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Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder

Dash cam for use with select Kenwood video receivers

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Add this DRV-N520 dash camera and drive assistant to select Kenwood multimedia receivers to enhance your...

Add this DRV-N520 dash camera and drive assistant to select Kenwood multimedia receivers to enhance your...

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About the Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder

Your Kenwood receiver's dash partner

Add this DRV-N520 dash camera and drive assistant to select Kenwood multimedia receivers to enhance your driving experience. When it's connected to the receiver's front camera input, you'll gain an in-dash view of whatever this dash cam records, plus departure delay warnings, collision alerts, and more.

Your Kenwood receiver's dash partner

Add this DRV-N520 dash camera and drive assistant to select Kenwood multimedia receivers to enhance your driving experience. When it's connected to the receiver's front camera input, you'll gain an in-dash view of whatever this dash cam records, plus departure delay warnings, collision alerts, and more.

Kenwood DRV-520

When connected to select Kenwood touchscreen receivers, you'll receive warnings like this to help you drive more safely.

Kenwood keeps you alert

This dash cam provides two key features that'll help you drive more safely:

  • Collision Avoidance Warning provides you with audible alerts if you're traveling too close to the vehicle ahead of you.

  • Departure Delay Warning gives you a heads up when you're stopped if traffic in front of you has started to move again.

Everything you'd expect from a dash cam

The Kenwood DRV-N520's fully automated camera will start recording once the engine is turned on and stop when the engine is turned off. When you're driving, this camera records a high-resolution, Full HD, wide-angle view of the road to keep a record of anything unexpected. High Dynamic Range technology compensates for sudden lighting changes to ensure you're always recording the best picture possible.

If you're in accident...

If you're involved in an accident, this device's built-in G-Sensor will detect hard braking or a collision, then save the last, current, and next recordings, preserving a complete record of the event. Video is saved to the included microSD™ card for playback, using the Kenwood Drive Reviewer PC software. You can also set the DRV-N520 to record when the ignition is off — a built-in motion sensor will activate when triggered and record whatever (or whomever) is on the other side of the windshield.

Compatible receivers

The DRV-N520 dash cam is compatible with select Kenwood DDX, DNX, and DMX Series in-dash multimedia receivers, including DNX994S, DNX874S, DNX694S, DNX574S, DDX9904S, DDX9704S, DMX7704S, DDX6904S, DDX6704S. For a complete listing of compatible radios, see Details.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • Full HD portable digital video recorder compatible with select Kenwood video receivers only
    • includes vehicle power cable, hard-wire cable option, adhesive-backed mount, and 8GB microSD card
    • works with select Kenwood multimedia receivers
    • incident time-stamping
    • 117° wide-angle view
    • alerts driver with warnings of forward collision and departure delay
    • high dynamic range for a sharper image
    • G-sensor incident and motion detection
    • resolution: 2304 x 1296
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DRV-N520
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    What's in the box:

    • Dashboard camera
    • 11.5' Power/Video harness
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • Cable holder
    • 8GB microSD card
    • microSD-to-SD card adapter
    • Instruction Manual
    • "Correction" note
    • Warranty Card

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    Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder

    Rondal from Cullowhee, NC on 7/8/2019

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    Easy to install and configure. Very happy with the image and lots of drivers aids. Good addition for a Kenwood Radio.

    Pros: Easy to Install. Good Image.

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    Mark from Lacey, WA on 5/23/2019

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    I have always wanted a dash cam, and this fits perfectly

    Pros: Takes up to 32Gb memory

    Cons: Lane departure is not supported in North America

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    Meh

    Marco from Daly City, CA on 2/11/2019

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    Below average camera and poor sound quality. When set to the highest res, I still can't make out license plates. In addition, the sound is well...horrible! I dont know if I got a defective unit, but I can barely here my own radio when playing back recordings. Driver support was annoying as heck!! Had to turn it all off...I would not recommend this product.

    Pros: Installation with the Head Unit was easy peasy.

    Cons: Driver support. Poor High Res and sound. Maybe my dashcam is defective??

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    Nice dash cam

    Crutchfield customer from Pittsburg, NH on 1/12/2019

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    I love it,good picture,easy install,fair price wound buy if you have a KENWOOD and you add a dash cam good product easy to use??

