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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GREAT QUALITY HARDWARE – Skip the Windows Software

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Features, Mounting, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Resolution, Software

    REVIEW: NEXTBASE 622GW 4K DASH CAM Best Buy Tech Insider Network GREAT QUALITY HARDWARE – Skip the Windows Software My first dashcam, so I was not sure what to expect. Overall, I am very happy with the unit. The hardware is top notch and very well made and constructed. The images are very sharp and clear (4K). I’ll likely get a second unit for my wife’s car. Do yourself a favor and skip the windows software as it adds no value. Just use your favorite video player or editor and you will be much happier. The images are stored on an SD card in normal “camera” format and folders. The included permanent mount and suction cup mount are a nice touch for flexibility. I also appreciate the wide array of compatible accessories from prior models. It is good to see that you don’t have to toss out all your accessories each time you upgrade. At first, I was surprised by the very old style USB connector (USB Mini-B) but then I came to appreciate that is part of their strategy to keep backwards and forward compatibility. I plan to use it to capture fall color driving tours, as well as some of the crazy people on the road. Last year I was driving my son to work and the person ahead of me was putting on their makeup and frequently driving into oncoming traffic lanes. If I had the Nextbase, I could have done something about it. If I tried to fumble around for my cell phone I would have made it worse. Overall, I recommend the Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam for just about anyone who wants a little piece of mind while driving. The device itself is very small, a little larger than a business card. I don’t find it obstructing the view or distracting in anyway, especially with the screensaver on. FAVORITE FEATURES - Sticker that says format SD Card “FORTNIGHTLY” - 4K Video (Clear Images) - Suction Cup Mount included - Super Powerful Magnets to connect to Mounts - All included Cables - Flexibility to configure what to record (size, volume, speed, location, etc) - Compact Size - Polarizing Filter to adjust contrast and reflections - Little tool to “tuck wires” into headers and dash SETUP: The so called “quick start guide” is 18 pages long, and frankly is a little out of sequence. With all devices I suggest updating the firmware before doing anything else. The windows software kept telling me that there were no firmware updates available but I knew that was wrong. Perhaps if I used the Android app it would have worked. Instead, I followed the instructions for manually updating the firmware (from the website). The steps are roughly as follows. 1. Install SD Card (make sure it is u3 speed designed for video or webcams) 2. Put on Charger for 2 hours 3. Format SD Card 4. Download Firmware on PC from the website 5. Connect Camera to PC 6. Select “Update Firmware” on Camera when it boots up 7. Browse to Camera Root Folder from Windows 8. Copy Firmware Files (not the zip files but the files inside) to Root Folder 9. Disconnect from Computer 10. Wait for a few reboots while firmware is uploaded (red lights eventually turn white) 11. Pair Camera W/ Phone 12. Download App (QR Code does not work) search for software manually 13. Watch for a flash “press to pair, tiny print” and press it 14. Pair the phone 15. Look for BT Icon on dashcam to know you are paired (app seemed to be stuck in a loop) 16. Reboot Phone 17. Reboot Camera 18. Re Launch App 19. Optional Alexa Setup NOW you can continue with step 2 of the quick start and pay close attention to Step 8 to get the contrast correct. By doing this all in your house, you are not sitting in your car for hours trying to figure it all out. FEATURES AND SETTINGS There are a lot of features and I’m sure I’ve not used them all but here I my thoughts on a few. IMAGE STABILIZATION – Not worthwhile unless you want to make a movie. It is only digital which means it reduces the resolution from 4K to something less then uses software to try to stabilize. I would rather have the “raw” 4K image, so I turned it off. WIFI – This is on the box, but nowhere else in the manuals. It took me forever to figure out what this was or how it was used. All it means it the once the phone app connects to the device over bluetooth, it sets up a virtual “hotspot” between the phone and the dashcam so your video are moved to your phone over WiFi (at a higher speed than Bluetooth supports). This is all automatic you don’t have to do anything or think about it. Many cameras also use this same trick. WHAT3WORDS – Allows your location to be communicated by 3 random words like Butter-Box-Flag instead of GPS coordinates. Interesting, you can take it or leave it. ALEXA INTEGRATION – In effect all it is doing is allowing the MIC in the dashcam to talk to the Alexa App on your phone. It is not really a standalone Alexa Device. But it works well enough. It is one less distracting thing in that you don’t have to fumble with your phone while driving. We use Alexa to bypass the need for multiple music subscription services for each car. SOS – I have not activated this yet as it is only a 1 year subscription. Once I decide whether or not to get a second unit I’ll think about the SOS feature. It is a nice feature, but I’m not sure I want “one more subscription” to worry about. OVERALL RECOMMENDATION I think it is a great unit, I could go on and on about how horrible the windows software is, but if you just don’t use it, then problem solved or at least avoided. [OK I can’t help myself just a little. SLOW, Choppy playback, overrides the correct timestamp on the video files and dashcam – thinks I’m in London, pause does not work, does not import still photo files from dashcam – only video, firmware update does not work, and more] Phew, got that out my system. Get this for the top class hardware and image quality, use your own software you will be perfectly happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice 4k dashcam

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Features, Mounting, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Micro sd card, Resolution

