A dashboard camera is absolutely necessary for both cars and motorcycles, besides the safety of your vehicle, a dashcam also acts as an extra pair of eyes on the road that allows you to provide concrete evidence for accident insurance claims.
Since it is a necessity, we need to select the best one for your car! We will be highlighting some key features you should look out for when selecting the best suitable dashcam for your vehicle.
There are various types of mounts available, the more popular ones are adhesive holder, mirror mount and suction cups.
The suction cup holder is particularly useful if you change vehicles often and want to take the camera with you. However, in the heat and humidity of Singapore’s weather, a mirror mount will be better. Selecting a secure and reliable mount is paramount as it can be hazardous if the camera falls off while driving.
You should make sure that the model you select offers the highest image quality possible. Most of the dashcams are in HD qualities, ranging from 720p to 1080p. Besides that, with a higher price, you may even purchase a dashcam that records in 4k ultra-high definition (UHD) with night mode settings since the number plates are less visible at the night.
GPS is used for tracking location and speed. The data will sync up with video recordings so you can see exactly where you were and at what time when a video was recorded. Some cameras allow you to access the data you’ve gathered. While others can stamp this information on the video, which saves you time when submitting video evidence for a claim.
Some of the bigger brands allow users to connect their dashcams to their smartphones via an application. This function will come in handy as it allows you to view video footage whenever you want. Some brands even offer Cloud storage, meaning you will not need to worry about your memory card running out of space.
Automatic and Continuous Loop Recording
The dashcam that you choose should include continuous loop recording. This means that the camera will continuously record footage and once the memory is full, it will automatically overwrite the oldest footage.
The parking mode feature is designed to protect your car when you are not around. The camera will continue to record even when the engine is switched off.
One disadvantage is that the dashcam must be hardwired to the car’s power supply to function. However, dashcam models with internal batteries will continue to operate for a limited period after the vehicle is parked. You can also purchase a third-party battery pack to connect to the dashcam, which prevents it from draining the vehicle’s battery.
We hope this guide helped you have a better understanding of how to select the right dashcam for your needs! Searching for a particular dashcam? Why not head over to the UDRIVERS app and find it through UCONNECT?