Nextbase 512G

product photo of the Nextbase 512G dash cam, as seen from the front (lens side)

Technical Details

– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: see Amazon UK -- eBay US / CA / UK / AU (for more countries & vendors, check below)
– Aperture: F1.6
– 2.7″ screen
– GPS
– WDR Super Night Vision
– Size: 112.8 x 40.5 x 59.5mm
– Weight: 127g
– 2MP Sony Exmor sensor
– 6G Lens
– Angle of view: 140° diagonal
– Video format: MOV
– Supports up to 32 GB MicroSD cards
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, parking mode with motion detection
– Interfaces: HDMI, USB
– Lock file button
– CPL filter (built-in)
– Player software for Windows / Mac
– Internal microphone and speaker
– Suction mount

Nextbase 512G Review

Nextbase are a UK-based company that have been very succesful selling a wide range of dashboard cameras. Their 512G model was released in 2015, and continues to be one of the top sellers in Britain and Western Europe to this date.

The 512G records 1080p video, with good quality during the day as well as at night time. As the G in the name indicates, the camera supports GPS. Wi-Fi is not currently supported, however a newer version that does have Wi-Fi is in the works: It is to be called Nextbase 512GW and is due for release later this summer.

This camera is quite small and attractively designed. Its intuitive user interface makes it quite straightforward to set up and use. The 512G comes with a quick start guide that shows you the most important steps to get your device up and running, plus a detailed, well-written user manual that you can check out here.

Unlike most other dash cams, the Nextbase 512G comes with a CPL filter already installed (some, but not all, other dash cams come with a mount for a CPL, but you usually have to order one separately). Having a CPL filter is useful as it eliminates sunlight reflections on the windshield.

A memory card is not included. The maximum supported SD card size is 32GB, which isn’t much. With a card of this size, you will be able to record about 4 hours of video. The manufacturer recommends you format the SD card once a month for best results (this can, and should, be done in the camera).

Some users have reported that the camera’s suction cup can lose suction and fall off, especially when the windshield becomes too cold in winter.

The Nextbase 512G supports a motion-detection-triggered, non-buffered parking mode. Loop recording, auto on/off, a time/date stamp, and a speed stamp are also supported. The speed stamp can be set to either mph or km/h as preferred.

Nextbase 512G 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. Note that footage is blurry for about 15 seconds but then becomes a lot clearer (this seems to be an issue with the Youtube video). License plates are easy to read by pausing the video.

Night Time Video Sample

Night time video quality is good and the footage is sharp. However other cars’ license plates are sometimes hard to read, due to glare and reflections.

Where To Buy

The Nextbase 512G is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

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