Using the best front and rear dash cams, you can give yourself complete peace of mind while on the road. Covering both the front and rear of your vehicle - you can record what on the road ahead, as well as what is behind you. And that means you always have a complete record of everything that's going on around you, which can prove to be invaluable if you end up in an accident or
incident that's not your fault. It's common sense these days to have a dash cam, but if you want an extra layer of security, we'd recommend opting for a front and rear version.
If you do want to only cover the front, then we do have a guide to the best dash cams where we run through straightforward single-direction cameras. While these are hugely useful, front and rear dash cams are handy to have in case an accident starts behind you, not ahead. Rear cams also have another function – they're hugely useful as back-up cameras, making it that little bit easier to reverse into a tricky space (or out of one).
Front and rear dash cams come as a pair; sometimes they're sold as a kit, and in other cases, the rear cam can be bought as an optional extra. Generally, the rear cam has a lower spec than the front cam. Below we've quickly outlined a few of the key specs to look for when picking a front and rear dash cam.
• Resolution is one of the basic considerations of any camera, stills or video. The more resolution you have, the more detail you can capture. This is useful, and aesthetically much nicer, but bear in mind that it makes the files the camera creates much larger.
• Wireless connectivity is a useful way to offload and quickly back up your footage to your phone. Some models offer it, some don't, so make sure you check before buying.
• LCD screens are useful for being able to instantly review your footage, as well as allowing you to use the camera for reversing or other maneuvering if that's useful. It makes the camera larger and bulkier, though, so if you're looking for a smaller camera it might be best to opt for a non-screen model.
• microSD cards are the storage media normally employed by front and rear dash cameras, and if you're going to be capturing a lot of footage at high resolutions like 4K UHD, you'll want to get a card with enough speed to write it and enough capacity to store it.
• Lastly, you might want to look into professional installation as the process of hooking up a front and rear dash cam setup can be trickier than you might think. Often, the two cameras are connected physically via a cable, so you need to make sure it's safely and securely run through the length of your car.
So let's get on and show you the best front and rear dash cams you can buy right now…
Best front and rear dash cams in 2022
This is the current flagship dash cam from Thinkware, and it's a hugely impressive piece of kit that gets our top-spot recommendation. It can record footage in UHD 4K at 30fps, or 2K 1440p at silky-smooth 60fps. Both are great, though opting for the lower resolution and higher frame rate might make it easier to see detail in paused frames of the footage, and also keeps the file sizes lower.
This is a setup with an optional rear camera; it shoots 2K 1440p at 30fps, and does so through a lens with a generous 156-degree field of view, giving you a wide latitude for seeing what's going on behind your vehicle. It's also a pleasingly compact and unobtrusive unit, so won't be distracting or get in the way. Just stick it to your rear screen and forget about it.
A suite of handy features like GPS, speed-camera detection and average speed warnings make the Thinkware U1000 a tempting proposition for the vast majority of users. It's a fairly large unit, and there are definitely smaller options available on this list, but if this doesn't bother you then it's highly recommended.
While it's not one of the better-known names in dash cams, we're really impressed with the Viofo A129 Pro Duo. In terms of quality of footage, its front camera is one of the best around, capable of capturing 4K UHD, utilising its 8.29MP Sony Exmor R sensor. You also get multiple bit-rate options and H.265 high-efficiency video coding. If you're looking for dashcam footage that's a cut above, this is a great pick.
The rear camera isn't quite as high quality as that of the Thinkware U1000, being only Full HD rather than the U1000's slightly higher 2560x1440 resolution. This may well be more than enough for your needs however, and it still looks pretty darn good. You also get some useful extra modes such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and Super Night Vision, meaning you're always prepared no matter the weather and lighting conditions.
The camera units themselves are rather bulky, and can't be removed from their mounts. The front unit especially is sizeable, which is partly due to the LCD screen. If you're not bothered about an LCD screen and want a smaller dash cam, it may be worth considering one of the others on this list. Otherwise, this is a really solid buy.
Kenwood is a brand you’re most likely to associate with in-car speakers, but the company does dash cams too. And this front and rear dash cam bundle is pretty impressive, with high picture quality indeed.
This dual cam bundle offers 4K resolution at the front and QHD (1440p) from the rear. The use of HDR (high dynamic range) tech helps alleviate the problem of harsh shadows obscuring details like license plates. A detachable polarizing filter helps guard against glare and reflections. And the viewing angle of 161 is wide indeed.
Set up is nice and easy. Built in GPS receiver helps you to pinpoint the exact location of incidents when making an insurance claim. A LCD display screen lets you use video playback to review your footage. And it comes with a 64SD card too. There’s nothing particularly special or unique about this front and rear dash cam bundle, and it lacks some high-end features like Alexa or speed camera recognition. But overall it does a solid and reliable job, time after time.
While this front and rear dashcam is still plentifully available in the US, its supply is becoming a little spotty in some other territories, especially the UK. Our non-American readers may want to consider one of the other options on our list.
The Garmin Dash Cam 67W replaces the 66W, which was already one of our favorite dash cams. It can be used as regular front facing dash came, but it can be used as a dual dashcam, too. That's thanks to Garmin’s smart Dash Cam Auto Sync feature, where up to four compatible cameras can be 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 67W; 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 the exterior.
As for the Dash Cam 67W itself, it records in 1440p (so a little higher than Full HD) at 60 frames per second and with HDR. It also has a 180-degree wide angle lens. Unusually for a dash cam, the 67W 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.
Like the idea of talking to your front and rear dash cam? Then check out the Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam Front and Rear Camera, which comes in-built with Amazon Alexa assistance. This means you can tell the dash cams to start recording, as well as asking Alexa on other devices for directions, to play music, to give you news and weather updates, to make a call and so on. And given that you don’t want to be doing anything distracting with your hands or eyes while driving, this is one situation when voice control really is handy.
Picture quality is decent too, allowing you to record at either 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps through the F1.6 lens, with clever software that optimising the colour and lighting of your footage whatever the conditions. It also records audio if you want, although this can be switched off if you don’t.
Also note that there’s a very decent 3-inch HD screen; you can connect to your phone using Bluetooth 4.2 and Quick-Link Wi-Fi via the free app; and you can set the device to automatically alert emergency services of your GPS location in the case of an accident.
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 step-up model from the Blackvue DR750S-2CH (above), the Blackvue DR750-2CH LTE adds its own 4G LTE cellular connection. That means you can use backup and cloud services even without your smartphone, 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 (see our separate guide to the best Uber dash cams), 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 10802 2 megapixel cameras middle and rear, the Zenfox offers a great set of features for the price. What's more, 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 (with a slightly higher resolution of 1440p rather than the standard 1080p), 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.
If you are looking for a dual dash cam system for a motorcycle, then this Thinkware system is what you need. A hard-wired system, this 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's also a remote control console, and the central hub that includes a microSD card slot. There is no screen, but this Wi-Fi and GPS enabled system connects 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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