The best mirror dash cams

Protect your car's rear end and cover yourself with a mirror dash cam.

The best mirror dash cams

by Ryan Gilmore |

Rear-end collisions make up 27% of traffic incidents in the UK and account for roughly 400,000 annually. A rear-end collision can cause nasty injuries like whiplash as well as potentially being costly, especially if blame is disputed.

One option to protect yourself is to buy a dash cam, and there are plenty of excellent front and rear options for sale. Frankly, these are a better option than a mirror dash cam. Dual dash cams offer greater value, more features and better usability - a point we've discussed in another article. But if you are set on a mirror dash cam, we've rounded up the best currently available.

Everything you need to know about mirror dash cams

Why choose a mirror dash cam?

Aside from the added bonus of capturing more evidence in the event of an accident, a mirror dash cam is a great option because they can help if you're bad at parking. Most mirror dash cams double as reversing cameras, some even have movable guides to make sure you can park properly.

Key things to look for in a good 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; if your engine is on, your dash cam will receive power. This is great for recording while driving but rubbish if anything happens to your car when it's parked up. Your best bet is to look at buying a hardwire kit to ensure that your dash cam can run at all times. Just buy one that has special features to avoid draining the battery.

The best mirror dash cams

Wolfbox 12" Mirror Dash Cam

Wolfbox 12" mirror dash cam
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A premium option, this mirror dash cam from Wolfbox covers your entire rearview mirror with a sharp-looking 12" LCD display. The night vision capacity is an excellent addition. G-sensor is included too.

Pros: Great sized touchscreen, low light camera will be great at night
Cons: Designed for LHD markets, footage will be slightly angled on a RHD car

Vantrue M2

Vantrue M2
Amazon

Vantrue's M2 is a similar size to the Wolfbox model and comes with neat features like GPS and a reverse parking aid. We've tested this model and found the performance acceptable but the installation rather fiddly.

Pros: GPS, good quality front camera, reverse parking aid
Cons: Expensive, dual dash cams still a better option

Auto-Vox V5 mirror dash

Auto-Vox V5 mirror dash
Amazon

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Designed for RHD cars, this mirror dash cam will offer a better recording than a LHD one. And with 1080p recording, rear view parking assistance and a split-screen option, it's a great option to consider.

Pros: RHD configuration will ensure you get full video coverage
Cons: Struggles at night with glare issues

Nextbase 222X Front and Rear Dash Cam

Nextbase 222x
Amazon

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Not exactly a mirror dash cam, the Nextbase 222X will still give you front and rear coverage in HD quality. The rear-facing camera merely plugs straight into the main cam, and points backwards through the cabin. We've tested this and it works very well indeed.

Pros: Superb build quality, great performance, easy installation, discreet, good value
Cons: Much smaller screen than mirror cams

Orksey Dash Cam Front and Rear Dash Cam

Orskey S680
Amazon

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Like the Nextbase model, this is a regular dash cam with a rear-facing camera module. The difference here is that the rear camera is externally mounted like with mirror cams, so it's a bit more of a hassle to install. However, it's superb value and records in reasonably high quality.

Pros: Great value, reasonably good quality
Cons: Nextbase 222 is a better model

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