Best cheap dash cam deals for November 2020: Vantrue, Garmin, Anker, and more

A good dash cam is a sound investment, especially if you spend a lot of time in your car. When you take road trips, dash cameras can continuously record what’s going on in front of you. Some models also record what’s going on behind you or even inside your vehicle. A dash cams can be a godsend in the event of an accident, producing evidence for you and your insurance company in the event of an accident.

If you’re a rideshare driver, a dash cam is an equally important accessory. In the event of an incident inside your car, you’ll be able to give Uber or Lyft evidence of what happened — and in some cases, this has prevented shady passengers from attempting to file false claims against drivers, which could get them deactivated. Some drivers say they feel extra security with a dash cam inside their car since passengers know they’re recorded at all times.

We’ve assembled some of the best dash cam deals below, along with some tips on how to pick the right dash cam.

Today’s best dash cam deals

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Nexar Pro Front + Interior Dual Dash Cam System with Unlimited Cloud Storage

$100 $130
With both a front and interior-facing cameras, the Nexar Pro dual dash cam system has you covered for anything that happens both in front of and inside your car.
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Nexar Beam GPS 1080p Dash Cam with Unlimited Cloud Storage

$70 $110
Nexar's compact Beam GPS dash cam delivers a ton of bang for the buck with its 1080p 135-degree wide-angle recording, automatic incident recording, and free unlimited cloud backups.
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Vantrue N4 Three Channel Front, Inside and Rear Dash Cam

$230 $260
You'll have all your bases covered with this three-channel dash cam. It can capture crystal-clear footage up to 1440p resolution even at night.
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YUNDOO B-DT28 Dual Dash Cam

$44 $60
This budget-friendly dual dash cam combo is an excellent 1080p option that covers your front and rear with parking monitoring, loop recording, and automatic light adjustment for every time of day.
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Minolta 1080p HD Dash Cam

$40 $50
This Minolta dash cam may be small, but don't underestimate its surveillance capability. It records in 1080p HD and has a spacious 16gb memory for all your on-the-road footage.
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Vantrue N1 Pro Compact 1080P Dash Cam

$60 $80
Vantrue's N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam captures 1920x1080 full HD video with a 160-degree wide-angle lens. Motion sensor, collision detection, and 24-hour parking mode. Save $28 with discount code KNQ​T7HDB.
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Garmin Black Dash Cam 46

$124 $150
See everything clearly with this dash cam's 1080p resolution and 14-degree field of view.
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Cobra Dash 2216D Drive HD Dual View 2-Channel Dash Cam

$200 $210
For full protection on the road, install these front and back cameras. The front camera records in 1080p resolution, while the rear camera records in 720p.
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Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual 1080p Dash Cam

$160 $200
Vantrue's N2 Pro Uber Dual 1080p Dash Cam records your car interior as well as the front view. Save $80 with discount code 8YNZVG96.
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Vantrue S1 4K Dash Cam

$150 $180
Yes, you can finally have 4K-quality dash cam footage with this Vantrue model. It also has night vision and 24-hour parking mode, perfect for nighttime surveillance.
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THINKWARE F200D Front and Rear Camera Dash Cam

$150 $190
Get full HD quality videos with the Thinkware F200D dash cam. It has a built-in wi-fi so you can pair it with the Mobile Viewer app to review your recording in 720p resolution.
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Nextbase 322GW Dash Cam

$155 $170
Made with wide-angle lens, this Nextbase dash cam can capture a wide range of scenes as you drive. You can also review videos on its 2.5-inch LCD screen.
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VAVA VA-VD002 Dual Dash Cam

$130 $150
The VAVA dual dash cam system records videos in 1080p with both cameras, capable of rotating to provide a 360-angle view and parking monitoring, equipped with an HDR Sony sensor for beautiful videos.

How to choose a dash cam

Which dash cam you choose depends on your needs. Every dash cam will obviously give you a frontside view of what’s going on ahead of you — the cheapest offering only this view. More expensive cameras will either provide you with a view inside your car, or a secondary camera that you can place in your rear windshield to see behind your car.

While front view-only cameras are cheaper, we do recommend cameras that offer either interior or rearview cameras as well. Remember, accidents won’t always happen in front of you — sometimes you’ll be hit from behind. Rideshare drivers should choose a camera that offers an interior view as well because in the event of an incident, you’ll want evidence of what is going on inside the car as well.

We’d also recommend a camera with night vision capabilities both inside and out. At night, cheaper dash cams won’t provide the detail you need to make the footage useful. Again, for rideshare drivers night vision inside will be preferable — many of us drive at night, so being able to see what’s going on inside the car clearly in the dark is beneficial.

As far as resolution goes, look for a camera with a resolution of at least 1080p. You’ll also want to look at some sample footage first (many dash cams have reviews on YouTube that include this). Some cameras perform better than others. While there are 4K dash cams now available, in most cases, you’ll likely be able to settle for 1080p without losing much picture clarity.

Do dash cams lower insurance?

No. As far as we know at the moment, no insurance companies provide any discount for installing a dash cam inside your car. However, having a dash cam installed could keep your rates low in the long run. In many insurance claims for accidents, what happens can quickly become a case of “he said, she said.” Without video evidence, you could find yourself partially at fault for an accident that might not have been your fault at all. Dash cam video could help keep your rates lower since you’ll have a video of what happened in the accident.

Do dash cams have night vision?

A majority of midrange and higher-end dash cams will have night vision — and even some cheaper cams, too. What we will caution is not all night vision is created equal. We’ve seen considerable variability in the quality of night vision footage between dash cams — even ones of similar price. Take some time before you buy to look over sample night-vision footage, so you get the best bang for your buck.

Do dash cams record sound?

Some do, and some don’t — although a vast majority will. Do remember that the sound recorded will be from inside your vehicle and not outside. As a result, anything happening outside the car that you might want to hear will not be as audible as what’s going inside the vehicle. If you’re a rideshare driver, we certainly recommend purchasing a dash cam that does, however.

Do dash cams need to be plugged in?

While some dash cams can be charged up and run without being always plugged in, our recommendation is to have your dash cam continuously plugged into a source of power. The last thing you’ll want during an incident is to find your dash cam’s battery ran out.

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