In need of one of the best front and rear dash cams? These handy little gadgets can be total life-savers when it comes to recording collisions. An ordinary dash cam will record a driver's eye view of the road, saving the pertinent footage if a collision is detected. However, a front and rear version gives you even more protection…
While front-facing dash cams are perfectly placed to record potential incidents in front of your car, if someone crashes into your vehicle from behind then you don't have the same level of protection. However, front and rear dash cams are a great way to extend the reach of this tech.
While the front-facing dash cam is attached to your front windscreen as usual, the rear-facing camera attaches to your rear windscreen. This enables you to capture front and rear-facing footage at the same time. Both sets of footage will usually be saved to the same SD card in the front camera, which will be your main shooter. The two cameras will be connected with a cable that will feed through your vehicle, usually connected to roof in order to hide any untidy cables.
Another great advantage of a front and rear dash cam is that you will also have a back-up camera, which means that when you reverse you'll be able to see hidden obstacles in what would have otherwise been a blind spot.
If you want the ultimate protection, there are some systems that enable you to wirelessly connect up to four cameras. This gives you an almost 360º view around your vehicle at all times. This comes in particularly handy if someone hits or vandalizes your parked car while you're away.
Another option to consider is whether to buy a wired or wireless system. A wireless option, such as Garmin’s Dash Cam Auto Sync system, is easier to install, as you only need to worry about giving each camera access to power. However, if you're planning on using a wireless camera in the front and back of your car, then you'll want to consider getting them professionally installed. This means that the cables will be hidden, leaving your car clutter-free.
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.
The Aukey Dash Cam Dual 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.
The Garmin Dash Cam 66W is one of our favorite dash cams – but it can be used as a dual dashcam. It 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.
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.
A new step-up model, the Blackvue DR750-2CH LTE adds its own 4G LTE cellular connection, so can back-up and cloud services even if you don't have your smartphone to hand - giving you another level of reassurance when you and your loved ones are out on the road.
This front and rear dash cam goes one better by offering a third camera that monitors the inside of the vehicle as well as the outside. This is great bonus for those who carry paid passengers - but could also help settle family arguments. The interior camera benefits from infrared too, so can help keep an eye on things when your car or truck is parked up overnight. With a 1440P 5-megapixel camera up front, and 1080P two megapixel cameras middle and rear – the Zenfox offers a great set of features for the price. Furthermore, this is one of the few multi-camera models that has a built-in screen, albeit a small 2-inch LCD.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a dual dash cam system for a motorbike, then this Thinkware system is what you need. A hard-wired system, it is a serious step up from a helmet camera, giving you two-way coverage of the road in ahead, and what is coming up behind. There are four components to the system - the two cameras are identical with 1080P full HD capability and a wide 140° view. There is also a remote control console, and the central hub that includes a microSD card slot. There is no screen to distract you - but this wifi and GPS enabled system connects up to your smartphone to check, download or delete recorded imagery. The M1 Sportscam is not just for bikers, this weatherproof dash cam is also a great fit for snowmobiles, dune buggies, tractors and other all-terrain utility vehicles.
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