Updated on July 29, 2023
A dual dash cam system is the ultimate in terms of safety and security when you are driving. You can never tell for sure when some overenthusiastic driver is going to crash into your car and more importantly from what direction. As a matter of fact, this is one of the more likely reasons of a motor collision, i.e., someone hitting you from your blind side.
Even if you are a good driver and have the vehicle in your control, the one behind may be a habitual offender. They may habitually drive at more than the stipulated speed, putting others as well as themselves in harm’s way. A dual dash cam system is the perfect solution in this situation in case you are at the receiving end. It will keep monitoring both the front and the back of the car and provide an invaluable piece of evidence in the event of an accident. One such device is the Vantrue N2, which we review today:
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At the heart of the Vantrue N2 Dual Dash Cam are it’s two digital sensors. An AR0330 1/3″ CMOS sensor powers the front camera and the rear camera is powered by a ¼” CMOS sensor. These are both top-rated and high-end sensors which are perfect for the price.
The dual lens mechanism has two different perspectives when recording the view in front and at the back. The front-facing camera has a 170˚ ultra-wide angle view. That’s enough to give an A-pillar-to-A-pillar view of the road ahead and compares to some of the best dash cameras for sale at the moment.
The rear-facing camera (or the interior facing camera) has an angle of view of 140˚. That is more than enough to get a decent view through the back windscreen as well as the interior of the vehicle. The proximity of the subjects to the rear-facing camera (passengers sitting inside) and its wide angle of view should have given a fisheye perspective of the close subjects. But in actuality, it does not. It provides a surprisingly rectilinear view of the scene.
The dual mode cameras have different resolutions and recording frame rate. The one facing front records at 1920 x 1080p (full HD) at a frame rate 30 fps. The one facing back records at 1280 x 720p and at a frame rate 30 fps. An SD card slot is provided that accepts up to 64 GB cards. A maximum 32GB card is recommended. However, you can use a 64GB card as well. In case you choose to use one, you need to ensure that the card is formatted into FAT32 format first. When both cameras are recording, the front camera records at 1440 x 1080p at 30 fps and the rear camera records at 1280 x 720p at 30 fps. In addition to video recordings, the cameras can also record 12-megapixel stills. This comes in handy when shooting in time-lapse mode (explained below).
Dimensions & Weight
The Vantrue N2’s sizes are 3.9 x 1.5 x 1.6″ and weighs just about a pound. The external dimensions are comparable to the Cobra CDR 840, which is 3.9 x 1.5 x 2.4″ and both share the same screen size too (1.5″ LCD).
Memory Lock Gravity Sensing
The G-Sensor, or the Gravity Sensor, is a remarkable feature that is integrated with almost every good quality dashcam these days. These sensors can detect sudden changes in the movement of the vehicle. These include a car that comes to a sudden stop from a constant speed as well as a vehicle that is at a stationary position and then suddenly surges ahead.
The first instance is likely when a moving vehicle hits something and comes to a sudden stop. In the second instance, a stationary car is hit from either front or behind and makes a sudden surge in front or back. Both these instances are situations when a car is involved in an accident.
In both these situations, G-sensor will detect the sudden impact and lock the footage being recorded at that moment. In normal loop recording, a dashcam will continue to record for as long as there is storage. When storage is exhausted, it will delete the oldest videos / overwrite them with the new ones. Memory lock prevents this from happening by locking some videos where it detects impact by using G-sensor.
Dual Parking Mode
Another exciting feature of the Vantrue N2 Dual Dash Cam system is the built-in parking mode. Parking mode works as a standard surveillance camera that employs a technology known as a motion sensor. The motion sensor will continue to monitor the vicinity of your automobile. As soon as it detects something moving in front of the camera, it will come to life and immediately make a recording.
As a matter of fact, the Vantrue N2 has two parking modes. The first one is standard the same that we learned above. The second mode is the time-lapse mode. The time-lapse mode will automatically make an image after every few seconds/minutes, depending on how you set it up while the car is stationary. These images will then be compiled together into a video. This is a handy way to squeeze in several hours of activity in a small timeframe. In parking mode, both the front and rear cameras will make videos every time any movement is triggered in front of it.
The Vantrue N2 has a useful night vision capability. Night vision is crucial for the purpose to record meaningful videos at night. Night vision enhances the light signals received and creates presentable videos.
High Dynamic Range
The device supports a higher dynamic range, which ensures that it picks up as many stops of light as possible between the brightest white and the darkest black. A higher dynamic range produces sharper images with greater contrast.
With increasing consumer demands it is crucial to give more for less. Unfortunately, like with the mid-range Vantrue R2 and high-end Vantrue N4, there is no built-in GPS module. There seems to be a pattern emerging with this brand. Nonetheless, all of the mentioned devices can support GPS functionality with an add-on. To get the fullest out of this device, consider purchasing the available optional mount with GPS receiver. It will allow you to check vehicle location, speed, route on a map through Vantrue Player Software, and much more.
Setting It Up
There are many settings that you can tweak around. You have to insert the memory card after formatting it to Fat32 format. Select the recording formats, and the device takes it from there. Auto LCD off is a nice feature. Ideally, you should have this turned on. This will prevent an illuminated LCD screen staring at you all the time when recording. This can be especially disconcerting when driving at night.
Overall the Vantrue N2 Dual Dash Cam is a great buy. A one-stop recording solution for both the front and the back of your car. At this price you get a lot of features bundled into the product, but lacking an integrated GPS module means it’s not quite up there with the high end models, but certainly a good mid range contender.
With more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ash possesses a deep understanding of the diverse needs and challenges faced by drivers on the road. His relentless commitment to road safety and ongoing research is fueled by a genuine desire to create safer environments for all drivers.