Nextbase 512GW Dash Cam Review

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Nextbase has launched the 512GW, the newest addition to their range of Dash Cams, featuring new and improved technology to further enhance the video recording clarity.

Features include 1440p Quad HD resolution, recording at 30 frames-per-second, via 140-degree wide angle, lenses made up of six layers of glass, covered with a special anti-glare polarising filter to reduce glare from the dashboard reflecting off the windscreen. All of this provides amazingly clear images, capturing the important information such as number plate and road sign detail. Combined with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to capture more detail by taking multiple videos at different contrasts to provide the best image possible in all light conditions.

The picture quality is better than ever with stronger colours and amazing clarity thanks to the upgraded Sony Exmor R Sensor. This new sensor is exclusive to Nextbase Dash Cams and really helps to enhance the image at night and in bright conditions.

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The 512GW is equipped with a 3” LED screen with touch buttons for ease of access. In the event of an accident, the 512GW can be instantly accessed to capture all the evidence which could be vital in being used in the event of a claim.

Another very useful feature is the addition of built-in WiFi for review, download and sharing of footage instantly to your mobile phone or tablet by using the Nextbase Cam Viewer app (available on IOS and Android). The app is your personal mobile storage for recorded footage that you may want to keep and share with friends and family and if required, to forward to an insurance company or even the Police. Using GPS receiver and G-sensor to record location, speed and force data to help provide important vehicle impact information. SOS Data Protection prevents any crucial events from being deleted, while the inbuilt GPS receiver provides essential data such as speed and accurate location, which may be required by Insurers or the Police in the event of an accident.

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One of the disadvantages of some Dash Cams with built-in WiFi is that it can interfere with other vehicle electronic systems and in particular, Sat Navs and DAB radio. This is not the case with the Nextbase 512GW with its advanced electronics and also incorporates a ferrite core in the power supply to stop any EMC emissions interfering with any onboard electronics.

The advanced menu function allows the user to choose the required settings within the system, such as switching the Audio recording on/off, Video length (2, 3 or 5 minutes), Parking Mode, Resolution, Exposure and many other functions. Easy to use control buttons are flush to the screen and touch sensitive, with illumination for easy navigation in dark conditions.

Another new feature is a Time Lapse option for those on longer journeys and special drives, where one still image is taken every minute of the trip. Also, Auto-Dimming has been introduced to darken the camera screen during times of low light and at night.

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The powered ‘Click & Go’ screen mount is a great innovation which allows the camera to be permanently powered and easily removed if required. Utilising magnets and powered touch points, allowing the camera to be free from wires. The mount can be powered with either the supplied 12-volt, 4-metre power cable connected to an auxiliary power socket. Alternatively, the mount can be permanently hard-wired by using a Hardwire Kit (optional) specifically designed to be used with the comprehensive range of Nextbase Dash Cams.

 

ROAD TEST SUMMARY

When fitted in a Honda CR-V, the 512GW had to sit lower down on the screen with the suction mount due to the top middle section having a painted section. With the size of the Dash Cam and the lower position, it was found to be a bit too intrusive on the drivers’ visibility, but by using the self-adhesive mount provided it was able to be repositioned further up the screen behind the mirror. It’s worth bearing in mind that a Dash Cam should not be fitted in the swept area (Drivers’ windscreen wiper zone) to obstruct visibility.

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Recordings in different weather conditions are shown above and below and what tends to remain constant is the quality of the video. The clarity of vehicle number plates is superb and even readable on vehicles travelling in the opposite direction when moving at speeds in excess of 60 mph.

Vehicle speed can be displayed on the screen when moving instead of the recording screen which is a useful function, especially when motoring abroad and the read-out can be shown in kilometers-per-hour.

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The enhanced parking function is also very useful, especially when the power feed is permanent. This is of increasing concern to anyone installing a Dash Cam power supply as sometimes it can be difficult to source an ignition switched supply in the fusebox and if the Dash Cam is left on, then battery drain can occur over time. However, the Intelligent Parking Mode not only looks after power consumption through timing out after a period but remaining active to capture any movement around the vehicle. This is obviously very handy when left in car parks and a previously ‘unknown’ vehicle hits your car and drives away. Or someone tries to break into the car and doesn’t spot the Dash Cam, well not anymore, it’s all captured on camera!

Overall, the 512GW performed incredibly well in all lighting conditions with easy to use controls and features. It really does seem to be a fit-and-forget driving aid, and hopefully, not one that will need to be used in anger.

 

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Features

  • Updated Sony Exmor 2 sensor provides unbeatable image quality
  • 1440p Quad HD recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps
  • Innovative polarising filter to remove windscreen glare
  • Wi-Fi to allow you to share your footage directly to your smartphone or tablet
  • 140° ultra-wide viewing angle for greater road and pavement coverage
  • GPS location and speed data to pinpoint incidents on your journey
  • Click & Go Powered Magnetic GPS Car Mount
  • Intelligent Parking Mode automatically indicates motion for greater safety
  • High Dynamic Range improves the contrast in an image whilst maintaining clarity
  • Wide Dynamic Range image processing ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light
  • 3” LCD screen 960 x 240
  • Time Lapse features for longer journeys
  • Auto Dimming for low light conditions

 

Technical Information

Storage:  Supports SDHC and SDXC Micro SD Cards up to 32GB (Class 10 recommended) to provide up to 4 hours of recorded footage before entering a new recording loop

Battery Life:  up to 30 minutes back-up (in the event of an accident)

Recommended Retail Price:  £149.00

 

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