Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2024

Front and rear dashboard cameras are also called dual-channel or dual-lens dash cams, or simply just dual dash cams. They have one lens recording forward through the windscreen, and another lens filming out of the rear window. Thus, these dash cams cover roughly twice the field of view compared to a single-channel dash cam, effectively doubling the protection you get.

There are literally hundreds of front and rear dash cams on the market. We have reviewed the most important models from all the major brands, and also some from lesser known brands.

From this huge pool of dash cams, we selected the five best front and rear dash cams of the year 2023. We’ve made sure to include cameras from various price segments: The low-cost price segment includes dash cams below $100, the middle price segment ranges from $100-$300, and high-end devices are valued above $300.

UPDATE: In February 2024, we’ve added a sixth camera, the Viofo A229 Pro 2CH. Using Starvis 2 sensors for both video channels, this camera records state-of-the-art video quality in 2024. It’s also available as a 3-channel dash cam for $30 more.

Overview Table: Best Front And Rear Dash Cams 2024

70mai A500S dual dash camViofo A129 Plus Duo front and rear dash camViofo A129 Pro Duo dash camViofo A229 Pro 2CHBlackVue DR970X-2CH dual dash camThinkware U3000 dual dash cam
Model70mai A500SViofo A129 Plus DuoViofo A129 Pro DuoViofo A229 ProBlackVue DR970XThinkware U3000
Price$90
Amazon
$170
Amazon
$230
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$360
Amazon
$470
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$500
Amazon
DescriptionBest Low-CostBest ValueGood 4K VideoBest Video QualityBest CloudBest Parking Mode
Front Video1440p1440p4K4K4K4K
Rear Video1080p1080p1080p1440p1080p1440p
Video QualityFair (2/5)Good (3/5)Good (3/5)Very good (4/5)Good (3/5)Good (3/5)
ReliabilityGood (3/5)Good (3/5)Good (3/5)Very good (4/5)Very good (4/5)Good (3/5)
Cloud View----YesYes
Wi-FiYesYesYesYesYesYes
Parking ModeImpactTime-lapseBufferedBufferedBufferedRadar, Buffered

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Contents

Disambiguation

Required Minimum Features
Best High-End Cams (over $300)

Best Mid-Price Cams ($100-$300)

Best Low-Cost Cams (below $100)

Disambiguation

First up, let’s clarify what we are looking at in this best-of list. While a taxi cam, for example, might also be considered a “front and rear” dash cam, this is not what we are talking about here.

Classic Front And Rear Cams

This article is about dash cams that have one main camera recording the view through your windshield, plus a smaller camera that looks backwards through the rear window of your car.

For simplicity, we’ll just be calling them “front and rear cameras” or “dual cameras” here.

However, there are a couple of other camera setups that technically also record front and rear:

Taxi Cams

Taxi (or Uber) cams are dual-channel dash cameras that record your passenger cabin with the rear-facing lens. The forward camera looks out your windshield, as usual.

In order to get a good picture at night, taxi cams use infrared (IR) LEDs to invisibly illuminate the passenger cabin when driving in the dark. The IR LEDs should turn on and off automatically, depending on the level of light inside the car.

Taxi cams can have both lenses mounted in the same device, or the rear-facing camera can be separate. Having a separate rear camera gives you more freedom to adjust the field of view, but you’ll also have one more item mounted on the windshield.

Since the advent of 3-channel dash cams (see below), taxi cams have been going out of style. However if you do want one, we recommend checking out the Vantrue N2 Pro (single casing), and/or the Viofo A129 Plus Duo IR (separate interior camera).

Three-Channel Dash Cams

As video processing hardware is becoming more powerful, an exciting new development is the appearance of the first 3-channel (3CH) dash cams.

Invaluable for Uber, Lyft, and ride-share drivers, 3-way dash cams record the passenger cabin, in addition to the road ahead of and behind your car. Thus, they combine the benefits of a “standard” front and rear dash camera and a taxi cam.

Of the cameras featured In this article, the Viofo A229 Pro is the only one that can run either with 2 or 3 video channels. It’s video quality is great in both configurations.

For an overview of other 3CH dash cams, check out our article featuring The Best 3-Channel Dash Cams Of 2024.

Required Minimum Features

For our best-of list, we only considered dash cams that fulfill certain requirements. These are the minimum standards for a state-of-the-art dash cam in 2024.

First of all, they need to record at least 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels), both front and rear. This is the minimum to achieve acceptable video quality.

All modern dash cams must have loop recording, auto on/off, and a time and date stamp on video. (If you don’t know what these terms mean, we explained them in detail here.) Without these, a camera can’t be considered a dash cam.

