Wi-Fi Dash Camera
So what is a Wi-Fi Dash Camera? A lot of people get confused with this. We associate Wi-Fi Dash Cams with typical home security cameras. So, they automatically think that when you get into your car your phone needs to be hooked up to Wi-Fi for the dash camera to record. This is not true. There is also this perception that I do not park anywhere near my house. So, I wont be able to connect to my house Wi-Fi so there is no way my dashcam is going to record. I don’t see how this dash camera is going to protect me.
SD Card Storage
All these dash cameras have a micro SD card. At least all the ones we carry. The little micro SD card goes right into the unit and everything records to that micro SD card. Now the only thing the Wi-Fi feature allows you to do, is when your in your vehicle typically with the ignition turned on. You can pair your phone to the dash camera. Now why would you want to pair your phone? The main reason why is so you can download a video from the micro SD card or change settings.
LCD Screen Dash Camera
Now, if you end up with a dash camera with LCD screen. You can always just change the settings or review video footage right through the LCD screen without needing to connect to Wi-Fi.
You do not have to have a Wi-Fi dash camera, but some people find it easier to download the video to their phone right away. This makes it easy to submit to insurance companies, show police at the scene of an accident. It is more about convenience. If you are not comfortable with this technology, you can always just take the SD card out and watch it on your desktop computer.
The Wi-Fi Dash cams are available in 2 options 2.4GHz or 5GHZ. Therefore, what is the big difference? Above all, 5GHz Wi-FI will download 3 to 4 times faster than 2GHz models. So, if you are trying to download a 1 minute video it will take approx 15 seconds with 5GHz and 1 minute with 2GHz models.