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Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW 4K UHD
Dash Cam Comparison Review

4K dash cams are the best when it comes to capturing the highest quality videos. While full HD and 2K QHD shoot decent footage, it’s 4K UHD that gives justice to your video evidence, and life to your road trip and travel vlogs.

We have carried a number of 4K dash cams over the years, and one of them is the Nextbase 622GW. Built from the United Kingdom, Nextbase dash cams are known for its advanced technology like Alexa integration, what3words, and other features that budget-friendly dash brands do not have. The Nextbase 622GW is its representative in the 4K UHD segment, and in this article, we will compare it to another dash cam that’s advanced in tech, the all-new Thinkware U3000. Let’s find out if the Thinkware U3000’s features are enough to take over Nextbase’s flagship dash cam, the 622GW. 

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW Design

The Thinkware U3000 comes in a single-channel and dual-channel model. It's built sleek, and the front lens area is much bigger, with a ‘RADAR’ label beside the lens. If you’re going to purchase the dual-channel, you’ll notice that the rear camera also has the same RADAR label beside its lens, and the unit is quite a bit wider than average, but still fairly discrete.

While the front itself doesn’t rotate, the plate with the lens can be rotated about 60 degrees. Plenty for the vast majority of vehicles, but a bit short for vertical windshields. For its rear camera, we found that it’s designed to be rotated with a coin slot, where you can also use your key to do so. More importantly, we appreciate that the Thinkware U3000 has a new ventilation system underneath, highlighting crossed ventilation grill design for better cooling.

On the other hand, the Nextbase 622GW shares a similar build as its sister cameras - the Nextbase 522GW and 422GW. Through its three-inch full-color touchscreen display, users can play videos and adjust settings straight on the dash cam unit.

What we noticed is that like all other Nextbase cameras, it is sold as a single front unit-only dash cam, so you must purchase the module cameras separately if you want a secondary camera for in-cabin or the traffic behind.

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW Image Quality and Video Resolution

Now let’s talk about everything 4K. Being the brand’s flagship dash cam, the Nextbase 622GW captures 4K footage at 30 frames per second using an 8MP Omnivision OS08A10 CMOS sensor. If you don't require the highest resolution, you can choose between 1440P at 60fps or 1080p at 120fps from a 140-degree field of view. The 622GW also includes a removable polarizing filter, allowing drivers to rotate a bezel in front of the lens for less glare on the footage.

While we are impressed with the video quality of Nextbase, we think that the Thinkware U3000 delivers superior performance. Why? Because the U3000 is the first premium dash cam to be built with the all-new Sony STARVIS 2 image sensors at 4K UHD @ 30 fps, which can be scaled down to 2K QHD @ 60 fps at a wider 158-degree field of view.

When it comes to image sensors, Omnivision is also a notable brand, but the true leader is still Sony. The Thinkware U3000 has an 8MP Sony STARVIS 2 IMX678 for its front, while its rear sports a 5MP Sony STARVIS IMX335 – providing excellent performance in low light conditions, along with the U3000’s Super Night Vision 4.0. Like the 622GW, it also comes with a CPL filter that works best with the BlackboxMyCar Aqua Shield rain guard to keep your footage free from glares and other environmental factors like rain and dust!

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW Parking Mode

While video resolution may be your main goal, you can only leverage the security benefits of your 4K dash cam by activating its parking mode feature, which is available on both the Nextbase 622GW and the Thinkware U3000.

The Parking Mode on the Nextbase 622GW incorporates Motion and Impact Detection, which captures any bump or physical movement on the car while it is parked. When you shoot video in 1080p at 120 frames per second, it can also enter Super Slow Motion mode. However, most premium dash cams include a buffered parking mode that captures before, during, and after the action. Unfortunately, the 622GW data is only available after the incident.

Meanwhile, the Thinkware U3000 has all the best parking mode options available. While some may find the 622GW’s parking mode advanced, the Thinkware U3000 beats its standards. It can do motion and impact detection, buffered recording, Energy Saving Parking mode, and a super useful feature called Smart Parking mode.

