Best Dash Cams of 2020

We have been online for more than 5 years now, reviewing car cameras and keeping our eye on all the new dash cam releases year after year.

Below we have put together a list of what we believe are the best dash cams that are currently being sold, from our number 10 pick down to our number 1 all around best choice. (UPDATED: March, 2020)

You will find the best single camera dash cams, dual dash cams with a front and rear camera, Uber and Taxi style dash cams that have an interior facing camera as well as other types of car cameras, all accompanied by a short review of each.

Best Dash Cam Reviews & Top Rated Picks of 2020:

#10 Garmin Dash Cam 65

GARMIN 65 W Dash CamGarmin has been a long time manufacturer of car navigational systems so it’s only natural that they would come out with their own line of dash cameras. The 65 or 65W dash cam model from Garmin features full 1080p HD video with a 180 degree lens angle, which is far wider than most other dash cams, offering a full view of the front of your car. The previous Garmin dash cam models like the Dash Cam 45 and the Dash Cam 55 only had a 122° lens angle, so a big improvement there with the Dash Cam 65.

Using the GPS on the Garmin dash cam it will automatically save the time and location if a crash happens by detecting the impact with it’s g-sensor. This can be helpful feature when dealing with car insurance companies after an incident on the road.

There is a forward collision warning and lane departure warning that you can use with the dash cam, but most people don’t find this feature very useful and chose not to use it.

The Dash Cam 65 has built-in WiFi which will allow you to connect your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet directly to the Dash Cam 65. In order to connect you need to download the free Garmin VIRB APP. Once connected you’re able to download videos directly onto your phone and share them online, to a police officer or to an insurance company. You can also make setting changes to the dash cam as well through the APP. If you don’t want to use the APP to interact with the camera, you can use the 2 inch

By saying “OK, Garmin” you can use the voice control feature to take a still picture, start and stop audio recording (good if you get pulled over), initiate the timelapse mode, or a save a video if something happens.

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PROS

  • Small size
  • Wide 180 degree field of view
  • Reputable brand with good customer service
  • GPS is built into the dash cam

CONS

  • Uses a hang down mount, not as discrete
  • Battery powered rather than capacitor (better for high heat)

Garmin Dash Cam 65 Specs

  • 1080p HD Video @ 30 FPS
  • 180° Lens Angle
  • 2″ LCD Screen
  • 64GB microSD Capacity
  • GPS, Built-In
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • Parking Mode with Motion & Impact Detection
  • Battery Powered (lithium ion)

#9 Roav By Anker S1 Dash Cam

ROAV S1 Dash CameraRoav a company run by Anker is produces dash cams known for their exceptional build quality. The S1 model is one of their newer cams that has records 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second. While many dash cams record at 30 frames per second, 60 FPS allows you to capture twice as many frames in a second, which is good for capturing license plate numbers while in motion. With its Sony Starvis image sensor you’ll get clear and crisp video during day and night time recording.

With the Roav S1’s built-in WiFi you can use your smartphone (iOS and Android) or tablet to connect directly to the dash cam using the free Roav APP. Using this APP will allow you to remotely download video directly on to your phone and make setting changes to the camera.

The built-in GPS can track and document your travels and routes, which can be accessed through the Roav APP. You can also watermark the video files with your speed and coordinates. If you don’t want to document this info GPS can be disabled in the settings area.

Using the parking mode feature on the S1, it will sit in standby mode until there is motion detected in front of your car or if there is an impact or a major movement of the car. When an event happens it comes out of standby and starts to record video, after 30 seconds it stops recording and goes back into standby mode.

The S1 is a good all around budget dash cam that uses a higher end Sony image sensor and is usually sold for less than $100 on Amazon and other retailers.