    Having used and reviewed the Nextbase 422GW dashcam, I figured I’d give this one a try as well. One of the concerns I have was mounting compatibility between dashcams as well as power input/output. After finally receiving the 622GW, I was glad that they are compatible. The dashcam came with the same necessities to mount it. The adhesive plate can be swapped and is compatible with other dashcam models. This is great as it allowed me to take the 422GW I used and swap it with the 622GW. The magnetic mount piece is also compatible but I have opted to use the included one to ensure no potential issue with installation and compatibility. Even the cigarette lighter power adapter has the same power output at 5 volt 1.5 amp. While I could easily reused the same magnetic mount and power cable, I have opted not to so I can be assured of no installation problem that may occur. The only piece used from the 422GW is the adhesive plate. (NOTE: Nextbase has provided a ()GB microSD card to Tech Insider Network reviewers at no cost. This is to ensure reviewers do not need to rush out and purchase a memory card to use the product. Retail purchase does not include a microSD card so make sure you either have one around or add one to your purchase.) The 622GW records at a maximum 4k at 30fps. And while there are other lower resolutions with higher framerate, I have opted to stay at 4k for the highest image detail possible. A higher framerate (ie. 60fps or 120fps) is nice but the benefit is not much better than 30fps in a dashcam. But the option is there if you prefer a higher framerate. Viewing recorded videos shows that 4k brings additional details into the overall picture. However, upon viewing some individual frames from these videos, I can spot some compression artifacts. I have never noticed it before since I do not have anything to view 4k videos natively. Turning the video resolution down to 1440 did not help in that regard so I left it at 4k. The built-in polarising filter helped a bit in reducing sun glare and windshield reflections. This is, to say the least, better than having no filter at all. I believe all dashcams should come with a polarising filter built in. There are other features like Emergency SOS, Alexa voice assistant, and geolocation through what3words. While they are there, I did not use them nor did I turn on the feature. For people who use Alexa, they will find this useful. As a user of Google Assistant, I cannot form any opinion on how well it works. For geolocation using what3words or its Emergency SOS feature, I also cannot review these features as I do not believe either will be of much use. Smartphones have evolved to the point where it’s easy to set up an emergency system and info in place should one become incapacitated. Connecting the dashcam to the smartphone app is easy, as basic connection is through Bluetooth. However, other functions, such as live preview or viewing/listing recorded videos require connecting to it via WiFi. (WiFi stops recording? double-check) Viewing the list of past recordings turned out to be unstable, as I can list them at first but it would failed to do so again when switching tabs in the app. I do not believe the app added anything to the overall usage and experience to the dashcam. Transferring videos don’t happen often and one can simply eject the SD card or take the entire dashcam and connect directly via USB. While those methods are unconventional, it’s a lot better than using the phone’s WiFi to connect to it. Due to personal preference, I have turned off two settings -- “Speed Stamp” and microphone. Turning the microphone off will limit the amount of data written to the video file but also helps on privacy. “Speed Stamp” is a digital stamp that displays your current speed (likely estimated from GPS tracking). I have turned this off as there is an off chance where this information can be used against you, even though a dashcam in general is supposed to be beneficial to you. There are a few strange oddities with the dashcam. One of which is partly my fault. For starters, prior to installing the dashcam, I updated the firmware to the latest available (6.4 as of review). What I should have done is use the dashcam with the stock firmware as it arrived. Because of this, I ran into an issue while using it. During my time of using it and driving around with it, the dashcam would lock up. Thus far, in the single week of random driving, several of them are short distance with one long distance, I have noticed the dashcam freezing twice. Both at random times. The first time it happened, there was no way to force it to power down. Only after cutting the engine off and waiting would it finally shut down (but not properly, as it ran out of power to display anything). After the second time, I went into the system settings to reformat the SD card and start anew. While I have yet to run into this problem again, it is worth pointing out as a possible issue. Overall, I’m satisfied with the dashcam. The video quality is good enough (aka passable). And other than the aforementioned freezing issues, I’m satisfied with it. The companion app does not add much to the overall usability and experience and is only usable when you need to quickly check any recorded videos. I do wish that the video quality in 4k and 1440p was better. But better image quality will always equate to more data being written to the SD card. The Good: 4k 30fps to capture more details, built-in polarising filter, mount/power compatible with other Nextbase dashcams, peace of mind while driving to avoid he-said-she-said disputes The Bad: realizing the dashcam locked up/froze after you got home and parked The Ugly: seeing compression artifacts at 4k and 1440p Verdict: Recommended buying for the peace of mind when driving (image notes: These are sample still images taken from the video itself. They were in PNG lossless format and were too large to upload. They were converted to JPEG with the highest quality setting possible to minimize further loss of image quality.)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not a Great Upgrade

