When choosing the best IR dash cam, the resolution and video quality are still the most important deciding factor, so let's not get too caught up in how far a camera can see in the dark.
If you’re looking for a dash cam system that will give you the best front-of-car footage, then the BlackVue DR900S-2CH IR would be our top pick. It is currently the highest resolution IR dash cam on the market, giving you 4K UHD from the front-facing 8MP camera and Full HD from the 2.1MP IR camera.
The front-facing camera offers 160° field of view in its wide-angle lens while the IR camera covers a wide-angle view of 145. That’s more than sufficient for a comprehensive coverage of the road ahead as well as your passengers in the back row. You can operate the IR camera either in Color mode or in Monochrome mode. If you are recording passengers inside your car, we recommend using the monochromatic mode as it offers a sharper, clearer high-quality video. IR Color tends to become quite fuzzy at night, with a peculiar purple-ish tint.
Because the DR900S-2CH IR uses the DR900S main unit, you have access to all the technology that comes with that model, including H.265 video encoding technology, which comes in handy because 4K files take up a lot of storage space. With H.265, a 4K video file can be compressed into the size of a Full HD file, thus freeing up space on the memory card - in other words, you can get by with a 64GB or 128GB microSD card without upgrading to the max. 256GB.
The DR900S-2CH IR also comes with all of BlackVue’s premium parking mode offerings, including region-based motion detection, G-sensors impact detection, time-lapse recording with buffered events - you will need to hardwire the dash cam or hook it up to an external battery pack, like the B-124X.
And with BlackVue Over-the-Cloud (powered by Amazon’s AWS), you can connect to your dash cam anytime, from anywhere. This allows you to enjoy remote Live View, real-time vehicle location, and Push Notifications to your phone as well as back up important videos to the Cloud remotely, and much more - all you need is the BlackVue smartphone app, available in both Android and iOS.
*Important: If you currently own the BlackVue DR900S-1CH and would like to fit it with an IR Rear Camera, please note that there is no port on the 1-Channel to plug in the IR camera - you will need to purchase the BlackVue DR900S-2CH IR and replace the existing 1-Channel main unit. The existing cables and hardwire setup is compatible, so it's essentially a simple swapping of the front-facing camera.