Budget Dash Cams Reviewed | The Gadget Show
I brought three of them to birmingham wheels, a unique track, dedicated to all manner of motor activities at the heart of the uks second city. These chats here are all experienced: banger, racers and stock car drivers, just the expertise. We need to put our dash cams to the test Music. The budget dash cams im evaluating today are the motorola mdc 300, which is the cheapest on test and comes with 1080p resolution. The next base 222 is our mid price dash cam. It also comes with 1080p resolution. The road angel halo drive is our most expensive, but its still available for less than 100 pounds on to test number one image quality and for this round ill be doing the driving good image. Quality is essential in a dash cam. So it can capture any unfortunate events, while youre out on the road ive rigged. All three of my budget dash cams to the windscreen of this big old barge from the 90s, a vauxhall omega 2 liter cd automatic, which once boasted 134 break or spell anyway, to compare picture quality weve dotted some props around the track. A bespoke registration plate to test legibility at a normal following distance differently, colored cones, to represent car colors and to evaluate the readability of signage and text. Some gadget show posters. How well will each dash cam capture images of our props first up the cheapest on test? Motorola now the motorola has a 160 degree field of view.
Shoots in 1080p at 30 frames a second and you can increase the uh recording time. If you want to like run going down to 720p. Reducing resolution to 720p on the motorola enables it to record up to five hours worth of footage. At a time, though, even in 1080p, this dashcam is struggling to capture our gadget 1 registration plate. That kind of resolution should allow you to zoom into an object with detail retained, but the quality here just isnt good enough. The words of our gadget show poster are looking a bit noisy too, and the auto color balance has shifted to the orange side, leaving our blue cone looking darker than it really is so its a lackluster result from the motorola next up is our mid price next Base they claim it should never miss those all important number plates and road sign details, but how will it fare in my test? The next space has a narrower field of view than the motorola just 140 degrees, but it has a six layer lens now. It also records 1080p at 30 frames per second. It also records 720p, this time at 60 frames per second, it could be useful if you need to slow things down advice i should probably take when weaving through the slalom. The lens is multi layered and its proving well able to keep up accurately capturing the colours of the cones. The wording on our gadget poster is clearer too, but when we zoom in for an in depth assessment of our gadget, one registration, it too has struggled well.
The most expensive dash come on test from road angel, be able to improve matters like the next base. It offers a 140 degree field of view. The road angel also offers a 1440p mode at 25 frames per second, so its the highest resolution of the three cameras. Although its the most expensive of the three dash cams its missing one rather key feature, it doesnt have a screen, so you cant see what youre recording, though that may make it slightly less distracting while youre driving, i guess, but it does come with an app for Setup and monitoring enjoying this bit of slalom activity. Music, its a shame, one cant drive around race tracks forever, putting my venerable vauxhall into park and reviewing the footage its clear. The colors of our cones are a lot truer to reality on the road angel and, although still noisy its managed to capture our plate more cleanly than the others, and the same for our poster so round. One goes to the road angel halo for our next test. We want to see how reliable our budget dash cams are when you need the most time to utilize the expertise of our stock car drivers in test number two crash detection: these are people for whom crashing is a way of life, so this should be an excellent Test of the crash detection capabilities of our dash cams, each of our budget dash cams claims to have g sensor technology that detects an accident automatically saving the footage before and during the event, but to ensure were testing them fairly were running them all.
At the same time, in the omega, while it battles with three other cars, weve temporarily rescued for a friendly scrapyard Music id, be amazed if it undetected that each dash cam is detecting these dramatic dings as they occur, though there are differences in the way they save And protect the footage for future evidence when the motorola and next base detect a sudden movement or impact they automatically protect the footage in question by moving it into a separate folder. The road angel halo, however, cant do this. While we werent driving long enough today, the clips featuring the impact would have eventually been overwritten unless manually saved and after the race. When i checked all three dash cams, the crash detection had indeed worked on the motorola and next space, but because i had to search for the clip with a halo, its not getting a point in our crash detection test. Cars well and truly spent its time. For our final test night vision, with 40 of crashes happening at night, im driving around the side, roads of birmingham helpfully sprinkled with signs and graffiti to see how our dash cams cope in the dark and first up once again, is the cheapest on test from motorola. Now the motorola has a low lux sensor, so they say it should give viewable footage in low light conditions without artificial lights. Oh, this is a dark road, a good test, the motorola reproduces the colors of the artwork well, and the road signs dotted around the back streets of birminghams east side are crisp and clear, interesting to see how it copes with these lovely festoon lights here in birmingham.
It copes well with the stark contrast between the bright white street lights and the black of the night sky, something that would also be helpful when driving on country roads facing oncoming traffic. Does the next base 222 fair as well after dark next base, say their camera? Has sensors that improve clarity, brightness and contrast in nighttime driving? So you can pick up extra details that could be useful in the event of an incident. The next space also has, by a small margin, the largest aperture of the three and f 1.6 lens, so that could give us a little bit of extra brightness as well, and it seems that results in an even truer reproduction of the colors and signage on the Dark roads there also seems to be less flare as i passed under the radiant display of festoon lights, but theres still one more dash cam to go our most expensive on test. The road angel halo to be interesting to see whether the higher resolution translates into poorer image quality in the dark or better. Well, when placed side by side, the budget motorola is clearly lagging behind, but theres not much to choose between the next base and the road angel, giving them two points each after a days, testing versus the motorolas one question is with a superior video performance. Overall. Has the road angel done enough to drive away with the win Music? Well, john! Well, um tricky! Really! I mean the road angel did have the edge on video quality, but with the next space, its much easier to find clips in the event of an instant it puts them in that special folder.
Also, i think most people would find the screen useful and its a bit cheaper. So all things considered, my recommendation is the next base.