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2017 BlackVue Buyer's Guide

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Last Updated 11-Apr-2017

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Hello safe drivers and dashcam enthusiasts!

BlackVue's top-of-the-line quality, ever-increasing technological advances, and growing popularity in the dashboard camera community make it a top brand here at The Dashcam Store. Whether you're researching what BlackVue is all about for the very first time, you're looking to upgrade your in car security system to the trusted BlackVue name, or you're trying to compare and contrast different BlackVue models to decide which one is the best option for your specific driving needs, you've come to the right place!

This comprehensive buyer's guide will go over all of the details of the current, new, and upcoming BlackVue dash cams and accessories. We'll cover a bit of history of the BlackVue brand, list all of the specs that come with every BlackVue in car camera, discuss the specific features and applications of each model one by one, and finally go over all of the BlackVue accessories. Our goal is to help you find all the BlackVue information you need to help you see if BlackVue is the best dashcam brand for you, and if so, which model is the best one for your car, truck or fleet.

Let's get started!

Table of Contents:


First, some history...

BlackVue logo

A pioneer in the imaging industry since 2007, BlackVue's parent company Pittasoft has been arguably *THE* industry leader when it comes to new product development and advancements in the dashcam market. Based in South Korea (home to world-renowned technology firms such as Samsung and LG), the BlackVue brand stands above your typical line of dashcams. Beginning years ago with the BlackVue DR300 dashcam, Pittasoft has continually improved both the feature set, and perhaps more importantly, the quality and reliability of their systems (for example: extending operating temperature ranges and product lifespans through the use of temperature-tolerant super capacitors instead of lithium batteries).

We've seen an evolution through the years from the BlackVue DR300, to the DR350, DR400G-HD, DR500GW, DR550GW-2CH, DR600GW-HD, DR650GW-1/2CH, and now to the latest generation of dashcams which we are proud to offer to drivers in the United States. Not only do we feel the latest BlackVue models are some of the best dashcams available on the market today, we are also amazed at the variety of models available; there are multiple models to choose from depending on your budget or your specific application (click the model comparison chart below to view a larger version):

BlackVue Dashcam Model Comparison Chart

2017 BlackVue dashcam model comparison chart preview


Standard BlackVue Features

Before we go into the details and specs of each BlackVue dash cam model one by one, let's go over all of the features that come standard in each and every Blackvue dashcam. Remember, the features in the list below apply to all current BlackVue dashcam models, and model-specific specs are listed further down below each respective dashcam model.

graphic: features included in all BlackVue dashcams

  • Starts recording automatically. Just turn your car on, and you're good to go! No need to remember to press "on" or "record".
  • Records both video and audio. Audio recording can easily be turned off if you choose.
  • Loop-recording. This means that video files are continuously written and overwritten on the memory card, starting with the oldest files. With loop-recording, you'll never run out of space on your memory card and you'll be able to access your most recent video files.
  • Memory card. All BlackVue dash cams come with your choice of a 16, 32, 64, or 128gb BlackVue industrial-grade Class 10 microSD memory card. For best performance and reliability, we strongly recommend using only BlackVue memory cards in BlackVue dashcams.
  • Built-in G-sensor. This G-sensor will detect a wide range of impacts; from a nudge to a collision.
  • Voice alerts/guidance. Audio notifications (for example: "starting normal recording") confirm proper operation and keep you updated without distracting your driving. These voice alerts can also be turned off.
  • No lithium batteries. Every BlackVue dashcam uses heat, cold, and vibration-tolerant super-capacitators to improve the dashcam's lifespan and reliability.
  • Free software for playback on both PC and Mac.
  • No proprietary file formats. If you don't want to use the BlackVue software, it's not a problem! Video files stored on the memory card can easily be played back with common software players like Windows Media Player or VLC.
  • Parking mode monitoring. When connected to a power source such as your car battery (via the Power Magic Pro) or the B-112 battery pack, your BlackVue dashcam can keep a watch over your vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When your vehicle is stationary, the dashcam will automatically enter parking mode, where only movement in front of the lens or an impact (bump) to the vehicle will be recorded to the memory card. No more wondering who was so kind as to leave you that nice dent in your door while you were away working or shopping.
  • Free lifetime firmware updates.
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty. The Dashcam Store™ offers sales, service and support of your equipment right here in Austin, Texas. Extended warranties are available.

