Best Dash Cams with Backup Cameras

There are currently many dual dash cams (front and rear camera) on the market today, but only select few have a built-in backup assist feature on them. Typically these dash cams are the rear view mirror mounted type, as they have a large screen on them, while the more traditional wedge or tube shaped dash cams have a small screen or no screen at all and are often hidden behind your rear view mirror.

So that’s the first thing to consider when buying a backup reverse dash cam combo, do you want to have a rear view mirror mounted dash cam? As that’s just about your only option when buying a dash cam and reverse backup assist combination.

Below we have gathered our top picks for the best dash cameras with backup assist features and provided a review of each as well as the pros and cons and full specs.

Best Dash Cams with Backup Assist of 2020


#5 TOGAURD Backup Camera and Mirror Dash Cam

TOGUARD Dash Cam and Backup AssistThe TOGAURD mirror dash cam with backup camera is a dash cam and parking assist combo that offers you all the normal dash cam like options as well as offering you the option to engage a backup and parking assist feature using the included rear camera. The backup assist feature can be automatically triggered when you put your car in reverse by using the included wiring kit that you would hook up directly to your cars reverse light wiring. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of wiring the camera directly into your taillight, you can still use the backup assist feature by selecting the option on the touch screen on the main front unit. The backup assist will display video from the rear camera on the 7 inch screen up front and provide line assist like other backup cameras offer. When you stop and start your car, the rear camera will record video at all times, just like the front camera.

The front camera records 1080p HD video, while the back records video at 480p. The rear camera is waterproof and can be mounted either outside above your license plate, or inside on your back window with an included adhesive mount. The front camera has a wide lens angle of 170 degrees and the rear has a lens angle of 130 degrees.

Parking mode can be used with this dash cam, which is triggered by an impact, such as a parking lot incident while you’re away.

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PROS and CONS of the VanTop H610

PROS

  • Low priced, budget dash cam
  • Parking mode with motion detection
  • Wide 170° lens angle
  • Wiring kit & backup assist features

CONS

  • Rear camera is only 480p resolution
  • Small 32GB memory card capacity
  • Uses lower end image sensors

TOGUARD Dash Cam Specs

  • 1080p Front Cam, 480p Rear Cam
  • 170° Front Lens Angle, 120° Rear
  • GC2363 Image Sensor
  • 7″ IPS Touch Screen Display
  • 32GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking mode with motion & impact detection
  • Backup Assist Features with Wiring Kit
  • Battery Powered rather than Capacitor

#4 AZDOME Mirror and Backup Dash Cam

AZDOME Backup Dash CameraThe AZDOME rear view mirror front dash cam has a wide 11.8 inch touch screen that can be used for playing back videos, making setting changes to the dash cam setup and using it as a traditional backup assist camera system.

Both front and rear cameras record video at 1080p HD video @ 30 frames per second. The front camera has a lens angle of 150° and the rear backup cam has a viewing angle of 130°.

With the included GPS antenna module you are able to log and track your speed and location using their PC software.

This dash cam has a basic parking mode feature that detects an impact while you’re parked and will begin record for 1 to 3 minutes. To use this option you will want to get a hardwire kit sold separately.

Backup assist features are similar to what you would find on a regular backup camera unit, with a guide and lines to help you back into tight parking spaces. It can be automatically activated when you put your car in reverse, but this will require you to install the included wire kit directly into your rear reverse taillight. If you don’t want to do this install portion, you can manually use the touch screen to get into reverse backup assist mode. While this acts like a backup assist camera, the rear camera records video all the time when you are driving, just like the front camera. The rear cam is water proof and can be mounted inside or outside of your car.

