6 Best Dash Cam App for Android Smartphone [ Pros & Cons ]

Updated: November 4, 2017 / Home » Smartphone and Tablets » Apps and OS » Google Android

Dash Cam are relatively cheap, but for those looking into owning one but doesn’t have the budget, if you’re not sure you need a dash cam at all, perhaps you can consider converting your old smartphone as a temporary dashcam video recorder for your journey. Always go for a quality product over quantity, my advice is a branded dash cam is well worth the investment at Amazon, go for branded brands such as Garmin, Philips, BlackVue and etc. A GoPro is equally good as a dash cam.

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Dedicated Car Dashcam vs Smartphone Dash Cam App

Although indeed there are apps available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, there are some significant disadvantages to turn your smartphone into a dashboard camera.

  • Smartphone has a smaller Field of View, meaning to say you capture less details. This is important because the whole point of having a dash cam is to capture as much details as possible. Most smartphone comes with a Medium / Standard FOV, whereas a dedicated DashCam has a wide FOV. This is a hardware issue, no app can ever solve this.
  • Dedicated Dash Cam comes with a sensitive sensor for night time shooting, smartphone doesn’t have a night mode.
  • Possible overheating or locking up due to long hours of usage.
  • Shortened lifespan of smartphone and SD-memory card, because smartphones are not build to record video none stop, it might break at any moment, if you are unlucky, it might break when you needed it the most.

The only advantage you have is money. You do not have a spend a single cent if you already own an old unused smartphone.

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↓ 01 – CamOnRoad Car DVR [ Score: 4.2/5.0 | 1 Million Downloads ]

camonroad dash cam recorder android

CamOnRoad is a free dash cam application for your smartphone, transforming it into the advanced car DVR with GPS navigation features based on augmented reality. You no longer need to buy a separate dash cam to improve your road safety or to buy a separate GPS navigation device to reach your destination. Use CamOnRoad application for both purposes: as the car blackbox and as the awesome video-navigation system. Moreover speed cameras notifications are available in the app.

↓ 02 – AutoGuard Blackbox [ Score: 4.2/5.0 | 1 Million Downloads ]

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Your smart phone can be clever as you with AutoGuard, the best Blackbox application, will give you wonderful experiences. AutoGuard records various lengths of video, acceleration, latitude, longitude, and speed. The video recorded can be limited to save space on your phone. After the space is filled it will automatically delete the oldest videos, unless marked to be saved. Key Features:

  • (Pro) Background recording: Multitasking with other apps (like navigation)
  • Upload videos on YouTube.com with captions for location and time information
  • Capture photos at important situation automatically
  • Show the video and map information on one screen
  • Automatically starts video recording when put into car dock or connect with bluetooth devices
  • Records driving video, speed, GPS, and nearest address
  • Supports high resolutions (1080p, 720p)

↓ 03 – AutoBoy BlackBox [ Score: 4.5/5.0 | 100K Downloads ]

dashcam autoboy android

Black Boxes are a necessity these days. Have you hesitated to get a black box app for your phone because of the high prices? Now available at Android Market, you can get the Autoboy Blackbox for free. From now on, Autoboy will be your personal guardian for free, with all the functionality that you can get from other paid applications. Main function of Autoboy. Key Features:

  • Continuous Background Recorder (Continue recording as long as the battery is charged in background.
  • Three-Full Foreground (Full Screen, Full Recording, Full Files. Recording files’ resolution doesn’t get low or doesn’t create new ones in foreground recording)
  • Pause And Background (The world’s first application of new technologies continue recording with the same form of background recording)
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↓ 04 – CaroO Free [ Score: 4.1/5.0 | 500K Downloads ]

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CaroO Free Driving Recorder is a free and lite version of CaroO Pro Driving Recorder which supports full pack of features including video dashcam with collision detection, driving track recorder with GPS function, and car-diagnosis and monitoring with OBD-II device. You can use video event recorder function and car-monitoring function separately or together. Experience the stable background operation as well as no gaps between recorded files on Android 4.1 or higher devices!

