The Best Dash Cams for Vans in 2020

Van driving down a motorway

By Rob Binns | Senior Writer | Updated: 22 June 2020

Which dash cam should you choose for your fleet of vans? Finding out has never been easier…


Van driving down a motorway

It was the 80s. Mullets were in, moustaches were mandatory, and Duran Duran were churning out hit after hit. Oh, and the only van dash cams around were big, clunky things found exclusively in police vehicles. 

Fast forward three decades or so, and it’s a different story. From taxis to couriers, van fleet managers everywhere are catching on to the safety, cost, efficiency and insurance benefits dash cams bring to the table. And, with the better decision making and greater fleet visibility you’ll enjoy, the question soon becomes not one of whether you should buy a dash cam… but which one is best for your business.

So read on as we break down our five favourite van dash cams, which are sure to add power and perspective to your operation. And if you’re short on time, you can begin comparing leading suppliers by providing us with some information about your fleet. Our form takes just 30 seconds to complete, and you’ll receive dash cam quotes tailored to your specific requirements.


What are the best dash cams for vans?

Focussing on a blend of price point, usability, and (of course) pure, unadulterated functionality, we compared the best van dash cams for UK fleets. But which one came out on top?

According to our research, the best dash cam for vans is the Samsara CM32 dual-facing camera. Making up the rest of our list is Verizon Connect Integrated Video, the MIO MiVue A30, the Nextbase 522GW, and Blackvue’s DR900S-2CH.

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The best dash cams for vans:

  1. Samsara CM32: Best van dash cam for safety
  2. Verizon Connect: Best for an integrated software solution
  3. MIO MiVue A30: Best dash cam for rear of van
  4. Nextbase 522GW: Best for smart features
  5. Blackvue DR900S-2CH: Best front and rear dash cam for vans

Samsara CM32 (dual-facing)

Best van dash cam for safety

Just as two pairs of eyes are better than one, Samsara’s dual-facing dash cams make prioritising safety a breeze. One camera captures the road ahead, while the other tells you exactly what’s going on inside your van. Drowsy or distracted driving? Texting at the wheel? Samsara picks it up and feeds it all back to you – in real time. It lets the driver at fault know, too, via a built-in audio speaker that provides voice-based coaching and immediate, in-cab alerts when unsafe driving occurs.

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Add all this to Samsara’s slick, cloud-based vehicle tracking and management platform, and the CM32 emerges as our top dash cam pick for vans.

Pricing: The only drawback to the CM32 is that there’s no clear pricing information available. Samsara’s solutions are top of the line, meaning that any costs package will be bespoke, and take into account your van fleet’s size and ambitions.

Read more: How much does a dash cam cost in 2020?

Pros:

  • Simple installation – no hard-wiring involved
  • Provides real-time, immediate access to footage
  • Driver leaderboards improve safety by promoting healthy competition

X Cons:

  • No pricing information available

Verizon Connect Integrated Video

Best van dash cam for an integrated software solution

Pushing Samsara all the way is industry heavyweight Verizon Connect’s integrated dash cam solution. And, while it doesn’t offer all the same safety features as the CM32, the AI-driven, cloud-based platform it works with (Verizon Connect Reveal) is more than a match for Samsara’s.

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Van fleets of all sizes will benefit from a user-friendly interface (accessible anywhere, anytime), and downloadable footage available as quickly as three minutes after an incident occurs. You’ll know who was involved, how fast they were going, and have everything required to settle insurance claims – and exonerate drivers – in a matter of moments.

Our research shows that Verizon Connect's integrated dash cam solution is also well-suited to lorries and HGVs. Head over to our page on the best dash cams for truckers to find out more.

Pricing: Verizon Connect Integrated Video costs around £20 per month, on top of a £20 monthly fee for its fleet management software, Verizon Connect Reveal. However, the exact amount you’ll pay depends on how many vans you operate, and the depth and breadth of features you’re after.

For a deeper dive into what you can expect to pay for your van dash cam solution, why not try our free service? Simply tell us a bit about how many vans you manage, and what industry you’re in. We’ll do the rest, and you’ll receive tailored quotes from leading van dash cam suppliers in the UK.

Pros:

  • Free installation available
  • Its durable cameras are built to withstand harsh environments
  • Its software analyses the severity of road incidents, and classifies them for you

X Cons:

  • You’ll require a Verizon Connect Reveal subscription to get going
  • The ongoing fee required to lease the software won’t appeal to everyone

Want to know more? Read our complete Verizon Connect Integrated Video review.


