Dashcams have always been primarily used for recording footage but you might be wondering if dash cam records audio too?
Some dash cam models can indeed record audio as well as a video however this audio recording can lead to legal issues depending on the country you are in meaning you might have to turn the audio recording off.
In our guide below, we will cover why dash cam audio recording can be illegal, how to use one legally and when recording sound can be useful in terms of traffic issues.
Some dash cams do have audio recording inside of them, this is done by a microphone inside of the cam which typically isn't in plain sight.
Dash cam recording with audio is not illegal, but it can be if you don't get consent from passengers, in this case, you would either have to press the mute button to not make your dash cam guilty or ask the passengers if it's okay for your dash cam to record audio.
Eavesdropping is illegal in many states which we will discuss later, for now, we've listed out the ways to make sure your dash cam audio is legal below.
Illegal recordings vary from country to country, for example in the US in states such as California and Florida there are many laws against eavesdropping with dash cam audio.
In the UK you also need dual consent from passengers before using dash cam videos and audio otherwise you can be prosecuted. Some European countries such as France and Belgium need any dash cam model video sent to the police, in Germany it is illegal to upload them on social media.
Even if you use a dash cam in the UK then use it in countries such as Austria or Portugal you can be fined since it's illegal there.
Now we've got the negatives to using audio with a dash cam out the way let's discuss the benefits of using dash cam video and audio recording at the same time.
Is it okay to record a conversation between people with a dash cam?
There is no reason as to why you can't record conservations with a dash cam as long as you have consent between both parties, this can be fun for personal use and essential evidence for incidents.
Can you put an exciting dashcam clip on social media?
You can post your dashcam clips to social media but they should never contain details such as number plates, you should however know that posting this footage online before sending it to the police makes it much less credible.
Can you get prison time for recording without consent?
Yes, you as the driver can also get into serious trouble if you are recording audio inside of your car without getting consent as this is considered eavesdropping.
Do police use dash cam audio?
Police look at both dash cam audio and video to get more information about the accident.
Should have dash cam audio switched on?
Whether or not you have dash-cam audio switched on is down to personal preference, having it on has a huge range of benefits but without consent, it's much better to keep it on mute.
Can you get in trouble for your dashcam being hidden?
It's a good idea to keep your dashcam in a visible place so that people can see they are being filmed and give consent.
Should you inform friends you are recording with your dash cam?
Most of the time friends are fine to ride without getting consent about your dash cam recording, however, to be on the safer side you should always let people know or show the dash cam in a visible place.
Overall, some dashcams do have audio depending on the model you buy, this should also have a mute button option to give you a choice whether you want audio on or off. Be careful about recording audio if you have strangers in your car as you need consent otherwise it's illegal.
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