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Garmin Dash Cam 55

3.7 megapixel dash cam with GPS and driver assistance

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It's easy to feel safe when you're autopiloting through your daily commute, but heading onto the interstate quickly...

It's easy to feel safe when you're autopiloting through your daily commute, but heading onto the interstate quickly...

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About the Garmin Dash Cam 55

It watches in Super HD (and it listens)

It's easy to feel safe when you're autopiloting through your daily commute, but heading onto the interstate quickly reminds you that the road can be a wild and wooly place. Garmin's got your back with just the thing — the very compact, quite discreet Dash Cam 55. It watches the road through a wide-angle lens, capturing everything ahead of you in Super HD. So, if you're looking to record a cross-country road trip for posterity or you need to document your mileage for work or insurance purposes, this cam gives you the sharpest picture possible in low light or bright.

It watches in Super HD (and it listens)

It's easy to feel safe when you're autopiloting through your daily commute, but heading onto the interstate quickly reminds you that the road can be a wild and wooly place. Garmin's got your back with just the thing — the very compact, quite discreet Dash Cam 55. It watches the road through a wide-angle lens, capturing everything ahead of you in Super HD. So, if you're looking to record a cross-country road trip for posterity or you need to document your mileage for work or insurance purposes, this cam gives you the sharpest picture possible in low light or bright.

Highlight reel

With the Travelapse feature, you can compile hours of video into a short highlight reel. The cam comes with a 4GB microSD card, but there's room to upgrade up to 64GB for selectable 720p, 1080p, or 1440p. It's also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing with mobile devices. Best of all, Garmin's voice command feature lets you start and stop video recording and more just by saying so.

Versatile dash assistant

The Dash Cam 55 has an adjustable mount that adheres to your windshield, and Garmin gives you a vehicle charger for power. A 2" LCD shows you what this dash cam is loop-recording as you drive, but it's also keeping an eye on the road ahead to give you an audible Forward Collision warning if you approach a car too rapidly, a Lane Departure warning if you veer from your lane, and a Go alert if you're stopped and traffic ahead starts moving. Thanks to built-in GPS, the Dash Cam 55 even detects speed and red light cameras on the horizon and gives you a heads up.

Incident Detection

If you're involved in an accident, you'll be thankful for Garmin's Incident Detection feature which uses a built-in G-Sensor to detect hard braking or a collision, and then saves vital video files for a complete record of the event. Built-in GPS geo-tags your files with latitude, longitude, date, time, speed, and direction of travel in order to provide a more complete presentation.

Built-in microphone

An integrated microphone allows you to record audio; if you need to take the cam out and get some snapshots of damage, it has 3.7 megapixel photo capability and battery life up to one hour as well. Watch whatever you record on the cam's built-in monitor, or download Garmin's free Dash Cam player software to view and organize your video files on your computer.

Parking mode

This fully automated camera starts recording once the engine is turned on and stops when the engine is turned off. However, using an optional hardwire powering kit (not included), a built-in motion sensor wakes the camera when your vehicle is parked to record what's in front of it — a great theft deterrent. 

A kit is available for permanently wiring your dash cam into your vehicle.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • Super HD portable digital video recorder
    • GPS receiver for incident geo-tracking and time-stamping
    • also includes vehicle power cable, adhesive-backed magnetic mount, and microSD card
    • alerts driver with warnings of speed cameras, red light cameras, Forward Collision, Lane Departure, and Go alert
    • voice control
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing with mobile devices
    • records 1440p, 1080p, or 720p video files
    • 2" TFT LCD display for viewing and playback
    • G-sensor Incident Detection
    Specifications:

    What's in the box:

    • Dash camera with adjustable magnetic mount
    • 4 GB microSD card (inserted in camera)
    • 13'-3" Power cable (with vehicle power plug on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
    • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
    • Dual-sided adhesive mounting pad
    • Instructions
    • Important Safety and Product Information

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from Madison, AL on 7/23/2019

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    Works perfect. I hardwired it into my 2011 Honda Accord. Video and audio quality are great. So far, the camera has only shut itself off from overheating once. (I left it parked in the sun too long. It was about 95 degrees with high humidity.)

    Pros: High quality video and audio. Has an app for convenience. Settings are customizable. Good quality night time recording.

    Cons: Can overheat if left in the sun.

