The 8 Best Dash Cams to Buy in 2018 for Under $100

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Since accidents and fender benders are all too common, a reliable dash cam can save you money in the long run by proving who was at fault. Because you want to save money and not spend it, our expert team has rounded up some of the best dash cams on the market, all available for under $100. We even sent our best overall pick home with our Lifewire testers to make sure it performs as promised.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Rexing V1


If you’re looking for the ultimate dash cam protection, the Rexing V1 is the answer. Featuring a 2.4-inch LCD 1080p display with a 170-degree wide-angle view, the Rexing can record more than 30fps courtesy of its Sony Exmor IMX323 video sensor. Capable of withstanding temperatures up to 140 degrees during operation while mounted to the windshield, the Rexing offers an excellent feature set with highlights such as collision detection that can notify you when a crash about to occur and lock the video file ensuring there’s footage of the event. Looped recording allows the user to optimize data storage (up to 128GB) by having new video overwrite older video in three, five and 10-minute intervals. On a 32GB memory card, the Rexing can record up to 5.5 hours of footage in 1080p video quality or up to 10 hours in 720p format.

Best Recording Quality: Z-Edge Z3

Highlighted by its large three-inch HD display, the Z-Edge Z3 dash cam is one of the most notable products around, thanks to its 2K image quality. Recording at 2560 x 1080p, the Z-Edge records video at 30fps and has a wide 145-degree field of view with zoom-in features to help identify specific parts of an image or recording. The CMOS image sensor and processor help capture incredible detail regardless of outside lighting.

With a 32GB SD memory card available out of the box, the Z3 can re-write new video clips over old clips to maintain storage limits in one, three and five-minute increments. When it comes to recording, the Z3 offers an adjustable suction mount for placement on a windshield. Like most other dash cams, the Z3 automatically turns on when a vehicle is started and off when it's powered down. The included g-sensor helps power automatic video recording whenever a vibration on the car is detected.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Anker Roav C1

Powered by Sony’s advanced Exmor sensor, the Anker Roav C1 can capture up to four lanes of traffic in 1080p (30fps), even in the evening. The six lens elements and optimized imaging technology help provide a view aided by the wide dynamic range, which adjusts automatically based on outside lighting. The Roav adds another level of protection with its downloadable app that's available on your smartphone (Android and iOS), so you'll see footage almost instantly on your device. The built-in Wi-Fi reduces the need for cables, laptops or swappable memory cards since everything is handled wirelessly. A built-in gravity sensor assists with protection against hit-and-runs by automatically recording when it detects movement. A 24-hour parking monitor system auto detects vehicle movement and captures footage.

Best Value: Pruveeo F5

With a discreet design, budget-friendly price and excellent Amazon reviews, the Pruveeo F5 car dash cam is a standout option that mounts directly to a windshield and is concealed from the rest of the car. Once the car is turned on, the Pruveeo immediately begins recording and stops recording once a vehicle is turned off. Looped video recording to a microSD card allows seamless capture without any gaps between files and new data overwrites existing footage for a smart use of storage.

The Pruveeo captures 1080p video on the 1.5-inch display, but if you're looking to maximize storage space, you'd probably want to record 720p video. Although, the 32GB microSD storage is expandable. Wide-dynamic support allows for night-time video capture and a 320mA battery offers hours of capturing, but you can also charge directly in the car through the included charging cable.

Best Display: Veoker Full HD

If it’s a big dash cam display you want, take a good look at the Veoker Full HD option: It has a four-inch LCD that’s an inch larger than its competition. With Full HD 1080p video recording available, the Veoker captures footage at 30fps with a wide 170-degree angle of view that can easily capture license plates, road signs and other road objects, day or night.

Seamless video recording overwrites the oldest footage while continuously recording when the maximum capacity is reached. Parking mode offers Veoker owners protection against motion on or near the vehicle (g-sensor technology) up to 13 feet away (although it requires hard wiring to the car battery to power on). Since it’s mounted via a suction cup, the Veoker can also easily be stuck to the rear window and record behind the vehicle.

