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Best Dash Cams

Capture the action hands-free with these clever devices.

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A dash cam is a valuable tool when traveling by car. Amazon

Imagine grandparents visually accompanying their heirs on trips to Mt. Washington, the Grand Canyon, or other life experiences from the comfort of their homes. Imagine capturing the clarity of a mother bear crossing the road with her cubs. Imagine easily settling fault issues in case of an accident, or marking a memorable location for posterity or future visits.

Stop imagining it. You only need a dash cam. Here are some models we think come closest to delivering on those promises.

Rove R2-4K Dash Cam Built in WiFi GPS Car Dashboard Camera Recorder with UHD 2160P, 2.4" LCD, 150° Wide Angle, WDR, Night Vision

User-friendly

This model creates an incredibly onsite feel for anyone you share your vacation or day-trip experience with. Amazon

This Rove dash cam has a user-friendly app that is well thought out also, easy to load and easy to fully operate. And its upgrades are free, so you don’t have to sweat your buy getting archaic or costly. Slo-mo, time-lapse, 150-degree wide-angle lens, and the largest apertures made (f1.8) of yet – it even includes a built-in GPS, eliminating any remaining reason to look at your phone while driving.

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Vantrue N4 3 Channel Dash Cam, 4K+1080P Front and Rear, 4K+1080P Front and Inside, 1440P+1080P+1080P Three Way Triple Car Camera, IR Night Vision, 24 Hours Parking Mode, Capacitor, Support 256GB Max

Superior clarity

Time-lapse, GPS and a 24-hour motion detection system help this unit stand out. Amazon

At 1080 dpi, the rear camera can be adjusted at any angle, supplying a clear view of the shenanigans going on in the back seat, or the more threatening incidents that may be approaching from behind the vehicle. The front camera is 4K+1080dpi, allowing the doubtless clarity of a license plate number, or incidents like road rage. The clarity and scope of Vantrue’s camera are unmatched.

Kingslim D4 4K Dual Dash Cam with Built-in Wi-Fi GPS, Front 4K/2.5K Rear 1080P Dual Dash Camera for Cars, 3" IPS Touchscreen 170° FOV Dashboard Camera with Sony Starvis Sensor, Support 256GB Max

High heat proof

We love the durability in warm weather along with the ability to support a 256 GB SD card. Amazon

The Kingslim adds some nice extras to an already lengthy menu of features. It can operate just as well at 140 degrees as it does at -4. Upfront it also records in Ultra HD 4K (3840 dpix2160) for the sharpness of image and details – invaluable for road signs, license plates, etc. The rear camera is “only” 1080 dpi, which honestly is plenty of clarity for what lies behind. If you’re someone who likes to head out alone and record what you see or find, this option-packed model is the perfect companion.

S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. A former baseball writer, S. Ruxton loves to revisit the smaller Gulf towns of Clearwater, Dunedin, and Bradenton. Historic Winter Park is also a favorite destination.

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