The Thinkware U3000 and BlackVue DR970X are the frontrunners for each brand, and we highly appreciate how these 4K dash cams have taken standards way up high. Both will have a long-lasting home in our catalogue. However, since this is a comparison review, we will put an emphasis on the areas where we think one excels at from the other.
First, they are both designed to be discreet, just like how most premium dash cams do. We love how Thinkware added cross ventilation grills for heat dissipation which we believe extends the life of the dash cam. On the other hand, we also love BlackVue’s simple design, especially the fact that it’s compatible with tamper proof cases.
Next, video resolution. Although the BlackVue DR970X-2CH did a pretty good job in capturing videos with its 4K UHD and ISP tuning software, the Thinkware U3000 is still the champ here. Just think of the Sony STARVIS 2 image tech, plus the Super Night Vision 4.0 features, it will surely provide you with cinematic and superior footage, whichever time of the day it is. Beyond that, the 2k rear camera with a 5MP image sensor is quite the jump up from BlackVue’s 1080p rear.
In terms of parking mode and security, the built-in radar detector, energy saving mode, smart temperature parking mode, and ADAS and Safety Camera alerts of the Thinkware U3000 also had our votes. These are all super advanced features that no other dash cam can offer, so we believe it’s worth noting especially for those who want to go big in car security.
Connectivity wise, we love how both are equally equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. However, the built-in Bluetooth of the U3000 has made our lives easier.
The one thing that made us prefer BlackVue over Thinkware is the Cloud. The BlackVue Cloud is still the best for us, especially for its Cloud features that keeps you in the know of your vehicle, wherever you are in the world. And of course, in terms of pricing, BlackVue DR970X is still more affordable than Thinkware U3000 - but we can’t really question it as the U3000’s superior features are totally worth every cent.