Car security cameras can come in handy if you’re involved in a car accident. Many of these cameras offer 24-hour, constant recording on a loop. Many of them also have a Gravity Sensor that detects when your car is hit and instantly starts recording. This helps protect you and your property if something happens without you present. Or, even if you are present when someone hits your car, a security camera for your vehicle will help you support your case with video, and maybe even audio, evidence.
There are a variety of car security cameras that you can choose from. We’ve broken down your options into mini cameras, front-only recording cameras, or dual dash cameras that give you more angles.
Best car security cameras:
Mini camera options
Larger, front-only camera options
Dual dash camera options
Mini camera options
A mini or compact dash camera is perfect for you if you want the security of continuous recording but want it to be discrete that you’re recording. If someone is intentionally looking in your car, they might be able to see that you have a camera behind your rear view mirror. But these cameras are so small and inconspicuous that anyone simply walking by might not notice. Plus, for the most part, the dash cams in this category are going to be cheaper than larger cams or dual dash cams.
Garmin Dash Cam Mini
The Garmin Dash Cam Mini is the most expensive mini car surveillance camera. If you’re solely looking for a basic recording device that fits well in your budget, I would go with either the Apeman Mini or the Crosstour Mini; both are listed below.
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Despite its small size, this mini dash cam does a lot. It’s about the size of a car key and captures footage in 1080p with a 140° wide-angle lens. The neat thing about this dash cam is that it can be connected with the Garmin Drive app on your phone. This gives you access to a ton of cool features. You can use your phone to view, edit, and share dash cam footage that is uploaded to your phone over Wi-Fi.
Plus, if you like the idea of a dual dash cam, but don’t love the bulky design of them, this device has you covered. You can buy up to four Garmin Dash Cam Mini devices to capture video from all sides of your vehicle. Then, the app uses Dash Cam Auto Sync to sync all the recordings and let you easily see footage captured from every viewpoint.
Apeman Mini Dash Cam
The screen is only 2 inches wide, so the camera is extremely small and lightweight. It’s highly user-friendly; it only takes about two minutes to unbox and install it. The camera automatically starts recording as soon as you turn the car’s engine on. When you turn on the Loop Recording and Gravity Sensor functions, the camera will constantly overwrite the oldest videos to ensure recording never stops. When the camera detects a collision, that recorded video segment will be protected from being overwritten.
The camera records at 30 frames per second in 1080p with a wide-angle camera of 170°. The Apeman Mini Dash Cam has a slightly larger screen than both of the other mini options. If you’re wanting a slightly larger screen, and don’t want any of the bells and whistles that come with the Garmin Mini, then go with this one.
Crosstour Mini Dash Cam
If you want a compact dash cam that gives you basic recording and security features without costing you an arm and a leg, go with the Crosstour Mini Dash Cam. It has a 1.5-inch screen equipped with a Screensaver function that will dim your screen but won’t stop recording. This function will help you drive without distraction.
Similar to Apeman’s product, Crosstour’s Mini records on a constant overwriting loop with a 170° wide-angle in 1080p. Just like Apeman’s product, there’s a Gravity Sensor that will detect a shock or collision and lock that video footage, preventing it from being overwritten.
Crosstour’s Mini Dash Cam has a battery in the camera that can be used for emergency file back-up. For regular use, you’ll want to use the external power, but it’s nice to know the battery is there as a back-up. The camera lens is also adjustable without having to detach the camera from your windshield.
Larger, front-only camera options
If you want a camera that will give you a clearer recording, but you only care about recording what’s in front of your car, you should probably go with one of these two options. These two cameras, especially, the one by Rove, will provide crisp recordings because they have the room and the budget for more advanced sensors. Both of these options will still be discreet behind your rearview mirror, but definitely not as small as our mini cam options on this list.
Aukey Dash Cam
With the Aukey dash Cam, you’ll see many of the same features mentioned above. It has a loop recording feature, a Gravity Sensor that senses collisions, and it records in 1080p with a 170° wide-angle. Even though all the cameras above record in 1080p, the recording will look nicer on this dash cam due to an advanced Sony Exmor sensor.
A few unique recording features include the possibility of capturing in-car audio and a Time-Lapse recording option so you can easily create a time-lapse of a road trip if you want to. The super-capacitor in the Aukey Dash Cam is able to withstand extreme heat and cold and therefore gives the camera a longer operational lifespan.
Rove R2-4K Dash Cam
If you have the extra money to spend, the Rove R2-4K Dash Cam is a great front-only car surveillance camera. It records in 4K Ultra HD so your videos will be clear and easy to scrutinize if you ever need footage to solve a crime. Rove’s dash cam has advanced sensors for night vision so you’re able to still get crisp footage in low light conditions. It uses a 150° wide-angle lens and can support micro SD cards up to 128GB, ensuring you have plenty of storage for videos.
