You can’t deny that 2020 has surely been a strange year. Regardless of everything we’ve been through, technology has soldiered on in all areas. This includes dashcams which have seem some really huge improvements this year. If you didn’t know, dashcams are very important now, allowing us to capture our every moment in our vehicles and documenting all that happens. We need this to protect ourselves and I’m a strong believer that everyone needs a dashcam.
So what should you look for in a dashcam in 2020?
- 2K resolution or better
- Parking mode
- Night vision
- Companion app
- Rear view camera (optional but recommended)
- Smart features such as Alexa integration
- Interior view camera (optional for ride sharing)
For 2020, there are some really great choices out there for you will meet or beat your expectations. These are the cream of the crop that excel at what they do, even if they might be a bit pricey, you’ll get what you paid for. With that said, here is your top 5 dashcams for 2020 in no particular order.
Nextbase hit it out of the park this year with the Nextbase 622GW. This is a truly ground-breaking dashcam that takes everything from the 522GW, but cranks up the specs. We’re talking full 4K video recording at 30fps, image stabilization, super slow-motion, enhanced night vision, weather mode, and parking mode. The 622GW even includes Alexa built-in along with the world’s first integration of what3words location tagging. There’s even an optional subscription service for emergency SOS that can alert emergency services in the event of an accident. Lastly, optional interchangeable modules make this tops on our list.
Website – https://www.nextbase.com/en-us/dash-cams/622gw-dash-cam/
Price – $399.99 – Nextbase 622GW on Amazon
While this was included in our 2019 guide, the Nextbase Nextbase 522GW remains on this due to the fact that it’s a 2K camera and still outperforms many dashcams this year. With an array of ground-breaking new features and world’s first’s including Alexa built-in, Emergency SOS and Bluetooth 4.2, these are features not seen before in any other Dash Cam. Key Features include 1440p HD resolution at 30 fps, Inbuilt Polarising Filter, 3” HD IPS touch screen, 140° viewing angle, 10Hz GPS Module, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi via MyNextbase Connect. We also love it for its optional interchangeable rear-view camera modules that extend its functionality.
Website – https://www.nextbase.com/en-us/dash-cams/522gw-dash-cam/
Price – $259.99 – Nextbase 522GW from Amazon
The Thinkware U1000 is their latest flagship dashcam boasting 4K video recording, the first in their line up. The camera utilizes a Sony STRAVIS 8.4MP sensor combined with a lens featuring a viewing angle of 150-degrees. The U1000 also has built-in GPS and Wi-Fi with the option to add-on a radar module and a 2K QHD rear camera. The U1000 also includes Parking Surveillance Mode with time-lapse, impact detection, and motion detection. There’s also Advanced Driver Assistance System with forward-collision warnings, front vehicle departure warning, and lane departure warning.
Website – https://us.thinkware.com/u1000/
Price – $399.99 – THINKWARE U1000 from Amazon
THINKWARE Q800 PRO
The Thinkware Q800 Pro is a 2K dashcam that was once the flagship of the Thinkware line up. Encased in an industry award-winning design lies a new optical lens and an improved 5.14MP Sony STARVIS image sensor that delivers clear video quality in 2K QHD. Its advanced driver assistance system can warn you of potential forward collisions and lane departures along with alerts for red light cameras and speed cameras. There’s even an optional rear-facing camera you can get for it.
myGEKOgear ORBIT 960
myGEKOgear is new to our “best of” dashcam roundup and that’s mainly because the Orbit 960 is their flagship model which offers 4K resolution, night vision with Sony STRAVIS sensors, WiFi and GPS built-in, and driver-assist features. This also has a 320mAh battery for parking mode and motion detection. This is the least expensive of the 4K dashcams here in this roundup.
And there you have it folks. Those are our top 5 recommendations this holiday season for dash cams. Again, I can’t stress enough how important we think having a dash cam in your vehicle is and it’s an often overlooked device that everyone should have. They’re easy to install and small investment you make in them could save you tons of the money down the line, especially in the even of an accident or even a traffic violation. Every bit of evidence you have helps.