Testing Advanced Drivercam

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jun 07, 2013

Most dash or driver cams have few features - they record audio and video to an SD card which you pull out and manually review. That is certainly the case with the top selling CarCam on Amazon which we recently tested.

We wanted to compare to a higher end drivercam to see what a 'premium' offering delivers. We selected the BlackVue DR500GW-HD, and bought it from Amazon. Here's an image from our physical review inside:

 

This device has a broad array of features including WiFi support, a mobile app, GPS mapping, vehicle speed tracking and impact detection.

In this test, we review the performance of the $300+ BlackVue, contrasting it to basic ~$50 Carcam to understand the tradeoffs.

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