We Reviewed Blackvue’s 10 Best Dash Cams of 2019

BlackVue have a great reputation for being at the forefront of dash cam technology and is one of the most popular brands in the market.    Since 2007, this South Korean company have evolved to become an industry leader. 

There are well known for their cloud capabilities which allows users view their camera footage live over the internet.  BlackVue were also the first company to release a 4K UHD camera in Spring/Summer 2018.  

They have as variety of models for all sorts of drivers from learner drivers to truckies.  Below is a summary of the key features and benefits of their range to help you understand which camera best suits your driving needs.

BlackVue DR900S-2CH

This is the first 4K video quality dash cam to be released in the market and considered one of the best cameras on the market.

Recommended for: Drivers looking for a premium dash cam with exceptional 4K video footage

Features

  • 4K UHD resolution - premium 8MP CMOS front sensor and 2 .1MP STARVIS rear sensor
  • BlackVue Cloud Connectivity – Push notifications, remote live view, GPS tracking, cloud backup and Auto-Upload, Remote video playback and two-way voice communication
  • Parking Mode – time lapse, impact detection and motion detection
  • Built-in GPS & Dual Band Wi-Fi
  • Memory capacity accepts up to 256MB SD card

Regarded as an excellent all rounder this camera has all the bells and whistles.  This camera provides good footage front and back and automatically switches between driving and parking modes, so you don’t have to mess around with the settings.  

Discretion is assured with a compact, sleek design in matt black and the flexibility to change your rear camera to infra-red and record the interior of your vehicle in all light conditions.

Pros

Cons

  • File compression H.265 compresses 4K videos to the equivalent of a 1080p file so you don’t have to worry about filling up your memory card space with the upgrade in video quality
  • Improved Wi-Fi at 5 GHz for faster Wi-Fi streaming and downloads. There is also a new option to reduce stream/playback quality for a faster playback.
  • Cloud connectivity enables you to watch live footage remotely, watch past videos and enable real time notifications to let you know if anything happens to your vehicle while parked.
  • Front and rear cameras both record onto the same memory card.
  • Motion detection in Parking Mode to record if someone comes near your car or tampers with it.
  • Rear cam resolution is only 720P
  • 33 second start up time means you may be unprotected when you first start driving
  • Connecting to your camera via Wi-Fi using your smartphone disables your phone’s data/internet access

BlackVue DR900S-1CH

This is a single channel option of the DR900S-2CH (reviewed above) with the same specs.  This includes a forward facing camera without the inclusion of rear view or internal cameras.

BlackVue DR900S-2CH-IR

This is an upgraded model of the DR750S-2CH-IR and was launched in Spring 2019.  Essentially it has the same features as the DR-900S-2CH Dash camera except the rear camera is replaced with an interior facing camera.  

The Interior camera has infrared lights which allows for clear recording inside the vehicle in night and low light conditions.

Recommended for: Fleet Managers, Taxi or rideshare drivers

BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR Truck

This camera has an externally mounted rear camera to deliver great footage of the back of your truck so you can get great quality footage of what’s going on in the blind spot at the back of your vehicle.

Recommended for: Truckers and Fleets

Features

  • 1080P@ 60fps resolution, Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor, enhanced night vision
  • Rear IR external rear camera and coax cables can handle most weather conditions
  • Built in GPS and Wi-Fi
  • BlackVue App and Viewer to change settings and browse footage using desktop or mobile device
  • Parking Mode – time lapse, impact detection and motion detection

This camera is purpose built to keep trucks and heavy vehicles safe and secure – keeping an eye on the road in front and on that blind spot behind you.  The waterproof external camera can handle nearly any weather conditions and is attached to the outside of the vehicle. This cam utilises infrared technology to help keep tabs on cargo loading and unloading.  

Fleet managers can use the BlackVue cloud to check up on their fleet with remote live view and keep in regular contact their team via the two-way voice communication feature.

