Our Best Dash Cams for 2014

Dash Cams (also known as Dashboard Cameras or Car Cameras), are video recording devices that you can attach to your windshield for multiple reasons. Some of the most popular reasons to own a dash cam include:

  • Provides evidence in the event of an accident
  • Protect your vehicle while its parked
  • Track driving speed and route
  • Track commercially owned vehicles and employees

It’s really is no surprise why these devices have become so popular. The cameras are generally simple in operation and hassle free to set up. There are a number of different models on the market, so it can be difficult to find the one with features that work best for you. To help you better understand dash cams, we have listed our best models based on actual customer opinions and ratings and provided a brief summary of each model’s features.

1. DOD Tech Car Dash Digital Camera Video Recorder (LS430W)

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Taking our top spot, the DOD Tech Car Dash Digital Video Recorder Model: LS430W is a popular choice. Using Wide Dynamic Range technology, the DOD LS430W captures more surrounding area. It features an internal GPS receiver (which will tag your recording to identify the exact location where it was shot), HDMI video out, and a 2.7” LCD screen. The DOD LS430W Dash Cam contains 128MB of internal memory and a MicroSDHC card slot which supports up to 32GB. An extremely useful feature called G-sensor is built into the LS430W. The G-sensor will identify an impact using motion detection and automatically protect the recorded file preventing it from being deleted or written over. The LS430W will begin recording when power is supplied (vehicle turned on) and stop when vehicle is turned off.

  • DVR with WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology
  • 6G-sharp glass lens
  • Internal high-speed GPS receiver for GPS logging
  • Built-in G-Sensor, which is an automatic trigger for file protection
  • HDMI high-definition video output
  • Display: 2.7″, 16:9 Widescreen TFT LCD
  • Recording media – Internal: 128 MB/External: MicroSDHC Card (works with SDHC Cards of up to 32GB)
  • Recording resolution: 1080P – 1920×1080 (30fps); 720P – 1280×720 (30fps); 480P – 640×480 (30fps)
  • Dimensions: 1-1/2″ (H) x 1-9/10″ (W) x 4-1/2″ (D)

CUSTOMER REVIEW
4/11/2013
Jason says:

“I purchased this unit and fell in love with it. It’s easy to set up and best of all, it starts up automatically when I drive. It has amazing video quality especially in dark areas. Another aspect I love about this dash cam is the fact that it has a GPS logger. Now when I get pulled over for speeding I have evidence that I didn’t. Highly recommend this product.”

2. Genius Car Dash Digital Camera Video Recorder (DVR-FHD590)

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Featuring a 2.4” display, the Genius Car Dash Digital Camera Video Recorder Model: DVR-FHD590 will record HD video of your exciting road trips, or regular daily commute to work. The Genius DVR-FHD590 contains a wide angle lens that lets you see video at 128 degrees with no distortion and a built in LED for low light scenarios. This model also includes the G-sensor.

  • 2.4″ display
  • Full HD Resolution: 1920 x 1080; HD Resolution:1280 x 720
  • Full HD vehicle recorder
  • Support Capacity: up to 32GB
  • Wide angle lens
  • Built-in high power LED for low light conditions
  • Video file playback
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology
  • 5MP camera
  • G-Sensor
  • Interface: Mini HDMI/USB, DC IN
  • Dimensions: 1.18″ H. x 2.44″ W. x 2.67″ D.

CUSTOMER REVIEW
12/12/2013
Tonnageguy says:

“Probably the best camera that Genius makes. Ideal for first time user
Pros: Great Deal For The Price, Great Picture, Simple To Operate”

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3. DOD Tech Car Dash Digital Camera Video Recorder (LS330W)

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The DOD Tech Car Dash Cam LS330W is also strongly recommended. Almost identical to the LS430W, the LS330W has Wide Dynamic Range technology and provides some of the best video quality in a dash cam. Both models share features with one real difference. The LS430W has an internal GPS receiver and LS330W has an external GPS receiver.

  • DVR with WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology
  • 6G-sharp glass lens
  • Optional high-speed GPS receiver for GPS logging
  • Built-in G-Sensor
  • HDMI high-definition video output
  • Display: 2.7″, 16:9 Widescreen TFT LCD
  • Recording media – Internal: 128 MB/External: MicroSDHC Card (works with SDHC Cards of up to 32GB)
  • Recording resolution: 1080P – 1920×1080 (30fps); 720P – 1280×720 (30fps); 480P – 640×480 (30fps)
  • Dimensions: 1-1/2″ (H) x 1-9/10″ (W) x 4-1/2″ (D)

CUSTOMER REVIEW
8/8/2014
kim c says:

“Strongly recommend to friends.”

4. Genius Car Dash Digital Camera Video Recorder (DVR-535)

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The Genius Car Dash (DVR-535) is under $50 and gets the job done. With fewer features and a lower image capture quality than our best rated models, the DVR-535 won’t capture the same stunning HD video as the more expensive dash cams out there, but it will do the trick when it comes to recording footage that can be used in the event of an emergency. A popular choice for those looking to spend less, the DVR-535 is a best seller.

  • 2.4″ display
  • Video Resolution: up to 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second
  • 120 degree wide angle vehicle recorder
  • Support Capacity: 32GB (Class 6 or above)
  • Plays back recorded videos or photos as a proof or reference
  • Built-in IR LED
  • Video Recording Format: AVI
  • Memory Type: Micro SDHC
  • Built in Li-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 1.32″ H. x 2.44″ W. x 2.99″ D.

CUSTOMER REVIEW
23/1/2014
Uncle Sam says:

“I bought this product during the holiday promo, and I noticed there is another “HD” model as well. However, I didn’t want to spend much, and this is the first time I use this type of product. So I decided to get this 535 model. After a few test runs, I have to say I like it a lot. It does not provide HD image which means if in a hit’n’run, I might not be able to get the license plate down. However, for minor incidents, this camera is able to catch everything you see. I am saving up some money to buy a HD model later on. But since I have this DVR-535, I feel I need to give it a fair review. For sure I will not give it a 5-star, but I think for the price, I am pretty satisfied.”

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Matt Safford

Matt Safford spends his days testing gadgets and writing about technology. He has written for Popular Science, Smithsonian, Consumer Reports, and Wired.

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