The most important element of any dashcam is that it produces high enough resolution video to show all the sort of detail a driver would rely on in the event of a crash, such as number plates or another driver’s face.

All dash cams offer at least 720p resolution. Better models boast 1080p, and some are higher still. The frame rate is also important, as this will dictate how smoothly the video footage plays when viewed.

In the past, having a dashcam with a forward and rear-facing camera came at a high price. But such is the explosion in competition that you can buy
reputable brands for little more than Rs.9000. This means you’ve got more chance of an accident or car park ‘crash n’ dash’ being captured.

GPS location tracking pinpoints a car’s location at the time of an accident. It can also show the route you have travelled and the speed at the time of the crash. G-force sensors are useful, as they can automatically save footage after an accident and mean that when you leave your car parked and unattended, the dashcam will effectively ‘wake up’ and record footage if your car is bumped.

Using a dashcam in a car

For ease of use, a dashcam should simply plug into a 12V socket.
Otherwise, if it has rechargeable batteries, you’ll be forever removing it from the car and stand a good chance of misplacing it or forgetting to charge it. There are strict laws about where any portable device can be placed on the windscreen of a car. They can’t be mounted directly above the steering wheel area, and should not intrude more than 40mm into the part of the windscreen that is swept by the wiper blades An ideal position for a clear recording is close to the rear-view mirror