Where exactly should you mount your dashcam? This is a very important question, one that is fundamental to vehicle owners with dashcams. This depends on a few questions. Yes, especially given the name, it may seem that installing a dashcam on the dashboard is the most logical thing to do, but that can directly interfere with the view and make for unsafe driving. In this brief article, I will discuss the best and worst places to mount your camera within your vehicle’s interior.
Things To Consider
How About The Dashboard?
Ideally, when driving in peak traffic, you should be able to see the rear wheels of the vehicle in front of you. This is to keep at least a minimally safe distance at all times. With the camera installed on the vehicle’s dashboard, that view can at times become somewhat impaired. You would ideally want to have the dash as clutter-free as possible. Therefore if possible try to avoid this area for increased safety and best visual ability.
What About Discretion?
Ideally, you would also not want the dashcam itself to be easily picked up by anybody. Discreet is the name of the game when you have such a device installed in your car. It could easily become the target of a thief looking to sell it on. There are a number of other arguments as to whether they should be in plain view or hidden out of immediate sight, but that’s to be covered in a different article in the near future. So, depending on the color, finish, and material of the camera you can slightly change the position of the unit. If it is black and in a matte finish, which is probably the best combination, you can mount the dashcam anywhere on the windshield, and it would be discreet enough to be passed.
Barring the dashboard, the second and most common option is to mount somewhere on the windshield. Now, that is something ideally suitable, depending of course where it is placed. A lot of drivers do prefer to install dashcams on the front windshield because it allows them to record a clear, unobstructed view of the road ahead, and doesn’t interfere with the view whatsoever when driving. The best position is right down the center of the windshield, about a few inches down from the headliner. If your dashcam comes with a suction cup mount, you should leave enough space so that the device can be easily installed. But which location would be best? Ideally, just behind the rear view mirror. This is the one area of the windshield that is already usually blocked. So, if you install just behind the rearview mirror, you don’t prevent any additional viewing area, which is perfect.
Also, for best results in terms of view angle, when installing take into consideration that the camera is placed right under the rear view mirror handle. This is more or less the center of the windshield. This will ensure that the central view looking out of the windscreen will cover the whole of the road in front as well as the bonnet of the vehicle you are driving, which is critical if you have a car camera with a relatively cheap dash cam with a low view angle of say 140° or less.
The mount of your camera is also an important consideration. There are two types of a mount in general. First of all, is the most common and best which is the suction mount. The second is the adhesive mount. With a suction mount, you need far more space than with adhesive mount. So choose the area to install the dashcam accordingly based on whichever type comes with your device.
Rear View Mirror Cameras
Possibly the best solution is to buy a rear view mirror dash cam. These are literally cameras that clip straight over your existing rear view mirror. There is no need to mess around choosing a position for the suction mount or adhesive mount, and no worry of obstructing your view.
Dual Camera Dash Cam
In some instances, you may want to install an additional camera that points towards the back of the vehicle. For recording out the rear of the car you can mount another dash cam if you like in the rear area of the interior, for example on the rear windscreen, though it might be a bit too much in terms of wiring. There are also alternative devices which offer the same functionality which is known as a dual camera dash cam, which have twin lenses that can be rotated to whichever direction you want. For example, one lens can point in-front while the other records everything happening behind. These are particularly good for people who want maximum coverage but without the added cost and wiring mess.
Top 5 Dashcams Of 2020
|Brand / Model||Display||View Angle||GPS||WIFI||Size|
|Garmin Dash Cam 65||2"||180°||Yes||Yes||1.6 x 0.8 x 2.2”|
|KDLINKS X1||2.7"||165°||Yes||No||3.3 x 1.7 x 0.5"|
|Vantrue N2 Pro||1.5"||170°||Optional||No||5.4 x 4.6 x 3.8"|
|Apeman C860||3"||170°+170°||No||No||3.5 x 2 x 1.2"|
|Rexing V1P Pro||2.4"||170°+170°||Yes||Yes||TBC|
Mark loves gadgets and photography. When he’s not reviewing dash cams, he’s most likely to be taking scenic pictures while traveling the world.