We recommend that every driver in the UK uses a dash cam. They are guaranteed to protect you against false insurance claims and help to make the roads safer as a result. In some cases, they can even reduce your insurance premiums!
However, there are a lot of options available in 2022. So, what should you look for when buying a dash cam? And what available models are the best ones to buy? By the end of this article, you will understand:
- The best features to look for in a dash cam
- Which models we believe are the best in the UK
- Which models to consider if you need a value dash cam
What Are the Best Dash Cams to Buy in 2022?
Here are our five recommendations for the best dash cam to buy in 2022. They all do the basics exceptionally well and include a whole range of extra features that help keep you safe.
|Nextbase 422 GW||Mio MiVue 798||Garmin Dash Cam 67W||Viofo A129 Pro Duo||Kenwood DRV-A601W|
|Average Review Score||4.6||4.8||4.4||4.5||4|
|Video Quality||1440p (1080p at 60fps)||1600p||1440p||3840p (Front), 1080p (Rear)||3840p (4K)|
|Impact/Motion Sensors||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (additional hardwire kit needed)||Yes|
|Which? Best Buy||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Selected Features||Sends crash footage directly to phone via Bluetooth, built-in Alexa, Emergency Response||Safety camera warnings, Lane departure warnings, fatigue alert & forward collision warning systems||Voice control, forward collision & lane departure warnings, "Go" & red light & safety camera alerts||Front & rear camera included, high temperature resistance, Super Night Vision||Micro SD card already included, G-force sensor, magnetic release|
Nextbase 422 GW
Not only is this a Which? Best Buy, it's their number one choice for a dash cam in 2022. It records seamless, high-quality video and includes several innovative features. The most important is the Emergency Response. This allows your dash cam to call the emergency services if you're involved in a serious accident and can't do so yourself. You have to set this up separately but the 422 GW is so easy to install and use, nothing takes too long to do.
Many review sites recommend Nextbase's current flagship model, the 622 GW, but it is more expensive than the 422 GW and doesn't include anything you can't live without.
Summary: The best dash cam for the experts at Which?, so almost certainly the best dash cam for you as well.
Mio MiVue 798
This model also comes highly recommended by the experts at Which?. It records crisp video and audio footage and comes with a whole host of safety-focused extras. In fact, it has plenty of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) features to prevent crashes in the first place. Most importantly, it also comes very highly recommended by UK drivers.
It's also very reasonably priced for what's included. As with many of the dashcams on this list, you do have to pay for the SD card that stores the footage separately, which does increase the cost. However, the MiVue is such a good dash cam, it's certainly worth it.
Summary: A high-value dash cam, packed full of helpful safety features that's very unlikely to disappoint or let you down.
Garmin Dash Cam 67W
This compact Garmin dash cam is quick and easy to install, simple to use and records video to the highest standard. With a range of safety-focused features included as well, it's a very solid option if you're looking for the best dash cam of 2022.
However, there are a couple of downsides. To properly use the camera, you have to keep it connected to WiFi. Usually, this means using a mobile hotspot while driving - which can get quite expensive. Plus, storing videos on the Garmin vault is an additional monthly charge.
Summary: An exceptionally good compact dash cam from a trusted brand, but some drivers might find it unaffordable.
Viofo A129 Pro Duo
This dash cam may seem quite expensive but you get a front AND rear camera for that money. Recording from two angles gives you protection from all accidents, including being shunted from behind. This gives you extra peace of mind. On top of that, you get crystal clear 4K video (the highest quality modern recording technology can manage). With extra features designed to enhance night-time recording, this is definitely a high-class option from a lesser-known brand. Just be aware that the front camera is a little bulky and there are a lot of wires involved. Make sure you can keep these out of the way.
Summary: A fantastic price for a superb quality dash cam. Highly recommended for drivers who drive a lot at night.
This Kenwood dash cam is the only one on this list to come with an SD card included. That makes it a very reasonable deal, especially as the camera itself records video in 4K. It may not have the same range of gadgets or image stabilising as some of the market leaders but, if you're not worried about those things, it could well be the best dash cam of 2022 for you.
Summary: Does the basics very well and is available at a reasonable price, but doesn't include the same level of extra features as some other options.
What is the Best Value Dash Cam for 2022?
If you don't have a large budget to spend on a new dash cam, you can still buy a high-quality model. However, you may have to settle for fewer extra features, so you must focus on exceptional video quality. Here are three great value dash cams that offer just that.
|Nextbase 222||Vantrue N1||DDPAI Mola N3|
|Average Review Score||4.7||4.4||4.3|
|Built-in GPS||No||Optional||Yes (only on one firmware model)|
|Which? Best Buy||Yes||No||No|
|Any Additional Features||G force sensor||Sound recording, time-lapse and heat resistance||Longer life, heat & cold resistance|
Nextbase is a market leader for dash cams, and the 222 is a solid budget model. It's not quite their entry-level dash cam, but it doesn't have the same range of extra features as some of their more expensive dash cams. That being said, it records high-quality video and switches automatically into Intelligent Park mode when you switch the engine off.