graphic: from personal to commercial photo collage of a diverse group of drivers in cars and trucks

With so many models to choose from, it may seem overwhelming to figure out which BlackVue dashcam model is the best option for you. BlackVue has a dashcam solution for just about every application, from teen driver to commercial big-rig truck operator and everything in between. Let's discuss the currently available 2017 BlackVue models, breaking down the features and specifications for each model so you can decide which BlackVue dashboard camera is the best fit for you.

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graphic: The BlackVue 400 Dash Cam Series BlackVue 400 Series Dashcam Graphic: DR430-2CH, DR470-2CH, and DR450-1CH comparison photo

Simple and reliable is the perfect way to describe the BlackVue 400 Series. This intro-level series includes three affordable and straight-forward dashcam models, which include the DR430-2CH, the DR470-2CH, and the DR450-1CH.

Rounding out the DR400 series, just introduced is the new BlackVue DR490L-2CH, which is BlackVue's basic 2-channel model like the DR470, but with a touchscreen display. Please read on!


BlackVue DR430-2CH

If you’re looking for a basic, intro-level dual-lens dashcam with quality construction and no-frills features to record in front of and behind your vehicle, look no further than the DR430-2CH.

BlackVue DR430-2CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR430-2CH:

Perfect Introduction to a Two-Channel Setup.

The DR430-2CH is the best entry-level dashcam for drivers who want all around protection with both front and rear recording.

This two-channel dashcam system will simultaneously capture video from two dashcam lenses, most commonly mounted on the front windshield and on the back windshield, and will record the footage onto one memory card.

High-Quality at an Affordable Price.

The DR430-2CH comes in as the most affordable front and rear dashcam option from BlackVue. This two channel dashboard camera is an excellent option for someone concerned about quality construction from a dependable brand name, but doesn’t need a two-channel solution with the latest and greatest features and specs. We want to be clear that the affordability of the DR430-2CH doesn’t mean low quality, but it does mean that it has some basic specs compared to some of the other BlackVue models that you’ll see in this guide.

For example, the DR430-2CH dash cam system does not include Wi-Fi or cloud capabilities. Although GPS position and speed logging are not included by default in the DR430-2CH, this data can be recorded by plugging in an optional BlackVue external GPS antenna.

Both lenses of the DR430-2CH record at 720p and 30fps, which will easily capture details like road signs, but may not capture license plate numbers as easily as BlackVue’s full HD 1080p models. Don't be discouraged, 720p may be all the resolution you need!

Here’s some sample dashcam video footage of the DR430-2CH to learn more.




Affordable Entry-Level Option for Fleet Managers and Parents Alike.

The DR430-2CH includes a tamper-proof cover that can be locked over the memory card. Parents and fleet managers rejoice; you now have an affordable front and rear, tamper-proof solution so you can rest assured that your teen driver or your team of fleet drivers are unable to remove or tamper with the BlackVue micro SD memory card.

DR430-2CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Rear Camera Video Resolution 1280x720p HD
Front and Rear Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Rear Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Optional, with external GPS antenna
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR430-2CH looks like installed in a Honda CR-V. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery right here.

BlackVue DR430-2CH dash cam installed in Honda CR-V SUV BlackVue DR430-2CH dash cam installed in Honda CR-V SUV BlackVue DR430-2CH dash cam installed in Honda CR-V SUV

Want to learn more about the DR430-2CH? Click here!

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BlackVue DR450-1CH

If you’re looking for a simple, discreet, single lens dashcam with quality construction and no-frills features that records in 1080p, the DR450-1CH is for you.