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PROS and CONS of the AZDOME Dash Cam

PROS

  • 1080p HD recording on both front and rear cams
  • Large 11.8 inch touch screen
  • Parking mode with impact detection
  • Waterproof rear camera

CONS

  • Relatively small 32GB memory card capacity
  • Uses battery rather than a capacitor (potential issues with high heat)
  • GPS is not built-in, uses a separate module

AZDOME Dash Cam Specs

  • 1080p Video on Front and Rear Cameras
  • 150° Lens angle front, 130° rear
  • Backup Assist features on main touch screen
  • 11.8 inch touch screen
  • 32GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking mode with impact detection
  • GPS options with included module antenna
  • Battery powered with 500mAh

#3 VanTop H610 Dash Cam & Backup Assist

VanTop Dash Cam Backup Cam ComboThe H610 from VanTop is a rear view mirror dash cam that comes with the main front unit and also a rear camera that also serves as a backup assist camera, using the front mirror cam as the screen. It features full HD video on both of the cameras. The front camera shoots in 2.5K (2560 x 1440P) and the rear camera shoots at 1080p. This can be switched back and forth, but you’re probably going to want to have the front camera at the higher video quality. The front camera uses the Sony IMX335 Starvis image sensor, which are known for their clear night vision video quality. Both front and rear cameras have a wide lens angle, with the front cam at 170° and the rear camera at 160°

The main front screen is an IPS touch screen and 10 inches wide, giving you a large video screen to playback videos, make setting changes to the dash cam and use the backup assist features.

The included rear camera is waterproof and can be mounted inside on the back window of your car with an included adhesive mount, or it can be mounted outside of your car above your license plate. The rear cam acts like a regular dash cam, recording video whenever you start your car, but it can also be used as a backup assist camera. For the backup assist feature to turn on automatically, you can hardwire the camera (with included wiring kit) directly into your reverse taillight, or you can use the touch screen to activate the backup assist feature. This will show you the lines and parking guide like other stand alone backup cams offer.

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PROS and CONS of the VanTop H610

PROS

  • Records 2.5K (2560 x 1440P) video
  • Uses Sony image sensor
  • Wide lens angle of 170°
  • Large 10″ video / touch screen

CONS

  • Uses battery rather than capacitor
  • No WiFi or GPS

VanTop H610 Dash Cam Specs

  • 2.5K (2560 x 1440P) Front Cam, 1080p Rear
  • Sony Starvis Image Sensor on Front Cam
  • 170° Front Lens Angle, 160° Rear
  • 10″ IPS Touch Screen Display
  • 128GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking mode with impact detection
  • Backup Assist Features with Wiring Kit
  • Battery Powered rather than Capacitor

#2 AUTO-VOX V5

AUTO-VOX V5 Backup CameraAUTO-VOX has been selling rear view mirror mounted dash cams for sometime now. There are a lot of companies who come and go, often selling dash cams with cheap image sensors that offer poor video quality.

The V5 from AUTO-VOX uses SONY image sensors, which are considered to be the best in the industry, helping you capture crisp day and night video.

This dash cam features 1080p HD recording on both the front and rear cameras, with both using the SONY IMX307 STARVIS CMOS image sensor. The front cam has a lens angle of 145° and the rear has a wider 150° viewing angle. With its built-in capacitor (rather than a battery) it does better in high heat areas.

It has a 9.35 inch touch screen, giving you a relatively large screen to use the backup assist feature on the dash cam. The V5 comes with the rear camera to be used as the backup camera, as well as wiring to be hardwired directly into your tail lights reverse light, which automatically engages the backup assist feature on the dash cam. Many might find this option too labor intensive, so the V5 has a feature where you can simply swipe right on the touch screen and it will go into backup mode. Once you’re in backup assist mode it looks like your common backup camera system with the guided lines to help you while backing into a parking space.

Overall the V5 from AUTO-VOX is an all around good dash cam and backup assist setup from a reputable company.

What’s the difference between the V5 and the V5PRO? The V5PRO is a more permanent install. With the V5PRO, you are actually replacing your existing rear view mirror and mounting a whole new unit in its place, where as the V5 straps directly onto your cars rear view mirror. The V5PRO also doesn’t use the car charger, it uses a hardwire kit to tap into your cars fuse box for power.

