What Is the Best Exposure for Dash Cam?

The exposure is the amount of that your camera captures or allows to enter a shot, this is of great importance as high lighting conditions can bring overexposed footage to your dash cam whereas low lighting conditions can bring underexposed footage to you that lacks
details that you require. Exposure value for the day and night can be recommended:

+0.3/0.7 at day and -0.3/0.7 at night.

+1.0 at day and -1.0 at night.

For normal use EV = 0 whereas for other keep it as -3 or whatever is maximum.

So according to these varying lighting conditions the exposure has to be set accordingly to
get footages without losing out on the details.

Day light and Night time settings

First step is to make sure that your dash cam is in auto exposure mode what is the benefit of this is that the dash cam will get automatic adjustments on its exposure as per the varying lighting condition it is being exposed to, while you are going manual settings for the exposure then you can set an aperture of f/8 this reduce the amount of light entering the camera ,

so in high lighting conditions keep the ISO level to 100-200 which prevents noise and brings image clarity from the heavy lighting along with that keep the shutter speed to be about 1/500 or much faster which make sures that there are no blurriness in the dash cam footage.

For night time driving keeping a wider aperture with a lower f value f/1.8 allows lighter to enter the camera and ISO should be kept around 200-400 to avoid the noise from low light condition with that keep the shutter speed of about 1/300 or slower which can bring blurriness to the footages as in the time of any type of movement occurs.

What is the best video setting for dash cam?

The dash cam video setting that gives good quality video footage with not a bigger file size is 1080 P ,and it carries 2,073,600 pixels giving you good clarity images and footages whereas 4K resolution comes with footages of bigger file size with high number of pixels so more the number of pixels higher the clarity the camera picture will have.

Apart from these settings understanding the importance of exposure settings can bring and manually doing the adjustment can get you the required video footage of good clarity.

What is the best viewing angle for a dash cam?

If you are dashcam is not a good viewing angle you will miss out on a lot details, the recommended viewing angles for a wide angle lens is about 120 degrees and if you are getting about 130 degree would be best as at this there would be more details captured which would serve as a concrete evidence.

Certain dash cam like ROVE R2-4K gives you about 150 degree in their wide angles lens giving you complete details on the roads like sign boards as well as the vehicles on the extreme left/right side of the road thereby giving you complete details of road scenario.

Can Dashcams see in the dark? 

Dashcams that comes super night vision feature will be able to see in dark or night times with the use of either night vision technology or as per the use of infrared illumination. The sensors and software present on the dash cam process it to give you best footage with good video quality.

The sensors adjust the exposure level giving you footages that comes with good clarity without missing out on details like road signs or license plates. This is night vision feature is not available in all dash cams, so this will not be a basic feature in other dash cams.

The night vision is available in these dash cams they are: Matrack Dashcam, Nextbase 622GW, Thinkware U1000, BlackVue DR900X-2CH Dash Cam.

What does HDR mean on dash cam?

HDR or High Dynamic range is a technology that enhance image clarity in high lighting conditions and low -light conditions. It aims to improve an image with adjustments on contrast, brightness which leads to images with better colors that enhance the overall quality of the image. The HDR improves the contrast ration as by which it enhances images by reducing brightness in very bright areas and increasing the brightness in dark areas of the image.

Summing it up

The exposure is what decides the amount of light entering the camera, and what amount of light each shot holds. The exposure settings can be done automatically as well as manually as per the two different modes in the dash cam.

Along with the exposure settings the adjustments have to be done in regards to aperture, ISO and shutter speed which has to be set according to high lighting as well as low lighting conditions the dash cam is exposed to, the proper settings have been mentioned above these adjustments can give good clarity images that does not miss details.  


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