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    Tom from Lithia, FL on 6/9/2019

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    Great Camera with some issues. Pictures and videos are great. It's caught some things I wouldn't have expected and thankful for it. The problems I've had. The lane alert works and then doesn't. It's not consistent but for the most part works. I have had two of these now that quit working however. First one I left in the truck during the day, came back in after work and it was dead couldn't figure out why but it was covered with out any question. Second one lasted just over a year and did the same thing. Just died.

    Pros: Great picture and video when it works

    Cons: I've had one and it died after a few months, replacement lasted just over a year and died. Not able to see signs with the sun in the picture due to the glare.

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    Crutchfield customer from Hartfield, VA on 5/27/2019

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    Very easy to use!

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    I like it! Does What it is Supposed to do and does it Well.

    Crutchfield customer from Lake Elsinore, CA on 4/19/2019

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    Does a great job overall, my car is vintage, so not as smooth as newer vehicles. I like the magnetic base, but it is not as stable as my previous camera's mount so I get more vibration in the image than I would have expected. I am not particularly fond of the short loop lengths of only 1 minute, with zero overlap from end to beginning. It is such a short span I think you may end up missing a save of an event. The other thing I have discovered is that on the default settings in my car, I am arbitrarily saving events when nothing has happened. I don't mind the lane departure, collision, and traffic moving signals, but think it could be annoying to some, especially since it can be a bit arbitrary. In the end it is all about image, and here I would say the camera does an excellent job, with good clarity, color with very little distortion. The camera is very easy to set up out of the box, and I have used the Garmin Express Software to keep it updated. I was able to connect with my phone but am not sure this is a feature I would use often. I have also had intermittent luck with the voice control. Again I bought the camera because of its higher resolution and like the quality of the video. You can see a sample of what it does in my 61 Corvair here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFnJtVAI400

    Pros: Easy Set up and Mounting, Clear Pictures, Voice Control, Very Compact

    Cons: Mount not as stable as my old suction mount. Two Mounting Mirrors, only one power source.

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from North Bergen, NJ on 3/24/2019

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    Excellent camera, very good pictures and video. Easy to work with.

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    Worth the $$

    Crutchfield customer from Toluca Lake, CA on 3/10/2019

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    I first tried a $50 camera but ghe instructions were so bad and obviously written by a China man, I returned it. My garmin couldn't have been easier to setup and the quality of the video is a 10.

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    This is one little feature packed dash cam.

    Jim from Unadilla, NY on 3/8/2019

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    This is one little feature packed dash cam. I have tried a few different dash cams and this one tops them all. From the super clear HD video and lane departure warnings to the voice command, this is what you have been looking for. The cost is a little more then some of the cheaper ones on Amazon and not as much as some others but is way worth it. Depending on your budget this is what you want. look no further.

    Pros: HD Video Voice Command Lane departure warnings Compact size Mounting

    Cons: Only comes with a 8 GB Micro SD Card

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    Compact size and great features

    Asa from Oviedo, FL on 2/26/2019

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    After doing a bunch of research I finally chose the the Garmin 55. I decided that I didn't want to deal with a rear channel so this camera was the right choice for me. It checked all the boxes for what I needed in a dash Cam. Small form factor, easy installation and set up, HD video, and voice commands/activation. As others recommended, I bought the parking cable and hard wired it to the car. Hardest part of the installation was finding the right switched power sources in the fuse box inside the car. If you choose to hard wire be sure you pick up two fuse taps because they are not included in the parking cable kit.

    Pros: small size, easy to set up and install, great picture quality, voice commands

    Cons: Should come with a second windshield mounting tab or suction cup mount.

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    Certainly, Love it

    Crutchfield customer from Miami Lakes , FL on 1/21/2019

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    Use to have earlier versions of Garmin Dashcam, and now I found it great to update to this version with more features.

    Pros: More compact, so it fits with no obstructing occupants view. Great new features

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    Trevor from Albuquerque, NM on 1/17/2019

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    Great picture, and ease of us.

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    Cute dash cam

    Louis from Wickenburg, AZ on 12/21/2018

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    Great product, easy to set up, your delivery was on , time, and sales and support are wonderful. Pleasure doing business with Crutchfield

    Pros: Small , picture 5 star , ease of use

    Cons: The mount could be better

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    Easy picture transfer nice picture

    Richard from Quarryville, PA on 9/30/2018

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    Works great I like the way I can share the video to my phone with the app has a great picture not had it that long but so far so good

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Angela from Castle Rock, WA on 7/7/2018

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    Picture/video quality is awesome. We haven't been able to figure out the blue tooth to the phone.

