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CNET: The best dashcams that you can buy in 2020

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If you've ever fallen down the rabbit hole of watching amazing dashcam videos on YouTube, you might have considered the advantages of buying one for your own car. A dashboard camera is still something of a rarity in the US, but major auto electronics brands such as Pioneer and Kenwood have dipped their toes into the market.

And why wouldn't they? Drivers are starting to come around to the benefits of having dashcam footage available - after all, who wouldn't want video evidence that they weren't at fault during that fender bender? Some of these devices have both front and rear cameras so you can capture all the angles in your video recording. Some have night vision, loop recording, a parking mode and wide viewing angle. Many also offer HD video, which comes in clutch when you need to produce a license plate number after a hit-and-run or other vehicular accident. Further, the growing ubiquity of the backup camera and technology that gives drivers a lane departure warning have made advanced technology in cars kind of a no-brainer. Why not attach a front camera to your rearview mirror?

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Name-brand dashcam that looks great

Pioneer ND-DVR100

CNET TAKE: Here's something you haven't seen until recently: a name-brand dashcam. Its design is also more pleasing, tucking up into the top of the car windshield like an OEM part rather than hanging down on an unsightly mount.

 

The camera lens does all the basics plus a couple of tricks: It has an odd frame rate of 27.5 frames per second when recording that is tuned to make sure it never misses the state of an LED traffic light, which has a pronounced on/off flicker other cameras might record as no signal at all. Built-in GPS tagging makes sure the footage that you are recording will have time and GPS location embedded.

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Advanced 4K video dashcam

Vantrue X4

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