In a world where crash for cash incidents are on the rise and motorists are trying to find more ways to protect their pride and joy dashcams are becoming an increasingly essential accessory for every car. So, when the guys over at Nextbase got in touch and asked if we wanted to review their £129 412GW camera we jumped at the opportunity! So, lets get started.
In the box
When you buy your Nextbase 214GW, you’ll find almost everything you need to get going straight out the box. The box contains:
- Dash Cam
- Powered GPS mount
- Car power cable
- USB cable
- Manual and software disc
- Quick start guide
- ‘Protected by NextBase’ car window sticker
Unfortunately the dash cam doesn’t have in-built memory so you’ll need to buy a MicroSD card, which is a little disappointing, but don’t be put off, you can always pick up a 32GB MicroSD from your local supermarket for around £10. The dash cam supports MicroSD cards up to 32gb, which is enough for around 4 hours worth of recording, but don’t worry about running out of space, as with most dash cams it’ll overwrite the oldest videos automatically.
The dashcam itself does actually feel pretty well made and there is a little weight to it. There’s no rattling plastic and the finish is overall very sleek. Looks wise, it’s a very nice looking bit of kit and is pretty compact and certainly doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb when you’ve got it up in your windscreen.
The 412GW features a 140 degree wide angle view with QUAD 1440p High Definition recording at 30 fps, or if you want 60fps, you can do this at a full 1080p HD. It also features GPS and Wifi which will allow you to view recordings directly on your mobile through the Nextbase app.
When installed, the 412GW has an easy magnetic click and go mount which means you can easily remove the dashcam without needing to remove wires, super handy for when your parking your car and don’t want to leave it on show. Whilst using the dash cam on the road we found that the click and go mount was sturdy and there was no feeling that it might loosen up. When removing you do have to hold the mount slightly but it is definitely hassle free.
The 412GW has a touch screen and 3.0″ LED display. Overall, it’s very easy to use and we didn’t struggle to get used to it at all. The buttons are responsive and you shouldn’t have any problems pressing the wrong button by accident.
So, as we said, the dash cam can record 30fps at 1440p or you can record 60fps at 1080p HD. Both have their advantages, but for our test we kept the default settings which are already set as soon as it’s switch on. You can also choose to record videos in 2, 3 or 5 minute loops. The 412GW also features an in-built microphone, so just bare that in mind if you’re singing along to your favourite tunes in the car!
Watching our playback, the quality of the video is great and the microphone picks up a decent sound considering the size of the camera itself. We’ve yet to test the camera whilst driving at night, but the 412GW is said to have improved night mode and if the daytime video quality is anything to go by, the night video quality should be good enough! The camera also has an exposure setting where you can select different exposure settings should it be a bit too bright on those rare summer days in the UK.
One thing to point out is that if you’re planning to use the dash cam all the time, be sure to remove the car adapter from the socket as if your car is anything like ours, even when the ignition is off it’ll still drain the power and could leave you with a dead battery. There is an adapter available which will allow you to wire it up to one of the fuses, but this will be an additional cost.
Overall, Nextbase has really come up with something great with the 412GW. Our only criticism would be the fact that if you’re paying £129 for a dash cam, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a memory card included, but it wouldn’t be enough to put us off buying this. If you’re in the market for a new dash cam then definitely consider this, the picture quality is exceptional and it’s click and go feature is very much useful. Not to mention it’s just a nice looking bit of kit!
Overall rating, we score the Nextbase 412GW a 4.5/5!
Disclaimer: Nextbase provided us with this dash cam in return for a review, however our thoughts are 100% our own.