1) The JooVuu X – £89.99 with code: YAY10
Small, lightweight, 1080P 60fps, 2.5K resolution, two modes, automatic switching for best night time recording, WiFi, GPS, an active community, its own dedicated PC Program, plus it is developed by a UK company, this camera is by far the best camera in today’s market. The camera in comparison to the other top choices is by far the best around. The image quality beats out almost every ‘top-end’ competitor and the features and support just make this a no-brainer.
2) Garmin Dash Cam 35 – £127
Decent image quality but rather bulky. Features are okay for most people though people who want even better image quality through tweaking will be disappointed. Reliability was also an issue in our tests with the camera sometimes stopping randomly. This could have been a defective unit though. The image quality is really what put this into second, though still not as sharp as the JooVuu X.
3) Snooper DVR – 4HD – £135
The Snooper car camera is very basic which is good if you just want a camera to leave there, the problem is, a basic camera at this price just doesn’t cut the mustard. The camera does come with a variety of safety features such as car collision warning system, and a lane departure system but the problem is these did not work that well. From our tests the features worked 31% of the time. The image quality is good and about as close to real life as you can get, but the camera is just too simplistic and expensive. If this was half the price, it would be an instant winner, but it’s not.
4) Thinkware X550 £169 + installation
The image quality is fantastic and it also comes with GPS and speed camera alerts. However, the camera can only be connected directly to the cars electrical system and is not plug and play like the above cameras. If you connect the camera to the cars electronics it brings one of Thinkware’s better features to the fore. Connecting it like this lets you take advantage of the Parking Mode option which means the X550 “wakes up” and starts recording when it feels a shock or movement. It’s very large and very noticeable from the road though, and considering it is permanently installed in your car, unless you park your car in secure garage each night this is just asking for someone to smash and grab.
5) Transcend Pro 220 – £129
This is known as the ‘workhorse’ of the car camera world – it gets the job done but with no bells. Made from cheap plastic but with decent hardware, the camera produces solid video recordings. The size and screen make it anything but discreet and the WiFi only works intermittently but if you don’t mind an ‘average’ camera then this is the camera to buy.