Dash Cam Frequently Asked Questions

22nd June 2018

Whether you’re looking to buy your first Dash Cam or wanting an upgrade on an old model, our guide is here to help you choose the right Dash Cam for your requirements, budget and preferences. From Dash Cam basics to info on the technology at work, you should find the information you require below. And if not? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why is it called a “Dash Cam”?

First thing’s first; let’s address something of a misnomer. “Dash Cam” is short for “dashboard camera”, but in fact only half of that name is strictly true. For while the device is indeed a camera, it doesn’t go on your dashboard. Instead, most Dash Cams are mounted on the front windscreen, near the rear-view mirror. This provides the optimum angle for recording the road ahead, while remaining out of the driver’s field of vision.

How easy is it to install?

The good news is our Click & Go powered magnetic mount has been designed exclusively by the Nextbase technicians to make fitting our Dash Cams swift and simple. With the car power cable connected from the cigarette lighter socket directly into the mount, it leaves the Dash Cam itself completely wireless, allowing it to be easily slotted in and out of position.

What’s should I look for in a Dash Cam?

The purpose of a Dash Cam is to record footage should it ever need to be used as an independent witness to an incident while on the road. Which means the most important factor to consider when choosing your Dash Cam is video quality. Generally, the more expensive Dash Cams boast top of the range sensors, anti-glare lenses and high-resolution picture, resulting in higher quality video and meaning more chance of being able to record a number plate or other key detail should it ever be required as evidence.

Where does all this footage get stored?

All of this recorded footage has to be stored somewhere of course. Thankfully it couldn’t be simpler with a Nextbase Dash Cam, which come with a MicroSD memory card slot ready for a memory card on which the video data can be automatically stored. We recommend that high-speed, top quality memory cards are used, such as SanDisk class 10. A 32GB card will store approximately four hours of footage, meaning you’ll always have your latest drive recorded to the card.

What is WDR and HDR?

These techy abbreviations stand for Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) and you may well have seen them referenced in some of the many stellar reviews of our Dash Cams. That’s because these features are exactly what puts us ahead of the chasing pack, and ensures our Dash Cams are able to provide clarity of image in all conditions.

Take WDR, a feature found in our 312GW Dash Cam and above. This allows the Dash Cam to combine multiple images of differing levels of brightness to create one single optimised image. This is particularly helpful when driving in low lighting before emerging once again into bright, sunny conditions – exiting from a tunnel, for example.

As for HDR, which is included in the 512GW Dash Cam and above, this allows the Dash Cam to produce a more vibrant image by processing more light on the sensor, meaning clarity of footage is maintained in either extreme of lighting; whether in bright sunshine or during the darkness of night.

What does the sensor do?

Sensors form the beating heart of our Dash Cams as they convert light coming into the lens into data that forms the video footage. And to ensure that our Dash Cams remain the most innovative and advanced on the market, we work with the industry’s best sensor manufacturers, such as Sony, to provide crystal clear footage.

Do the Dash Cams have GPS?

All of our latest Dash Cams – from the 312GW and above – come with Global Positioning System (GPS) included. This means that your Dash Cam will automatically track and map out your journey as you’re driving, logging this information along with the video footage to ensure that your exact location can be pinpointed and proven in the event of an incident.

Do the Dash Cams have Wi-Fi?

Any Nextbase Dash Cam featuring the letter ‘W’ in the model number – such as 312GW – features Wi-Fi capabilities. This means there’s no requirement for fiddly cables or a PC connection in order to upload your recorded footage, simply transfer direct to your phone or tablet using the embedded Wi-Fi connection.

What does the Cam Viewer app do?

For Nextbase Dash Cams with inbuilt Wi-Fi, the Nextbase Cam Viewer App provides the perfect companion. Once downloaded, completely for free via Google Play or the Apple App Store, Cam Viewer will link up with your Dash Cam via the Wi-Fi, allowing you to download your footage to your smartphone or tablet. You can then easily review your footage on your device before sharing any chosen video files with insurers or the police.

Can I edit my Dash Cam videos?

Certainly. The Nextbase Replay 3 software can be installed on PC or Mac and allows you to edit your Dash Cam footage. As well as being able to join videos together, there are options to trim videos, annotate frames and even add title screens, while key details such as Google Maps GPS location, date, time and even G-sensor information is provided. G-sensor data (sometimes referred to as an accelerometer) includes speed, acceleration, direction and braking.

How much will a Dash Cam set me back?

Depending on your preferences and requirements, our selection of Dash Cams range between € 69.99 to € 299.99. Don’t be tempted by any Dash Cams you see sold on the cheap at petrol stations or similar. If you see a Dash Cam for € 20, it’s unlikely to have the sufficient video quality required to capture key details like number plates. If you’re looking for a reliable entry-level Dash Cam and budget is a key concern, then consider the Nextbase 112 for only € 69.99. Check out our Dash Cams page for our full range, allowing you to compare their features and find which model is the perfect fit for you.

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