BlackVue DR450-1CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR450-1CH:

Best Introduction to a Simple One-Channel Dash Cam.

The DR450-1CH is the perfect entry-level option for drivers new to the world of dashcams. This one-channel BlackVue dash cam captures video with one lens. Most drivers will choose to mount this dashcam to their front windshield to record what happens in front of their vehicle.

If you’re interested in all-around dashcam recording with two camera lenses, then the DR470-2CH might be the best option for you!

Cheap in Cost, Not in Quality.

The DR450-1CH is BlackVue’s most affordable front recording dashcam. If you’re looking for a high-quality one-channel dashcam from a well-known brand and you don’t need any extra features, this is the best option for you. The price point of the DR450-1CH doesn’t mean low quality, but you may think that it has basic specs when compared to other BlackVue models that you’ll see in this guide, like the DR650S-1CH. The DR450-1CH does not include Wi-Fi or cloud capabilities, while the DR650S-1CH does.

However, the recording quality of the DR450-1CH is on par with more feature-packed BlackVue dashcams like the DR650S-1CH. The lens of the DR450-1CH records in Full HD 1080p and 30fps, which will easily capture things like road signs and license plate numbers.

BlackVue’s Smallest Dashcam.

If you’re looking for a discreet dash cam, you’ll be happy to know that the sleek DR450-1CH is BlackVue’s smallest, most compact dashcam. The low-profile DR450-1CH will tuck nicely behind your rearview mirror and will be hard to spot from outsiders looking in.

Want to see some example footage from the DR450-1CH dashcam? Please see our sample footage video below:



DR450-1CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 1
Front Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD
Front Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Optional, with external GPS antenna
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR450-1CH looks like installed in a 2016 Honda Accord EX. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR450-1CH front facing dashcam installed in a Honda Accord EX photo of a BlackVue DR450-1CH front facing dashcam installed in a Honda Accord EX photo of a BlackVue DR450-1CH front facing dashcam installed in a Honda Accord EX

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BlackVue DR470-2CH

If you want a mid-range front and rear-recording dashcam with 1080p video from the front lens, then the DR470-2CH is the best option for you.

BlackVue DR470-2CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR470-2CH:

Best Mid-Level Dual-Channel Dashcam Solution.

The DR470-2CH is the perfect mid-level dash cam that hits the sweet spot of cost and performance for drivers who need all around protection and who want to record in Full HD 1080p from the front dashcam lens.

This front and rear BlackVue dashcam system will simultaneously capture video from two dashcam lenses, most commonly out the front and back windshields, and will record the footage onto only one memory card.

Where Cost and Quality Performance Meet.

The DR470-2CH camera is the best option for someone concerned about high resolution recording from the front camera, but doesn’t need the latest and greatest features and specs. The front camera of the DR470-2CH records in Full HD 1080p, which makes it a step above the DR430-2CH in resolution since the DR430-2CH records in 720p. This dual-lens dashcam solution does not offer features like Wi-Fi or cloud capabilities, which makes it a step below the high-end DR650S-2CH.

Here's some sample dashcam footage of the DR470-2CH courtesy of our customer Matt with The Adventure Portal to learn more.



Great Mid-Range Dual-Channel Option for Fleet Managers and Parents.

The DR470-2CH, just like the DR450-1CH and DR430-2CH, includes a tamper-proof cover that locks over the memory card. If you want the peace of mind that you will be able to control the security of your dashcam’s video files, then you’ll be able to put this feature to good use!

DR470-2CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Rear Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD (front) 1280x780p HD (rear)
Front and Rear Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Rear Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Optional, with external GPS antenna
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR470-2CH looks like installed in a Subaru Impreza WRX. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR470-2CH front and rear dashcam installed in a Subaru Impreza WRX from complete install photo gallery photo of a BlackVue DR470-2CH front and rear dashcam installed in a Subaru Impreza WRX from complete install photo gallery photo of a BlackVue DR470-2CH front and rear dashcam installed in a Subaru Impreza WRX from complete install photo gallery

Want to learn more about the DR470-2CH? Click here!

