The 5 Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2018

Dashboard cameras that record both to the front and to the rear (also called dual-channel or dual-lens dash cams) have seen a big increase in quality over the last year or so. We’re especially happy to note that finally, and for the first time ever, all of the cameras on this best-of list record 1920×1080 video both ways. We can finally say goodbye to those long-outdated, grainy 720p rear video feeds!

So let’s jump right in. Here’s a quick summary of the five best front and rear dash cams you can get in 2018:

Those of you who’ve been following our web site for a while may have noticed that this year’s collection features two newcomers, as well as three cameras that were already in last year’s best-dual-dash-cam list.

One of the new additions is Street Guardian’s brand new SG9663DC that just came out in January of this year. The SG9663DC records impressive video quality, front and rear, day and night. Thinkware’s F800 Pro has been around since last year and continues to offer the best parking protection, and the Mini 0906 is still featured as a decent-performing alternative for those of you that are on a limited budget.

The Korean brand BlackVue continues to be one of our long-time best sellers, and of course they stay in the top five with their DR750S-2CH. BlackVue are still the only dash cam manufacturer that lets you view footage in real time from anywhere over the internet with their trademark over-the-cloud feature.

On the other hand, if you’re in the people transportation business and are looking for a taxi cam that films the passenger cabin in addition to the road ahead: Vantrue’s N2Pro Uber has replaced our previous favorite, the Transcend Drive Pro 520.

Quick Comparison Table

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraThinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraThinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraBlackVue DR750S-2CH dual dash camBlackVue DR750S-2CH dual dash cam
ModelSG9663DCMini 0906F800 ProDR750S-2CHVantrue N2 Pro
Price$310$130$410$440$200
VideoVery GoodFairVery GoodGoodGood
ReliabilityExcellentGoodGoodVery GoodVery Good
Wi-Fi--YesYes-
Screen2"1.5"--1.5"
CPL FilterYesYes---
Parking ModeTime-lapseTime-lapseBuffered & Time-lapseBufferedTime-lapse

All prices listed are approximate, and subject to change.

Now let’s have a more detailed look at each of these cameras one by one:

Best Front & Rear Video Quality: Street Guardian SG9663DC

Street Guardian SG9963DC 2x1080p front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AU

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 400GB (over 29 hours)

Extras: 2″ screen, external GPS, CPL filter, capacitor based, lock file button, time-lapse parking mode (with hard-wiring kit, available separately)

Released in January 2018, Street Guardian’s SG9663DC (full review) records better quality video than any other front and rear dash cam. While this is a high-end device, it also focuses on the basics, meaning video quality, usability, and reliability. Consequently, it doesn’t include features such as Wi-Fi or cloud connectivity.

An external GPS antenna is included in the package, as well as a CPL filter. The camera’s 2″ screen and intuitive menus make it easy to set up and use this device. Also, Street Guardian’s customer service is well known to be very responsive and helpful in case you should have any problem or question.

This camera comes with a capacitor instead of an internal battery, which improves heat resistance. A lock file button allows you to save important footage so it doesn’t become overwritten.

UPDATE: As of summer 2018, the Street Guardian SG9663DC now supports a relatively simple time-lapse parking mode. A hard-wiring kit named SGDCHW is required for this and costs around $30 (not included). The hard-wiring kit is needed to connect the dashboard camera to your car’s fuse box. It protects your car’s battery from becoming accidentally depleted when you are parked for a long period of time.

Best Low-Cost: Mini 0906

Product photo of the Mini 0906 front and rear dash cams, with CPL filter

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AUAliExpress

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Fair

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 11 hours)

Extras: 1.5″ screen, integrated GPS, time-lapse parking mode, CPL filter, capacitor, lock file button

This addition to the once-popular Chinese Mini series has been a full-out success. For those of us who can’t spend several hundred dollars on a high-end front and rear dash cam, the Mini 0906 (full review) is an excellent alternative.

While it doesn’t record quite as high-quality video as some of its more expensive counterparts, this camera is a great entry-level front and rear camera. It comes with a CPL filter to reduce windshield reflections when driving in bright sunlight. A GPS receiver is integrated into the cameras mount.

The Mini 0906 has a 1.5″ screen for easy configuration and playback. When hard-wired to the car’s fuse box, it supports a time-lapse parking mode. The hard-wiring kit is not included and costs only around $12 extra.

