Dash cam

The Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam ticks all the boxes

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 a perfect accessory for them. A friend of mine who is a rideshare driver had an accident earlier this year and he didn’t have a dash cam. He was lucky, though: a driver at the same junction had one 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 at 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 3-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, as well as 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.

If you want to download videos, your phone and the camera will establish a direct Wi-Fi connection for fast transfers.

Pairing with Alexa

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.

The dash cam has a red button which when pressed ensures that a video is instantly protected – a good feature if you’re in an accident or see something you want to mark for easy searching .

Screenshot of the Nextbase app view.(Jim Rossman/TNS)

Built-in GPS

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 location on the road.

You can also overlay your longitude and latitude as well as your speed on the video while driving.

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.

Emergency SOS

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 involved in an accident.

Your phone screen will ask if you are okay and 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 configure the details to be shared with emergency responders. Only information you have approved 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.

More cameras

The 622GW has the ability to add a second camera, recording the view from both.

A port on the side can accept a cabin view camera, rear view 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.

The rear view cameras capture 1080p video.

They cost $99.99 each and are sold separately.

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 configured, the camera does its job. If you ever need to download footage, 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.

Advantages: 4K recording, GPS, easy to view videos, Alexa, emergency SOS

The inconvenients: Dear

At the end of the line : The Nextbase 622 isn’t cheap, but it’s worth every penny.

Jim Rossman is a technical columnist for Tribune News Service. He can be reached at [email protected].