Summary: A very strong, highly recommended value dash cam from an industry leader. A safe bet if you're working to a budget.
This compact dash cam is pretty basic - but it does those basics very well. 1080p gives you crystal clear footage and it's super easy to install and use. Plus, it does include motion detection and a G-Sensor to automatically store video evidence of collisions while you're parked. This dash cam also comes with an 18-month warranty.
The one drawback of the Vantrue is having to buy the GPS feature separately. However, if you're prioritising video quality, you can do a lot worse. Plus, the lower price makes this a very appealing option, especially if you don't need anything fancy.
Summary: A basic but very appealing entry-level model. Perfect if you're looking for a value dash cam that priorities high-quality video.
DDPAI Mola N3
Don't be put off by the unfamiliar name - DDPAI are an up and coming Chinese technology firm who are rapidly expanding across the globe. The Mola N3 is a very small, very basic dash cam available at a reasonable price. For that money, you get the best video quality of the three, reasonable night video quality and a fairly long battery life.
However, there is no screen on the camera itself and drivers have reported compatibility issues with the smartphone app. This could lead to some problems accessing the footage, so make sure your phone is compatible before you buy one.
Summary: If price is your biggest concern, this is definitely one of the best value dash cams available. Just make sure you're able to access the footage on your phone.
Why Do I Need a Dash Cam?
UK roads can be dangerous. Not only do you have to deal with thousands of other drivers, but there are plenty of other hazards to think about. In places like the New Forest, deer or cattle can wander onto the road at any point. Any accident can be very expensive, no matter what you hit - and the costs can stack up if you can't prove it wasn't your fault.
A dash cam helps your chances of winning an insurance claim and fight false accusations, such as 'crash for cash' scams. All the leading insurance companies and the police accept dashcam footage as evidence. They are the best 'silent witness' for any driver.
Investing in a dash cam helps you save money and increases your confidence on the road, especially if you've just passed your driving test. So, how do you go about choosing the very best dash cam?
What Features Should I Look For in a Dash Cam?
If you don't like any of the options we've outlined above, don't worry. There are plenty of choices when it comes to dash cams. If you're not restricted by price, make sure you buy a dash cam that includes the following five features. The best dash cam for you may have extra features, but it's not worth spending all that money on it if it can't do the basics to the highest standard.
High-Quality Video Footage (Day & Night)
Most modern dash cams provide 1080p footage as standard, but you can also buy models that record in 1440p, 1600p or 4K. The higher the number of pixels, the clearer the resolution and the better the footage will be. Your chosen dash cam should capture the road ahead in crystal clear quality, no matter the time of day. The footage should also be smooth and steady, no matter the road surface.
Your chosen dash cam shouldn't miss a moment of any journey. The best ones overwrite old files with new footage as soon as the memory card is full. This means that you don't have to clear the footage every few hours of driving to make space for more.
However, as all footage will eventually be deleted, you must download any that you want to keep as soon as possible. You can access the files by plugging your dash cam into a laptop or computer using the USB cable provided.
Intelligent Parking Mode
Intelligent Parking mode takes many forms. Look for a dash cam that offers:
- Impact Sensors
- Motion Detection
- Or something similar
Many of the best dash cams include more than one of these features.
Intelligent Parking protects your vehicle while it's parked. Otherwise, you have no protection against other drivers crashing into you if they don't leave their insurance details. Dash cams with Intelligent Parking mode will switch on when the engine is off if another object approaches. Many can also recognise when something has hit your car and automatically save the file to use in an insurance claim.
Many of the best dash cams know exactly where you are at all times and can use this data to enhance your footage. Some can also track your journeys and provide speed camera warnings as well as other traffic data. This can come in very handy if you don't own a sat-nav.
Easy to Set Up & Use
There's no point in having a fancy dash cam if it's complicated and frustrating to use. Even setting up your dash cam should be quick and simple. Choose one with a touchscreen and easy-to-follow instructions, both on-screen and in the manual.
After you've set it up, you shouldn't have to do anything more with it until you need to access the footage. The best dash cams simply plug into your 12V socket (the cigarette lighter) and switch on/off with the engine. That way, there's no chance that you'll forget to start recording.
If you're looking for a value dash cam, at the very least it must be:
- Easy to Set Up & Use
- Record High-Quality Footage (Day & Night)
- Loop Recording
Most dash cams do also include some form of built-in GPS and Intelligent Parking mode, but you should prioritise the three factors above if you're looking to buy a dash cam on a budget.