Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

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Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally.

July 5, 2018: We’ve added three more reviews. The Zero Edge Z-Edge Z4 (available on Amazon) is the standout, and our new budget front-camera pick. It boasts high-quality day video captures, HDR, and available super-wide 2560×1080 resolution. It’s even nice-looking. The major omission is GPS, but that’s not unusual in this price range. Read our full review. The Cacagoo CA03 is an amazing bargain (available on Amazon), just don’t expect much from its nighttime video. Read our full review. The Cobra Drive HD 2316 (available on Amazon) also struggles with nighttime video, but it’s a good deal for a dual-camera setup. Here’s our full review.

Best front/rear dash cam: Thinkware Dash Cam F800 

Thinkware’s Dash Cam F800 (currently $300 or less on Amazon) is a high-end, dual-channel dash cam that offers easily the best night video we’ve seen. It revealed details that we missed with our own eyes while actually sitting in the car. For all the details, read our full review of the Thinkware Dash Cam F800.