More and more police forces are encouraging motorists to submit dashcam footage which has captured the dangerous driving of other motorists.
At some point, you have undoubtedly seen some dodgy driving as you make your way to work, to the shops or whilst on the school run.
The police are coming down heavily on motorists who put other peoples lives at risk owing to the dangerous and wreckless manner of their driving.
Most forces have a dedicated section on their website that allows motorists to upload dashcam footage that has captured some lousy driving.
Once uploaded, the footage is assessed by an investigator who will then decide on whether or not to prosecute the driver who has been caught on camera driving dangerously.
And now, as the price of dash cams has come down, we take a look at the top three dashcams – taking into account value for money and products reviews – which you can buy on Amazon.
If you are an Amazon Prime customer, then you can even get next day delivery completely free of charge.
1. Claoner Dash Cam.
‘Equipped with 1920X1080P resolution front camera and HDMI rear camera, vividly captures the license plates and road signs. Wide-angle front (170°) and rear（130°）camera help eliminate the blind spots of your vision.
Simultaneous recording with super high-resolution 1920X1080P FHD 30fps lens deliver clearer videos&images, replay the critical moment even when high-speed driving. The combination of F1.8 large aperture, WDR, HDR ensures the clarity of images at night. Eliminates the need for an auxiliary light source even in low-light environments, making it easy to obtain sharp, colour-accurate images.
Supports real-time display and replay on the screen without complicated installation and removal of SD card. Simplified operation interface and icons ensure your quick recognition and intuitive operation. Find the target immediately in the event of an accident.
Seamless loop recording overwrites the old footage with new content when the storage limit of the card is reached. Built-in G-Sensor, while the car has a collision, G-sensor will automatically lock the current video to distinguish responsibility when the vehicle has an accident, will not be overwritten by the loop recording.
This dash camera is straightforward to install and operate. The included suction mount could be easily attached anywhere on your windshield in seconds. Just plug in the SD card (not included) and connect to the power supply. The dash cams will start recording immediately after igniting’.
BEST REVIEW: ‘I bought this camera to replace my old dashcam. It looks much better than my previous camera.
‘It came with charging cable, a long in-car charging cable and also a long USB cable to connect the rear camera. The two cameras are displayed on the screen simultaneously.
‘Camera support G-sensor, automatically records video and lock file when the accident occurred luckily I have not had an accident so I have not used this feature but it is there when needed. It also has high sensitivity parking monitoring feature and supports Motion Detection. It also comes with loop recording feature.’ – ‘Miss W’.
Buy it from Amazon for 23.84 (price correct as of 13th October).
It features a high-end video processor that records at 1080P Full HD resolution for the front cam and 720P HD for the rear camera. It provides detailed evidence of accidents for police or courts, or to prevent insurance fraud.
Thanks to an advanced sensor, the f/1.8 large aperture and Wide Dynamic Range, C420D can still record full high-quality videos under low-light conditions. You will not fear driving at night any more.
APEMAN C420D adopts a 170° ultra-wide-angle all-glass lens for both the front and rear cameras which can monitor six lanes without distortion. Broader field of vision. No dead angle.
‘Bought this as a gift for my wife.
I fitted it to an Audi Q2. The front camera wire has to plug into the 12v socket in the front of the car.
There was a very helpful little tool in the kit which helps to slip the cable under the mouldings on the car.
The wire ran nicely under the roofline, then down the front passenger Piller, then down the side of the glove box and under it, it hooked nicely onto the heater vents and up the centre consul side of the glove box to plugin.
‘No securing needed other than clipped under the mouldings’.
Buy it from Amazon for 33.99 (price correct as of 13th October).
3. Nextbase 422GW.
Record your journey on the road with the 1440P/30fps & 1080P/60fps HD recording dashcam and F1.6 lens to provide high-quality images on the road. The 140° wide viewing angle provides increased coverage of the road ahead for additional protection. The 2.5″ HD award-winning IPS touch screen has upgraded picture resolution and clarity.
The 422GW is the world’s first 1440p Dash Cam with Bluetooth 4.2 and Quick-Link Wi-Fi to automatically sync files straight to your phone so footage can be supplied quickly to your insurer. You can also easily edit and share your footage via the MyNextbase Connect app.
The 422GW provides ultimate protection on the road. Track where an accident happened, safeguard your footage upon impact and allow the dash cam to automatically alert emergency services of your location and for help in the case of an accident.
The Nextbase Series 2 range is the world’s first 1440p Dash Cam series with Alexa built-in. With Alexa Built-in and access to tens of thousands of skills, you can ask to play music, place calls, listen to audiobooks, hear the news, check the weather, control smart home devices, get directions, find parking, and more.
The 422GW has compatible ports for plugging in additional camera modules for improved performance, including rearview, rear window and cabin view additional camera module options to record the road behind as well as ahead.
‘Bought this as peace of mind before a long European Trip. It worked well except for the suction mount (nearly got launched out of the Eurostar). The sticky pad installation was far more suitable, and it’s inconspicuous behind the rearview mirror.
‘Hopefully, I’ll never have cause to use it in anger, but it seems good so far. Check the memory card requirements as it’s quite selective. It also only appears to pair with a single phone at a time which is a little annoying but liveable.
‘Will try and update once I’ve used it a little more’ – will
Buy it from Amazon for 119.95 (price correct as of 13th October).