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12 July 2021

Top three best wireless dash cams for 2021

Just because a dash cam is wireless, it doesn't mean the footage is any good. Use our test results to buy the best wireless dash cam and avoid the worst
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Felix Wilson
Wifi dashcam
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. 

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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.

Top three wireless dash cams

  • 77%
    £129.99

    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.

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  • 76%
    £249.00

    This dash cam is among the highest scoring we've ever tested. It has many of the bells and whistles you'd expect at this price, from 4K recording and wi-fi connectivity to a setting that alerts emergency services of your location if you get into an accident. But does it succeed where most dash cams fail – low light recording?

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  • 72%
    £166.69

    As far as dash cams go, this model is definitely premium. But with great footage in our tests during the day and at night, it proved its worth. Its sound quality is good as well, and to top it off, you’ll get a whole host of features – from wi-fi to lane departure warnings. If you’re willing to foot the bill, you’ll be getting your money’s worth with this one.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of July 2021.

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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.

Worst wireless dash cams

  • 44%
    £32.99

    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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  • 44%
    £20.40

    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.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of July 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.

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