The 5 Best Front & Rear Dash Cams – 2016/2017

Are you looking for a dashboard camera that records the road not ahead of, but also behind your car? For optimal protection, most drivers opt for dual channel dash cams these days. Find out which two-way dash cam offers perfect security for you.

To keep it simple, we’ll be listing only the most important characteristics for each camera: Video resolution, overall video quality, reliability, memory capacity, and a list of the extra features such as Wi-Fi or GPS. We’ll write a sentence or two to explain why each camera made the best-of list; for more information, we have detailed reviews that include video samples elsewhere on this site — just follow the links.

We can’t list prices here as they change more frequently than this article will be updated. Instead, we’ll post links to a couple of vendors where you can check the latest offers. You may also want to check out our dual channel dash cam comparison table, where we do include approximate prices (however these are subject to change, so make sure to check out the vendor’s offers regardless).

This article was last updated in October 2016. We will continue to update it continuously, so you’ll always find an overview of the top rated car cameras here. We’re aiming to keep this overview as compact as possible, to allow you to easily compare devices and find the one that’s best for you at a glance.

So without further ado, here’s this year’s favorites, roughly in the order of their popularity:

Most Elegant: BlackVue DR650GW-2CH

The DR650GW-2CH's front and rear cameras in closeup.

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front), 1280×720 (rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 128 GB

Extras: Integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, buffered parking mode. Battery discharge prevention device available separately (Power Magic Pro)

The BlackVue DR650GW-2CH is the classic among the dual channel dash cams. With its elegant, black cylinder shape, this camera is one of stealthiest devices available. Also, it’s probably the best selling high-end two-way camera of all time. If you’re looking for a time-proven dual cam that doesn’t attract any unwanted attention, this is your best choice.

UPDATE: Now also available with infrared LEDs on the rear camera, making it ideal for use as a taxi cam.

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BlackVue released a newer model in the summer of 2016, the BlackVue DR650S-2CH. Unless you specifically need the features of the DR650S, for the time being we prefer the older DR650GW, as it seems to be the more reliable of the two cameras.

Cutting-Edge Features: Lukas LK-7950 WD

product photo of LK-7950 front and rear cameras

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 2×256 GB

Extras: Wi-Fi, OBD-II, buffered parking mode, battery discharge prevention, capacitor, excellent heat/cold resistance. External GPS/GLONASS module available separately

The LK-7950 WD by Lukas is the most technologically advanced two-way dash cam around at the moment. It’s packed with features like Wi-Fi to connect to your smart phone, OBD-II to record your car’s diagnostic output (for compatible cars), and many more. It also has a better heat and cold resistance than most other dashboard cameras. A great choice for those who want nothing short of cutting-edge technology.

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Best Dual Cam With Screen: Thinkware X500D

Thinkware X500 frontResolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very good

Memory capacity: 64 GB

Extras: 2.7″ screen, integrated GPS, buffered parking mode, capacitor

The Thinkware X500D has been around for a while, and it has proven to be quite reliable. It’s one of the few dual channel dash cams that come with an integrated screen. The front and rear units can be acquired separately, so you can start out with a “normal” dash cam and add a rear unit later if you feel like it.

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Best Taxi Cam: Transcend Drive Pro 520

Transcend Drive Pro 520, first taxi cam by a renowned manufacturerResolution: 1920×1080 (front), 1280×720 (rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Fair

Memory capacity: 32 GB (free card included)

Extras: 2.4″ screen, Wi-Fi

A great choice for those working in the people transportation business, this camera films your car’s passenger cabin in addition to the road in front of you (that’s why it’s called a taxi cam). If a taxi cam is what you’re looking for, this is the only model we’ve come across so far that records decent quality video both ways.

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Best Bargain: BlackSys CF-100 2CH

Closeup of the BlackSys CF-100 main dash cam unitResolution: 1920×1080 (front), 1280×720 (rear)

Overall video quality: Fair

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 32 GB

Extras: Buffered parking mode, capacitor. Optional external GPS.

For below $100, the BlackSys CF-100 2CH is a real bargain. Video quality is good for the front view, but only average for the rear view. Features are quite okay for the price. Some users have reported overheating issues when recording in parking mode, though.

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We hope this article helped you find the ideal dash cam for your car. This article will be continually updated, so if there’s anything you’d like to see here or if you can think of ways to improve it, let us know through our contact form!

If you liked this article, you might also be interested in the full list of our current dash cam favorites which also includes single channel devices.