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BlackVue is a well established dashboard camera manufacturer from Korea. The company was established in 2007 and has since then risen to be one of the top car dash cams manufacturers, known to set the standards on numerous occasion.
This particular BlackVue DR650GW-2CH model seems quite impressive at first glance, with its design and features.
- Two cameras – front and rear
- Parking mode
- Event record
- Blackvue App
- BlackVue Viewer
- Sony sensor
- Cloud services
With the standard purchase it comes nicely packaged in a nice looking box. There is a label indicating that this camera is FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approved.
Inside you’ll find the two cameras, extra adhesives and cable clips, a USB micro SD card reader, a 12-24W power adaptor for the car cigarette socket with a long cable, a long coaxial cable to connect the front and rear cams, and a pretty descriptive user’s guide (could be the largest one we’ve seen so far).
All components are in black colour.
Both cameras are pretty well designed, looking like sniper scopes. The rear cam is noticeably smaller than the front. Both cameras are attached to their mounts and can rotate for 360°.
The front camera has a proximity sensor that toggles audio recording on or off simply by placing your hand near it. On the other side there is a cover where you’ll find a micro SD card port underneath and also power and coax cable ports, as well as Wi-Fi toggle button. On the sides you’ll see numerous holes for ventilation, as well as indicator lights that notify you if the cam’s recording or GPS is on. There’s also the speaker/microphone hole and of course the lens.
There is an LED indicator under the lens that blinks during motion detection recording. You can disable this in the options.
The rear view camera only has its lens and a subtle LED on/off indicator.
Both cables are long enough so that you can place the dash cam as you wish. The rear camera is receives it’s power via the coaxial cable from the front camera, and the front camera gets it from the car cigarette socket. You can hide both cables anyway you see fit using the extra adhesives included in the package.
A good idea for the front-rear cam cable is to pack it behind your Sun visor, than through the passenger hand knobs above your doors, and then use an adhesive clip or two near the rear glass. You can also use the cable clips to just clip it right over the centre of your vehicle’s roof.
Both cameras have a sticker mounts and are fairly small and invisible, compared to other similar products. Their design requires you mount them in such a way that their cylindrical body is pointed to the sides of your car, since the lens is on the round side.
The front cam ideally goes behind your rear view mirror, and seems to be designed for the left hand driving.
The rear cam is ideally placed at the top-centre point on the rear glass, and you should leave a small cable loop loose, so that you can lift your boot freely.
The camera has no display screen. The general idea is that there should be no distractions while you drive, so the manufacturers are more and more accepting this style. It leaves almost all the tampering and all the tweaking for back home.
You can install the BlackVue app on your phone and access the settings that way, while on the road via Wi-Fi, but stopping your car is absolutely necessary and should be done every time. The app works okay, but sometimes can crash.
The desktop app is much better. It allows you to view all your clips, the dates on them, the speed, the GPS info, etc… It differentiates normal, event, and parking recordings, and you can view your recordings in different speeds.
You can also change the cameras default settings this way.
This model is equipped with SONY’s premium 2.4MP SONY EXMOR CMOS sensor.
The front camera has a wide 129° viewing angle and records in 1080p resolution at 30 FPS (frames per second). The recording video is clear in details and when reviewing it you can zoom in for a closer look at the license plates or street signs.
The rear cam has a kind of a fish eye perspective that is sufficient for the purposes of back view recording. It records at 720p (30fps). Its recording is also nice, but not as sharp and detailed as the front.
Both cams record in perfect sync, have time stamps and optional speed indicators and sound.
During night vision recording, the video stays pretty well exposed, even with oncoming headlights, but there is a slight reduction in details, though still details are visible when near. This is expected with all cams.
This model records at the increased bit rate, compared to their previous models, so the high speed recording is also very nice.
By default, the loop recording is done in 1 minute loops, without any time loss in between the loops.
You can set the loop length in the options. The camera overwrites the oldest loops once its memory limit has been reached, so make sure you get a sizable card if you need space.
The camera will overwrite even the loops marked as ‘Event’, if you do not lock them using your app on your smart phone.
The parking mode is automatically engaged if the car hasn’t been moved for 5 minutes. It records automatically whenever it detects motion near your cars both front and back side. In busy places it will record continuously.
The cam also automatically marks recordings that occur at the time of detected impacts.
The ‘Over the Cloud’ service provides the driver with a live view, GPS tracking, and a two way voice communication. You can use this feature to store videos online, get GPS info, and alerts of collisions and more.
The camera is pretty stealthy, like it’s supposed to be. The tweaking and tampering with the options while on board (via smart phone) is a nice addition, but we lean towards the desktop app more.
The recordings are pretty good and descriptive.
The camera really feels like a high technology achievement by anyone’s standards. It promises durability and safety. It really is obvious that it’s been made to be highly professional and to leave out all the playing around you have to do with your dash cam.
In the end it all comes down to your individual choice. Either you want a gadget like this, with its professional no driver distraction design, or you want a gadget you can play around, one that has a screen and other fancy stuff.
The high quality and durability alone is again – worth it.
That concludes the reviews, hopefully you have everything you need however, if you have any questions leave a comment below.