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High-End vs. Budget Dash Cam Features

High-End vs. Budget Dash Cam Features

If you’ve been looking into purchasing a brand new dash cam, you’ve probably run into an issue that comes with a lot of technology these days: price discrepancy. Amazon might have a $35 dash cam, whereas, on BlackboxMyCar, you might see some dash cams in the $200 - $400 price range. What’s the deal? The cheap dash cam on Amazon seems to have lots and lots of cool features!

Turns out, some of those features might not end up working as intended. So, what makes a high-end dash cam so much different from one of these budget builds? We’ll break it down for you in this article.

High-End Dash Cam Features

The higher end dash cameras, such as the BlackVue DR900S-2CH, have a wealth of highly useful advanced features, such as Wi-Fi or built-in GPS. Many BlackVue cameras even have features that allow dash cams to live stream their video recordings to the cloud via mobile hot spots for live vehicle or fleet monitoring. That feature is called BlackVue Cloud.

You’ll find that higher end BlackVue cameras and units like the Thinkware F800 Pro have Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, and many have the ability to record not only at Full HD 1080p or 4K at 30 frames per second but even at 60 frames per second in some cases.

Budget Dash Cam Features

Mid-tier dash cams like the BlackVue DR590 also have Wi-Fi features, but usually, technology like GPS functionality is external from the device itself. 

On the low-end side of the coin, budget dash cams usually come from China and are a mixed bag of unknown and sometimes high-quality brands. Generally, these units will still include LCD screens, but almost never include Wi-Fi functionality for smartphones. They also don’t usually include onboard GPS, but it depends on the model.

At BlackboxMyCar, we only sell from trustworthy brands in the dash cam world. On other online stores, you’ll probably find some products that are incredibly inexpensive, but you’ll only find future frustration and dissatisfaction when you purchase something that cheap to protect your interests in a serious accident.

Even the budget dash cams at BlackboxMyCar are reliable enough to give you peace of mind on the road. Learn more about what separates a budget dash cam from a high-end camera as well as why you should be mindful of what you’re actually buying in our infographic below.

Infographic comparing budget dash cams and high-end dash cams