Looking for the best front and rear dash cams? Then you have come to the right place! Most driver by now are well aware of the benefits of having a dashboard camera, or dash cam, fitted to their vehicle. These forward-facing cameras record a driver’s eye view of the road ahead, then save a section of footage when a collision is detected.
But, while they are ideally positioned to capture incidents in front of the car, what if someone t-bones your vehicle at a junction, or crashes into you from behind?
This is where dual dash cam systems come into play. These offer a way to connect a rear-facing camera to the dashboard on your windscreen, thus capturing footage facing both forwards and backwards at the same time. These are usually both saved to the same SD card in the front camera, and the two are connected with a long cable fed through your vehicle.
Some front and rear dash cam systems even take things a step further, letting you wirelessly connect up to four cameras, giving you a near-360 degree view around your car at all times. This can be particularly useful when someone hits your car while parking, or vandalizes the side of your car at night.
Naturally, a wireless option like Garmin’s Dash Cam Auto Sync system is much easier to install, as all each camera needs it access to power.
If you plan to install a wireless camera in the front and back of your car then you’ll want to get them both professionally installed, so that their cables are completely hidden behind the interior panels. That way, you will only see a couple of inches of exposed cable between each camera and the headliner of your car.
Without further ado, here are our best front and rear dash cam options for 2020:
1. Thinkware U1000
Best quality front and rear dash cam
Video quality: 4K front, 2K rear | Viewing angle: 150 degrees front, 156 degrees rear | Integrated GPS: Yes | Screen: No
Thinkware’s current flagship dash cam, the U1000 can be set to record in Ultra HD 4K at 30fps, or 2K 1440p at 60fps. While 4K sounds great, we would recommend the higher frame rate and lower resolution, as this will help you identify details like number plates when the footage is paused. Ultra HD video files are also huge, so can be a pain to store and transfer.
The optional rear camera shoots 2K 1440p video at 30fps through a 156-degree lens, and is compact enough so not to be distracting when stuck to the inside of your rear windscreen.
As with the Q800 Pro, the U1000 has GPS and a suite of driver assistance and safety systems, including red light, speed camera and average speed warnings.
There is no display, but the U1000 is still quite large. This should be fine in most cases, but some modern vehicles now have large forward-facing camera and sensor rigs of their own, located close to the rear view mirror. This could make it tricky to place the U1000 in the optimal position on your windscreen.
2. Aukey Dash Cam Dual
Best budget front and rear dash cam
Video quality: 1080p Full HD at 30fps front and rear | Viewing angle: 170 degrees front, 152 degrees rear | Integrated GPS: Accessory sold separately | Screen: Yes
Finally, we have the Aukey Dash Cam Dual. This system represents great value for money, as it includes a pair of Full HD cameras with wide lenses (170 degrees front, 152 rear), and a small display.
That display is only 1.5 inches, but it means setting everything up and checking the view of the camera before sticking its mounting system into place is easier than others. There is also a set of buttons to make interacting with the camera easier than tapping at the small screen.
Both front and rear cameras record in Full HD at 30fps, and the front has a particularly wide 170-degree lens, while the rear measures in at 152 degrees. As we said earlier, this might cause some distortion across videos, especially those recorded by the front camera, but if you have a particular wide vehicle this could be a price worth paying.
Despite the lower price than most, this camera still offers the features you’d expect, like automatic incident detection and recording, and a continuously-recording parking mode when hardwired to your vehicle. As with the other options offered here the Aukey’s rear camera connects to the front using a long cable; the kit includes four- and seven-metre options, depending on the size of your vehicle.