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BlackVue DR490L-2CH

If you’re looking for a dual-lens dashcam solution that records in 1080p with both the front and rear lenses and just so happens to have a touchscreen, look no further than the new DR490L-2CH.

BlackVue DR490L-2CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR490L-2CH:

Dual-Channel with a Touchscreen.

Do you need a dual-lens dashcam with a touch display screen? The newly released DR490L-2CH provides just that! This two-channel dash cam setup includes a 3.5” built-in touchscreen display so you can easily play back video and adjust your settings directly from your front dash cam. That means you don't need to plug the dashcam's memory card into your computer, which sets it apart from the other dashcam models in the 400 series.

This two-channel BlackVue dash cam will simultaneously capture video from two lenses, most commonly mounted to face out the front and back windshields, and will record the video footage onto one micro SD memory card.

High-Quality 1080p Resolution for Both Front and Rear.

If dual 1080p recording is a make or break factor in your two-channel dashcam, the DR490L-2CH is the best BlackVue dashcam setup for you! The DR490L-2CH is currently BlackVue’s only dash cam solution that records in 1080p from both the front and rear lens.

The recording quality of the DR490L-2CH is on par with more feature-packed BlackVue dashcams, like the DR650S-2CH. Both lenses of the DR490L-2CH record in stunning Full HD 1080p and 30fps, which will easily capture details like road signs and license plate numbers.

Quality Construction at a Fair Price.

The DR490L-2CH is a minor price increase from the DR470-2CH, and yet this dual-lens dashcam solution includes a touchscreen and 1080p on both the front *AND* rear camera. That’s an upgrade that’s well worth it!

Although the DR490L-2CH records in 1080p, we want to mention that this two-channel dashcam does not include Wi-Fi or cloud capabilities like the BlackVue 650S series dashcams. If you’re not concerned about these features, then don’t pay for them!

DR490L-2CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Rear Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD (front and rear)
Front and Rear Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Rear Camera Viewing Angle 130 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen Yes
GPS Optional, with external GPS antenna
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Check back for install photos of the DR490L-2CH!

Want to learn more about the DR490L-2CH? Click here!

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graphic: The BlackVue 650S Dash Cam Series BlackVue 600 Series Graphic: DR650S-1CH, DR650S-2CH, DR650S-2CH-IR, DR650S-2CH Truck comparison photo

The BlackVue 650S series includes the latest and greatest one and two-channel dash cams on the market today (we say this with no exaggeration), including the DR650S-1CH, DR650S-2CH, DR650S-2CH-IR (with infrared inside-facing camera), and the DR650S-2CH-TRUCK (with waterproof exterior rear-facing camera).


Features Included in New BlackVue DR650S Series

On-board WiFi: while other dashcams with local WiFi interfaces are starting to pop up here and there, BlackVue was the innovator of this approach. The ability to use an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet to wirelessly connect to your dashcam in order to change settings, verify proper camera angle/orientation, play back recordings, download videos, etc. was an innovation that allowed for the removal of the LCD display (screen) that is typically built-in to dashcams. This allows the dashcam to have a smaller form factor and be more discreet, therefore being less noticeable to people both inside or outside of the vehicle. Here's an example:

BlackVue 600 Series dashcam discreet in-car photo

No screen also means the BlackVues will consume less power and produce less heat! The latest generation of BlackVue DR650S dashcams actually have improved WiFi performance for faster initial setup/connection, live view, and playback speeds, making the apps perform even better for you.

BlackVue Over-the-Cloud: access your BlackVue dash cam from anywhere! A feature fully unique to the BlackVue DR650S series of dashcams, being able to access your dashcam from 1,000 miles away is a truly revolutionary step in the evolution of consumer dashcams, and no other manufacturer is currently offering this amazing capability.

