The best dash cams give you the peace of mind that any incidents in your car will be recorded for posterity. For anyone that’s dealt with the immense headaches of navigating the legal system after an accident where fault is at issue, the value of a dash cam is self-evident. They can not only save you huge amounts of cash but, in the long run, be critical for preserving your driving record and avoiding points on your license (and is also a boon in insurance terms).
The major advantages for rideshare drivers are also obvious, but for anyone who spends a fair amount of time on the road, a quality dash cam is a wise investment. Think of your next weekend or holiday trip, that scenic route along the island shore or over the mountain pass, rare wildlife along the road, that celebrity crossing the street right in front of you… with a dash cam, you’ll have video proof that it happened. You’ll be able to keep reminders of those magical moments, edit them to make a holiday video, and share them with friends and family.Garmin has you covered, backwards and forwards and everything in between.
What we love most about this Garmin is that it’s stupid-simple to set up and use. We paired our phone via the app (ideally you also purchase a phone mount for your dash so you don’t have to look down to see the video) and immediately saw footage on our phone screen. And there’s no pressing of buttons necessary. Instead we used super easy voice commands—“Okay, Garmin,” and then a prompt like “Save Video” to preserve footage, for instance. The “Tandem” name doesn’t mean that this unit includes a backup camera; it has a forward-facing one, as well as one that monitors the cabin.
And it has night vision for the interior of the car, so you can see if your kids are flicking fries at each other on the way home from the drive-through. The tiny candy bar-size Tandem is unobtrusive and also has both GPS and g-force sensing. To test the latter, we slammed on the brakes (simulating a panic stop), and it captured the footage. Plus it stamps that video with a time and location. It also has a parked-car sentry mode. On the downside, a suction mount would be preferable to the adhesive-and-magnet system used here, for easier transfer between vehicles. And the lack of a built-in screen requires you to pair your phone to see what the cameras are capturing.
All of Garmin’s dash cams are relatively unobtrusive, but its Dash Cam Mini is hard to beat if you truly want to keep your hardware as out of sight as possible. It measures just over 1 x 1 x 2 inches, and is small enough that your rearview mirror can completely hide it.
That diminutive size means it doesn’t have a built-in display like many dash cams and, despite boasting the Garmin name, it also lacks GPS to record location data with your video. If you can accept those trade-offs, PC World found a lot to like from the Mini, including solid 1080p video quality and great low-light performance at nighttime.
Garmin has a strong reputation in the industry because of the excellent manufacturing of smart products and its amazing features.
This dashcam by Garmin has a wide-angle. This dash cam’s field of view is 180 degrees, which is excellent for capturing a wide area easily.
It is a compact camera that you can mount easily on the windscreen. It will also help voice control and automatically record the incident and automatically detect any incident.
It is a great camera that also has a Wi-Fi connection and excellent phone connectivity.
It is a high-resolution dash cam that you can connect to the power socket available in your car.
Garmin’s Dash Cam 56 is a somewhat modest update over the company’s popular Dash Cam 55, but it does come with a few key upgrades that give it a clear edge over the previous model. Chief among those is a lens with a wider field of view—140 degrees compared to 122—which will let you capture more of your surroundings while driving.
Video footage is the same 1440p resolution as before, but Garmin’s new Clarity HDR feature promises to provide increased detail in low-light situations. Otherwise, things stay pretty much in line with its well-reviewed predecessor, including voice control and smartphone connectivity, as well as driver alerts including collision and lane departure warnings.
The extremely small and discreet Dash Cam 55 does more than just record your drive. It starts recording automatically and saves footage in case of incidents. It also captures high-quality 1440p eyewitness video recordings and provides advanced driver alerts for Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings plus red light and speed cameras.
You just look ahead and drive. With your voice, you can command Dash Cam 55 to start/stop audio recording, take a still picture or start/stop the Travelapse video capture feature an easy, fun way to share driving footage and condense hours of driving into minutes of highlights. And with the VIRBÂ® Mobile app downloaded on your smartphone, it’s easy to wirelessly sync videos from Dash Cam 55 to your phone and share the videos with friends.
The Dash Cam 46 is the successor to the previous Garmin dash camera models: Dash Cam 30, Dash Cam 35 and Dash Cam 45. Like the other previous Garmin dash cams listed they all offer 1080p HD video recording, however the Dash Cam 46 has a wider lens angle of 140 degrees, while the Dash Cam 45 has a 122° lens angle and the Dash Cam 35 and Dash Cam 30 have a smaller 100° lens angle.
With the Dash Cam 46 you can use all of the same features found on some of the newer and more expensive models like Voice Control and Garmin Drive APP use with its built-in WiFi.
If you’re looking for the best budget Garmin Dash Cam model, this would be it in our opinion, as it is only lacking a few features of the higher priced models, like a wide 180 degree lens angle that is found on the Dash Cam 66W (the Dash Cam 46 only has a 140 degree lens angle). This shouldn’t be an issue if you drive a standard size car or pickup truck, since you won’t need a large field of view on your dash cam. This might be an issue if you’re a trucker driving a big semi and need to have an extra wide lens angle to cover the full front and peripheral of your big rig.
The extremely small and discreet Dash Cam 45 does more than just record your drive. It starts recording automatically and saves footage in case of incidents. It also captures high-quality 1080p eyewitness video recordings and provides advanced driver alerts for Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings plus red light and speed cameras . You just look ahead and drive.
Also includes Travelapseâ„¢ video capture feature, which provides an easy and fun way to record your adventures by condensing hours of driving into minutes of highlights. And with the VIRBÂ® Mobile app downloaded on your smartphone, itâ€™s easy to wirelessly sync videos from Dash Cam 45 to your phone and share the videos with friends.