In the wake of the release of the BlackVue DR750S Series dashcams (DR750S-2CH and DR750S-1CH), people have been asking what improvements the new models bring to the table.
In this post, we will try to list key things that the new flagship BlackVue Cloud dashcam series improves upon.
Sony STARVIS™ sensors:
The new sensor improves low-light capability a lot, and has also better dynamic range. Better dynamic range means it is able to reproduce more details in both dark and bright areas of the image at the same time.
Full HD in the rear camera (versus HD) for DR750S-2CH:
This was one of the most requested features: now the sensor of the rear camera features the exact same Full HD 1080p sensor as the front camera (and yes, it is also a Sony STARVIS sensor).
This impacts almost everything, including faster booting, rebooting, shut down, updates, etc.
Better video encoding:
At comparable bitrate, you will probably notice fewer artifacts (blocking). Note that this might be hard to compare on YouTube, which reprocesses the videos and usually causes areas with lots of details like trees to exhibit artifacts anyway. This, even if the original footage is clear of artifacts.
60FPS (for the front camera):
It really does make a difference, especially for fast-moving objects and is most visible when taking turns. More importantly, you might expect 60FPS to require much higher bitrate, but 12Mbps gives a clear image while keeping file size (and Wi-Fi download speed) reasonable.
Improved GPS performance:
The GPS module, although similar in specifications, yields better performance thanks to the faster CPU. It is faster at catching a signal, and better at maintaining it.
Faster Wi-Fi downloads:
In real-life tests, download speed appeared about twice faster–although the Wi-Fi module specs are the same–. This is thanks, again, to the faster processor, which allows to send data faster over Wi-Fi, all while recording (all Wi-Fi-enabled BlackVue dashcams allow you to connect to them with the BlackVue App without interrupting the recording process).
Higher heat endurance:
The DR750S Series is guaranteed to run fine at up to 70°C (158F) and cuts off around 80 (176F). In our lab tests, the dashcam managed to run even beyond those temperatures, so our temperature cutoff value can be considered pretty conservative. You might wonder what happens between 70 and 80°C? Well, it is going to continue recording: the 80°C value is just a safe cutoff value, while 70°C is a maximum recommended ambient temperature value for long recording sessions. Of course, avoiding extreme temperatures is always recommended, as with any electronics.
Lower power consumption:
The dashcam itself produces less heat and has lower power consumption. This means the DR750S Series can potentially run for longer periods of time in Parking Mode.
Better file management:
This is to improve microSD card lifespan. We call it Adaptive Format-Free File Management System: Format-Free systems improve stability but don’t allow as many options as non format-free when it comes to choosing recording quality or video segment length, and force you into predefined segment lengths. With Adaptive Format-Free you keep control over these options and as a bonus stability is also improved and the microSD card requires less formatting.
Event File Overwrite Protection:
The dashcam protects up to 50 Event files. After 50 Event files, the following Event files are saved in the regular partition and can be overwritten. You can also choose to always keep the latest 50 Event files (so Event files loop into their own partition).
Please note: if you choose 3-minute segments in the options and Highest video quality setting, you might end up with close to 12GB of Event videos. Keep this in mind and preferably either choose 1-minute segments or use a higher capacity microSD card.
“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” —Roy (The IT Crowd)
As with any electronic device, restarting it from time to time can go a long way in ensuring stability. With scheduled reboot, you can choose a time–preferable at night–when your dashcam will reboot.
This might not sound like a big deal, but it’s a great feature for people who hardwire their dashcam for Parking Mode, in other words people who keep their dashcam powered all the time. To minimize chances of missing an incident, it won’t reboot and just skip to the next scheduled reboot in case the dashcam is recording something at the scheduled time.
Overhauled motion detection sensitivity in Parking Mode:
The way Motion detection works in Parking Mode has been improved to reduce “false positives” such as trees moving in the wind or people passing by far away from the vehicle. If parked along a road with high traffic, it might be better to turn off motion detection. In this scenario, the BlackVue will still catch impacts detected by the accelerometer).
Settings maintained through firmware upgrades:
Firmware upgrades bring improvements, new features and code optimization to your BlackVue dashcam. However, nobody enjoys the process of updating their electronic devices. Although once few and far between, firmware updates have started to come out more often. To make the upgrade process smoother, the DR750S Series dashcams keep your settings when upgrading the firmware: a big quality of life improvement. No more going through the menus to set up everything again after performing a firmware upgrade!
Improved security with unique Wi-Fi password:
The DR750S Series introduces unique Wi-Fi passwords instead of the default “blackvue” password, in a move to improve security. The password is included in the box and printed on the inner label of the dashcam, which can be checked by removing the dashcam from its mount. Some users might complain that it is not “blackvue” by default, but this should reduce risks of being hacked via Wi-Fi. That also means no more popup telling users that they are using the default password every time they connect to their dashcam in Wi-Fi. Considering that the user is free to change the password to whatever they choose, and since the dashcam will maintain settings through firmware upgrade, we think all in all it’s an improvement.
(Bonus) Improved stealth:
DR750S Series allows you to turn off individually all LED indicators of the dashcam in Parking Mode. That includes the Wi-Fi LED on the side, even when Wi-Fi stays active (which allows you to use BlackVue Cloud).
STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporation.