One of the biggest names in quality dash cams in recent years have been BlackVue. They have released a number of very high quality products in recent years and the BlackVue New 2 Channel DR650GW-2CH 32GB, Car Black Box/Car DVR Recorder, Built-in Wifi, Full HD(1080p@30fps), up to 64GB support is no deviation from this path. This is an All in one “car black box” system that not only acts as a traditional dash cam but also has a secondary camera designed to be mounted at the rear of the vehicle to record goings on behind too.
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Due to the great quality reputations that BlackVue have made themselves, the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH is a very popular system, despite the premium price tag. The package includes the main camera and sensor, the rear camera, a cable to connect and charge the rear camera, a 32GB memory card and a CD with the software Power Magic Pro. So is this feature rich, top of the range with the large price tag? Read on to find out.
BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Camera and Lens
There are of course 2 cameras in this product, the front camera and rear camera. We will talk about these in sequence. The front facing camera is a high quality, full HD, 1080p camera, capable of recording at 30fps and is powered by a Sony EXMOR CMOS sensor, one of the best sensors used in dash cams. The viewing angle is a slightly disappointing 129 degrees but the quality of the footage captured makes up for it as it’s not distorted by and overly large field of view. The rear camera is capable of 720p (1280×720 pixels) at 30fps. Not quite as clear as the main camera but still more than capable of being used to pick out car license plates, even at night.
BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Hardware
First of all we must compliment BlackVue on the build quality of their camera. Thee DR650GW-2CH really is a fantastically solid and well put together piece of kit. The materials it’s made from feel expensive and I’ve no doubt the larger than normal price is no over inflated. The camera comes with a multitude of features you’d expect from a top of the range camera which we will go through in the features section. Noteworthy inclusions however is a Wi-Fi mode that links this camera with a great many devices. You can download and Android or iOS app that will allow you to manage the camera and view the stored footage within range of the camera. It works seamlessly along with the supplied PC/Mac software bundled with the camera.
BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Software
The bundles software has been developed specifically to view the footage from BlackVue Dash cams. When you place the SD card in you PC, the footage and meta data is picked up and you can see your videos along with G-sensor and GPS data, mapping your location, speed, direction etc.
The software can be quite intimidating to look at as the GUI is a little messy. That doesn’t take away from the great functionality included, leagues ahead of most other dash cam software. There are a few nuances that take a while to work out and get used to but after a using the software a few times, it becomes very intuitive and powerful.
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BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Features
Integrated WI-Fi and Mobile App
The Wi-Fi built into the device allows you to do many thing in conjunction with your smartphone from checking the live view, playing back videos and backing up your files.
Included 32GB Card
The camera comes with a 32GB MicroSD card included and can even support up to 64GB cards.
3 Separate record Modes
The camera can be placed into 3 separate modes depending on how you want to use it. Normal mode, event mode and parking mode to make the most of the camera.
Built in GPS
When the footage is recorded, it keeps data of the direction and speed that can be used when viewing in the BlackVue mobile app.
Power Magic Pro
The inclusion of the separate power magic pro allows you at attach the camera directly to the cars electronics, meaning it can record in parking mode if required.
Despite being such an expensive camera, there are a few issues.
Coaxial cable failing
Depending on how the cable to the rear camera is routed, it can fray and break if not placed carefully. It has proprietary connections so not any old coaxial cable can be used to replace.
Issue with time zone
There has been a few reported issues that the time zone is not displayed as selected in the menu. This can be corrected by formatting the memory card.
Is the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH right for you?
The BlackVue DR650GW-2Ch is a fantastic camera that would suit almost any need. The only real drawback is the price. If you can afford this camera then you won’t regret buying it. It’s fantastic video quality combined with it’s ground breaking software makes it worth every penny.
Where to Buy
With such a trusted online reputation, it’s hard to recommend any websites other than Amazon. Please see the latest prices at:
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BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Specifications
|File Lock||Manual Button and G-Sensor|
|Max Resolution||1080p @ 30F FPS Front
720p @ 30FPS Rear
|Memory Card Standard||Micro SD|
|Max Card Supported||64GB|
|Operating Temperature||-20C – 60C|
|Software Compatibility||PC and MAC|