The 6 Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2020

Front and rear dashboard cameras are also called dual-channel or dual-lens dash cams, or simply just dual dash cams. In recent years, there’s been a huge increase in quality of these devices. Modern dual-lens dash cams should be able to record at least 1080p video (1920×1080 pixels), with both their front and rear cameras.

The latest high-end cameras can record at 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) forward, and 1080p or higher to the rear. However, 4K dash cams are still relatively expensive, and can also have some drawbacks due to being relatively new technology.

To keep it simple, this guide will focus on just the 1080p cameras. If you prefer getting a cutting-edge 4K dash cam, head on over to our article 4K Dash Cams In 2020.

So here’s our latest selection of the best 1080p dual channel dash cams, as of May 2020:

  1. BlackVue DR750S-2CH — Live stream video over internet
  2. Thinkware F800 Pro — Most advanced parking mode
  3. Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO — Best front & rear video
  4. Viofo A129 Duo — Good mid-price dual cam with buffered parking mode
  5. Viofo A129 Duo IR — Best taxi / uber cam
  6. Mini 0906 Pro — Cheapest decent dual cam

Consult the table below for an overview of each dash cam’s main features, along with its approximate price. Click the links to jump right down to the more detailed descriptions of our favorite dual dash cams this year.

Comparison Table — Top 6 Front And Rear Dash Cams

 BlackVue DR750S-2CH dual dash camThinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraStreet Guardian SG9663DCPRO front and rear car cameraViofo A129 Duo IR uber camViofo A129 front and rear dash camMini 0906 front and rear car camera
ModelDR750SF800 ProSG9663DCPROViofo A129 IRViofo A129Mini 0906 Pro
Price$370$330$250$180$170$120
VideoGoodVery GoodVery GoodVery GoodGoodGood
ReliabilityVery GoodGoodExcellentGoodGoodUnknown
Wi-FiYesYesYes--Yes
Screen--2"2"2"1.5"
CPL Filter--Yes-OptionalOptional
Parking ModeTime-lapse & bufferedSimple, time-lapse, bufferedTime-lapseTime-lapse, buffered, low bit rateTime-lapse, buffered, low bit rateSimple, time-lapse

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

Common Features

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 2020. Cameras that record at lower resolutions, 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 best-of 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:

1. BlackVue DR750S-2CH

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / AU (affiliate links) – see all vendors

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 and time-lapse 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.

Time-lapse parking mode is also supported.

NOTE: BlackVue’s latest model, the DR900S-2CH, records 4K resolution front and 1080p rear.

2. Thinkware F800 Pro

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / AU (affiliate links) – see all vendors

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.

With their latest model, the U1000, Thinkware now have a very promising 4k dash cam on the market. The Thinkware U1000 records great video with its front camera, even at night when most other 4k dash cams struggle. It also supports remote viewing over the cloud.

3. Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO

Street Guardian SG9963DC 2x1080p front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CAeBay US / AU (affiliate links) – see all vendors

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Excellent

Memory capacity: 512GB (over 37 hours)

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

Released in 2019, Street Guardian’s SG9663DCPRO (full review) records better quality video than any other front and rear dash cam. This is a high-end device that nonetheless focuses on the basics, meaning video quality, reliability, and quick and efficient post-sales customer support.

Advanced features such as cloud connectivity aren’t included. The latest (2020) version of this camera does support Wi-Fi though, with free smart phone apps for Android and iOS.

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.

The Street Guardian SG9663DCPRO 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.

Street Guardian are the only dash cam manufacturer that offer a 2-year warranty if you register your device on their web site (1 year without registering).

4. Viofo A129 Duo

Viofo A129 Duo front and rear car camera

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / AUAliExpress (affiliate links) – see all vendors

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Very Good

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 16 hours)

Extras: 2″ screen, Wi-Fi, capacitor, lock file button, GPS in mount. Parking modes: Time-lapse, buffered, and low bit-rate. Optional additional remote lock file button. Optional CPL filter.

The Viofo A129 Duo was released in mid-2018, and it’s the most recent addition to our best-of list. It’s a bit more expensive than the Mini 0906, but it also records better video, and is more reliable. Check out the sample videos in our full review.

With it’s wedge shape and black casing, the A129 is also quite stealthy. A GPS receiver is built into the camera’s mount. If you get the corresponding hard-wiring kit, the A129 Duo supports time-lapse, low bit-rate, and buffered parking modes.

A CPL filter is available for the forward facing camera only. 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.

5. Viofo A129 Duo IR

Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / AUAliExpress (affiliate links) – see all vendors

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Very good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 17 hours)

Features: 2″ screen, Wi-Fi, capacitor, lock file button, GPS in mount. Parking modes: Time-lapse, buffered, and low bit-rate. Optional additional remote lock file button. Optional CPL filter.

This camera is similar to the Viofo A129 Duo, the only difference being that the rear camera is infrared (IR) sensitive, and comes with IR LEDs to illuminate the passenger cabin at night.

This is ideal for anyone in the people transportation business, such as taxi or Uber drivers who wish to keep themselves safe on the road. (Note that this camera is not ideal to record out the rear window, as the IR lights can cause reflections on the glass and degrade video quality.)

All the other features of the Duo IR are the same as those of the A129 Duo presented above, so there’s no need to repeat them. Here’s a full review of the Viofo A129 Duo IR.

For more information about uber cams, check out our comprehensive comparison of 13 taxi / uber dash cams.

6. Mini 0906 Pro

Mini 0906 Pro

Price: Amazon USeBay US / AUAliExpress (affiliate links) – see all vendors

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Unknown

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 15 hours)

Features: 1.5″ screen, Wi-Fi, capacitor, lock file button, standard & time-lapse parking modes, remote button, integrated GPS (optional), CPL filter (optional)

The Mini 0906 Pro (review coming soon) is an upgraded version of the highly successful Mini 0906 dash cam. Released in 2020, the Mini 0906 Pro comes with better lenses for improved night video quality. It supports Wi-Fi, plus it features a remote control button that you can place close to the steering wheel, allowing you to lock video footage that you wish to keep without having to reach over to the camera itself.

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

While the Mini 0906 Pro 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. 

Both the CPL filter and the GPS module are optional: If you can do without them, the 0906 Pro can be had for less than $100 on AliExpress. So for those of us who can’t spend several hundred dollars on a high-end front and rear cam, the Mini 0906 Pro is an excellent alternative.