When it comes to motorcycle dash cams, the Blueskysea DV688 is known for being a popular choice among enthusiasts. The top reason why people are in the market for a motorcycle dash cam is to protect themselves and their property. Having an actual dual cam setup is far superior to attaching an action camera to your helmet or handle bars. If you spend just a little time on a motorcycle, you know how dangerous it can be. People not checking their blind spot, swerving drivers and unaware pedestrians are a few of the hazards on the road. In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled according to the Insurance Information Institute. We all understand the risks we take, but that shouldn’t mean we shouldn’t take precautions. With the amount of near accidents motorcyclists encounter, it makes sense to get a dash cam for proof of hazardous driving.
There are several features all motorcycle dash cameras have when riding ranging from image quality, to waterproofing, to viewing angle. There are standards that need to be met and we’ll see if the Blueskysea DV688 holds up. Let’s explore this dash cam and see what features it holds and if the dash cam fits your needs.
Overview of the Blueskysea DV688 Dash Cam
The Blueskysea DV688 is a Dual Lens Motorcycle Dash Cam. This means that it has two camera you can mount to your motorcycle, both front and back facing. Obviously this allows you to see cars in front of you swerve or cut you off and gives you the ability to see behind you, where you can’t. Quite often, not being able to see behind you results in not being able to prove you weren’t at fault for an accident.
Along with the dual camera system, it comes with a control unit enclosed with a screen that acts as recorder and DVR. It also comes with a wired remote that will give you quick access to most important functions like locking the camera or saving recent footage.
What comes in the Box?
- 1x DV688 2CH Camera
- 1x Wired Controller
- 1x Power Adapter
- 1x USB Charger Cable
- 6x Bandages
- 2x Velcro
- 2x Camera lens
- 2x 1m connection cable
- 2x Backup mount for camera
The Blueskysea dash cam comes with a variety of mounts that is sure to fit with a variety of bikes. It comes with plenty of 3M adhesives for mounting the camera. And handle bar and instrument panel mounts for the control unit and wired remote. I didn’t have an issue with cable length, some cable even ran 10 feet long. I recommend having some zip ties nearby, for cable management. They are only a few cents and will improve your safety. Even though some of the mounts look like GoPro mounts, stick with these mounts as they are designed for motorcycle use. They are hard plastic mounts and although my bike doesn’t have a huge engine, Harley users have commented that their engine vibrations don’t affect the dash cam.
One really neat detail is that the lens housing can be rotated 360 degrees, ensuring that the camera housing can be flipped upside down and still film in the correct orientation. It’s a hassle to rotate the video footage to view it.
The viewing angle is 130 degrees for both of Blueskysea’s lenses. This is a great viewing angle to be able to see around you. For context, the human eye has a viewing angle of about 135 degrees. If you think about it, you just added a second pair of eyes to your ride! Any wider or narrower would either distort or restrict the camera’s field of vision. As you can see from the pictures, the viewing angle captures much of the road.
The great thing about this dash cam is that its IP67 waterproof rated. Does that mean anything to you? Probably not, but I can tell you that this dash cam can survive the worst weather conditions. According to DSMT, IP67 means it is completely dust resistant and is “protected from immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter in depth”. It means heavy rain, wind or dust won’t affect this, but don’t go throwing your dash cam into a pool or the ocean.
Image quality during the day is superb as well as the night vision. During the day you can read license plates within 30 feet. Bright sun doesn’t blow out the image clarity. It films in 1080p which is perfect suitable for everyday riding. It uses Sony lenses, so you know the glass is not some knockoff. Unfortunately, depending on the lighting, night time riding is hard to compare to the daytime. You won’t be able to read license plates, but more importantly the quality is still good enough to capture the crucial moments such as an accident.
In talking to some users, some people have experienced malfunctions with their rear camera. It seems very rare but I do want to point that out. The good thing is that customer support is great and really puts the customer first and will issue you a new camera free of charge if the situation is explained thoroughly.
Even though this dual motorcycle dash cam can handle the heat from the sun, don’t try to put this near an exhaust. The casing won’t last long with those extreme temperatures. Most normal mount locations are free from having this issue.
Who should buy this?
The first decision you have to make is if you need a motorcycle dash cam. If you find yourself in a lot of accidents or near accidents, a dash cam can help make your case to law enforcement. Once you’ve decided you need some sort of system, decide if using an action camera like a GoPro is sufficient for your needs. While a GoPro is well known and can be used for other purposes, it is something that needs to be charged and setup every ride you go on. It also captures limited vision.
With a Dual Cam Motorcycle dash setup, it automatically records in looping fashion, erasing old footage when storage runs out ensuring continuous recording. Power is hooked up through your motorcycle so you don’t have to worry about it. And finally having two cameras increases your vision and ultimately increases your safety. If you are someone who wants to fully protect yourself and your property then the Blueskysea DV688 dash cam is perfect for you.