Note: As most dashcams are plugged into a 12V (cigarette lighter) socket for power, if you have only one socket in your car and already use it for a sat nav or for charging your mobile phone, you will need to invest in an adaptor. RRP at time of test: £49.99 Check latest prices on Amazon Installation ★★☆☆☆ Would have scored highly but the plastic assembly for sucker mount, which allows the camera to be slid on and off without have to unplug the cable, broke twice while on test, suggesting teething problems with manufacturing.Nextbase told us our model (which we tested extensively between late 2016 and mid 2017) was an early model and the problem was identified and fixed, with all models sold after March 2017 using new components.If you’re certain you’re going to stick with the same model of dash cam for some time, this can be beneficial as it will have direct access to the car’s 12V electricity supply via the fuse box, meaning even if the engine is switched off, it can draw power if needed.Some dash cams have a parking mode, for example, that will record bumps when you’re parked and the car is locked; if you plug into the cigarette lighter socket, it’s unlikely the dash cam will receive power from it while the ignition is off.Fitting a dash cam to your car can reduce your insurance premiums – and offer you peace of mind when it comes to disputes over liability in an accident.Driving has pulled together a number of leading examples, from basic video recording models to top-of-the-range dashcams with multiple cameras, accident sensors and the ability to record your speed and location by GPS.Dash cams are smarter than your basic video camera.Yes, you could attached a forward-facing Go Pro or Dogcam to your windscreen and record your whole journey in one long file, but what if you run out of space on your memory card before the end of the journey?
Dash cams should intrude no more than 40mm into the swept area of your windscreen wiper blades and must not be mounted in the area directly above the steering wheel. If a dash cam has a built-in screen, make sure it is switched off or turns itself off after a few seconds, as the law says motorists must not be able to view video-playing devices while driving (there are some exceptions to this rule related to providing information about the status of the vehicle itself – a parking camera, for example – but a dash cam does not meet these criteria).
VERDICT ★★★☆☆ Could be the new leader in budget dash cams but the issues we had with our early example’s mount are cause for concern. After this review was published, Joo Vuu got in touch asking for feedback to help it improve the product.
It also updated its quick start guide to make set-up easier to follow.
Both versions have three buttons, and it’s not obvious what any of them is for.
The “M” button, we guessed correctly, is for “Menu”.