Nexar Pro review: Solid video, cloud storage make this dash cam a good deal

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This unique-looking dash cam is especially appealing for ride givers.
In a field dominated by square or rectangular design, the egg-shaped $160 Nexar Pro dash cam (with its equally egg-shaped discrete interior camera) stands out—in a good way. The Nexar Pro is also one of the cheaper options in a dash cam offering cloud storage, bested only in affordability by the previously reviewed Nexar Beam.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more reviews and buying advice.

Design and features

The Nexar Pro's front camera takes 30 frames per second, 720p video captures when used on its own, but drops to 25fps when the interior camera is attached. Nexar choosing 720p is a tad surprising as 1080p resolution (which is what the Beam captures) has been the standard for front captures for a couple of years now.

Note: The dearth of hard specifications on the product webpage and Nexar's failure to respond to queries mean the resolutions and frame rates stated are what were experienced with the camera.

The main camera's suction mount (a sticky mount is available for $15) features an integrated GPS module that also serves as a handy lever for tightening the suction cup. Twist it 90 degrees and voila! The less expensive Beam relies on your phone for GPS information, and has to be connected at all times if you want location info. That's one of the reasons this camera is the "Pro."

The other reason for the pro designation is the aforementioned cabin camera, which captures the same 720p, 25 fps video. Documenting happenings inside the car is a necessity for ride givers. 720p is par for the course with interior views, which don't need to capture license plate numbers and the like.

A whopping ten infrared lights surround the lens of the interior camera, which creates very bright interior night captures. The interior camera relies on a small, semi-permanent sticky mount rather than a suction mount. You tether it to the main camera using a short micro-USB cable. With a longer cable, you could likely use it as a…
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