Best Parking Protection: Thinkware F800 Pro

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AU

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 14 hours)

Extras: Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, parking mode (buffered, time-lapse, or energy saving), low voltage cutoff, overheat protection, capacitor, lock file button

A pro-level front and rear dash cam with a whole lot of extra features, and very good video quality all around. The F800 Pro (full review) offers no less than 3 different parking modes to protect your car while you’re away. This camera can also connect to the internet to alert you when something happens to your parked car, but remote video streaming is as yet not supported.

This camera usually comes with a hard-wiring kit included. The camera’s firmware will sense when your car’s battery runs low and will protect it from becoming depleted. An overheat protection mechanism is also built-in that will shut the camera down if it ever becomes too hot.

GPS is integrated in the camera. The F800 Pro has no screen. It does have Wi-Fi though, and free apps are available for Android and iOS smart phones to connect to the camera and play back video.

Remote Video Stream Over The Cloud: BlackVue DR750S-2CH

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AU

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 12 hours)

Extras: Integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, buffered parking mode, cloud connectivity, capacitor, lock file button. Battery discharge prevention device available separately (Power Magic Pro).

BlackVue’s dash cams have always been a best seller on this site, and their DR750S-2CH (full review) finally added 1080p resolution for the rear channel, as well as a much needed lock file button which BlackVue’s previous releases didn’t have.

While the DR750S’s video quality isn’t quite as good as with some of the other cameras listed here, what really sets the BlackVue cameras apart is the ability to live-stream the video feed from your car over the internet, and watch it from anywhere on your PC or phone.

For this to work, you’ll need a Wi-Fi hot spot in your car to give the camera permanent internet access. Portable hot spots are available separately (not included).

Apps are available for iPhones and Androids to allow you to control to the camera with your phone. This camera doesn’t have a screen, but it does come with a voice menu for basic functions.

A buffered parking mode is supported, but needs a Power Magic Pro to work. This is basically BlackVue’s trademarked hard-wiring kit — it monitors your car’s battery voltage in order to not deplete it. Some vendors include a Power Magic Pro with the camera, other’s don’t. It typically costs around $30 when ordered separately.

In buffered parking mode, the dash cam will keep recording continuously while the car is parked, but without saving the footage on the memory card. Only when an event is detected will the footage be saved in a special folder. Upon your return to the car, the camera will announce that events have been detected so you will know that there are videos for you to review.

UPDATE (July 2018): BlackVue have recently released their DR900S-2CH model, which records 4K resolution front and 1080p rear. However, after comparing video quality we are confident that the DR750S actually performs better.

Best Taxi Cam: Vantrue N2 Pro Uber

Vantrue N2 Pro 2x1080p Taxi Cam

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AUAliExpress

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 64GB (5.9 hours)

Extras: 1.5″ screen, time-lapse parking mode, lock file button. Optional GPS in mount.

The Vantrue N2 Pro (full review) has one lens looking back into the passenger cabin, while the forward facing lens records the road ahead. This is ideal for anyone in the transportation business, such as taxi or Uber drivers who wish to keep themselves safe on the road.

If you’re going to do any driving at night, you’ll definitely need infrared lights on your taxi cam to illuminate the car’s interior. Make sure to get the Vantrue N2 Pro which has IR LEDs surrounding the rear-facing lens. DO NOT order the regular N2, which doesn’t have those LEDs.

For the Vantrue N2 Pro, video quality of the car’s interior is very good, both at day and night. Video quality of the forward facing lens is good at day, and fair during the night.

A time-lapse parking mode is also available to protect your car while you’re away. As usual, a hard-wiring kit is needed for parking mode. This is not included and costs around $15 extra.

The camera has a screen to review footage on the fly. You configure the camera using the buttons on the device (it doesn’t support Wi-Fi).

GPS is not included, but is available separately if you need it. For around $20 you can acquire a spare mount that has the GPS antenna built in. To review the GPS data, you need to install Vantrue’s free playback software which is available for Windows and Mac, and review the footage on your computer.

 

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The 5 Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2018
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The 5 Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2018
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Five best front and rear dash cams for 2018. Budget to high-end. All cameras featured here are highly reliable and record 1080p both ways.
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