The Best Dash Cam Guide to Saving Your Budget In 2024

1.What features should a dash cam have to ensure your driving safety?

2.What capacity of SD card is the best for a dash cam?

3.What is the best car dash cam for the 2024?

4.How much budget do I need for professional installation?

Vehicle safety has always been the focus of every driver's attention, which is related to the direct interests of every driver. How can a best dash cam protect our legal rights when the vehicle is parked or on the road? How much budget should we spend for a dash cam? In this blog, you will find the answer.

1.What features should a dash cam have to ensure your driving safety?
 

A qualified dash cam must be equipped with the following essential features to ensure your vehicle's safety:

 

 Â· High-definition 4K front recording
A high-definition 4K camera offers numerous advantages. The application of 4K resolution recording in a dash cam improves video quality and visibility, allowing drivers to capture and view details more clearly. The high-definition video enhances your driving safety and helps effectively gather evidence during driving incidents, especially in complex lighting and road conditions.

 

Certainly, 4K cameras generally come with a cost of $100 or more. However, it is a worthwhile investment as you only need to incur the one-time purchase cost to obtain clear video evidence in the event of an accident, which can be submitted to the police and insurance companies, saving you far more than the value of the dash cam itself.

 

Besides, 2.5K and 1080P front dash cameras are suitable for budget-conscious drivers, typically priced below $70. These cameras usually offer basic front recording functionality, but their video quality is not as good as that of 4K cameras.     

 

· Rear view camera
Equipping a rear view camera is the best investment to prevent rear-end collisions, and it typically costs only $20. By connecting it to your front camera, this useful rear view assistant can simultaneously display the front and rear views of your vehicle on the dash cam. In the event of a rear-end accident, a front and rear integrated camera system serves as a reliable witness, capturing it as video evidence and storing it on an SD card.

 

· Parking monitoring mode
A dash cam equipped with parking monitoring mode serves as your guardian in parking lots, functioning as a parking surveillance system. By connecting the dash cam to your vehicle's fuse box using a hardwire kit, the camera continues to record even when your vehicle is parked, and without draining your battery with low voltage protection. 
If someone tries to break into your vehicle or if there is a hit-and-run incident, your dash cam faithfully captures everything. The price of a hardwire kit typically ranges from $20 to $30, and a car dash cam connected using a hardwire kit provides robust protection while your vehicle is parked.

2.What capacity of SD card is the best for a dash cam?
 

So, what kind of SD card and what capacity of SD card are most suitable for your dash cam?

 

 We typically recommend using a Class 10 Industrial Micro SD card for your dash cam. Class 10 means that it can sustain a minimum write speed of 10 MB/s. In fact, many Class 10 SD cards offer higher write speeds, typically ranging from 30-100 MB/s, and even higher in some newer models. The "Industrial" designation means that it can operate effectively in various extreme temperatures and is less prone to read/write errors, providing a longer lifespan compared to regular SD cards.

 

In addition, we recommend using a 128GB SD card as your primary choice, as it strikes a balance between price and storage capacity, without being overly expensive. A good-quality industrial 128GB SD card typically costs around $40. With a 128GB dash cam SD card, you can store approximately 11.5 hours of 4K 30FPS video, which is sufficient for most daily commuting drivers who spend up to two hours on the road each day.

 

If you rely on driving for a living, such as taxi drivers and truck drivers, your time spent on the road is significantly higher compared to daily commuters. Therefore, we recommend larger capacity SD cards such as 256GB or even 512GB. These cards can respectively store up to 23 hours and 46 hours of video footage.

3.What is the best car dash cam for the 2024?
 

The Redtiger F7NT is the best dash cam of 2024. It features the latest touchscreen technology and is equipped with a 4K front camera and a 1080P rear camera. It supports the connection of a hardwire kit to enable parking monitoring mode and comes with an industrial-grade 64GB Class 10 SD card. In addition to these essential features for driving and parking safety, it also offers some additional functionalities that enhance the customer experience.

 

· WiFi Transmission and Wireless Control
The F7NT comes with a 2.4GHz WiFi module. Once connected to the camera WIFI, it allows you to browse and play recorded videos on your mobile phone, or wirelessly transfer and download videos to your phone.

 

· G-Sensor Emergency Recording
The G-Sensor is an internal sensor component of the dash cam that helps detect vibrations and automatically locks the corresponding video as evidence, preventing it from being overwritten or deleted. Vibrations in the vehicle usually indicate an accident, and a dash cam equipped with a G-Sensor helps you quickly locate the locked video segment containing crucial evidence.

 

· Loop Recording
Loop recording means that when the SD card is full, the camera automatically deletes the oldest videos to continue recording, while the videos locked by the G-Sensor will not be deleted. Without this feature, you would have to frequently format your SD card to ensure sufficient recording space.

4. How much budget do I need for professional installation?
 

Most of our American customers report that professional installation costs around $200. The cost of professional installation depends on your geographical location and the complexity of the installation. For example, in the UK, some customers have reported that installing a dash cam costs around £100.

 

Similarly, if you only need to install a front camera, it will generally be cheaper than installing both front and rear cameras or connecting a hardwire kit. For specific pricing, we recommend consulting your local automotive repair shops. As a general guideline, we consider a reasonable price for installing a full set of cameras to be around $200.
 

If you're on a tight budget or have good DIY skills, you can try installing the dash cam yourself, which can save you nearly half of the additional expenses.

 

In simple terms, a cigarette lighter installation only requires connecting the camera's car charger to the car's cigarette lighter, securing the front and rear cameras, and using a pry tool to tuck the cables along the edges of the car. You can do this with the help of family members or by yourself, saving around $200 in professional installation fees.

 

However, installing a hardwire kit requires some automotive repair and electrical knowledge. You can refer to this blog post for detailed installation instructions and diagrams. If you understand the process and follow the tutorial, it can also help you save a significant amount of money.

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