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Garmin Dash Cam 10

Portable digital video recorder

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Our take on the Garmin Dash Cam 10

by Alexander Hrabe
Garmin

Peace of mind

So, everyone's seen the dash cam videos of Russian road carnage. We tell ourselves those unruly roads are a world away, but let's be honest, how much safer are our roads? If you've been in a major accident or even a little fender-bender, you know how fuzzy the facts can get in heat of the moment, when you're full of adrenaline, staring at your ruined car, and another driver is shouting their side of the story at you. Well, Garmin can refresh your memory with the Dash Cam 10, your very own unblinking eyewitness.

wide angle

The Garmin Dash Cam 10's wide angle lens records a more complete view of an incident.

So simple

This dash cam fits in the palm of your hand, which means it won't clutter up your field of vision and it's easy to swap between cars. Once you mount it into the sturdy suction cup on your windshield and plug it into your car's 12-volt power point, you're done. The fully automated camera will start recording once the engine is turned on and stop when the engine is turned off. Beyond that, you don't need to think about it again if you don't want to. Simply enjoy the peace of mind — the Garmin Dash Cam 10 is loop-recording a high resolution, wide-angle view of the road to set the record straight if something unexpected happens.

Little black box

In the golden era of distracted driving, accidents are inevitable. If you're involved in one, this device's built-in G-Sensor will detect hard braking or a collision, then save the last, current and next recordings, preserving a complete record of the event. You can also set the date and time to pinpoint exactly when the event occurred, in order to provide a more complete presentation of the incident. An integrated microphone allows audio recording capability, and if you need to take the cam out and get some snapshots of damage, it has photo capability as well.

Video output

Dash Cam 10 records 1080p, 720p or WVGA video files in a continuous loop, using the included 4 GB microSD™ card. The included card will give you 1 hour of video at 1080p; 2.25 hours at 720p; or 4.75 hours at WVGA. To increase storage, you can add a larger microSD card (up to 32 GB). Its 2.3-inch color display makes playback and camera positioning simple.

Warning: The use of this device and/or a windshield mount may be restricted in some states or jurisdictions.

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Highlights:

    General:
    • portable digital video recorder with vehicle suction cup mount
    • also includes vehicle power cable, 4GB microSD card with SD adapter
    • records 1080p, 720p, or WVGA video files
    • 2.3" TFT LCD display for viewing and playback
    • G-sensor incident detection
    • internal microphone for audio recording
    Specifications:
    • dimensions: 2.6"W x 3.2"H x 1.4"D
    • weight: 1/4 lb.
    • frame rate: 30 FPS
    • battery life: up to 1 hour
    Other info:

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    • Dash Cam 10
    • Suction cup windshield mount
    • Car charger with cigarette lighter adapter (65" cable and Mini-B USB 2.0 plug)
    • 4 GB Micro SD card (installed in camera)
    • Micro SD adapter (in plastic case)
    • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB 2.0 on other end)
    • Owner's Manual (Eng)
    • Owner's Manual (Fren)
    • Owner's Manual (Span)
    • Software License Agreement
    • Important Safety and Product Information

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    Features

    Overview: The Garmin Dash Cam 10 is a stand-alone recorder which mounts to your windshield with the supplied suction cup mount. It has a 2.3" LCD display, and comes with a 4 GB microSD card. As it records, the time and date are embedded into the video so you'll know exactly when a captured event occurred.

    Recording: The Dash Cam 10 records in a continuous loop onto a microSD card. It records both audio and video as you drive, or video only (if desired). As long as the Dash Cam is receiving power, it is recording. As the available memory runs out, it starts recording over the oldest recordings. You can also take still photos at any time by pressing the Photo button on the front panel.

    Resolution: The Dash Cam 10's 3MP camera sensor records high definition video in AVI format (H.264 compression) at 30 frames per second onto the microSD card. You can set the resolution to 1080p, 720p, or VGA. The higher the resolution, the shorter the available recording time on the memory card.

    Display: The unit is equipped with a 2.3" color TFT LCD display. You can use the display to properly aim the camera while recording, or for playing back recordings. The brightness of the screen can be adjusted in the menu.

    Lens: The Dash Cam has a wide-angle lens that gives you a full view of the road. You can manually adjust the exposure for brighter or darker lighting conditions.

    Microphone: An integrated microphone records audio inside the vehicle. If desired, the microphone can be turned off so the unit records only video.

    Rechargeable Battery: The built-in rechargeable battery is charged when connected to vehicle power through the cigarette lighter adapter. Normally, the unit will be plugged into vehicle power as you drive. If you need to remove the Dash Cam from the vehicle, the battery has enough stored power to operate approximately 1 hour.

    microSD Card: The Dash Cam 10 comes with a 4 GB microSD card. A microSD adapter is included for viewing on devices that will accept only full-sized SD cards. The Dash Cam 10 is compatible with microSD cards (and microSDHC cards) up to 32 GB. Speed Class 10 microSD cards are required. The available recording time for microSD cards is as follows:

    microSD card (# of files) 1080p 720p VGA
    4 GB (6 files) 48 mins 2.2 hrs 4.8 hrs
    8 GB (15 files) 96 mins 4.4 hrs 9.6 hrs
    16 GB (30 files) 192 mins 8.8 hrs 19.2 hrs
    32 GB (60 files) 384 mins 17.6 hrs 38.4 hrs

    Automatic Incident Detection: The Dash Cam has a built-in G-sensor, which can detect when a collision or hard braking occurs. When the G-sensor detects an incident, the previous, current, and next recordings are automatically saved. This way, a complete record of the moments before, during, and after the event is preserved. The Event Detection Sensor needs to be calibrated before use, and the sensitivity adjusted as needed.

    Installation: The Dash Cam 10 is designed to be mounted on your windshield using the included suction cup mount. It should always be mounted in the upright orientation, otherwise the resulting video will be upside down or sideways. If connected to an ignition-switch powered outlet, the Dash Cam will turn on and off automatically as you turn the ignition on and off.

    Viewing Videos and Photos: You can view recorded video and still image files on the Dash Cam's LCD screen. You can remove the microSD card and view the files using a card reader on your computer. Videos and still images are stored in separate folders.

     
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