    Pros: Easy install easy to use install it and forget it

    Cons: None

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    Partly great, partly disappointing

    Eric from Saint Louis, MO on 11/6/2018

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    For the most part this product does what it says. I'm only giving it two stars, however, because the driver assist functions are essentially useless as they do not contain settings. The departure delay warning goes off constantly if you are the first car at a stoplight or stopsign. In this case, every time a car crosses the street you are stopped at, the warning goes off. The front collision warning is even worse. It seems to only detect two things: (a) your car is over a certain speed and (b) you are less than a certain distance from the vehicle in front of you. If you are going fast this distance is the same as if you are going slow, making the feature actually dangerous. It doesn't seem to detect if the care you are following is slowing down, only if you are close to it. If you are going fast there would be no way you could stop in time and if you are going slower the constant warnings are like the boy who cried wolf. Needs a firmware update to correct these problems and the ability to detect whether something is actually slowing down (getting bigger) and compare that speed to your speed and then determine if it should warn you. For some things, it seems like it would go off right before impact. For many other things it goes of if there is no danger whatsoever. Also, lane departure warning is not available in north America, and not tied to the turn signals anyway, so it would be super annoying.

    Pros: Easy to use with a Kenwood head unit. Basically does what it is supposed to.

    Cons: Driver support functions are not nearly ready for prime-time.

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    Lane departure

    Joe from Minnesota on 8/3/2018

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    I am posting a review because some people have mentioned that lane departure doesn't work in North America. I found a workaround. Update the firmware through Kenwood's Japanese site, I did it yesterday and now I have lane departure. There, for some reason, isn't any update on the American site. My system version is now 2.0

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    Awesome and slim dashcam

    VICTORINO from Murrieta, CA on 7/23/2018

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    i was contemplating on ordering this to add my head unit Kenwood DNX694S and I'm glad I did. Plugged in directly to my unit.

    Pros: Slim. easy to install directly to the head unit

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    Alright video, bad memory restrictions

    Bryan from Fontana, CA on 6/19/2018

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    The dash quality isn't the most amazing thing in the world but it is usable. The major downside of this is the restriction of 32gb memory. You can only have up to 32gb and that is disappointing.

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    Cons: You cannot put anything higher than 32gb in the memory slot.

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    Crutchfield customer from Ooltewah, TN on 5/25/2018

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    Video is alright. Love the camera size. Integrates nicely with receiver.

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    Great integration, poor video quality

    MIGUEL from Buckeye, AZ on 5/21/2018

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    I already had a Vicovation Opia2 in my F-150 but the thought of integrating a unit with a new Kenwood DNX-874S was intriguing. The cam offered a 3MP sensor which was higher than the Vico, the seamless integration into the head unit was easy and overall I had high expectations. That's about where things end however, the video quality is lackluster when compared to the Vico, there is no way to add a polarizer that would greatly improve on the image and while it does offer HDR for better images between low and bright light such as when going through a tunnel, that function it not available at the highest 3MP recording quality. Install was easy, just ran the cable to the A-Pillar and through to the radio cavity, wired the cam into the harness along with the radio and connected the camera specific wires into the radio. One button push and the camera displays on the head unit, programming is done via the head unit and playback can also be done via the head unit which is awesome if you were involved in a situation and wanted to play back the footage for law or fire on scene. The big recommendation would be to get a 32GB memory card, that will only give you about 4 hours of recording time in 1080/HDR mode but it's a lot better than the small 8GB card they supply. The main issue for me is that Vico has a better image, next, these are dedicated cameras and still today a phone which is not a dedicated camera does a better job which should not be the case.