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PROS

  • Uses a SONY image sensor
  • Records at 60 Frames Per Second (better for capturing license plates)
  • Solid build quality
  • Built-in WiFi and GPS

CONS

  • Battery powered rather than capacitor (better for high heat)

Roav S1 Dash Cam Specs

  • 1080p HD Video
  • Sony Starvis Image Sensor
  • 145° Lens Angle
  • 128GB microSD Capacity
  • 2.4″ LCD Screen
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • GPS, Built-In
  • Battery Powered

#8 Rexing V1P Pro Dual Dash Cam

Rexing V1P Dash CamThe V1P Pro is a mid-range dual channel dash cam from Rexing. The main front cam is housed in an all black, wedge shaped body that can be discretely mounted up behind your rear view mirror using the sticky adhesive pad, making it less visible to potential thieves. The front and rear cameras record in full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. If you turn off the rear camera and only record with the front cam, it is capable of recording 1080p at 60 frames per second, which can capture license plate numbers better when in motion. The front camera uses an OmniVision OV4689 image sensor, while the rear cam uses a Sony IMX323 sensor. Both cameras have a wide 170 degree field of view, giving you nearly 360 degrees of video coverage around your car.

With the V1P’s built-in WiFi, you are able to use the free Rexing Connect APP that’s compatible with both iPhone and Android phones and tablets. The APP is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. With this app you can remotely connect to the dash cam, giving you the ability to download videos directly onto your phone, as well as make basic changes to the settings.

The internal GPS module is able to watermark your videos with the current speed you are driving at as well as display your GPS coordinates. This can be useful later when doing a car insurance claim. You can easily disable this feature in the settings menu.

Overall the Rexing V1P Pro is an all around good, reliable mid-ranged dual dash cam with WiFi and GPS built into the camera.

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PROS

  • Uses Sony IMX323 image sensor
  • WiFi and GPS are built in
  • Wide 170 degree lens angle
  • Capacitor powered, better for high heat

CONS

  • Priced a bit higher than similar dual dash cams

Rexing V1P Pro Specs

  • 1080p @ 30FPS Front & Rear
  • Image Sensor: OmniVision OV4689 Front, Sony IMX323 Rear
  • Lens Angle: 170° Front & Rear
  • 256GB microSD Capacity
  • 2.4″ LCD Screen
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • GPS, Built-In
  • Capacitor Powered

#7 BlackVue DR750S-2CH Dash Cam

BlackVue DR750S-2CHThe DR750S is the predecessor to the DR900S Blackvue dash cam model. Although it is not their newest car camera model, we think it’s still worthy of making the top 10 list of best dash cams of 2020. No it’s not 4K, but with its dual 1080p cameras both using the Sony STARVIS image sensor, it is more than capable of capturing high quality videos, both day and night. The front and back cameras have a 139 degree lens angle, which is not extremely wide, but should be enough to fully cover the front and back of your car.

Blackvue is often cited as the dash cam brand with the best parking mode features. The DR750 has two different parking mode options. The first is the standard motion and impact mode, which is standard on many dash cams. This will sit in standby mode until there is motion in front of the camera lens or if there is a major impact detected using its internal g-sensor. The 2nd one is a time lapse mode that records 1 frame per second. So for every 1 minute of video, it covers a total of 30 real time minutes. On a 16GB card, you can get a full 27 hours of coverage. If an impact is detected during that time a full video will be recorded for a number of seconds before (using buffered parking mode) and after the event.

Blackvue has a free iPhone and Android app that offers a wide range of features. Using the DR750’s built-in WiFi you can remotely connect your smartphone directly to the dash cam. Once connected you can download videos right on to your phone or make dash cam setting changes. If you have a hotspot or internet connection setup in your car you can sync the dash cam with the Blackvue Cloud service, which allows you to see a live video view from the dash cam, track where it is going using the internal GPS and get notifications on your phone if there is a crash or break-in.

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PROS

  • Made by a trusted dash cam company
  • Uses Sony STARVIS image sensor
  • Takes a large 512GB microSD card
  • WiFi and GPS built in

CONS

  • High price for what you’re getting
  • Smaller lens angle of 139 degrees

BlackVue DR750S-2CH

  • 1080p @ 30FPS Front & Rear
  • Image Sensor: Sony STARVIS CMOS Sensor Front & Rear
  • Lens Angle: 139° Front & Rear
  • 512GB microSD Capacity
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • GPS, Built-In
  • iOS & Android APP
  • Capacitor Powered

#6 VAVA Dual Dash Cam

VAVA Dual Dash CamThe VAVA dash cam has somewhat of a unique design when compared to other dashboard cameras. It has a cone shaped windshield mount that attaches to a black hockey puck looking camera that can rotate 360 degrees on the mount, which could be handy if you wanted to rotate it towards your side window if you were pulled over and talking to the police.