Additionally, all dash cams today have a G-sensor that detects impacts, and protects the relevant video files from becoming overwritten. We also require a a “lock file button” so you can manually mark video files for safekeeping.

The cameras listed here all support Wi-Fi, so you can operate them through a smart phone app. Some of them also have a screen to change the settings and view video directly on the device.

They also all support GPS.

When GPS is enabled, you will have the option to have a speed stamp in the video feed as well. This can be either in mph or km/h.

The Best High-End Front And Rear Dash Cams 2024

Maybe you have a nice sports car, or just want the very best in technology for your vehicle. Or maybe you are looking for an excellent gift for a loved one. While our high-end dash cams are quite pricey, you can be sure that you get what you pay for.

Our winners in this category are the Thinkware U3000, and the BlackVue DR970X-2CH. Both of these were released in mid-2023.

In February 2024, we’ve added the Viofo A229 Pro to this selection, because it records better video quality than the other two.

Why do we consider these cameras to be the best dual dash cams on the market?

No competing dashboard cameras offer a comparable combination of video quality, reliability, parking protection, and cloud connectivity.

Both the U3000 and the DR970X record high-quality 4K video with the forward camera, and 1440p or 1080p (respectively) to the rear. Both can be connected to the internet, making it easy to back up important videos to the manufacturer’s cloud.

When connected, you can watch video from your (parked or driving) car remotely. Plus, you can opt to receive a notification on your phone if any impact is detected while you are away.

Also, all of the high-end dash cams featured here support various parking modes, including buffered parking mode.

1. Thinkware U3000: Most Versatile Parking Mode (Up To 40 Days)

Thinkware U3000 dual dash cam

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Resolution: 4K front, 1440p rear

Forward video quality: Very good (3.5/5)

Rear video quality: Fair (2.0/5)

Overall video quality: Good (2.75/5)

Reliability: Good (3.0/5)

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 8 hours)

Parking modes: Radar, Impact-triggered, Time-lapse, Motion-triggered

Optional extras: Battery pack (Thinkware iVolt)

Full Review: Thinkware U3000 Review

Pros:

  • Most advanced parking mode options
  • Radar parking mode consumes very little energy, lasts up to 40 days (with extra battery pack)
  • Cloud connectivity
  • CPL filter included
  • OBD-II power cable included

Cons:

  • High price
  • No screen
  • Apps can be tricky to configure

The Thinkware U3000 was released in mid-2023. It is the only dash cam on the market that has a built-in radar system to use in parking mode. It also supports cloud connectivity (you need an internet access point in your car for this, which is not included).

This camera comes with a CPL filter and an OBD-II power cable, so you don’t need to buy an extra hard-wiring kit to run it in parking mode.

The front camera records very good video at 4K resolution, especially during the day time. The rear camera’s video is fair only, so we’re rating the overall video quality of the U3000 as “good” on average.

The U3000 comes with cloud connectivity, meaning you can check the video feed from your car from anywhere with your phone. If your car gets hit while it’s parked, the dash cam will send a notification to your phone.

Thinkware’s cloud is free.

With its integrated radar module, the Thinkware U3000 consumes very little power when running in parking mode. Radar parking mode records buffered video, starting 10 seconds before and ending 10 seconds after an event is detected.

If you opt to get the Thinkware iVolt Xtra battery pack, the U3000 can run for up to 40 days in radar parking mode. You can also run it with battery packs from other manufacturers if preferred.

Other features of the U3000 include integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and of course a lock file button. It is powered by a capacitor instead of an internal battery, which improves heat resistance.

2. BlackVue DR970X-2CH: Elegant Design, Best Cloud Features

product photo o the BlackVue DR970X front and rear dash cam

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Resolution: 4K front, 1080p rear

Forward video quality: Very good (3.5/5)

Rear video quality: Good (3.0/5)

Overall video quality: Good (3.25/5)

Reliability: Very good (4.0/5)

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 14 hours)

Parking Modes: Buffered, Time-lapse

Optional Extras: LTE module (for cloud), B-124X battery pack

Full Review: BlackVue DR970X-2CH Review

Pros:

  • Elegant design
  • Best cloud features
  • Hard-wiring kit included
  • Low-voltage cutoff
  • Voice menu

Cons:

  • High price
  • No screen
  • No CPL filter

BlackVue have been one of the leading brands in the dash cam world since we started this site in 2013. The DR970X-2CH is their latest 4K camera, released in 2023. It records 4K resolution to the front, and 1080p resolution to the rear.

The DR900X’s records better video quality than the Thinkware U3000. Their front cameras are about the same, but the BlackVue has a better rear camera even though it is only 1080p.

