Wonderful Things Come In Pairs
This BlackVue DR650GW-2CH looks exactly the same as the handsome BlackVue DR600GW HD from Pittasoft and comes with the same features, but also comes with a very useful little dash cam which sits at the top of your rear windshield to watch everything that goes on behind your car, giving you both front and rear protection.
- Full HD 1080P (1920 x 1080) 30 FPS Front and HD 720P (1280 x 720) 30 FPS Back
- 2.4 MP Sony CMOS Sensor Front and 1 MP CMOS Sensor Back
- 129 Wide Angle Lens
- Super capacitor
- Parking Mode when hardwired for 24/7 protection
- GPS and G-Sensor
- Wireless access to video files though Wifi using smartphone (Apple and Android)
- 32 GB maximum supported memory (16 GB Included)
Opening The Box
After carefully opening the box, we slid out the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH in its foam throne. The front camera's all matte black exterior looks exactly the same as the handsome BlackVue DR600GW, but has an additional connector on the side to connect the rear camera. The rear camera is extremely small and we love it. You can place it at the top of your rear windshield without blocking your view. A quick twist of either dash cam give you a satisfying click, letting you adjust to the optimal angle.
Under the dash cam, you'll find everything you need to set it up. It comes with the power cable, extra mounting tape, mounting clips, MicroSD USB reader, and manuals. The 16 GB MicroSD card is already inserted into the dash cam from the factory. Since this is a dual channel dash cam, it would’ve been better if it came with 32 GB, not the same 16 GB as with their single channel dash cam.
There are two extra steps to setting the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH up compared to single channel ones, so it’ll take just a little bit more time to stick the rear dash cam onto the back windshield and hide the thin wire for connecting it to the front camera. Other than that, it’s very simple to set up the rest.
Like I noted before, the dash cam’s angle is easily adjustable with satisfying clicks to give you confidence that it won’t move out of angle by itself if you drive over an annoying pothole.
The LED lights flashes and a sweet voice comes on lets me know that is on. How it speaks to you is great because the dash cam is hidden behind your rearview mirror and without having to peer under it to check if it is on, it talks to me and lets me know when it switches on and off. The LED lights can be turned on or off through the smartphone app. I turned mines off to keep it stealthier.
BlackVue gave this dash cam the ability to record in 1080P with the front camera and 720P in the rear. I would’ve liked if it was 1080P for both, but 720P was acceptable, as most incidents need only the front video and 720P is still high definition. It works very well going through dark and bright areas, for example, coming out of a dark parking lot into bright sunshine. The dash cam quickly adjusts so that you are recording the best video possible.
One gripe we had was that the rear dash cam needs a clean rear windshield. If it’s raining, the water droplets will block its view and become useless. Unless your car is equipped with a rear windshield wiper, you won’t be able to record much. The front one still does its job though.
The handy smartphone app lets me adjust settings on the fly and review videos when needed. Very useful if you need to show the police what happened at a scene of an accident. When watching videos over WiFi, you can choose between the front and rear video. Videos load quickly to view them, but if you try downloading them onto your phone, it might take a while for the large files to transfer over. The included MicroSD USB reader lets you watch the videos on a bigger computer screen.
When hardwired with the Power Magic Pro, also from Pittasoft, it’ll let you use its parking mode. With this feature, we were able to keep the dash cam recording while we were away from our car, acting like a personal security guard for our car. However, we made sure to lower the sensitivity by a bit so that it didn’t record every single little movement it saw. Once we did that, it works amazing. If anything happened to our car, front or rear, we had it recorded.
Although the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH priced at a premium, we don’t feel it’s too much since you do get two dash cams in one. With just some more than the BlackVue DR600GW, you also get rear protection. Although you might be able to buy a separate cheaper dash cam for the rear, you won’t get an all-in-one package and the small stealthy design. The high quality build and reliability gives us confidence that it’ll be able to protect us. We feel the rear dash cam is most useful when you’re in a parking lot. While on the road, the front dash cam records almost everything you need for evidence and the rear dash cam is just a back up for rare instances the front recording isn't enough.
If you’re looking for a dual channel dash cam, the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH is the one to get.