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Dashcam test (2021): leaderboard with over 20 cameras!

These are the best dashcams for 2021

Since dashcam recordings have been admitted as evidence in court, many drivers want to buy a car camera. AUTO BILD shows in the list of the best how the dashcams performed in the test.

Since the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) approved dashcam videos as evidence in court in its judgment (VI ZR 233/17), the small car cameras have enjoyed increasing popularity. In the meantime, even the first motor insurers are offering better conditions for dashcam users. But which camera delivers really good, useful image material? AUTO BILD has over 20 different dashcams tested!

Test: These are the best dashcams – leaderboard

AUTO BILD recently tested the new Truecam M9 GPS 2.5k. The QHD dashcam is of high quality and scores with solid recordings. Only the colors in daylight should be a bit lighter in the videos – but that’s only a visual flaw. There are small deductions when it comes to operating the camera: Controlling the menus using just two buttons is fiddly, there is no extra button for manually locking a recording. There is an app to manage the recordings and an optional full HD rear camera for 40 euros. The price for the dashcam is around 160 euros. Click here for the complete test report of the Truecam M9.
In the dashcam test of six models for less than 60 euros, the Aukey DR01 won the test. With 36 out of 50 points (grade “good”) it bids the best price-performance ratio. Even if the presentation seems rather cheap and some translation errors in the menu and in the instructions make operation a little more difficult, it can convince across the board with the recordings, the core competence of a dashcam. The images are sharp, detailed and colorful. The angle of view is generous at 170 degrees.
In the AUTO BILD leaderboard you can see how the last tested dashcams performed:

#Dashcams in the test
1.

Nextbase 622GW

Price *: 284.95 euros
Note: very good

To the test
1.

Nextbase 422GW

Price *: 174.95 euros
Note: very good

To the test
3.

Lamax S9

Price *: 199.99 euros
Note: very good

To the test
4th

Garmin Dashcam 66W

Price *: 196.36 euros
Note: very good

To the test
5.

Transcend DrivePro 230Q

Price *: 95.89 euros
Note: good

To the test
6th

Aukey 4K Dashcam DRS1

Price *: 109.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
7th

Truecam M9 GPS 2.5k

Price *: 159.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
8th.

Aukey DR01

Price *: 54.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
8th.

Garmin Dashcam Mini

Price *: 94.00 euros
Note: good

To the test
10.

Vantrue N4

Price *: 229.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
11.

Aukey DRA 1

Price *: 44.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
11.

Lamax T6

Price *: 89.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
11.

MiVue 792

Price *: 159.54 euros
Note: good

To the test
11.

Truecam M5 Wifi

Price *: 129.99 euros
Note: good

To the test
15th

MiVue C512

Price *: 59.00 euros
Note: good

To the test
15th

TrueCam H5

Price *: 94.90 euros
Note: good

To the test
17th

MiVue J85

Price *: 147.09 euros
Note: satisfactory

To the test
18th

Lamax C7

Price *: 69.97 euros
Note: satisfactory

To the test
19th

MiVue C314

Price *: 48.25 euros
Note: satisfactory

To the test
20th

iTracker GS6000-A12

Price *: 129.95 euros
Note: satisfactory

To the test

* Prices as of May 6th, 2021

How does AUTO BILD test dash cams?

The dashcams are unpacked, receive a system update and a suitable memory card. Then it’s off to the car and into road traffic – in different traffic conditions, changing weather conditions and different times of the day. We are on the road with the car cameras for several hours and check how easy they are to use – and whether they distract the driver more than they support. Plus: Parking garage session to test the parking modes (if available). Then there is an analysis of the video quality on the PC.

When are dashcam recordings allowed?

Dashcam recordings are then allowed, if they take place in short sequences, depending on the occasion. Permanent filming of road traffic is therefore not permitted. Dashcams therefore offer a so-called loop function in which small, time-limited clips are filmed, which are then overwritten again, provided they have not been blocked by an event (e.g. accident). All dash cams tested by AUTO BILD offer this function. The recordings are only admissible as evidence if they serve to clarify the question of guilt in an accident (as proof of one’s own innocence). You can read more about the legal situation when using dashcams here

What should a dashcam be able to do?

• The main function of a dashcam is to get good shots. This is also one of the main criteria in the dash cam test at AUTO BILD. It should therefore offer at least Full HD resolution (1080p), preferably in conjunction with a high frame rate (60fps).

• Since permanent filming without a cause is prohibited due to the GDPR, the dashcam must offer a loop function. This means that she has to film in time-limited sequences that are automatically overwritten if they have not been blocked.

What is a loop function on dashcams?

The so-called loop function ensures that the recordings are automatically overwritten again and again. Specifically, that means: The dashcam films in small sequences until the SD card is full and then deletes the older recordings. The only exception: the recording was blocked beforehand. This happens either when the camera’s G-sensor detects a shock (e.g. an accident) and automatically locks the file. Or if the file is manually protected from deletion by pressing the emergency button. As a rule, the dashcam does not film permanently, but in many small sequences. It always saves a clip of a certain duration (e.g. 1, 3 or 5 minutes). The recordings flow seamlessly into one another, but instead of one long video, you have several small ones. Once the SD card on which the clips are stored is full, the oldest clips are deleted to make room for new ones. The loop function is particularly relevant in terms of data protection law, since permanent filming of road traffic is prohibited. In addition, the dash cam and SD card can process the videos faster if there are several small files.

What is the G-Sensor on a dash cam?

Every dashcam has a so-called G-sensor built in. This is an acceleration sensor that is able to detect movement. This allows the dashcam to detect vibrations or an impact, for example. When an event is detected, the signal from the G-sensor will automatically block the current video. In this way, the file is not deleted under any circumstances and can serve as evidence in an emergency. If the G-Sensor detects an event, the dashcam shows this on the display and may also emit a tone that signals to the driver that the current recording has been blocked.

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