As long as you have a WiFi hotspot in your vehicle, you can have access to BlackVue's Over-the-Cloud service. Did we mention this is a FREE service provided by BlackVue? There are many ways to utilize remote access to your dashcam. How will you use yours?

BlackVue over the cloud example use image

Did we mention support for both Windows PC and Mac, as well as iOS and Android? While other dashcam manufacturers lag behind in supporting multiple ecosystems, BlackVue has consistently had excellent support across the board, from apps for Android and iPhone smartphones to native desktop playback/configuration software programs for both Mac and PCs. The cool thing about the BlackVue PC/Mac software is that it is always readily available on the memory card; even after formatting the card, the BlackVue dashcam automatically copies the software back onto the memory card for you so it's there when you need it! Of course, the smartphone apps stay up to date with automatic updates via Apple iTunes or Google Play. You can even conveniently update the firmware of your BlackVue dash cam right from your smartphone!

BlackVue desktop and mobile apps photo

Built-in GPS: all DR650S series dashcams include a built-in GPS antenna and receiver, so your vehicle speed and position is logged at all times. You can choose to display your speed in MPH or KMH in your recorded videos or only have the GPS location data be viewable on the memory card. The choice is yours! Never be falsely accused of speeding again. Let the GPS log show exactly where you were and how fast you were going!

Image Quality: all of the BlackVue DR650S series models we carry offer beautiful and detailed full HD, 1080p video recording from the front camera lens. The DR650S series even uses Sony EXMOR image sensors for enhanced quality and improved low-light recording, and we all know the quality that a name like Sony brings to the table when it comes to electronics and imaging.


BlackVue DR650S-1CH

If you’re looking for the most high-quality and high-tech single lens dashcam available today, the DR650S-1CH is for you. It’s packed with all the top of the line features you’ll ever want or need, period.

BlackVue DR650S-1CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR650S-1CH:

Monitor Your Vehicle Even When You Aren’t There with Parking Mode.

There are a lot of reasons why you would want to monitor your vehicle’s surroundings after you’ve shut off the engine and locked your car, from a parking lot hit and run to theft. Thankfully the DR650S-1CH has a parking mode, which will “watch” 24/7 and save video to its memory card only if it senses an impact with the built-in G-sensors or detects motion in front of the lens. To put parking mode to use, you’ll need to connect your DR650S-1CH to a constant power source. A Power Magic Pro is a great way to do that without draining your battery!

Built-In GPS Position and Speed Logging.

BlackVue’s 650S Series is the first line of BlackVue dashboard cameras to include built-in GPS and speed logging. No need to purchase and install a separate GPS antenna on your vehicle! Knowing the exact location and knowing how fast you were driving at any given time is crucial information for you to have should it become necessary to defend yourself in case of an accident or to disprove a speeding ticket.

Its Cloud Capabilities Makes it a Great Option for Parents and Fleet Managers.

The DR650S-1CH packs some impressive specs, including the BlackVue-Over-the-Cloud feature. Cloud capable means that the DR650S-1CH gives you remote access to your dashcam from practically anywhere! With the help of a mobile hotspot device from your phone carrier (Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) or a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot signal in your vehicle such as GM’s OnStar 4G/LTE you can check in with your vehicle remotely. Watch live video footage (including real-time speed and location), download videos, or make configuration changes on your smart phone via the BlackVue app or on your desktop. This feature allows both parents and fleet managers to check-in effortlessly and discreetly without distracting the driver.

Here's some sample video footage from the DR650S-1CH to learn more.



DR650S-1CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 1
Front Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD, Sony EXMOR Image Sensor
Front Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Built-in
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR650S-1CH looks like installed in a Toyota Camry Hybrid. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR650S-1CH front dashcam installed in a Toyota Camry Hybrid photo of a BlackVue DR650S-1CH front dashcam installed in a Toyota Camry Hybrid photo of a BlackVue DR650S-1CH front dashcam installed in a Toyota Camry Hybrid

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH

If you’re looking for the most high-quality and high-tech dual-lens (front and rear) dashcam available today, your search is over with the DR650S-2CH. It’s packed with all the top of the line features you’ll ever want or need, period.

