail, and you will be able to discern the license plates, traffic lights, and other important details easily on it. Another important parameter is the car camera Angle of view. Typically, the manufacturer specifies the value of the viewing angle measured diagonally, not horizontally. The value of this angle ranges from 90˚ to 178˚ depending on the model. The modern high-quality camera recorders have a minimum viewing angle of 110˚, with that the camera with such a viewing angle shoots the image approximately in the same way as the human eye perceives it in reality. Using the car camera with an Angle of view exceeding 140˚ (higher than 110˚ measured horizontally) results in significant geometric distortion, especially at the edges of the image frame. It is desirable to use a glass optical lens in the car camera, but often the cheaper models equipped with plastic lenses perform their functions well.


With regard to Extra features of a car camera, the manufacturers have made efforts to make the device some kind of a "black box" for your car, which can perform many useful tasks. For example, a built-in GPS can help pinpoint your position and speed, and will also notify you in case of exceeding the speed limit. A G-sensor or a shock sensor initiates the video recording at the device on detecting the vehicle shaking or collision. Almost all the recorders use the battery, of a built-in or a removable type, by means of which the car camera device can continue the recording and save the footage with the engine stopped, or perform the night shooting.

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Nextbase 512G

A Perfect Video Recording

When driving your car anywhere you should always be mindful of safety. Unluckily, no one can entirely ensure own safety and prevent all possible accidents and undesirable events on the road but we should always have weighty arguments for solving driving regulations-concerned disputes. The NextBase 512 car camera serves the very purpose of providing such evidence. The most advanced technologies and features that were previously available in top-tier video cameras only were implemented in this auto camera.  The NextBase 512 model is equipped with one of the best in class motion detector called Sony Exmor and an optics system made of six glass lenses. On the device back there is a high-contrast 2.7” LED screen. A noteworthy feature of this car camera is the support of high ISO levels, which enables the camera to capture high-quality videos both in daytime and at night, even in poor lighting. The anti-glare polarizing filter eliminates glare and bright spots produced by a windscreen in direct sunlight. In addition to recording the video footages the NextBase 512 auto camera registers your route by means of the built-in GPS module. After the ride, you will be able to obtain the info about your route and all the accompanying data, including the video content shot with the camera on your PC or laptop using the dedicated software, which is included in the supply package. In case of a road accident, the G sensor implementation provides the saving of a video footage fragment that starts 10 seconds before the collision detection moment to a separate folder (located on a memory card). With that, the WDR feature ensures a detailed video capturing at night time. The automatic motion detection that activates when a vehicle stands at a parking lot and uses the sensor allows for the car camera to start shooting a video upon the detection of a nearby option, which indeed is very appealing and practical. Thus using this car camera in your car leaves you with no doubt of being able to prove your right in any traffic-related dispute.

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An Interesting Note

Sony, one of the largest companies in the world has patented a new invention, which has the form of a contact lens equipped with a special control module capable of video footage recording. The lens device exchanges data via a wireless connection. By design, this wonderful lens can be controlled simply by blinking. The lens will differentiate purposeless blinking from the deliberate one. So in order to start the video recording, you need to make blinks at a certain rate. There is no point in expecting a high-quality video recording from this electronic lens but the device is claimed to be very similar to modern cameras function-wise. This lens is designed to have such features as autofocus, zoom, image stabilization, etc. However, the most interesting thing about this highly integrated lens by Sony is its ability to provide an internal storage for all the photos and videos and making them available for the watching on closing your eyes. While this lens device is still in the development, it is worth noting that the Sony is not the first company, which is working on such devices. The company, which pioneered the development of such lenses, was the Google and in 2016 the Samsung corporation has unveiled its lens prototype with display and camera.

Nextbase 512G in the use

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Nextbase 512G
Nextbase 512G
 

Rexing V1

A Discreet Assistant

The Rexing V1 car camera is a decent model by the China-located manufacturer. The V1 auto camera was introduced into the market in 2015 and became quite popular among car owners since. This popularity had a number of reasons. The Rexing V1 case is made wedge- or drop-shaped, it is a small monoblock with the built-in 2.4" display that attaches directly to a windshield with a 3M scotch tape near a rearview mirror. This mounting type makes the device inconspicuous for an outside viewer and a non-obstacle for a driver. You can dismount this car camera in a fast and easy way owing to the design of its mounting fixture. The video recording is performed with the built-in 5 MP CMOS sensor, which captures images exemplary both during the day and during hours of darkness. The very large 170° viewing angle is ensured by the 6-layer glass lens. Owing to the availability of various settings, users can select the recording mode and video recording quality that suit them best. In conclusion, based on our device use experience we can say that the Rexing V1 car camera is a high-quality and reliable device capable of successfully competing with car camera products by other bands.

