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Keep your Vehicle Safe with These Top 5 Security Cameras For Cars

Top 5 Best Car Security Cameras

When it comes to determining the best car cameras for security, discreteness really is the first priority vehicle owners should be concerned about. Below, discover some of the best car security cameras for subtle, versatile vehicle surveillance.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Available on Garmin. From $129.99.

The Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2. (Image via Garmin)
Image via Garmin


  • Highly discreet
  • Incident detection saves video from before, during, and after the event
  • Voice control makes it easy to operate while driving


  • A microSD card is required for use
  • Parking Guard needs a Constant Power Cable, sold separately

Of Garmin’s excellent line of dash cameras, the Dash Cam Mini is the most discreet. It’s about the size of a car key, and attaches unobtrusively to the dashboard, mirror, or windshield without attracting any attention.

Don’t let its size deceive you: this is a powerful device that can record up to 1080p within a 140-degree view. Motion detection push notifications alert you to incidents via a linked device, voice control makes it easy to control hands free and safely, and the microSD card slot allows users to save footage physically.

Key Specifications

  • 1080p HD
  • 140-degree field of view
  • Voice control
  • Parking Guard G sensor
  • microSD card required

What is a G sensor?

A G sensor is an accelerometer found in dash cams. They register vibrations, so that the dash cam can notify the user if someone is tampering with the vehicle or if there is a collision while the vehicle is left stationary. The G sensor can trigger the camera to start recording.

Garmin Dash Cam Tandem

Best dual camera dash cam

Available on Garmin. From $299.99.

The Garmin Dash Cam Tandem. (Image via Garmin)
Image via Garmin


  • Super wide field-of-view captures everything needed
  • NightGlo works well to illuminate car interior footage
  • Voice commands


  • Expensive
  • No LTE mobile data

Another great entry into Garmin’s line is the Tandem. Featuring two cameras instead of one, it allows for the recording of footage both outside and inside the car, making it particularly useful in contents-theft situations.

Each lens boasts a 180-degree field of view and up to 1440p HD video, while the interior lens’ night vision feature allows for capturing up to 720p video in darkness. Like the Mini, expect voice commands and weatherproofing. Unlike the Mini, expect a significantly larger price tag!

Key Specifications

  • Dual-facing cameras
  • 1440p HD (front-facing)
  • 720p HD (interior)
  • 180-degree field of view
  • NightGlo night vision
  • Voice control
  • Parking Guard G sensor
  • microSD card required

Ring Car Cam

Best 4G data dash cam

Available on Ring, BestBuy, Amazon. RRP $249.99.

A leaked promo picture of the Ring Car Cam (Image via The Verge)
Image via The Verge


  • Dual-facing camera views interior and exterior
  • GPS tracking for missing vehicles
  • Sensors allow it to alert linked devices if car is tampered with


  • Expensive
  • Teething issues upon launch

Something absent from many car cameras is mobile LTE data support, which the Car Cam addresses. It allows users to transmit video from virtually anywhere using a SIM card. This means that the live feed is useful even when Wi-Fi isn’t available. In the event that the car is stolen, the Ring Car Cam will be able to track its location. 

Otherwise, it’s much like a security camera, with 1080p HD video resolution, night vision, and two-way talk. This does make for a pretty advanced security camera for the car, but the price tag might put some people off.

Key Specifications

  • Dual-facing 1080p HD
  • Motion detection
  • Push notifications
  • Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity
  • GPS
  • Two-way talk
  • G sensor
  • Privacy covers

AREBI Spy Camera (4K)

Best hidden car camera surveillance

Available on Amazon. From $59.97.

The AREBI Spy Camera (4K) connected to a smart device via Wi-Fi. (Image via Amazon)
Image via Amazon


  • Impressively crisp, clear image
  • Tiny size makes it super discreet
  • Can be used wired or wire-free


  • No G sensor features found in dash cams
  • No audio/voice control

Key Specifications

  • 4K video resolution
  • 160-degree field of view
  • 4-10 day battery life in motion mode
  • microSD card support
  • IR night vision
  • Push notifications


Best cheap car camera

Available from the App Store and Google Play Store. Free, with the option for premium.