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    I was looking forward to replacing my Nextbase 522GW which has only 1440p with this 622GW because of its 4K resolution. There are some really nice features on the 622GW, but also a couple of setbacks that give me pause. PROs • The 4K resolution is excellent. It’s most helpful when looking at small details, like a license plate from a car way ahead of you. This by itself makes it worth upgrading to any 4K dash cam if yours doesn’t have it. • Enhanced Image Stabilization (EIS). I was not expecting much from the image stabilization but it works really well. Footage is far smoother and less bumpy. But it does a remarkable job keeping license plates and other text sharp. One tradeoff to EIS is max native resolution drops from 3840x2160 (4K) to 2704x1520, though it is then expanded back to 4K. Unless you’re trying to capture every original detail of a scenic drive, I would leave EIS turned on as it makes it easier to read plates in motion. • Faster response with the iPhone Nextbase app. The 522GW was lethargic connecting to the app compared to the 622GW • Fits seamlessly into the same mount as the 522GW. This meant that I did not have to install new wiring. CONs • The biggest con is the polarizing filter in the 622GW has a terrible color cast. The polarizer is very useful because you can rotate the filter on the lens to remove reflections from your windshield. But whatever polarizer is used in the 622GW causes a strong red cast, especially when driving into the sun. See attached photos of the 622GW versus 522GW. I’m surprised this made it past quality control. • MyNextbase app on my iMac would not update the firmware on the 622GW. When I attach the 522GW, it recognizes it and the dash cam allows me to invoke an update. No such recognition on the 622GW. A further annoyance is that the macOS app is supposed to check for its own updates but never finds one. So I manually downloaded the latest version of the macOS app – and one last aggravation with that is the Nextbase website confusingly has only a Windows logo only for the app, even though when you click through it downloads a dmg file. Regardless, it was all a waste of time since I could not get the player to update the dash cam firmware. • I also tried to update the firmware using the Nextbase iOS app on my iPhone 11. Unfortunately it kept saying that installed ver 5.9 was the latest release, even though the website shows a ver 6.4. Ultimately, I had to download the bin files, copy them to the microSD card, and manually update the firmware on the dash cam. When I ran the iOS app again to check for updates, it offered to “update” the ver 6.3 firmware back to the ver 5.9. The good news is after the manual update, the MyNextbase app on the iMac recognized the 622GW, and I was able to use it to check for new firmware versions. • When I set the dash cam to record 2 minute long videos, every now and then, it missed a few seconds of footage when starting a new video. When I set it to 1 minute videos, I did not notice any time skips. In summary, it you already have an older Nextbase with the same mount, this is worth upgrading just for the image stabilization. The color cast is obnoxious, but if you’re trying to prove what happened, the color shift shouldn’t matter. If you’re not worried about easy install, then you should look for another dash cam that has image stability but with a superior image.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Absolutely Stunning True 4K Dash Cam!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Features, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Resolution

    I've owned a previous model, the Nextbase 322GW for a couple of years now, and with an unfortunate wreck back in August 2020, I added a rear view camera that month as well. I was so incredibly impressed with the Nextbase 322GW and the data it captured during that wreck, that I couldn't wait to try out this brand new 4K 622GW. Nextbase have continued the same mounting mechanism for their latest release, so it was as easy as unclipping my previous camera, and clipping in the new camera into the magnetic mount, and connecting the rearview camera (not included with the 622GW), and I was up and away. I'd already inserted a Nextbase 64GB card (which is recommended for 4K recording) and formatted it. Compared to the 322GW, the 622GW has a slightly larger footprint, a larger touchscreen on the back, and a significantly larger aperture for the lens on the front. The clarity of the 4K image is beautiful, the image stabilization feature works really, really well, and GPS location with What3Words make this dash cam invaluable. Touted as the 'Ultimate 4K Cinematic Dash Cam Experience', that is exactly what it is. The image is recorded in 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30fps, which gives you great clarity and detail, and the image stabilization allows you to view license plates with ease, and all the details of your journey. And the great thing is, that the 622GW records in full 4K, while also recording high quality 1080p through my rear camera, both at 30fps. This latest generation also comes with Enhanced Night Vision, which picks out a lot more detail in low light settings, clearer details on the darkest of roads. This is done by using larger pixels, which allow more light into the camera, coupled with image enhancing technology. In addition to that, the camera also features Extreme Weather Mode, which enhanced the image digitally in weather events such as fog, where details are a lot harder to see. Built in algorithms capture the clearest image possible. Super Slow Motion is another image setting that allows you to play slow motion videos, 1080p at 120fps, giving you the opportunity to reveal great detail, such as license plates or faces, should you need to. Compared side by side, the 4K resolution offers a less harsh contrast, creating higher definition, notably of clouds in the sky, you see all the gradients and undulations, whereas the 1080p version created harsher white shapes, with little definition. Of course, you aren't capturing clouds, that resolution translates into crisper, clearer visuals on the road, be it a road hazard, an incident, or a license plate. The image stabilization is in itself almost cinematic, I have quite a bumpy driveway that shakes my Jeep from side to side, but viewing through the 622GW, the image is smooth as silk. It truly is remarkable. You will also never be lost again, with the What3Words functionality embedded within the dash cam, it can pinpoint your exact location to a 3 meter squared space! What3Words has divided the world into 3 meter squares and assigned them a three word designation that will never change, allowing pinpoint accuracy, way more accurate than an address or an intersection. That location can then be shared with roadside assistance or emergency services, should you need to. Best of all, you don't need to have a data connection for it to work, it is able to provide your location at any time, no matter what. That's piece of mind right there! The 622GW has Alexa built in, so you can ask Alexa to play music, place calls, turn on your smart lights as you pull in the driveway, and even control the 622GW dash cam itself! The camera also has wifi connectivity, bluetooth connectivity and an SOS Emergency Alert option (should you choose to set it up) that can alert emergency services automatically, of your blood type, allergies or any other pre-set medical conditions to help with your treatment. Another invaluable feature is the intelligent parking mode that when set, automatically records if it notices any bumps or physical movement of the vehicle when left unattended. Perfect for a hit and run scenario or attempted theft. I definitely have that feature turned on at all times. The Nextbase downloadable software is phenomenal. I can speak from experience of the aforementioned wreck we recently had. The data available and picture quality was able to prove instantly with no contest that the wreck was not our fault. The software shows the speed, direction, GPS location, the G-force, and even Google Maps highlighted route of your direction of travel. So much data is available, and made it so much easier when filing an insurance claim. I had a response from the other parties insurance accepting 100% liability within 4 hours. No back and forth, it was right there in high definition. So far I have been incredibly impressed with everything that the 622GW has to offer in the short time I've owned it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Top of the line!

