Speed Camera Detector and In-Car Technology Buyer's Guide

Buying a speed camera detector? This guide helps you decide the best type of speed camera detector for your needs.

Driving with a speed camera detector can help save points being added to your licence and the new higher £100 fine hitting your pocket if you are caught speeding.

On the UK's roads today there's an network of fixed and mobile speed enforcement devices, using different technologies, but all with the same objective - to catch speeding motorists.

You might think the answer is simple, which is not to speed in the first place. But the truth is a roads speed limit can change in an instant, miss the new speed limit sign and if you're on one of Britain's many roads policed by a safety camera you face points and a penalty in another instant.

Did you know? Britain's top 10 most lucrative speed cameras raked in £12million in just 3 years - issuing more than 200,000 fines.

The answer is to buy and drive with a dash or windscreen mounted device which warns of speed cameras locations.

Also available to buy there are dash cams that will record events in the road ahead. In fact one of the in-car cameras that we sell, the Snooper DVR 4HD, also featues a speed camera detector built in to the camera device. This Snooper system also has a screen which means you can play back video at the scene of an incident.

There are SIX different types of systems available these are:

1. GPS speed camera detectors
2. Radar and Laser speed camera detectors
4. Sat navs with speed camera locations
5. Smartphones with apps and or Point of Interest (POI) database
6. Dash cams


GPS speed camera detectors

A standalone speed camera detector or locator provides by far the best alerts to speed camera locations. Why? Simply because the in-car device is designed to do exactly that and only that.

Windscreen or dash mounted, most devices these days utilise GPS satellite technology and a GPS database. This is crucial as newer types of speed cameras e.g. SPECs average and Truvelo are totally undetectable with the earlier radar and laser only detectors.

As well as alerting you to all types of cameras, the GPS database and detector can be programmed to additionally provide further essential information such as camera type e.g. Gatso, road speed limit, and a precise countdown to the cameras locations. Providing accurate information without any false alerts.

Some locators such as the Snooper 3ZERO and Snooper 4ZERO do offer the best of both worlds - as these detectors includes a GPS database, a radar and laser detector all in the one unit.

To read more about dedicated speed camera detectors click here.


Radar and Laser speed camera detectors

If you do not want to buy a GPS based speed camera detector you could consider a radar and laser speed camera detector instead. The disadvantage of this type of camera detector is that it will not warn you to ALL fixed speed cameras. For example, it will not detect a Truvelo speed camera and it will not alert you to SPECS Average Speed Zones.

The advantage of buying a dedicated radar and laser speed camera detector is that it generally features better detection to mobile speed cameras. For example with the Valentine One will provide up to 3 miles of prewarning to mobile radar and laser guns.

If you buy the Valentine One then you also get 360 degree protection; this is the only radar and laser detector to offer all-around protection as other speed camera detectors only alert to speed cameras in the road ahead.

The radar and laser detectors we sell here at SpeedCamerasUK.com is Snooper 4ZERO. The Snooper 4ZERO is the only speed camera detector to include GPS alerts too.

To read more about radar and laser speed camera detectors click here.


Sat navs with speed camera locations

A sat nav coupled with a downloaded GPS database of speed camera locations is as good as a lot of the standalone GPS only detectors. However there are databases and then there are databases. Whereas with a dedicated speed camera detector where the GPS database is updated at least once a week or more, third party databases which you can download to your sat nav (sometimes free) may be updated far less frequently.

It's all very well to have a database, but if that database isn't up-to-date and you come across a camera that's not included, then the database hasn't served you well at all.

Some speed camera detector companies such as Snooper, have in recent years added satellite navigators to their product range. These devices have the same databases as their standalone detectors.

The Snooper S6800 sat nav (pictured left) additionaly features MY-SPEED XL. This new feature from Snooper displays in large format your vehicles speed and the speed limit of the road on the 7-inch display.

It is also worth noting that sat navs won't provide alerts to radar and laser mobile sites as there aren't any units equipped with radar/laser detection. You would either need to consider buying a standalone radar or laser detector or a GPS based speed camera detector with radar and laser.

To read more about in-car navigators with speed camera locations click here.


Smartphones and speed camera apps/databases

Just like in-car satellite navigation devices, it's also possible to download and drive with speed camera apps or databases on GPS enabled smartphones like the Apple iPhone.

Speed camera apps or points of interest (POI) databases can provide alerts to both fixed and mobile speed camera sites. Some display the camera locations on Google Maps while others use a graphic which takes over the complete screen of your android or smartphone.

While most apps or databases are simply that and don't provide any form of detection to live mobile or fixed Gatso speed cameras, there is an exception, which is the Snooper Cobra i-radar. This device couples an app to use on a compatible smartphone or android phone with a plug in radar and laser detector. So it's possible to turn your smartphone into a dedicated speed camera detector which is as good as the real thing!

To read more about smartphones with speed camera locations click here.


In-Car Cameras

An accident camera can be mounted to your vehicles dashboard or windscreen. You will then be able to continuously record events in the road ahead. Plus some car cameras will also record events behind your vehicle.

Some car cameras such as the Snooper DVR-4HD (pictured right) also features speed camera warnings. Plus this Snooper device features a screen. The advantage of having a screen is that you can playback video that you have recorded at the roadside to use as evidence to prove who was at fault in the event of an incident/accident.

With some insurance companies you will also save money by using an in-car camera. Read more here.

To read more about in-car accident cameras click here.


SpeedCamerasUK.com Online Shop

All of the speed cameras detectors at SpeedCamerasUK.com are also available to buy from us and include FREE delivery within the United Kingdom (UK). For deliveries outside of the UK please see delivery information for costs.

We hold extensive stock of each model (unless otherwise indicated) with dispatch same working day for orders placed before 3pm on any working day.

12+ years of online trading

We first started selling speed camera locators right here at SpeedCamerasUK.com in August 2003. We also sell the same products at our sister website ActiveGPS where we also sell an extensive range of GPS products, accessories and mapping software.

With 12 years of trading you can rely on us to only supply the best tried and tested products with unrivalled product knowledge from ourselves and, equally important, excellent support from the relevant manufacturer if it is required.

To view the latest range of speed camera detectors to buy click here.

Last updated: 28th March 2017