Our 2023 Dash Cam Recommendations & Top Picks
Thanks for checking out our 2023 Dash Cam top pick guide. Each year we strive to supply Australian drivers the most trusted and best Dash Cam brands and models.
We offer unbiased Dash Cam recommendations based on customer needs and customer budget, not advice based on profit.
Our 2023 Dash Cam range covers a range of budgets. Nobody should miss out on the opportunity to buy a quality/reliable Dash Cam at a decent price.
Whether you are a truck driver, rideshare driver, the average work and home driver, driving the kids around, park in a busy carpark…..we have the best Dash Cam for your needs.
Which Dash Cam brands and models should you be considering this year?
For the highest spec, top shelf 2023 Dash Cam models – FineVu GX1000-2CH & BlackVue DR970X-2CH
Let’s start off at the top.
Some customers just ask this question straight up, “what’s the best Dash Cam model?”
To that we say, “the best Dash Cam model is different for every customer and depends on their needs, wants and budget”. Then the customer responds with “I just want the best Dash Cam model with the best picture quality”.
We would love every Dash Cam to be able to pick up all number plates clearly, on all cars, under all driving conditions, however this is not achievable unfortunately.
We have never come across a Dash Cam, even at 4K, that can achieve this. Just because a Dash Cam has high resolution, doesn’t mean its great. A 4K Dash Cam that shuts down all the time or records inconsistently is no good to anyone.
It is particularly difficult to pick up a number plate on faster moving vehicles approaching you from the opposite direction. This is where you see the most motion blur.
Number plates can be much easier to make out on cars driving in the same direction as you and also in parking mode as cars are driving very slow in car parks.
However, we have two Dash Cams that give you the best chance at making out number plate under more demanding driving conditions.
BlackVue DR970X-2CH (click here) – The BlackVue DR970X-2CH is a beautiful 4K / 8.0MP lens Dash Cam and definitely is up there with giving the best chance at making details like number plates. The front Dash Cam is currently the highest resolution model you can get so the extra detail really assists with clearing up pixelated plates. Without getting too technical, the BlackVue DR970X-2CH Dash Cam also offers the flexibility of increasing the videos “bit rate”. This essentially enhances the video quality but does make the video files bigger, as you are capturing more finer details. We recommend increasing the bit rate via the settings when driving under more demanding conditions (or when you just want even better video quality).
FineVu GX1000-2CH (click here) – The FineVu GX1000-2CH Dash Cam is a welcome 2023 Dash Cam addition to our range. It records at DUAL 2K 1440P QUAD HD resolution/DUAL 5.14MP lens and contains DUAL Sony Starvis sensors. This is a top pick Dash Cam that is more budget friendly than most $800+ 4K models on the market. Under certain conditions, the FineVu GX1000-2CH actually produces better video quality performance than some 4K Dash Cams.
Under nighttime conditions, the video quality of the FineVu GX1000-2CH can perform better than the DR970X-2CH because the GX1000 has dual Sony Starvis sensors. The BlackVue DR970X-2CH doesn’t have the Sony Starvis sensor in the front camera.
The FineVu GX1000-2CH rear camera also records at a higher resolution and higher megapixel lens, so you can get better clarity out of the FineVu GX1000-2CH rear camera.
You can’t go wrong with either the FineVu GX1000-2CH or the BlackVue DR970X-2CH. If you want “the best” Dash Cams we have, these are the two models to look at. They also both have a 3 year Dash Cam warranty.
Here are some independent overseas road test videos which sample the day/night video quality and also number plate recognition. Please increase the youtube video to the maximum resolution. Click the cog wheel in the bottom right and select the maximum resolution under the “quality” tab.
For a cloud based Dash Cam in 2023 – BlackVue X Series
The BlackVue X series Dash Cams. When provided with a BYO hotspot (via BlackVue CM100 or external dongle) and BlackVue cloud account, you can tap into the BlackVue X series models and monitor the vehicle while you are away from it. You can also receive notifications of events while parked.
For the best value Dash Cams in 2023 – FineVu Dash Cams
FineVu produce ultra reliable Dash Cam models that offer the best all round Dash Cam performance without premium price tags. If you don’t want to pay through the nose for a Dash Cam but don’t want a cheapie, FineVu ticks all the right boxes.
In no way do they compromise on build quality as they offer a trusted 3 year Dash Cam warranty.
More expensive Dash Cams offer a one or maybe a two year warranty.
FineVu Dash Cams have all the essential features you need to reliably record while driving and while parked. They have no fluffy, unnecessary features that you pay for in other models and probably wont even use.
If your requirement is for a trusted, reliable and easy to use Dash Cam in 2023, a FineVu Dash Cam will probably tick all your boxes.
For the best way to alert drivers you have a Dash Cam – Dash Cam Recording Sticker
Our Dash Cam recording stickers are designed to alert other road users that you have a Dash Cam recording in your vehicle. Our Dash Cam stickers can be used as a preventative measure in many situations, for example:
Let tail-gaters know they are being recorded on Dash Cam.
Let car park and trolley users know they are being recorded on Dash Cam.
Let potential car thieves or vandals know they are being recorded.
For a simple Dash Cam, that is easy to use, without any fuss – Abee & FineVu GX7000-2CH Dash Cams
The Abee Dash Cams are best basic units we offer in terms of features. Not every Dash Cam needs bells and whistles and glitz and glamour. There is a place and a need for a nice, basic Dash Cam.
For a front recording model, check out the Abee M638G here
For a front and rear recording model, check out the Abee M538GH-2CH here
The Abee Dash Cams cater for the “school drop-off” journeys and the “short distance to work/supermarket” journeys. This requirement doesn’t need anything fancy. The Abee Dash Cams start and stop recording automatically when the engine turns on and off. It records the journey and that is it. Easy.
