Having a dash cam for your vehicle is like having a second set of eyes when driving.
Dash cams will record your driving and the road ahead of you. You can use these videos as viral content on YouTube, or use in court in case you get into a legal jam.
There are solid budget dash cams you can buy if you cannot spend $500 on one, like Rexing V1, the best dash cam under 200.
Scroll down for a list of more budget dash cams:
10 Best Dash Cam Under $200 – 2017
Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with Sony Exmor Video Sensor, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording
Full HD 1080P Front + VGA Rear 290 Degree Super Wide Angle Car Dash Cam with 4.0" IPS Screen, G-Sensor, Motion Detection, Parking Mode etc
Hisili 3" LCD Dash Cam, Full HD 1080P, 160 Wide Angle Car Dashboard Camera, Vehicle Videos Recorder with Night Vision, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording
LEVIN Dash Cam - Stealth Design High Temperature Resistance 1080P FHD 170° Wide Angle Lens with Night vision G-SENSOR Loop Recording and LCD Screen [Capacitor Edition]
3.0" Car Dash Cam, Super HD 1440P 170 Wide View Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with G-Sensor, Loop Recording, Parking Mode, ADAS
Wewdigi Car Camcorder 2.7 inch TFT Screen 1080P HD 170 Degree Wide Angle Car DVR Recorder Night Vision Dash Cam+32GB TF Card
Pruveeo Q5 1.5" LCD Full HD 1080P Dash Cam, 170 Degrees Wide Angle, Dash Cameras for Cars with Night Vision, Dashboard Camera Car Driving Recorder DVR
YI 2.7" Screen Full HD 1080P60 165 Wide Angle Dashboard Camera, Car DVR Vehicle Dash Cam with G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording, Grey
How to Buy a Good Dash Cam with a $200 Budget
Read these tips to choose a good dash cam for under $200 when shopping around:
Choosing a good dash cam can be tricky. Therefore, it’s best to purchase a product with a warranty so you can return it or get it fixed if it no longer works.
Look for these basic qualities in a dash cam: detailed graphics so you can read license plates, clear night time recording, auto start when the car starts, and recording when parked. Extra features to look for include footage lockdown when necessary.
Do mind the mounting structure. Suction cups are convenient, but had a bad rep. Some good dash cams come with truly terrible suction cups.
If you live in a hot climate, or expect hot climate in the summer, make sure the dash cam is heat resistant. The battery, in particular, should be able to withstand high heat. Otherwise, you are risking a fire.
Camera size is quite important. A big dash cam is visible to everyone and that might not be what you need. Get a small discreet dash cam to capture footage without risking anyone trying to avoid the camera.