Nextbase one of the newer pioneers of dash cams haven’t taken long to rise up in the dash cam industry as monster competitors. They have been excelling so far, receiving the uncoveted Auto Express Best Buy award for a quite a few of their models. But the question at hand is, will the Nextbase 522GW dash cam live up to its company name? Will this release surprise us with new innovative features? Is it a potential award winner? Or are we looking at another one of those overpriced dash cams?
If you’re curious to know more, let’s dive in this Nextbase 522GW dash cam review. After using this dash cam for over a month, there is plenty I have to say about the Nextbase 522GW dash cam.
The Nextbase 522GW dash cam looks pretty nice, the physical design is clearly more impressive than the previous releases, and it’s more compact and much more attractive. Though wouldn’t claim it to be the in the “best-designed dash cams”. It still looks great. The Nextbase 522GW dash cam weighs about 125g and has a 3” touchscreen at the back. The camera lens does extend a bit far away from the unit, but it is not an issue, it will still fit in your rearview mirror.
Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam Review: Specifications
|VIDEO QUALITY||2560 x 1440 Quad HD recording at 30fps plus an 1080p HD option|
|DIMENSIONS||94 x 53 x 45mm|
|FIELD OF VIEW||122 Degrees|
|STORAGE||Micro SD Card|
|NIGHT VISION MODE||Yes|
|SCREEN||3” HD IPS Touch Screen Panel|
|AUTO SYNC FEATURE||Yes|
Here are the NEXTBASE 522GW SPECIFICATIONS:
- It has a high-quality recording quad HD 1440P RECORDINGS AT 30FPS, 1080P RECORDINGS AT 60FPS.
- A 140-degree wide angle
- 6-element glass lens to make sure you don’t miss a thing on the road.
- It has the SONY EXMOR R CMOS sensor technology. Providing stronger colors and enhanced images in all weather conditions.
- Offers Wi-Fi connectivity and NEXTBASE smartphone app.
- The Wi-Fi feature allows you to download and share videos and photo files directly from the 522GW to your smartphone device.
- The Nextbase App acts as your own personal storage space, for all video and photo files recorded on the 522GW.
- A GPS feature to keep track of all routes.
- The 512GW features a GPS mount to record important locations and speeds for your future journeys.
- This means you can track your journey on Google Maps and pinpoint exactly where an incident has taken place in case of a mishap.
- The 522GW offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
- HDR improves contrast and preserves clarity for video and photo recordings.
- WDR ensures your recordings are clear both in bright and dark light
- The 512GW also has the Quick Link Wifi and Bluetooth feature.
- The 522GW is the world’s first Dash Cam with Bluetooth 4.2 and Quick-Link Wi-Fi to automatically sync files straight to your smartphone.
- Footage can be edited and trimmed on your MyNextbase Connect app.
- A GPS Module,
- SOS Emergency Response feature
- Built-in Alexa
With Alexa Built-in and access thousands of skills, you can ask to play music, place calls, check the news, weather update, control smart home devices and so much more.
It also comes with a Module Cam Compatibility feature.
Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam Review: Design
The Nextbase 522GW measures 94 x 53 x 45mm and weighs 125g. It’s on the larger side of the spectrum, definitely noticeable. But it lightweight and quite durably built. The lens of the camera sticks out a little more than what I’ve seen in most dash cams. There’s an adjustable polarizing filter ring at the front edge of the lens, this ring can be turned to reduce any windscreen glare that could affect the quality of the recording.
On the left side of the camera, there’s a USB port that allows you to transfer videos or to connect the NEXTBASE 522GW dash cam to your computer.
Just on the right side of the dash cam, there is a port on which you’re supposed to attach a rearview camera or connect the dash cam to a larger screen with the help of an HDMI cable.
On the top of the NEXTBASE 522GW dash cam, you will find a power button and a slot for micro SD cards. The bottom side of the dash cam has a light sensor, as well as a reset switch.
The 3” touch screen at the back of the camera, has buttons on the ends of either side. The menu button, you can use to change the settings, you can add your license plate number, the time, date, speed, GPS location, and the model number of the dash cam. All this information appears at the bottom of the dash cam. You also have the mode button, which lets you switch to picture mode. Though, be warned it does not offer the same high-quality resolution as the video mode. Though,
You also have two mount options. The new Click&Go Pro dash cam mount comes with an adhesive 3M and a suction cup mound option. The adhesive mount isn’t exactly any vehicle owner’s cup of tea unless you’re going to be switching vehicles a lot. I personally preferred the suction cup mount. It’s pretty simple to set up and a much better upgrade from the 512GW. The 522GW dash cam is actually 35% smaller than the 512GW.
