Top Rated Mirror Mounted Dash Cams of 2019
With the wide variety of dash cameras on the market, many people choose to go with the rear view mirror mounted dash cams. This is usually because of their easy install and location on the windshield which does not block your visibility or cause any legal issues for the mounting location, as it takes the place of the stock rear view mirror on your cars windshield and does not obstruct your view.
All of the mirror dash cams we have listed below come with a rear backup reverse camera, which activates a video screen on the rearview mirror when your car is put in reverse allowing you to see a live video feed from behind your car.
Top 5 Rear View Mirror Mounted Dash Cams with Backup Cam:
The YI Mirror Dash Cam provides two cameras that are front and a rear-facing, both of which provide good quality visuals. Most of its features are standard in most dash cameras in the current market but there are a few new features that differentiates this camera from the rest.
The Yi Mirror Dash Cam has a ‘driver fatigue’ reminder. After driving a long distance and for a while, the camera alerts you of potential fatigue, making a safer experience for the user. This camera has a 4.3” touchscreen for users that want to interact with the interface easier. It also has a built-in 2.4GHz WiFi connection to download footage onto a cell phone through an app.
Overall, this camera has mixed reviews. Yi is known for providing good quality cameras at excellent prices. They’re great at the fundamentals of a dash camera at any price: easy installation, good value for the money, great camera quality and good audio, an easy interface, and simple transfer of video files from the camera to a phone or a computer. They offer several other products with just as unique features as the Mirror Dash Camera. Unfortunately, they overlooked a few things. Shakiness and noise in recorded video is understandable, especially if the driver is recording in a noisy city or on an unkempt road. The largest issue is the glare and lack of a dimming option, which needs to improve to move it’s spot up on the list. Other than that, this is a stellar buy for a cheaper mirror dash camera and is well worth the money. We do not recommend any mirror dash cams below this price point, as the build and video quality go down significantly.
The Z-EDGE Z2Pro Dual Dash Cam has a 1920x1080p resolution at 30fps for front and rear view cameras, a 150-degree viewing angle, and a built-in 500mAh battery that enables the camera to record for up to 30 minutes without a power input. The front camera has 6 glass lenses for optimal night vision and to reduce glare. The rear camera is waterproof and is connected to the car’s backup lights to make it a backup camera while pulling out of a parking spot. It also has a 30-day money back guarantee, an 18-month warranty, and lifetime support.
Customers seem to agree with the product’s supposed ‘lifetime support’. Customer service is very positively rated and there are regular firmware updates to improve the camera and fix any problems that pop up. There’s a detailed user guide that gives the user the option to install the camera themselves even if they have little previous experience. The video quality is excellent for the price point, but there is a bit of a fish eye effect. The glare filters are very effective and allow the user to see license plates clearly.
Overall, this is a solid choice for a mid range dual mirror dash camera. Both cameras perform well and it comes will all the classic features of a regular dash camera, like loop recording, a parking guard, and a WDR feature. You might need a professional to install it because it can get a bit tricky, but after that it seems like a camera that will last for a long time.
The AUTO-VOX M8 Mirror Dash Camera provides great front and back camera visual quality, just like most other cameras on the market. Some of the features that make it stick out from the rest are a 180-degree horizontal rear viewing angle to make blind spots visible and a large 6.86” screen on the physical mirror. This camera is also connected to the reverse lights and shows a flipped image so you can park safely.
It also has a Lane Departure Warning System and a parking guard that can be used when the car is off if it is connected to the car’s battery. This camera also has 6 lenses to reduce glare and produce a clearer image. All of these improvements are new with the M8 version. There are cheaper versions out there like the M6 from AUTO-VOX, but the M8 car camera has a better value for the money with all the premium features provided.
The user can either install it to replace their current dashboard mirror or simply place the camera on top of the previous mirror. The camera will work either way. The video and audio quality work well in day and night. Some noticeable drawbacks for this camera are the cheap frame, the short 5-minute battery life, and the low-grade camera software. Due to the universally good visuals out on the dash camera market today, if you’re interested in this camera, purchase it because of its new features previously mentioned. If you just want a visual upgrade then you may be able to purchase something cheaper with less bells and whistles.