They don’t offer a parking mode feature so they simply plug into your cig lighter socket – plug and play.
If you need to watch a video file, pop the sd card into your computer, double click a video file and there is the footage. Easy.
If you want the next level up, check out the FineVu GX7000-2CH Dash Cam here
The FineVu GX7000-2CH is our best top pick LCD screen Dash Cam for 2023. It is hands down the best LCD Dash Cam we have supplied to date.
The GX7000-2CH is one of FineVu’s best selling LCD Dash Cams globally and has a trusted track record of reliability and performance. Whether wanting to record while driving or parked, the GX7000-2CH is an intuitive and smart Dash Cam option.
Most Dash Cams on the market are screen-less. Screenless Dash Cams are configured and operated by pairing them via Wi-Fi to a smartphone and accessing the manufacturer app. After dealing with tens of thousands of customers and enquiries over the years, we understand that there is still large majority of customers that find Wi-Fi and apps undesirable. There is nothing wrong with this and simply comes down to personal preference.
Many customers still want the “old-school” method of operation. They feel the Dash Cam should sit on the windscreen and do its job without too much mucking around, no Wi-Fi, no apps, just record. This is where the LCD touchscreen FineVu GX7000 comes in.
The clear, high resolution IPS LCD touchscreen gives the mental reassurance that the camera is ON and recording and the angle adjustment is correct all the time. The touchscreen also allows for simple menu navigation and camera set-up, no fuss.
The front camera records at 1440P 2K QHD with a 5.1MP Sony Starvis sensor and super-capacitors are used rather than lithium ion batteries to excel in heat resistance and heat durability.
Pre-buffered parking mode recording is a must. The FineVU GX7000 Dash Cams record 20 second parking mode files when triggered by either motion and/or impact. The parking mode files are recorded 10 seconds before the trigger and 10 seconds after the trigger capturing some of the important lead up to the event.
We consider the GX7000-2CH Dash Cam to be an excellent all round performer, with a friendly LCD touchscreen interface. The FineVu GX7000 Dash Cams offer daily reliability, fuss-free features and easy, intuitive operation.
The FineVu GX7000-2CH also offers a confident 3 Year Dash Cam warranty* which is testament to the build quality of this unit.
The Abee Dash Cams still do the job just fine, they are just more “bare-bones” in terms of features.
For a quality Dash Cam with a parking mode feature to record if someone hits my car while parked – BlackVue and FineVu Dash Cams
Our 2023 best park mode Dash Cams can be compared in the table below or on our dedicated article by clicking here
You can also check out the basics of how Dash Cam parking mode operates by clicking here
Most customers opt for a front and rear BlackVue or FineVu Dash Cam as the rear camera can capture people entering the car spot behind your car. If the car bumps you and drives off, the number plate might have been captured in the rear footage and they can be identified.
We find the BlackVue and FineVu Dash Cams have the most intuitive and customisable parking mode features.
When parked, the cameras will stay on and record files if the Dash Cam detects motion or impacts.
The BlackVue and FineVu Dash Cams also wont drain your battery to empty as they have inbuilt voltage protection which shuts the camera down when the battery voltage starts to get too low.
The BlackVue and FineVu Dash Cams also have “pre-buffered” parking mode recording which is essential for capturing the lead-up to an incident while parked. They also have customisable motion/impact sensitivities and motion detection areas to tailor the performance and settings to your needs.
BlackVue records the 5 seconds before a motion or impact trigger while FineVU records 10 seconds before a trigger.
Some of the FineVU Dash Cam models goes one step further and even let you know which area of the car was hit while parked (hopefully you don’t need the alert).
At night, it is always advisable to park close to a light source which really assists the Dash Cam to expose what is happening. All Dash Cam footage (no matter which model) can be fairly dim at night, especially when headlights are off. We like that most of the BlackVue and FineVu Dash Cams have the Sony Starvis sensor to assist with night time quality.
For a fleet or rideshare vehicle – BlackVue Dash Cams & Lukas Dash Cams
For a front recording only Dash Cam – Lukas QVIA AR790-1CH PLUS (click here)
The Lukas QVIA AR790-1CH PLUS Dash Cam provides reliability and temperature resistance ratings that rivals much more expensive units.
The Lukas AR790 Dash Cam was, and still is, a very popular fleet choice in 2022. It was fitted into many fleet vehicles/trucks that are on the road and recording for 10-12 hours straight per day. It is a very durable model. Fleets responded well to the large 512GB Micro SD card support, the tamper case option and the overall reliability.
The AR790-1CH PLUS is currently being used in large minings fleet in WA. The AR790 Dash Cam cops a belting but withstands the demanding heat and rugged conditions on the mines.
For those customers wanting longer recording times, it can take a larger 512GB compatible Micro SD card which will hold up to 100 hours of total video files before the card fills up and starts looping over. Plenty of time to get back to the office and download any important files.
The front Dash Cam also has an optional Lukas tamperproof case for those customers not wanting drivers to tamper with the unit or Micro SD card.
BlackVue offers the most extensive range of commercial vehicle Dash Cams.
The BlackVue commercial units also have an optional cloud based feature for fleet tracking.
If you need to record the road ahead and the driver, or the road ahead, the rear and the driver, BlackVue has you covered. They offer a range of 2CH and 3CH Dash Cams.
There you have our top picks for 2023. Please check in regularly on our website or facebook page to keep up to date with any new models or updates on Dash Cams under testing.
If you have any further enquiries or would like more assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9350 2605 or firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us live on our LIVE CHAT tab on the site. We are more than happy to answer any questions or assist you with a Dash Cam recommendation.