Skip to content

BlackVue DR590X Full HD
In-Depth Review

Redefining Entry-Level

The BlackVue DR590X is an excellent choice for drivers who appreciate the Full HD video resolution but don’t necessarily need all the additional bells and whistles of the premium 4K UHD models. This dash cam is perfect for those looking for a solid entry-level dash am that offers great parking mode protection and Cloud features.

Redefining Entry-Level

BlackVue Dash Cams BlackVue DR750-2CH LTE Cloud Dash Cam

The BlackVue DR590X redefines entry level. With some of BlackVue's best technology, including advanced parking recording, the DR590X is a great dash cam to start because it blends performance and reliability into a super stealthy design that's more affordable than you might think.

Key Features

  • Front: 1080p Full HD at 30FPS
  • Rear: 1080p Full HD at 30FPS
  • 139° Wide Field of View
  • 2.1 MP CMOS image sensor
  • Motion & impact detection
  • External LTE module for always-on Cloud connectivity

Pros

  Dual-channel (front & rear) coverage
  Optional external LTE module for 4G BlackVue Cloud connectivity
  Great Parking Mode Coverage

 Unobtrusive, modern design

Cons

Video quality not 4K
External LTE module required for Cloud features

Discover all the specs and features of the DR590X-2CH.

View Sample Footage

Out-of-Box Experience

The BlackVue DR590X is a fully-functional Full HD dash cam, whether you choose to use the optional LTE module and Cloud features or not.

BlackVue dashcams are very easy to install and the DR590X is no exception. Straight out of the box, attach the front unit to the windshield behind the rear view mirror with the provided double-sided tape. This way, the dashcam is invisible to the driver’s eye. Then, plug the power cords into the cigarette lighter / accessory power socket of your vehicle and it will automatically start recording as you turn ignition on. Once set, you can forget about it, knowing it will reliably record your drive.

If you choose to hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle's fuse box, you will unlock the DR590's' parking mode recording function with motion and impact detection. Because the DR590X comes with built-in voltage monitor, you don't even need the BlackVue Power Magic Pro (PMP) like the old BlackVue S-series.

If you have purchased the DR590X-2CH dual-channel dash cam system, you will need to connect the rear camera using the included rear camera connecting cable. Route the cable down the length of your vehicle and attached the rear camera on your rear windshield.

All video footage is automatically saved on the microSD card (supports up to 256GB). The loop recording feature ensures that there is always storage space for your latest videos. The DR590X does not come with a screen on it but there are many ways for you to play back your videos. You can also remove the microSD card and plugged into your PC or Mac using the included microSD card reader. Alternatively, you can also access the videos using the free BlackVue mobile app and a direct WiFi connection.

Everything you need to record your drive is included in the box: front camera with adhesive windshield mount, rear camera with mount and connecting cables, microSD card, plug-in power cable and BlackVue 3 Wire Hardwiring Kit.

1080p Full HD Video Quality

Getting a dash cam is all about having video proof, and with it's 2.1MP Sony STARVIS CMOS image sensor, the DR590X records Full HD videos from the front camera. If you are using the DR590X-1CH, your front camera records at 60FPS.

If you are using the DR590X-2CH dual-channel system, you will also get 1080p Full HD recording from the rear camera, but because both front and rear cameras are recording simultaneously, you're limited to recording at 30FPS.

The difference between 30FPS and 60FPS is with 60FPS, your footage will appear more smooth, more fluid and videos look more lifelike as the camera can better catch details in fast moving objects thanks to reduced motion blur.

Note that the front camera of the DR590X-2CH is only capable of Full HD at 30FPS, even if you decide to skip the rear camera. If you are looking for recording at 60FPS, you will need to consider the DR590X-1CH (and not have a rear camera), or upgrade to the DR750X-2CH, which is also a Full HD dash cam but will give you native 60FPS recording.

Intelligent Parking Mode

The DR590X Series is compatible with parking mode. In Parking Mode, your dashcam monitors your parked vehicle, recording videos when it detects movement or impact. It also includes the few seconds before the triggering event, thanks to buffered recording. You will need the optional BlackVue 3-wire Hardwiring cable or Power Magic Ultra Battery Pack (B-124X) or the BlackboxMy BI-750 Battery Pack to enable this feature.

In Time Lapse mode, to reduce the size of the video files and save SD card space, the camera will continuously record at just 1FPS (one frame per second), rather than the standard 30/60 FPS. All event clips however are recorded at full resolution and 30FPS. A standard 32GB microSD card can store over 48 hours of time lapse video at the highest (Extreme) video quality level.

The DR590X automatically switches to Parking Mode when the ignition is switched off, and will continue to monitor you’re your vehicle, recording and storing events for review later – or alerting you in real time via the BlackVue app if you are using the optional CM100G LTE connectivity module (coming soon). Video buffering ensures that your camera will also record the seconds leading up to the event, ensuring you have the whole picture.

Unlike the previous DR590S, the DR590X has voltage monitoring built into the dash cam, you don't have to worry about the dash cam depleting your vehicle’s battery when operating overnight. Of course, for extended recording times we still strongly recommend using the Power Magic Ultra Battery B-124X or the BlackboxMy BI-750 Battery Pack.

BlackVue Over the Cloud

BlackVue Over the Cloud is a suite of innovative ‘connected’ features that takes your BlackVue experience to new levels - it opens up Cloud options for the DR590X and allows you to remotely connect with your vehicle anytime, anywhere using your smartphone.