BlackVue have been offering a cloud service longer than any of their competitors, and they offer more features than anyone else (including Thinkware). Live video streaming and impact notifications are of course supported, alongside advanced cloud features such as vehicle tracking, auto-upload event videos, and even fleet management for business owners.

Not all of these features are available for free though. They offer a free account that should be sufficient if you’re only going to use one dash cam. But if you need more, BlackVue’s paid cloud options start at $4/month (click here for full details).

To connect a BlackVue dash cam to the cloud, you an either use a 3rd party wireless access point, or get BlackVue’s LTE module for about $100. This module connects to the dash cam via a USB cable (included).

There is also a variant of this camera that comes with a built-in LTE module, so it can connect to the cloud without any external device. This camera is called BlackVue DR970X LTE.

Apps are available for iPhones and Androids that allow you to control to the camera with your phone, using Wi-Fi.

The DR970X doesn’t have a screen, but it does supporrt a voice menu for a few basic functions.

This camera comes with a hard-wiring kit included, and supports buffered and time-lapse parking modes. Low-voltage cutoff and timer functions are built into the camera to protect your car battery when parked.

3. Viofo A229 Pro 2CH: Best Video Quality

Viofo A229 Pro 3-channel dash cam

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Resolution: 4K front, 1440p rear

Forward video quality: Very good (4.0/5)

Rear video quality: Good (3.0/5)

Overall video quality: Very good (3.5/5)

Reliability: Very good (4.0/5)

Memory capacity: 512GB (over 13 hours)

Parking Modes: Buffered, Time-lapse, Low bit rate

Optional Extras: Remote Bluetooth lock file button, hard-wiring kit

Full Review: Viofo A229 Pro 2CH / 3CH Review

Pros:

  • Best video quality
  • 2.4″ screen
  • CPL filter included
  • Voice menu
  • Optional interior camera (3CH mode, costs $30 more)

Cons:

  • Large size
  • Only compatible with Viofo or SanDisk Max Endurance memory card

The A229 Pro is available either as a 2CH or a 3CH dash cam. That’s why there are 2 rear cameras shown in the picture. The 3CH version comes with an additional infrared camera to record the interior of the car, and it costs about $30 more.

This camera produces better video footage than the other two high.end dash cams featured above. Video quality is very good during the day, both for the front and rear cameras. At night, video quality is also very good for the front channel, and fair for the rear channel.

The reason why its video quality is superior is because the Viofo camera records at a much higher bit rate than BlackVue and Thinkware. It doesn’t support cloud connectivity, so it can afford much larger (and “heavier”) video streams.

When used as a front and rear dash cam (2CH), the forward camera records at a bit rate of 60 Megabits per second (Mbps), and the rear camera at 24 Mbps.

Of course, a high bit rate makes for large video files. So we recommend you get at least a 256GB memory card to store the footage. The maximum card size that the A229 Pro will accept is 512GB, which can store about 13 hours of video.

Note that this camera is quite picky with the brands of SD cards it will take: You’ll have to use either Viofo’s own brand, or SanDisk Max Endurance cards. Other memory cards are said to cause stability issues.

When hard-wired to the car’s fuse box using Viofo’s hard-wiring kit, the A229 Pro supports buffered, time-lapse, and low bit rate parking modes.

A CPL filter is included with the camera, so you don’t have to order one extra.

The Best Mid-Price Front And Rear Dash Cams 2024

Our winners in the mid-price range are both from the trustworthy Chinese Viofo brand. One of them records 4K video to the front, the other 1440p. Both record 1080p to the rear.

Why are these cameras the best in the mid-price sector?

We selected them because they are both highly reliable, and record impressive video at their respective resolutions. And while they can’t connect to the cloud, they both support several different parking modes.

Remember to get a hard-wiring kit if you’re planning to use your camera in parking mode though. At this price level, hard-wiring kits are no longer included by default.

4. Viofo A129 Pro Duo: Great 4K Video At A Competitive Price

VIofo A129 Pro front and rear dash cam

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Resolution: 4K front, 1080p rear

Forward video quality: Very good (3.5/5)

Rear video quality: Good (2.5/5)

Overall video quality: Good (3.0/5)

Reliability: Good (3.0/5)

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 7 hours)

Parking modes: Buffered, Time-lapse, Low bit-rate

Optional extras: CPL filter, remote lock file button, hard-wiring kit

Full Review: Viofo A129 Pro Duo Review

Pros:

  • 2″ screen
  • Excellent forward video during the day

Cons:

  • Hard-wiring kit not included
  • No buffered parking mode

Our favorite mid-price dash cam of the year is the Viofo A129 Pro Duo. It records excellent 4K video. As Viofo don’t have to worry about sending videos to the cloud, they can build cameras that need a lot less compression than its competitors from Thinkware and BlackVue.

