The best dash cams you can buy in Canada
Dash cams from Amazon, Staples, Best Buy, Vision and The Source that range from basic tech to high definition.
The rise of viral videos of near-misses in traffic and the constant battle for on-street parking make us notice how much British Columbians rely on their dash cams.
For those looking to install one, these six popular dash cams range from a basic plug-in to high-definition front and rear cameras with wifi. Some simply record looping video, while others have voice commands, driver alerts for lane drift, parking monitoring to detect bumps, and time-lapse video to capture all the action on a morning commute or summer trip.
The basic dash cam
Who is it ideal for: For a single dash cam, this Amazon option is easy to install and has the basic features like night vision, parking monitor, loop recording (which replaces older files), audio and the suction cup windshield mount.
Why we endorse it: Price, user reviews, includes SD card.
Where it could use improvements: Not clear on charging port capabilities for USB.
Dimensions/price: 1080p video, 3″ screen; $59 at Amazon.
The pro HD equipment
Who is it ideal for: The myGEKOgear Orbit 956 is ideal for drivers who want maximum coverage. The front camera is 4K 25fps video the rear camera is Full HD 1080p; there is also a GPS sensor for speed and lane drift and a time-lapse function. With a 150° viewing angle, audio, WiFi connectivity, USB port and 32GB MicroSD card, it’s the complete package.
Why we endorse it: Quality, reviews, functionality.
Where it could use improvements: Higher price than other options.
Dimensions/price: Exclusive at Best Buy ($199.99).
The dash cam with cloud storage
Who is it ideal for: For those who want to differentiate between basic and expert, this Nextbase 122 720P HD dash cam is reliable and has the necessary features, such as 120° viewing angle, Click&Go Pro support, parking monitor (detects bumps) and the ability to view and share images in the MyNextBase cloud.
Why we endorse it: Quality, cloud function.
Where it could use improvements: Does not include SD card.
Dimensions/price: $129.99 at The Source.
Three other dash cams to consider
This 4K dash cam features a 64GB memory card, parking monitor, Wi-Fi, emergency digital lock that activates in the event of a collision, timestamps, two types of mounting brackets and a two-year warranty. $229.99 on Amazon.
For a small, inconspicuous camera, this JS Innovations mini dash cam features a 1.5″ screen, 1080p resolution and a 120° crash sensor. $69.99 at Best Buy .
The Garmin Dash Cam 56 is at the high end of the price range for this kind of gadget. It has a 140° view, voice control capabilities, Bluetooth, wireless app pairing, motion detection and driver alerts like lane change. Does not include SD card. $269.99 at Staples.