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    Really wanted a 4k dash cam so that I could zoom in on recordings, in case I needed a license plate detail or road-sign etc. Being able to review videos on your phone is a huge plus. Also, Alexa is pretty sweet - I use it (her?) to listen to music/get the weather and other basic functions. I'm sure I could open garage doors/etc as well. Parking Mode works as advertised. I'm using the Cabin View rear cam which I really like! Great in-car view to save funny family moments. Very happy and really nothing to complain about except it's expensive!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Gorgeous Video and Dash Cam!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Mounting, Set up, Video quality

    Dashcams are a must in every vehicle, you never know when you will need one but it’s always better to have a dashcam than to not have one in an urgent situation. The Nextbase Dash Cam surprised me with all the various features! Some of my favorites are auto screen dimming, image stabilization, and the emergency SOS service just in case you get into an accident. The SOS service will alert medical services to your location. The 4k video is stunning and the nighttime video is extremely clear. The camera is heavy, but it feels like it was built extremely well. I found the installation of the dashcam easy and trouble-free. All I had to do was charge the camera for a few hours and it was ready for installation. The app is a great complementary to the camera as it allows you to view all your videos and change settings on your camera quickly. Although, there are a couple of bugs that need to be addressed. One of them being connecting to Alexa, I tried to connect to Alexa but unfortunately could not succeed. You will have the option to install the dash cam with a suction mount or an adhesive 3M mount. I went with the adhesive since the dashcam will be staying in my vehicle long term. The suction mount is perfect for portability. In the box, you will also receive a 12-24v power(cigarette) cable, a USB cable to view all your videos on your computer, and a power cable fitting tool to help you with the wiring for the camera. Overall, I would recommend this dashcam. This dashcam is a bit on the expensive side and the rear camera that goes with this is sold separately but if you have the funds for this dash cam, definitely consider this as one of your choices.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    622GW and associated apps greatly improved

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Software

    Last year I got the NextBase 522GW dashcam which I was impressed with, the design was innovative, and it was well built with really good HD video quality. Since then I have made a dashcam part of the mandatory add on accessory for any vehicle I own. With the 522GW model the only fault I really had was essentially with the software/app and connectivity/download speed. When I saw the new 622GW 4K Dash Cam model I figured I would give it a try and hand down the 522GW to my daughter. The 622GW looks very similar to the 522GW model, except they have fixed both the software and any connectivity issues with the newer model. The 622GW takes stunning 4K (3840x2160 30fps) video, the colors are crisp, and rival video you would take with any other 4k capable camera, it is simply amazing. There is also a 60fps (frames per second) mode in HD resolution and a slow motion 120fps mode. Any way you look at it the video quality is great, and you also have the ability to record both high and lower resolution video at the same time. Now higher resolution or frames per second video lead to large files and records 1- or 3-minute videos, with the latter producing almost 1GB 4K video (H264 MPEG-4 AVC MP4 files). Image stabilization is also included in the 622GW model which compensates for vibration in the video, it seems to work pretty well. The camera is feature laden, with built in GPS which records telemetry such as coordinates and speed (both of which can be configured to display on the recordings). It also has a shock sensor and some unique S.O.S. features which can be configured to notify emergency services (via your smartphone) if you have an accident. This comes with a complimentary one-year subscription. This feature seems to have evolved from last year and I will consider leaving it enabled as it could come in handy. Pros: - Great video, including 3840x2160 30fps or 1080p 60fps (and lower res formats) - Well built - Polarizing lens for clarity - Clear touch screen (speed can be displayed as a screen saver) - time lapse feature and slow motion. - any screen grabs yields clear pictures of road signs, license plates and any other detail you might need. - Telemetry including coordinates, with overlapping maps and speed are spot on. - associated apps and connectivity have improved substantially in the last year. Cons: - none that I encountered.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Disappointed

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Video quality

    So, I was really hoping this was the dash cam for me. Have been researching them for years and now after buying a new car, was really excited about all the features this has: a magnetic quick mount so you don’t have to leave it in the car, great 4K image quality day and night, a parking mode that doesn’t have to be hard wired, a built in screen for immediate playback, WiFi & gps.. the list goes on. Unfortunately, just wasn’t polished enough for me. I could never seem to turn it off (so even when I brought it inside to plug into my computer, even after using the power button, it’d continue to record as though it was in parking mode). The camera also took much more space on the windshield than I wanted - partly because the lens sticks out so much. A trade off that’s probably a result of the great image quality, but makes for a very conspicuous display from inside the car and out. And then just navigating the videos - was easier to do on the computer than the phone app, but really painful from the camera itself. No actual file list available on the camera, just clicking next or previous video. Also there was no specific parking mode folder - just all videos and protected videos; so if you clicked save during a drive it’s stuck in the same folder as all the parking and driving motion set off videos (which with sensitivity turned down still seemed to save even the slightest bumps in the road). Ultimately I would’ve probably given the camera longer to grow on me but it froze on me the first full day I used it. Got in the car after work (not a hot day ~ 70s or 80s max) and the camera wouldn’t turn on or off - just a white light under the nextbase button on the back for the drive home. Eventually it reset but was enough to convince me to try something else.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Nextbase
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      Hello Yousif. Thanks for the review and sorry to hear of your experiences with the 622GW Dash Cam. Can i check what sd card you are using please as this may be causing some of the freezine issues? I would recommend getting in touch with our tech support team on support@nextbase.com and they can assist. Thanks, Nextbase