As a matter of fact, the A129 Pro lets you choose the bit rate of the video it records in the settings. The maximum setting is 50 Megabits per second, or Mbps. (The BlackVue DR970X records at 25Mbps.)

Obviously, you should always run any dash cam at its maximum bit rate.

A 256GB card will hold about 7 hours of front and rear video at the maximum bit rate setting.

Like the A229 Pro, the A129 Pro can run buffered, time-lapse, and low bit rate parking modes when powered through a hard wiring kit.

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). If you find this inconvenient to reach while driving, Viofo also offer a remote lock file button that works via Bluetooth.

5. Viofo A129 Plus Duo: Best Value Dual-Channel Dash Cam

Viofo A129 Plus Duo front and rear dash cam

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Resolution: 1440p front, 1080p rear

Forward video quality: Very Good (3.5/5)

Rear video quality: Good (2.5/5)

Overall video quality: Good (3.0/5)

Reliability: Good (3.0/5)

Memory capacity: 256GB (over 11 hours)

Parking modes: Event-triggered, Time-lapse, Low bit-rate

Optional extras: CPL filter, remote lock file button, hard-wiring kit

Full Review: Viofo A129 Plus Duo Review

Pros:

  • 2″ screen
  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • Hard-wiring kit not included
  • No buffered parking mode

If you’re happy to do without 4K resolution, the Viofo A129 Plus Duo is our pick for the best value-for-money front and rear dash cam. For almost $100 less than the A129 Pro, it records good quality video both ways.

With a 256GB memory card, you can record up to 11 hours of front and rear video before the loop recording kicks in and the oldest files are overwritten.

Just like the A129 Pro, they A129 Plus also allows you to use an optional CPL filter as well as a remote Bluetooth lock-file button.

The A129 Plus Duo doesn’t have buffered paring mode, but it supports time-lapse and low bit-rate parking modes if you get the corresponding hard-wiring kit.

The Best Low-Cost Front And Rear Dash Cam 2024

In the low-cost segment, we have only one winner: The 70mai A500S. 70mai is the dash-cam branch of the well-known Chinese company Xiaomi (think mobile phones).

Why is this camera the best dual dash cam below $100?

The 70mai A500S is definitely one of the most reliable dash cams in the lower price segment. Its overall video quality is fair, but not quite as good as the Viofos’. That said, 70mai is one of the top-selling dash cam brands, and also one of the most trustworthy ones.

Pro Tip: You may also want to check out the 70mai A800S, which is one of the cheapest true 4K dash cams. While it usually costs more than $100, you may be able to score a deal and get it for less.

6. 70mai A500S: Best Low-Cost Front And Rear Dash Cam

70mai A500S Pro Plus product photo

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Resolution: 1440p front, 1080p rear

Forward video quality: Good (2.5/5)

Rear video quality: Fair (1.5/5)

Overall video quality: Fair (2.0/5)

Reliability: Good (3.0/5)

Memory capacity: 128GB

Parking Mode: Simple (impact-triggered) only

Optional extras: Hard-wiring kit

Full Review: 70mai A500S Pro Plus Review

Pros:

  • 2″ screen
  • Low price

Cons:

  • Has a battery instead of a capacitor (less heat resistant)
  • Hard-wiring kit for parking mode not included
  • Simple parking mode only
  • No CPL filter

The 70mai A500S (also known as 70mai Pro Plus) is our top pick for those who can’t (or don’t want to) spend more than $100 on a dash cam. This is the cheapest front and rear dash cam that we currently recommend.

For its price, the A500S does a decent job, even though it does have some limitations. Video quality is not as good as the Viofos’, but overall, it is fair. At day, you should be able to read most other car’s license plates — at night though, this can become difficult.

A great plus of the 70mai A500S is its stealthy wedge shape. Unlike some other low-cost dash cams that stand out like a sore thumb on your windshield, the A500S blends into the cars interior just like the other dash cams featured in this article.

This camera comes with a 2″ screen, and it is fairly intuitive to set up and use. A lock file button is included.

If you order the corresponding hard-wiring kit, you can run the A500S in a basic impact-triggered parking mode.

Basic parking mode works as follows: If the camera’s G-sensor ever detects an impact while parked, the camera will wake up and record what is happening. However, as waking up requires some time, we consider buffered parking mode to be superior.

This camera is  powered by a built-in battery. All other cameras featured here have a capacitor, which is less susceptible to overheating. If you use this dash cam in a region with hot climate, try to avoid parking in direct sunlight in the summer.