What To Look For When Buying A Dashcam

Posted on: 24 November 2020

Need to take some extra precautions and have a dashcam in your truck? If so, you're likely wondering which one is going to get the job done. Here are some features that you'll want to look for when purchasing a dashcam.

The Field Of View

One thing that you'll want to look at first when comparing cameras is the field of view. A wider field of view means that you are going to see more of the road in front of you, which makes you more likely to capture an entire accident on video. If you get a camera with a field of view that is very narrow, you may only be able to capture the lanes directly to the left and right of your vehicle. 

The Mount

Pay attention to how the camera mounts to your vehicle. A vehicle with a suction cup mount may be easier to install because you just stick it to the glass, but it will also have a lot of vibrations in the video if you ever need to play it back. A camera that has mounting hardware to put it directly on the dashboard is going to work much better in terms of stability. Even sticky mounts that attach directly to the glass are going to provide more stability. 

The Storage

Look for what kind of storage the dashcam uses in terms of hours of footage that it is capable of recording. You can't base it off of memory card size because every camera is going to be different based on the video quality and compression technology that is used to save the video. 

While you think you may not need a lot of storage, it is going to be beneficial if you ever need to go back and see what you were doing. For example, you may have gotten a ticket from a traffic camera that claims you went through a red light, and you need to view the footage to prove that you didn't do it. 

The Overlays

Find out what kind of information is overlaid on top of your video during a recording because it can be very beneficial to you as a dashcam owner. For example, some have a GPS that is able to put your location in the video feed so you know exactly where the video was taken from. Others can put your vehicle's speed into the video as well. These are useful if you need to prove that you were not speeding.

Keep these things in mind as you look for dash camera systems for trucks