Dash Cam Buying Guide | Argos

Dash cam Buying Guide

A dash cam records what happens if you're in
a car accident, which can really help to reduce insurance
premiums.Here's all you need to know to find the best dash
cam for your car.

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Front facing dash cam or front and rear facing dash cam?

Front facing dash cams

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Plugs straight into your 12v (cigarette) socket
  • Less expensive

Cons

  • May miss events on either side of your car
  • Can't see behind your car

Front and rear facing dash cams

Pros

  • Captures incidents from the front, back and sides of your car

Cons

  • Many models require professional installation
 
 

How do you install a dash cam?

 
  • Most dash cams attach to your windscreen or dashboard via a suction cup. Some will attach to your rear view mirror.
  • The recommended position is beneath your rear-view mirror, where the camera can get a full view of the road and your view isn't restricted.
  • Dash cams are powered by your car's cigarette lighter. Some can also be charged via USB. They can last a short time on battery power.
  • You can get a dash cam installed professionally and wired to your car's power.
  • Professional installation is essential for most front and rear facing dash cams.
 

Comparing dash cam image quality

720p standard definition

Footage is sharp close-up, but less clear further away.

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1080p Full HD

1080p captures events and scenery clearly close up and further away.

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1440p Quad HD

Gives you a wider view. Higher resolution allows you to zoom in and identify details.

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4K

Highest resolution with superb clarity and depth. Potential to see if drivers are using a mobile phone.

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How do dash cams record and store video?

 
  • Dash cams will store video on an SD card, which is usually sold separately
  • Most cameras will record on a loop, recording over old footage once the card gets full
  • You can save important footage from being taped over, before downloading it to another device.
 

How to view your dash cam footage

Dash cams with
an in-built screen

You'll be able to immediately
view footage on
your camera whenever
you need to.

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WiFi enabled
dash cams

You can download your footage
to a device to view.
You can also send it direct
to your insurer.

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No screen
or WiFi?

You can remove the SD card
and view footage on a tablet or
computer and then send
to your insurer.

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Important dash cam features to look out for

GPS

This is very useful when making insurance claims. It can pinpoint your location, how you arrived there and what speed you were travelling.

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G- force sensors

When your camera detects an impact against your vehicle it automatically saves the footage and prevents it from being overwritten.

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Parking mode

If your vehicle is hit while it's parked, this mode switches the camera on as soon as the impact is felt so the cause is captured on tape.

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Night vision

Infra-red night vision is able to record clearer images in the dark in areas where there's not much street lighting.

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Auto start

The dash cam starts recording automatically when your car starts to drive

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Loop recording

Once your memory card is full, the dash cam will record over old footage, so it never stops filming. Any important footage can be saved and protected.

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What memory card do I need for my dash cam?

 
  • Most dash cams will take either an SD or Micro SD card.
  • The more gigabytes (GB) a memory card has, the more video it can store before it gets recorded over.
  • The lower the video quality you record, the more video a card can store.

You can find out more in our memory card buying guide

 

Estimated recording time in HD

2 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
20 mins 40 mins 80 mins 160 mins 640 mins

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