  • Free, with option for premium
  • No hardware security cameras required
  • Unlimited number of camera devices can be used at no additional cost


  • Capabilities limited by the hardware of the device it is installed on
  • No infrared night vision

Key Specifications

  • Live feeds
  • Motion detection
  • Continuous recording
  • Push notifications
  • Low-light mode
  • Two-way audio
  • 7-day free cloud storage
Credit: Kevinz Gaming
“This is a review video for the AlfredCam made by the AlfredCamera company. I’m using it as a dash cam, but it’s intended to be an indoor camera. Testing it out for the first time! Hands-on review.”

Safely Using Your Phone For Car Security

Camera is pointed right at my vehicle – when someone slashed my tires, I was able to confront them about it and press charges.

AlfredCamera user

That being said, a more useful way to use AlfredCamera is to have a device pointing out the window of the  home with a direct view of parked vehicles. That way, Alfred can keep a trained eye on stationary cars 24/7.

Well at our house, we can’t live without Alfred! Nightly here in California, we use our old smart devices as security cameras in every window of our home!! I’ll tell anyone who asks about security cameras and or surveillance stuff, don’t waste your money or time, just use Alfred! We can park our cars on the street or in the driveway even if we forget to lock em.. we’re safe with Alfred. Motion activated video recording with live event notifications, plus use an alarm and the option to talk to the perpetrator through your devices, is amazing! Try it out.. you won’t be disappointed.

AlfredCamera User

What are the Disadvantages of Dash Cams? Common Concerns

Like any security measure, there are some downsides to dash cams. Below, find answers to the most common concerns people have about dash cams.

1. Will a dash cam drain my car battery?

Dash cams are usually powered by the auxiliary power outlet (more commonly referred to as a cigarette lighter), although newer cars may also support USB charging. Either way, they derive power from the car battery.

The power consumed by dash cams is minimal, but leaving a dash cam on when the car is parked will slowly drain the battery. When at home, use a security camera to observe the parked car from a vantage point rather than leaving the dash cam on 24/7.

2. How do I make my dash cam always on?

Dash cams usually have a ‘parking mode’, which leaves the device on when the vehicle is off. But if it is powered by the car battery, it will eventually drain the car’s battery if left on permanently. If using for several hours at a time, make sure to enable low-power mode if the model supports it. 

3. Should I leave my dash cam in my car overnight?

Unless the dash cam is particularly discreet, get into the habit of removing it from the car overnight. When out and about and leaving the car in a parking lot, put the cam into parking mode to protect it.

4. How many hours can a car camera record?

Car cameras can record any number of hours of footage depending on the size of the microSD card, whether an internet connection is available to upload cloud footage, and so on.

While the car is moving, have the dash cam facing the road record continuously. For cameras viewing the car while it is stationary, consider enabling motion detection to save memory and get relevant notifications. 

5. Can dash cams see inside the car?

Dash cams can’t necessarily see inside cars. Single-lens dash cams are designed to view the road out of the windshield. Dual-lens dash cams have a camera lens either side of the unit, so that it views both the interior and the exterior of the car. The latter is more useful for securing the contents of the car as well as capturing footage on the road.

Ring’s Car Cam is dual-facing, so it captures both the contents of the vehicle and what’s beyond the windshield.

How to Monitor Your Car While Parked

Though cameras for car security are no doubt beneficial, they may have the complete opposite effect of their intended purpose: attracting thieves looking to steal the contents of a car. 

Likewise, in car security cameras are favorable over external cameras, including car surveillance cameras that are 360 degrees, since these overtly protrude from the top of the vehicle and are easy to steal. Modern vehicles sometimes come with built-in 360 car cameras that are completely undetectable, and therefore can’t be stolen from the car.


In car security cameras are beneficial for recording footage during an accident or emergency, but it’s just as important to have cameras viewing the entirety of the vehicle when cars are parked outside the home.

The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive options for both internal and external cameras, including AlfredCamera, as well as other security devices that further increase its security.