MIO MiVue A30

Best dash cam for rear of van

Moving away from more advanced van dash cams towards the more budget-friendly end of the scale, we have MIO’s MiVue A30. You’ll be trading down from Verizon Connect and Samsara in terms of features and functionality, but gaining a device that’s as easy to install as it is on your bank account – the dash cam quite literally sticks to your van’s back window, and is available for less than £60. For the ideal blend of crystal clear footage, discreet design, and friendly price point, the MIO MiVue A30 can’t be topped.

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Pricing: £59.98 per unit.

Pros:

  • GPS-equipped
  • Small, unintrusive size
  • Works well even in low-light conditions

X Cons:

  • Won’t provide detailed insights into incidents, or driver behaviour at the time
  • No live updates
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Nextbase 522GW

Best van dash cam for smart features

While Nextbase’s software doesn’t get close to that of Verizon Connect and Samsara, the dash cam itself is inspired. One of the highest spec dash cams for vans that we found, the 522GW sports a 1440p resolution, a touchscreen, and 140 degrees of visibility. It’s equipped with both GPS and Alexa compatibility, too, and works with Android and iOS to store your vans’ footage on the cloud.

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Add to this the 522GW’s intelligent parking mode (which records any bump and scrape to your vans, even while parked) and emergency mode (which alerts emergency services when a crash occurs), and Nextbase emerges as a solid investment for any growing van fleet.
Nextbase 380GW dash cam
Pricing: £149 per unit.

To see how another of Nextbase’s dash cams (the 380GW, pictured) stacks up against the competition, check out our guide to the best dash cams for businesses.

Pros:

  • Autosyncs footage to your smartphone for convenience
  • Excellent video quality
  • Surprisingly affordable

X Cons:

  • Its video playback software is new, and still working through some bugs

BlackVue DR900S-2CH

Best front and rear dash cam for vans

Heading back to the high-end, high spec dash cams for vans, the BlackVue DR900S-2CH is the last – but most certainly not least – in our list. Rather, with an ultra-wide viewing angle, night vision, and a whole host of security features (including parking mode, loop recording, and file protection) included as standard, BlackVue’s dash cam offers plenty. Pair all that with a cloud platform providing live footage and push notifications – plus an app that enables two-way communication between you and the driver – and your van fleet can enjoy a shortcut to scalability.

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Pricing: £399 per unit.

Pros:

  • GPS and wifi-equipped
  • Simple to install
  • Sturdy, cylindrical shape adds a touch of industrial chic to your van fleet

X Cons:

  • It’s on the expensive side

Next steps

So, what’ll it be?

For a cheap, basic dash cam that sticks straight onto your back window, it’s the MIO MiVue A30 all day. 

For a more advanced dash cam for your van, models from BlackVue, NextBase, and Garmin will certainly do the trick. 

For complete fleet visibility, though, and insights driven by the best-in-class, machine learning-driven technology, there are only two options.  That’s why we recommend Verizon Connect and Samsara for fleets of vans looking to expand their operations, and provide more efficient, effective service to boot. 

Could you picture a dash cam fleet powering the engine of your business? Let us help.

Simply provide us with some details about your van fleet’s size, and your business’ legal status and postcode. We’ll use this to pair you only with the van dash cam suppliers that are the best fit for your fleet, and which service your location. They’ll then be in touch with quotes tailored to your requirements. Simple!


FAQs

Does a van dash cam work as a standalone product?

Some do, yep! These tend to be the more basic, off-the-shelf van dash cams, though. More advanced systems, such as Verizon Connect and Samsara, require a subscription to their software platforms. That means their dash cams can only be used in conjunction with, or as a feature of, this central interface.

What other technology do I need for my fleet of vans?

Most van dash cams are built to work with a wide subset of other products and tech, including Amazon Alexa, GPS, and wifi. But for unparalleled synergy – and unrivalled insights – you’ll also require a van fleet management system.

Van tracking allows you to view your vehicles’ locations in real time, while planning and optimising routes for speed and success. 

Read our review of the best van tracking systems for businesses for more info.

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Rob writes mainly about the payments industry, but also brings to the table industry-specific knowledge of CRM software, business loans, fulfilment, and invoice finance. When not exasperating his editor with bad puns, he can be found relaxing in a sunny (socially-distanced) corner, with a beer and a battered copy of Dostoevsky.

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