A dashcam or dashboard camera is an onboard camera that continuously records the view through a vehicle's windscreen. It may be attached to the interior windscreen or to the top of the dashboard, by suction cup or adhesive-tape mount. Dashcams may provide video evidence in the event of an accident.

A "dash cam" is exactly what its name promises it to be: a camera that's mounted in or around your car's dashboard. The cams are easily attached using a suction cup mount, direct dash friction mounts (those sticky rubber pads) and even built right into a not-too-conspicuous replacement rear mirror for your ride.


A dash cam, or dashboard-mounted camera, is a device designed to record everything that happens when you drive. Think of it as a GoPro for your car. Dash cams can cost anywhere from $60 for low-end models to $150 for the cream of the crop. They consist of a single or double lens digital camera that mounts via a suction cup to your window or dashboard, powered through direct 12-volt wiring to your vehicle, batteries, or the cigarette lighter.

As soon as you start your car, the camera records video directly to an SD card on a continuous loop, so it sees what you see as a driver. Some record sound, some can record in night vision, and some even have built-in GPS so you know where something was recorded.

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After considering dozens of dash cams for this guide, and ultimately selecting 10 for testing, the Z-Edge Z3 came out solidly on top. It hits the mark in terms of image quality, usability, and value, and it avoids unnecessary features such as GPS and Wi-Fi that are found in many pricier cameras. Instead, it focuses on great image quality and reliable, automatic operation each time you get in your car. Other cameras tick these boxes as well, but none hit them all quite as perfectly as the Z3 while also selling at a great price. In short, it’s the best for most people.

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