Let BlackVue watch over your car, informing you immediately of incidents such as impacts, via Push Notifications to your Apple or Android phone. Connect to your DR900X dash cam anytime, from anywhere, and check on your car with Remote Live View. Play recorded video clips remotely and back-up important ones to the Cloud or your phone. Monitor progress and access location data, GPS logs and Driving Reports courtesy of the realtime Live Tracking feature. Even broadcast Live to Facebook and YouTube.

Keep in mind that in order to use the BlackVue Over the Cloud features, you will need to get the optional CM100G LTE module - you will not be able to connect to the Cloud or use Cloud features via WiFi.

The CM100G LTE is compatible with SIM cards from the following network carriers (including their MVNOs):

BlackVue App (iOS, Android) & Viewer (Windows/Mac)

The BlackVue App (iOS/Android) and Viewer (Windows/Mac OS) are free to download and use. Both allow you to change settings and review videos sorted by time and type (Normal/Event/Parking).

With the BlackVue App, connect via Wi-Fi to your dash​cam to retrieve videos on the spot. Our dash cam experts also like to use the app's camera Live View for easy set-up and positioning of the DR590X in the vehicle.  

For those with a lot of footage for playback, the BlackVue Viewer is probably the easiest solution. Access recordings on your camera’s microSD card, simultaneously viewing front and rear camera footage, moving maps and GPS data including time, date and speed. All video clips are listed by date, time and recording mode (Normal, Parking, Event, etc.), making it simple to quickly identify and archive important footage. BlackVue Viewer also provides access to your camera’s settings, as well as the ability to update your dashcam’s firmware when necessary. Viewer also allows you to connect to your DR900X over the Cloud, accessing Live View, Real Time Tracking etc., anytime and anywhere.

New for the X-Series: Always-On Cloud Connectivity

The DR590X comes with a USB port that you can plug in the optional CM100G LTE module, giving the dash cam the ability to remotely connect to the BlackVue Cloud anytime, anywhere.

The CM100G LTE Module is an optional "plug and play" add-on module that connects to the front camera of the DR590X.

Important: The DR590X is not compatible with the CM100 LTE Module of the DR900X/DR750X.

Your Videos are Safe

The DR590X comes with several features that help make sure your videos and dash cam are safe.

  • Scheduled Reboot: Schedule a daily automatic reboot (optional—at night by default) to minimize potential errors. Reboots happen only if the dashcam is in Parking Mode and not writing data to the microSD card.
  • Event Files Overwrite Protection: dashcams record in a loop, overwriting older files when the memory is full. BlackVue can prevent Event files (triggered manually or by impacts) overwriting. Up to fifty (50) files can be protected this way. You can choose to allow new Event files to overwrite past Event files, thus keeping the latest fifty.
  • Adaptive Format-Free File Management: this BlackVue-developed file system improves recording stability and requires less microSD card formatting.
  • SD Card Failure Alert: your BlackVue detects as soon as the microSD card fails and warns you with a “Please check SD card” voice alert.

And for those using the BlackVue Over the Cloud service, there's the Automatic Cloud Backup feature. Even with an active BlackVue Cloud account, it's important to keep in mind that no all recordings are automatically backed up and stored on the Cloud - not only is it not feasible, it's not necessary to have a backup of every second of normal driving or parking mode videos.

Instead, only your event files are automatically uploaded to the Cloud. During normal driving or when parked, if an event triggers an "event" recording, that video will be backed up to the BlackVue Cloud so you can access the video remotely and at a later time. This comes in handy in the event that your dash cam (and microSD) card is damaged due to a major accident or theft.

Can I Use the Same Cables If I'm Upgrading?

The DR590X is essentially the DR590S with the added built-in voltage monitoring and the USB port for the CM100G LTE Module.  

With that said, upgrading from the BlackVue DR590S is as pretty straightforward. The rear camera and all the connecting cables are the same - giving you the option to leave existing wiring intact and simply just replace the front unit.

Here's what you can keep from your existing 2-Channel DR590S:

  • Rear camera and rear camera mount
  • Rear camera connecting cable

Here's what you need to replace

An upgrade is worth if...

You need an always-connected solution for your dash cam and vehicle(s)
You are looking for a dash cam + hotspot all-in-one solution
You want a more reliable, hassle-free hardwiring solution

Common Customer Questions & Recommendations

We would like to end this follow-up review with several customer questions and feedback.

1) Where do I get a SIM card?

The BlackVue CM100 LTE is compatible with micro-SIM cards from the following networks:

NOTE: When purchasing a SIM card for your CM100 LTE Module, you only need a data-only plan. Just ask the carrier for a data-only SIM for tablets.

2) How much data do I need?

You are only using data when you're connected to BlackVue Over the Cloud - video recording does not require data. In other words, until you connect to the Cloud, you're not using any data.

With that said, how much data you need depends on how often you connect to the Cloud. Here are some basic data consumption estimates from BlackVue:

In other words, if you’re a light Cloud-user and you only use the Cloud for remote live view or as backup storage, then you can get by with 2GB a month. However, if you are always connected to the Cloud, utilizing all the Cloud features to the max, then we recommend a data subscription plan that gives you more GB (i.e. 4GB). It’s also a good idea to inquire about over-usage charges or on-demand upgrades.