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Holiday Gift Guide – Dash Cams

If you have a car lover in your life, you are likely on the hunt for a functional gift to give. Lucky for you, we’ve spent hours researching the perfect gift ideas and there’s nothing that beats dash cams. Below is a rundown of some of the best dash cams to gift that car lover in your life this holiday season. 

Best dash cam selection

1. Apeman C450 Dash Cam

Apeman C450 is an affordable dash camera that captures both video and audio in a continuous loop. It has an ultra-wide-angle lens offering a wide field of view that captures far and close elements with a sharp focus. The lens also boasts a resolution of 1080 pixels, which makes the camera ideal for capturing small and essential details such as a license plate.

Apeman C450 Dash Cam

The best thing about this dash camera is that it has a motion-detecting sensor recording. That means the camera will start recording when it detects someone who’s tampering with your vehicle. Given its good video quality and handy features, this dashcam is a massive bargain at just $50.

2. Garmin Dash Cam Mini

As the name suggests, this is a relatively small dashcam, roughly the size of a small car key. Despite its small size, this $129.99 camera offers 1080p full HD video quality using a 140-degrees lens. Garmin Dash Cam Mini’s small size makes it easy to tuck neatly behind the windshield mirror without creating cluttered wires.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini

Although it has no display, the camera can detect a collision and start recording almost immediately. It also comes with a proprietary phone app, which can be synced over a Wi-Fi connection. This way, it’s easy to download saved footage from the camera to your phone anytime you need it.

3. Thinkware U1000

Thinkware U1000

If you are looking for a dashcam that can record super-crisp 4k videos and has a wide degree lens, then you might consider getting Thinkware U100. The dam cam offers great video quality during the day and at night, thanks to its enhanced night vision and wide dynamic range. The best thing is that it has no display screen to distract the driver while driving. Additionally, the camera has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS that offer speed camera alerts and location data. The only drawback is that it is relatively expensive ($329) and must be hardwired into the vehicle, which can be pretty cumbersome on the downside.

Dash camera benefits

There’s no denying that dash cams are an excellent investment. Considering their affordable prices, easy installation, and a wide range of features to choose from, these gadgets can be useful to virtually any car owner, regardless of their budget, needs, and preferences. Whether installed on personal or commercial vehicles, dash cams are helpful for various reasons. Some of these include:

  • Providing video evidence in the event of an accident.
  • Allowing fleet managers and business owners to track their vehicle effectively. 
  • Preventing fraudulent insurance claims.
  • Preventing parking accidents. 
  • Allowing you to record an entire road trip.
  • They are a perfect solution for undisciplined drivers.

Legalities of using a dash cam in Texas

In Texas, there are no specific laws that prohibit the use of dash cams. That means it is legal to use dashboard cameras to record the inside of the cab of a vehicle as well as any activities on the outside. This includes any police activity as long as you do not obstruct justice.

However, there are two exceptions to keep in mind:

 

  • In addition, the camera should not obstruct the airbag or record private conversations that you are not part of (Texas Penal Code 16.02).

Put your dash cam footage to use with a Corpus Christi car accident attorney

Considering all their features and benefits, dash cams are a worthy investment that your friends and family are sure to love as a gift this season. However, as useful as dash cams can be in preventing accidents, they don’t completely eliminate the possibility of a crash. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, The Burkett Law Firm Corpus Christi car accident attorneys can help. Talk to us today to learn how we can use your dash cam recording to protect your rights and pursue full compensation for your damages.