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PROS and CONS of the AUTO-VOX V5

PROS

  • Has backup assist features
  • Uses SONY Image Sensors on both cameras
  • Capacitor rather than battery (better for extreme temperatures)
  • Intuitive touch screen

CONS

  • GPS feature is not built-in, uses external antenna
  • No Wifi for remote access

AUTO-VOX V5 Dash Cam Specs

  • 1080P HD Video @ 30FPS (Front & Rear)
  • SONY IMX307 image sensors on both cams
  • 64GB microSD Capacity
  • Backup Assist features on main screen
  • 145° Lens angle front, 150° rear
  • Parking mode with impact detection
  • GPS options with included module antenna
  • Capacitor Powered

#1 VanTop H612T 4K Dash Cam

VanTop 4K Dash Cam and Backup AssistThe H612T rear view mirror dash cam and rear backup assist camera is the only one on our list that offers real 4K video. While many dash cams claim to record in 4K, many are only recording about half of that and then they upscale the video file before it’s saved onto the memory card. VanTop has used an 8MP Sony image sensor which is capable of recording real 4K video. While the front camera is recording video at 4K, the rear camera that also acts as a backup assist camera is recording video at 2K. The front camera has a wide lens angle of 170°, while the rear cam has a viewing angle of 160°.

The main front mirror dash cam unit has a large 12″ touch screen display where you can playback videos, change settings and view the backup assist and parking guide while backing up.

With the 23 foot cable on the rear camera, it should be more than enough length for most vehicles to reach the back of your car, truck or van. The rear camera is waterproof and can be mounted inside on your back window, or outside of your vehicle (typically above your license plate).

The VanTop H612T comes with a wiring kit that allows you to wire the rear camera directly into your reverse light of you taillight, which automatically triggers the backup assist feature when you put your car in reverse. If you don’t want to wire this in your car, you can still engage the backup assist feature by using the touch screen. While the rear camera acts as a backup camera, it also funtions just like a normal dash cam, recording video while you drive.

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PROS and CONS of the VanTop H612T Dash Cam

PROS

  • 4K Video on Front Cam, 2K on Rear
  • Large 12″ Touch Screen Display
  • Wide 170° Front Lens Angel, 160° Rear
  • Uses Sony Starvis Image Sensors
  • Voice Control for Common Commands

CONS

  • GPS is not built-in, uses a GPS module (included)

VanTop H612T Dash Cam Specs

  • 4K Video Recording Front Cam, 2K Rear
  • 170° Front Lens Angle, 160° Rear
  • Sony IMX415 Image Sensor
  • 12″ IPS Touch Screen
  • 128GB microSD Capacity
  • Parking mode with impact detection
  • Backup Assist Features with Wiring Kit
  • Battery Powered rather than Capacitor

Installing a Dash Cam with Backup Assist

To utilize all the features of your dash cam and backup assist setup you will need to hardwire a wiring kit directly into the taillight of your car (this is optional), specifically the reverse light wiring. This will tell the dash cam when your car has been put in reverse, by detecting that the reverse lights of your car have come on. This can be somewhat of a technical and time consuming task, which many find overwhelming or even consider hiring someone to do it. That’s why many choose not to wire the dash cam directly into their cars reverse light.

Wiring a backup assist dash cam into your car is not required. You can still use the backup assist feature by selecting the option on the touch screen. Some of the dash cams make this option easy, where you can simple swipe right on the screen and it will bring up reverse mode, giving you the guided lines and parking assistant graphics on the screen.

Installing the front camera is as simple as wrapping 2 rubber straps around your existing rear view mirror. These rubber straps will not damage your rear view mirror and hold it securely in place. You will then need to run the car charger wire down to your cigarette or USB port in your car. Most people will tuck the wire into the top head board of their car and run the wire down the side of the windshield paneling, under the glove box and into the power source.

Installing the rear camera involves running the wire from the main front dash cam unit to the back of the car. Most rear cameras that come with a backup feature will often be waterproof, so you have the option of mounting it outside of your car, typically above your license plate, or inside on the back window with the included adhesive mount. We reccomend mounting on the inside if you can see well enough through the window, since the camera being mounted outside will often get dirty and the lens may be needed to be cleaned off often.