The best Uber dash cams in 2024

best Uber dash cams: Nexar Pro dash cam
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The best Uber dash cam is one that records the road ahead (like other dash cams) but also keeps a watchful eye on your passengers and the following vehicle. These dash cams help create Full HD evidence in the event of a collision with another vehicle, while also bringing peace-of-mind to the driver and their customers alike.

Some of the options we’ve highlighted here even turn into all-seeing surveillance systems with up to four or even five cameras, all recording at once for a 360-degree view of your rideshare vehicle’s surroundings.

If you're a rideshare driver, dash cams like these with multiple channels are an absolute no-brainer. Whether you earn your living via Uber, Lyft, or Bolt, it will help you prevent misconduct complaints, settle disputes, avoid lawsuits, and give your insurance provider the evidence it needs to pay out compensation after an incident.

In case you’re worried, neither Uber nor Lyft has a policy against using dash cams – though posting video or audio of customers on social media is unacceptable. We also recommend placing a sticker indicating the use of a recording device, especially if you’re driving in a state with a two-party recording law.

In this article, we round up the best Uber dash cams on sale today, explain what each has to offer and give you the details you need to choose between them.

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Alistair Charlton
Alistair Charlton

Alistair is a technology and automotive journalist who has reviewed dozens of dash cams over the years. Whether they are $20 or $400, he has tried and tested dash cams from companies like Garmin, Thinkware and Nextbase, as well as lesser-known brands. Every model is fitted to his car and used as if his own before it is reviewed, and then judged if suitable as a recommendations in one of our buying guides. With over a decade of experience, Alistair also writes for Wired, Forbes, T3, and The Independent. A typical week includes reviewing light switches, Lamborghinis, and everything in-between.

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Best Uber dash cam overall

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The best Uber dash cam overall

Specifications

Cameras: Front and interior (rear optional extra)
Resolution: 1080p / 1440p / 2160p (front), 1080p / 1440p (interior), 1440p (rear)
Frame rate: 30fps
Dimensions: 45 x 80 x 175mm
Screen: Yes, but not for video
Power supply: OBD II / hardwired
WiFi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: Yes
Parking mode: Yes
Subscription: Optional (required for 4G and cloud storage)

Reasons to buy

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4G connection
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Constant power via OBD cable
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Great 4K footage

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Some features require monthly fee
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Not all features available at launch (Q4 2023)

It’s one of the most expensive dash cams around, but it is also one of the newest and arguably the most impressive. What makes it especially useful for Uber drivers is how, like the Garmin Dash Cam Tandem, every version of iQ (with 1K, 2K or 4K front cameras) comes with an integrated interior camera with Full HD video and infrared night vision. A rear camera is also available as an optional extra. All three save footage to a microSD card, or with a subscription you can have footage automatically uploaded to the cloud via the iQ’s 4G connection too. This is also used to notify you via the Nextbase app when the iQ detects a parking prang or attempted theft, and the camera cleverly receives a constant power supply from your car’s OBD II port.

Constant power and 4G means this is a dash cam that also doubles as an in-car security camera, ready to stream footage to your phone from anywhere in the world.

Nextbase promises a steady supply of over-the-air software updates and new features coming to the iQ soon, including radar-powered vehicle monitoring that uses artificial intelligence to estimate the speed and trajectory of every vehicle within its sight; this data is then added to recordings to help show who caused a collision. The radar is also used to alert you if the iQ spots a potential thief loitering by your unattended car.

See our full Nextbase iQ review

Best value Uber dash cam overall

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Best value 4K Uber dash cam

Specifications

Cameras: Front, inside and rear
Resolution: 4K (front; 1440p when used with others), 1080p (interior and rear)
Dimensions: 109 x 47 x 46mm
Screen: 2.45in
Power supply: USB / 12V / hardwiring (optional)
WiFi: No
GPS: No
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes, hardwiring cable required
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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Three-camera coverage
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4K front video option

Reasons to avoid

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No GPS
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No smartphone app

The Vantrue N4 is a 4K dash cam, which means sharper and clearer footage than some of its rivals. However, this resolution is only available when the front-facing camera is used in isolation. If you want to record the interior of your car and/or a view facing rewards, as well as the front camera, the resolution drops to 1440p. This is accompanied by 1080p Full HD for both the interior and rear cameras, with all three recording at 30fps.

This means the Vantrue N4 doesn’t quite have the pixels to match the Nextbase iQ, but it is considerably cheaper and the main unit is smaller. It misses out on 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS, however, so recordings have to be transferred from the microSD card rather than wirelessly, and the lack of GPS means there’s no option for adding speed and locational data to your videos. If that’s a feature you need, Vantrue sells a GPS module separately.

