Finally, as I discovered within literally one hour of installing a dash cam in my own car, you can also capture incidents that highlight road-safety problems.
The image quality reveals crisp detail across all lighting conditions, and the photos and video are so good that you’ll have no qualms about sharing the footage via social media if you want to share anything that crops up in the camera’s 145-degree field of view. ) That field of view hits a sweet spot, where the coverage is neither too narrow, cutting off the edges, nor so wide that it’s hard to get enough detail where it counts.
The high resolution we prefer means wider FOVs are managed better, as you can zoom in as necessary when examining footage later.
But there are more entertaining and socially useful purposes, as well.
You’ve almost certainly seen the You Tube footage of meteor strikes (again in Russia) and from police cars.
Additionally, I’m a photographer who frequently experiments with new camera technology, both still and video.
For this update to our dash cam guide, I surveyed about 50 cameras, then spent hours working with our narrowed-down selection to see how they performed.
You might be considering one because of a past collision, or you’ve been too close to too many before.
You might also want to record footage as a matter of course to help others (if you spot something happening nearby), help improve road conditions by having graphic examples on hand, or want to monitor the driving habits of someone else with their knowledge (such as a teenager).
In the United States, the problem has typically been the opposite (though fraud happens, of course): You want to prove what someone else did in a situation to harm you or your car.
Our survey of readers shows that’s your primary concern.
You might enjoy passively filming something strange, amazing, or funny on the road, and want to share it for entertainment or even a taste of viral fame.