The popular DR750X Series Full HD Cloud dash cams are getting a refresh. Introducing DR750X PLUS Series.
The new models, DR750X-1CH PLUS and DR750X-2CH PLUS, while similar in appearance to the DR750X Series, introduce fundamental changes and upgrades to the current Cloud Full HD dash cam lineup.
What's new in X PLUS Series?
Upgraded Image Sensor
The main change brought by the Plus Series is an improved Sony STARVIS™ CMOS sensor. The image sensor in the DR750X-1CH Plus and DR750X-2CH Plus (front and rear) have a much better ability to preserve details in extreme lighting conditions.
To illustrate this, have a look at these screenshots. At night, while the DR750X Plus footage may look slightly darker at first glance, it is in fact much better exposed. In other words, the sensor is better able to preserve the critical details in the highlights (here, the license plate number), while simultaneously maintaining nuances in the shadows.
Halos around light sources are also minimized by the new sensor compared to its predecessor.
The DR750X Plus sensor has an increased native dynamic range compared to the DR750X sensor. Just to be clear, we are not talking about the High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. HDR consists in blending dark and bright frames to digitally increase the dynamic range. Its drawback is that it can create artifacts in contrasted scenes or in fast-moving objects. Instead, the DR750X Plus sensor can natively reproduce scenes with dark and bright elements more accurately. It is also is able to better expose for different scenes (day / night).
Let’s see how those improvements benefit typical dash cam recording scenarios.
Details preserved in highlights at night
One of the most difficult tasks for a sensor is to expose evenly and preserve bright spots in an overall dark scene. When a sensor is pointed at an overall dark scene, such as a road at night, it will tend to compensate and make the image overall brighter. When combined with the illumination of your car’s headlights, license plates of other vehicles may end up appearing all white as a result. The DR750X Plus sensor adapts the exposure to preserve details in the highlights. And because it has a wider dynamic range to begin with, it also preserves details in shadows.
Shadow details kept visible during day
Conversely, when a scene overall bright, the sensor may tune its exposure all the way down. This can result is shadows looking darker than they are in reality. With the DR750X Plus sensor, you get both perfectly preserved highlights and detailed shadows.
Faster adaptation to differently lit scenes
Typically, this is most noticeable when entering or exiting a tunnel in daylight. If a sensor is slow to adjust its exposure, the image can get very dark in the moments you enter a tunnel. Then, upon exiting the tunnel, the image can appear almost uniformly white for some time until it exposes correctly.
The DR750X Plus sensor adapts much faster than its predecessor to those quick changes in ambient light.
How about checking out the actual videos recorded with the new DR750X PLUS?
Let's compare the video recorded with the DR750X vs DR750X PLUS
Single-channel (1-CH) is now upgradeable to Dual-channel (2-CH)
Before the DR750X PLUS Series, BlackVue designed the 1CH models as strictly 1CH only which without a secondary camera port.
With the new DR750X-1CH PLUS, you can upgrade to 2-CH later by adding the rear camera kit (available in the near future).
This means you can get the 1CH model first and upgrade to 2CH at a later time.
Note that it is still more economical to buy the 2CH model right away as compared to getting a 1CH camera and adding a rear camera later. Still, it is nice to know that you can upgrade later.
Single firmware for all DR750X PLUS
In conjunction with the addition of the rear camera port to the 1CH version, the DR750X Plus Series simplifies the firmware system.
The 1CH and 2CH versions both share the same firmware. That means in case you get the 1CH and add a rear camera later, you won’t have to worry about installing a new firmware.
How to spot the difference between DR750X and DR750X PLUS?
The DR750X and DR750X Plus look mostly the same. In order to identify a model without its packaging, your best bet is to look at the label on the dashcam. To reveal the label, unplug the cables from the front camera, press the LOCK button on the mount and pull to unmount the camera.