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Dashcams are becoming a must-have accessory for many drivers - we review latest model from market leader; The Nextbase 512GW features a new sensor for better low light pictures and wi-fi capability.

Byline: Nigel Atkins

Dashcams are becoming an ever more present feature on today's roads.

Millions of motorists are fitting them to protect themselves in the event of an accident.

The footage can be used to show what really happened and who was at fault.

A surge in crash-for-crash, where fraudsters cause and accident so they can claim for car damage and whiplash injuries, has helped fuel the demand.

Now one of the leaders in the industry, Nextbase, have launched a new top of the range model.

The 512GW is the upgraded version of the award-winning 512G, as it now features an upgraded Sony Exmor sensor. This top of the range model has a polarising filter for improved night vision and recording in low light conditions.

It definitely works as the picture remains clear during night-time driving conditions as well as in bright sun.

It comes with a suction cup holder to attach to your windscreen. The recommended place is just behind a rear-view mirror. Power comes from a lead that plugs into a cigarette lighter or a specialist can hardwire it in.

The 'W' part of the name comes from the built-in Wi-Fi which pairs with the Nextbase App.

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This allows footage to be instantly uploaded to social medial channels, shared with an insurer or sent directly to the police.

Costing [pounds sterling]149.99 the unit comes with all the firm's features which includes Intelligent Parking Mode which means its motion-detector will automatically record footage if the car is knocked while unattended.

Recording is done on a 140A[degrees] ultra wide viewing angle lens which is captured in 1440p Quad HD (four times that of standard HD). Recording at 30 frames per second,

We like the large 3" LCD screen which can be used to watch back footage straight away and also as a viewfinder to correctly position it.

But to make it work straight out of the box you will need to buy a separate Micro SD card.

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Title Annotation:Lifestyle,Motoring
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2017
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