December 6, 2022

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Nextbase 622GW

Nextbase 622GW review: A top-notch 4K dashcam



forefront

  • Ultra HD (4K image stabilization and night mode)
  • Shockless wall mounting
  • Easy-to-use desktop and smartphone application

Deceive

  • microSD card not included as standard (no internal memory)
  • Quality has its price

A good dashcam can be extra insurance when things go wrong on the right track. The photos can then avoid heated discussions. We roamed with the Nextbase 622GW for a few weeks.

You can tell that the Nextbase 622GW is a serious dashcam by its long lens and removable polarizing filter. The end of the lens also has a ring with which you can focus mechanically, because not every hood is the same length or every car window has the same curve. The viewing angle is 140 degrees, which is more than enough to give you a good idea of ​​the overview. The lens has no fewer than six layers and an f/1.3 aperture. Therefore, finding the right focus point is not at all difficult.

Plus, Nextbase gets rid of clumsy holders and that’s what we’d like to see. In the box (in addition to the car charger and micro USB cable) there are two types of accessories for attaching the 622W to the dashboard or windshield, one of which is pointable and the other has a fixed position. You can attach both holders with 3M tape. Once installed, the mount is solid. You can attach the dashcam itself to a magnetic click system that is impossible to release on its own. summit.

Stunning picture quality

The 622W promises crystal-clear images in all weather conditions. That should take care of 4K resolution, optical image stabilization, and night mode. And we have to admit: Even on the dashcam itself, 4K recordings actually look pretty sharp. So it takes absolutely no effort (on a smartphone or PC) to read details from images such as number plates, traffic lights or other inscriptions along the way. The drawback, of course, is that those 4K photos require a lot of storage space. If accuracy is less important, you also retain some advantages with cheaper dashcams from Nextbase, such as improved night vision. We were very impressed with the latter. Even at night, all things remain sharp and clearly visible.

The 622GW is the only model that offers image stabilization. It does a magic job. We couldn’t catch the bumper dash cam anywhere. Lower models (without image stabilization) can suffer from choppy images. In addition, it is certainly possible to make better use of your storage space of 622 watts. You can set the video quality to 1080p or 1440p and this resolution is definitely enough for daily use. If you shoot in 4K, the memory will fill up after about two hours and older photos will be replaced. 4K resolution is tempting when you consciously want to shoot a (sports) drive by car, or when scenic landscapes demand it. While 4K at 30fps certainly feels smooth enough, 1440p and 60fps might be the best balance.

If you want to be able to record for a really long time, you can also do it at 1080p (120 fps). To be able to find the right images in those hours-long recordings, Nextbase automatically segments them. You can set whether each video should be one minute, two minutes, or three minutes long. useful.

Smartphone connection

In the dashcam itself you will find a number of basic settings, such as the resolution of the recordings and the length of the clips. While the dashcam itself is easy to operate with the 3 inch sensitive touch screen and you can also play clips on the dashcam itself, you will mainly need to view the images on your smartphone. For this purpose, Nextbase combines a Bluetooth connection with a fast WiFi connection (2.4 and 5 GHz support). If you click on a clip, it will also play immediately. If you want to save images, tap the download icon in the app and the clips will appear in your library. When you open a clip, you can also view an animated Google Maps map, so you can instantly see what flight it’s on and see the exact location the photos belong in. Not only does it look good, but it also works well. We couldn’t find any hitches in the smartphone app. The desktop app for PC also works well, if you prefer it.

Finally, the Nextbase 622GW has some additional features that complete the package. Think good sound quality, although that’s not really that important with a dash cam. You can also disable audio recordings for more privacy. GPS tracking accurately displays your speed and the dashcam can send an emergency SOS message in the event of an accident, although this option is only free for a year. Even when it is parked and the dashcam detects a shock, it will start shooting. This can also provide useful visual material.

Nextbase 622GW: Verdict

The Nextbase 622GW is the absolute flagship of the brand and now you understand why. This is ensured by sharp and consistent image quality, and ease of use when the dashcam is connected to your smartphone or PC. Quality has its price, in this case €299. If we can make one point of criticism, it is that Nextbase can provide a microSD card as standard, given the lack of internal memory. To have to pay another 39.99 euros for it sounds like a sales ploy. Apart from that, the Nextbase 622 is undoubtedly one of the best dashcams in the market.

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