Last Updated on March 9, 2020
Dash cams are great. You get footage from a friend on WhatsApp of a viral video taken from a dash cam every other day. You think you don’t need them… until you do.
They are handy for a number of reasons. If you do not want to go through the whole article, you can check our top choices for best dash cams for cars in India:
How to choose a dash cam for your car
1. Video Resolution
This is the most important feature. If you can’t see the video clearly, then your dash cam is a waste. You need to get at least a 1080p recording dash cam with 30 fps.
2. Night Vision
Accidents and events happen in the night, so it’s better your dash cam has got you covered there. We think it is absolutely necessary for the recording to be clear at night.
3. Storage Capacity
Most dash cams store videos in loop recording in a SD card. Usually, the loops are for certain minutes which means the camera records videos in loops of 3 minutes (an example) and overwrites the earliest recording continuously.
4. Automatic on/off
Some dash cams have a feature where they turn on automatically once the engine is turned on. For manual systems, you have to keep in mind to start them every time you want to start recording.
5. Impact Sensor
Dash cams which impact sensor detect an abrupt stop or acceleration and lock the latest available recordings so that they cannot be altered with.
Benefits of Dash Cams in Cars
1. Protection from false cases
This is not popular yet in India but it is going to be. There are a lot of cases in China and other countries where pedestrians come in front of your car and fall down giving the picture that you have hurt them.
They then blackmail you to pay them off otherwise they will call the cops. Dash cams can record this stuff and make sure you don’t get in a situation like this.
2. First hand evidence of accidents
Your camera will start recording as soon as you start the engine in realtime. This ensures that you have the evidence if any car crash takes place and whose fault is it.
3. Recording your Road Trips
Road trips are fun. Seeing a 2-3 hours road trip in a 5-minute condensed time-lapse is even more fun. They are good for capturing such memories.
4. Tracking your speed and location
Dash cams these days have started to come with in-built GPS and speed. These can provide useful info for insurance claims.
List of the Best Dash Cam for Car in India
1. King Shine Dash Cam – The Best Dash Cam under Rs. 1000 in India
One of the cheapest dash cams available in India, the King Shine is is made by an Indian company and is one of the best sellers on Amazon in the dash cam category.
It does not come with a memory card, so you will need to buy one separately. It is compatible with 16 GB and 32 GB storage cards.
The King Shine
The recording quality is not great although it records in 1080p. We would recommend this dash cam only if you are looking for a very cheap solution. Note – This camera does not come with a warranty.
2. Safe Cams FS DH09
The Safe Cams FS DH09 is a 1080p Full HD recording dash cam. It has a screen size of 3-inches and storage capacity of up to 32 GB although you have to buy it separately.
It can record continuously on loop and has an auto start option through its G-sensor which locks the file recorded on detection of sudden acceleration or brake to ensure that the footage is not tampered with.
This is a really good dash cam to get. It has a one year warranty and comes with the bracket and USB cable to affix it. You have to connect it to your car to get it working.Check price
3. APEMAN Dash Cam
The APEMAN dash cam is very popular in the US. It is available in India through Amazon but the drawback is that you don’t get any warranty on this.
The recording quality is great and it continuously records in
Although slightly expensive, it does what it is supposed to.Check price
4. DDPAI Mini Car Dash Camera – The Best Dash Cam under Rs. 4000 in India
The DDPAI monitor would be our pick for most people to use. It is simple to install, has an app to install in mobile.
It can record videos at 1080p at 30 fps. The quality is decent and not that great. It has loop recording with G-sensor for accident detection which locks the file recorded before.
A good video detailing the pros and cons of the dash cam is:Check price
5. 70mai Xiaomi Smart Dash Camera
Xiaomi does not really market this dash cam in India. It’s usually sold by importers who import this dash cam from China to India.
With that said, the really good thing about this dash cam is that the recording is very clear for the cost of the dash cam. It has a detachable mount but does not have a screen to view the recording.
It is simple and easy to set up, has a G-sensor to detect emergency recordings and has a built-in WiFi which can connect to the internet and download your recordings on the phone if you install their app.
We would recommend this dash cam for anyone with a budget of up to Rs. 5000.Check price
6. YI Smart Dash Camera
The YI Smart Dash Camera is a great dash cam with 1296p recording at 30 fps and 1080p recording at 60 fps. It is more clearer than other options and hence, more expensive.
You don’t get an SD card with the camera, you will need to purchase one separately. It supports from 8 GB to 64 GB in memory. It has a 2.7-inch screen that displays what is being recorded.
The YI Smart Dash Camera is a good alternative to the Xiaomi 70mai. It has anti-shake and emergency recording lock feature. A good buy if your budget is up to Rs. 5000 and you get a one year warranty along with it.Check price
7. Blueskysea B1W
This is one of our favourite dash cams on the list. The B1W offers decent image quality, in both day and night conditions. The seller offers a one-year warranty.
It has SD card support of up to 64 GB. It records in 5-minute durations and has loop recording. You can connect it with your phone and download videos from it.
It has emergency recording measure where it locks the file upon an accident. The device has an inbuilt mic which can be turned off/on with a push of a button.
A great purchase and one we would recommend over the others. Good value for the price.Check price