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SD Card FAQs

 Why should I buy a Nextbase SD card? Can’t I just use any card?

Our Dash cams have different requirements from other recording devices; they need to keep recording when the SD card is full whilst overwriting the oldest unprotected files at the same time. Not all SD cards are able to cope with this amount of stress. 

 What makes Nextbase SD cards more reliable than other brands? 

Years of research and development efforts have led to the development of an SD card specifically engineered to meet the rigorous demands of a dash cam, whereas conventional SD cards lack these specialized capabilities. Dash Cams have greater technological requirements from an SD card than a mobile phone or computer, for example, thus the larger price tag.

What problems will I experience if I don't format my SD card or if I use a card that isn't compatible?

You may experience any of the following:

  • SD card error messages
  • Recording failure
  • Automatic recording failure
  • Frozen screen
  • Gaps between recordings
  • Corrupted or unplayable files
  • Failure to start up and shut down- such as only displaying the 'Nextbase' logo on the screen. 
  • Inoperable buttons

For more information about the importance of formatting the SD card please visit Do I need to format my SD card?

What error message will my Dash Cam display if there is an issue with my SD card?


 Do non-Nextbase SD cards work at all?

A card that is not made for dashcams may appear to work perfectly in the beginning, although failure tends to happen after prolonged use, this could be days, weeks, or months. In a worst-case scenario, you may only discover recording failure after your SD card fails to record a serious incident, therefore using a suitable card is imperative.

How many hours of video can my SD card hold on it?

The answer to this question varies depending on the storage size of your SD card and the resolution of your camera (among other factors), please take a look at this article for a more specific answer. 

I have a rear camera module as well as the Dash Cam, which SD card do I need?

If you are using a Rear Camera Module and a Dash Cam you need to ensure that a U3 SD card is used inside the camera. It is important to note that adding a rear camera will double the amount of footage recorded to the SD card. Therefore, it will take half the time for the SD card to become full compared to using only a front camera. 


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