The best dash cams you can buy in Canada

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Dash cams from Amazon, Staples, Best Buy, Vision and The Source that range from basic tech to high definition.

The rise of viral videos from near-misses in traffic and the constant battle for street parking pointed out to us how much British Columbians rely on their dash cams.

For those looking to install one, these six popular dash cams range from a basic plug-in to high-definition front and rear cameras with wifi. Some simply record looping video, while others have voice commands, driver alerts for lane drift, parking monitoring to detect bumps, and time-lapse video to capture all the action on a morning commute or summer trip.

The basic dash cam

Who is it ideal for: For a single dash cam, this Amazon options is easy to install and has the basic features such as night vision, parking monitor, loop recording (which replaces older files), audio and suction cup windshield mount.

Why we endorse it: Price, user reviews, includes SD card.

Where it could use improvements: Not clear on charging port capabilities for USB.

Dimensions/price: 1080p video, 3″ screen; $59 at Amazon.

The pro HD equipment

myGekoGear

Who is it ideal for: the myGEKOgear Orbit 956 is ideal for drivers who want maximum coverage. The front camera is 4K 25fps video the rear camera is Full HD 1080p; there is also a GPS sensor for speed and lane drift and a time-lapse function. With a 150° viewing angle, audio, WiFi connectivity, USB port and 32GB MicroSD card, it’s the complete package.

Why we endorse it: Quality, reviews, functionality.

Where it could use improvements: Higher price than other options.

Dimensions/price: Exclusive to best buy ($199.99).

The dash cam with cloud storage

nextbase

Who is it ideal for: For those who want to tell the difference between basic and expert, this Nextbase 122 720P HD Dash Cam is reliable and has the necessary functions, such as 120° viewing angle, Click&Go Pro support, parking monitor (detects bumps) and the possibility of viewing and sharing footage in the MyNextBase cloud.

Why we endorse it: Quality, cloud function.

Where it could use improvements: Does not include SD card.

Dimensions/price: $129.99 at Source.

Three other dash cams to consider

4k dash cam

This 4K dash cam features a 64GB memory card, parking monitor, Wi-Fi, emergency digital lock that activates in the event of a collision, time stamps, two types of mounting brackets and a two-year warranty. $229.99 at Amazon.

JS mini camera

For a small, discreet camera, this JS Innovations Mini Dash Cam has a 1.5″ screen, 1080p resolution and a 120° collision sensor. $69.99 at best buy.

Garmin dash cam

the Garmin 56 dash cam is at the high end of the price range for this kind of gadget. It has a 140° view, voice control capabilities, Bluetooth, wireless app pairing, motion detection and driver alerts like lane change. Does not include a SD card. $269.99 at Staples.

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