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Portable digital video recorder with GPS

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Our take on the Garmin Dash Cam 20

by Alexander Hrabe
Garmin

Peace of mind

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 20, your very own unblinking eyewitness. And unlike many other models, the Dash Cam 20 includes a GPS receiver which will record the latitude, longitude, date, time, speed, and direction of travel along with the video files in order to provide a more complete presentation of the incident.

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wide angle

The Garmin Dash Cam 20's wide angle lens records a more complete view of an incident.

So simple

This compact dash cam fits in the palm of your hand, so it won't clutter up your field of vision and it's easy to swap between cars. You simply install the cam in the sturdy suction cup, attach it to the windshield, and plug it into your car's 12-volt power point, you're done. The fully automated camera starts recording once the engine is turned on and stops when the engine is turned off. Simply enjoy the peace of mind — the Garmin Dash Cam 20 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, it's an unfortunate reality that not every driver's eyes are always on the road. If you're involved in an accident, this device's built-in G-Sensor detects hard braking or a collision, and knows to save the last, current and next recordings, preserving a complete record of the event. An integrated microphone allows audio recording capability; if you need to take the cam out and get some snapshots of damage, it has photo capability as well.

Video output

Dash Cam 20 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.

Highlights:

    General:
    • portable digital video recorder with vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, 4GB microSD card with SD adapter
    • GPS receiver for incident geo-tracking and time-stamping
    • 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
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    • Dash Cam 20
    • 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 20 is a stand-alone recorder with GPS 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 and location data (coordinates, speed, and direction of travel) are embedded into the video so you'll know exactly when and where a captured event occurred.

    Recording: The Dash Cam 20 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 20'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 20 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 20 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 20 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. When viewing the footage on your computer, you'll have a record of latitude, longitude, date, time, speed, and direction of travel.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Written By RustyO, Orlando, Fl. on Saturday, August 30, 2014
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    to date has exceeded my expectations. added a larger memory card, but set up and installation are a breeze. have used Garmin GPS units in the past and this does not disappoint
    Pros:
    good in low light, easy download with the supplied adapter. nice that it can be used for still shots and as a video cam separately
    Cons:
    none yet operationally, although would be nice not to have a duel adapter so one wouldn't need to add one to use the GPS unit simultaneouly
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Written By John, Bellingham, Wa on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    I'm overly impressed with the wide view/distance/moving objects/shadows vs colors and how the resolution and focus captures it all. No vibration or jitter in the recorded video on rough gravel roads. Very smooth. Night Time Recording: during very dark conditions, only picks up what the head beams see. City and road lighting is recorded very well. GPS gives accurate MPH and picks up Satellite in 20 seconds. Wish List: USB Mini Extension Cable and USB Battery Pack for Sport Camera.
    Pros:
    Compact design and ease of use.
    Cons:
    Garmin Dash Cam Player and Mapping software could use improvement. Info needed would be Distance between points and the ability to Merge Files to get continuous Road Map data, its broken into separated Maps. Could have made the car power cable longer by about 2 feet.
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    5 out of 5

    Better Than Anticipated

    Written By Anonymous, New York on Saturday, August 02, 2014
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    I was a bit worried about the quality but I was quite impressed with its performance. Yes it won't produce images like a $4000 video camera but for what it is, it is quite impressive. I think the shock sensor could use a little work but I am not using it for that purpose anyway. I've yet to try the Garmin software but it seems fairly straight forward. I find playing the videos from the card to be no problem either. Just use VLC player or if you want to edit with it, there are many free transcoding apps out there that will let you convert the footage for editing. I would recommend.
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Written By Philcuz, Kinston, NC on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    Very impressed and pleased! Everything is as is advertised. Easy to install, Easy to set up, Easy to understand and does everything in a logical intelligent manner. Test drive went without a flaw. Removed chip and read using my camera card reader (comes with adaptor to put mini chip in for reading) in my PC. I had already downloaded Garmin software. A real no brainer providing insurance on the road (we really need 4 Dash Cams). I would be a miss if I did not mention its fun and I feel that the possibility is real to help someone else or to capture something for YouTube or the media.
    Pros:
    Very ready to capture the moment without further input/action from me.
    Cons:
    Needs to be completely wireless. This would facilitate installation and flexibility as well as versatility. Needs rechargeable battery. Battery needs minimum of four hours service.
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam

    Written By John O, Monroe township, NJ on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    Have had this for a few weeks and so far it is working flawlessly. I did lower the sensitivity, since my Wrangler has a harsher ride than a car, it was sensing something going over certain bumps and potholes.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, compact, clear pictures day and night. It works!!
    Cons:
    Would like to be able to check settings without having the recorder on. As soon as it's turned on it starts recording. Not a big deal.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Camera

    Written By MikeG, Miami Lakes, Florida on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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    Great picture quality, easy to install and operate. I've also used it as a video camera at Florida attractions, works great, fits in my pocket.
    Pros:
    Size, Picture Quality, Set Up
    Cons:
    Price
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin dash camera

    Written By Traveler, PA on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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    Excellent camera. Tried and returned a disappointing device through another vendor! Garmin has quality products. Purchase shipped and arrived very quickly. Thoroughly satisfied with treatment from Crutchfield. Will gladly recommend Crutchfield to others. Wish all vendors were this efficient and reliable. Also ordered additional memory card which I haven't utilized yet; but am sure it will be of the same quality as the camera. Thanks for the outstanding service! This unit is by far the best dashcam I've found short of a high-dollar police dashcam.
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Written By Stan, Bassett, VA on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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    Works great, Video recording are clear even in night recording. No flicker or vibration in videos. I use this unit in my Ford E-250 service van and also in my Ford F-150 pick up and it works great. Event detection works great. Records Date, Time, GPS location and MPH on the video. I had a problem with the power connection on the unit and contacted Crutchfield by email about it. They responded quickly and sent me a new unit which I received the next day and it works great. I have had no problems with it. Also, they did not require me to send the old unit back before they sent a new one. They sent a RMA tag for me to send the defective unit back after I received the new unit.
    Pros:
    This is a great Dash Cam if you are looking for one. I also ordered a 32GB SD card for mine. Crutchfield sent a free multi card reader with the unit also.
    Cons:
    None. The unit works as stated.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dashcam 20.. Awesome

    Written By Larry, Las Vegas, nv on Sunday, May 04, 2014
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    I have several dash cameras, one in each one of my cars. I wanted a cam with GPS features so I ordered the Garmin online and after speaking with a rep, not a computer, they advised me that they would ship it the same day and it should be delivered within 3 days.. and it was. When I first bought the Dashcam it was freezing up. Not good.. but after an easy firmware update through the Garmin website the camera is working perfectly.
    Pros:
    After the update the camera works flawlessly. Perfect HD picture, easy to configure and install.
    Cons:
    The power cord is WAY to short. I had to order the extended cigarette lighter plug.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Works great

    Written By George J, Palm Desert CA on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    Works exactly as promised, easy to use, great picture.
    Pros:
    Turns off and on with the ignition, nothing to remember.
    3 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Written By Fausto, Bronx, NY on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    One of the best dash cam around
    Pros:
    great picture
    Cons:
    none so far
    3 out of 10 people found this helpful
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