One of the crucial things about dash and mirror cams is that they should be discreet and not draw unwanted attention - the reason why almost all dash cams are compact and sport an all-black, minimalist design. This would make an excellent gift for Avengers fans everywhere, including the ones crowding around your vehicle, just to get a better look.
With proper placement and installation, a dash cam can be rather subtle. The dash cams often blend in well with the rest of the vehicle, and with wires and cables tucked in neatly along the headliner and ABC pillars of the car, it’s practically invisible.
Dash cams typically adhere to the windshield with adhesive tape, a suction mount, or a magnetic mount. While they all seem permanent, the dash cam could fall off over time - it’s not unheard of for sticky tape to melt, peel or even buckle after extending parking under the sun on the hottest summer days. Suction and magnetic mounts are also more susceptible to falling offer on uneven roads.
On the other hand, mirror cameras hook or clamp onto the existing rearview mirror, keeping them in place regardless of driving conditions. Some mirror cams even replace your existing rearview mirror, giving you a flushed OEM look. But remember that mirror cams are generally larger than the standard rearview mirror (they must strap onto the rearview mirror with an overlap large enough for a front-facing camera to see the road ahead). In other words, they are not as subtle or discreet as you’d think.