Car Tech

Nextbase 412GW

Nextbase’s 412GW great dashcam has a higher resolution (2560×1400) and a couple of features that make it a better buy. This would have been the one I would have fitted to both cars but at the time of getting the first one there was a good offer on. When going back the Nextbase 412GW was cheaper when adding the fitting so went for this for own car. I will add a video of both so can see the difference.

Nextbase 412GW Price

One of the first reasons it’s a better deal is that it’s cheaper. You can buy it from Halfords for £129 and £139 fitted.

Next base 412GW Design 

The 412GW looks a lot like the 312GW, and has the same magnetic ‘click-and-go’ mount. It means you can quickly remove the dash cam from its mount without having to unplug any cables. The magnet is quite strong, so you have to hold the mount to prevent the ball joint moving around as you pull the camera backwards.

One change is that the buttons are now touch-sensitive. Despite our reservations about this, they work pretty well and LEDs light up when you touch them to help you know where you press.

In the box you get two mounts, one suction cup and one adhesive. The latter proved the best as it meant the dash cam could sit higher on the windscreen, and there were no worries of the suction cup falling off.

As with all Nextbase dash cams, all the options are preset to optimal settings, and the time and date are found automatically via GPS.

You can choose whether you want video clips to be 2, 3 or 5 minutes long and you can lower the resolution if for some reason you don’t want to record at the highest 2560×1440 pixels. There’s a parking mode (which won’t work if the camera doesn’t have power with the ignition off), and the expected file-lock feature which write-protects a video recording on the microSD card if there’s a significant impact.

No SD card is included, so budget for a decent quality one cards up to 32GB are supported – it’s a shame there’s no microSDXC slot for larger-capacity cards. However, 32GB is enough for four hours of recording at the top quality. And as with all dash cams, the oldest files will be overwritten when the card is full, so you always have the most recent four hours of driving.

Nextbase 412GW Performance

We were impressed with the quality of videos in various conditions. Although it doesn’t record video at 60 frames per second at the full 2560×1440, you can lower the resolution to 1920×1080 where you can select 60fps. 

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Overall the 412GW captures lots of detail and you should have no trouble reading number plates in daylight. The image is very sharp. But one thing the 412GW doesn’t benefit from is the 512G’s circular polariser which cuts down on reflections from the windscreen.

The latest firmware update adds the ability to change exposure compensation, so if you find that the image is too dark or bright, you can manually adjust it with this setting.

At night, the HDR mode helps to retain some shadow detail and overall, this is one of the better dash cams for night-time recording. There’s still a noticeable drop in quality of course, and there’s every chance you won’t be able to read number plates because of light reflections, but this is true of every dash cam. 

One area yet to be improved is downloading videos via Wi-Fi. As with the 312GW, it’s painfully slow to copy even a single clip from the camera to an iPhone or Android phone. Right now, it’s much more convenient to remove the camera and connect it to your laptop or PC to transfer the files.

It is possible to review the footage on the camera itself using the 3in screen, and with its small battery, the 412GW can be removed and used to take photos outside the car if you need to record any extra evidence after a collision.

Specs

  • Quad HD 1440p recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps
  • 3” LED colour screen
  • Powered Click & Go mount for simple, instant connection
  • Night vision provides optimised footage in poor light
  • Super slimline design – dimensions 10.9 x 5 x 1.8
  • 6-element glass lens provides 140-degree wide angle
  • 12-24Vdc compatible for use in all vehicles
  • Inbuilt battery provides 30 minutes of backup in the event of an incident
  • Intelligent Parking Mode activated by movement
  • Smartphone App & Wi-Fi connectivity (Android & iOS)
  • Nextbase Replay 3 video playback software supplied (Windows & Mac)
  • GPS Logging: view your journey on Google Maps
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light
  • Supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards
  • Magnetic Click & Go mount
  • One-time installation
  • Automatic recording
  • Automatic file protection
  • Endorsed by AA

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