The latest BlackVue dashcam may be a 4K ultra high definition performance monster, but car owners on a budget have great options to look out for. Blackvue’s new DR590/DR590W series comes in two flavours, single channel (1CH) and dual channel (2CH).
Highly detailed video quality, reliable recording, and ease of use are Blackvue’s hallmarks. One step up from the DR590, the “W” in the DR590W refers to the addition of convenient Wi-Fi connectivity from the smartphone to the camera.
Even at an affordable price point, we find trickle down tech from Blackvue’s flagship dashcams. The DR590 and DR590W series utilizes the Sony Starvis sensor for clear images as well as great low light sensitivity – without inducing excessive video noise with non Starvis-equipped dashcams.
Focusing on simple operation, the polished BlackVue App for iOS and Android is used to adjust settings on the dashcam. For the DR590W with Wi-Fi connectivity, the DR590W-1CH and DR590W-2CH allows users to view live camera footage, and for easy download of videos without having to remove the microSD card from the dashcam.
The Wi-Fi connectivity also makes it handy to perform Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) upgrades by uploading the firmware from the phone to the dashcam, without the need to remove the microSD card.
The new models feature Full HD video recording with a Sony Starvis sensor in the front camera. The 2 channel models support Full HD at 30 fps for both channels, while the 1 channel model supports Full HD at up to 60 frames per second, as well as an Extreme Mode which saves videos at a maximum 25 Megabits per second. The 139-degree wide view angle is a good balance between coverage and minimal distortion.
Our test recordings that the default video quality settings pack enough detail. We recommend purchasing larger capacity microSD cards instead of dropping the resolution should you not want to lose details in the downsampling – the front cameras run at about 2.1 megapixel while the rear cameras run at about 2.0 megapixel, both close to the native Full HD resolution.
Physically, these cameras are among the smallest dashcams available. The diminutive size makes it easy to be placed in a discrete position. Perfect choice for users who want to make full use of the camera’s automatic parking mode (when powered with a Power Magic Pro or Cellink battery pack). Both run on a Adaptive Format Free File Management System: This minimizes risks of error and the need for microSD card formatting.
Even if the dashcams run for days on end, Blackvue includes an option to minimize unexpected errors arising from constant video recording. One can activate the Scheduled Reboot in the options to “refresh” the system when it is in Parking Mode without any active event recording.
Unlike many dashcams which record an event the moment it begins, these Blackvue will save the few seconds leading to the triggering event as well, thanks to the built in video buffer. These are the small details which make Blackvue a leader in dash cams.
The new DR590 series is now available at all authorized BlackVue dealers. Wow! Gadgets is the sole distributor for BlackVue products in Singapore and Malaysia. For the list of authorized BlackVue dealers, or more information, please visit www.blackvue.com.sg