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The Instructions You May Find Helpful

Though it is far easier to drive empty roads or roads with low traffic and a small number of pedestrians most of the time we have to drive through busy city streets. To keep yourselves and other road users safe and prevent road accidents you have to observe special regulations and follow a special routine. The following generalized and country independent driving rules help you do that:

  1. Make sure you are driving in a good physical condition.
  2. Do not drive if you do not feel rested enough.
  3. You should wear loose clothes that are still warm enough (depending on the season).
  4. You should take the road on a reliable and fully operational vehicle.
  5. Before the driving please prepare your driver seat (adjust the position and tilt angle of driver seat’s back, steering wheel position).
  6. You always have to watch the situation on the road and the environment.
  7. Never exceed the prescribed speed limit and observe the local traffic regulations.
  8. Keep your eyes open for inexperienced drivers and pedestrians.

Rexing V1 in the use

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Rexing V1
Rexing V1
 

Oldshark HD 1080P Wide Angle

Brilliant Video Quality

The greatest strength of the OldShark camera is the supreme quality of the videos it records. It provides Full HD (1920p x 1080p) resolution at 30 frames per second. At this resolution, the video gets very clear and smooth in any lighting conditions. We would like to stress that you can always lower the resolution to HD ready (720p), however, this will affect the quality of the recording. If used with 32 GB memory card, the OldShark dash camera can record up to 400 minutes of HD video or 280 minutes of Full HD video.

Thanks to high-end CMOS sensor, you'll always get smooth and stable footage as well as superb photo/video quality. And the fact that this type of sensor is often used with bridge cameras and Full HD camcorders reinforces that this is a premium product. The camera has a really wide-angle lens, therefore it easily captures the entire road right in front of your car. To be more specific, the shooting angle makes as many as 140 degrees. For the price, this dash camera is a steal!

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So Functional

The OldShark car dash camera is very easy to use. It'll automatically start recording as soon as you turn your engine on, and vice versa. Once you power off your car, the camera will stop recording. 

Thanks to night vision technology, the camera is great for night driving as well. The videos will always be clear, and you'll be able to identify cars and close license plates both in the daylight and in the dark. 

The model is perfect if you often happen to leave your car in a public parking lot since it features Parking Guard watchdog and can "wake up" when it detects movement, voices, or impact. The camera uses an internal battery in this mode and can record up to 5 meters ahead.

Oldshark HD 1080P Wide Angle in the use

Ready for Use Out-of-the-box

The dash camera is supplied with a complete set of accessories. In addition to the camera and a suction cup mount, the package includes an 8GB micro SD card with a USB card reader and a USB cable to transfer your data to your PC or other gadgets. Also, you receive a car charger cable with clips. On top of that, the manufacturer provides a 30-day money back guarantee and 18-month warranty. 

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Oldshark HD 1080P Wide Angle
 

Maisi mse730 Full HD

Super HD Video Recording

The Maisi mse730 dash camera is capable of surprising even the most demanding car owner. First of all this car camera supports video shooting at resolutions up to 2304х1296 pixels. This uncommonly high video resolution is achieved owing to the implementation of a new 4.8-megapixel image sensor and a high-performance microchip. The maximum supported resolution that exceeds the one defined by the Full HD standard allows for the camera to capture really detailed and crisp images. The mse730 supply package includes a convenient fixed holder, which enables you to mount this video device on a windshield in a rearview mirror with a suction cup included. The long vehicle power cable that plugs directly into a cigarette lighter when needed gives you an option of establishing a recessed power cable mounting for the camera inside a car. Of course, the manufacturer did not shy away from equipping this car camera model with all the features that make a full-fledged modern camera, such as impact sensors, motion detectors, a microphone for the sound recording, various options for recorded image adjustment, loop recording, and a backlight.