BlackVue DR650S-2CH dashcam photo

What we love about the DR650S-2CH:

Watch Live Video from Both Lenses with Parking Mode.

Just like the DR650S-1CH, this two-channel BlackVue 650S Series dash cam will “watch” around the clock from both the front lens and the rear lens and will store video events to its memory card if it senses an impact or detects motion. A minor mishap in a parking lot or someone testing your door handle to see if your car is unlocked while you’re not there will be saved to the memory card and you’ll be notified ASAP.

To take advantage of parking mode, you’ll need to connect your DR650S-2CH to a constant power source. A Power Magic Pro is a great way to do that without draining your battery!

Built-In Speed Logging and GPS Position.

Having GPS and speed data at your disposal is crucial evidence to have in order to defend yourself in case of a car accident or to disprove a speeding ticket. These two features are built-in to the DR650S-2CH, so no external antenna is needed!

Cloud Capable Means it's a Great Dual Lens Option for Fleet Managers and Parents.

The DR650S-2CH gives you to remote access to both the front and rear dash cam lenses from anywhere in the world thanks to the BlackVue Over-the-Cloud feature! All you need is a constant power source (we recommend the Power Magic Pro) and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot signal like GM’s OnStar 4G/LTE or a mobile hotspot. That’s all you’ll need to check out things like real-time speed and location on your smart phone with the BlackVue app or on your desktop.

Here's some sample video footage from the DR650S-2CH to learn more.



DR650S-2CH Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Rear Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD (front) 1280x720p HD (rear)
Front and Rear Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Rear Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Built-in
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR650S-2CH looks like installed in a Tesla Model S. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Tesla Model S photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Tesla Model S photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Tesla Model S

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR

If you’re a fleet manager, taxi driver, or rideshare driver who wants to record both outside and inside your vehicle, even at night, the DR650S-2CH-IR is the best option for you.

BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR dashcam photo

What we love about the DR650S-2CH-IR:

Its IR Lens is Perfect for Rideshare Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Fleet Managers, and Parents.

The DR650S-2CH-IR is the best solution for taxi drivers, rideshare drivers (Lyft, Uber, Wingz, Fasten, Ride|Austin, etc.), parents, and fleet managers. Why? Because this dual-lens dash cam includes one lens that faces out the front windshield and one lens that faces inside your vehicle to record the driver. The lens that faces inside the vehicle is infrared (IR), so even if you’re driving at night or in low light the camera lens will still be able to capture everything. Parents can check in on what’s happening inside the car of their new teen driver, Fleet Managers can confirm their fleet of truck drivers aren’t driving distracted, and taxi drivers and rideshare drivers can record each ride in case of an incident or dispute.

It’s Cloud Capable.

Just like the rest of the dashcams in the BlackVue 650S Series, this two-channel IR dashcam includes BlackVue Over-the-Cloud.

Watch live video (including real-time speed and location), download videos, or make configuration changes on your smart phone via the BlackVue app or on your desktop. All you’ll need is a mobile hotspot device from your phone carrier (Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) or a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot signal in your vehicle such as GM’s OnStar 4G-LTE.

See Live Video from Both Lenses with Parking Mode.

If you depend on your car for your full-time job or for your side-hustle, you’ll want to protect your livelihood 24/7. The DR650S-2CH-IR includes a parking mode, which will constantly “watch” your vehicle from both the front lens and the interior lens and save video to its memory card if it detects an impact with the built-in G-sensors or senses motion. You’ll need to connect your DR650S-2CH to a constant power source in order to use the parking mode feature. A Power Magic Pro is an easy way to do that without draining your battery!