    Pros: Picture/video quality

    Cons: Not very user friendly

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    Nice Dadh Cam

    Carl from Columbus, NE on 6/24/2018

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    Works as advertised no issues so far. I would recommend the parking mode cable if you want a cleaner looking install.

    Pros: Works as advertised.

    Cons: Cleaner install if you buy the parking mode cable. Should com with extra mounting disk. I made one with a steel washer and used the extra adhesive pad in my second vehicle to make switching between them easier.

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from Greenfield, IN on 5/21/2018

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    Nice dash cam, very compact and the mount is great. Lane departure warning works well. Only complaint is how hot the unit gets when being used.

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    Great dash cam in a neat little package!

    Gary from Clinton Twp, MI on 5/15/2018

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    I bought this and wired it into my Dodge Ram. I love the size, and the videos are nice and clear. I have a Garmin 20 I use at work in the semi i drive. I have had that for about 6 years and use it everyday. Can't go wrong with Garmin!

    Pros: Compact size, easy to use. I recommend going to the Garmin site and read the manual there. Everything is right there. Stay away from the no name dash cams. I have friends that bought them and are sorry. You get what you pay for.

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    Seamless and smart

    William from Santa Barbara, CA on 4/16/2018

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    Thoughtfully designed and well manufactured. The instructions and operation are clear and the operation is simple. My first dash camera was $100 cheaper, but it had none of theses attributes. This is a good example of the maxim: you get what you pay for.

    Pros: Great design, simple to operate, clear detailed insructions

    Cons: Lane departure warning can be sensitive, but it can also be easily turned off.

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from Yellow Spring, WV on 3/27/2018

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    Outstanding Dash Cam. Does everything that Garmin stated.

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    Unreliable just when you need it

    Hooman from Henderson, NV on 3/19/2018

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    Memory Card used with Dash Cam 55: SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 Card reader used with Memory Card: Daiso Multi-Card Reader- SDHC support Note that though image is recorded at 1080p, the image quality is 720p at best. Street signs and license plates are next to impossible to read, unless very close. The unit worked fine for a few months. Then I went to review some of the files on the memory card. I viewed and deleted a few photos and videos. Then Windows 10 started giving an "invalid folder" error. I put the card back in the Dash Cam, and the Dash Cam tells me that the card needs to be formatted! Of course, this means that all files have been lost. It's a good thing this didn't happen after an accident!

    Pros: Worked well for a few months.

    Cons: Memory card gets corrupted.

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    Great pic and easy to use

    Jeremy from Rochester, WA on 2/26/2018

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    Works flawless. Very clear resolution and hands free activation works great and easy

    Pros: Great resolution and easy of use

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from Vienna, WV on 1/28/2018

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    Exactly what I was looking for. Compact, HD, driver assist, and its a Garmin.

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55 2"

    Guest from Kingman, AZ on 12/29/2017

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    Printing on box & instruction book is so small I have trouble reading it even with an eye loop.

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    Stay Away!!

    Joy from Richmond, VA on 12/12/2017

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    Concept is awesome, however. Garmin acknowledges a large batch of these went out with hardware/software issues and they insist on you sending them in at your expense for refurbished replacement (on a brand new unit). I was really put off by this in addition to the horrible Garmin customer service. The hardware/software issues prevent the settings from being permanently set (they reset each time you lost power or power cycle the unit) plus there are a host of bugs that a simple firmware flash would not fix. Crutchfield A+ - Garmin F-

    Pros: Small Mounting system best-in-class Easy to navigate and use (when it works)

    Cons: Garmin Customer Service Heats up when in use

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    4 stars

    Gabat from Winter Haven, FL on 12/3/2017

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    Excellent quality video, voice control,timelapse. Only problem is the lane departure warnings even if you don't change your lane.

    Pros: Nice small compact dash cam. Excellent video quality,

    Cons: Expensive,Not smooth wi-fi connection when viewing video using phone. Lane departure warnings are not consistent.

