Front and rear dash cams are also called dual-channel dash cams and are designed to record both in front of and behind your vehicle at the same time, giving you a comprehensive account of events.
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If you’re wondering whether or not a dual-channel dash cam is worth it, our recommendation would be, if you drive a vehicle, a dual-channel system is well worth having.
A dual-channel dash cam is designed to record the view in front and behind your vehicle. Many accidents on the road happen at low speeds and involve rear-end collisions. Often, even when you think you had a full view of the road, there are still times when you miss what really happened in an accident. Having a rear dash cam will add an extra level of security, and the rear dash cam could be the answer in settling insurance disputes and claims.
What is the difference between the rear cameras of different models?
The majority of the dual-channel systems allow you to capture clear traffic behind at 1080p Full HD. Many of these rear cameras are fitted with a Sony STARVIS image sensor to give you clear images in all light situations, including night time driving.
But with that said, if you are looking for a rear camera that gives you more than Full HD, Thinkware U1000 Dual Channel is our top pick as it offers you a 2K QHD rear camera.
Is it difficult to install a dual-channel system?
In a front and rear dash cam setup, you will have two cameras, connected via a connecting cable and mounted on the front and rear windshields.
- Position the rear camera at the top center of your rear windshield. This location covers the maximum amount of view from left to right. Try not to place the dash cam directly on the defrost grid wires.
- Route the rear camera cable inside the headliner of your rear windshield.
- Continue routing the rear camera cable through by placing the rear camera cable inside the weather stripe and through the C, B and A pillar.
- Once you’ve reached the A Pillar, proceed to route the rear camera cable through the front windshield’s headliner until you reach the front dash cam. Plug your rear camera cable into the front dash cam to finish the installation.
Our Top Dual-Channel Picks
BEST ALL-ROUND FRONT AND REAR
Thinkware U1000 4K UHD Dual-Channel Cloud Dash Cam
CONSUMER SCORE: 84% gave it ★★★★★
The Thinkware U1000 Dual Channel is the highest-resolution dash front and rear dash cam system on the market, capturing sharp 4K video in the front camera and clear 2K QHD video in the rear camera. Each of the cameras covers a 150-degree field of view for a combined 300-degree coverage. The Thinkware U1000 also offers cutting-edge parking surveillance and Cloud technology, enhanced night vision and much more.
BEST CLOUD FRONT AND REAR
BlackVue DR750-2CH LTE Cloud Dash Cam
CONSUMER SCORE: 89% gave it ★★★★★
The DR750-2CH LTE is the top choice if you are looking for a dash cam system that covers the front and rear of your vehicle and allows you to take full advantage of the integrated Cloud features. While it doesn’t record in 4K UHD, the DR750-2CH LTE offers crisp and clear Full HD 1080p video by recording your drive at 60FPS, which is excellent in capturing details in moving objects.
This is the first dash cam with built-in LTE support - perhaps its best feature. Just insert and activate the SIM Card and you're ready to go. No need for a separate WiFi LTE hotspot.
*Compatible with SIM cards from AT&T, T-Mobile, Telus, Bell and Rogers, and their MVNO’s
BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY FRONT AND REAR
Thinkware FA200 Dual Channel Full HD WiFi Dash Cam
CONSUMER SCORE: 73% gave it ★★★★★
This is an entry-level dash cam that does not come with fancy Cloud features nor is the footage class-leading 2K or 4K, but it’s extremely user-friendly, perfect for if you are new to dash cams and prefer to start with something reliable and less intimidating.
The Thinkware FA200 2-CH records both the road ahead and the traffic behind in Full HD, and comes with a host of modern recording features. With a heavy emphasis on advanced parking features, the FA200 is equipped with Time Lapse and Energy Saving Mode for extended surveillance - all for under $200!
BEST FRONT AND REAR FOR TRUCKS
BlackVue DR750X-2CH Truck
CONSUMER SCORE: 81% gave it ★★★★★
If you drive a truck or heavy duty vehicle, you will need a rear camera that can be mounted on the exterior of the vehicle to watch over the traffic behind as well as cargo loading and unloading operations - it needs to be water-resistant and waterproof, and have excellent night vision.
With its metal casing, the DR750X-2CH Truck rear camera is built to withstand most weather conditions. The luminosity sensor detects ambient brightness, activating automatically the six built-in IR lights to help identify vehicles and objects even in the dark.
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