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 We can finally say goodbye to those long-outdated, grainy 720p rear video feeds!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:

And our runner-up, just recently released this summer:

We’ve compiled a table to give you an overview of the main differences between our 5 top dual dash cam models this year (click the links to jump right down to the more detailed descriptions):

Comparison Table — Top 5 Front And Rear Dash Cams

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 ProDR750SN2 Pro
Price$310$130$410$440$200
VideoVery GoodFairVery GoodGoodGood
ReliabilityExcellentGoodGoodVery GoodGood
Wi-Fi--YesYes-
Screen2"1.5"--1.5"
CPL FilterYesYes---
Parking ModeTime-lapseTime-lapseSimple, time-lapse, bufferedTime-lapse & bufferedTime-lapse

All prices listed are approximate, and subject to change. Click links to vendors (below) for up-to-date  prices.

Common Features In 2018

First of all, all cameras featured here are able to record 1080p resolution (1920×1080), at 30 frames per second (fps), both to the front and to the rear. This should be considered the minimum standard in 2018. Cameras that record 720p, even if it’s only for the rear camera, just don’t capture enough detail.

All dash cameras reviewed on this site have loop recording, auto on/off, and a time and date stamp on video. If they support GPS, there will also be an (optional) speed stamp that can be set to either mph or km/h.

Furthermore, all cameras listed here have a G-sensor that detects impacts and protects the relevant video files from becoming overwritten. A “lock file button” does the same, but allows you to manually save any video footage that you’d like to keep for whatever reason. It’s good to see that lock file buttons now have become a standard feature in the dash cam world, as well.

All dash cameras have a built-in microphone and speaker.

And finally, all dual dash cameras that made it onto our top-5 list support GPS, although it’s not always included with the base price. Some cameras require you to buy a separate GPS module if you want one.

Now let’s have a more detailed look at each of the 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 (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 400GB (over 29 hours)

Features: 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.

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 parking for a long period of time.

NOTE: If you can’t afford the SG9663DC right now, you may want to check out the SGGCX2PRO, which is basically a single-channel version of the SG9663DC but without the rear camera. You can add the rear camera at a later time when your finances will allow it.

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 (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Fair

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 11 hours)

Features: 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 (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 14 hours)

Features: 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, but it does support Wi-Fi so you can view video and configure the camera with your smart phone. Free apps are available for Android and iOS smart phones to connect to the camera and play back video.

Playing back video over Wi-Fi tends to be slow though, so if you have to review several video files, it’s often more convenient to pop out the memory card and stick it into a computer.

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 (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 12 hours)

Features: 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 (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 64GB (5.9 hours)

Features: 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.

We do feel we should point out that we haven’t found a taxi cam yet that records great video both ways at this time. (Some people like to just get a high-quality dual cam like the Street Guardian and mount the rear-facing lens on the dashboard so it records the passenger cabin, but most “normal” dual dash cams don’t have infrared on the rear lens.) A real taxi cam is much more convenient, and the N2 Pro seems to be the best there is in late 2018.

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.

Runner-Up: Viofo A129 Duo — Promising Budget Dual Cam

Viofo A129 Duo front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AUAliExpress (for more countries & vendors, check below)

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: To be determined (new release)

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 16 hours)

Extras: 2″ screen, Wi-Fi, capacitor, lock file button, GPS in mount. Optional additional remote lock file button. Optional CPL filter.

The Viofo A129 Duo has been released in mid-2018, and it’s a promising runner-up to our best-of list. It does have some childhood quirks at the moment that need to be sorted out before we can consider adding it to our favorites. Most notably, there seems to be an issue with the Wi-Fi (you need to disable mobile data on your smart phone before you can connect to the camera).

On the plus side, the Viofo A129 records better video than the Mini 0906 and the Z-Edge S3, at a comparable price. Check out the sample videos in our full review. We can’t say anything yet about this cameras reliability, as it has just recently been released, however Viofo’s previous one-channel models (A119 and A119S) have been huge successes.

A GPS receiver is built into the camera’s mount. The A129 should also support time-lapse parking mode at some point in the future, but the necessary hard-wiring kit hasn’t been released yet.

A CPL filter is available only for the forward facing camera, and will cost you about $30 extra. The camera has a lock file button (the round one with the yellow triangle on it), but if you find this inconvenient to reach while driving, Viofo also offer a remote lock file button that works via Bluetooth.

You can place the remote button anywhere you like, near your steering wheel for example, so you don’t have to reach all the way over to the camera if something happens on the road that you’d like to keep video of.

All in all, unless it turns out there are some major issues with this camera, we do see potential for the A129 to be included in our best-of list for 2019. Its video quality is better than what we have seen with any other sub-$200 dual camera.

What’s Changed In 2018

If you’ve been following our web site for a while, you may have noticed that we keep updating our recommendations featured in this article as new cameras are released. Here’s what’s changed this year compared to 2017:

One of the new additions is Street Guardian’s brand new SG9663DC that just came out in January 2018. The SG9663DC records impressive video quality, front and rear, at day as well as at night.

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.

Thinkware’s F800 Pro has been around since last year, and continues to offer great parking protection with very good video quality. They’re a close competitor to BlackVue, however their cloud capabilities aren’t quite there yet.

The Mini 0906 is also still featured, as a decent-performing alternative for cost-conscious buyers and anyone on a more limited budget.

For those in the people transportation business 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.

Oct 16, 2018 Update — We’ve added the Viofo A129 Duo as a runner-up because of its good video quality, even though it still has some childhood quirks. This is a relatively new camera, so we can’t say anything about its long-term reliability yet.

This article was first published in March of 2018, and received its last major update on October 17.

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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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