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What is an IR Dash Cam and Why Do I Need One?

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What is an IR Dash Cam?

An IR dash cam is a dash cam with infrared lights that provide recording details under poorly-lit conditions, as well as total darkness. These are dual-channel dash cam setups with a regular front-facing unit and a secondary unit that comes with infrared lights.

The secondary unit is typically mounted to face and record the interior of the vehicle, and thus is especially recommended for rideshare users, such as for Uber and Lyft, or for commercial use, such as fleet managers.

An IR dash cam is setup with a regular front-facing unit, and a secondary unit that records the interior of your vehicle.

Can Uber and Lyft Drivers Own Dash Cams?

Uber allows driver-partners to install and use video cameras, dash cams, or other recording devices to record riders for purpose of fulfilling transportation services. For more information, visit the official Uber website.

Lyft also allows drivers to install and use video cameras but states that depending on local regulations, the use of dashboard cameras and other recording devices during rides may not be allowed Some cities or provinces may require signage making known the presence of recording devices, while other regions may not allow recording devices at all. For more information, visit the official Lyft website.

Built for Commercial Truck Drivers

IR dash cams are also useful for commercial truck users or fleet managers, whether that’s used to monitor drivers or to record the rear of the vehicle (often driven at night time).

This is an excellent tool in analyzing driver behavior, capturing events including sleeping at the wheel, being on their phone, or exhibiting dangerous maneuvers. IR dash cams have proven to save fleet managers thousands of dollars in the potential damage that their employees could have caused to their commercial duty vehicles due to negligence.

Most importantly, dash cam footage can literally save a commercial trucking company from going out of business as the authorities do suspend a business license if dangerous driving behaviours are exhibited continuously.

How an IR Dash Cam Works

Passengers can easily make false claims against drivers, as can other parties if you get involved in an accident. The principle for owning a infrared camera is the same as having a regular dash cam - you may not use it all the time but when something happens, such as a false accusation from a passenger, then you will be very happy that you do have an infrared dash cam.

Now, imagine if these scenarios happened at night, in areas with very poor lighting. While traditional dash cams would not perform well under these conditions an infrared camera can offer crystal clear images even in pitch black environments. This is all thanks to its infrared technology.

Broadcasted in recent news outlets, this was footage of a passenger caught stealing tips & change from an Uber driver, caught on an IR Dash Cam.

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What is an IR Dash Cam and Why Do I Need One?

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Excellent! 2nd time installing any electronics in my car(s)

I bought the Essential Install Package to install my Thinkware 1000 2-channel in my Ford F-150. I had only one previous experience of trying to install electronic equipment in a vehicle. The Essential Install Package is perfect and easy to use. Having no experience in running wires and hard-wiring connections to OEM fuse panels the kit made it easy. I completed my entire install in less than 2 hours. With the experience now I could probably reduce that time by nearly 50%.

Initial review: A-OK.

I bought this after testing out a budget Rove R2-4k LCD dash cam that sent me running for a better quality high-end unit. By that comparison standard, this DR900S-2ch is mind blowing.

Setup was particularly easy -- well, wiring can be a work-out as with all models, especially a rear-camera going into a hatch back -- but the moment I plugged it in, it all started working. I especially like the audio prompts, and the indicator light on the rear window camera; one glance in the rear view mirror and I know it's working, and yet not distracting. (the rear camera is very small)

I also love how incredibly secure the mounting is. My cheaper Rove unit mount was quite flimsy.

The power cables were also impressive -- with plugs that small, I was afraid they'd dislodge easily, but the design of the plugs are quite secure.

More time will tell, but after about two weeks now I have no complaints. I will likely buy a second 2ch unit soon.

Blackboxmycar and Viofo a129 duo

Wanting a dash cam, I started my quest by googling and youtubing. Blackboxmycar seemed to be the most popular recommendation. Visiting the website, watching their videos, reading reviews and looking thru the FAQs, I was ready and narrowed my option down too two cameras. Bewtween Jordan and Katrina, they finished my education and answered questions that I had confusion with - and they made it clear and easy to understand. The process of ordering was simple and sweet. All the way from receiving the Viofo camera, setting it up and post-purchase questions - what a great experience. Thank you! Watching the install videos made it a breeze. Its unfortunate that I do not use facebook, twitter, googlesomethanrathernutter, or else I would use those review options too. So Im glad you reached out with a web option!
I love this cam!

