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. These are dash cams that have one camera recording out the windscreen, and one camera out of the rear window.

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 up to 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) forward, and 1080p or more to the rear.

So here’s our selection of the best dual channel dash cams, as of September 2020:

  1. Thinkware U1000: The latest in tech, but pricey
  2. BlackVue DR750S: Reliable, with cloud view (live stream video from your car)
  3. Thinkware F800 Pro: Best overall video
  4. Vantrue N4: Three-channel dash cam (front, rear, interior)
  5. Viofo A129 Duo: Best value for money
  6. Crosstour CR900: Best front and rear dash cam under $100

SEP 2020 UPDATE: We’ve added the Vantrue N4, which is one of the first 3-channel dash cams available. In addition to recording to the front and rear of your car, it also records the passenger cabin with an infrared-capable interior camera.

Comparison Table — Top 6 Front And Rear Dash Cams

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 each camera.

 Crosstour CR900 dual dash camViofo A129 front and rear dash camViofo A129 front and rear dash camThinkware F800 Pro front and rear car cameraBlackVue DR750S-2CH dual dash camThinkware U1000 dual dash cam
ModelCR900A129 DuoVantrue N4F800 ProDR750SU1000
Price$100$170$260$350$370$400
VideoFairGoodFairVery GoodGoodGood
ReliabilityGoodGoodGoodGoodVery GoodGood
Cloud---Alerts onlyLive view, alertsLive view, alerts
Wi-Fi---YesYesYes
Screen3"2"2.5"---
Parking Mode-Time-lapse, buffered, low bit rateSimple, Time-lapseSimple, time-lapse, bufferedTime-lapse, bufferedSimple, time-lapse, buffered

Scroll right to see all models. Prices are approximate, click links to vendors below for exact prices.

Common Features

First of all, all cameras featured here are able to record at 1080p resolution (1920×1080) or higher, 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, as well as a “lock file button” (which lets you mark video files for safekeeping manually).

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. Thinkware U1000

Thinkware U1000 True 4K Dash Cam

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

Resolution: 4K front, 1440p rear

Overall video quality: Good

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 128GB (over 6 hours)

Features: Live view over cloud, alerts over cloud, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, cloud connectivity, capacitor, lock file button. Parking modes: Impact-triggered, time-lapse, and buffered (buffered mode needs extra radar module)

Full Review: Thinkware U1000 Review

The Thinkware U1000 is a solution for you high-tech enthusiasts out there, for whom money isn’t much of an issue. This is a highly modular camera with many optional extras, and if you get all the extra modules plus a large high-endurance memory card, it’s easy to spend well over $500 on this device.

The U1000 comes with cloud connectivity, meaning you can check the video feed from your car from anywhere with your phone. If an incident is detected by the camera’s G-sensor, it will send a notification to your phone. The camera needs to be connected to the internet for the cloud features to work, so you’ll need a wireless access point in your car (not included).

Video quality of the front camera is great at 4K resolution, especially during the day time. Unfortunately the rear camera’s video is only fair, so we’re rating the overall video quality of the U1000 (when used together with the rear camera) as “good”. If you’re looking for top quality video, check out the Thinkware F800 Pro below which records the best video footage.

If you’re going to run your U1000 in parking mode, you can choose between impact-triggered and time-lapse parking modes. Buffered parking mode is available also, but only if you get an extra radar module that detects movement of nearby cars. The radar module costs around $100 extra. Of course you’ll also need a hard-wiring kit to run the camera in parking mode (which may or may not be included, check your vendor’s listing).

Other features of the U1000 include integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and a lock file button. It is powered by a capacitor instead of an internal battery, which improves heat resistance.

2. 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: Live view over cloud, alerts over cloud, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, capacitor, lock file button, buffered and time-lapse parking modes. Battery discharge prevention device available separately (Power Magic Pro).

Full Review: BlackVue DR750S-2CH Review

BlackVue’s dash cams have always been a best seller on this site. Their DR750S-2CH is a classic that’s been around for several years already, and is still one of the most popular high-end front and rear dash cams out there.

Like the U1000, it supports cloud connectivity, allowing you to live-stream the camera’s footage to your phone or computer. If an incident is detected, it will send a notification to your phone. You’ll need a wireless access point in your car for cloud connectivity to work.

Video quality is very good for the front camera, and good for the rear camera.

Apps are available for iPhones and Androids that 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. When ordered separately, it typically costs around $30.

