Looking for the best memory cards to keep your dash cam running? Then look no further.
A dashcam is a digital video camera that mounts to the dashboard and records your journey whenever the car is turned on and moving. It can also be a crucial tool for ensuring safety on the road and speed up proceedings with the courts and insurance companies in case of an accident.
There’s never been a better time to buy a dash cam, not just for legal and insurance reasons, but also for peace of mind. Many insurance companies are reporting an increase in ‘cash for crash’ scams, or when a fraudulent motorist deliberately slams on their brakes to make the car behind run into the back of them.
Most dash cams use similar camera technology and are usually mounted somewhere on the front windscreen, or windshield. There are also dash cams that boast additional features that, characteristically, see the price increase.
These extra features can include multiple lenses for front and rear-facing coverage, improved sensor and image quality, night vision, built-in Wi-Fi for easy file transfer and numerous parking modes that use a time-lapse feature as a surveillance function to capture details of those irksome car park prangs when the owner is off shopping.
Choosing the correct memory card for your dash cam:
When looking for a microSD card that best suits your dash cam, there are a number of specs you should factor in. You’re ideally looking for a microSD with enough capacity to record a whole day worth of video (minimum). We recommend choosing a microSD card from 32GB to 128GB.
Read/write speeds are also vitally important as you don’t want the feed to be corrupt when/if showing it to your insurance providers.
However, it’s important to note that not every microSD on the market will work well with your dash cam model. For example, your dash cam may only support a microSD up to 64GB in capacity, so it’s worth checking on the manufacturer’s website or in the user manual if you are unsure.
To make life a little easier and to ensure you make the most out of your device, we have rounded up a short list of the best microSD cards to suit a variety of dash cams. Check them out below:
Designed for use in dash cams, the PRO Endurance from Samsung boasts 25x longer continuous recording than speed-focused or other high endurance cards thanks to superior NAND technology. In devices that continuously write and overwrite data, it shows less wear and withstands significantly more cycles of repeated recording. Available here.
Memory cards for dash cams require reliability, and reliability for long periods of time. The EVO offers just that. Complete reliability combined with a powerful performance allows you to secure and manage important footage without worries. The EVO is even resistant to water and extreme temperatures – all for under £10! Available here.
Whether you are using a high spec surveillance system or a basic dash camera, this high endurance memory card will record the data reliably and smoothly at a rate of 4k. Built with MLC flash that provides high-endurance for extended read/write capability, whilst a Class 10 speed enables faster data transfer from memory card to PC. Available here.
The Lexar Professional is a Class 10 micro SD that offers 128GB space. It is a premium microSDXC UHS-I card that lets you quickly capture, playback, and transfer a large number of multimedia files, including 1080p Full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, with a read transfer speed of up to 100MB/s, so you can capture dash cam footage. Available here.
Lower capacity doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on speed. The MyMemory V30 offers super-fast transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s to ensure smooth video capture. It also comes with lifetime warranty and an SD adapter, making it easy to slot straight into your laptop or computer to download footage. Available here.
The SanDisk Extreme PRO delivers super-fast speeds so you can get to your videos faster than ever before. Ideal for your dashcam, this high-performance microSD card does 4K UHD video recording, Full HD video, and high-resolution photos. Plus, this card comes with data recovery software to recover lost files. Available here.
Our top recommendations:
All of MyMemory’s top recommendations will give you the speed and space you need to capture more footage on the go. It is very important to choose a reasonably reliable micro SD card in order for your dash cam to be able to cope with the data that needs to be written to the card when recording video or capturing images for long periods of time.