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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Single-Channel Front-only dash cams don’t always tell the full story
If you're wondering whether a dual-channel dash cam is worth it, our recommendation is that if you drive a car, a dual-channel system is a must-have.
Dash cams come with security, safety, and convenience features that make the driving duties easier for you. A dual-channel dash cam captures the view in front and behind your vehicle. Many road accidents occur at low speeds and involve rear-end collisions. A rear dash cam will add an extra level of security, and it may be the answer in resolving insurance disputes and claims.
What is the difference between the rear cameras of different models?
The majority of dual-channel dash cam systems capture clear traffic behind in 1080p Full HD, and many of these rear cameras include a Sony STARVIS image sensor for clear images in all lighting conditions, including at night.
However, if you want more than Full HD, there are now dash cam models that offer 2K for the rear, such as the Thinkware U1000, Q1000andX1000, Viofo A229 Duo, and FineVu GX1000.
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.
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BEST ALL-ROUND FRONT AND REAR
Thinkware U1000 4K UHD Dual-Channel Cloud Dash Cam
CONSUMER SCORE: 84% gave it ★★★★★
The Thinkware U1000 dash cam is the market's highest-resolution car surveillance camera system. This 4k dash captures ultra sharp video in the front camera and clear 2K QHD video in the rear camera. The dash cam's field of view is 150 degrees wide for a total of 300-degree coverage.
For security, the Thinkware U1000 also includes cutting-edge surveillance even when the car is parked, advanced Cloud technology, speed camera alerts, as well as enhanced night vision for clearer footage in any situations.
BEST CLOUD FRONT AND REAR
BlackVue DR750X-2CH LTE Plus Cloud Dash Cam
CONSUMER SCORE: 89% gave it ★★★★★
The DR750X-2CH LTE Plus 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 Plus 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
FineVu GX1000 2K Dual Channel Dash Cam
Fully-featured but affordable dash cam. Launched in December 2022, the FineVu GX1000 is the South Korean brand's most excellent dash cam. Apart from being FineVu's first model that can record video at 2K QHD in front and 2K QHD rear video quality, it also includes cutting-edge safety features like Night Vision, AI Damage Detection 2.0, Auto Language Adjust, Smart Time Lapse, and AI Smart Temperature Monitoring that allows the dash cam to protect itself from hot and cold conditions.
The GX1000 is what we consider the smartest parking mode dash cam in the market - carrying high-tech functions for maximum user convenience and peace of mind, without breaking the bank.
BEST FRONT AND REAR FOR TRUCKS
BlackVue DR750X-2CH Truck Plus
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.
Keeping the same ultra-stealth waterproof design, Full HD @60FPS video quality and no-hassle Cloud integration, the DR750X-2CH Truck Plus offers a fundamental upgrade from its predecessors - an improved image sensor. With its metal casing, the DR750X-2CH Truck Plus 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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