If you are reading this article right now, chances are you know that a dashboard camera is more than just a recording device - it’s a car security system that allows you to stay in the know of everything that’s happening to and around your car, whether on the road or when you’re away from it.
It is safe to assume that you purchased the Owl Car Cam for its Cloud connectivity, so we will only focus on Cloud-ready alternatives in this article. In 2016 we saw BlackVue’s DR650S, the industry’s first Cloud-ready dash cam. Then in 2017 and 2018, BlackVue launched the DR750S and DR900S respectively. Thinkware also has its own Cloud-ready models: F800 Pro, Q800PRO and the U1000. In other words, there is certainly no shortage of connected dash cams on the market.
The only difference between the BlackVue or Thinkware Cloud dash cams and the Owl Car Cam (or even the Raven dash cam) is simply that the Owl Car Cam has built-in 4G LTE connectivity. In other words, you do not need a WiFi hotspot or router to keep it connected. For some of us, that does come in handy, as we don’t have to worry about setting up an Internet connection for the dash cam.
Unfortunately, that’s about all the advantages the Owl Car Cam has over the BlackVue and Thinkware. Do keep in mind that 4G-LTE is not fail-proof: think back to the times you lost cell connection in an underground parkade or tunnel. So, if you’re parking the Owl Car Cam in an underground parkade, it’s essentially no different than a regular dash cam.
If you’re looking for specific connected features, such as two-way voice communication, Live View, Cloud storage, automatic updates, etc. there are many other options available, and many of which will give you better audio and visual quality and do better technically than the Owl Car Cam for less money.