-- Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
-- Price: Amazon US / CA / UK – more countries & vendors
-- 2.7″ screen
-- GPS (antenna in mount)
-- Size: 87mm x 58mm x 37mm
-- Weight: 150g
-- Angle of view: 140° diagonal
-- Operating temperature: from -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
-- Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards
-- Time and date stamp on video
-- Optional speed stamp
-- Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
-- Impact-triggered parking mode (needs hard-wire kit)
-- Interface: USB
-- Lock file button
-- Player software for Windows / Mac
-- Apps for Android / iOS
-- Suction mount
Nextbase 312GW Review
The Nextbase 312GW is arguably one of the most popular dashboard cameras in the United Kingdom. It’s been around for a couple of years: Released in 2016, and the 312GW has proven itself to be highly reliable, and customer satisfaction is nothing short of excellent.
This camera is small, but not especially stealthy with its noticeable black-and-silver casing. Nevertheless, build quality is good, and the camera is really easy to set up and use. It has an intuitive menu that’s simple to get around in.
The Nextbase 312GW records at 1080p (1920x1080 resolution) with 30 frames per second. Video quality is good at day time, but only average at night. At day, you can read license plates of nearby cars (you may have to pause the video when driving at higher speeds, but that’s not an issue). At night, video is good enough to see what’s happening, but license plates are hard or impossible to read.
Like most Nextbase dash cams, the 312GW supports GPS. The GPS antenna is included in the camera’s mount. You can record your car’s speed in mph or kph, or not at all if you prefer. Time and date are of course also recorded. Using the GPS data, you can view the route you took with the software that’s included for PC and Mac.
The camera also supports Wi-Fi, and apps are available for Android and iPhones to configure the camera and play back videos. Be aware that it takes a while to transfer the video clips over Wi-Fi though, so if you need to review a number of them, it may be quicker to pop the SD card into a computer for playback. SD cards are supported up to 128GB in size.
The Nextbase 312GW comes with a simple, impact-triggered parking mode. For this to work you’ll need to hard-wire the camera to your car’s fuse box. A hard-wiring kit is available separately.
If you’re in the UK or in Europe, the 312GW is a reliable, simple-to-use dash camera that comes with all the must-haves, plus GPS and Wi-Fi. In North America, it’s ridiculously overpriced at this time. Also, it has to be noted that for 2019, this camera’s video quality is sub-par. You’ll get much better video at a similar price with the Viofo A119v2.
Nextbase 312GW Video Samples
For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.
Day Time Video Sample
Day time video quality is good. License plates of nearby cars can be read by pausing the video.
Night Time Video Sample
Night video quality is average. You can see what’s going on ahead of your car, but license plates of other cars are hard to read, unless you’re stationary or going very slow.
Where To Buy
The Nextbase 312GW are available for sale from the following vendors:
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