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- Dash Cam Mini
Discrete, easy to install and simple to operate
Having purchased various dashcams over the last 7 years I now wanted a discrete camera and did not require a screen preferring a Bluetooth link to smart phones.
I also had a problem with the large diameter rear view mirror windscreen mount on the 2008 BMW 1 series cabriolet which precludes some of the other concealed dashcams which affix to the mirror mount.
The Garmin is a known Brand with easy set up and the advantage of a constant power supply option taken from the OBD2 output (BMW, amongst many others have power cut out to the power / cigar...
Purchased in July 2021 at Ryda.com Online store for $179.00.
Faulty out of the box, a known issue, no fix available.
This device won't store the locale - asks for it every time the unit is started. Rang Garmin support - known issue, no fix available, other than return for exchange or refund. If exchanged, and new unit has the same issue, refund. Seriously?????
Purchased in June 2021.
What a disaster
Worked OK for about 12 months, then the problems started, had to reset each time I started the car even after updating the program ?
Eventually Garmin admitted that it was faulty and offered to replace it with a reconditioned model, I sent it back as requested with Aust Post tracking, it was delivered to their facility on the 28th May. I have requested an update re replacement (3 e'mails) but no answers, just silence, very POOR PR.
I just wish that I had read the reviews before I bought this piece of junk
Purchased in June 2019 for $244.99.
I would look for something better
For the price I paid for this camera I would've expected something that was more user friendly. Before you even use the dashcam it needs an update and the update doesn't work. The camera constantly needs to be reset to Australian locale everytime you switch it on. I downloaded the software update on my windows PC and the device won't accept it. This dashcam should definitely not be on the "best rated" cameras for 2021 as I read. I would be looking at other brands.
Purchased in May 2021 for $349.00.
A reliable dash cam
This was a Christmas present in 2017 and it was part of my daily 150 km commute until I stopped doing it.
It's been out in all conditions from -5 to +40 of degrees and has never failed to work.
The footage is decent quality (1080p) and with a 32 Gb card in it I get 350 minutes captured before it starts to overwrite.
Overall, I'd say it has done the job admirably.
Purchased in December 2017 at JB Hi-Fi Online Store for $239.00.
Software updates always cause problems, and some feature are useless.
After the last software update it needs the initial setting up, such as language, position, measurement units, etc, after each start up (every time the car is started!). Moreover, it will not connect to the phone app: the app says "connected" and then immediately starts "searching" for the camera again - ad infinitum. After every software update there's usually been bugs that I've eventually sorted after wasting valuable time but, after weeks of trying to fix this one, I'm giving up, as the latest updates don't help. The Garmin help centre say...they are "not aware of this problem," and yet their own website has recorded this issue dating back to software Version 3.50 (I have V4.40). "The lane departure" feature is useless, and some of the other features are marginal. The best thing to do with this dash camera is to package it and ship it off to a terrorist! Rubbish software - I'll be buying another brand and I'll never buy Garmin again.
Purchased in July 2018 at Gadget City for $239.00.
I purchased today, and I returned it back today. Every time when you turn it off and on, It is asking you to re-setup. it is annoying, even if I updated its latest firmware nothing was changed.
Purchased in February 2021.
- Dash Cam 66W
If you are looking for reliable dash-cam, Garmin is not your product. The worst camera ever. The camera costs 266 $ by the time i bought it however, I would not give a single cent if I knew how bad actually it is. Take a look over the video. Thanks Garmin I can't report the crap, because of your crap product.
Purchased in July 2019 at Sofia, Bulgaria, bul. "Prof. Asen Yordanov" 4-B for $266.00.
Had it one day, did Firmware upgrade via the App. It is now a brick.
No ability to recover from brick mode, wish I had read all the negative reviews first!
Purchased in August 2020 for $250.00.
- Dash Cam 66W
Another piece of junk from Garmin.
I am not reviewing the technical aspects of the camera. The camera itself looks OK. I am not sure about the video quality because I never got to use it.
The initial setup questions every time it is powered on make it unusable. Even after the software upgrade, which is meant to fix the issue. Who wants to spend a minute or two before every drive to set up the dash cam over and over?
Garmin Drive App which is used for the camera to connects to your phone to view the images is more often not working than working. You have to keep trying a number of times to connect. If you are lucky it connects. Most of the times it doesn't.
It is just not good enough. You expect the product to work when you pay for it.
Purchased in July 2020 at Amazon for $295.00.
The worst dash cam i have ever owned
The Good- High quality footage, good mounting point easy to mount in the car.
The Bad- the camera constantly detects a crash/event and fills the event folder (this is on each of sensitivity settings, so lets say that function is useless). My camera is wired into my electrical system to record car park events- the camera stays in car park mode and does not film continuous footage. I have never successfully captured an event. Garmin offered to replace the item. Its been 2 years with constant emails, nothing received yet. DONT BUY A GARMIN DASHCAM.
Purchased in March 2018 at Johnny Appleseed GPS Online store for $199.00.
Do not buy Garmin dash cam
Dash camera video quality is good. All Garmin dash cameras are advertised as having Bluetooth / wireless access via an app. This app is unusable. It will not locate an Android phone by Bluetooth. When it is located on an Apple device it refuses to download footage. These problems have been long term problems for Garmin an so far they have refused to rectify these problems. Subsequently if you choose to purchase a Garmin dash camera the claim of wireless access is false.
Purchased in March 2020 for $249.00.
- Dash Cam 55
Average dashcam and service.