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Dash Cam I've Owned So Far

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Set up

    This 622GW 4K dash cam from Nextbase has replaced my previous dash cam that I've had for a few years now and I am seriously impressed with the step up from that cam to this one. The 622GW is chocked full of features and allows recording up to 4K/30fps. The usual features are here such as image stabilization, the ability to adjust the shock sensor, image exposure, etc. to be able to dial in the picture that you want. I LOVE that this cam doesn't require any additional hardware to track GPS location and speed. The menu functions well and is pretty snappy. The included hardware allows for basically any install that you might need depending on your vehicle. For my specific setup, I'm using the suction cup mount with the USB cable run to the suction cup base rather than the camera itself. I prefer to use the more permanent mounting solutions but I plan on having my cracked windshield replaced this week so I will go with that mounting solution then. I prefer the 4K/30fps resolution setting as it actually uses less memory than the 1440p/60fps setting and provides an extra level of detail. Honestly, 1080p is, in nearly all cases, all you've ever need. However, on dash cams, I prioritize picture fidelity over more frames per second. Integration with Nextbase's app works very well and allows for easy setup of the camera on initial use. I've found that pairing Alexa with the dash cam is more of a novelty for someone like me as I'd just prefer to use the "video lock" button on the camera to protect a recording. However, I could see how being able to use voice commands would be useful. I also prefer to just remove the memory card itself in order to transfer footage but using the app does work well and seems to be well polished. Probably most importantly, this dash cam has just worked from day one. I haven't had any weird glitches or freezes and I haven't had to manually power it on in cases where it should've come on by itself. There is nothing like having peace of mind knowing that you'll be able to show someone EXACTLY what happened if you need to. HIGHLY recommend this dash cam!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My first dash cam

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    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality

    Since this is my first dash cam I wasn’t sure what to expect. Straight out of the box I charged it and plugged it into my car. Once you turn on the vehicle the camera comes on and starts recording. It records every 60 seconds and starts over. I’m not sure what happens when the SD card is for but I’ll find out later. I was able to change some of the settings I do like the inclement weather setting I haven’t figure out how to have a record only when there is movement of the car but I actually like recording at all times and just erasing video that I don’t need over a period. The 4K is OKThe at night video is pretty clear and you can get a wide angle of the front end of the car and it’s surrounding. The sound is decent. It’s quite annoying to have it record all times because you want to watch the screen like it’s a mini TV so I find myself having to look away and not watch it actually record me drive. The playback is decent as well. Simple plug and play but the settings offer many options.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Huge step up from my cheap dashcam

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    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality

    The first thing I noticed with the Nextbase dashcam is how wide the angle is compared to my cheap dashcam. It covers much more of the road which can be a huge help if there is a problem and you need to see other cars. The clarity is also superb compared to my previous model. It records in 1-minute increments and is very easy to connect to a PC and review, save and store any that you might need. It also connects to Alexa and I am still playing with those settings. You can apparently ask Alexa to take a picture, save video, etc. There is also a button on the bottom to push and save video. I have used Alexa to ask about the traffic on my commute to and from work. Having a quality dashcam can pay for itself if it helps exonerate you in one accident. I have shared a screenshot of the video (the video was too large to upload even when I cropped it to just a short clip). You can see the picture quality, the direction, longitude, latitude, and speed along with the date and time at the bottom. The only downside is that the included instructions are minimal. You need to download the app and find instructions there. I prefer a manual I can hold in my hand and look up items.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Exactly what I've been wanting in a dash cam

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Video quality

    After owning (and being disappointed) with other dash cams, I have finally found one that delivers as promised. Pros: -4K! image is fantastic -Image stabilization, this makes a huge difference in the video quality. -Alexa, as an Alexa user at home I found this integration seamless and have found myself using it frequently. -Night Mode, by far the best night time video from a dash cam -Wifi & Bluetooth, easy, quick connection to bluetooth when you get in the car. Cons: -None yet I have enjoyed this camera so far and recommend to anyone looking for the best of the best.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Expensive and Worth Every Penny

