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  • NextBase 512GW Dash Cam

       (Overall rating from this review)
    The best we have tested to date!
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    Nextbase has launched the 512GW, the newest addition to their range of Dash Cams and features new and improved technology to further enhance the video clarity

    Other new features include Quad HD 1440p resolution, recording at 30 frames-per-second, via 140-degree wide angle, six-element sharp 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. 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.  

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    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.  

    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. 

    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. 

     Another new feature is the addition of built-in WiFi to review, download and share 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.  

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    One of the newest features include  Time Lapse  option for those on longer journeys and special drives, where one still image is taken every minute of the trip. Also, they have introduced  Auto Dimming  to darken the camera screen during times of low light and at night.   

    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. 

    The user can choose from various options within the menu 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. 

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    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. 

    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 

    Dimensions:  10.9 x 5 x 1.8 cm (W x H x D) (37mm incl. lens) 

    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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    GOOD POINTS:
    • The best quality Dash Cam from NextBase so far, superb clarity from recorded images, easy connection to wired Click & Go windscreen mount
    BAD POINTS:
    • None that we could find


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