    Pros: Easy integration into compatible head unit HDR recording for low/high bright transitions No need for additional GPS pucks

    Cons: Sub-standard video quality Not a standalone unit (requires integration)

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    Inside the park homerun

    RP709 from Waynesboro, PA on 4/16/2018

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    All in I really like this camera! It works well with my DNX994S, and the picture quality is very good in and out of the truck, the on screen warnings are a great feature although a bit over protective. The mounting height, angle and what the camera "sees" are all huge factors that need to be really strictly adjusted. For example 'mounting height' in meters, I need more options for a truck since I'm between the middle and highest points and it makes a difference. So depending on what you drive the ideal mounting location needs to be considered to get as close to preset points as possible. The only other reason I gave it 4 stars is the micro sd card Kenwood provides. If the camera has a max 32gb factor why are they giving up the huge 8gb card? As a seasoned dash camera user I know that life on the dash is tough on a card, the constant rewriting of data and the internal temperature extremes of the vehicle will kill most cards in a couple months. Give us (get your own) high endurance card from Sandisk or Lexar, I use them and they just don't quit. These are minor issues that can be fixed with a firmware update and a better card. I'm pretty much a dash cam savant at this point and for the price we expect a better offering when it's easy to spend $1k on the cam and the headunit. Kenwood came close, I'm hoping they get closer quick.

    Pros: Picture Sound Warnings Form Features

    Cons: No lane departure in North America WTH? Price of combined required equipment Lousy sd card Mounting height options

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    Nice !

    Lowell from Newaygo, MI on 1/1/2018

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    Works great! Small and hides nicely behind the rear view mirror! Incorporates well with the KENWOOD receiver!

    Pros: Easy install! Great picture!

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Seguin, TX on 11/30/2017

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    Does everything I need it to do. I don't need lane assist or crash warning... not relevant. My only disappointment is that camera is limited to a 32G card capacity.

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    Nice camear with good stereo integration

    Josh from Nashville, TN on 11/27/2017

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    I installed this a few weeks ago in my 2013 Jeep Wrangler (with a 3.5" lift on 35" Tires) thru a Kenwood DMX-7704s Head Unit. The unit works as expected I like that in the camera setup that it allowed for adjustment of the system mounting height for proper calibration. The default height of a car mount would have not worked from a software calibration perspective on my Jeep. Connection was a breeze to the back of the stereo, and to power/ground connections. The clarity on the screen is much better than I expected considering the varied reviews on clarity. I am not leveraging the lane, braking, and distance monitoring in this situation as I do not want that much information popping up at me. I did test those functions, and they did work. All-in-all this is a nice and small unit that fit nicely just below my rearview mirror. I feel better knowing that I can at least produce a video in the event of an accident.

    Pros: Size Clarity System Integration Easy Install

    Cons: none

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    Good picture, nicely integrated.

    Peter from Hollis, NH on 10/5/2017

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    Installed this camera along with a new Kenwood DNX994S head. Integration is perfect, I can review dashcam footage or live view from the stereo screen.

    Pros: Love the fact that this is totally integrated into the head, control and view right from my stereo screen!

    Cons: parking event sensor is a little too sensitive for my Wrangler, I sometimes set it off when I slam the tailgate. No biggy, just delete the event footage.

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    Good hardware look and feel, terrible video

    Jeffrey from Denver, CO on 9/15/2017

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    I ordered this to go along with the Kenwood head unit, and it seems like a great integrated system. The dashcam cast and installation seems high quality and looks good. The camera doesn't have a screen on it, so it's nice and small and sleek. Looks good in the car. Despite how good the hardware looks.. the video it produces is terrible. In the default 1080/hdr mode, the video looks blurry and low resolution, even in full daylight. The other modes, like departure delay, etc are useless. The kenwood head unit interface with the dashcam are fine. In summary, the hardware and interface are great - but the one main job the camera does - shoot video - is terrible quality and unacceptable for a dashcam. Kenwood needs to fix this asap either via a software or hardware update..

    Pros: Solid hardware, looks good, unobtrusive

    Cons: Terrible video quality, especially for the price.

    Crutchfield response on 9/18/2017
    Jeffrey, we're sorry you're disappointed with your video quality. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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    Really? This is what we have been waiting for?

    Woods from Shorewood, IL on 7/1/2017

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    I really tried to love this dash cam, but it is not possible. The advanced driving features are awful and I ended up turning them off. Far to many false alarms no matter how you fine tune the settings. The picture is just okay when using Kenwood's viewing app and it is down right awful on quicktime. I have another brand in the family car the picture quality is outstanding and I paid less for dual cameras. The sad thing is that I chose this particular headunit because of the dash cam. I have been a true Kenwood fan for a couple decades now and this is the biggest disappointment. Hopefully they will release an update to address the driving features.