Aside from having more parking mode options, the Thinkware U3000 now has a built-in RADAR sensor- yup, external radar needed no more! This means that when a person or vehicle is detected in a low-power recording situation, the U3000 immediately wakes up and starts recording. The RADAR sensor, which is built into both the front and rear cameras, allows the camera to be more energy efficient than any other camera on the market, more than tripling the duration of parking mode. The Thinkware U3000 also has built-in voltage monitoring , so it ensures that your vehicle battery stays protected as well. And if you are looking to extend parking mode for either of these cameras, a battery pack is firmly recommended like the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8.

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW Safety and Convenience Features

Based on our observation, what people find exciting about the Nextbase 622GW is its ability to connect the dash cam to Amazon Alexa voice control. Customers also get a year's free trial of the EmergencySOS feature, which allows them to use What3Words, but after that period expires, they must pay a subscription fee. We couldn’t stress enough how much we don’t like subscriptions.

Meanwhile, the Thinkware U3000 also has a long list of premium features like built-in dual band Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, and a new built-in Bluetooth connectivity pairing feature. While it doesn’t have an Alexa feature, the Thinkware U3000 works with the Thinkware CONNECTED Cloud that offers highly-advanced features like Strong Impact Notifications when Driving or Parked, Emergency SOS, Remote Live View, Vehicle Battery Voltage and Driving Reports, and Geofencing features. On top of these, the Thinkware U3000 also has Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Safety Camera Alerts to maximize protection and keep you safe from unwanted violations.

In terms of storage capacity, the Nextbase 622GW can only support up to 128GB, while the Thinkware U3000 can support up to 256GB micro SD cards.

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW Pricing

Both of these dash cams are considered premium, which can be justified by its slew of tech features. The Nextbase 622GW is priced at $379.99 for a one-channel, while the Thinkware U3000 can be purchased at $429.99 for the single channel, and $549.99 for the dual-channel version.

Verdict: Which is better? Thinkware U3000 or the Nextbase 622GW dash cam?

Both Nextbase and Thinkware dash cams are premium, and admittedly, they also perform excellently in terms of technology. However, focusing on the Nextbase 622GW and Thinkware U3000 models, we must say that the Thinkware U3000 is a more worthwhile investment.

While the Nextbase 622Gw captures 4K, the Sony STARVIS 2 4K UHD capabilities of the Thinkware U3000 is unbeatable at the moment – that even the BlackVue DR970X (another premium 4K entry) sits under it. Parking mode features? The Thinkware U3000 is also efficient, offering Energy Saving Mode and Smart Parking mode options. And for the security and convenience features, its ADAS, Safety Camera Alerts, and Thinkware CONNECTED are evidently more useful compared to Alexa – which is something that not every dash cam user would appreciate. With the U3000, Thinkware made sure that all of its features are something that all dash cam users would enjoy, especially in terms of maximizing driver and passenger protection.

Thinkware U3000 vs. Nextbase 622GW 4K UHD Dash Cam Comparison

Specs Thinkware U3000 Nextbase 622GW

Video Resolution

4K UHD @ 30 FPS + 2K QHD @ 30 FPS


Image Sensor (F, R, I)

8MP Front Sony STARVIS 2 +
5MP Rear Sony STARVIS Sensors

8MP Omnivision Sensor

Field of View (F|R|I)

158° | 128°





Parking Mode






Operating Temperature

-10°C - 60°C

-20° to 45°C (from -4° to 113°F)

Loop Recording



Max SD Card


128 GB

LCD Screen




Yes, Dual-band

Yes, Dual-band




Mobile App








Lithium Ion Battery

Country of Origin

South Korea

United Kingdom

Manufacturer Warranty

1-Year Manufacturer Warranty

1-Year Manufacturer Warranty

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The Thinkware U3000 is available in one-channel and dual-channel options. If you wish to maximize your U3000 experience, check out our exclusive Thinkware U3000 Signature Bundle to avail everything you need in one click!