Happy Customer

I’m happy with their service. Professional and helpful.

Hello Becky, thank you for your review!
Great but...

I ordered four Viofo A119 with four CPL. Unfortunately I was charged $25 each for the filters even though the cost on the website is $20.

Hi Mel, thank you for leaving a review. Unfortunately, the reason why you were charged $25 for each is that that is the price of the items when purchased separately. When they are purchased as a bundle, customers will receive bundle pricing, making the CPL filter $20. Thank you for leaving a review!
BBMC Experience

I began looking into dashcams about a month ago and came across a video interview between Alex and Vortex Radar. During my research it became evident that BBMC was the leading re-seller in Canada and maybe in the USA. Their pricing was competitive. I posed a few pre-purchase enquiries to BBMC. They responded quickly and in an understandable way. Ultimately, I made an on-line purchase that was delivered fast with great tracking. As it turned out, I made a mistake with my order and it was fixed without delay. Dashcam was self installed now with all wires hidden and looking good. Thanks, BBMC. You know how to provide a great on-line experience.

Hello Jeffrey, thank you for taking the time to send us a review! Enjoy your new DR900S-2CH and if you ever do need anything, don't be shy! We're always here on Live Chat as well as email (info@blackboxmycar.com). Also, don't forget to check out our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/blackboxmycardotcom) - we have tons of tutorials, guides and just-for-fun videos!
Thinkware q800pro

I am very happy with the q800pro I installed the hardwire myself in my Infiniti Q50 with the help of a few member in forum camera quality is what I was expecting I just watched my first video yesterday night I was able to see a lot in clear crisp quality have not seen night mode yet but I for sure know it’ll do great.

Thank you. Blackboxmycar watching your videos help me get my dash cam

Hello Jan, thank you for your review and thanks for watching our videos! Be sure to check our YouTube channels often - we have new videos all the time!

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BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K Dash Cam

great customer service ,i will be soon installed my new dash cam

Hi Ricardo, thank you for leaving a review! Hope everything works out with your install. Do let us know if you have any questions at info@blackboxmycar.com.
(BlackVue DR900S-2CH) Amazing Product & magnificent Service !

I recently purchased a Blackvue 2ch DR-900s from BlackBoxMyCar and I am very happy with this camera so far. I spoke with a representative from the live chat named Paul and he was very helpful in setting me up with everything i needed to hard wire this unit. I received my full setup in less than a week and it was packaged very nicely. I realized when i went to wire it into my vehicle the fuse taps i received were the wrong one's. So i contact BlackBoxMyCar support and spoke to Paul who i believe was the same person i spoke to the first time and he and the team @BlackBoxMyCar was very helpful and fast at responding to my messages and ensured me they would send out the correct fuse taps which i received 2 days after they were shipped out. I Would highly recommend BlackBoxMyCar for anything you need !

Hello Joseph, thank you for taking the time to send us a review and we will definitely pass it on to Paul.
Great for first timers

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Phenomenal Video Quality and Overall Capabilities

I finally got around to installing the Thinkware U1000 2-channel cameras and radar. Truly couldn’t be more satisfied with the result and the many options that this camera and software has to offer. Amazing video quality and great user interface. Couldn’t ask for more.

Hello EVOLVNG, thank you for sending us a review! Yes, the U1000 is a great dash cam, couldn't agree more! Enjoy and do send us some footage - we have monthly dash cam video contests: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/monthly-video-contest.

Good kit to have for anyone new.

Hello Ley, thanks for the review!
World class

World class service!!! Professional and knowledge staffs!
Johnathan, u r da man! :)

Hello Johnson, thank you for the review! We passed the kind words on to Jonathan and we think you just made his day! If you ever do have any questions, you can always get a hold of Jon or any of our other dashcam experts at info@blackboxmycar.com, or better yet, Live Chat us right on our website - we're always ready to help!
Nice job

Very approachable personnel and professionally done job.
Cudos.

Thank you Dragan for the kind words. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Overall great dash cam

I was waiting for a 4k dash cam for a while and almost convinced myself to wait for later next year. What made me pull the trigger on the U1000 was the 2K rear cam resolution. It's an upgrade from my F800PRO. I have it with the cellink neo battery for parking mode. Overall it's a great dash cam to have for my needs (mostly time lapse parking mode).

