When you think of a dashboard camera, you want it to be packed with features and probably go a little easy on the price. The BlackVue DR900S-2CH might not be inexpensive, but it is definitely packed with amazing features and a good camera for the video recording. You would get in Wi-Fi capabilities supporting both the 2.4 GHz and the 5GHz wireless bands. The transfer rate is amazing along with the ability to connect to more hotspots. The device has a built-in GPS, which allows the camera to track the location of the vehicle as well as the speed of travel.
The cloud feature is better than the previous models and you can enable the parking mode with the GCPS and the dash camera. The recording duration can be extended with an added battery up to 15 hours with the dual channel setup and up to 25 hours with the single channel setup. The device also allows sending notifications to the smartphone of the user. Viewing footage from the dash cam remotely is also possible on the smartphone.
The cloud actually allows the dash cam to upload the event recordings. The camera is really good and can capture a lot of details. Unlike many cameras which tend to capture hazy images at the side, you would not feel it with the BlackVue Dr900S-2CH. The camera is good for company vehicles as it can communicate with the BlackVue App and Viewer. There are different sources of installation available – one where you can use the cigarette lighter, then one where you can use the hardware kit and the most advanced solution is using an ultra battery.
BlackVue DR900S-2CH Specifications
|Color/Size/Weight||Front: Black / Width 118.5 mm x Height 36 mm / 91 gRear: Black / Width 67.4 mm x Height 25 mm / 25 g|
|Memory||microSD Card (16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB)|
|Recording Modes||Normal recording, Event recording (when impact is detected in normal and parking mode), Manual recording and Parking recording (when motion is detected)* For Parking mode recording, a Parking Mode Battery Pack (Power Magic Battery Pack) or a Parking Mode Hardwiring Kit (Power Magic Pro) is required.|
|Camera||Front: 8-Megapixel CMOS SensorRear: Sony STARVIS™ CMOS Sensor (Approx. 2.1 megapixels)|
|Viewing Angle||Front: Diagonal 162°, Horizontal 136°, Vertical 77°Rear: Diagonal 139°, Horizontal 116°, Vertical 61°|
|Resolution/Frame Rate||<Front — Rear>4K UHD (3840×2160) @30fps (Extreme) — Full HD (1920×1080) @30fps|
4K UHD (3840×2160) @30fps — Full HD (1920×1080) @30fps
Full HD (1920×1080) @60fps — Full HD (1920×1080) @30fps
Full HD (1920×1080) @30fps — Full HD (1920×1080) @30fps
* Frame rate may vary during Wi-Fi streaming.
|Video Codec||H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC)|
|Image Quality||Highest (Extreme): 25 + 10 MbpsHighest: 12 + 10 Mbps|
High: 10 + 8 Mbps
Normal: 8 + 6 Mbps
|Video Compression Mode||MP4|
|Wi-Fi||Built-in (802.11n 2.4GHz / 802.11ac 5GHz Dual band)|
|Speaker (Voice Guidance)||Built-in|
|LED Indicators||Front: Recording LED, GPS LED, Wi-Fi LED, Front Security LEDRear: Rear Security LED|
|Button||Wi-Fi / Format button:* Press once to turn on/off Wi-Fi.|
* Press and hold for 5 seconds and once voice commands start, release the button. Then press once again to reset the Wi-Fi SSID and password or press and hold for 5 seconds to format the microSD card.
Touching the proximity sensor turns on/off audio recording or triggers manual recording depending on the firmware settings.
|Sensor||3-Axis Acceleration Sensor|
|Backup Battery||Built-in super capacitor|
|Input Power||DC 12 V – 24 V (DC Plug: (Ø3.5 x Ø1.35), MAX 1 A/12 V)|
|Power Consumption||Avg. 380 mA (4.56 W at 12 V, when GPS is On and Wi-Fi is Off)Avg. 360 mA (4.32 W at 12 V, when GPS and Wi-Fi are Off)|
* Actual power consumption may vary depending on use conditions and environment.
|Operation Temperature||-20 °C − 70 °C (-4 °F − 158 °F)|
|Storage Temperature||-20 °C − 70 °C (-4 °F − 158 °F )|
|High-Temperature Cut-Off||Approx. 75 °C (167 °F)|
|Certifications||Front: FCC, CE, RoHS, Telec, WEEE, ICRear: FCC, CE, RoHS, WEEE|
|Software||BlackVue Viewer* Windows XP or higher and Mac Yosemite OS X (10.10) or higher|
|Application||BlackVue Application (Android 4.4.2 or higher, iOS 9.0 or higher)|
|Other Features||Adaptive Format Free File Management System|
Pros and Cons of the BlackVue DR900S-2CH
The DR900S-2CH is quite unlike the regular dashboard cameras because the brand is always trying to bring in something new. You will generally find the latest technologies. It would be a good idea to buy one if you are an enthusiast. The only catch is the price you have to pay for that.
Reasons to Buy
- The recording quality of the camera is really good with nice peripheral vision.
- it has Wi-Fi technology with different bandwidths.
- The GPS technology allows you to pinpoint the location of the car along with the speed
- You get parking mode available with the camera.
- Remote viewing through the smartphone app is also possible.
Reasons to Avoid
- The only advancements from the previous models include the compression technology and video quality.
- The price is simply too much.