While dash cams available on the market right now offer a wide range of features, there are some features that can make your dash cam great.
In today’s article we will go over a few of the features that we recommend for you to take into consideration when choosing a new dash cam.
Dash cam with a wide-angle lens
A wide lens will give you a better view of what’s going on around your car. The wider the lens, the more you are able to capture, which means more information about the road and your surroundings will be recorded. This is valuable for different purposes, especially in case of an accident. Dash cam footage can be as evidence by the police or it can be used by your insurance company.
When talking about dash cams, we can’t skip the image quality, which may be one of the most important factors when choosing one. And so, you might be thinking about getting a 4K dash cam. It’s true that 4K image quality often means you can see a lot of details in the footage.
You need to be careful, though. There are plenty of dash cams advertised as 4K, when in reality they are not – they take Full HD video and upscale it to 4K, resulting in “stretched” footage.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that dash cams recording in Full HD (1080p) should be avoided – on the contrary, Full HD dash cams can provide very clear footage and are oftentime more resistant to extreme temperatures, making them very reliable. They also come with superior image clarity at night, which may be a huge factor when selecting a dash cam, especially if you drive after dark. An example of that can be BlackVue’s DR750X Plus series.
Dash cam users tend to say that a good dash cam is a dash cam you forget you even have – and that refers both to the ease of use (you set it up once and forget about it) and its design. Less visible, dark colors (preferably black) and overall stealthy design are crucial if you are worried about theft. Moreover, smaller dash cams take up less space on your windshield, especially the ones without a screen. Here is an article that will help you understand if you need a dash cam with a screen or not. BlackVue dash cams, for example, come in their signature tubular design that never gets in the way of your driving.
Loop recording is what differentiates dash cams from regular cameras, such as action cams. You don’t want your dash cam to stop recording once the microSD card runs out of space – you want it to be able to record constantly and without any breaks. This is where loop recording comes in. All BlackVue dash cams support loop recording, from the entry-level DR590-1CH to the triple-channel Cloud models.
Additionally, all BlackVue Cloud dash cams let you record in a loop and lock important files such as the Impact Event recordings during normal and parking mode and manual recordings. By locking these files in the Settings of the BlackVue app you’re making sure they don’t get overwritten before you can download them and store them safely.
Make sure your dash cam has a parking mode – it’s one of the most essential features to look for in a dash cam. Your dash cam should be able to record not only when you are driving your car, but also when you’re parked and away.
BlackVue X and X Plus Series dash cams, such as the DR750X-2CH Plus model, not only come with the Parking Mode compatibility, but they don’t require any additional Parking Mode accessories!
So what’s the takeaway?
For the best protection, your dash cam should have all the features we mentioned above. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look beyond that for other features you need. Three camera systems, Cloud compatibility, app support, file overwrite protection and more – there certainly are tons of features to consider. On our website you will find a detailed table with all BlackVue dash cam models that you can easily compare at a glance.
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