After so much hassle in the beginning in claiming the warranty, RYDA reps contacted me to resolve the issues by offering full refund provided I can send the unit back. Why hasn't this been done in the first place, I have no clue. The whole process is very time consuming.
The dashcam itself is generally pretty average without the WiFi downloading capability. Considering the pricepoint and the overall experience, I would give 3/5 stars.
It's intriguing to know the strategy they used to deny the warranty proces...
Purchased in April 2018 at Ryda.com for $250.00.
Very poor performance and not worth the money.
Physically this is a very attractive camera.
The images look very nice at a glance but when it comes down to detail in the images it is just not there.
Specifications look good on paper but performance I have found it to be very poor, let me list my experience.
I have two vehicles, these comments relate to use of the camera in both vehicles and my comments are after three months of use.
1. - Cables, why do Garmin persist with having to use their proprietary USB cables to make things work? This is a pain.
2. - Voice Commands - they work if ...
Purchased in October 2019 at eBay for $350.00.
Feature packed great value dashcam
I bought two of these dashcams, have been very impressed with the features and video quality which is as good, even better than a BlackVue 650s which I also have, this is due to the 1440p/30 or 1080p/60 modes it offers. There are a few negative things such as, it runs hot, the lack of any decent software for video review & analysis of the recorded video which the BlackVue includes, so you have to use media player or your preferred video player/editor. It also uses more memory for video files than the BlackVue (ie only 6.5 hrs on 64gb compared...the BV which can do over 13hrs of same format video) so I guess you pay for the better smarts of the BVs. Setup is like any other dashcam really, spend the time mounting it and hiding the cable and it looks great. I haven’t had any issues with powering it with a standard USB like others have mentioned. The driver assist features are good but I didn’t have high expectations since they are based on video and not radar, although they work and you can disable the alerts individually if one annoys you more than the other. Lastly, they seem to be tough and function when really needed. Within two weeks of installing it in my daughter’s car, some idiot using his mobile collided head-on with her (she survived). The camera proved she did nothing wrong and and that he drove onto the wrong side of the road which saved us having to pay the insurance excess and interviews with the police were easier too. The impact of the crash ripped the camera off of the windscreen and from it’s power cord. I found it in the back of the wreck and was able to retrieve the footage. The camera was unscathed & still powers on, although I don’t have a power cord for it anymore because that became a permanent part of the wreck. One other thing to know is the claim of a 30 minute battery seems wrong, as both cameras power down within 15 seconds after the power is removed, which was the only letdown from the crash as it would have caught conversations after the crash. I’m now looking for a replacement but looks like this model has been updated/replaced by the Dash Cam 56. Great dash cam for the money though, I recommend them and hopefully the replacement model will be as good.
Purchased in June 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Online Store for $200.00.
Questions & Answers
Every time I start the car I have to agree to terms and conditions, can I make it start without having to do that? Otherwise it's useless !
Mine needs all the basic setting each time I start the car after the last software update. For example kilometres or miles, which language, whether audio is wanted, etc. etc. The Garmin call centre claim they're not aware of the problem, but their website says they had a "fix" for it about two years ago and since then I've seen reviews from buyers who've had the problem when first purchased. I've bought a Blackvue and I'm going to throw the Garmin in the rubbish bin!
No problems with the picture quality, the red light and speed camera work as they should but the lane departure is completely useless. Have had the camera exchanged for a new and both have been the same. Own a Mazda BT50 and it matters not a jot if I program the Garmin for high or low. Very disappointing.
Why, why will it only work with the supplied cable? Had it for two months now and still can not get it to do anything? It keeps turning itself off? What a waste of money, for a supposedly good unit. Do you need to go to night school for six months to use it? Is there an online course?
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The Garmin Dash Cam’s most signature feature is its bitty size. With its 2-inch wide screen, it’s certainly inconspicuous when mounted on your dashboard. However, the small screen size might also make it difficult to clearly view footage in the present moment, without the unit being synced to your smart device first.
The general consensus among reviewers was that the Garmin Dash Cam’s footage quality was average to good. However, reviewers often discovered points of frustration with their new car cam’s features. For example, some found the lane departure feature useless, while others disliked the ineffectual voice command functionality. Other drivers found that the Bluetooth/wireless connectivity via the app wasn’t reliable.
While the Garmin Dash Cams are affordable ($199 for the 45 model and $349 for the 55), these issues perhaps contributed to some of the product’s lowest scores being divvied out for its poor value for money (2.1 stars).
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|Category||Dash Cams||Dash Cams||Dash Cams||Dash Cams|
|Camera Resolution||1080p (Full HD)||1440p (Wide QHD)||1080p (Full HD)||1440p (Wide QHD)|
|Megapixels||2.1 MP||3.7 MP||2.1 MP|
|Features||Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, Smartphone App and Wi-Fi||Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, Smartphone App, Voice Control and Wi-Fi||Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor), Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, Smartphone App, Voice Control and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth, Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Microphone/Audio Recording, Motion Detection, Smartphone App, Voice Control and Wi-Fi|
|Memory Type||MicroSD card||MicroSD card||MicroSD card||MicroSD card|
|Battery life||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|Weight||59.5 g||59.5 g||59.5 g||61.3 g|
|Dimensions||41 x 56 x 21 mm||41 x 56 x 21 mm||41 x 56 x 21 mm||41 x 56 x 21 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Replaced by||Garmin Dash Cam 46||Garmin Dash Cam 56||Garmin Dash Cam 66W|
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