3. Garmin Dash Cam 66W and Auto Sync
Garmin's system allows you to use up to four cameras
Video quality: 1440p with HDR at 60fps | Viewing angle: 180 degree | Integrated GPS: Yes | Screen: 2.0-inch LCD, 320 x 240
The Garmin Dash Cam 66W is one of our favorite dash cams – but it can be used as a dual dashcam. I benefits from Garmin’s smart Dash Cam Auto Sync feature, where up to four compatible cameras can set to record at the same time. That way, you could fit dash cams to the front and rear of your car, but also facing out of the sides, which could be particularly useful for larger vehicles like vans and motorhomes. Obviously, this means you do need to buy two or more cameras (as these are not sold in kits) – so factor that into your comparisons
This Auto Sync feature is not exclusive to the 66W – it also works with Garmin’s 46, 56, Mini and Tandem dash cams. The latter has two lenses of its own, to record the interior of the car as well as thee exterior.
As for the Dash Cam 66W itself, it records in 1440p (so a little higher than Full HD) at 60 frames per second and with HDR. It also has a wide 180-degree wide angle lens. Unusually for a dash cam, the 66W has a battery. But it only lasts for 30 minutes, so you’ll really want to plug in for most journeys, or permanently hardwire the camera to your car.
4. Blackvue DR750S-2CH
A subtle and compact dash cam duo with Full HD video, Wi-Fi and integrated GPS.
Video quality: 1080p Full HD 60fps front, 1080p Full HD 30fps rear | Viewing angle: 139 degrees front and rear | Integrated GPS: Yes | Screen: No
Blackview’s DR750S is a compact dash cam which lacks a display, but is small enough to be all but hidden behind your rear view mirror, preventing driver distraction. Both cameras of the two-channel version shoot at Full HD, although the rear has to make do with 30fps, compared to the front camera’s superior 60fps.
Both cameras have a 139-degree lens, which is a little narrower than others, but there is an argument that a wider lens can distort images to the extent that the details (like exactly where another vehicle is in relation to your own) can be tricky to determine accurately. We think 139 degrees is fine, but we wouldn’t want to use a dashcam with a lens narrower than that.
As there is no display, videos are managed on the Blackvue app, which is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Videos are saved to an SD card, but can be transferred from the camera to the app over a direct Wi-Fi connection. As well as Wi-Fi, there’s also integrated GPS to add speed and locational data to your videos.
5. Thinkware Q800 Pro
High-resolution camera with a wide range of driver assistance features
Video quality: 1440p front / 1080p rear | Viewing angle: 140 degrees font and rear | Integrated GPS: Yes | Screen: No
Q800 Pro is a high-end dash cam from Thinkware, which features high-quality 2K video (that’s a resolution of 1440p), lane departure warning, and a speed camera alert system. The camera also offers advanced night vision capabilities, shoots through a 140-degree lens, and has integrated GPS.
By understanding the movements and distance of the vehicle ahead, the camera can also warn you if it thinks you are going to crash into the car in front. It can also be set to sound an alert when the car ahead moves away and you haven’t noticed.
Thinkware’s dash cams are shaped differently to most others, and despite being expensive the Q800 Pro does not have a display. This is a deliberate move to limit driver distraction, so instead there are a few buttons to adjust settings, and you can take more control via the Thinkware smartphone app.
The rear camera is much smaller and shoots at Full HD at 30fps through a 140-degree lens. It plugs into the front camera using a long cable and both record to the same SD card held in the front camera.
6. Blackvue DR590-2CH
A simpler pair of dash cams with a lower price, despite still offering 1080p video at 30fps
Video quality: 1080p Full HD at 30fps front and rear | Viewing angle: 139 degrees front, 140 degrees rear | Integrated GPS: No, but external GPS is an optional extra | Screen: No
A cheaper option from Blackview is the DR590-2CH, which has the same slim and subtle design, but lacks features like Wi-Fi and GPS. The former means you’ll have to transfer videos via the included microSD card, and the latter means your videos will lack location and speed data, unless you buy Blackview’s optional GPS module.
Those drawbacks aside, this is a good option for drivers on a more limited budget, but still want good quality video from the front and rear of their car, and from cameras which can be tucks almost completely out of sight. As well as preventing driver distraction. This also makes the camera less attractive to potential thieves.
Both cameras record ay Full HD at 30fps, and both have a 139-degree lens.
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