Dash Cam Roundup by Dallas Law Firm Staff

Dash cams are not entirely new. In fact,they have been around for about 40 years. Law enforcement officers began using them in the early 80s to capture video evidence while out in their patrol cars.

Since then,the dashboard camera has grown steadily in popularity and the last decade has seen sales enjoy a huge boost for various reasons. According toGrand View Research,the global dash cam market was valued at USD 2.8 billion in 2019 with over 36 million units being sold.

What are dash cams and what do they do?

Dash cams are digital video recorders that are mounted inside a car’s windshield and their purpose is to record visual and audio footage from the front,and sometimes the back of the car.

As a driver,if you are involved in a collision that wasn’t your fault,it can be extremely difficult to exonerate yourself from blame,so many vehicle users have taken to installing dash cams as a precautionary measure. As we all know,insurance claims can mean big increases to premiums,which is even more frustrating when you know that you’re completely innocent.

And this is the biggest reason that the staff atThe Barber Law Firm have become more and more interested in this tech trend and have put together this list of 5 dash cams that you might consider using to defend your rights after an accident. To highlight the reality of this,take a look at this recent recording from a Dallas driver’s read dash cam:

The driver in the video above did not have a front plate,but after passing,the front dash cam was able to capture a picture of the rear plate. Regardless,the video evidence was enough to keep the driver from getting away with the hit and run.

According to The Barber Law Firm,attorneys typically have a much easier time and can even get to settlement faster when a case has a dash cam video behind it. While these cameras generally provide evidence of accidents that occur on the road,they can also have some other unexpected benefits:

  • Insurance companies use the dash cam recordings to resolve accident disputes in the case of both parties denying responsibility.
  • Prevention against fraud when somebody tries to claim for injury and the driver denies the event ever occurred.
  • Aggressive and antisocial behavior from other road users caught on camera can be passed on to the police.
  • Parents of young drivers can remotely view how their children are driving to give them peace of mind.
  • Dash cams in commercial fleets use GPS to track a driver’s whereabouts.
  • Stolen vehicles can be located thanks to the dashboard camera images being uploaded to the cloud.

In-car cameras come with various features and the price tags fluctuate vastly,so it’s not always easy to know which one to choose. Let’s take a look at 5 of the best dash cams available for 2020.

Nextbase,622GW

Seen as one of the most advanced cams available on the market,but it comes at a price.

The Nextbase 622GW provides excellent 4K video quality with a 140-degree viewing angle,GPS tracking,and MicroSD card slot.

Techradar gives this model a 5-star review saying that it had “built-in polarizing filter,image stabilization,4K video resolution,and excellent Night Vision.” However,it was also noted that the unit is quite bulky,the mobile app is quite frustrating,and that the rear camera requires wiring.

Most of the expert reviews rate the 622G between 4 and 5 stars,and it is available to buy for around $400.

Garmin,Dash Cam 66W

Plenty of features and a solid manufacturer reputation makes this cam a great choice for a first-timer.

It boasts 1440p video quality,a huge 180-degree capture angle,GPS tracking,and a compact design.

Best Buy,at the time of writing,presents 4.5 out of 5 stars from 30 reviews for the 66W,and trusted industry review sites are of the same opinion. Most users said that it provided excellent footage for the price point,but others mentioned that glare was an issue as the unit doesn’t come with a filter as standard.

Prices are around $250.

Kenwood DRV-830

Full HD recording,144-degree viewing angle,GPS tracker,and both internal and external storage options for a very reasonable price.

Kenwood has a fantastic reputation as a tech producer and it seems that their dash cams live up to expectation. They’ve added everything you need and more into the user experience,but this seems to have led to the menu screens being quite difficult to navigate. Sometimes less is more as they say.

Trusted Reviews gave a 4-star rating and said that the DRV-830 is “A feature-packed and well-priced dash cam but video quality could be better.”

Price: $100.

Thinkware,TW-F770

180p full HD video,140-degree angle,GPS tracking,and both internal/external storage included.

The unit is slightly different from other cams as it doesn’t feature any external display. Everything is controlled via your mobile which makes configuration nice and simple. Unfortunately,the buttons on the unit that you need to push to connect the device seem to be quite fiddly.

PC World stated that “It’s one of the most advanced models we’ve seen (and it’s also one of the more expensive ones).”

The TW-F770 is available for around $300.

BlackVue,DR900S-2CH

For some of the best video quality available from any dash cam on the market today,you will want to take a look at the DR900S-2CH.

It features 4K Ultra HD image quality,162-degree angle,GPS tracking,speed data,and fast image transfers.

The Dashcam Store reviewed the product and concluded that “We have to wonder if this is the best possible discreet dual lens dash cam on the market today.”

Techradar noted that it was “irritating to install” and some amazon buyers have mentioned manufacturing issues that were causing some problems in the past.

The BlackVue DR900S-2CH costs around $400.

There are many makes and models to choose from,and the range of features,picture quality,functionality,and price will all play a determining role when shopping for a dashboard camera. Yes,the range is vast,but with a little research,you can easily find the one that fits your needs.

This contribution was supplied by staff atThe Barber Law Firm - Dallas,a top Dallas personal injury firm that helps accident victims every day.

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