Front facing dash cam or front and rear facing dash cam?
Front facing dash cams
Front and rear facing dash cams
- 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.
1080p Full HD
1080p captures events and scenery clearly close up and further away.
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.
You can download your footage
to a device to view.
You can also send it direct
to your insurer.
You can remove the SD card
and view footage on a tablet or
computer and then send
to your insurer.
Important dash cam features to look out for
This is very useful when making insurance claims. It can pinpoint your location, how you arrived there and what speed you were travelling.
G- force sensors
When your camera detects an impact against your vehicle it automatically saves the footage and prevents it from being overwritten.
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.
Infra-red night vision is able to record clearer images in the dark in areas where there's not much street lighting.
The dash cam starts recording automatically when your car starts to drive
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.
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|