    Pros: compact

    Cons: read the review

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    Keep looking....

    Matt from Columbia, SC on 6/5/2017

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    Keep looking.... There HAS to be something better out there than this. It isn't terrible, but it isn't worth nearly what it costs. The video quality doesn't appear to be HD to me - that is when shown on a Retina display, and definitely not on the head unit in the car! The microphone leaves something to be desired too. If I could get my money back for the head unit, I would send this back as well. Forget about the driver assist features., they are an absolute joke! I spent at least a couple of hours combined over several trips in the car adjusting the parameters, and I couldn't get it to stop with the false alarms. Needless to say, it has been turned off, because it gets beyond annoying - the beeping and screen displays! I will probably go for a blackvue next... They seem to be somewhat comparable in price, but offer something closer to what I expected from this unit. We will see...

    Pros: Small

    Cons: I don't feel like listing all of them... Read the review.

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    Crutchfield customer from Derry, NH on 5/17/2017

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    As of right now I am waiting on a call from Kenwood technical support to try and figure out why none of the features are working as well as the ability to correctly set the date and time. The only option you have during set up is time zone, daylight savings time,time format (12 or 24 hrs) and date format. There is no way to set the exact hours and minutes or the day month and year. Also the forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and departure delay warning do not work. The event recording does not work. It does not record the speed that you are traveling while the vehicle is moving. Considering that this camera only works with the DMX 7704s that I had to purchase, I must say a major, major disapointment. UPDATED 7/31/17: I am upgrading my review to 4 stars as I learned that I was missing a critical part that was necessary for the dash cam to work correctly. I did not receive the GPS antenna with the unit and it was overlooked since I believed it was only needed for a receiver that had built in navigation. After talking with John at Kenwood technical support I was told that I did need the GPS antenna. They rushed one to me at no charge and within a few minutes of installation the dash cam had the correct time and date as part of the recording process as well as the MPH when driving. Excellent response from Kenwood TS. The reason I gave four stars and not five is because the forward collision warning and delay departure warning do not work as well as I would have liked. Maybe in a future firmware update they will figure out why they are so sensitive but until then I will just turn them off. A nice feature but not that important. That aside, a very nice camera with a crystal clear picture that mounts nicely behind the rear view mirror and easily reviewable recordings through the receiver.

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    Thought it would be cooler than it really is.

    KingCrab from Tacoma, Washington on 5/8/2017

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    The DMX7704S has some issues. The display layer is very reflective and fades out the picture in any direct sunlight. The lag time it takes for the unit to come to life when the vehicle is turned on is to long. The 'nag' screen is SUPER annoying, I understand Kenwwod is C.Y.A.-ing but good god shorten the time to 5 seconds or less. Although this is not Kenwood's issue, Android Auto is worthless and splash screen on my phone every time I connect it to one of the USB connections sucks too. I would love to see a 'mute' option. The ATT button is great but make it so that when pressed a second time it mutes or put a soft button on the screen. Have the title of the song/video scroll, it is currently cut off if it is too long. how about having the font size and color changeable. The A.D.A.S. system on the DRV-N520 needs some work. It sounds off all the time even when nothing is in front of the vehicle. This happens with the collision and late departure. I finally turned it off. The video was grainy on the unit (DMX7704S) but super clear on the laptop. The connections for this unit are: An RCA video output, a three-pin connector to the back of the head unit and three wires, Yellow (Battery), Red (Accessory) and Black (Ground) These issues are not bad enough for me to rip this combo out of my vehicle since I do like what else they have to offer. I am sure nothing will be done about the issues above but I thought a good rant will inform others before making their decision.

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    Features

    Dashboard Cam Compatibility: The Kenwood DRV-N520 dashboard camera is specifically designed to plug into select 2017-up Kenwood DDX, DNX, DNR, and DMX series in-dash receivers. The DRV-N520 plugs into the Kenwood receiver's composite video input labeled "Front View Camera" and the 4-pin proprietary terminal labeled "Dash Cam". The dashboard camera's live and recorded video are displayed on the receivers' touchscreen. You'll also control the DRV-N520's settings and parameters from the receiver's touchscreen.