Most Compact: Mobius Action Camera 1080P

The Mobius Action Camera wears multiple hats, but is a standout dash cam with a design that’s far smaller than the competition. Measuring just two x one x one inches, the Mobius records 1080p HD video at 30fps and 720p video at 60fps. It has a battery life of up to 80 minutes on a single charge, so it's best used for quick drives around town instead of long road trips.

Although the Mobius isn’t designed exclusively for dash cam purposes, as soon as it’s plugged into a car power adaptor, it starts recording. With the wide-angle view, the Mobius will handily capture any license plate on the road offering piece of mind. 

Best Motion Detection: FalconZero F170HD+

Accentuated by its aluminum build quality, the FalconZero F170HD+ dash cam is a highly capable option that offers all of the desired features without busting your budget. Capturing Full HD 1080p video at 30fps while connected to a car charger, the F170HD+ begins recording the moment the car starts moving and offers complete motion protection while a vehicle is parked.

The wide-angle view allows the F170HD+ to capture multiple lanes of traffic ahead of the driver and loop interval recording to a microSD continuously re-writes footage to maintain storage availability. Under ideal conditions, the looping video will record up to six hours of footage before it begins to loop and re-write. The f/2.0 six-glass lens offers night vision, wide dynamic range and HD photo capture modes for ensuring you’re protected during both daytime and nighttime. An added bonus: It comes with a class-leading five-year warranty. 

Best Maneuverability: AutoLover A118C-B40C

Connecting right to your rear-view mirror, the AutoLover A118C-B40C is nearly hidden from the driver’s line of sight. While the design might be discreet, it’s still highly functional and has the ability to swing upward, downward, left and right to take videos and photos from a multitude of angles. The video is captured in 1080p at 30fps (720p at 60fps) with a 170-degree wide-angle lens capable of seeing in front and to the sides of the driver.

A built-in G-sensor helps detect and avoid lost footage during a collision by saving and locking the video recording data. Wide dynamic range functionality offers nighttime recording that’s highly detailed. The AutoLover automatically turns on with the vehicle and turns off when the vehicle is powered off. And it's powered by directly plugging into a car charger, so you'll never have to worry about battery life.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 30 hours testing the Rexing V1. They drove hundreds of miles to discover this dash cam’s strengths and weaknesses. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this model and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Dash Cam

Image Quality - Having excellent image quality on a dash cam can be the difference between reading or missing the license plate of the vehicle that swiped yours in the parking lot. Make sure your camera has robust optics and can handle changing lighting conditions, such as when you transition from open-air driving to a parking garage.

Storage - How long before you want your dash cam to begin erasing old footage? Different dash cams offer varying amounts of storage, with some requiring you to buy a memory card. If you don’t want to lose activity from only yesterday, consider a device that has the capacity to store more hours of video.

Sensors - Most dash cams include g-sensors that will automatically start recording when your vehicle is struck while parked, but it doesn’t hurt to double check the box. Additionally, some cams will include motion detection, so recording starts before a vehicle even gets close.

Test Results: Rexing V1 (Best Overall)


What We Like

  • Great image quality

  • Has 170-degree wide-angle lens

  • Included collision sensor

What We Don’t Like

  • Memory card is an additional purchase

The Rexing V1 provides a really handy feature: a collision sensor that lets you know when an accident is about to occur and keeps the footage of it. Our testers highlighted the dash cam’s ability to detect an accident as one of the top reasons to purchase it. One person said, “The collision sensor is super important, because, in my mind, the main reason to own a dash cam would be for insurance purposes (to report an accurate sequence of events in an accident scenario). Additionally, the HD video and license plate recognition are crucial for similar reasons.” You can also customize your recording by selecting among loop mode, continuous recording, and audio off options.

The camera comes with a 3M adhesive mount that allows you to easily (and securely) stick it to your windshield. Unfortunately, you do have to purchase a memory card separately.