VAVA first got their start on the crowdfunding website KickStarter a few years back and received a good number of backers for their dash cam. While there are many dash cam concepts on crowdfunding websites, few make it past the initial stages in order to ship out to backers, let alone make it to selling full time on Amazon.

The Dual Dash Cam from VAVA records dual 1080p HD at 30 frames per second. The main front camera has a 155 degree lens angle, while the rear cam has 126° viewing angle. The front camera uses a Sony IMX307 image sensor, while the back camera uses a Sony IMX323 sensor. Sony sensors are known for their good night vision and clear day time video quality.

Using the VAVA built-in WiFi you can remotely connect to the camera with your smartphone or tablet. To do this you need to download the free VAVA Dash Cam APP on the Google Play Store or the Apple APP Store. Once you have the APP connected to the VAVA Dash Cam you can remotely stream video, download video clips to share and make setting changes to the camera.

With the parking mode feature activated the camera is able to sit on standby and start recording if a major impact is detected. VAVA claims that with the internal 320mah battery it can be triggered 30-40 times and record 15 second video clips. We would recommend either using a hardwire kit or getting an external dash cam battery if you plan on using parking mode, and not fully rely on the built-in battery.

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PROS

  • Rotates 360 degrees
  • Uses Sony IMX323 image sensor
  • Dual dash cam with 1080p on both cams
  • Has WiFi & APP to connect phone

CONS

  • Battery powered rather than Capacitor (better for high heat)

VAVA Dual Dash Cam Specs

  • Dual 1080P HD Recording @ 30FPS
  • Image Sensor: Sony IMX307 Front, Sony IMX323 Rear
  • Lens Angle: 155° Front, 126° Rear
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • 128GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking Mode with Impact Detection
  • iOS and Android APP
  • Battery Powered

#5 Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dash Cam

Vantrue Pro Dash CamIn 2019 and into 2020 we saw a major increase in 2 in 1 dash cams that had a front facing camera as well as an interior facing camera. These often went by the name of rideshare dash cams, or Uber dash cams. With the increasing popularity of APP’s like Uber and Lyft, dash cam manufactures were scrambling to create their own Taxi Cams. The Vantrue N2 Pro was one of the first higher end dual dash cams to hit the market.

The front cam on the N2 Pro records in 1080p HD using a Omnivision OV4689 image sensor. It has a wide lens angle of 170° to capture the entire front area of your car. What many people are concerned with on this dash cam is how the interior camera performs. Using a Sony IMX323 image sensor and 4 IR (infrared) lights and recording at 1080p HD, the interior camera is able to capture high quality video both day and night. With it’s 140° lens angle, the inside camera can view the entire width of the interior of your car.

When you’re away from your vehicle, the Vantrue N2 Pro has a parking mode feature which uses motion and impact detection to activate recording 24/7. To use the parking mode feature you will need to purchase a separate hardwire kit (around $15) to power the dash cam off the car battery, or get an external dash cam battery.

GPS is possibly with the N2 Pro, however, to get this feature you will need to get the separate GPS module from Vantrue if you want to watermark videos with speed and coordinates along with using the Vantrue software to view the cars location on a map while watching the video.

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PROS

  • Good Parking Mode features
  • Inside cam can detect motion and start recording
  • Uses Sony IMX323 image sensor
  • Has infrared (IR) lights on interior cam for night vision

CONS

  • Battery powered rather than Capacitor

Vantrue N2 Pro Specs

  • Dual 1080p HD Video
  • Image Sensors: Omnivision OV4689 Front, Sony IMX323 Interior
  • NOVATEK NT96660 Processor
  • Parking Mode with Motion and Impact Detection
  • Lens Angle: 170° Front, 140° Interior
  • 1.5″ LCD Display
  • 256GB microSD Capacity
  • Battery Powered (250mAh 3.7V Polymer Li-ion)

#4 STREET GUARDIAN SG9663DCPRO

Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO Dash CamThis 2 channel dash cam from Street Guardian features dual 1080p HD video cameras to cover the front and back of your car. Both cameras use the Sony Exmor R image sensors which are known for their higher quality night vision clarity and crisp daytime video, especially when compared with the cheaper generic image sensors used in low-end dash cams. Street Guardian is known for manufacturing higher end dash cams and focus more on quality over quantity. The SG9663DCPRO is an all black wedge shaped car cam that uses an adhesive pad and can be mounted up behind your rear view mirror, making it less visible and more stealthy than some of the other dash cams that hang down and use bright colors.

