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What's the best dash cam for less than Β£150?

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4. Mio MiVue 688

Price Β£129.64

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Rated 3 out of 5

The Mio MiVue 688 records in 1080p and built-in GPS means locations are recorded with the footage. A big plus is that it has safety camera warnings which are updated yearly for free. The buttons along the side are quite small, and it’s not that intuitive to operate but it has a handy feature that allows you to store a recording at the touch of a button to make sure it doesn’t get written over once the memory becomes full. It will do this automatically if it detects there might have been an accident, but it’s still useful having the option to do it manually.

It also has a parking mode which means it can sense an impact on the car even with the engine off, so it will record if someone backs into you. The actual screen resolution is not as clear as other dash cams, so the text that appears on the Mio is very pixelated, and the mounting arm is very stiff if you want to adjust its angle.

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3. JooVuu X

Price Β£69.99

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Rated 4 out of 5

Much like the Roadhawk Vision, this dash cam is a simple stick on and go product without a display. It’s very small, so anyone wanting a barely noticeable dash cam should certainly consider the JooVuu X. You can’t adjust much using just the dash cam itself so you need to download the app to be able to change the settings. None of these dash cam apps are flawless, but even still the JooVuu app was quite laggy and difficult to connect to.

The picture it records is brilliant. You can buy a CPL filter with the camera for around Β£5 extra, which helps get rid of any reflection glare from the windscreen onto the camera lens and gives a clearer picture during the day, although it’s not quite as good at night. It’s a good option and worth the extra. The picture is produces is brilliantly clear, recording in 1080p at 60 frames per second as standard and the dash cam is easy to adjust once its been stuck on with the adhesive mount.

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2. Next Base 412GW

Price Β£99.00

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Rated 4 out of 5

Next Base is a very well established brand for dash cams, and with products like this it’s no wonder. The 412GW records in 1440p and the footage is excellent. It’s clear and easy to adjust through the settings, and it has a big 3.0in screen as well, displaying speed limits and other safety warnings. It’s great quality and easy to plug in and go. With a suction cup it’s easy to mount it onto the windscreen and it’s easy to slip the camera out of the mount, so if you want to remove it when you leave the car you can very easily.

The touch sensitive buttons on the screen are responsive, but not as easy to use on the move as traditional buttons because they’re quite small so can be difficult to select. It is also useable with an app, but it's simpler to operate its different functions with the buttons.

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1. Next Base 312GW

Price Β£78.95

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Rated 4 out of 5

Sitting in the middle of the Next Base range, the 312GW records in 1080p and has a 2.7in screen, with buttons on either side to operate it. The recordings are good quality, and there’s a free app which helps control it which you might prefer to use instead of the buttons on the screen, which are a bit small and fiddly.

It’s a very good product that is excellent value and has lots of the good bits from the 412GW, but records in a lower resolution and has a smaller screen. A slight drawback is that it only supports memory cards up to 32GB, but the four hours of footage this allows will probably be sufficient for most drivers. If you are after a no frills dash cam that’s reliable and good quality, it’s also worth looking at the Next Base 112 Go, which is even cheaper.

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