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Features, Mounting

    The NextBase 622GW is not an inexpensive dashcam, but it is the most capable unit on the market today with some very unique features. The 4K recording provides somewhat better video than their previous high end unit, the 522GW, but for me, the new features that really stand out are * Digital image stabilization - the 622GW is the only camera on the market with it and it makes a marked difference in the video quality. * Low light recording - the new image sensor does a spectacular job of recording at low light levels, much clearer video than before. * Poor weather recording - image enhancement in foggy conditions really improves the image quality in misty, foggy or drizzly conditions. NextBase provides a phone app (IOS & Android) that provides real time control over the camera as well as desktop computer programs for viewing and analyzing the video. Although the phone app is used to provide Alexa and emergency dial support, the 622GW has it's own GPS for fully self contained recording. It also has a small battery for recording while parked or after the engine is turned off. The construction quality of everything is excellent. Setup is easy, very straightforward and intuitive, with a choice of either a permanent or transient (suction cup) mount. Although I have never been a fan of suction cup mounts, the NextBase mount works very well; it stays put and provides a rigid platform. The camera itself connects to the mount with a really (really, really!) strong magnet. A long power port (cigarette lighter, for those of you old enough to remember) cable is provided, along with a 'spunger' tool to stuff the cable inside the headliner. There is also an optional permanent wiring kit available. Setup is very straightforward through the large bright touchscreen menu system. The video quality is absolutely first rate, on a par with a GoPro. The default recording is 4K@30hz, but you can record 1440p@60hz if you feel the need for higher frame rates and 1080p@120hz for super slo motion. The lens is a wide angle (140 degree) with minimal fisheye distortion, very sharp, and there is a rotating polarizing filter to help with windshield glare. License plates are easily read. There was no blooming in high contrast scenes or washout going into the sun. The low light performance was quite impressive; I could read license plates illuminated by streetlights and headlights alone! In addition to the gps sensor, the 622 contains a Gshock sensor that is used for collision detection. The NextBase pc/mac video playback program shows gps, speed, G-shock(accelerometer), and map location in addition to the playback video. The rear-facing camera is optional with three separate modules depending on your particular needs. Only one module can be attached at a time. There is a wired rear window mount camera, and two that mount directly on the camera (one regular and one telephoto). Any of the modules are an additional $100. Although it's nice to have the versatility of the different types of rear facing cameras, I would have expected at least one to be included at this price point. There are several features tied to the phone app or Alexa integration, included a optional crash detector that will dial for help in case of an accident and a location system. I do wish there was a Google Assistant integration, perhaps in an update. The crash detector works with the phone app and will dial for help if you don't respond to a notification after it thinks you crashed. There is a firmware update capability and NextBase seems to be looking to add features as well as bug fixes. In summary, the NextBase 622GW is a top of the line solution that will cost a bit more than the bargain brand, and will serve you well for many years. Hopefully you won't need it, but you will be able to count on it if you do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great dashcam, but expensive

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Features, Mounting
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory, Micro sd card, Resolution

