Things to con­sider…

A few ad­vanced fea­tures to look out for

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

1 Com­pan­ion apps

The iOS and Mac apps vary in qual­ity, but they all en­able you to per­form the cru­cial task of get­ting the footage you need off the cam­era. Most en­able you to se­lect a seg­ment of footage and down­load it to your iOS de­vice.

2 For­ward col­li­sion warn­ing

Some of the cam­eras, such as those from Garmin and the RAC, fea­ture for­ward col­li­sion de­tec­tion. This will warn you if you’re too close to the car in front. It’s not de­signed to be re­lied upon, but it’s a nice fea­ture to have.

3 Speed cam­era info

An­other ex­tra on some of the cam­eras, such as the ones from Snooper and Garmin, is warn­ings about red lights and speed cam­eras. The speed cam­eras warn you depend­ing on your GPS lo­ca­tion. The Snooper DVR-4HD even warns you if there might be a tem­po­rary speed cam­era present.

4 Lane di­ver­sion warn­ings

These are avail­able on the RAC and Snooper cam­eras to tell you if you move out of po­si­tion on the road. Again, you should use them as a backup – one re­cent car we tested had it and it was so an­noy­ing that we had to dis­able it com­pletely.

5 Video qual­ity

All of the front-fac­ing cam­eras here shoot at Full HD (1080p) ex­cept the one from the RAC, which has an even higher res­o­lu­tion. Be­ware of cheap cam­eras shoot­ing at much lower res­o­lu­tions, as of­ten they aren’t good enough to read num­ber plates.

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