  • Video dashcam supporting resolution and quality control up to full HD (1920×1080)
  • Camera exposure and focus control (depending on capabilities of phones)
  • Auto file deletion for normal/emergency video

↓ 05 – DailyRoads Voyager [ Score: 4.3/5.0 | 5 Million Downloads ]

dailyroad voyager dash cam smartphone

Recording road videos since 2009, DailyRoads Voyager works as a car blackbox, dash cam or auto DVR, continuously capturing videos and photos during your journeys. The app automatically records everything, but only important events are retained for future reference or as evidence. You get to choose what to keep, simply by touching the screen, even while you drive.

The video evidence can be invaluable in case of accidents, insurance fraud, police abuse, protection from crash-for-cash scams and differences of opinion with other drivers. Key features:

  • Continuous video recording, with user-defined length and video quality; sound can be included
  • User-defined storage space on the SD card with cyclic recording; i.e. the card never fills up
  • One-touch video retention allows you to keep video files for interesting road events during the whole journey
  • Auto retain video upon sudden shock (e.g. accident); configurable g-force sensitivity
  • Automatically capture photos at user-defined intervals and resolutions; great for time-lapse photography
  • Background video/photo capture, with optional buttons over other applications
  • Auto start and shutdown based on car dock detection and related options
  • Videos/photos are timestamped & geotagged
  • Automatically determine street address of retained videos/photos
  • Display videos/photos location on a map
  • Display speed, elevation, timestamp and GPS coordinates on videos/photos
  • Overheating protection
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↓ 06 – Avto Video Registrator AVR [ Score: 3.7/5.0 | 500K Downloads ]

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This is the newest program in the world DVRs (dashboard camera , DVR) video registrator AVR! It has a simple and intuitive user interface of and packed with features. All you need to fix the UTB smartphone near head-on car window everything else she will do it myself!


13 comments on “6 Best Dash Cam App for Android Smartphone [ Pros & Cons ]

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    Hi, is there a dash cam app that records on both the rear and front cameras simultaneously?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I doubt so, even if there is, there might not be enough processing power to handle ( record and save data ) both front and back camera at the same time.

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      Cam on road can, but only if your phone supports both cameras at once. My asus ZenFone 2 laser doesn’t.

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        Do you have a least of phone who can support dual recording? like I phone and samsung galaxy?

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        i’m sorry to tell you but the lg g6 support this features and this app can recognize 2 side video i’m looking for this features along time and with no luck

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          Emma Laurencez [ Reply ]

          Yes. Nokia 8 support for dual lens/ both cam :)

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    Recently I bought Car Camera app from Google Play. This one is paid but it was worth the money.
    Seems to be missing a rotary recording but they claim in description it will be available this month.

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    S. Welch [ Reply ]

    I have two unused android phones. One I want to mount rear facing in the rear window, the other in the usial placement location in front window. I’m in a real need for a bluetooth app that will let me control the rear facing phone/camera from my front facing cam. Needless to say, I cannot find one app, that works!

    If anyone knows of a bluetooth app that will allow this, I would greatly appreciate the help.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Mahedi Hasan [ Reply ]

    Great article, I was looking for Falcon 360+ IOS apps. Is there any app for Falcon Zero 360+?
    Thanks
    Mahedi

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    Among the reasons not to use a cellphone is “Shortened lifespan of smartphone and SD-memory card, because smartphones are not build to record video none stop, it might break at any moment, if you are unlucky, it might break when you needed it the most.” However, my experience with dashcam’s is that they also have relatively short lifespans (from a few months to maybe a couple of years at the most) and when they fail, it’s their DVR (recording) component that fails — and the driver doesn’t know this without trying to play back recent video. My current dashcam (– my fifth in the last six years –) is failing intermittently and did not record the last two of the last three incidents I witnessed this month. // I can’t help but wonder if the durability of a cellphone is any worse than a dashcam’s.

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    Is there a dash cam app that can automatically upload the dash cam video to YouTube or Google Drive while driving so everything is saved without running out of space?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      maybe you can sync the ‘video’ folder with DropBox, but you’ll probably consume too much bandwidth. Space is never a problem for these apps, they will auto-rewrite on older files. In the event of emergency, you’ll have to quickly save that specific video file to a separate folder.

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