Action cameras such as the GoPro have become really mainstream – and one way people are using them is to capture action on the road, using it as a dash cam.
The GoPro HERO7 (and other similar cameras like the Xiaomi YI, SJCAM SJ4000, and the Mobius) have a sleek, small form factor coupled with very wide angle lenses which make them really tempting dash cams.
There’s also every conceivable kind of mount available for the GoPro, so sticking it on a windshield is not a problem.
Let’s have a quick look at the pros and cons of using a GoPro as a dash cam.
- Very small form factor.
- Can capture gorgeous 1080p, 2k, or even 4k video depending on the model.
- Can be mounted anywhere.
- Very wide angle lens.
- Must record constantly, so you will run out of space quickly, especially if you are recording 2k or 4k video, unless you use the looping feature.
- Can’t be used as a security camera when your car is off.
- Will run out of battery quickly, though possible to charge from USB.
- Everyone knows what a GoPro is, so its possible a GoPro will make your car a juicier target for theft!
GoPros are awesome cameras, but it’s not really worth using them as a dedicated dash cam.
Dedicated dash cams have additional features such as GPS, motion sensors, impact sensors, loop recording, and the ability to record even when the car is off.
Plus, you can find a decent dash cam for under $200 that can do all of this.
In the event of an accident or having to use your video as proof, dashcam footage will have GPS and a timestamp which can prove vital in strengthening your case.
The impact sensor on dash cams makes sure that the video recording at the time of impact does not get over-written when the camera loops video.