If you’re new to the world of dash cams, you have probably stumbled upon BlackVue models from time to time while doing your research. BlackVue is known to make quality and reliable dash cams at an array of different price points, and the BlackVue DR3500-FHD is no exception. Encased in the trademark cylindrical exoskeleton, the DR3500 is the perfect dash cam for a driver with a constrained budget.
Flaunting the finesse and robustness of a characteristic BlackVue dash cam, the DR3500 definitely wins in the looks department. Enclosed in a matte black cylinder that's less than 4" in length, the the DR3500 is small and stealthy enough to perfectly camouflage itself behind your car’s windshield. A screen-less body prevents the 3500 from being a distraction to the driver or passengers. You will quickly see a screen is not essential; the DR3500 communicates with you via voice announcements and embedded LED icons that are easy to understand.
Should you need to change a setting or view/download a video you recorded, you can do so easily via the BlackVue PC or Mac software applications. You simply remove the microSD memory card and put it in your PC or Mac; BlackVue provides easy to use software for both platforms on the memory card. The nice thing about the software is that even if you format the memory card, the software will be copied back onto the card from the DR3500 the next time you turn it on, so the software is always easy to find!
Fitted with a 2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the DR3500 is proficient at capturing a high definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Offering a wide-angle recording capability of 120 degrees, it captures all the scenery around you. The DR3500 has ample video resolution options: from full HD(1920x1080) at 30 FPS or 15 FPS to HD(1280x720) at 30 or 15 FPS, you can select any one of your choice. However, we do recommend keeping the highest settings for better video quality. Remember, safety first! The DR3500 saves the videos in .MP4 format which is compatible with Windows and iOS for effortless playback viewing.
Tailored with a microSD slot, the DR3500 accepts a 16 or 32 GB card with ease. You can effortlessly capture more than 6 hours of footage at full HD(1920x1080) with 30 frames per second. And if you need to format the card, which is a good idea anyway from time to time, just long-press the MIC on/off button for more than 10 seconds and your card gets formatted straightaway, simple and easy.
The DR3500 has a built-in microphone to record audio inside the car, and a speaker to relay status information as necessary. Audio recording may be temporarily disabled/enabled via the button on the side of the dash cam (while making a quick phone call, for instance), or the audio recording setting may be set off by default via the BlackVue options menu, your choice!
Just like the other BlackVue models, the DR3500 comes with movement and motion-sensing technology to start recording whenever it detects any irregular movement when the car is parked (if connected to constant power). While the DR3500 embeds a date and time stamp, it does not perform location stamping since GPS is not built-in by default. However, BlackVue has given you the option to add a simple pluggable external GPS antenna if location and speed logging are important to you. You may select the GPS option above when you pick your memory card size, easy as can be.
Note: This model includes either a 16GB or 32GB industrial-grade memory card. You may choose the size above. The Class 10 memory card is provided by BlackVue and is already inside the DR3500, ready to go! We recommend sticking with BlackVue memory cards due to their excellent tolerance to high and low temperatures and constant read/write cycles.
The DR3500-FHD includes FREE priority ground shipping within the continental United States. Expedited shipping may be selected during checkout for an additional fee.
Our favorite things about the DR3500-FHD
- Comes in a compact and sturdy (not to mention very stylish!) cylindrical body.
- Even smaller than the DR650GW-1CH or DR650GW-2CH!
- Still has the ability to record full HD(1920x1080) at 30 Frames per second.
- More than 6 hours of record time at the highest resolution, more than enough for at least several days before looping over.
- User-friendly and hassle-free controls make the DR3500-FHD easy to use.
- No lithium battery to overheat and cause problems, BlackVue dashcams use temperature-tolerant capacitors.
- You can add an external GPS antenna if needed!
- A BlackVue for under $200.00!
Full Feature List
- Maximum Video Resolution: 1920x1080p 30 FPS
- 2.0MP video sensor
- No Screen
- 120 degree viewing angle
- Video file format: .MP4
- Video codec: H.264
- GPS logging (with optional external antenna)
- Motion Detection
- Low-light functionality
- Loop Recording
- Adjustable Exposure
- Audio Recording
- Date Stamp
- Auto Power-Off
- Day/Night Mode
- Delayed Shutdown
- Certification: KC, FCC, CE, TELEC, RoHS, WEEE
- Interfaces: power
- Memory Card Type: Micro SD up to 32gb
- Includes Playback Software: Yes (Windows and Mac)
- Capacitor (instead of Lithium battery)
- BlackVue DR3500-FHD User Manual (1.9MB PDF)
The bottom line
The BlackVue DR3500-FHD is a basic yet sturdy and reliable dashcam that doesn't make very many compromises! We hesitate to call this a beginner’s dash cam due to the quality and features; it's just the most affordable model in the dashcam lineup from BlackVue. With the capability to record full high definition videos at a high frame rate, the DR3500 is one of our best picks for a quality miniature dash cam.