Rand McNally, best known for producing atlases, is paving a new path for itself by introducing a line of dashboard cameras. Logically speaking, it’s an appropriate next step for a company that mainly sells maps and helpful driving aids. The two new dash cams offer great features and specifications to meet your needs and are quite helpful for professional and personal use.
The DashCam 100 is the company’s entry level offering, but don’t let that fool you; this compact device is packed with features. The camera can capture high-quality video up to 1080p at 30 fps for smooth recording and playback. Speaking of which, there is a built-in 1.5" LCD screen for instant playback right from the unit itself. In addition to monitoring video, it can also record and play audio, thanks to a built-in microphone and speaker. Night mode and an IR LED allow the camera to produce clear images at night and in low-light scenes, while the 170-degree field of view lets you monitor (almost) everything in front of your vehicle.
If you’re looking for a higher-resolution camera with some added features, look into the DashCam 300. It has all the same specifications as its little brother, but offers 2560 x 1080 resolution video, a larger 2" screen, a 16GB microSD card as opposed to the 4GB of the DashCam 100, and built-in GPS for location and speed tracking. Both cameras have Time Lapse mode for quickly sifting through recorded video to find the required scene.
Mounting these cameras is easy: use the suction cup mount to attach it to the front windshield and adjust the angle of the camera with the ball joint—which can be adjusted horizontally (360 degrees), vertically (90 degrees), and from side to side (20 degrees). If you have your sights set for a dashboard camera, be sure to give the above two models a look, so you can begin enjoying the open road—safely.