    The NextBase 622GW is a beast of a dash cam, in more ways than one. I highly recommend it, but with a few caveats! If you are not familiar with Nextbase, they are a well know (and apparently week-regraded) dash cam company from the U.K. You can find numerous reviews of their products online from European websites, but they have only recently started selling in the U.S. BestBuy is one of the only brick-and-mortar stores I’ve found selling them. I already own a Nextbase 322GW and have been very happy with it. Right off the bat, one of the main reasons I went with Nextbase is that I wanted a dash cam with rear-camera capability, but I drive a convertible. Nextbase dash cams offer the simplest solution for this need that I’ve found. You can purchase separately two different camera modules that plug into a dedicated side port on the dash cam and provide a read view – One is a wide-angle lens if you want to record the interior of your car; the second is a telephoto lens that aims out your rear window and records a view approximately like what you see in your rear-view mirror. I purchased a telephoto module for use with my 322GW, and it works just as well with the 622GW. The 622GW is basically my 322GW on steroids. It offers camera resolution up to 4k/30 fps (the 322GW offers up to 1080p/60fps), which gives amazing detail and picture quality. It also offers image stabilization, which is a fantastic thing to have on a camera that is always attached to a vibrating vehicle. There is also an ‘extreme weather’ mode, which claims to improve the picture in low-visibility conditions like heavy fog. I didn’t have a chance to test this (no fog available). Another bonus with the 622GW is the built-in polarization filter on the lens. This allows you to cut reflective glare from the road and other objects, and it really works. A polarization filter is available for other Nextbase dash cams as an extra-cost add on (about $20-25), but it comes standard on the 622GW (and the next model down, the 522GW). All the Nextbase dash cams use a fairly simple touchscreen interface. I have used three other (non-Nextbase) dash cams, and the touchscreen makes things much easier. Also, the 622GW and other Nextbase cams have a dedicated button on the lower edge of the screen (with the ‘Nextbase’ logo) that you can press to lock the current recording so it won’t be overwritten. On the 622GW, there is a faint red illumination to the button so you can easily find it in the dark. Every other brand of dash cam I’ve had, you have to fumble for a hard-to-locate button to lock a recording. The screen on the 622GW is 3”, which is noticeably larger than the 2.5” screen on the 322GW. This is great for my aging eyesight, but it makes the 622GW significantly larger than the 322GW, and therefore trickier to install on the windshield where it is unobtrusive. Particularly if you are using one of the rear camera modules (as I am), the positioning of the dash cam is very important so that you have both a clear view forward and back. The larger size of the 622GW does make this more difficult. Like many dashcams, Nextbase provides an app for your phone. I found connecting the dash cam to the phone to be quick and easy, and more polished that other dash cams I’ve used. Updating firmware and accessing the files on the 622GW was simple though the app. Nextbase also offers a desktop app which you can use to update firmware and download files, and it also provides simple image-editing capability – trim and join video clips, add text, and lots of other stuff I will probably never need to do but it’s nice to have the capability. The desktop app also lets you view GPS and other information embedded in the video clips. So how does it work? So far, great! Video is excellent quality and I’ve had no hiccups so far with operation. The Nextbase cams have a g-sensor built in which automatically locks the current video file if it detects a ‘bump’ which might be a fender-bender; I’ve found its default setting to be too sensitive (it detects every bump in the road as a possible accident) so I’ve reduced the sensitivity to ‘low’ (I did this on my 322GW as well). I find the field of view to be just right – 140 degrees is a wide view without creating too much distortion. I plan on hard-wiring this dash cam, but the included 12v adapter works fine – my only complaint would be that most adapters from other brands include a built-in 5v USB port and the Nextbase adapter does not. It does have a nice blue light to let you know it is powered on. A note on memory cards: The 622GW takes a microSD card (not included) which can be up to 128Gb. Since this dash cam records in 4k, there is no excuse to buy anything other than the largest possible capacity so that your video files will not be overwritten every few hours. Nextbase recommends their own line of microSD cards, and while I am sure they are top quality they are difficult to find and more expensive. I purchased a SanDisk High Endurance card and so far I’ve had no issues. You do need to use a type ‘U3’ card, so might as well spend $5 more for a ‘high endurance’ type with can withstand more reads/write cycles (important with dash cams). After some use, I elected to switch my video resolution to 1440p/30fps to reduce file sizes. 4k (2160p) video is super-sharp, but uses a lot of disk space. To me, the 1440p resolution is a good compromise between better-than-HD quality and size. Another advantage of the 622GW over the 322GW is that the maximum resolution of the rear telephoto camera is 1080p; on the 322GW it’s limited to 720p. That difference is more significant to me than the difference between 1440p and 2160p. I experienced no issues with overheating (sometimes a problem with dash cams in warm climates), nor did I ever feel the dash cam getting hot. With the larger 4k sensor I anticipated a camera that ran hot, but the larger body of the 622GW seems to dissipate heat well. The mounting system works well also; The included suction cup mount holds securely (I never experienced an inadvertent fall-off), but there is a permanent adhesive mount as well. It’s great that the Nextbase cameras use a common mount system which hold the cameras magnetically – you can remove the camera from the car if needed, or even swap between cars (extra mounts can be purchased and are surprisingly affordable). The 622GW has some other tricks as well, such as Emergency SOS and Alexa integration. Emergency SOS requires a subscription after the first year’s free trial. To be honest, neither of these features were that critical to me and I haven’t really tested them. Emergency SOS will automatically call 911 if the 622GW detects a crash – Given the overly-sensitive g-sensor I experienced, I worry it would be calling 911 every time I hit a large pothole. The app allows you to cancel the call before it goes out, but I didn’t want to mess with it. A more subtly useful feature may be the ‘What3Words’ GPS system, which allows you to tap on the screen and get a What3Words address for your current location. Not sure how useful this is now, but it’s good future-proofing. In summary – I would highly recommend the 622GW as a top-of-the-line dashcam. I don’t know of another dash cam available with more features or capability, and with the flexibility to add read camera modules it’s a winner. There are really only two drawbacks I see: First, the size. This is a larger camera, and if you use a rear camera module you may find that positioning the camera on your windshield is a challenge. Second, the price: This is an expensive dash cam. I personally feel you will need to spend at least $100 for a really quality dash cam, but even Nextbase has cheaper models than the 622GW that are great cams with fewer features. My 322GW is still a very good dash cam, and Nextbase has the 422GW and 522GW as well. Frankly the 522GW has nearly all the features of the 622GW that I find most attractive, and even the 422GW has everything except the built-in polarizing filter (which can be added). If the extra features of the 622GW make it worth the extra cost to you, I highly recommend it. If not, I highly recommend you consider one of the lower models in their lineup which may suit you just as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Mount design causes vibration, footage suffers

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Features, Mounting
    Cons mentioned:
    Resolution

