It’s the smallest model we tested too, so it’s less prominent on the windshield, and it uses a magnetic mount (though it attaches to the windshield via an adhesive pad) that makes it simple to pop on and off.The 65W offers 1080p resolution and a 180-degree field of view that covers a wide area—great for scenic vistas—but makes cars in front look a little farther away.

Even at night, we could make out the license plate of a car stopped in front of us in traffic.

The rear cam has a resolution of 1080p and a 140-degree FOV that captures the entire car cabin, and you can rotate it vertically 80 degrees to get the correct angle.

It’s also more expensive than our top pick typically, though we’ve seen this Magellan model’s price drop to as low as about $70—you should get the Mi Vue 420 if it’s less expensive than our top pick, as long as you don’t mind its narrower field of view.

The Garmin Dash Cam 65W is the most expensive dash cam we tested, but it gives you a lot in return.

And with the Go Safe 535’s high resolution, you can zoom in when examining footage later and still make out important information.

The Go Safe 535 is easy to mount on the windshield, it has buttons that are easy to reach, and it provides reliable, automatic operation each time you get in your car.Like the Go Safe 535, the Mi Vue 420 provides a number of safety alerts that can be useful, although we found some to be overly active and annoying.(Fortunately, you can turn them off easily.) However, the Mi Vue 420 has a narrower, 140-degree field of view and isn’t quite as easy to use as the Go Safe 535.The forward-facing camera has a suction mount and a ball joint that allows you to quickly reposition it, while the rear camera uses a sticker mount and can pivot to the appropriate angle.The Vantrue On Dash N2 Pro has two cameras in its housing to record both the view in front of your car and the interior of your vehicle.The Vantrue model’s good dynamic range lights up the car’s interior well during the day, and at night four infrared LED lights give you a good view of both the front and rear seats.