Some of the newer dash cams that are available on the market have wifi built into them. Having wifi makes it very convenient to view and transfer videos from your camera to your phone or tablet.
Earlier models of dashcams were comparatively harder to use because they usually didn’t come with screens – so you’d have to point them, do a quick test recording, and hook it up to your computer to see if the video was recording properly or not.
With wifi dash cams, you can simply connect via wifi to your dash cam and instantly view the video your camera just took. It’s much easier to transfer the videos and change settings on your camera, too.
The wifi will only work on a short range, though – similar to how a router can only give its signal over a small area. Just because it’s wifi-enabled does not mean it’s connected to the internet.
The big brands all make wifi-enabled models – all of BlackView’s models have wifi, and a handful of Lukas and FineVu dash cams have it as well. They also have a companion app for their cameras. You can download this app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store.
Note that all of the wifi-enabled dash cams listed below also have GPS built into them.
Some of the best WiFi-enabled dash cam models:
The BlackView DR650GW is one of the best all-round dash cams available today. It is a 2 channel dash cam – which means there are two cameras, one for the front and one for the back. It records in full HD, and can also function as a CCTV camera for when your car is parked. The profile of the camera is very sleek and it mounts cleanly on your windshield. The DR650GW does not have a screen of its own, so with the companion app from BlackView, you can change settings, play back and edit videos on your phone or tablet. The DR650GW is some of the best bang for your buck that you can get.
The BlackView DR750LW is a step up from the DR650GW. The main difference between the two dash cams is that the DR750 has a beautiful touch screen built in, so you are not completely dependent upon the app to use your camera. Both the front and back cameras shoot in full 1080p HD. The DR750’s form factor is also a little different – it is shaped more like a compact digital camera, whereas the DR650 has a more cylindrical design.
The Lukas LK-9370WD is a sleek, high quality full HD dash camera that records the front and back of your car. With a touch screen and easy-to-use menu system, you can either access your videos from the SD card or using the companion smartphone app. Using the app, you can also see a live feed from your cameras. The LK-9370WD can support two SD cards up to 256 GB each, giving you a whopping 512 GB of total storage capacity. The LK9370WD can also function as a CCTV camera.
The Lukas LK-7950 is pretty much the same camera as the LK-9370WD, except with slightly lower level components. It still records full HD from the front and back camera, functions as a CCTV, and has all the features you would expect in a dash cam. The storage capacity of the LK-7950WD is a little less, too, but for those tradeoffs, you are getting a much cheaper dash cam that gives similar and adequate performance.