Pros

Cons

  • Camera is designed to make it easy to move between vehicles
  • Wi-Fi connectivity and apps are top notch
  • Excellent quality video in all light conditions
  • Camera can rotate 360 degrees
  • Remote GPS tracking via the cloud promotes safer driving and improves efficiency
  • Lacks extra features e.g. driver aids
  • High price point
  • Sound recording quality is lacking, squeaky and can be hard to hear voices

BlackVue 750S-2CH

With the same specs as the BlackVue 750S-2CH-Truck model, this camera is designed to provide excellent front and rear dash cameras for cars/smaller vehicles.

Recommended for: Sales reps, couriers and fleet vehicles

BlackVue 750S-2CH-IR

With the same specs as the two cameras above, this camera has a front and interior facing cameras.  The interior camera includes infrared to provide clear footage of the inside of the vehicle in the dark and low light conditions.

Recommended for: Taxi and Rideshare Drivers

BlackVue 750S-1CH

With the same specs as the other 750S cameras, this is a single channel option that provides front facing dash camera footage

Recommended for: Weekend drivers

BlackVue DR590W-2CH

This is a great option to put parents and guardians’ minds’ at ease when their children start driving.

Recommended for: New/inexperienced/learner drivers and people on a budget

Features

  • Front and rear 1080P Full HD video resolution
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Impact and motion detection
  • Loop recording records over the older videos first and minimises the worry of clearing your memory card.
  • Maximum SD card up to 256 GB

When your children first start driving by themselves protecting them should be a priority.  If something happens, this will provide you with clear footage around the vehicle for insurance purposes.  This is a great middle of the road camera; with all the essential features you need to be protected on the road and in the car park.   

Parents also love the Wi-Fi connectivity and optional external GPS to keep tabs on their teens.  These allows them to transfer video footage to their phone and scrutinise how they are interacting with other drivers, check the vehicles location, routes and speeds.

Pros

Cons

  • Full HD 1080P resolution front and interior vehicle recording. Infra-red interior camera provides clear video coverage even in complete darkness
  • Well built camera with Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Voice announcements so you know exactly what your camera is doing – less distraction from driving
  • Industrial Capacitor provides more reliable performance in extreme temperatures
  • Compact camera is hard to notice from outside the vehicle once mounted behind the rear-view mirror.
  • Does not come with built-in GPS – external GPS must be purchased as an optional extra.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity but this camera is not cloud compatible – you are unable to access the camera using BlackVue cloud for live feeds
  • Parking mode requires hardwiring to your vehicle or a battery pack

BlackVue DR590W-2CH-IR

This has the same specs as the DR590W-2CH but the rear camera is replaced with an internal facing camera with an infrared lens.   This means that at night you can still capture everything that is going on inside the vehicle.

Recommended for: Rideshare drivers, taxi drivers, fleet managers, protective parents

BlackVue DR590W-1CH

Includes the same specs as the other DR590W models with only one front facing camera included.

BlackVue DR490L-2CH

Recommended for: This is a very affordable dual channel dash cam (new improved model of DR750LW-2CH

Features

  • Full HD 1080P video resolution from front and rear cameras, 130 degree viewing angle from both cameras
  • Format free recording – no need for memory card reformatting
  • Built in low voltage cut off to protect your from running your car battery flat
  • Touch screen display makes it easy to review video and change camera settings
  • 16, 32, 64, or 128GB BlackVue memory card included

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable price point without too many bells and whistles.
  • Video recording quality is on a par with higher priced models
  • Front and rear cameras both record onto the same SD card for your convenience
  • 3.5-inch touch screen makes it easy to change settings and watch footage – no need to take out your memory card and plug it into your computer
  • BlackVue OEM memory card included in the box is industrial grade and designed to withstand extreme temperatures and cope with the continual read/write cycles of your dashcams loop recording
  • To offer a lower price this camera does not include Wi-Fi connectivity or cloud capabilities
  • GPS is optional – you need to pay extra if you want to log your location or speed
  • Lacks driver safety alerts and driving aids

Final verdict we recommend BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K Dash Cam

This model is regarded as one of the best dash cams of 2019 and was the first dash cam to offer 4K video quality.  It has everything you need (and more) to keep you safe when driving or parked.  

One of the best things about this series is their cloud connectivity which allows you to get a live feed of your vehicle from anywhere with internet access.  It has a higher price point that some other cameras in the market, but the service and camera quality make this a wise investment.