This is a fairly basic dash cam – and lacks the more sophisticated design of the Nextbase iQ or Garmin Dash Cam Tandem – but one that is relatively compact and records impressive video in all three directions, which is crucial for Uber, Lyft and other ride-share drivers. There’s also a low bit rate parking mode, but this requires the optional hardwiring kit (as is the case with almost all dash cams).
See our full Vantrue N4 review

Best Uber dash cam for easy setup

The best Uber dash cam for easy setup

Specifications

Cameras: Front and interior
Resolution: 1080p (front and interior)
Frame rate: 30 fps (front), 25 fps (rear)
Dimensions: 109 x 46 x 48 mm
Screen: No
Power supply: 12V
WiFi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes, battery powerd
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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Compact and unobtrusive
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Easy to setup
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Simple to operate

Reasons to avoid

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No screen
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Cables can get messy

The Nexar Pro GPS dash cam is very simple to set up: it didn't take me more than five minutes to do so. As well as a front-facing camera, there's a cabin camera that makes this system especially useful for Uber drivers. This connects to the main unit with a cable and requires its own windscreen mount, meaning the whole system takes up a fair bit of windscreen space compared to those with integrated cabin cameras.

That said, each component is compact and should be easily concealable behind the rearview mirror of most vehicles. The flip side of a small footprint is that there's no display, so there's a compromise to be made there.

The camera records crisp 135° wide video in 1080p Full HD quality, and pairs with Wi-Fi with the accompanying mobile app to allow you to review footage on your phone (check yours is compatible first, though). Collision detection and parking mode are also included, with the latter using the Nexar’s own small battery instead of drawing power from the car. If a more complete parking mode is important to you, consider dash cams that can be hardwired to the vehicle for a constant power supply, like the Viofo A129 Duo featured below. 

For more details see our full Nexar Pro GPS dash cam review.

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Best Uber dash cam for parking

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4. Viofo A129 Duo

The best Uber dash cam for parking options

Specifications

Cameras: Front and rear
Resolution: 1080p (front and rear)
Frame rate: 30fps
Dimensions: 55 x 23 x 41mm
Screen size: 2 inches
Power supply: 12V (hardwiring kit available separately)
WiFi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes, hardwiring cable required
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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Great parking options
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Temperature resistant
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Dual-band Wi-Fi

Reasons to avoid

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No cabin cam
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Not particularly attractive

It's not only when you're driving that you need to worry about your car. That's why Viofo A129 Duo comes with three parking mode solutions. Auto Event Detection will automatically start recording once any event is detected by the G-meter. Time Lapse continuously records a video at low frame rate. Finally, Low Bitrate records constantly but with lower quality and smaller file sizes.

While you're driving, twin cameras capture activity to the front and rear of your car, with the broad view provided by a 140° wide angle, F/1.6 lens. Video is recorded in 1080p Full HD and dual-band Wi-Fi provides a stable connection between the device and your smartphone. There's GPS too, for adding speed and location data to your videos. And most notably, the dashcam shell uses upgraded high-temperature resistant material to stay working efficiently, anywhere between a freezing 5F (-15C) or a sweltering 149F (65C).

It might not be the most attract dash cam around, but the Viofo is a solid, well-priced option for recording high-quality video to the front and rear, while also keeping a watchful eye on your car while it’s parked (although the optional hardwiring kit needs to be purchase to use its various parking modes).

All that said, this dash cam misses out on an interior camera. If that’s crucial for you – and it might well be if you’re a ride-share driver – then keep reading for triple-cam options like the NextBase 622GW.

Best Uber dash cam for safety

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A 4K dash-cam with cloud storage and emergency assistance

Specifications

Cameras: Front, rear (optional), interior (optional)
Resolution: 4K (front), 1080p (rear and interior)
Frame rate: Up to 120 fps (front, 1080p); 4K at 30fps
Dimensions: 152 x 127 x 122 mm
Screen size: 3in IPS touchscreen
Power supply: 12V or hardwiring (kit sold separately)
Wi-Fi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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4K main camera 
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Digital image stabilization
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Alexa built-in
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Multiple additional camera options

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively expensive
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More features than some drivers might need

It might look fairly ordinary at first glance, but what makes the Nextbase 622GW stand out is both the high-end 140˚ 4K camera that comes supplied and the modular design. It also boasts image stabilization so the picture will be good even with car vibration. 

What we found makes this dash cam great for Uber drivers is the modular design and how Nextbase sells two different secondary cameras that attach to the main unit; one for recording the interior and the other for filming through the rear windscreen. The company also sells a camera that fits to the rear screen and plugs into the main unit. Based on our experience, we recommend fitting the modular interior camera and the wired rear camera for a three-channel setup that’s perfect for Uber drivers.

The 622GW boasts Alexa voice control and Emergency SOS, which calls the emergency services and gives them your location, name and even your blood type if you are unresponsive after a significant collision.

The system also has a 120fps super slow-motion option, but this lowers the resolution of the front camera to 1080p. There’s even what3words integration for precise positioning and an intelligent parking mode (hardwiring required).