There is a built-in GPS that records your driving location and speed. You can even view your driving route and driving tracker on Google Maps using the Rove app. Rove’s dash cam also boasts built-in WiFi, so you can also use the Rove app to manage your dash cam recordings instantly on your phone.
Dual dash camera options
Dual dash cameras are just what they sound like. If you go the dual dash route, you get two cameras that record simultaneously. The first three options listed below have a camera that faces in front of your car and a camera that faces the interior of the car. The last option, the Vava Dual Dash Cam, has a camera that faces in front of your car and a camera that faces behind your car. These options are going to be more expensive because they provide an extra camera at higher qualities. This means if you ever get into an accident and need proof, you’ll have more angles and clearer videos and pictures.
Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual Dash Cam
Vantrue’s N2 Pro Uber Dual Dash Cam will give you video footage from in front of your car and inside your car’s cabin. The front-facing camera uses an OV4689 sensor and an HDR video system to help automatically balance light and dark areas of the video. The interior-facing camera uses a Sony Exmor sensor and four LED lights to help handle low light conditions while recording.
You can choose to use solely the front-facing camera while recording and it can record at 1440p. Or, you can use both cameras simultaneously at 1080p. The front-facing camera has a 170° wide-angle lens and the interior-facing camera has a 140° wide-angle lens.
It has Seamless Loop Recording, a Gravity Sensor to detect collisions, a Time Lapse function, and audio recording with a built-in microphone. One of the best things about this car security camera is that it supports 256GB micro SD cards. If you want to be able to store more raw footage, this is a great option for you.
Toguard Uber Dual Dash Cam
Toguard’s dash cam is another great option if you’re looking for audio recording in addition to video recording. It has a built-in microphone, so the audio will come through clearly. It has Seamless Loop Recording, a Gravity Sensor, and can automatically start recording when it detects motion or a collision. Plus, it has a built-in battery. It’s not designed to work alone with just the battery so you should keep it connected to the external power supply. But it’s nice to know the battery is there in case you can’t get power traditionally.
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Toguard’s Uber Dual Dash Cam also has a Sony Exmor sensor so your video will constantly be crisp and clear. Both cameras will film in 1080p and together have a 340° wide-angle. In terms of price, this is the most inexpensive option on our list that films both in front of and inside your car. Plus it has a 3-inch screen so you’re able to easily see video footage on your car surveillance camera.
Garmin Dash Cam Tandem
The Garmin Dash Cam Tandem is a great option if you want two cameras, but you still want it to be discrete. This pocket-sized dash camera has two 180° field-of-view lenses that record simultaneously. The front-facing camera records in 1440p, while the interior-facing camera records in 720p. The interior-facing lens is also equipped with NightGlo technology that helps capture clear video of your car’s interior at night.
This car security camera features voice control as well as built-in GPS to help capture where and when events occur. It comes with a hefty price tag, but you’re paying for excellent camera quality packaged in a small, discreet device. Plus, Garmin’s Dash Cam Tandem actually includes a micro SD memory card, unlike a lot of other options on this list that require you to buy one separately.
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With Garmin’s Dash Cam Tandem, you get a lot of the same features as the Garmin Mini, like the Garmin Drive app and Dash Cam Auto Sync. But you get a clearer, crisper image and an extra camera facing the interior of your car. Since Dash Cam Auto Sync works with this camera too, you could even purchase this camera and the Garmin Mini to work together.
Vava Dual Dash Cam
The Vava Dual Dash Cam, unlike the other cameras in this category, has a front-facing camera and a rear-facing camera. Instead of seeing in front of and inside your car, you’ll see in front of and behind your car. This way, you have almost a complete view of any damage caused to your car’s exterior. Each camera records in 1080p simultaneously, or if using only the front-facing camera, it can record in up to 1440p.
It has an improved sensor from Sony that enhances low light sensitivity and produces clear images despite low light. It can support Seamless Loop recording and store videos on 128GB SD cards. With built-in Wi-Fi and the Vava Dash app, you can easily view, live stream, download, and even share recorded content.
One of the best things about this car security camera is something called One-Touch Snapshot Remote. This is a button you can attach to your steering wheel so you can capture photos and videos hands-free. You don’t have to worry about figuring out the controls on the camera when you’re in a high-stress situation. You press the button once to take a picture and hold it down for a short video clip.
Whether you’re wanting to set up a camera security system for your car to prevent car theft or cover yourself if you get into an accident, any of these dash cams would be great. Choose one of the mini cameras if you want a more discreet car security camera. If you want video coverage of more than just in front of your car, go with one of the dual dash camera options. Or, if your preferences fall somewhere in between wanting a small camera and a crisp recording quality, choose one of the front-only cameras.