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1 October 2020

Five cheap dash cams to avoid for 2020

We reveal which cheap dash cams produce the worst footage in our tough tests.
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Louise Muyanja

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 our test results, 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

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44%
Don't buy
£32.95
Reviewed

On paper, it looks impressive that a dash cam this cheap cam comes with wi-fi. But when we put it to the test, wi-fi proved to be one of its only strengths. It failed to produce good enough footage - in fact, its video quality isn’t acceptable at all. It’s easy enough to use but the sacrifices you make for its quality simply aren’t worth it. 

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43%
Don't buy
£20.00
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Unfortunately, this popular brand couldn't pull off a cheap, good quality dash cam with this model. Its video quality is what lets it down. Even in the daytime, recordings are grainy. At night, reading number plates is a real task. Paired with the fact that its audio quality is hugely disappointing, it's a definite Don't Buy.

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40%
Don't buy
£35.00
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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.

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25%
Don't buy
£35.00
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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

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23%
Don't buy
£22.00
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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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Find out which models you should buy - see our round-up of the best dash cams.  

How much should a dash cam cost?

Cost is not a factor in our testing. Every model that passes through our labs is judged equally on the exact same criteria, whether it costs £20 or £200. 

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.

Paying more doesn't necessarily guarantee you quality. We've 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. 

Our expert dash cam reviews will help you pick the model that's right for your budget. 

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