Which One Should You Get
Nextbase 522GW vs. Nextbase 622GW
The Nextbase 622GW dash cam is the world’s first to offer 4K video recording, digital image stabilization, extreme weather recording mode, built-in Amazon Alexa voice control, Emergency SOS, and What3Words geo-tracking. It’s $100 more expensive than the previous Nextbase flagship. Does the 622GW earn its price tag? Which Nextbase is the best dash cam for you? It’s time for a Nextbase showdown.
A Nextbase Dash Cam Showdown
Round One: Design of the Dash Cams
Nextbase 522GW 2K QHD
Nextbase 622GW 4K UHD
Aesthetically, the Nextbase 522GW and the 622GW are almost identical. Impressive build quality with a brushed metal front plate for a smooth look. While the 522GW features a black case, Nextbase has opted for a battleship gray for the 622GW. Both dash cams have a simple rectangular body with a three-inch touchscreen on the back of the camera. The front features a protruding camera lens, a built-in CPL filter (on a rotating bezel), speakers, and a magnetic flap where the magnetic mount attaches. The 522GW does measure to be a tad thinner, though.
Size-wise, Nextbase dash cams are larger than those of Garmin and Nexar; they are thinner than the VIOFO A129 Pro and VIOFO A129 Plus series and slightly smaller than the Thinkware Q800PRO. We installed the 522GW and 622GW in our vehicles, and both fit nicely behind the rearview mirror, staying out of sight.
Both the 522GW and 622GW use Nextbase’s Click&Go Pro mounting system that uses neodymium magnets to make installation quick and straightforward. This mounting system connects the power cables directly to the mount, so your dash cam is wireless. This comes in handy if you need to move the dash cam between vehicles, as all you need to do is install a mount in each of your cars, and the dash cam fits into each of them the same way. In other words, the Click&Go Pro mount combines the flexibility of the traditional suction mount and the sturdiness of a 3M adhesive permanent mount. GPS tracking is built into the Click&Go Pro mount so your footage can be tracked and mapped on the Nextbase desktop viewer.
Design Round Summary
The 622GW and 522GW are even in this round, but because the 522GW is cheaper, it wins this round.
Round Two: Usability & User-Friendliness
Both the Nextbase 622GW and the 522GW are easy to use, thanks to the three-inch HD touchscreen on both dash cams. Menus on the display screen are uncluttered and simple, making the setup process straightforward. You can transfer files directly from the dash cams to your computer using the included USB cable.
Both the 522GW and the 622GW dash cam use the MyNextbase Connect app, available in both the App Store (iOS) and the Google Play Store (Android). Connecting the Nextbase dash cams to the MyNextbase Connect app is straightforward, and the interface is relatively easy to use. The app connects to the camera via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (dual 2.4GHz a+ 5GHz).
Enjoy enhanced playback experience, full editing capabilities, and easy sharing to insurance provider and social media right on your PC or Mac using the MyNextbase Player software.
Neither the 522GW nor the 622GW comes with a microSD card, so you will need to purchase one separately regardless of which dash cam you choose.
Here’s what you can expect from various memory card sizes:
* Recording based on default settings for 1-Channel
As you can see, by jumping from 2K to 4K video resolution, the file sizes increase by 2.5 times - which means you will need to consider getting a larger capacity memory card if you choose the Nextbase 622GW dash cam.
There is a tiny 320mAh built-in internal battery in both of the dash cams to give you about 15 mins of recording time, which according to Nextbase, is enough to capture someone beating on your car for 15 minutes or catch approximately five incidents while parked. Need extended parking mode coverage? The Nextbase hardwiring cable as well as the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell8 Dash Cam Battery Pack work on both dash cams.
Usability Round Summary
The 622GW and 522GW are even in this round, but because of the extra costs for the 622GW and additional microSD card, The 522GW wins this round again.
Round Three: Features & Specification
Touchscreen comes with on-Dash-Cam editing, where you can simply edit your videos on the Dash Cam
Like the previous two rounds, the Nextbase 622GW and the 522GW offer the same features and specs: three-inch HD touchscreen, six-layer f1.3 lens with 140° wide-angle field of view, built-in CPL filter, magnetic mount, Quicklink WiFi, built-in Amazon Alexa voice control*, and Emergency SOS capabilities.
*You can use the built-in Alexa voice control to help you start or stop recording, take a photo, play music, make a call, and all the other neat things that Alexa can do without taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. Note that Nextbase’s mobile Alexa function only supports Amazon Music, unlike an Amazon Echo, which allows third-party apps like Spotify.
Regarding safety features, both dash cams are compatible with Nextbase’s Emergency SOS service, which works in tandem with the MyNextbase mobile app to help you call emergency services in the event of a collision and you are unable to do so yourself.
Perhaps the most significant advantage of the Nextbase 622GW over the 522GW is the What3Words integration, which can pinpoint your location and encode the geographic coordinates into three permanently fixed words. The Emergency SOS feature then takes that information and provides an even more precise location for emergency services to narrow your whereabouts to a three-meter squared area so they can reach you quicker. Best of all, what3words doesn’t require a data connection, making it extra valuable if your vehicle is lost or caught in a bad accident and you’re outside your data coverage zone.
Features Round Summary
Adding What3Words pushes the Nextbase 622GW above the 522GW in this round.
Round Four: Video and Recording
With a Sony STARVIS 5.14MP sensor, the 522GW records 1080p Full HD video at 60 frames per second or higher-resolution 1440p at 30fps, which means you can pick between higher resolution and a higher, smoother framerate.
The 622GW uses an Omnivision 8MP image sensor to offer 4K at 30fps. The 622GW also can record Full HD 1080p at 120fps and 1440p/2K QHD at 60fps. Nextbase calls the 120fps recording Super Slow Motion because it allows you to playback the action frame by frame in slow motion for details you might have missed.
In other words, the 622GW takes the higher resolution option of the 522GW but doubles the frame rate. Also, note that because of the software upgrades and sensor improvements, the 622GW’s Enhanced Night Vision looks better than the 522GW.
And, it doesn’t just stop there - the 622GW delivers two more heavy blows - Extreme Weather Mode and Digital Image Stabilization.
Extreme Weather Mode lets the 622GW capture number plates even in heavy fog or mist. With Digital Image Stabilization, the 622GW’s video quality doesn’t look compromised because the road was too bumpy or rocky.
Video Quality Round Summary
Round four was one-sided, with the 622GW delivering sharper, cleaner 4K recording quality in a broader range of roads and conditions.
Round Five: Price Difference
The 622GW is Nextbase’s current flagship, offering better video quality and safety features. But the price will likely take priority when it comes to deciding which one’s best for your needs.
The retail prices for the Nextbase 522GW or the 622GW are $299.99 and $399.99, respectively, meaning the resolution bump, image enhancement technology, and safety feature of the 622GW command an extra $100.
Price Round Summary
It’s a toss. Some, including us, think the extra $100 investment is fair, but perhaps you might feel that 2K QHD is good enough value for money and needs.
Is the Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam Better?
We have been working with Nextbase since early 2022, and so far, we can say they are a fantastic company to work with, their products are great and their support team is helpful. Both the Nextbase 522GW or the 622GW are great dash cams to have for your drive.
So, the real question is, are all the extras worth $100 to you?