    • DDX Series: DDX6704, DDX6904, DDX8905S, DDX9704, DDX9705, DDX9904, DDX9905
    • DNX Series: DNX575S, DNX576S, DNX695S, DNX696S, DNX874S, DNX875S, DNX875S, DNX994S, DNX995S, DNX996S
    • DNR Series: DNR476S
    • DMX Series: DMX7704, DMX905S
    Note: Compatible receiver as of March 2019.

    CMOS Image Sensor & Wide Angle Lens: The Kenwood DRV-N520 dashboard camera utilizes a 1/3" color CMOS image sensor with 3M pixels (2304 x 1296) and a wide-angle lens with a 117° (horizontal) x 63° (vertical) viewing angle.

    HDR Technology: Thanks to HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, the Kenwood DRV-N520 can record video at dark and bright locations, without underexposing or overexposing the image.

    Video & Photo Recording: The Kenwood DRV-N520 dashboard camera records high-resolution smooth videos, while keeping the file size small with H.264 technology. You can select between three video resolution modes - 3M (2304x1296), FHD (1920x1080), or HD (1280x720). Video recording is done at 27 fps (frames per second) to create a natural and progressively smooth video. You can also capture a still-image photo during Continuous recording mode. Still images are captured in JPEG with a maximum of 2304 x 1296. Video & photo files are recorded onto a microSD/SDHC memory card. See chart below for Recording Times -

    Recording Size Card Size
    8GB 16GB 32GB
    Video 2304 x 1296 50 minutes 100 minutes 210 minutes
    1920 x 1080 70 minutes 140 minutes 280 minutes
    1280 x 720 100 minutes 200 minutes 400 minutes
    Photo 2304 x 1296 100 files 200 files 400 files

    microSD Card Slot: The Kenwood DRV-N520 is fitted with a microSD card slot for the insertion of a microSD or microSDHC memory card (up to 32GB; Class 6-10). Video will be recorded onto your inserted microSD/SDHC memory card. See chart below for Number of Recording Files -

    Recording Mode Card Size
    8GB 16GB 32GB
    Event 5 files 10 files 20 files
    Manual 10 files 20 files 40 files
    Parking 20 files 40 files 80 files

    Motion & Collision Detection: With latest motion & collision detection technology and its own internal battery, DRV-N520 automatically activates and records video when motion is detected near the front of your vehicle or a sudden impact is detected to your vehicle. You can set the dashboard cam to record 10, 30, or 60 seconds after collision detection.

    Recording Modes: The DRV-N520 offers 4 recording modes - Continuous, Manual, Event, & Parking.

    • Continuous: Turning on the power of the dashboard camera starts continuous recording. In continuous recording mode, files are deleted in order from the oldest to record when there is no recording area remaining. Video clip length can be set to 1, 2, or 3 minutes.
    • Manual: Pressing the "Record" button the dashboard camera during continuous recording starts Manual recording. The recording will start 12 seconds before the "Record" button was pressed. You can record up to one minute in Manual record mode. If the recording time exceeds one minute, the file is split to continue recording.
    • Event: The detection of a sudden collision, unexpected collision, or other event during continuous recording starts Event recording. The recording time of event recording is the 12 seconds before collision detection is activated. Up to one minute files are recorded during Event recording mode. If the recording time exceeds one minute, the file is split to continue recording.
    • Parking: Turning off the accessory power (ACC) turns off the power of the dashboard cam and switches to Parking recording mode to perform vehicle collision monitoring. If the vehicle is subjected to a collision, the power of the device turns on and Parking recording starts. When Parking recording ends, vehicle collision monitoring resumes. Parking recording starts a few seconds after the vehicle is subjected to a collision and then records for 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

    Built-in GPS: The DRV-N520's built-in, highly sensitive GPS receiver automatically records driving information in the video such as speed, altitude, longitude, latitude & heading. Display your location on Google Maps with a link to the web when you play the video on the "Kenwood Drive Reviewer" Windows PC application.

