Your vehicle always needs to be protected, whether it is on the road or parked up. There are so many things that can happen in a car park – whether its damage from being backed into or a thief breaks in. Choosing a good dash cam with the right parking protection will help keep an eye on everything when you can’t. With so many options to choose from, it is important to understand the level of protection available when parked.
To enable parking mode you need to ensure your dash cam is hard wired into your car’s battery fuse box as there will be no power available from the cigarette lighter port. Hardwiring provides the power supply your camera needs for parking surveillance.
When you are deciding on a dash cam, you need to consider three Parking Mode options. Some cameras may only offer one option, others may offer all three. The three main parking modes are:
Simple/motion detectors/energy efficient – when impact or motion is detected, the camera wakes up and starts recording. Whilst this saves energy and battery life, sometimes there can be a delay in the camera waking up which may mean you miss out on important evidence.
Buffered/Continuous – Your camera is recording the entire time you are parked. If an impact or motion is detected the footage will be saved in a protected folder so it does not get overwritten and you will receive an alert when you get back to the car to let you know something has happened.
Time Lapse – A still photo is shot every second (1fps), providing a time lapse recording of what was happening around your car while you were away. Certain cams will automatically switch to normal video recording if motion or impact is detected.
Best Dash Cams With Parking Mode 2019 (Reviews and Comparison)
Below is a round up of the best dash cams with parking mode to provide you with the information you need to make a wise choice.
Thinkware F800 Pro
This camera supports all three parking mode options so you can assess the situation and provide the right level of parking surveillance.
Recommended for: Fleet companies, Parents who want to locate their teen to make sure they are safe.
This camera combines excellent quality output with energy efficiency, technology and Thinkware’s fantastic customer support. Simple Parking Mode is energy efficient with a 1 second camera wake up time to ensure you get the evidence you need, while using only 1/3 of the energy of buffered parking mode. Perfect option if your car is going to be parked all day!
The front and rear cameras offer excellent night vision with a discrete, sleek design and cutting-edge remote surveillance features when connected to a Wi-Fi Hotspot via Thinkware Cloud*:
*Cloud features do not work when the camera is in parking mode.
BlackVue Cloud gives you the ability to view your camera footage live over the internet, no matter where you are, with notifications sent to your smart phone if your camera detects any events while parked.
Recommended for: Those who want to stay connected
BlackVue are known for their best-selling intelligent dash cams that keep you connected with your car, no matter where you are. This dual dash cam provides excellent quality HD video and the choice of two parking mode options (buffered or time lapse).
This intelligent camera thinks for you! If your car is stationery for over 5 seconds, parking mode is automatically activated. Another plus is the ability to select which areas of view will trigger events, so you don’t end up with a whole lot of unnecessary alerts from trees on a windy day.
This popular dual channel camera is making quality front and rear dash camera recordings accessible to a wider market.
Recommended for: Budget conscious
This dual channel dash camera provides above average quality recordings at an attractive price point – making license plates easy to read. This stealthy dash cam is tiny!! It has a 1.5 inch screen, that delivers a wide viewing angle to capture everything you need to.
A hardwire kit is included in the box to access to parking mode.
Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO
The Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO is a medium-priced single channel camera that is easily upgradable to dual at any time you choose.
Recommended for: Truck and Bus drivers
Bus drivers and truckers love the Street Guardian innovation, with a lens that swivels 90 degrees – the perfect fit for vertical windows.
This camera provides excellent quality video capture with a huge 400GB of memory, giving you over a whopping 29 hours! This is a reliable, sturdy cam with a 2-inch screen that makes configuring the settings and playing videos easy.
Street Guardian are highly rated by their customers, so if you want your top- quality videos backed up by reliable after sales support, this is the camera for you.
Vantrue N2 Pro Uber
The Vantrue N2 Pro Uber is one of the most popular taxi cams due to its reliability.
Recommended for: UBER and Lyft drivers
Getting good footage of what’s going on inside your car is what the Vantrue N2 Pro Uber is known for. Its infrared lights deliver clear video of your dark car. Better than your own eyes!
Need ears too?? The built-in microphone records quality audio if you need it. An inexpensive hardwiring kit supports time lapse or basic parking mode. If your vehicle is your workplace, then the motion detectors can keep it safe and give you peace of mind.
Anker Roav C1
A basic dash cam, competitively priced and backed up by outstanding customer support.
Recommended for: Budget conscious, entry level
Anker are known for their customer support – in fact they are the first dash cam company to offer phone support. Great for those of us who want some help from a real person instead of an impersonal email.
This is a well-built, adhesively mounted dash cam delivers good quality 1080p video footage at 30fps. At night, video quality is fair, and it can occasionally be difficult to make out licence plates.
Simple, impact triggered parking mode is one of the more basic options on the market because the camera takes 7 seconds to wake up. There is a risk that the video may not start recording in time to catch the perpetrator or document the event. The bonus is due to the internal battery, no hardwiring needed. Setting up is a dream!
Nextbase 512G Ultra
Premium, well-made camera stacked with great features that users love.
Recommended for: People who are not afraid to spend money on quality
If you are looking for a dash cam that provides excellent quality video, is easy to use and has intuitive features that make your driving life better then this is the camera for you.
Installation is a dream, and the 3 inch touch screen has a click and go feature that even the biggest technophobes can work out straight away. With an energy efficient parking mode to conserve your battery and instantly detect any incidents, you can park for a few weeks and not wear out your car battery.
You can easily share videos via Wi-Fi to your mobile device and edit the video yourself for your next viral video using the Nextbase Replay 3 software.
KDLinks R100 Dual Dash Cam
Considered as one of the best dash cameras for parking surveillance, this dual channel camera is ready to use straight out of the box, backed up with excellent service for those of us that like a bit of support.
Recommended for: Techno-phobes who want a user-friendly option with email support if they need it.
This is the ultimate in discretion and stealth. This dual channel dash cam is disguised to look like your rear-view mirror. The mirror converts into a fantastic 5-inch screen for reviewing your video footage from all sides.
The other fantastic benefit of being a rear-view mirror lookalike is that this cam can be wired up to act like a reversing camera! You can view your rear camera in the mirror to make backing out of tight spots safer and easier. The parking monitor works from a built-in battery and is ready to start recording as soon as any motion is detected.
Final verdict we recommend BlackVue DR750S-2CH
This camera gives you the choice between buffered and time lapse parking modes so you can tailor the level of protection you need to suit your situation. If you are in a dark, dodgy carpark on the seamy side of town then buffered parking mode will give you peace of mind. Even better, you can check out what’s going on around your car with cloud connectivity from all angles with live feeds of the front and rear camera footage.