Understanding your car safety camera (dash cam)

Dash Cams

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Along with GPS, Sat-Nav and other driving aid devices, dash cams or car cameras appear to be the next up and coming car accessory in the world of technology. With features such as automatic recording, continuous loop and crash sensors, verifying your version of events has been so easy.


Ideally safe drivers will never experience a car accident, however on average a long term driver with experience three to four accidents within their driving career. Each driver will always have their own take on an accident, but with video car camera footage events become much harder to dispute. Better safe than sorry, right?


Despite this benefit of assured footage in the event of an accident, few dash cams or car cameras come with a hefty price tag. The price range depends on the features of the dash cam and on the quality of the camera, both important factors to consider when choosing the car camera specific to the individual.

The most common features allow the car camera to record continuously for the duration of the car ride and ensure that in the event of an accident, all footage is automatically saved to the device.

Additional features are also available specific to each dash cam depending on the purpose of the car camera.

  • Night vision
    As this feature’s title would suggest, the night vision feature greatly improves camera quality when minimal light is available. Perfect for those who work night hours or drive frequently at such times, night vision allows for perfect visuals even in the dark. It is important to note that many dash cams may function in high definition during light hours, however only car cameras with the night vision feature with operate well during the night.
  • G-sensor
    The G-sensor acts as an incident detector built into the dash cam itself. The system automatically senses when its vehicle has been involved in an accident and preserves the last five minutes of recorded footage. The G-sensor safeguards important footage to prevent accidental re-recording over old imagery or hard drive wipes. If you would prefer the added security of automatically saved footage, then the G-sensor feature is definitely one to consider.
  • Wireless/hands free
    The hands free wireless dash cam is one of the easier car cameras to navigate. The device is controlled directly from your smartphone and connected through the use of wifi. All recordings are stored inside of the micro usb card installed within the dash cam, however all content can be viewed and downloaded at will on connected devices. If looking to buy your first dash cam, this option is by far the easiest to operate and the most diverse in terms of film storage options.

  • GPS
    GPS fitted car cameras allow recorded footage to be paired with location, allowing the date, time and site of the incident to be saved instantly in the event of an accident. The GPS satellite receiver plugs directly into the camera, ensuring for precise and accurate location recordings. These car cameras are perfect for fleet cars, as a confident verification of location and time can be provided easily to employers.
  • HD
    Dash cam camera definition is also an important factor to consider when selecting your preferred dash cam. The resolution and quality of film is very important, as an accident may rely on the detail presented within the film. For additional reassurance, all dash cams listed on Aus Dash Cams are fully operational High Definition cameras, to ensure the quality imagery for all drivers.


Ultimately the choice of special features relates directly to the intended purpose of the dash cam. For night driving, the obvious choice would be a car camera with night vision, just as a wireless camera would be best suited to someone new to the dashcam market.