Top three best wireless dash cams for 2021
A wireless (or wi-fi) dash cam allows you to stream or transfer footage to your computer, tablet or smartphone without the need for a USB cable.
These wireless dash cams are useful, but typically come with a premium price tag.
But that higher price 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.
Below, we've rounded up some of the best wireless dash cams we've tested to make it easier to choose the right one.
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 during the set up process and after.
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.
Recommendations updated January 2021.
And here are two wireless dash cams to avoid
It may be an advanced, and often expensive, feature, but having 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.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of January 2021.
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.