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Fast be­com­ing an es­sen­tial for reg­u­lar driv­ers, more dash­cams now work with your Ap­ple de­vices

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Re­viewed by DAN GRAB­HAM

Six dash­board cam­eras com­pete to help out in the event of an ac­ci­dent

Not so long ago, dash­cams were the pre­serve of the back­street cab driver, but now they’re an es­sen­tial tool for any­body who spends a

rea­son­able amount of time in a car. In the age of bo­gus in­surance claims, unin­sured driv­ers and less-than-de­sir­able au­to­mo­tive skills, dash­cams have re­ally come into their own. And, what’s more, a grow­ing num­ber now work with Macs and iOS de­vices, too.

We’ve gath­ered to­gether a bunch of the best dash­cams you can buy around the £100 to £150 price range. Less ex­pen­sive dash­cams are avail­able, but our picks come with var­i­ous fea­tures (depend­ing on the model) such as Wi‑Fi, ac­com­pa­ny­ing iOS apps, and even a sec­ond lens for record­ing to the rear.

None of these cam­eras are de­signed for long pe­ri­ods of use out­side your car, although they can be used for ba­sic still shots of an ac­ci­dent or some­thing else you need to record. The model from Asus does brand it­self as a ‘por­ta­ble cam’ as well as a dash­cam, though we doubt you’d use it for that un­less your phone is out of power.

Most of the time, these cam­eras will just sit there record­ing in a con­tin­u­ous loop while you’re driv­ing. In­ci­dent de­tec­tion (us­ing a G sen­sor to de­tect ‘g-forces’) means that when you have an ac­ci­dent, the in­ci­dent will be ‘marked’ (write-pro­tected) so it isn’t recorded over. Anec­do­tally, you can keep driv­ing once this has hap­pened, but if you’ve been in­volved in an in­ci­dent we reckon you’ll want to get the footage backed up to your Mac or iOS de­vice as soon as pos­si­ble. Asus’s cam­era is prob­a­bly clever­est in this re­gard, as it im­me­di­ately backs up footage of any in­ci­dents to cloud stor­age via any Wi-Fi net­work it recog­nises – so, prob­a­bly when you get home.

Dash­cams in­creas­ingly fea­ture mo­tion de­tec­tion, so even when parked they’ll start record­ing if some­one ap­proaches your car. Clever stuff. Let’s see which cam­era’s best!

When you have an ac­ci­dent, the in­ci­dent will be marked so it isn’t recorded over

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