Nextbase iQ review – this dash cam is also a 4G security camera for your car

This is how all dash cams should work

Nextbase iQ dashcam set up in a car
(Image: © Alistair Charlton / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nextbase iQ is as much a security camera for your car as it is a dash cam. The 4G connection and a constant source of power turn it into a security system that’s always ready to detect an incident – whether driving or parked – alert you via the smartphone app, record footage to an SD card, and upload it to the cloud. It’s a smart bit of kit that feels premium and records very high-quality videos both day and night. It is very expensive, especially in 4K form (there are slightly cheaper 1K and 2K versions); and not everyone will want to pay the ongoing monthly fee for 4G. But it is nicely designed, easy to set up, offers more protection than other dash cams, and with OTA updates it promises to get even smarter.


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    4G connection

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    Constant power via OBD connection

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    Great 4K footage


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    Very expensive

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    Some features require monthly fee

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    Not all features available at launch

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Nextbase has reimagined the dash cam. I know that’s a big claim, but while it looks broadly similar to other dash cams on the outside, there are several significant differences when you delve under the hood.

Firstly, instead of being powered by a USB or 12V lighter socket, the Nextbase iQ connects to your car’s OBD II port. These are found in the cabin of almost every vehicle and it gives the dash cam a constant supply of power, even when the car is turned off and without the need for the more complex hardwiring approach taken by others.

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Alistair Charlton

Alistair has been a journalist since 2011 and used to be Deputy Technology Editor at IBTimes  in London. His specialist tech subjects include smart home gadgets, phones, wearables, tablets and dashcams. He is the host of  The AutoChat Podcast.