Dash cams are devices that can be installed in your car to capture footage of the road. They provide valuable evidence when involved in an accident or if there is a disagreement about who was at fault for an incident.

There are many different types of dash cam, but they all have one thing in common – they help you record what happens on the roads around you.

However, with a load of different options and models available, it can be difficult figuring out which dash cam is right for you. To assist you with your buying choice we’ve compiled a list of the 6 BEST Dash Cams NZ!

We’ve also included a dash cam buyer’s guide further down the article so you know what you should consider before buying a dash cam and what questions you should ask.

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The 6 BEST Dash Cams NZ

Garmin Tandem

Price: $549
Quality: 1440p
FOV: 180°

The 6 BEST Dash Cams NZ

Garmin’s Dash Cam Tandem is one of the most versatile dual-lens dash cams available.

It is designed to be versatile with a built in GPS logger and G-sensor for events, a microphone for audio recording, and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi & Bluetoothed remote control so you can access your dash cam anytime on an iPhone or Android device.

The Dash Cam Tandem features Garmin’s NightGlo technology so quality night time recordings are possible along with 180° wide angle lenses that capture up to 2560 x 1440 resolution videos at 30 fps– giving you uncompromising video clarity with crisp detail.

Navman MiVue 830

Price: $330
Quality: 1080p
FOV: 140°

The 6 BEST Dash Cams NZ

The Navman MiVue 830 has everything you are looking for in a windshield camera.

Two cameras – one on the front and one at the back record in HD, while its “Premium Starvis Ultra Low Light Sensor” ensures it records every light condition.

Like other devices, this one too comes with monthly safety alerts; and it also features G-sensor and GPS tagging.

Garmin Dash Cam 57

Price: $270
Quality: 1440p
FOV: 140°

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A compact, discreet dash cam – small enough to fit in your pocket!

With 1440p HD video a 140° FOV and Garmin Clarity HDR optics, the Dash Cam 57 will capture crisp video.

You can use the 2 inch LCD display to play back footage right on the device – that’s if you choose not to upload it straight onto your computer.

The camera continually records thanks to its power cable option for upward or downward routing – which provides a tidy installation without getting in anybody’s way.

VAVA Dashboard Camera

Price: $255
Quality: 1080p
FOV: 155°

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VAVA’s Dash Cam captures everything that goes on in front of, or behind you.

Powered by a wide-angle 155° lens and capable of recording at 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second, it delivers crystal clear details.

Its powerful Novatek NT96663 CPU offers HDR (high dynamic range) mode too – perfect for capturing vibrant images day and night thanks to its high sensitivity Sony IMX291 CMOS image sensor that adjusts intensity according to light conditions.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini

Price: $175
Quality: 1080p
FOV: 140°

The 6 BEST Dash Cams NZ

The discreet and compact Garmin Dash Cam Mini in-car camera is a must-have for anyone who spends time on the road.

The mini dash cam mounts inconspicuously on the back of your rear view mirror, recording any nooks or crannies you might not be able to see with your own eyes.

Just plug it into your car’s power supply when you get into the vehicle, then get ready to have everything that happens on the road right there on video!

Xiaomi 70mai

Price: $89
Quality: 1080p
FOV: 130°

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Take stock of your road trips with the Xiaomi Smart Dash Cam! Record in full 1080p HD for crisp footage, so should you find yourself in a fender bender, this dash cam will prove your innocence…if, of course, you didn’t cause it!

With 130° wide angle view and automatically emergency recording to save any incidents on the road, this is an affordable bit of security.

The high-quality Sony IMX323 sensor inside uses H.264 decode format to record stunning detail pictures at 1080p. With voice control-to turn the camera on or off or start video recording-you can use simple commands without taking your hands off the wheel. And never miss filming precious moments.

Dash Cam Buyer’s Guide

If you are thinking about buying a dash cam, it is important to understand the various features that are available. A dash cam can be used for security purposes or as an aid in an accident investigation. The type of camera and how it functions will depend on what your needs are. We have put together this guide to help you with your purchase decision.

How good is the camera quality on the dash cam?

The quality of the camera on a dashcam is an important consideration. This will depend on what you plan to do with your dashcam. Security camera footage can be accessed by law enforcement, so they may need to have good quality footage for good evidence. If you use the dashcam as a security camera, it’s also nice if it has night vision so that you can see at night too. A car accident investigation may benefit from having clear footage of what happened, so it would be beneficial for the camera to have high-quality resolution and image capability.

What is the dash cams field of view?

A dash cam will have a field of view that is determined by the angle lens. Most cameras are between 120 and 140 degrees, which makes sure you get all of the footage in front of your car when driving.

What type of battery does the dash cam use?

Dashcams can be powered either through an AC power source or DC power source. A camera with only one option may not work well for some drivers who want to make sure they don’t run out of charge while on the road.

Some devices come with dual-battery options so that you have greater control over how long your device lasts before needing charged again.

Does it support loop recording?

Loop recording allows an event of motion detected by the dash cam while parked to overwrite older footage automatically when memory space runs out on the device. You can also get devices which let allow you manually delete files from within the editor if needed instead of overwriting them all together later.

How much does the dash cam cost?

What is included with the product? Is it a package deal or do you have to buy a separate micro SD card and a charging cable separately.

You should also check if there are any extra costs involved after purchasing the camera, such as an annual fee for using cloud storage space. The last thing that potential buyers want to encounter is being hit with hidden fees once they make their purchase. It’s important to know how long your memory will be stored on the dash cam in case of an incident occurring while out driving. Most cameras can now store between one hour and two weeks worth of footage before needing more room on its memory hard drive.

Does the dash cam work at night time?

Dash cams with night vision are very important for recording accidents at night or in dimly lit areas. You should be aware that most dash cams only have front-facing cameras, so if you want a complete view of your surroundings while driving, you need to buy two separate devices instead of one with multiple lenses.

When does the dash cam turn on?

Some people may not realize this but some types of dash cams can detect motion and will automatically start filming when they sense activity near their car. This is particularly useful for cars which are parked overnight on public streets where there’s always the possibility of being vandalized by passersby. If this feature sounds appealing to you then make sure that the camera has enough storage space because its memory will fill up quickly with footage of people walking around your car.

What is the maximum storage space on the dash cam?

Dash cams can typically hold between one and two hours worth of video before its memory needs more room on the hard drive. Some dash cam models have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that allow you to transfer files directly from their internal memory card to other devices such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer via USB cable without needing extra software for transferring purposes.

This means that if you want an uninterrupted recording then make sure that there’s enough available storage in your camera when making a purchase decision. The last thing a potential buyer wants is a device with a short battery life and limited storage capabilities.

What type of media can be saved on the dash cam?

Dash cams come in two different types. The first is the standard dash cam that records video on an internal memory card and can be used to save photos taken while driving if you wanted them for evidence purposes.

The second type of camera uses a smartphone app where footage will automatically upload onto your phone when it detects movement or impact. This option allows users to have their hands free so they don’t need to hold anything besides their device, which also makes filming easier because drivers won’t have any distractions from using another object with both hands on the wheel at all times.

If this sounds appealing then make sure that your phone has enough unused storage space before purchasing one of these models since some apps are large files that take up lots of room on your phone’s internal memory.

Reece Bates, is an outdoors journalist with a knack for capturing the heart of every adventure. Whether he's weaving tales from hidden trails or offering insights into the beauty of the natural world.