With its WiFi feature you are able to use your smartphone or tablet to remotely connect to the SG9663DCPRO dash cam. This can be done by downloading the free Street Guardian Dashcam Viewer APP on either the Google Play store or the Apple APP Store. Once you have your phone or tablet connected to the camera, you can view a live video feed of the dash cam, download videos directly on to your phone or make dash cam setting changes. If you don’t want to use their APP or your phone to interact with the dash cam, you can use the 2 inch LCD screen on the back to see videos and make setting changes.

With the included GPS module you can log route info as well as watermark your video files with your speed and coordinates. The GPS feature can be disabled within the settings menu.

Parking mode comes standard with Street Guardian dash cams. It has all the features you would expect, like motion detection and impact detection using the internal g-sensor, which will start recording when an event is noticed. A hardwire kit or external dash cam battery is required to use the parking mode feature.

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PROS

  • Parking Mode with motion & impact detection
  • Dual front and rear HD video
  • Uses Sony Exmor R image sensor
  • Built in WiFi

CONS

  • High price point
  • Relatively small lens angle of 127°

Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO Specs

  • 1080p HD Video @ 30 FPS (Front & Rear)
  • Sony Exmor R Image Sensors
  • Novatek NT96663 Processor
  • 127° Lens Angle
  • 2″ LCD Screen
  • 512GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking Mode with Motion & Impact Detection
  • GPS, with Addon Module

#3 A129 Duo Pro 4K Dash Cam

VIOFO A129 Duo Pro Dash CamThe A129 Duo Pro is manufactured by VIOFO, a company who has become popular in the dash cam world over the last few years for their budget priced stealthy HD video car cameras. Like their other camera models, the A129 Duo Pro features an all black design, with a wedge shaped case that uses an adhesive pad to mount right up behind your rear view mirror and out of site. The main front camera records real 4K video using its 8MP Sony IMX317 image sensor and has a field of view of 130 degrees. The small rear camera that’s meant to mount on your rear window shoots 1080p HD video and has a Sony IMX 291 image sensor and a 140 degree lens angle. Using a Sony image sensor on both the front and rear camera will ensure crisp day video and good night vision quality.

With its built-in WiFi you can use the free VIOFO dash cam APP to remotely connect your smartphone to the dash cam and make dash cam setting changes and download videos on to your phone. You can also make setting changes directly on the dash cam using the 2 inch LCD display on the back.

Using the Buffered Parking Mode feature you are able to capture video 15 seconds before an event happens, like motion or impact detection. If you had your car parked in a parking lot and someone hit it, the dash cam will show 15 seconds leading up to that moment and 30 seconds after. If you plan on using the parking mode features you will want to get a hardwire kit or use an external dash cam battery.

The mount on the A129 Duo Pro has a GPS module built into it. This will allow you to watermark your videos with your current speed and coordinates (this can be disabled if you don’t want that).

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PROS

  • Real 4K Video
  • Uses Sony image sensor on both cams
  • Mid range price point
  • Built in WiFi

CONS

  • Somewhat small lens angle of 130 degrees

A129 Duo Pro Specs

  • 4K Video Front, 1080p Rear
  • Image Sensor: Sony 8MP IMX317 Front, Sony IMX 291 Rear
  • Lens Angle: 130° Front, 140° Rear
  • 256GB microSD Capacity
  • GPS, Built-In
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • Buffered Parking Mode with Motion & Impact Detection
  • Capacitor Powered

#2 THINKWARE U1000 4K Dash Cam

THINKWARE U1000 Dash CamThe U1000 from THINKWARE is one of our top picks for 4K dash cameras in 2020. This high end dash cam comes with all the features you want in a car cam like real 4K video, Sony images sensors, good parking mode options, smart phone app and cloud services.

