Top three best wireless dash cams for 2019
By Louise Muyanja
A wireless dash cam uses a wireless internet connection to stream or send footage to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
These wireless dash cams are useful, but the big price that frequently accompanies them shouldn't be mistaken for a mark of quality. We've seen plenty of high-end models disappoint in our in-depth dash cam lab test.
Be sure to look at our reviews, below, before committing to an expensive new model.
Top three wireless dash cams
This is the highest-scoring dash cam we've ever tested, it also has a lofty price tag to match. Not only does the top-of-the-line 4K lens capture footage in crystal-clear quality, but this dash cam it’s still incredibly easy to use and has a host of useful features - from parking mode to wi-fi. If you want a high quality dash cam that ticks all the boxes, and your budget can stretch to it, this is the perfect one to choose. Log in to see which model we're talking about.
It might not be cheap but our tests found that this premium dash cam is totally worth its price. This compact dash cam manages to pull off detailed and good quality footage, an enviable roster of features and it’s easy to use. It’s no wonder this is the highest-scoring model in its range.
This is a very good dash cam that’s affordable and comes very close to being a Best Buy. It's easy to use with strong footage but only during the daytime. As with most dash cams, its footage quality suffers at night. You also have the choice of buying this model with an adhesive mount but our testing found it to be slightly more awkward to use than this version, so opt for the suction mount if you can. It doesn't score quite as highly as its rivals, but it's a good choice if you want to save some money.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of November 2019.
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And here are two wireless dash cams to avoid
It may be an advanced, and often expensive, feature, but the presence of wi-fi on a dash cam is no guarantee of quality. The two models in the table below are proof that there's really no telling how well a dash cam will perform until you get it out on the road.
We've gone to that effort so you don't have to. Take a look at the wireless dash cams below and be sure to buy something else.
Worst wireless dash cams
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.
This dash cam doesn't have much going for it. Daytime footage is acceptable, but not as detailed as we would like, and the quality of night-time footage varies. The G-force sensor should keep your footage protected after a crash, but it failed to function in our tests. It does have GPS tracking, but we found it confusing as you can't view the information using the dedicated software or app. If you're after a wireless dash cam then look elsewhere.
Is a wireless dash cam worth the money?
A wireless dash cam will often cost you more money than a comparable model that isn't wireless. That means you need to consider whether it's worth the extra expense to you.
Wi-fi is most useful when the camera in question doesn't have a built-in display. It can be hard to tell how you've angled the camera and what it's filming, so wi-fi can allow you to see through the dash cam's lens in real time via your smartphone's screen.
The other main use for a wireless dash cam is being able to transfer recordings to your computer, tablet or phone without messing around with cables.
A wireless dash cam will usually come with bespoke software that allows you to seamlessly and simply send your files across. This isn't quite as crucial a feature, but it's definitely a time-saver.
You might not be too fussed about either of these features, in which case you could well save money by simply buying a model without wi-fi.
If you do decide to buy a wireless dash cam, be sure to check exactly what features the wi-fi grants you - as not all models are the same.
Can you buy a truly wireless, battery-powered dash cam?
No. You can buy a wireless dash cam that allows you to transfer footage without using a cable. But every major dash cam on the market connects to a car's battery via a cable - either one that's trailed to your car's 9V socket or hard-wired into the dashboard.
Many dash cams have internal batteries to ensure recordings are saved in the case of a power outage, but they need that continuous cable connection to run for any practical length of time.
There aren't any truly wireless dash cams out there right now, and we would advise you to steer clear of any you can find that run on batteries alone.
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