If you are looking to invest in a dashboard camera for your car, getting a dash cam with GPS will prove to be a clever investment. Apart from just recording the activity in front of your car, the built-in GPS in these cameras will help you track the date and location of the recorded footage. Besides that, a dash cam with a G-Sensor automatically records the scene in front when it detects a crash or a bump. Cool, right?
So, if you are in the market looking for some nifty car dash cam with GPS tracking, here are our recommendations for the best ones.
The Kenwood A301W is an affordable dash came with a decent amount of handy features. For the price, the A301W is sleek and slim and can record FHD videos at 30fps. Apart from the built-in GPS, this affordable dash cam also packs Wi-Fi and lets you record footage on a microSD card. The best part is that this camera records for a couple of seconds before it detects a crash (like iPhone's Live Mode) which lets you review the actual moment of the crash.
The camera also puts the impact-related videos in a protected folder so that the cam doesn't overwrite them.
The video quality is decent for day-to-day activities. However, the low-light videos can be a little underwhelming. They lack clarity, and if you are looking to identify registration plates, you'll be disappointed. The in-box 16GB card lets you record 2.5 hours of footage, but you can always upgrade to a high-capacity card should you want more storage.
More importantly, the built-in GPS shows more than just your location. You can track the location, check your speed as well as see G-sensor data.
The Vantrue X4 is one of the few mid-range 4K dash cams out there, and for its price, it bundles several interesting features. For one, it comes with 24-hour parked card monitoring, apart from GPS monitoring. At the same time, the 4K resolution means that the footage recorded by the Venture X4 is crisp and clear. More importantly, it mounts on the windshield, and the unobtrusive design ensures that it blends easily with the car's design.
As noted earlier, the Venture X4 delivers sharp footage. At day time, the colors appear well-saturated and crisp. You can say the same about low-light footage. You might see considerable color bleed during rainy nights. If your place receives considerable rainfall throughout the year, you might want to consider this point.
At the same time, the 4K footage means that a small clip will occupy considerable space on the SD card. However, when it comes to checking the SD card contents, you will have to rely on the good old method of connecting the card to your laptop via a microSD card reader.
The X4 doesn't have a companion app, unlike the Kenwood A301W. However, for the price and the feature-set, this is a manageable compromise.
The Nextbase 622GW costs a little more than the Venture X4 but brings a wealth of features and performance despite the narrow price gap. The highlight of this car dash camera is the built-in polarizing filter designed to cut off glare. Add a 4K resolution to the mix, and you will get clear high-res and glare-free footage. Furthermore, you get highly handy features like emergency SOS service, the ability to add a rear camera module, and a built-in image stabilization tech.
The latter plays a big part in delivering smooth and bump-free footage. The best part of the anti-polarizing filter is that you can disable it by rotating the filter.
When it comes to the GPS service, the built-in G-Sensor in the Nextbase 622GW automatically saves footage whenever it detects a crash or a bump. And like any premium dash cam, you can customize the sensitivity of the sensor. The good thing is that this sensor can also be activated when the car is in parking mode.
Apart from the conventional GPS, the Nextbase 622GW supports What3Words integration, a GPS alternative. This tech helps in accurately pinpointing your car's location and comes in handy for locating crashes and accidents.
More importantly, the 4K car dash cam records clear and sharp video footage and performs well both during day and night. The recorded clips can also be played in slow motion to see the moments leading to a crash or a confrontation.
The Thinkware Q800 Pro is the middle ground between average FHD dash cameras and storage hogging 4K dash cams. The 1440p resolution means sharp and crisp footage and more free storage on your SD card. But, the highlight of the Thinkware Q800 Pro lies in its safety features, and they are a huge plus. Here, the camera will swiftly alert you when it vehicle in front of you swerves from its lane.
In this case, the built-in GPS does more than just location tracking and speed monitoring. The Thinkware Q800 Pro warns you of red lights, speed traps, and forward collisions. Cool, right?
As noted earlier, the resulting video is crisp and sharp.
However, it's not without limitations. Unlike the dash cams above, the Q800 Pro doesn't have a built-in screen. While this results in a more subtle design, you will have to connect the dash cam to your laptop or phone to view the recordings. The good part is that the Thinkware Cloud companion app makes it easy to operate and customize the camera.
Garmin has been a long-standing name in the GPS peripherals, and the Garmin Dash Cam 66W is one of the newest offerings. This dash cam checks off many boxes. Unlike the average 120 and 140-degree field of view of standard cameras, this one bundles a wide 180-degree lens, meaning it captures a wide view. If you have a smaller car, the wide-angle view allows you to see a little to the sides as well. This ensures that the camera can record side-way collisions or t-bone collisions effectively.
Another highlight of this dash cam is its sleek and compact design. It bears a similar look to the Go Pro action cameras (see best travel-friendly action cameras). The compact design also means that the camera has a discrete look.
Like the one above, it comes with its share of safety features. The camera warns you if the driver ahead has switched lanes or when you are idling on a traffic light. Plus, you have the usual collision alerts.
Apart from GPS, the Dash Cam 66W also comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. These two come in handy when you want to connect the camera to your phone to offload videos. The touchscreen at the rear of the camera also eases a lot of work.
It's worth to be noted that the camera automatically records a protected video when its G-Sensor detects a crash. Last but not least, it supports voice commands and supports basic commands like stop recording and save a picture or video.
If you want a car dash cam with GPS that can do it all, then this is the one.
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Today dash cams are more than mere recording devices. With the advent of technology, they can not only record but also warn you of imminent collisions. And the fact that you can have all the data of your car's location is a peaceful assurance.
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