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    2.90 firmware-Disappointing in both visual acuity and voice command, r

    Rob from St Augustine, FL on 7/15/2017

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    I expected the Dash Cam 55 to be able to record significant events for evidence to be presented to law enforcement (should the need arise). This dash cam did not meet that expectation. Specifically, you are unable to read license plates in any setting (1440p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 1080p 30fps HDR) in any lighting conditions (day or night) when reviewing either mp4 movies or jpg pictures after the fact, except when they are immediately next to you in traffic or in front of you at a light. I reviewed this on a 5k iMac, so it wasn't a monitor issue. I suspect the compression the dash cam uses is the culprit. I was able to read the license plates in real life (at about 2-3 car lengths, it's no problem with 20/20), but not when I got home and opened up the files. I extensively tested the voice commands on the road for about a week. What I found was that the voice command seemed to work about 80 percent of the time when you didn't need it, but only about 10 percent of the time when you did. Seconds after adversity is over on the road is not the time to be reaching up to push a save button (Murphy's law dictates that's when it'll strike again)!! During the week and a half that I had this, it randomly restarted once one day, then again 3 times in about a 10 minute period the next (that was the final straw the prompted the return). The first time was in the evening, the second time in the afternoon about an hour into a 2 hr drive in full FL sunlight. To

    Pros: light small magnetic mount that will not fail in FL sun (follow directions)

    Cons: random restarts poor visual acuity voice command unreliable when needed

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    Operates at high temperature

    Noel from Jersey City, NJ on 7/4/2017

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    Before firmware update it shutdown when it overheats. After the update it running smoothly. It runs at high temperature.

    Pros: It has voice control, forward collision and lane departure warning.

    Cons: Running at a high temperature. No polarizing filter accessory to cut down on glare.

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Crutchfield customer from Beverly, MA on 6/30/2017

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    Well worth the money. I tried a few cheap ones and decided to go with a "real one". Easy to install since I had existing wiring already. Takes great video. The voice command is pretty awesome. And the collision warning is extremely useful as it stops me from tailgating someone unknowingly.

    Pros: Small, unobtrusive. Great quality pics/vids. All the driver assistance options are useful.

    Cons: Saving transferring video is confusing using the app. I still haven't figured it out

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55

    Perry from Caldwell, ID on 6/30/2017

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    This is my third dash cam. It replaces a Garmin Dash Cam 20. It works well as did the previous dash cam. It seems to run much hotter than I expected but it functions well. The wif-fi works well with my Iphone and it easily transfers video and pictures to Youtube, facebook or to the TV DVR.

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    Wife wants one now too.

    Steven from Naples, FL on 6/20/2017

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    I have had it about 10 days now. I found it super easy to mount and it seems very secure. It updated easily hooking to my computer through the Garmin Express app. I live in Florida and have left it in the windshield. Manual says it works up to 131 degrees and I have not experienced any heat problems yet. Videos play back with great clarity and easily through my computer. However when viewing over my phone via the VIRB app and the Garmin's wifi connection I get buffering but a good picture. The voice command works well even with some background noise. The lane departure works, maybe a little to well as it rings even when I get a little close to the shoulder line. I don't find the Travelapse useful. Night time video is good when set in the HDR mode. You will want it attached to power when playing back or messing with the settings as the battery life is super short. I took a Sharpie to darken the copper lens ring to help make the camera nearly indiscernible in my tinted windshield. I will probably be buying another for my wife after giving this just a little bit more time.

    Pros: Picture, voice control, size, mount, ease of use, long power cord.

    Cons: VIRB app for playback, battery life

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    Garmin Dash Cam 55 2"

    peri from New Jersey on 5/23/2017

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    Perfect solution for a dashcam, very small and comes with magnet attachment. The reason why I gave it 4 stars is that in parking mode, if it too hot outside, the unit will shut off an display over heat message the next time you start the car.

    Pros: Very small Magnet attachment Application access Parking mode Clear picture

    Cons: Parking mode shut off when over heat.

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    Features

    Overview: The Garmin Dash Cam 55 is a compact dash camera with GPS, Voice Control, and a 2" LCD screen. It discreetly mounts onto your windshield via the integrated magnetic/adhesive mount. The camera comes with a 4 GB microSD card installed, plus a 4-meter (13') power cable, and a USB data cable.

    Memory Card: Dash Cam 55 records video and GPS data onto the inserted microSD memory card. You can replace the supplied 4 GB card with another microSD or microSDHC memory card of up to 64 GB. The card must have a speed rating of Class 10 or higher.