The design is fantastic though on the larger side, it will take quite a bit of your windscreen.
Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam Review: Video Quality
Nextbase is known for offering unparalleled video quality and clarity. Does the NEXTBASE 522GW dash cam maintain the standard or will it flop?
The point of a dash cam is the video recording so that in case of an accident, insurance claim and what not. You can save yourself a lot of money and time. If a dash cam delivers a sub-par video viewing experience, then what’s the point? Exactly, it’s pointless.
This is how my experience went, the video quality of the NEXTBASE 522GW was actually pretty good. The healthy data rate and HD resolution provided excellent clarity. When reviewing the footage, I could see details like license plates and even mailbox latches quite clearly.
The colors were vibrant, there wasn’t an issue of overexposure either. The nighttime mode worked great as well. The Footage can be recorded in either 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps, whatever settings you choose, the footage still comes out looking clear.
The image quality is not on par with the video quality, at 1920 x 1080 p but that hardly matters because it’s the least important feature of a dash cam.
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Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam Review: Features
The NEXTBASE 522GW dash cam doesn’t offer a whole lot of features but there are a couple of features it has, like the built-in Alexa. That is the first of its kind in Europe. Which is ought to tickle your fancy?
Let’s start with the MyNextbase Connect app, the 522GW dash cam gives you the option to view the video or image footage through the screen of the camera and the MyNextBase app, the interface is pretty basic. You can also change the settings of the 522GW dash cam, with the app. Like the resolution, exposure and what not.
The 533GW automatically sends all the footage to the MyNextBase app. Hassle free, huh? This is all thanks to the quick link Wi-Fi and Bluetooth feature. The 522GW dash cam is one of the first of its kind to have both these features. Also, the Intelligent Parking Mode across the standard range gives you the comfort of leaving your car behind and knowing that it is safe!
You have an option to customize your dash cam for maximum protection using the “Dash Cam Module” options. You can plug in a module, to record the road behind as well as the road ahead. Connect the Rear-View Camera or Rear Window Camera for an extra layer of protection against potential impacts, or use the cabin view camera to record inside the vehicle, handy for Uber drivers.
SOS Emergency Feature
Lastly, The SOS emergency response feature, this feature is a life saver, literally! The feature goes over a standard SOP in case of an accident, if the user is unresponsive it contacts emergency services along with that in case of an accident, it locks the video footage.
The in-built Alexa lets you do menial tasks like mentioned in the specs paragraph. Though in my opinion, I don’t find it necessary, the installation process of Alexa isn’t very smooth either. After installing the app and reconfiguring everything, I was able to use it once, but not after that.
In the Box
Here’s what you’re to get in the box:
- 522GW Nextbase Dash Cam
- Click&Go PRO Powered Car Mount
- Cigarette Power Cable
- Instructions Manual
The 522GW dash cam is quite advanced and the MyNextBase app is primarily the reason. The app is available both on iOS and Android smartphones and there is a desktop app available as well. You can watch the footage through the software, edit it and thanks to the software. And the convenience it gives of instantly downloading the footage, it’s great. The interface is simple to work around and I faced no problems with the app, no lag and such.
Here are my final thoughts about the Nextbase 522GW. The dash cam is not cheap, yes, it is actually quite expensive. You can find other dash cams offering the same features and probably more for a much lesser price. Though not of the same quality. The Nextbase 522GW costs around £109.95, which is $137, for what it’s worth, the video quality is top of the line and I’ve still to see a dash cam that will beat it but it lacks some safety features.
Though at the same time, it’s a great surveillance device. But if you’re interested in dash cams with basic functions then places like Amazon offer plenty of options for $50-$65 price range. The 522GW also offers in-built GPS, which is still quite a rarity.
But the 522GW is still nothing short of impressive, it still is the one of a kind dash cam and nobody can deny that. The NEXTBASE 522GWis a smart buy and I do recommend it. There still aren’t other dash cams that come close to the 522GW. All in all, I’d give it a 4.2 out of 5 stars.
- SOS Emergency Response feature
- MyNextBase app
- Several mounting options
- The Wi-Fi connectivity could use a little work
- Fix Alexa connectivity problems
- Low picture quality
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