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Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder

Dash cam for use with select Kenwood video receivers

Item # 113DRV520

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

    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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    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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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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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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    7 questions already asked

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    I already have a front camera installed on my Kenwood ddx9905s, how do i install the N520 dashcam since the component video in is already being use by my front camera?
    [ Jetson  Aug 23, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Here's what I did with the DRV-N520 and my DNX994S. I have a front and rear camera mounted outside the car, plus the dash cam inside on the windshield. I used generic cameras. Plug the DRV-N520 into the receiver's front camera connection. Get a 'Y' cable with 2 female RCA connectors and 1 male RCA connector. Plug the video outputs of your cameras into each female connector. Plug male connector Y cable into the receiver's rear camera connection. Use a DPDT Center Off switch. One side takes 12V to the center connection. One of the outer connections goes to the front camera power input, the other outer connection goes to the rear camera power input. The other side of the switch takes 12V to both outer connections. The center connection on that side goes to the reverse input on the receiver. With the switch wired this way, when it's centered, no camera is on. When you flip the switch to one side, the reverse input gets power and the receiver automatically switches to the rear camera input and displays whatever camera received power. NOTE: you also need to turn on the option on the receiver to always switch to the rear camera input whan the reverse input is powered. The only drawback to what I did is that you have to manually flip a switch to turn on one or the other camera. I've been using this setup for about a year and a half with no issues.
    [ James  Aug 24, 2019 ]
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    The Kenwood DNX996 I installed in my Ford has a dedicated camera input for the DRV-520, I am not sure this port exists in all head units so check to make sure your radio can accept the camera because it uses a dedicated cable system to control playback from the camera head unit. This camera is not like other dashcams like a Vico etc, it has no way to playback video other than on the head unit or by taking the memory card out to your computer.
    [ MIGUEL  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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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 ]
    2 answers
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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 ]
    1 answer
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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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