    Video Resolution: You can set the video resolution of the camera to get the best images possible, or to get the most out of your memory card. The video resolution can be set to one of the following:

    • 1440p, 30 fps: This is the highest resolution available at 2560 x 1440 at 30 frames per second. It requires the most memory card space.
    • 1080p, 60 fps: At 60 frames per second, this setting (1920 x 1080) produces the smoothest video.
    • 1080p, 30 fps, HDR: The video is recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second using High Dynamic Range (HDR). HDR records multiple exposure levels for each frame, and improves video clarity in high contrast or low light conditions.
    • 1080p, 30 fps: The video is recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second.
    • 720p, 30 fps: The lowest available resolution (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second allows you to get the most video footage on the memory card, compared to the other settings.

    GPS: The Dash Cam 55 features a built-in GPS receiver that can determine your exact location and direction of travel, as well as the time and date. The location, direction, and time data is embedded into the recorded videos, and in the event of an incident, will indicate when and where the incident occurred.

    G-Sensor: The Dash Cam has a built-in G-sensor to detect a possible incident, and will automatically save video footage before, during, and after the detected event. The video footage is stamped with the time, date, and location of the event (latitude and longitude), as well as the speed and direction of travel.

    Still Photos: In addition to videos, the camera can also take still photos manually or by voice command. In the event of an accident, you can remove the camera from the power source and take close-up still photos of vehicle or property damage using battery power.

    Travelapse: The Travelapse feature can create a short, fast-motion video of your trip. It uses time-lapse photography to take still photos at regular intervals to condense hours of driving into minutes of highlights.

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The device has built-in Wi-Fi to let you wirelessly sync videos to your compatible smartphone. You must have the free Garmin VIRB Mobile app on your phone. The app lets you share your photos and videos with friends, your insurance company, or with legal authorities. Garmin VIRB Mobile app is available for iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 or later, or Android devices (version varies with device)

    Warning System: Dash Cam 55 features the following safety warnings as you travel:

    • Forward Collision: The Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) alerts you when the device detects that you are not maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. The FCWS only activates when you are exceeding 30 miles per hour, and the Dash Cam detects that you are too close to the vehicle in front of you, an audible alert will sound, and a warning appears on the screen.
    • Lane Departure: The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) alerts you when the device detects that you may be crossing a lane boundary unintentionally. The LDWS only activates when your vehicle exceeds 40 miles per hour, and will sound an alert and display a warning if your vehicle crosses a solid painted lane boundary or cross into an oncoming traffic lane.
    • Go Alert: The Go Alert will let you know when stopped traffic ahead of your vehicle has started moving again. The alert only appears after the vehicle ahead has moved a substantial distance and yours has remained stopped.   
    • Red Light and Speed Cameras: When you get near a known red light camera or speed camera, you will receive a warning on the screen. With a subscription to the Cyclops database, you can get regularly updated location data of red light and speed cameras.
    Note: The FCWS and LDWS require a properly mounted and aligned dash camera, and do not replace your responsibility to use safe driving judgment at all times. The warning system relies on the camera to provide the warnings, and may have limited functionality in low visibility conditions. The Red Light/Speed Camera information is not available in all areas.

    Voice Control: The Voice Control feature lets you control the camera by speaking the commands you desire. Several voice commands are available, including "Save Video", "Take a Picture", "Record Audio", "Stop Audio", "Start Travelapse", and "Stop Travelapse". Voice Control can be turned off, if desired.

    Parking Mode: Not only can you record video while you're driving, you can let Dash Cam 55 keep an eye on your vehicle when you're parked. The Parked Video Recording feature enables automatic video recording when the vehicle ignition switch is turned off. The camera starts recording when the camera sensor detects motion. The Parking Mode requires the optional Parking Mode Cable, which connects Dash Cam 55 to your vehicle's electrical system. You will need to connect the Parking Mode Cable to constant power, switched power, and a ground connection.

    Power Requirements: Dash Cam 55 operates on 12V vehicle battery power, or its built-in battery for a short period. It comes with a 4-meter (13.25') power cable with a vehicle power plug adapter. An optional Parking Mode Cable lets you hardwire the Dash Cam to your vehicle's wiring for normal operation or to shoot video while your car is parked. The built-in battery supplies approximately 30 minutes of battery life once it has been disconnected from the power source.

    Mounting: Dash Cam 55 is equipped with an integrated magnetic mount. It's ball-and-socket joint lets you adjust the camera to get the proper alignment for best results. A dual-sided adhesive pad is included for mounting the camera on your windshield. The camera can be placed in the center, left or right side of the windshield. In the menu, you can confirm the horizontal placement, as well as the vehicle height (tall or normal).

