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Five cheap dash cams to avoid for 2019

By Callum Tennent

It can be tempting to go for the cheapest dash cam you can find. But is this harmless thriftiness or a potential accident waiting to happen?

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Unlike with most electronics, picking the wrong dash cam could result in your filmed footage being deemed unusable in a court of law - a cost that is likely to be far greater than the money you saved when buying the camera in the first place.

With dash cams ranging in price from less than £20 to an eye-watering £280, one question comes to mind: just how much do you need to spend? Take a look at the table below to see just how poorly some of the cheapest dashboard cameras on the market score in our tests. There are bargains to be had out there, but models this cheap should be an immediate red flag.

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Five cheap dash cams to avoid


An affordable and basic model, there's no bargains to be had here. Corners were cut to reduce size and cost and it suffered in our test lab as a result.


This may be a budget dash cam, but it comes to you courtesy of one of the biggest tech brands in the world. Its expertise and past successes in other fields didn't do it much good with this terrible offering.


This dash cam comes from a real household name. It's one that's not historically famous for producing tech, though, and now we know why. Read the full review to find out just how poorly it performs.


When you're a small company you need a hook to steer customers away from the big-name brands. In the case of this dash cam, it's the price. Unfortunately, this £40 device just can't compete with more expensive rivals. We tested it out so that you don't have to. Log in to see which model we're talking about


One of many budget dash cam options available on Amazon, it has a 2.5-inch screen, motion detection and some truly awful footage quality. We put it through our tough lab tests and concluded that this cheap option is a waste of money.

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How much should a dash cam cost?

We can't stress enough that cost is not a factor in our testing. Every model to pass through our labs, whether it costs £20 or £200, is judged equally on the exact same criteria. However, when it comes to making a buying decision, pricing is undoubtedly an important consideration.

Not all Best Buys cost the same, and while one may score a few percentage points higher than another it may still not be worth splashing out an extra £50 on it. We've also seen Don't Buy dash cams that cost more than some Best Buys - you definitely can't judge the quality of one on its price and branding alone.

Cheaper models may lack important features, such as GPS tracking, G-force sensors and a parking mode. If a dash cam with an alluring price catches your eye, be sure it still has all of the features that you need - you can find these in the 'Tech specs' tab at the top of all of our reviews.


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