    I have used some brand of Dash Cam for the last 6 years or so and I believe everyone should have them to protect themselves against possible fraudulent activities or as witness to damage from debris on the road. Dash Cams have expanded features lists which now include Alexa and other features to make them more beneficial. Even with these extra features (and resolution) if a dash cam cannot do its core job well, then it isn’t very useful. The Nextbase 622GW has work to do in terms of its mounting design and actually providing advertised recording specs. Setup: Smooth Sailing Setting up the 622GW is as simple as it gets. The app and Wi-Fi based connection work very well. The app and menu structure within the dash cam are pretty easy to navigate and all the settings are straightforward. They state to charge the camera for 2 hours prior to first use so it can retain all time/date/settings. Usage: Too much VIBRATION while driving! (Footage nearly unusable at times) The camera comes with both a such cup mount and double sided tape mount. I opted first to use the suction cup as I already have a camera mounted in the car and wanted to compare them side by side. Everything seems very solid and sturdy until you check the footage back from the camera and that’s where everything changes about this camera. At first I had the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) turned off because generally solid mounted dash cameras do not need this to provide a clear video. This was actually my first dash cam with this feature. Well to say the least the camera vibrates and bounces around way too much to provide reliable video footage with EIS turned off. With EIS on, it crops the video from 4k down to a lesser resolution to provide the stabilization and its works but not well. You get a little bit of waviness to the video and it still is not very clear video compared to all of my prior cameras which again did NOT have EIS. The tape mount did not help with this very much either so I have a feeling the vibration is either coming the swivel ball mount or the part that magnetizes into the camera. The mount looks great before usage but after using a competing product with a magnetic design, this is not that great. I will likely be posting a video on YouTube comparing this camera to others which will show the vibration. Nextbase almost proves my point of vibration in their cameras because they show side by side video of the camera with and without EIS turned on. If the camera was firmly mounted to the vehicle (Think of GoPro’s suction cup on window or as near rigid mount as possible) the camera shouldn’t vibrate at all! It should move WITH the vehicle not on its own. Hit a bump in the road, the suspension moves as does the car but NOT the camera. Get my point? If you look at image quality standing still or on extremely smooth roads, it’s simply the best I have seen. The 4k resolution allows you to crop and zoom the video from quite a distance to pick out details that would be blurry on lesser quality cameras (especially 1080p or less). The file size is HUGE for this camera so make sure the micro SD card is 64gb+ and a U3 rated card for sufficient speeds. Parking Mode: Uses built in battery One feature I REALLY liked was the fact this camera uses a built in battery for parking mode. This means it doesn’t have the be hardwired for it to turn on and record for short periods. The battery only lasts so long but it records 30 second clips until it was to run out. Very useful compared to other cameras. Nextbase App: Works well You can tell Nextbase has had some time with their app development and connection to the camera because it works well. Connection is snappy which allows you to pull up videos and settings. No complaints with their app. Final Thoughts: Nearly one of the best cameras on the market… If the mount worked. The Nextbase 622GW is feature packed with the highest resolution available currently on the market. The 4k video is crisp and clear when the camera is stable but that just isn’t the case on most roads. The mount/camera moves around even with EIS enabled which causes mediocre footage at best. For the price point, I would expect a flawless execution of this product but instead an integral part of this camera (mount) does not work well. It seems Nextbase proves this point in their own marketing videos. Maybe my mount is defective and if I get a replacement I will comment below this post to provide and update but as of right now I am not sure I could recommend this camera because the mount design is poor. Pros: - Crisp 4K Footage (Mount problem aside) - Feature Packed with Great App Integration - Parking Mode works with built in Battery (For short periods of time between charges) - Polarizing filter built onto camera lens - Quick startup time to record Cons: - Mount allows way too much vibration in camera (Footage suffers greatly) - Advertised 1440p @ 60FPS and 1080p @ 120fps are nowhere to be found on my camera - Had to update firmware via SD card because app didn’t show one available

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great reps and great costumer service

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    The dash cam's quality is great, the Nextbase app is simple to use just have to tinker with it for a while until you get the hang of it. The best part of this purchase for me was the sales rep that helped me out twice since when i first purchased the system i got the 32gb memory card and apparently somebody got into the box and took the memory card before the purchase, the rep. accepted the return no questions asked and order me a new one . The second time i went in to buy the rear view camera add on and noticed the same dash cam system was on sale for $80 cheaper so to my surprise i got the same sales rep again and he remembered me and was able to get me the discount for the dash cam i purchased a week earlier, such a GREAT REP seriously saved me big on my purchase , sadly i did not get the name of the rep i hope somehow Best Buy can ID who helped me with all this i know not much of a review on the dash cam , it is good quality and easy to use, a little pricey but worth it with all its add ons and features. Thanks to the sale reps a Best Buy i had a hassle free and friendly experience!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Could be better

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    It says to charge for at least 2 hours before connecting but i went straight for it and hooked it up.. At first I was having issues trying to connect the rear camera to the front camera after fiddling with the connectors the rear video finally showed on screen but only after twisting the wire a couple of times to secure the connection between the two cameras. After all that the camera started to work great but another problem came up..I'm using an 128gb memory card and supposedly its suppose to do loop recording but for some reason my camera will freeze after it reaches the limit. Again after messing with the device and formatting the flash card it started recording again had to do that every couple of days so it wouldn't freeze...but afterwards I'm not sure which setting I did but now its doing what it suppose to do and records continuously with loop recording and parking record with out freezing been a month since the issues and so far haven't come across any other issues nor has the previous issues came back. Overall, after all that hassle the camera is doing its job and recording. The video quality is clear even in 1080p..4K is really not needed but its there if you want. The app is a bit iffy in which takes a while to connect to the device but once it does you can view your recorded videos and choose which to keep if needed and download it directly to your phone. One of the downside to it is that you must be within range in order to connect or even watch a live feed. Would be great if I can actually monitor it from anywhere using the WiFi I have in the car but unfortunately the device only uses the WiFi to connect to mobile devices not data/internet.

    Features

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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    2 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nextbase 622GW Dash Camera

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Purchased this Dash Camera for use in my 2020 Ford F-150. I had it installed by Best Buy technicians. Install took about 45 minutes and have the peace of mind that it was done correctly. The camera functions just as advertised. Checked out the stats on several brands before selecting the Nextbase 622GW. Images are crisp and bright. iPhone App works equally well and great for editing and viewing on a larger screen. Image stabilization feature works really well. Anyone looking for a great higher end Dash Camera will not go wrong in purchasing this one.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    One of the best dash cams out there.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I've had Nextbase dash cams before (422) which was excellent. I haven't set up all of the features on the 622. I would like to have it hardwired into the Jeep, but that seems to be a bit out of my area of ability. If I had to do a critic on the function of the unit, that would be the interior cam. The cam is made really for right hand drive vehicles.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    We have 2 Nextbase dash cams!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    We love them. After purchasing our first one from Best Buy last year (the previous model); we decided to purchase the newest model for our daughter’s new car. They work great. We are planning on buying a 3rd one for a Christmas gift later this year. They are excellent.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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