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Garmin Dash Cam 55

3.7 megapixel dash cam with GPS and driver assistance

Item # 150DCAM55

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
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    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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    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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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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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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    2 questions already asked

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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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