“Real” 4K video means the camera has an 8MP+ image sensor and records in actual 4K, not just upsizing the video file after it is shot to 4K. The main front cam of the U1000 uses a Sony Exmor R STARVIS 8.42MP image sensor paired with an Ambarella processor. The rear cam that comes with their dual dash cam package uses a 5.14MP Sony STARVIS image sensor and records 2K HD video.

With it’s built-in WiFi you’re able to connect to the free THINKWARE APP with your iPhone or Android smartphone, giving you the ability to remotely view live video, download videos and make dash cam setting changes. If you have a hotspot setup in your car you can link the U1000 to it and use the THINKWARE CLOUD service to track your cars location with its built in GPS antenna as well as get push notifications on your phone if there is a crash or incident.

THINKWARES U1000 parking mode feature integrates the APP and cloud to the dash cam which enables you to remotely monitor your car 24/7. You can set it up to notify you on your phone if motion is detected in front of your car or if there is a major impact, like a hit in run in a parking lot. In order to use the parking mode features you need to get a hardwire kit to pull power from your cars battery, or use an external dash cam battery.

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PROS

  • 2K Video on the rear cam (most have 1080p on rear)
  • Uses SONY image sensors
  • Parking Mode with motion & impact detection
  • Built in WiFi & GPS

CONS

  • High price point
  • Optional RADAR module is bulky

THINKWARE U1000 Specs

  • 4K (3840x2160p) Video Front, 2K Rear
  • Image Sensors: Sony STARVIS 8.42MP Front, 5.14MP Rear
  • Lens Angle: Front: 150° Rear: 156°
  • 128GB microSD Capacity
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • GPS, Built-In
  • iOS and Android APP
  • Powered By Capacitor

#1 Blackvue DR900S-2CH 4K Dash Cam

Best Dash Cam Blackvue DR900S

For our number one pick for the best dash cam of 2020, we have decided to go with Blackvue’s DR900S dash cam. It is one of only a handful of real 4K dash cams currently for sale. Most “4K” car cameras you see on Amazon are actually not real 4K, they shoot video at a lower quality and upscale it after to look like a 4K file. The DR900S uses an 8-Megapixel CMOS Sensor that allows it to capture real 4K video, while other dash cams only use a 2 or 4 megapixel image sensor, which would record in 2K. Using a 256GB microSD card you are able to record over 14 hours of 4K video. When the memory card gets full it will loop back to the oldest videos files and start recording over those. The “2CH” in DR900S-2CH is for 2 channel, meaning it is a dual dash cam. The rear camera uses a 2MP Sony STARVIS image sensor and shoots video at 1080p.

Blackvue is known for their high end dash cams that come with some of the best parking mode features. The DR900S is able to do all the regular parking mode stuff like motion and impact detection, but what sets it apart from many other dash cams is its integration with the Blackvue Cloud and Blackvue APP which uses the dash cams built-in WiFi. When the dash cam is synced with a hotspot or wireless internet connection you are able to remotely get notifications on your phone when an event happens. Using what’s called “buffered parking mode”, it will capture the moments leading up to an impact when parked, not just after it happens. If you car is stolen you can also track its location using the built-in GPS.

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PROS

  • Records real 4K video
  • Can take a large microSD card of 512GB
  • Uses a capacitor (good for high heat and cold temp)
  • Small stealth/discrete design

CONS

  • Priced higher than most dash cams

Blackvue DR900S Specs

  • 4K Video Front, 1080p Rear
  • Image Sensor: 8MP CMOS Front, 2.1MP Sony STARVIS Rear
  • Lens Angle: 162° Front, 139° Rear
  • 512GB microSD Capacity
  • GPS, Built-In
  • WiFi, Built-In
  • Buffered Parking Mode with Motion & Impact Detection
  • Capacitor Powered

Previously on our list for 2017, 2018 and 2019

Black Box Mobius Pro Mini Action Camera

Blacksys CF-100 Dual channel HD Dashcam

G1W-C

YI Smart Dash Camera

Street Guardian SG9665GC v2

A119

BlackVue DR650GW-2CH

There has never been a better time to buy and own a dash cam, with all reputable models offering HD video and many affordably priced. We hope you’re able to use our best of 2020 dashboard camera reviews to make an informed decision on which dash cam best fits your needs and budget. Happy shopping and stay safe out there on the road.

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