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Best Dash Cam Under $50

There are so many crazy drivers out there that you never know what might happen. Protecting yourself is key. Having a dash cam can help your case when claiming insurance in case of an accident. We looked into it and we picked the best dash cam under $50.

Chortau 3″ 1080P

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Pros

  • G-Sensor to instantly record an incident
  • 170 degree ultra wide front cam & 130 degree rear cam
  • Infrared Night vision
  • 24 hour parking monitor
  • Reverse camera mode
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Mount not strong enough for the cam
  • Night vision is grainy

Crosstour CR300 3″ 1080P

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Pros

  • G-Sensor to instantly record an incident
  • Loop recording
  • Motion detection
  • Licence plate stamp
  • Auto power off
  • 170 ultra wide F1.8 aperture with wide dynamic range
  • Sony sensor

Cons

  • Recordings take up a lot of memory
  • Battery usage is only for finalizing recording, not for long period of use

APEMAN Mini C420 2″ 1080P

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Pros

  • G-sensor to instantly record an incident
  • Loop recording
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Motion detection
  • 170 ultra wide F1.8 aperture with wide dynamic range
  • 1 year gurantee

Cons

  • Setup can be a little tricky as manual is not very well made
  • Needs constant power, internal battery is just for finalizing recording

Chortau 3″ 1080P Wide Angle Front & Rear Dashboard Camera

The Camera

The Chortau ain’t exactly ground breaking but what is great about it is the fact you get a secondary rear camera which can be mounted in the rear of the car or inside. It has the usual bells and whistles such as 1080p, loop recording, g-sensor and so on, but the addition of a rear camera is a neat feature. This means you have to wire in the rear camera to the reverse lights but that’s not that difficult. You can also switch between which camera you want large or small to be displayed. See, neat!

Reverse 130 Degree Camera

Don’t expect the rear camera to be the greatest thing ever. It is simply to help you reverse or just record what’s happening behind you but it won’t be as good quality as the front facing camera.

But not a lot of cameras offer this feature so from my point of view I think this is a great addition.

Reverse Mode

Thanks to the rear facing camera, the Chortau has a reverse mode on the HUD, meaning you can see what way the car is reversing by displaying guides on the display.

Recording Features

The Chortau is full of em! Of what you ask? Features! G-sensor recording, parking monitoring, loop recording and g-sensor!

Wait I mentioned that already…

Whats Included?

With the Chortau, you receive the below items:

  • 2 suction cups
  • Second rear facing camera
  • 10ft long extension cable

Pros

  • G-Sensor to instantly record an incident
  • 170 degree ultra wide front cam & 130 degree rear cam
  • Infrared Night vision
  • 24 hour parking monitor
  • Reverse camera mode
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Mount not strong enough for the cam
  • Night vision is grainy

Crosstour CR300 3″ 1080P Wide Angle Front Dashboard Camera

The Camera

The CR300 records at 1080P with wide dynamic range. The camera also has a 170 degree wide angle so that you get a much wider recording. The sensor itself is a SONY IMX323 sensor. The camera records with a aperture of F1.8.

3″ LCD Screen

The Crosstour CR300 comes with a large 3″ LCD display which makes it much easier to see recordings and to select the menu items. It is a great way to review recordings at the moment of an accident.

Sony Sensor

What I find interesting about this particular unit is that it uses a pretty cool Sony sensor, the IMX323, which are used in a lot of CCTV cameras.

Motion Detection

What I find to be a really useful feature is the motion detection built into the unit. If something happens while you are away from the car it detects it if someone walks in front of the camera.

Whats Included?

The CR300, comes with the usual extras as do any other cams as listed below:

  • Suction cup with
  • 3M sticker mount
  • USB power supply
  • Cigarette lighter power converter

Pros

  • G-Sensor to instantly record an incident
  • Loop recording
  • Motion detection
  • Licence plate stamp
  • Auto power off
  • 170 ultra wide F1.8 aperture with wide dynamic range
  • Sony sensor

Cons

  • Recordings take up a lot of memory
  • Battery usage is only for finalizing recording, not for long period of use

APEMAN Mini C420 2″ 1080P Wide Angle Front Dashboard Camera

The Camera

The C420 Apeman camera has a 2″ LCD display which makes it a very compact unit. It can easily be hidden behind the rear view mirror and you will forget it is even there. The camera comes with 1080P recording with 170 degree wide angle view with an aperture of F1.8. This helps the C420 during night recording to absorb more light.

G-Sensor

The G-Sensor in the Apeman will record any instances where the car moves in a sudden sharp way and store the information in a way that the loop recording function will not over right the data. This can be helpful if you leave the car in a parking lot and someone bangs into your vehicle and make a run for it.

WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)

With the WDR function, the Mini C420 is able to blend together dark and bright areas in its field of view so you have the best clarity in your recordings. This is a similar feature to what most handheld cameras have known as HDR.

Whats Included?

The C420 comes with the usual items as listed below:

  • Suction cup
  • Reset pin
  • USB power supply with a 90 degree type micro plug
  • Cigarette lighter power converter

Pros

  • G-sensor to instantly record an incident
  • Loop recording
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Motion detection
  • 170 ultra wide F1.8 aperture with wide dynamic range
  • 1 year gurantee

Cons

  • Setup can be a little tricky as manual is not very well made
  • Needs constant power, internal battery is just for finalizing recording

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