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Best compact Uber dash cam overall

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6. Garmin Dash Cam Tandem

The best Uber dash cam for 360-degree coverage

Specifications

Cameras: Front and inside
Resolution: 1440p forward + 720p interior
Frame rate: 30fps
Dimensions: 55 x 41 x 26mm
Screen: No
Power supply: 12V, hardwiring optional
WiFi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes (hardwiring required)
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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360 degree coverage
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Great night vision
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Compact design

Reasons to avoid

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No screen
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Interior view only 720p

The Garmin Dash Cam Tandem doesn't come cheap, but it provides a lot of value. This pocket-size dash camera features two 180-degree field of view lenses that record in tandem, providing complete video coverage around the driver.

The front camera records at a crystal-clear 1440p, while the 720p interior-facing lens harnesses Garmin's proprietary NightGlo technology for clear video of passengers at night. You also get voice control, built-in GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity for transferring recordings to your phone.

Another nice touch is that the charger has an extra USB port, so you can power your phone or another device while you're driving. And the icing on the cake: it comes with a pre-installed 16GB microSD card, so you can use it right out of the box.

We’re big fans of Garmin dash cams and particularly like how compact they and their windscreen mounts are. We also like how up to four Garmin dash cams can be hooked up wirelessly to the Drive app, making it easy to create a multiple-view setup without routing any cables through your car.

Best Uber dash cam for multiple views

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Create a five camera Ubercam

Specifications

Cameras: Front and rear/interior (your choice)
Resolution: 1080p
Dimensions: 92 x 71 x 34 mm
Screen: No
Power supply: 12V, hardwiring optional
Wi-Fi: Yes
GPS: Yes
4G: No
Parking mode: Yes (hardwiring required)
Subscription: No

Reasons to buy

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Good night-time images
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Connects to up to four extra cameras
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Tidy mount design

Reasons to avoid

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Multiple cameras get expensive
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Professional installation recommended

If you want maximum coverage, or drive a very large vehicle, the F790 is one of a handful of Thinkware dash cams that connect to the company’s Multiplexer Box. This takes up to five camera feeds and creates a single video showing every view at once – perfect for capturing the front, rear and interior views, but also a couple of side views too, if that’s what you need.

On its own, the F790 is a dual dash cam system that records 1080p with both the main camera and a secondary wired camera, which can be fitted to the rear or interior of your car. We loved the subtle design of the F790 and its lack of a distraction display, and in our test we became fans of its HDR video capabilities with impressive nighttime quality, and how the parking mode will stay active for up to two weeks between drives (hardwiring kit required).

It’s quite expensive considering there’s no 1440p or 4K video option, but we still think the F790 is worth your consideration, especially if you are a rideshare driver who wants great footage at night and the option for fitting five cameras to one vehicle – that’s two more than most systems can handle, and one more than Garmin’s clever wireless sync function.

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How we test dash cams

Every dash cam tested here is fitted to our car and used for several days before we write our review, or include it in a buying guide like this one. During that time we pay close attention to the installation and setup process, then use the dash cam as if it was our own, testing it during the day and at night, to find out just how good it really is.

While we’re not able to test the G-meters and crash detection, we look closely at the dash cam’s video quality, as well as additional features like parking mode, voice control and driver assistance technology. In the case of this buying guide, we put ourselves in the shoes of an Uber driver shopping for a dash cam that records forwards and into the cabin.

Frequently asked questions

How does parking mode work?

In almost every case, a dash cam’s parking mode only works when it is hardwired to the vehicle (the OBD II-powered Nextbase iQ is a notable exception). This means a special wiring kit is used (usually sold separately but inexpensive), where the dash cam is connected to the car’s battery for a constant supply of power. Dash cams connected to the 12V socket (also known as the lighter socket) usually switch off when the car is turned off, leaving their parking mode disabled.

Do dash cams work with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto?

Dash cams do not interact with infotainment systems like Apple CarPlay and Android, However, you need to remember that some dash cams rely on a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone. This is also how wireless CarPlay and Android Auto work, and usually a smartphone cannot connect to these systems and a dash cam at the same time. Therefore, if you want to use your dash cam’s smartphone app and Wi-Fi connection, you’ll need to plug in a USB cable and use wired CarPlay or Android Auto instead of wireless.

Does a dash cam need to have GPS?

No, but if you buy a dash cam with GPS it will automatically add your speed (and also your location and direction of travel, depending on the model) to video recordings. This can be useful if you need to prove you were not speeding at the time of a collision, so if your budget allows it, you should aim to buy a dash cam with its own GPS connection.

How are dash cams fitted?

Some come with suction cups that are easy to fit and remove to the windscreen, but don’t always offer the strongest hold on the glass. They can sometimes become unstuck in cold weather.

Other dash cams come with mounting plates that stick to the windscreen with an adhesive strip; the mount then clips to the dash cam. The dash cam can still be unclipped from the mount and removed, but the plate will remain on the screen. We love Garmin’s approach here, as its dash cams attach magnetically to a tiny, coin-sized plate that takes up only a tiny bit of the windscreen.

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Alistair Charlton

Alistair has been a journalist since 2011 and used to be Deputy Technology Editor at IBTimes  in London. His specialist tech subjects include smart home gadgets, phones, wearables, tablets and dashcams. He is the host of  The AutoChat Podcast.