    Kenwood Drive Reviewer:  Kenwood Drive Reviewer is a Windows PC application for displaying video recorded with the device. The application can be downloaded from the KENWOOD website onto your Windows PC or Mac computer. You will need to remove the microSD/SDHC memory card from the dashboard camera and insert it into a USB card reader (sold separately) that is plugged into your compatible Windows PC. System Requirements for Kenwood Drive Reviewer -

    Operating System
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (SP1)
    Macintosh OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later

    Note: When you use the Windows 7, you cannot use the following functions - Frame-by-frame reverse playback of the video that is recorded over 3M (2304x1296) and playback speed change (1/2 speed, 2 speed, 4 speed, 8 speed playback).

    Driver Assistance: The Kenwood DRV-N520 dashboard cam provides audible warnings to prevent a forward collision, lane departure, and departure delay, in order to keep you safe on the road.

    • Forward Collision:  Detects the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front and notifies with a warning sound to prevent a collision with the vehicle in front if a safe distance is not maintained. This operates at 19 mph and faster.
    • Departure Delay: When your vehicle is stopped behind the vehicle in front and then the vehicle in front begins moving, an audible warning notifies if your vehicle is late to begin moving. A warning sound is also output when, for example, your vehicle moves backward.

    Built-in Mic for Audio Recording: The DRV-N520 dashboard cam is equipped with a built-in microphone for recording audio inside the vehicle. Audio is recorded in Linear PCM. The microphone can be turned on or off.

    Mounting Options: The DRV-N520 can be mounted to your windshield using the supplied self-adhesive mounting bracket. Mounting the DRV-N520 dashboard camera to the center of the windshield behind the rear-view mirror will facilitate optimal video recording. The bracket allows you to adjust the angle of the camera once its mounted.

    Note: Once the DRV-N520 is mounted and installed, set the mounting height of the camera from the road surface and adjust the horizon and bonnet front edge position settings to match the vehicle before using the camera for the first time. This is all done through the camera's menu system, using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen.

    Power Requirements: The Kenwood DRV-N520 dashboard camera needs to be hardwires your vehicle's 12-volt constant, switched accessory, and ground using the included wiring harness.

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    Dash cam integrated into the stereo seems like a good idea. Video will help with insurance and or court cases. [ PETE  Jan 25, 2019 ]
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    accessory that makes sense to have with my head unit [ Russell  Jan 16, 2019 ]
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    Seamless integration with DNX995s head unit. [ RICHARD  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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    Features I wanted and 2 year waranty [ Kevin  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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    Brand name and reviews. Prior history experience. [ Richard  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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    Direct connection to my new head unit....does so much more than the cheap $29 ones...I wanted quality....you get what you pay for.. [ DANIEL L  Oct 08, 2018 ]
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    Safety [ Alan  Sep 21, 2018 ]
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    Direct fit with my Kenwood radio [ David  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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    integrates with the receiver. [ George  Aug 19, 2018 ]
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    to maximize the features of my Kenwood Car radio [ Melvin  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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    I have a Kenwood stereo [ Alesha R.  Jul 12, 2018 ]
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    To connect to a Kenwood DNX874S. I have a stand a lone dash cam in another vehicle and like it. [ James  Jul 05, 2018 ]
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    I've wanted a dash cam for a long time in the case that I get involved in an accident and to prove whose fault it is. [ Muy  Jul 03, 2018 ]
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    To add safety [ Peter  Jun 08, 2018 ]
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    I've been wanting to try a dashcam for some time now. The purchase of a new Kenwood head unit made it seem like an opportune time to pick N520 up and give it a try. Will post a review later. [ Nathan  May 13, 2018 ]
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    Because we have a certain breed of people in the town I live in who will purposely jump in the path of my truck just so I would hit them and try and sue me! Trust me it happened [ Clifford  May 12, 2018 ]
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    Looks like a good match to the Aftermarket Kenwood Stereo I just bought, plus it received some pretty good reviews. [ U  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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    Work car, hope I never need it for intended purpose, but if I do will be glad I have it. [ Screech  Apr 04, 2018 ]
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    To make my 04 F150 with DNX994S as smart as possible! [ Rob  Apr 03, 2018 ]
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    To compliment my new Kenwood DDX-9904S [ Chris  Jan 23, 2018 ]
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    Price was competitive with other online sellers; I trust Kenwood products and liked how it integrates with my unit; a dash-cam will pay for itself many times over if you ever need to document an accident. [ Gregory  Oct 16, 2017 ]
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    Goes with my head unit & these days having a recording of what happens in a car can be a big advantage in proving what actually happened.... [ Mike  Sep 07, 2017 ]
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    It interacts with my car stereo [ C  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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    Integration with head unit to provide driver safety feedback like lanedeparture & collision warnings [ Paul  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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    6 questions already asked

