We put out this video guide 2 weeks ago but we figured some people would prefer a written version over the video. This is a guide of the best choices for first-time dashcam buyers who are hesitant in spending too much on a technology they aren't familiar with.
The first dashcam we wanted to talk about was the G1W, it's our most affordable offering and is one of the most popular dashcams for first time users. The suction cup mount makes it easy to remove or transfer to a different vehicle and the Full HD video quality is great.
The Skyview G1 is our favourite dashcam under $100, it feels significantly better built than the G1W and has been a lot more reliable in our experience as well. The night video quality is better as well but the suction cup design compromises discreet mounting for ease of removal. The 2.4" LCD screen is the perfect size as it's large enough to read and helps make settings changes a lot easier.
This is one of the best looking Chinese dashcams and is also known as the A118 or B40. It blends in very neatly when mounted in the vehicle and is a more permanent solution than the Skyview G1. The video quality is comparable to the G1 as well but the wider angle lens does compromise some sharpness.
This is a top-of-the-line Chinese dashcam with solid build quality and premium internals such as an Ambarella chipset which differentiates from the Skyview series of dashcams. It offers incredible night time video quality with bright and natural light during the day. One unique feature of the Mini 0806 is the dual memory card slots that can support up to 128GB each for a combined total of 256 GB. It's low profile design makes it easy to hide and the video quality is among the best in the industry.
The Blackvue DR3500-FHD is the last on our list and comes from one of the biggest names in the dashcam industry in Korea. What the DR3500 offers that is lacking in the Chinese dashcams is a refined parking mode using motion detection to protect your vehicle even when parked. To keep the price and size down, Blackvue has not included WiFi or GPS connectivity on the DR3500 to make it a solid, great looking, and simple to use dashcam at a very reasonable price.