Welcome to DashCamTalk. We are the largest, most influential dashboard camera site on the Internet. You may wonder what is the history behind DashCamTalk. I am a regular guy from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who got interested in dash cams during the spring of 2012. Toronto is known for automotive insurance scams and staged accidents. We have the highest insurance rates in Canada and likely in North America as well. Since I was hearing more about dash cams, I thought it would be a neat feature to add to my car to protect against these types of scams. Also to have proof in case an accident occurs and the other driver is less than honest.
Whenever I purchase something, I like to do a lot of research to make sure I am getting the most “bang for my buck”. Usually this is very easy on most products since there is a lot of information available on the internet (cars, major appliances, consumer cameras, etc.). But when I started researching dash cams, this was not the case. Very little unbiased reviews existed. Many models had fakes and it was nearly impossible to tell them apart. It was difficult to determine which vendor was reputable and which ones were not. But I did not give up and kept researching. I spent hundreds of hours going over every site I could find learning everything I could about dash cams. I then purchased my first dash cam based on this research and was very pleased with the purchase.
I then realized, that others were probably having the same issue as me when researching these cams. Hence in the summer of 2012 I started the site. To share what I learned from all this research seeing that it could help others. I try to be as honest as possible and point out flaws as well as positive aspects of each camera. I also started a forum because I was hoping when someone purchases a dash cam, they could share a real review on the camera. What they liked / didn’t like, how it performs. I feel these real user reviews give more insight into the quality and usability of the dash cam, over professional reviews.
I am not an expert on dash cams. I actually know a small amount information on a lot of cams because I like to research. There are many here who have much more in depth knowledge on specific cams. So if you find any incorrect information on the site, please point it out and we will attempt to fix it.
Our team has spent a lot of effort pulling together content for Dashcamtalk.com. We also spend a lot of time running the site. As the site has gained popularity, our hosting requirements have grown significantly which in turn makes it more costly to run. To support the site financially we currently use a small number of ads and affiliate links.
If you purchase a camera from one of our Amazon, eBay, Aliexpress or Shareasale links, we will make a small amount. All cameras that we recommend are based on extensive research. These are dash cams that we personally use and would gladly recommend to our friends.
Does this make the reviews biased? We have made every attempt to make the reviews as unbiased as possible. We only recommend a vendor if they meet the following criteria:
- They have built a reputation for honesty (ads and communication)
- They have competitive prices (the lowest or close to the lowest)
- They make an effort to resolve problems
For every review, we try to provide multiple sites to purchase from including vendors we have no affiliate relationship with as long as they meet the 3 criteria above. We also don’t cloak, mask or hide our affiliate links in any way, a common practice by many review sites.
From our experience and from our members experience, Amazon and eBay have the best customer protection which can give some piece of mind when purchasing an electronic product from overseas. They also allow for returns in case you are not fully satisfied with your purchase. Hence many, but not all, of our dash cam recommendations will have an Amazon or eBay vendor.
In fact, the best way to support DashCamTalk is to leave an honest review on any dash cam you own on our forum. The more information you can share on the camera and the vendor, the more informed we will all be on these cameras.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ll try to answer some common questions I usually get:
What is your real name?
I have decided not to reveal my real name since this is just a hobby for me. I have a full time job and don’t want the site to interfere with it in any way. Maybe this will change in the future, but for now I am DashCamMan.
Do you accept dash cams from manufacturers or retailers?
No. Every dash cam I own has been purchased with my own money. I want this site to be as unbiased as possible. Accepting free cameras could lead to biased information. Also there is no guarantee that the camera sent from the manufacturer is not a “ringer” with better specs. If a manufacturer would like to send a free sample, I could direct them to some forum members to do a review.
Which dash cam is the best?
Thank you for visiting…enjoy your stay.
Last Updated: July 1, 2013