The AUTO-VOX X2 9.88″ Mirror Dash Camera has a 9.88” touchscreen which is the biggest one so far. This one is the most responsive to touch operations and has a nice user interface because of the large screen. Just like the other cameras mentioned, it provided an automatic backup camera but only a 140-degree rear viewing angle. This won’t cover all of the driver’s blind spots but it does cover a sizable amount. The camera’s manufacturer claims that it safely covers three lanes. All of the other standard features are here as well, like Loop recording, a G sensor, Lane Departure Warning System, and parking mode.
This camera was released very recently so there are very few reviews and some of them are a bit mixed. While some applaud its video and audio quality, others do not see the value in such a pricey camera. This camera is a bit more expensive than the other cameras previously mentioned and as far as I can tell there are no noticeable differences between them. The fullscreen mirror and large touchscreen are the biggest selling points, but other than that it doesn’t really stand out from the rest. Cheaper cameras come with wider viewing angles than this one, so if that’s something you value in a camera then you may want to turn elsewhere. Some people report getting 60 fps and excellent daytime and nighttime video on this camera, but unless you are extremely picky with video quality, this camera might seem a bit expensive for what you get.
Number one on our top 5 list of best mirror mounted dash cameras is the KDLINKS R100 Ultra. This camera’s visuals exceed the rest with a 1296p front camera and a 1080p rear camera, recording at 30fps. Most cameras have a 1080p front camera but only a 720p rear camera. The screen is only 5” wide but there are 6 lenses and WDR technology. It also has a 1 year warranty, greater than most other cameras out there.
While it is not the most expensive mirror dash camera it definitely performs better than the rest. It includes a date and a time stamp on the footage to provide more information in case of an accident. Installation is very easy and can take as little as 5 minutes. Customer service is speedy and effective as well which really adds value to the 1 year warranty. This camera seems to have been designed with the consumer in mind. An easy interface and set up plus good support really helps the camera shine. It has one of the highest review ratings in the dash camera market.
Overall, this is our pick for the best quality camera with the best value. Most of the time you get what you pay for, but this camera shows that you shouldn’t just buy the most expensive camera and expect the best quality. This camera is a truly great buy but it’s not the most expensive of the bunch. It outperforms every other camera mentioned in this list and has great customer service as well which is an added bonus in case of any unforeseen issues.
Things to consider before buying your rear view mirror dash camera system
What kind of dash cam mirror mount kit will you use for your camera? There are many of mounting types for traditional and mirror mounted dash cams. Rearview mirror dash cams have the easiest installation of nearly all car cameras, as it typically only required strapping it to your existing car mirror, which can be done in less than a minute. These mounting straps are usually connected to the mirror cam itself and come with the dash cam.
Where to buy replacement mirror dash cam mounting straps
Most often, the manufacturer of the mirror dash cam will sell replacement mounting kits for your camera, along with resellers where you first bought your dash cam.
Amazon has a wide variety of dash cam mirror mounting kit options, which can be found here
The size and shape of the mirror dash cam setup
Mirror dash cams are a lot bigger than they appear to be in online photos and can take up more space on your windshield than you might think. We recommend looking at the specs of the camera, finding the dimension measurements and then using a tape measure in your car to get an idea on how it will look mounted to your rear view mirror.
Mirror Mount Dash Cam with Backup Cam
If you choose to buy a dual mirror dash cam setup, the rear camera can be used as a backup camera. This can be done by using the built-in LCD screen on the mirror camera and watching the rear camera, just like you would with a normal backup camera. There are two major differences between some of the cheaper mirror mount dash cams that come with a rear cam. Some are actual “backup” cams and sometimes don’t actually record video like a rear dash cam would, they are just used to give you a live view of the back of your car. While a real dual dash cam setup will record video at all times, just like your front cam would. Common backup cameras are mounted outside of your car, often by the license plate so you can see your trailer hitch, to help you backup and hook to a trailer. These cameras are of low video quality and don’t typically record the video. A dual dash cam setup has the camera inside and has a high video quality and records the video. You will have to decide if you want a rear camera that records and saves video or just assists you in backing up, while not recording any video.