To learn more, here's some sample footage and a testimonial by a commercial business fleet owner about the DR650S-2CH-IR:



DR650S-2CH-IR Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Inside Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD (front) 1280x720p HD (inside)
Front and Inside Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Inside Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Built-in
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR650S-2CH-IR looks like installed in a Nissan GT-R. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR front and inside-facing dashcam installed in a Nissan GT-R photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR front and inside-facing dashcam installed in a Nissan GT-R photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH-IR front and inside-facing dashcam installed in a Nissan GT-R

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH-Truck

If you’re looking for a front and rear dashcam solution with all the bells and whistles that the BlackVue 650S Series offers but you need to mount the rear camera on the outside of your vehicle, the DR650S-2CH-Truck is the best option for you.

BlackVue DR650S-2CH-Truck dashcam photo

What we love about the DR650S-2CH Truck:

It’s the Best Dual-Lens Dashcam Solution for Box Trucks and RVs.

The feature that makes the DR650S-2CH-Truck the best two-channel dashcam specifically for trucks is that the rear dashcam is mounted on the outside of the vehicle. This waterproof camera is the best option for box trucks and RVs that can’t mount or install a rear dashcam inside their rear windshield.

This two-channel dash cam solution will simultaneously capture video from two lenses, most commonly out the front windshield and out the back windshield, and will record the footage onto one memory card. There are plenty of installation options to give you the level of security and protection that you need! We have customers who have installed two DR650S-2CH-Truck systems in one truck in order to have front, rear, left side, and right side coverage.

See Live Video from Both Lenses with Parking Mode.

If you rely on your truck for your livelihood, you’d want to protect your investment 24/7, right? Like the very similar DR650S-2CH, this two-channel truck dashcam includes a parking mode. Parking mode will constantly “watch” from both the front lens and the rear lens and save video files if it senses an impact with the built-in G-sensors or detects motion while your vehicle is parked. All you’ll need is a constant source of power, such as with the help of a Power Magic Pro.

Its Cloud Capabilities Makes it a Great Option for Fleet Managers.

Like all BlackVue dashcams in the 650S Series, the DR650S-2CH-Truck includes BlackVue-Over-the-Cloud. To start checking in with your vehicle from your smart phone via the BlackVue app or on your desktop, use a mobile hotspot device from a phone carrier or a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot signal in your vehicle. Then you’ll be able to watch live video footage (including real-time speed and location), download videos, and make configuration changes!

Here's some sample video footage from the DR650S-2CH Truck to learn more.



DR650S-2CH Truck Specs:

# of Lenses (Channels) 2
Front and Rear Camera Video Resolution 1920x1080p Full HD (front) 1280x720p HD (rear)
Front and Rear Camera Frames Per Second (FPS) 30
Front and Rear Camera Viewing Angle 129 degrees
Audio Recording Yes
Low Light Yes
Screen No
GPS Built-in
Memory Card Options 16, 32, 64, 128gb BlackVue Micro SD

Here’s what the DR650S-2CH Truck looks like installed in a Ford F-350 Superduty Work Truck. Click on any of the images below to enlarge the photo, or see the full install photo gallery at this link here.

photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH Truck front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Ford F-350 Superduty Work Truck photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH Truck front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Ford F-350 Superduty Work Truck photo of a BlackVue DR650S-2CH Truck front and rear facing dashcam installed in a Ford F-350 Superduty Work Truck

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graphic: BlackVue dashcam accessories

BlackVue didn't just provide some of the world's best dashcams and then stop there. They also manufacture a comprehensive set of accessories that go hand-in-hand with their dashcams. To complete your BlackVue experience with even more quality components, please read on!


BlackVue Power Magic Pro

All BlackVue dashcams will come with a power cord that plugs into the cigarette lighter power outlet in your car, and that's literally all you need to use your dashcam! However, many people want to have a "hidden" installation where you don't see any of the cords or wires of their BlackVue. This is where the Power Magic Pro comes in.

