Blackvue's flagship single-channel dashcam gets a few minor updates over its popular and reliable predecessor, the DR500. Underneath it's still a 1080P Full HD camera with excellent features but slightly sharper video thanks to a lens and sensor update. On the outside a new fully matte black body gives the DR600 a stealthy look.
Like its predecessor, a G-sensor for event and parking mode, WiFi, and internal GPS are standard on the DR600. The WiFi function lets users utilize the Blackvue app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8) to playback and download videos. A change to a 133° lens was supposedly done to reduce some of the fisheye effect the DR500's 156° lens had. The base 16GB card is capable of recording about 4 hours of Full HD video, but the DR600 can now support 128GB which is particularly useful for those with longer commutes and park in areas with a lot of activity.
Like the other Blackvue dashcams, the DR600 puts out video that's nothing short of impressive. The 133° lens is very sharp and sufficiently wide to capture footage with minimized distortion. There are more pixels in the Sony CMOS sensor that delivers that great low light performance Blackvue is known for. As always, the best way to evaluate the performance of these is to check out our sample videos below and be sure to change the YouTube settings to 1080p for the full effect.
A few subtle changes keep this high-end single channel unit performing at the top of its class. We love the sleekness of its design and the blue ring around the lens is a classy aesthetic touch. Furthermore, the support for 64GB cards was a very welcome and practical move on Blackvue's part. This full featured dashcam leaves little to be desired although the increasing popularity of dual-channel devices and the closely related DR650GW is definitely worth considering.