We’ve reviewed Nextbase’s dash cams before and well, we were impressed. Today’s review will be on the 612GW flagship dash cam by Nextbase. This dash cam is supposed to have a stunning resolution of 4k. Is this true or is it all a gimmick? To find out, keep reading this Nextbase 612GW dash cam review.
AT A GLANCE
We believe this dash cam is one of the best dash cams of 2020. Inbuilt Wi-Fi, GPS, an impressive design, innovative features but contrarily questionable safety features. It’s an expensive dash cam but in a league of its own.
NEXTBASE 612GW DASH CAM SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions: 48 x 95 x 38 mm
Video resolution: 4K resolution, 3840 x 2160 at 30fps, 1440p at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps
Sensor: Sony Exmor R CMOS
Color: Dark brushed chrome
Lens Angle: 150 degrees
LCD Screen: 3.0” touch screen
Battery: 240mAh Li-polymer
Storage: 64/128GB U3 class MicroSD card
Mount: Magnetic Click & Go mount
Auto Recording: Yes
Loop Recording: Yes
Parking Mode: Yes
Warranty: 1 Year
The dash cam is handsomely designed but is far from being discreet. It measures to 48 x 95 x 38 mm and weighs about 151g. It’s a compact and somewhat heavy dash cam with a durable build. With an aluminum brushed front.
The design is clean and simple with no buttons, accompanying a 3 inch LCD touchscreen with a wide-aspect color touch display. Not to mention the polarized glare reduction filter. The 612GW also comes with a mount with integrated GPS. It has an option of adhesive mounts and a suction cup mount.
The dash cam only has an “On/Off” button on the top and a “Protect” button on the right side. It has a total of 3 slots; an SD card slot, a mini USB port and the mini HDMI video output.
NEXTBASE 612GW DASH CAM VIDEO QUALITY
You’ve made it to the main feature, the 4k resolution. The Nextbase 612GW dash cam is peerless in this department. The dashcam is set to 4K UHD, 3840 by 2160 by default. There’s also other recording options (1440p at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps). The daytime video was phenomenal!
We have never seen a better quality video. The details were exquisite and the hue of the video was on the warmer side. The files for 4k resolution are much larger than full HD resolution files. The camera did well in low lighting and the night mode was acceptable ! Albeit being a bit grainy and sometimes they footage isn’t very well exposed. The footage is top-notch regardless of the weather conditions. 150° wide-angle f.1/6 lens gives excellent clarity.
NEXTBASE 612GW DASH CAM FEATURES
The dash cam has some pretty cool features:
It has the latest sensor technology from Sony, providing better colors and enhanced images in all conditions.
The touchscreen menu of the 612GW is so intuitive, simple to navigate, responsive and an improvement from its former models.
It has an Intelligent Parking Mode triggered by movement around the car.
An innovative ‘Auto-Dimming” feature dims the screen automatically at night.
The “High Dynamic Range” feature to improve contrast and maintain clarity.
Also has a “Nextbase Replay 3” video editing software available.
Nextbase app and Wi-Fi connectivity provide ultimate accessibility.
Reliable customer support.
A GPS mount to record location and speed data for your dash cam.
Loop recording feature, the oldest footage is overwritten with the latest one, when memory space runs out.
15 min battery delay in case of emergencies.
THE PRICE, IS IT WORTH IT?
The £250 price tag can be overbearing but this is a dash cam like no other. The 612GW is the only dash cam with 4k UHD if that isn’t enough to impress you. The dash cam also has an auto-dimming feature, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS and loop recording!
It is a bit of a splurge but if you want to give your car and yourself the very best? Then why not.
The dash cam is an award winner and has been publically declared as the best dash cam of 2020. Best? Yes, but budget-friendly? Nope. The dash cam is very luxurious and heck even looks super expensive.
It’s a shame it doesn’t come with an SD card, considering the price. And the other con is the lack of certain safety features.
But other than that, if you want the perfect dash cam, then this most definitely is it!