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    Garmin reliability and recommendation. [ Gabriel  May 06, 2019 ]
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    Company Reputation and Reviews I read, after my previous Dash Cam failed and company had gone out of business. [ Walter  Mar 25, 2019 ]
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    Rated one of the best and has great field of view along with exceptional clarity [ Scott  Feb 22, 2019 ]
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    small form factor and high resolution 3.7 MP rated camera [ Asa  Feb 07, 2019 ]
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    Picture clarity; advisor recommendation; compact design [ Mike  Jan 04, 2019 ]
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    Good product at a great price. [ Steven  Dec 21, 2018 ]
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    Garmin quality and Crutchfield customer service and reputation [ Donna  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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    You stated exactly what was included and size of unit. Plus, I know Crutchfield doesn't handle problem items. [ JAMES  Nov 06, 2018 ]
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    Very high resolution, works well in parking mode as well as normal operation. The battery last for years vice the other cheap cameras on the market. [ Scott  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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    Rated as a best in class [ Daniel  Aug 02, 2018 ]
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    Compact size and reliable name. Hoping for the best [ Mike  Jul 28, 2018 ]
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    It had good specifications, small size and was on sale [ MARK  Jun 17, 2018 ]
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    Every review I read had this dash cam at or near the top of their list. Even the ones that only reviewed the Garmin models. [ Richard  Jun 17, 2018 ]
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    Garman is very good and has a long stellar reputation [ John cecil  May 02, 2018 ]
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    Smaller than a deck of cards. [ Charles  Apr 20, 2018 ]
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    Read good reviews about this dash cam. [ Michael  Mar 18, 2018 ]
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    Compared multiple devices through internet search. Felt like Garmin has the best product at this time with feathers that are most important for the best cost. [ B  Mar 14, 2018 ]
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    Great! [ John  Dec 30, 2017 ]
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    3 questions already asked

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    If I plug it in using the "lighter" outlet and its always on, do I need the hard wire kit for the parking motion sensor?
    [ Mike  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Yes for parking mode feature to be active on the dash cam the correct parking cable will have to be used. When camera is in parking mode, (ignition off) the camera reverts to low power and only records in parking mode when motion is detected. There is a setting in the camera menu to allow parking mode to record example: a max of 2 hours or longer settings to save battery in the vehicle. I recommend a healthy vehicle battery for this to work right as if the battery drops to a certain level everything on the camera including parking mode shuts off. Using the 12 volt plug (2 wire connection hot and ground) on a constant powered plug will not activate parking mode as the camera won't know when to go into parking status. The parking cable works very much like a car stereo and has 3 connections: (hot constant, hot switched and ground) which determines parking status or active vehicle running status. Hope this helps!
    [ STEPHEN  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Does Crutchfield install (hard-wired) in C'ville, or can you recommend an installer near me?
    [ Foster  Aug 01, 2018 ]
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    We do have an install bay at our retail store in Charlottesville, VA that can do the hard wired install on this dash cam. I recommend calling them on 1-434-817-1100 to check costs and timing. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  Aug 08, 2018 ]  Staff
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    You would have to contact crutchfield support to see if they offer installation. To my knowledge it's usually diy. One thing I do recommend is the garmin dashcam 55 parking cable. It will keep low power on to the camera with screen off and record motion detected traffic in front of your vehicle when parked. When you start the vehicle the camera alerts you of the number of parking videos recorded since you last left the vehicle. The wire connections are simple and similar to powering a car stereo. Constant power, switched ignition power and ground.. The cable runs about $30.
    [ STEPHEN  Aug 01, 2018 ]
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    Does this use a capacitor like other highly rated dash cams out there or a battery? I haven't had one battery equipped dash cam last very long here in the Las Vegas heat.
    [ Mike  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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    Personally I prefer capacitor dash cams after 2 failures with Cobra (battery). I now have a Papago (capacitor) going strong after 18 months. Question: did you purchase the Garmin 55 and if so how does it handle heat?
    [ dbcrum  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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    Dash cam requires 12 volt power to run while driving. The camera does have a internal battery as well that also powers the camera when power is not available however battery life states up to 30 min run time.
    [ STEPHEN  Aug 01, 2018 ]
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    From the preliminary information we have from Garmin on the Dash Cam 55, it appears that they provide a power cable that plugs into the side of the dash camera and its long enough to be routed out of sight to a 12v outlet in your vehicle. There's no mention of a battery or capacitor though. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Thanks! My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/advisors/larry
    [ Larry  Jun 08, 2017 ]  Staff

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