Here is our Top 5 list of the highest rated dash cameras of 2016/2017 that are priced under $100. There are many cheap Chinese dashcam knockoffs out there priced well under one hundred dollars, however they often lack reliable and quality hardware, software and sensors, providing poor video quality and sometimes not even capturing the video when you need it the most. Below we have picked the best performing dash cams that can be purchased for less than $100.
Number 5 on our list is unlike other entries to the list, the G1W-C features a larger, less stealthy camera body that packs a lot more features and power. All major dash cam features come standard, but with beefed-up specs and a more affordable price tag. Starting with the display, the G1W-C features a 2.7 inch display that can play recorded video and act as an interface to change settings on the camera. This is especially useful for situations where you need to play back recordings without access to a computer, like during an interaction with a police officer who wants to view footage on the scene. The G1W-C also has a super capacitor as opposed to standard lithium batteries. As we know, this means no failed battery issues, more reliability and resistance to extreme temperatures.
G-Sensor Movement Detection technology is another feature that makes driving safer more enjoyable. The sensor is capable of measuring sudden braking or collision impact, which will automatically trigger the recording function of the camera and take a snapshot of the incident. With the wide angle lens being capable of 1080p video at 60fps, the camera does just that. Videos look great during the day and clear at night. While an SD card is not included, which is understandable at this price point, the G1W-C does support up to 64GB of storage. With loop recording and G-sensor functions, storage space is managed efficiently.
Number 4 on the list, the A118-C is the A119’s little brother, featuring a more compact build while maintaining the flagship features of the latter mentioned dash cam. The A118-C focuses more on having a smaller build that can easily be hidden behind your rear-view mirror or dashboard and is often used as a secondary dash cam for the rear of your vehicle, although this dash cam is more than capable of being a full time front cam. The matte black body will perfectly blend in with your vehicle’s interior and the included adhesive makes installation a breeze. Just like the A119, the A118-C features a capacitor instead of a normal lithium battery. Not only does this prevent the camera from running flat when you need it most, but it also increases the long-term lifespan of the unit and is less prone to overheating.
The A118-C also features a built-in 1.5 inch HD display that is capable of displaying what is being recorded, as well as providing an interface to navigate to change settings. Camera wise, the A118-C features an Aptina lens with a 170 degree field of view that is capable of recording 1080p video at 60 fps. The camera also features night vision, WDR technology and automatic motion detection. The A118-C also features a motion sensor that will automatically record whenever it detects a sudden change in movement. It is compatible with micro-SD cards up to 32GB and to save space, you do have the option of changing the resolution, field of view and frame rate of your recordings. The A118-C is also heat resistant and is ideal for drivers who work in warm weather
The YI Dash Cam comes in at number 3. It’s another great compact dash cam that packs some unique features. The most noteworthy of which, is the built-in Advanced Driver Assistance System. With this, the camera will automatically provide real-time intelligent lane departure warnings, as well as the ability to detect how far you are from the car in front of you with Forward Collision Warnings. The YI Dash Cam features a small and stylish build that unlike the some cameras, prefers to be seen. It comes in either matte gray or gold color options.
The camera features a wide 165 degree lens that is capable of recording 1080p video at a smooth 60 fps. The system also features G-Sensor technology that will have the camera automatically record footage prior to a collision and immediately afterwards, which will be useful for insurance disputes and accidents. The YI Dash Cam features H.264 video encoding, which is more efficient and guarantees quality recordings while optimizing storage space. With an F1.8 aperture, the YI Dash Cam works great in low-light conditions and can be used for night driving. The 6G all-glass professional lens features an infrared filter which will reduce glare and effectively create a more clear image. On the other side of the unit, you will find a large 2.7 inch LCD widescreen display with a great interface and the ability to display an overlay with information on the road in front of you.
The F50 is one of the most compact full HD dash cams you can buy for under $100 and it can easily fit behind your rear-view mirror or car dashboard. The small, brushed black cylindrical body looks great and feels solid. One of the unique features of the F50 is the Anti-File Corruption Technology, which guarantees that all footage will be saved on the memory card instantly, preventing the possibility of data loss or corruption. This is an important feature to have as dash cams may get damaged when they are sitting on the windshield of a vehicle during an accident.
There are a multitude of other features that the F50 has that most other dash cams at this price point and size simply don’t have. Things like accessory support, Parking Surveillance Mode and GPS tracking come standard. The external GPS antenna is capable of speed, time and location tracking, which is useful for insurance disputes and accidents. Moving on to the camera, the THINKWARE F50 features a 2.12 megapixel Sony Exmor Sensor that is capable of 1080p video at 60 fps. The lens provides viewing angles of up to 130 degrees, which is enough to record both lanes on most roads.
The F50 also features a super capacitor as opposed to a lithium battery and is resistant to extreme temperatures. Micro SD support up to 64GB comes standard and there are a multitude of accessories available for the F50. A one-year warranty is included, indicating that the compact dash cam is built to last.
And coming in at number 1 is the A119 dash cam, which has been one of the highest rated dash cameras on the market in 2016 and will continue into 2017. The A119 is a full HD dash cam that packs a multitude of features into a small, stealthy build. Starting with the camera, the A119 features a powerful censor that is able to record 1140p video at 60 fps. The camera also features a 160-degree-wide-angle lens that’s capable of seeing both sides of the road on wider highways, which is especially useful for situations where you need to record oncoming traffic. The lens is also moveable up and down, as well left to right and allows you to change the angle without having to move the unit itself. Low-light recording comes standard and the A119 works great at night.
The dash cam also has built-in motion and proximity sensors, which allows the camera to automatically start recording whenever an accident occurs or your vehicle takes damage. The small, matte-black polycarbonate body is only 6 inches long and can easily be hidden inside your car. An adhesive mount is included in the box, which allows you to attach the A119 to your windshield. The unit also has an optional GPS logger that is capable of tracking not only your location, but also your speed, which is useful if you want to prove that you were driving below the speed limit. The compact dash cam uses a capacitor as opposed to a battery, which lets you plug it into your car and use it for hours on end in high heat conditions. It’s built to last through extreme conditions and is freeze and heat resistant. If you’re planning on buying a dash camera in the $100 price range, we highly recommend the A119 dash camera.