Until last year, I wasn’t a dashcam guy.
I’ve always thought dashcams were great, but never took the time to research or install one.
I’ve reviewed a few, which brings us to today’s review of the Nextbase 622GW, which has some of the most advanced features I’ve ever seen in a dash cam. .
I know a few people who drive for Uber or Lyft, and the 622GW would be the perfect accessory for them.
A friend who is a rideshare driver had an accident earlier this year and he didn’t have a dash cam. He was lucky that a driver at the same junction had a dash cam and shared the footage with him, and you better believe he bought his own camera the next day.
The Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam ($399.99, nextbase.com) has all the features I want, including 4K video recording, built-in GPS, emergency SOS response, smart parking mode, optical image stabilization, and the ability to add another camera .
The 622GW has a lens that sticks out a bit more than other dash cams I’ve reviewed, but that doesn’t stop you from mounting it anywhere on your windshield.
It has a three-inch touchscreen on the back for viewing images and interacting with camera settings.
The camera connects to the windshield mount via a magnetic connector, so you can easily remove the camera and leave the mount. Additional brackets are available for $20, so you can move the 622GW from car to car.
Video is recorded to a microSD card (not included, but you can purchase one with the camera upon purchase).
The camera lens has a 140 degree field of view and a built-in polarization filter to minimize windshield glare.
The camera comes with a long power cord to plug into your car’s 12 volt accessory port, and you can purchase an optional power cord to hardwire it to your fuse box.
It has Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi to talk to your phone.
The interaction between the camera and your phone is done through the Nextbase app.
Your phone and the camera will establish a direct Wi-Fi connection for quick transfers, if you want to download any of the videos.
If you have the Alexa app on your phone, you can link it to the 622GW through the Nextbase app. Once logged into your Amazon account, you can use the dash cam as an Alexa device with your car’s entertainment system, as long as the stereo has Bluetooth.
Setup was pretty straightforward and now I can just say “Alexa, turn on the living room lights” from the driveway and my lights come on before I get to the door. It works because I have smart bulbs in my living room lights that communicate with the Amazon Echo devices in my account.
The 622GW captures 4K video at 30 frames per second and features optical image stabilization, resulting in stunningly clear footage day or night.
I had trouble playing the 4K videos on my iPhone in the Nextbase app, but when I lowered the resolution, they played fine.
Also, the 4K videos played perfectly when I downloaded them to my phone.
You can configure the video to record one-, two-, or three-minute clips.
There’s also a red button on the dash cam to press when you want to instantly protect video (a good thing to do when you’re in an accident or see something you want to mark for easy searching ).
The 622GW has built-in GPS, which works well for showing your location on a map while you watch your video playback.
As the video plays, the map will show your exact position on the road.
You can also choose to overlay your longitude and latitude as well as your speed over the video as you drive.
You can also choose to have the camera screen show your current speed while you’re driving, which is nice if you have the dash cam mounted where you can see it. I keep mine mounted behind the rear view mirror so as not to distract me.
An optional service you can purchase is Emergency SOS, which uses your mobile phone to call for help when camera sensors detect you’ve been in an accident.
Your phone screen will ask if you are okay or if you need emergency services to be dispatched to your location.
If you do not click that you are OK, the authorities will automatically be notified of your location.
If you choose to subscribe to this service, you will set up your contact details which will be shared with emergency services. Only information you approve will be shared if you cannot make your own emergency call.
The service is free for the first year when you purchase the 622GW, and you can extend it for $4.99 per month, $49.99 per year, or three years for $99.99.
The 622GW has the ability to add a second camera, recording the view from both.
There’s a port on the side that can accept a cabin view camera, backup camera, or a camera mounted in your rear window.
The cabin view is a wide angle to record front and rear seat occupants (with sound).
The rear view is a telephoto lens designed to show you a view beyond the passenger compartment of your vehicle and out the rear window.
A better option for seeing what’s behind you is the Wired Rear Window Camera, which mounts directly to the rear window with a wire running back to the main camera.
All three backup cameras cost $99.99 each and are sold separately.
The rear view cameras capture 1080p video.
Smart parking mode
When you park the car and turn off the key, the 622GW will turn off everything except the G Force sensor. The camera has a battery that will keep it powered.
If a large bump is detected, the camera will wake up and all cameras will record for 30 seconds.
I didn’t find anything missing in the 622GW. It has all the features I could want in a dash cam.
I would go for the $30 wiring kit to connect the camera directly to your vehicle’s fuse box.
Once you set it up, the camera does its job and if you ever need to upload images, connecting to your phone is easy to use.
The Alexa integration is a nice feature, and the Emergency SOS can be a big help if you really need it.
If I were a carpool driver, I wouldn’t start my car without the cabin camera recording every ride, for everyone’s safety.
This is a premium dash cam that ticks all the boxes.
Pros: 4K recording, GPS, easy to view videos, Alexa, emergency SOS
Bottom Line: The Nextbase 622 isn’t cheap, but it’s worth every penny.