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What to Know

According to statistical data gathered all over the world, today the majority of incidents and automobile accidents on the road happen to car drivers. Often after an accident, the involved drivers start discussing the cost of future vehicle repair, try to clarify through who’s fault the accident occurred and how to deal with the legal issues emerged. At that, they completely forget about really important factors, such as psychological trauma. Which is completely wrong as even the smallest accident can unsettle and frustrate a person involved leaving that person with no certainty about own actions. That is why many drivers after going through an accident feel scared and refuse not only to drive a car but even ride cars as passengers. Naturally, if the accident occurred because of your negligence, you should be persistent and take a full responsibility under the law. Yet, how to act after a traffic accident?

  1. You must have a rest even if the accident had no serious consequences and must not plan any further trips as your nervous system needs to calm down.
  2. Take a look at what happened from outside and make an analysis of the situation imagining another person being in your place.
  3. In case of a serious injury immediately seek medical care.
  4. Novice drivers that found themselves in an accident are suggested to re-take driving courses.
  5. Experienced drivers are recommended to get behind the wheel in a couple of days after the accident not to let their driving skills degrade.

Maisi mse730 Full HD in the use

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Transcend DrivePro 200

Modern Day Capabilities

When on the road you may encounter many different situations, including the conflict ones, which require resolving. The Transcend 16 GB DrivePro 200 car camera was designed to assist you in these specific cases. Focusing on the DrivePro 200 in this part of our review, we would like to highlight such useful features of the device as Full HD at 30 frames per second video recording support and the extra wide 160-degree viewing angle provided with the 7-lens optical system. This auto camera by Transcend offers an estimable night video shooting owing to the high-sensitivity image sensor used, which in combination with the included 16 GB Transcend memory card allows for storing of up to 5 hours of recorded footages at Full HD resolution. All the control buttons except for the button that activates an emergency recording are located on Transcend DrivePro 200 back, beneath the LCD display. Speaking about the camera mounting, the car mounting bracket included is simple and easy to use. The ergonomics-oriented approach persisted not only in designing the DrivePro 200 device itself but also its software as the device menu contains only the most useful settings. The rich functionality is also noticeable on the software side as the manufacturer provides the DrivePro application for Apрle and Android, which enables the pairing of DrivePro 200 devices with smartphones, viewing recorded videos on mobile devices and submit them to the police or an insurance company if necessary. Another distinctive feature the manufacturer endowed this auto camera with is the 3-directional G-Sensor. The 3MPx CMOS-sensor with WDR support complements the advanced optical system and raises the video recording quality bar even higher. Summing up all the features of this compact car camera it is safe to say that the DrivePro 200 offers a user experience rarely seen on similar devices.

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Some Car Camera-relevant Facts

It is known that first video surveillance system was used back in 1942, in Germany when mounted on the test bench for the launch of the V-2 ballistic missile. In modern day life, a video surveillance can be found at every step of the way, and its popularity is ever-growing. One of the first outdoor video cameras intended for the prevention of crime was the camera, which was installed in 1968 in the city of Olean, NY. Currently, the city with the largest number of surveillance cameras is London, it is followed by New York city and the third position in this rank is occupied by Singapore. Car owners found yet another camera application and started using them as DVRs, which became very affordable today. These devices have become real helpers. Now, any car owner can provide evidence of the correctness of his or her actions on a certain road site at a certain time. A similar proof can be provided by dash camera user even in case more severe charges are pressed on him, such as complicated road accident situations or criminal cases. On the other hand, with such a device, you can register violations made by patrol service officers. The vast majority of car cameras can react to a collision or sudden car braking and turn on automatically. Moreover, the most recent models even support a data exchange via Wi-Fi, with which you can connect almost any gadget to your dash camera and share the recorded footages among the connected gadgets.

Transcend DrivePro 200 in the use

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Transcend DrivePro 200 is the only dash camera on our shortlist that features Wi-Fi. Using this feature you can easily download the recorded material on any gadget. In addition, if you download the free DrivePro app on your smartphone, you will be able to change the camera settings through the Wi-Fi. In fact, Transcend DrivePro 200 features all the required extra features that help a driver on a road. Here, we have a loop recording mode, the improved night shooting WDR mode and the G-sensor that locks in the recorded video of sudden breaking situations or collisions on a road. Moreover, the camera offers the Emergency record option. To save the required video, you should press the emergency button on the left side of the camera to manually activate emergency recording mode.

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