It's utterly heart-breaking if your pride and joy is involved in a crash. Especially if there is debate on who caused the accident. That's where a dash cam can help determine what happened and who caused the accident.
There are plenty of great dash cams currently for sale but they only cover the front of your car. And with 27% of accidents being rear-end shunts, it is well worth considering getting a dash cam that covers both ends of your car. So take a look at our top picks for mirror dash cams.
Best mirror dash cams
1. Wolfbox 12" mirror dash cam
A great option, this mirror dash cam from Wolfbox covers your entire rearview mirror with a sharp-looking 12" LCD display, giving great coverage. The split-screen option gives even better coverage.Pros:Great sized touchscreenLow light camera will be great at nightCons:Designed for LHD markets, footage will be slightly angled on a RHD car
2. Toguard 5" mirror dash cam
A great budget model, this Toguard mirror dash cam will still be a great piece of kit to have in the case of an accident. The 5" LCD display may not be the biggest of monitors but the front camera is capable of capturing footage in 1080p HD quality, perfect for a dash cam. It also features G-sensor technology to keep vital recordings from being erased. Pros:Great value for moneyCan also be used as a reversing camera Cons:Not the biggest screenRear camera only films in 720p (not full HD)
3. 10" Mirror Dash Cam
A great mid-value option, this 10" mirror dash cam offers all the features of more expensive models but with a smaller screen. With 1080p recording, it will produce clear footage while the inclusion of a free SD card will only sweeten the deal. Pros:Good video qualityFree storage (32GB SD card)Cons:Installation can be a faff
4. Garmin tandem dash cam
This mirror dash cam may lack a screen, but it is still a great bit of kit for keeping yourself safe. It offers excellent coverage with two 180 degree cameras recording in super HD (1440p) quality. The rear-facing camera also covers the interior and includes night vision, perfect in the unfortunate event of a car break-in. Pros:Keep the insides of your car safe tooCons:No screen to watch recordings, you'll need to use your phone
5. Auto-Vox V5 mirror dash
Designed for RHD cars, this mirror dash cam will provide better footage for RHD cars. With 1080p recording, parking assistance and a split-screen option, it's a great, if expensive option to consider. Pros:RHD configureation will ensure you get full video coverageCons:Struggles at night with glare issues
What to look for in a mirror dash cam
Video quality: The higher quality the better, 1080p (HD) should be perfectly acceptable.
Lens type: A wider lens (120+ degrees) will give you more coverage
G-Sensor: When triggered by excessive g-force (like in a crash or emergency stop) it will ensure that that footage is saved and will not be written over.
Parking mode: This will start recording if your car is hit when parked up. A great feature to have if someone drives off after an accident.
How is it powered?
Most dash cams will simply plug into your cigarette lighter to receive power. This effectively means your engine must be running in order to power your dash cam, perfect for driving, rubbish if you need to leave your car anywhere. Your best bet is to look at buying a hardwire kit that will ensure your dash cam will be powered at all times. Just make sure it features a setting to avoid your battery from draining.