Just have 1 very small inconvenience. Sometimes I can't find the dash cam in the wifi network when I'm surrounded by a lot of houses with a lot of wifi networks. It suggests to turn off wifi direct but I never had it on. The first time I tried to set it up consisted on me turning off and on the dash cam until it appears at the top of the list of wifi networks. Now if I wanted to change a setting, I just do it at a public parking lot.

Night quality needs improvement (this is why not 5 stars). I hope they have an update to improve it.

Thank you J C for the kind words. We're glad to hear that you've decided to make the upgrade from the F800PRO to the U1000 - it's a great time to do so! We do have regular communication with Thinkware on these issues, and we will definitely bring it up with them. They constantly release new firmware for their dash cams and the app, so we're confident this issue will be squashed very quickly. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Review of THINKWARE F800 PRO

After a extended period of research I decided on the THINKWARE F800 PRO Dash CAM. Purchased both a front and rear camera with a CPL Filter for the front camera. My car has a very sloped windshield so the glare off the dash causes distortion and blurry footage; the CPL FILTER solves this problem. Would also recommend a Samsung PRO ENDURANCE 128GB Micro SDXC memory card; more money but worth it. These cameras are expensive but the quality of the footage and cameras speak for themselves. I purchased from BLACKBOXMYCAR because Alex Jang and his company stand behind and take care of the products they sell. I hope this review will help others find a great quality product and company as I was able to find in BLACKBOXMYCAR ( and no I did not know Alex or his company before I started my research. )

Thank you Duncan for the kind words. We're glad to hear that you found everything you needed at BlackboxMyCar. Your feedback is crucial in helping us become better, so we really appreciate that you've decided to leave a review :) If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Great service

BlackboxMyCar provided great service and a walk through of the dash cam I got installed.

The cameras were installed very cleanly and work great, and the receptionist gave me a few tips for the app and storage options in the future.

Thanks,

J-P

Thank you J-P for the kind words. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.

Great job. Richmond location was very convenient. The dash cam was neatly installed. Katrina was very friendly and very helpful. Will recommend blackboxmycar to everyone I know.

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Reliable, small and powerful / Fiable, petit et puissant

So small and compact that you can hide it anywhere in the car. Easy to install with included accessories. Very satisfied with my purchase.
Si petit et peu encombrant que vous pouvez la cacher n'importe où dans la voiture. Facile à installer avec les accessoires inclus. Très satisfait de mon achat.

Hi Alain, thanks for the review/merci de nous donner votre avis! The iVOLT is a very popular model for that reason and we are glad it's working out great for you!
Installation of dash cam

Installation was completed on schedule. Dash cam was neatly installed and professionally done.

Hello Neil, thank you for choosing BlackboxMyCar for your installation!
Mounting Tape

Great store to find what accessories you need for your dash cam

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Installation kit

Good kit!I like the sticker♥️

Hello Ronesser, thank you for the review! By the way, we love the stickers, too!
Great company

Excellent customer service. Friendly staff

Hello Nelson, thank you for the review! We're always here for our customers!
Thinkware U1000 4K UHD Dual-Channel Cloud Dash Cam

This is the fourth dash cam I have tried and am FINALLY satisfied with the results!

The first dash cam was a single front 4K cam. This worked really well, but didn't come with the option of adding a rear dash cam (still have this).

The second one was a front camera with an inside view rear dash cam by Soliom that did a 380 degree recording view. This dash cam had decent recorded footage for the price, but would constantly freeze on me and then wouldn't record when driving. It kept on having to be reset in the middle of driving for the footage to start recording again.

The third was owlcam. This camera was convenient, but didn't work the best. It always had problems connecting and had HORRIBLE footage at night!

Lastly, I decided to spend a little more and get exactly what I wanted. I wanted a separate rear view camera because I was involved in a hit and run incident at my college which led to me trying these different dash cams. Well, I believe I have finally found the product I was looking for from a company that worked with me really well!

Jordan was very helpful in assisting me and price matching. The camera was expected to show up December 2, 2019 and I actually received it November 29, 2019. This was a pleasant surprise!

Thanks BlackboxMycar!

Hello Shawn, thanks for the review! You made a great choice with the Thinkware U1000 4K Dual-Channel - it's currently one of the best, and highest resolution dash cam systems on the market! We are glad that you were able to take advantage of our promotions and offers. Check out our website often as we will be posting a follow-up review on the U1000 as well as more articles and guides to show users how to unleash the full potential of the dash cam - it's a great dash cam!