One of the most important things to understand about dashcams in general is that no two models are created equally. This goes above and beyond the concept of “there are high-quality models, and there are not-so-high-quality models.” Every dashcam unit is typically designed and built with a few specific purposes in mind. Some are great for simply collecting footage, while others include additional tracking features that let you watch over your vehicle like the asset it truly is.
This versatility is a great thing, but it can also make the process of actually finding the right model to fit your needs difficult to say the least. Luckily, a series of tests have recently been conducted that not only reveal some of the highest scoring models, but the highest scoring dashcam model EVER. If you’re in the market for a new dashcam in 2018, this is one test that you’re definitely going to want to pay attention to.
The Nextbase G12GW Elite
Thanks to a sleek form factor and state-of-the-art features, the Nextbase G12GW Elite dashcam came out ahead in a series of recent tests conducted by industry experts. Not only is it one of the most sophisticated models available on the market today, but it’s also currently the most popular dashcam available in all of the United Kingdom for a number of compelling reasons.
For starters, it was the first dashcam available on the market that actually used a native 4K lens to record footage, meaning that it stores visual information at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. For the sake of comparison, “True HD” footage in 1080p resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Now, absolutely nobody is saying that standard 1080p footage is suddenly inadequate or that it won’t be able to capture the activities around your car in stunning detail. But with so much extra resolution to work with, you’re getting an image that is four times as sharp, that looks better in low light and that captures details perfectly even at great distances — and you’re only getting it with that 4K lens.
Another one of the features that makes this model so essential has to do with the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. This makes sending your recorded footage to another device like a smartphone or tablet for review as easy as tapping a few quick buttons. It’s also incredibly versatile when it comes to mounting options — you’ve got a suction cup, an adhesive pad or even a windscreen mount to choose from, depending on your needs. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than a lot of other models available today — but as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”
Other high-scoring models on the list include the Snooper DVR-5HD, which features a 1080p wide-angle lens that stores footage on a 16 GB microSD card. This is actually a dual camera system, meaning that you get one lens in front of your car and one aimed at the rear. This particular unit even has advanced safety features like a lane-departure warning system for your convenience.
Another high-scoring model was the Nextbase Duo HD, which is essentially the 1080p version of the other Nextbase model on this list. Also unique is that the Duo HD is a twin camera system — one lens faces out toward the front of the car while the other is aimed directly out your rear window. Both cameras are built into the same head unit.
In the end, it’s important to understand that there is really no “one-size-fits-all” approach to finding a dashcam — only the one model that is right for you. Yes, the Nextbase G12GW Elite scored incredibly well — both in terms of new units freshly available on the market and in a historical sense. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will help you accomplish whatever your own unique goals actually are.
Only by sitting down and thinking about why you need a dash camera and what, specifically, you hope to achieve will you be able to find the model that checks as many of those personal boxes as possible.