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Update: Our original Dash Cam Guidemaster was published in March 2018, but we recently tested out some of the newest options and updated our picks—just in time for 2019 summer road trips.

If you've ever been in a fender-bender or a serious car accident, you can appreciate the importance of a dash cam. These tiny car cameras stick to your windshield and silently record driving footage, capturing all the strange, mundane, and perilous things going on in front of your car. In addition to peace of mind during daily commutes, they can provide information footage to law enforcement, insurance companies, and other parties in accident situations, monitor your car when you're not around, and sometimes capture fun videos of you and your friends on a road trip.

But with the numerous big and small companies making dash cameras now, wading through the sea of devices before you choose one to buy is a formidable task. Ars reviewed the newest dash cams and revisited our testing of existing devices to pick the best dash cams available now.

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Best overall

Nextbase 312GW

Nextbase 312GW dash cam.
Enlarge / Nextbase 312GW dash cam.Valentina Palladino
Specs at a glance: Nextbase 312GW
Price $99
Camera quality 1080p at 30fps
Field-of-view 140 degrees
Audio recording on/off option Yes
Display 2.5 x 1-inch LCD
GPS Yes
MicroSD card Up to 128GB
Loop recording Yes
Operational temperature range -4°—113°F
Mounting method Suction cup mount
Power source Car power outlet
Warnings Incident detection (G-sensor)
Voice commands No
Mobile app Yes, for viewing and downloading videos

I can sum up my philosophy about dash cams in one sentence: the best dash cams disappear in your car, monitoring your surroundings andRead More – Source

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