BlackVue DR750LW-2CH

BlackVue DR750LW-2CH

The Pittasoft BlackVue DR750LW-2CH is a dual channel dash cam with WiFi capabilities released in mid 2014.  This is one of the top of the line dual cameras available today since it records 1080p at 30fps for both the front and rear cameras.  There are a number of differences between this camera and the previous DR550GW-2CH.  They include:

  • 1080p at 30fps for both the front and rear cameras instead of 720p for the rear
  • Changing from the discreet cylindrical design to a huge 4-inch LCD touch screen (really targeted to the Korean market not the international one)
  • Touchscreen can be used as a rear view camera when backing up
  • Increasing the bitrate to 6 Mbps for the front camera and 4 Mbps for the rear camera (still way too low which will cause pixelation problems in some settings)  – Russians have created a custom firmware to increase the bitrate
  • Built in battery discharge prevention with cutoff voltage of 11.8V or  12V (a bit too low for most people see – Battery Discharge Prevention)
  • Firmware Over The Air which allows for firmware updates to be done automatically via Wi-Fi using the smart phone app
  • Overheat protection which constantly monitors the camera’s internal temperature and will shut off if it gets too hot.

This dash cam can be equipped with an optional external GPS module.  It also has a G-sensor and parking mode.  The front camera is using a 2.4 MP Sony Exmor CMOS sensor and the rear camera is using a 2MP Omnivision CMOS sensor.  Video quality is one of the best we have seen for a dual camera, particularly the rear but the low bit rate will be problematic is some driving conditions (i.e. lots of trees, movement, etc.).  Overall video quality is very good during the day and average at night.

One of the disappointments with this camera is the size.  The front camera is 107.2 x 67.5 x 20.5 mm which would be too large for most people looking for discreet solutions.  The rear camera is quite small at 67.4 x 27.6 mm.  Overall, we would have preferred a smaller, no LCD screen dash cam.

Pittasoft is also selling the DR750L-2CH model which does not have WiFi capability and the DR730L-2CH model  which does not have WiFi and records 720p on the rear camera.

Known problems

Not many problems have been identified since this camera has been recently released.

Mounting the Camera

Our member Geleon has provided some pictures of the camera mounted in a car.

BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Mounted 1 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Mounted 2

DR750LW-2CH Teardown

BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Teardown 1 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Teardown 2 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Teardown 3 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Teardown 4 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Teardown 5

Sample Videos

Day Video – Front

Day Video – Rear

Night Video – Front

Night Video – Rear

Should I Purchase?

The BlackVue DR750LW-2CH is the most feature packed dual camera available today.  If you are looking for a discreet solution, look elsewhere.  The steep $400+ price tag and potential video pixelation due to low bit rates are concerns.  Reliability is also unknown at this time and BlackVue has had a mixed reputation in this area.

However, for some purchasers looking for the best dual camera available in 2014, the DR750LW-CH should be considered as long as you can accept the drawbacks.

Where to purchase for lowest price

This camera is available on eBay and Amazon.

Firmware

The latest English firmware can be downloaded from the BlackVue site.  Custom firmware made by Russian users is also available.  See this thread for more information.

User Manual

You can download the manual here.

Specifications

 BlackVue DR750LW-2CH
Price$440
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ManufacturerPittasoft
CountryKorea
Specifications 
Processor
CMOSFront: Sony Exmor
Rear: Omnivision
Channels2
Screen4"
GPSOptional
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto
Video 
Max ResolutionFront: 1080p 30fps
Rear: 1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)Front: 6
Rear: 4
Video FormatMP4
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing AngleFront: 146°
Rear: 129°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)64GB
Max Size (User)64GB
Other 
Size (mm)Front: 107.2 x 67.5 x 20.5
Rear: 67.4 x 27.6
MountAdhesive
Power Supply12V
Operating Temp-20˚C to 60˚C
BatteryCapacitor
Release DateJul 2014
AppsPC, OSX, Android, iOS
Unique FeaturesBuffers video in parking mode (saves 10 seconds before impact / motion detection and 50 seconds after)
High temperature shut-off
Automatic firmware updating via Smartphone App
Rating 
AdvantagesGood form factor
Buffers in parking mode
DisadvantagesPixelation problem when lots of moving objects
Expensive
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordA feature packed dual camera with 1080p 30fps front and rear. Large size, high price and low bit rate are negatives.

Published: September 9, 2014