Nextbase’s new GW modular collection, together with the $230 422GW reviewed right here, have raised the bar for dual-channel sprint cams. They’re dear, however function an HDMI port that, apart from outputting video, accepts any certainly one of three $100 rear cameras: a cabin view (inside) module, a conventional rear-window mounted unit, and a singular telephoto rear module that captures what’s behind you with out the effort of wiring, or obscuring your view.

Beyond that, there’s telephone connectivity, Alexa, GPS, and a touchscreen. If it weren’t for the dearth of infrared lighting for inside evening captures, the 422GW can be hands-down one of the best sprint cam I’ve ever examined. For my functions it nonetheless is, however in the event you’re driving a taxi or patrol automobile at evening, the unit’s inside captures aren’t going to chop it. 

Design and options

As you may see by the duvet picture, the 422GW is a good-looking product with a long-necked lens physique. There’s a 2.5-inch show, and since it’s touch-enabled, solely two buttons: on/off and defend (from overwriting). The latter button has the Nextbase emblem on it and is centered on the sting of the digital camera just under the show. I didn’t acknowledge it as a button till I learn the documentation (studying a few product up-front is a no-no when attempting to evaluate ease of use). The on-screen interface is top-notch, well-organized and straightforward to navigate.

The 422GW {couples} magnetically to a mount that gives snap-on adhesive tape and suction choices. It’s a fairly slick design, however it was harder to take away the digital camera from the mount than it needs to be—Nextbase might need been only a tad enthusiastic with the power of the magnet. On the opposite hand, I had zero concern of the digital camera’s falling off. Choices.

Given all of the innovation elsewhere, I used to be shocked that Nextbase opted for mundane mini-USB slightly than Type-C connectors, in addition to auxiliary/cigarette energy slightly than always-on OBD-II. On the opposite hand, mini-USB is extra widespread than Type-C within the sprint cam world, and cables are simpler to exchange. There is a regular hardwiring package obtainable from Nextbase, however not an OBD-II package. You can seize one of many latter on-line for $10 to $15.

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With a touchscreen and solely two buttons (the emblem is a button), the 422GW gives a sexy streamlined look.

The 422GW’s 140-degree field-of-view entrance digital camera is able to capturing 1440p video at 30 frames per second, in addition to 1080p at each 60 fps and 30 fps. All three rear digital camera modules seize at 720p. The 422GW additionally saves lower-resolution 864×480 movies for viewing on board with out using extraordinary processing energy.

The 422GW doesn’t miss a trick with the GPS, which is each watermarked and embedded into the video. Embedded GPS lets you retrace your travels with the MyNextbase participant proven under, which you’ll be able to obtain from the corporate’s website.

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Nextbase gives viewing software program that makes use of embedded GPS information to point out the place you had been at any given time throughout a video.

Nextbase additionally gives a cloud service the place it’s possible you’ll add your movies, do you have to survive the accident you wish to doc. Kidding. I hope. You also can add movies to the service through the MyNextbase participant app.

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