The Power Magic Pro is a small control box that ties in safely and easily with your car's electrical system and provides a new dedicated outlet for you to plug in the dashcam (out of view underneath the dashboard). The Power Magic Pro enables the aforementioned "parking mode", where the dashcam can keep watch over your car while it is parked. While in parking mode, the dashcam draws a very tiny amount of power from the vehicle battery. However you don't need to worry about coming back to find your car unable to start due to a dead battery. The Power Magic Pro is constantly monitoring the car battery and will turn off the dashcam should the battery level fall below a certain (adjustable) threshold. Pretty cool!

BlackVue Power Magic Pro diagram

Power Magic Pro Highlights

  • Easily integrates your BlackVue dashcam with the vehicle's electrical system
  • Enables your dashcam to stay running while car is parked and engine off ("parking mode")
  • Includes built-in toggle switch to turn camera off if parking mode is not needed (such as vehicle at home in garage)
  • Protects your car battery from draining too low with built-in adjustable low-voltage cutoff limits
  • We include a set of free non-invasive fuse taps if purchasing both Blackvue dashcam and Power Magic Pro (we just need to know vehicle year/make/model at time of purchase)

For the ultimate in protection, whether you're in your car or not, we are huge fans of the BlackVue dashcam plus Power Magic Pro combo! For example, watch this video of a BlackVue DR650 in parking mode that catches a complete crime (on someone else's vehicle) on film, from start to finish!



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BlackVue B-112 Battery Pack

If you would like to have your BlackVue dashcam record in parking mode but you would prefer not to connect to your car battery, the B-112 may be your ideal solution. The B-112 is a standalone battery pack that can supply up to 12 hours of power to keep your dashcam running. As long as you drive your car for about 1 hour per day, the B-112 will always have a full charge for when the car is then parked.

BlackVue B-112 Battery Pack diagram

B-112 Battery Pack Highlights

  • Quickly and easily adds a separate battery pack to your car to power your dashcam while the car is parked
  • Charges from cigarette lighter while you drive
  • Supplies up to 12hrs of power to the dashcam, charges in about an hour
  • Can also supply power to other devices via USB power outlets
  • Does not use car battery while parked

While the B-112 is somewhat limited compared to the Power Magic Pro (using your car's battery, the Power Magic Pro can power the dashcam for days and days without affecting a healthy car battery, versus a maximum of about 12 hours for the B-112), it is still a nice plug-and-play solution for those weary of connecting devices to their vehicle's electrical system. Installation is easy (just plug the B-112 in to your cigarette lighter power outlet, and then your dashcam in to the B-112 power outlet), and you're all set.

Want to learn more about the BlackVue B-112 Battery Pack? Click Here!

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BlackVue Tamper-Proof Covers

Prevent unauthorized access to your memory card, and also prevent anyone from unplugging your BlackVue DR550 or DR650 dashcam!

BlackVue DR650S-1CH dashcam photo

Tamper-Proof Cover Highlights

  • Slips over any DR550 or DR650 1 or 2-channel (front) dash cam
  • Blocks access to memory card, power cable, and coaxial video cable (on 2ch models)
  • Two versions available, depending on angle of your vehicle's windshield
  • Not compatible with DR430, 450, or 470 models

This original accessory from BlackVue fits securely on top of any DR550 or DR650 1 or 2-channel (front) dash cam, and is designed to physically block access to the microSD memory card slot, power cable, and coaxial cable (in the case of 2-channel BlackVue models). This will prevent anyone other than the vehicle owner or fleet manager from gaining access to the recordings on the memory card, and will also prevent anyone from disabling the front or rear cameras by unplugging the cable. Furthermore, BlackVue's tamper-proof case also prevents the camera from being rotated away from the forward direction, so the important information is always recorded by your in-car video camera!

Want to learn more about BlackVue Tamper-Proof Covers? Click here!

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We hope this BlackVue Buyers Guide has been helpful in selecting the best BlackVue dashcam for you! Are you still left with questions? Want to talk to us? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us today.

Thanks for reading and as always, drive safe!

-The Dashcam Store Team

The Dashcam Store™ is an authorized United States BlackVue Distributor. Beware of grey-market and other third-party sellers.



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