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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 to other recording devices; this is because 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 have led to the creation of an SD card that has superior capabilities to ensure it works with a Dash Cam, where other SD cards do not have such 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 shutdown- such as only displaying the 'Nextbase' logo on the screen. 
  • Inoperable buttons

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

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 Do non-Nextbase SD cards work at all?

A card that is not made for this purpose 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 spending 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 our 32GB U3 microSD Card will record approximately 4 hours of HD (1080p) footage before the Dash Cam overwrites the oldest recordings, or 2 hours if using a rear camera module.
The 64GB U3 microSD Card will record 8 hours of HD footage, or 4 hours if using a Rear Camera Module. The largest SD card you can use is our Nextbase 128GB U3 microSD Card can record 16 hours of HD footage, or 8 hours if using a Rear Camera Module.

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