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.

A word of caution: Thr DR750S has to been known to suffer from overheating in some cases, so keep this in mind if you live in a hot climate.

NOTE: BlackVue’s latest model, the DR900S-2CH, records 4K resolution front and 1080p rear. However, we found the video quality of the DR750S-2Ch to be better overall.

3. Thinkware F800 Pro

Thinkware F800 Pro all black 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: Alerts over cloud, Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, parking mode (buffered, time-lapse, or energy saving), low voltage cutoff, overheat protection, capacitor, lock file button

Full Review: Thinkware F800 Pro Review

The Thinkware F800 Pro produces the best video quality of all the dual dash cams featured here. Both the front and the rear cameras record very good video footage.

The F800 Pro supports 3 different parking modes to protect your car while you’re away. It can also connect to the internet to alert you when something happens to your parked car, but remote video streaming is not supported. (Just as with the U1000 and the BlackVue DR750S, you need an internet access point in your car for this to work.)

Usually, this device comes with a hard-wiring kit included. The firmware on the F800 Pro 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.

4. Vantrue N4

Vantrue N4 3 way dash camPrice: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / AUAliExpress (affiliate links) – see all vendors

Resolution: 2560×1440 front, 1920×1080 rear+interior

Overall video quality: Fair

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 18 hours)

Extras: 2.5″ screen, capacitor, lock file button. Parking modes: Simple, time-lapse. Optional GPS mount.

Full Review: Vantrue N4 Review

If you want to record your car’s interior as well as the road ahead and behind, the Vantrue N4 is your best bet. It is one of the first three-channel dash cams, and by far the most successful to date.

This camera records 1440p to the front, and 1080p to the rear. The third (interior) channel records the passenger cabin, also at 1080p. The interior camera is equipped with 4 infrared LEDs, to illuminate the passenger cabin at night when it is dark. You can switch the LEDs on and off manually, or set them to toggle automatically according to lighting conditions (recommended).

Video quality is very good for the interior camera, good for the front camera, and fair for the rear camera. At night especially, it is often hard to read other cars’ license plates. You can always see what’s going on inside your car’s passenger cabin though.

The Vantrue N4 doesn’t have too many extras: Wi-Fi isn’t supported, but the device is simple enough to operate using the built-in 2.5″ screen and menu. A special mount that includes a GPS receiver is available as an optional accessory.

The N4 does come with a capacitor to improve heat resistance, and a lock file button is also included.

5. 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.

Full Review: Viofo A129 Duo Review

Over the last couple of years, Viofo have become the top brand in the mid-price sector. They build very reliable dash cams for a competitive price.

The Viofo A129 Duo is our pick for the best value-for-money front and rear dash cam. At around $170, it records good quality video front and rear. If you get a maximum capacity memory card of 256GB size, you can record up to 16 hours of front and rear video (before the loop recording kicks in and the oldest files are overwritten).

With its 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.

A 4K version of the A129 Duo is also available, which records impressive forward video during the day. It is called A129 Pro and is a bit more expensive.
If you’re looking for a taxi/uber cam that can record the inside of your car while driving, check out the Viofo A129 IR which comes with an infrared rear camera, and is only slightly more expensive than the A129 Duo.

6. Crosstour CR900

Crosstour CR900 dual channel dash cam

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

Resolution: 1920×1080 (front and rear)

Overall video quality: Fair

Reliability: Good

Memory capacity: 32GB

Extras: 3″ screen, lock file button, front lens can swivel up and down as well as left and right (few dash cams have this feature). Optional external GPS.

Full Review: Crosstour CR900 Review

The Crosstour CR900 is our recommendation for those who can’t (or don’t want to) spend more than $100 on a front and rear dash cam. This is the cheapest dual dash cam we’ve reviewed so far. For the price, it does a decent job, even though it does have its limitations.

Video quality is fair overall. At day, you should be able to read other car’s license plates, however at night this can become difficult.

A great plus of the Crosstour CR900 is its stealthy wedge shape. Unlike some other low-cost dash cams that stand out like a sore thumb on your windshield, the Crosstour CR900 blends into the cars interior just like the other dash cams featured in this article.

This camera comes with a 3″ screen, and is fairly intuitive to set up and use. A lock file button is included.

The lens can be swiveled both up and down, as well as left and right. This is a feature that few other dash cams share.

An external GPS module is also available, but it isn’t included in the price.