Full disclosure: I’m not big on social media. I don’t care where you had dinner. I don’t want you to know where I ate mine. But I am obsessed with one account on Instagram: @crashdashes (and several similar versions). I don’t wish it on anyone, but I do enjoy the video access a dashcam gives you to the front row of the action.
Why not have your own dash cam for your safety? (And maybe you’ll get a video sent to one of those accounts.)
The new Nexar One features a front-facing 140-degree wide-angle camera described by the company as its most powerful dash cam yet, with next-generation technology to protect you, your car and all other valuables inside, including passengers.
Often dashcams are an additional accessory and they are not difficult to install yourself. This one is essentially plug and play with your car’s USB ports. That’s what I did. But if you need help, I would guess that you have a friend, family member or neighbor who can help. If not, try your local mechanic.
Without going into all the installation specifics, Nexar provides a few important installation tips. The primary tip is to install it in a location that will not interfere with the driver’s visibility or safety. The best and most common place is behind and to the right of your rearview mirror. Depending on your vehicle, you may not mount the dashcam where it would block airbags.
A magnetic mount is attached to the camera and the 3M film sticks to the windshield (three strips included). While the magnetic attachment is important, it is easy to remove the dash cam from the magnet if you want the camera out of the car. Putting it back in is as simple as connecting the magnets. Once the desired location is selected for the Nexar One dash cam, the lens has some movement to get the perfect angle.
Once you have your location, it’s time to move on – but choose the location before the installation begins. The next point that needs to be done with care is the power kit, which in many cases is specific to the dash cam you are working with. The power kit starts at your vehicle’s OBD port, which should be easy to find on your own; look in the manual or website. It is there. The OBD port initiates the power and sends it to the camera’s USB port. If done correctly, you will be supplying the camera with enough power to operate properly.
There are other more straightforward options to power the Nexar One in seconds with the included USB cable, connecting the USB-C side to the camera and the USB-A connection to a powered port in the vehicle. A 6-volt cigarette lighter plug is also included and was my choice for initial testing.
The wiring is easy to hide, either with a tool to hide it under the ceiling fabric with the tool provided or with cable clips (six included). I would suggest a temporary setup to keep the wires out of the way at first, but be able to change them if you want to move things after the first few uses. (Note: I changed mine three times.)
Now the fun begins. Assuming the camera is installed and connected for power, use the Nexar app. Create a free account and follow the on-screen instructions to connect the camera to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The app makes sure it’s paired, checks and installs any necessary updates, which takes a few minutes.
The features the camera brings into your world are truly amazing. You get one free month of Nexar Connect, $9.99 monthly thereafter. The subscription based service is great. It gives you your live location and remotely connects the camera to your smartphone for streaming video, parking functions and critical emergency alerts. The app has a step to add your emergency contacts.
Other features let you say, “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled over,” and your emergency contacts will be notified. With the subscription, the recording can be saved in the cloud. Having a dashcam in your vehicle is in many ways better than another pair of eyes.
Installation and app setup takes a little time – less than an hour in my case. What takes some time is learning the amazing features of this LTE camera with an Ultra HD 4K resolution. I like how the Nexar One refers to itself as a smart doorbell. It protects the vehicle from the front and rear.
The Nexar One dashcam provides warnings while driving and in the event of an accident, it instantly sends a video of the accident to all nominated emergency contacts. Knock on wood I will not be testing this feature.
Alerts will be sent out even while the vehicle is parked, so if your car is hit, you’ll know immediately with an alert and live streaming. With live streaming, you can check the vehicle anytime, anywhere. Other alarms and alarms are timely for a burglary.
Inside the Nexar One is a Sony Starvis sensor to produce stunning 4K footage with perfectly color balanced video. The front-facing 140-degree camera delivers clear resolution at 25-30 frames per second with automatic white balance and variable exposure.
Optional add-ons attached to the side of the camera itself include an LTE unit, which Nexar says allows for all connectivity features when paired with Nexar Connect. Another addition coming soon is the interior cam. It provides a rear-facing camera with a 160-degree angle, making it a must-have for parents watching children in the back, driving with chauffeurs or just the peace of mind of being alerted to any situation that may be happening behind you . The rear camera addition will have a resolution of HD 720p infrared night vision at 25-30 fps.
With the Nexar dashcam system, there is unlimited cloud storage and on-device storage for up to 256GB memory card (64GB included). Using the app to find stored videos is easy with a user-friendly dashboard.
In a short time, it is easy to see the value of the Nexar One dashcam. The features show how far technology has come to create another set of eyes for security.
https://us.getnexar.com $299.95 on the Nexar website with coupon code TheOne