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    Does this dash cam has a parking mode? I wonder if the the dash cam keeps recording while the car in park, even when the engine is off.
    [ arempee26  May 11, 2019 ]
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    Yes, it has park mode and will record events that happen when the engine is off - people and vehicles passing close by the front while parked
    [ Gareth  May 12, 2019 ]
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    Yes it does, even when the car is off. You can adjust the sensitivity as well.
    [ Marc  May 11, 2019 ]
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    If it detects and impact it will start recording even when the ignition is off.
    [ Jon  May 11, 2019 ]
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    It's been a while since I purchased this but I believe that it will record an event with the car off. So if it detects an impact, it will record. But it does not simply keep recording all the time. There's a lot of settings as well, I'm sure you can select length of time, etc.
    [ Chris  May 11, 2019 ]
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    It doesn't continuously record. However if someone were to bump your car hard enough, it would record before and after the event.
    [ DARNELL  May 11, 2019 ]
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    Yes it does. It records for 10/20/30 seconds after car shuts off, then starts recording again in case of an event (which apparently means a collision).
    [ James  May 11, 2019 ]
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    If the car is bumped the recorder comes on automatically and shuts off automatically after a period of time.
    [ Lowell  May 11, 2019 ]
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    To answer your question, ut remains active for up to five minute after the ignition is turned off.
    [ Frankie  May 11, 2019 ]
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    Will this camera work with a DMX7705S?
    [ Ronnie  Feb 11, 2019 ]
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    Is it work very well
    [ Freeman  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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    I have no idea. I would call kenwood tech support
    [ Michael  Feb 11, 2019 ]
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    The instruction manual for the DMX7705S says it does. I have a DNX994S and it works great.
    [ James  Feb 11, 2019 ]
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    It should work with your radio, but you should double check your user manual to be sure before purchasing.
    [ Marc  Feb 11, 2019 ]
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    Is there an attachment that would allow me to mount this camera to a GoPro mount? That camera mount looks very unique New Tacomas have a GoPro mount on their windshield already and it would be nice to utilize that
    [ Peter  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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    No...this Kenwood Recorder has a mount specific to its adaptor. It is not a universal fit.
    [ Anthony  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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    Search Arkon go pro swivel ball mount. Use that just transfer the screw down collar from the Kenwood mount.
    [ Robert  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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    Compatible with DDX9703S?
    [ Connor  Jul 13, 2018 ]
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    DDX, not DDC. LOL
    [ Chris  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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    I don't think so. The specs on Kenwood's website do not show it as "DashCam" ready. I also looked at pictures of the unit specified and my DDC-9904s, the dash cam port is not there.
    [ Chris  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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    When calibrating the driver assist features, where do I adjust the hood line to: the front edge of the hood or the top of the hood closest to the camera?
    [ Rich  Jun 09, 2018 ]
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    The front edge of the hood. The camera line should be just above it, so the camera does not see any part of the vehicle
    [ Gary  Jun 14, 2018 ]
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    On your KENWOOD media player press the menu button, choose camera, then touch the camera icon in the lower left of your screen, then touch the gear icon in the lower right. Then choose driving support settings. Then choose Detection range settings. You will then see the dotted blue line for your horizon. And the dotted white line for your hood line. And menu options to adjust acccordingly. Hope that helps you!
    [ brandon  Jun 14, 2018 ]
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    parking brake bypass-will this dash cam stay in parking sentinel mode while driving?
    [ redcorvette  May 31, 2018 ]
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    There is no parking brake detection lead/circuit. When driving, it's best to use "continuous", "manual" or "event" recording modes. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
    [ Ryan  Jun 09, 2018 ]  Staff
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