Basic dashboard video cameras (dashcams) record video from a single lens and are typically placed in your front windshield to capture video (and audio) footage from in front of your vehicle while you drive, or when your car is parked. This type or classification of dashcams is best for those desiring a "plug-and-play" single camera dashcam solution.
The following diagram helps to illustrate where a single lens dashcam will typically be placed in your vehicle, and in what direction the video footage will be recorded:
Basic dashcams are often the simpliest and easiest to use of all dashcams. These one-channel (one lens) dashcams may not necessarily have all the bells and whistles of some of the more advanced dashcams, but they perform their main task perfectly well: that is to provide an irrefutable record of the events that took place (acting as your trusty backup eyewitness) in case of an accident or incident.
Most of the dashcams listed below do not offer GPS position logging, however they do still of course record audio and video, and have standard features such as loop recording and file protection functions. If you would like to record video footage from behind, or inside the vehicle (to see what the occupants are doing) at the same time as outside of the vehicle, please see our dual lens dashcams.
Feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed? Please feel free to peruse our Dashcam Buyer's Guide which can help point you in the right direction when choosing which dashcam is best for you.