The CR900 is a dual channel dash cam released in Jun 2018 by the Chinese manufacturer Crosstour. This reasonably priced dual dash cam is popular on Amazon and has many positive reviews.
The CR900 is based on the Novatek 96663 processor. It uses a Sony Exmor IMX323 CMOS sensor for the front camera and a Sony Exmor IMX323 CMOS sensor for the rear camera. These are decent components and can be found in many other popular dash cams.
The front camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 10 Mbps for the front camera. The rear camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 6 Mbps. Video quality for the front camera during the day is very good and night quality is above average. While the rear camera is also 1080p it does have worse quality than the front camera. The video is good during the day but below average at night. In low light conditions, the video quality is grainy.
The camera has a 3″ screen, g-sensor and GPS is an optional module. There are many complaints regarding this GPS module and poor connectivity. We do not suggest purchasing this module. As this is a basic dual cam, the CR900 does not come with WiFi or supporting smartphone apps. The camera only comes with non-buffered parking mode (optional hardwire kit required).
The CR900 is a medium sized wedge camera at 89 x 70 x 80mm, a bit wider than other wedge cameras on the market. The camera comes with an adhesive mount and cannot swivel to record interactions at the side windows. Build quality is average and reliability has not been the best. Unfortunately the CR900 does not come with audio error notifications. It does provide error notifications on the screen but these can easily be missed by the driver.
Crosstour appears to be responsive to questions but beyond that, the camera has limited support. We have not seen any firmware updates for this camera since it has been launched.
Note that while the camera has a large number of very good reviews on Amazon, Crosstour provides a free gift in exchange for 5-star reviews. This likely influences the ratings there.
USB connection problems
The biggest complaint from owners are damaged USB ports. The power cord should be plugged into the port marked USB and the rear camera should be plugged into the other port.
If you plug the incorrect cable into the port, you will likely damage the port or the cable. Be very careful when connecting cables on this camera.
Green bar on screen
Numerous users have complained of a green vertical bar on the left hand of the screen. This type of problem can typically be fixed with a firmware update. Since we haven’t seen any firmware updates for the CR900, check with the seller / Crosstour to see if a firmware fix available.
Should I Purchase?
The Crosstour CR900 is a reasonably priced dual camera with decent video quality for the front camera. The rear camera is less impressive, especially at night. For a no-frills, budget dual dash cam that uses a capacitor, the CR900 should be considered. That being said, be careful when connecting the cables to the USB ports.
The primary negatives are the lack of audio error notifications, poor optional GPS, average reliability and the unethical practice of providing free gifts in exchange for positive reviews on Amazon.
Published: Oct 13, 2020