The DR02 dash cam from AUKEY is a front and rear camera system for your car that records full HD video on both cameras. This new “upgraded” version from AUKEY uses the higher end Sony image sensors, which will improve day and night time video quality.
The AUKEY DR02 D dash cam is priced in the low $100’s, making it an affordable and budget dual dash cam option.
Overall the front and back camera is small and all black, making it a “stealthy” or discrete dash cam, which can help prevent theft or car break-ins. The back of the main front camera unit has a built-in LCD screen, so you won’t need to use a smartphone or app to make dash cam setting changes, it can all be done right on the DR02.
Below we have done a full review on the DR02, covering all the basic features, specs and pros and cons of the dash cam.
AUKEY DR02D Specifications
Video Resolution: 1080p @ 30FPS on Front & Rear Cameras
Image Sensor: SONY Starvis IMX323
Lens Angle: 170° Front Cam, 152° Rear
Photo File: JPG
Photo Resolution: 2.19MP
Video File: MP4
Video Compression: H.265/H.264
Display: 1.5 LCD
Storage: microSD (Class 10) up to 128GB
Battery or Capacitor: Capacitor
Parking Mode: Yes
Time Lapse Mode: Yes
Audio Recording: Yes, (on/off option)
WiFi: Yes (with DR02 P version)
GPS: Yes, with optional GPS module
Dual Dash Cam: Yes
Model Name: DR02D or DR02P
Price: Check Current Price
Pictures of the AUKEY DR02 Dash Cam
AUKEY DR02 Features
While there are other higher priced dash cameras out there that record video in 2K or even 4K, the AUKEY DR02 only records video at 1080p. 1920x1080p is considered “HD” video and is used by many dash cams out there. Often times the 1080p, 2K or 4K resolution is not always the most important factor when it comes to video quality. The dash cams image sensor makes a big difference in overall video quality. The good thing about the DR02 is that it uses a Sony IMX323 image sensor. Sony image sensors cost more to manufacture and capture better day time video and clear after dark video.
A 2K+ dash cam using a cheap generic image sensor will often capture a lower quality video than a 1080p camera with a higher end Sony image sensor, like the AUKEY DR02.
Video Storage and Loop Recording
The DR02 does not have any internal memory. It requires a microSD card to save video files.
AUKEY DR02 supports a 128GB microSD card or smaller (best memory card for dash cam)
It uses “loop recording”, which basically means that the dash cam will automatically write over the oldest files and loop back around. So, the memory card never gets full.
What size memory card should you get?
If all you want the DR02 for is to capture an accident, which is usually less than a couple minutes of video, you won’t need a huge microSD card. We recommend a 16GB microSD card. Make sure it’s a “Class 10”, which is what most microSD cards are that you would find at Best Buy, Walmart or on Amazon.
Do both the front and rear cameras need their own memory card?
No, you only need one memory card for both the front and rear cameras. They will both save video files to one microSD card.
What’s the difference between the DR02 D and DR02 P?
The main difference between the DR02D and the DR02P is that the “P” version has built-in wifi and the “D” version does not come with wifi. The DR02 P with wifi is priced about $20 more than the DR02 D.
Built-In WiFi & Remote Access (DR02 “P” Version)
With the DR02P, it has built-in wifi. This will allow you to remotely connect your smartphone to the dash cam to make setting changes, watch saved videos and download videos.
Parking Mode Features
There is a basic parking mode feature on the DR02. It has a motion detection option that you can manually set. Once this is set in the menu area, the dash cam will automatically start recording video on the front or rear camera if motion is detected.
To use this parking mode feature it needs a constant power source when you turn off your car. Your cigarette adapter loses power when you shut off your car, so you will need to use a separate “hardwire” kit that plugs the camera into your cars fuse box and pulls power directly from your cars battery.
AUKEY DR02 Accessories
What’s in the box:
- Main Front Camera Unit
- Rear Camera
- USB Cigarette Adapter
- 13ft Cable for Front Camera
- 23ft Cable for Rear Camera
- Adhesive Mounts (2)
- Adhesive Replacements
- Adhesive Cable Clips (6)
- User Manual
PROS and CONS of the AUKEY DR02
- Budget price
- Sony images sensors for both cameras
- Wide lens angle on both cameras
- Compact “stealth” design and profile
- Limited parking mode features