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Garmin Dash Cam 20

Full HD dash cam with GPS

26 Reviews | 1 question - 7 answers

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Our take on the Garmin Dash Cam 20

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.

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.

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.


    • 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
    • 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:

    works great instructions are pretty complete but don't give meaning of all screen info

    Richard, Honeoye, NY

    What's in the Box:

    • 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

    Garmin Dash Cam 20 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (26 Reviews)

    Garmin dash cam 20

    Richard from Honeoye, NY on 2/1/2016

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    works great instructions are pretty complete but don't give meaning of all screen info



    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Henry from New York on 11/16/2015

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    Excellent product, much finer than the last dash camera that I owned. the only thing I would have like to see differently would be on the display a record of the MPH that you are going. I try to come to a complete stop and stop signs but I'd like my GPS to show that it's 0 MPH and I don't know if it does until I play it back.

    Pros: Very good product. I've read lots of reviews that say you can get a much better dash cam for less, but since you can buy this under retail I think it's a really good dash cam for the money. Pretty good night time video also.

    Cons: Doesn't display MPH on the LCD screen as it's recording.

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    Dick from Florida on 9/14/2015

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    The Garmin 20 was everything as advertised. Simple to use and the setting adjustment was straight forward. One of the many complaints has been the suction cup mount and I had the same problem as did many with it sticking to the windshield . Mine came with the small low profile mount that adheres more permanently and is easier to position and conceal so problem solved. Can't really comment on the video quality compared to other dash cams but it looks good to me and the viewing angle of 120 degrees is adequate. Have had a Garmin GPS for years so I have some brand loyalty when I made my purchase although I did look at many reviews of other brands.

    Pros: All good so far.

    Cons: None yet..

    Easy to Use

    luis from Puerto Rico on 6/14/2015

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    This dash cam is compact and very easy to use. The box is pack with all that is needed to start your trips.

    Pros: Easy to use, excellent video and photos quality.

    Cons: none

    Very nice

    Jojo from New Jersey on 5/7/2015

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    It's a very nice dc. I feel safe driving with it.

    Pros: small & easy to use.

    Cons: it froze twice already & i couldn't even turn it off that i have to wait till the battery is dead. Had to exchange it for a new one. Suction cup doesn't work well. Crutchfield customer service is very nice.

    Dash cam in Rav4

    GaryR from Iowa on 3/31/2015

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    Pros: easy to use. compact. looks good mounted. not had a chance to view video on computer yet.

    Cons: Had to turn off "occurrence" setting as a pot hole or railroad tracks would save the incident, which would fill the card right away. Have to turn off and turn back on more often than would like to "reset" the video as it will stop recording randomly.

    Crutchfield response on 4/1/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    So far great

    Trucker T from North Carolina on 3/26/2015

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    Review email came a little to soon to really test out, one week after recieving product. However it does appear to have great quality video, great features, easy to access settings. Glad to see you can turn off event detection off due to it detecting events prematurely even on the "LOW" setting due to the rough ride in a semi tractor trailer.The unit did lock up twice and went to a black screen and had to power down while at home just running around town but did not while on 2400 mile trip, 32gb card was delivered while on my trip, saw other reviews commenting about same problem.

    Pros: Size, quality of video, expandable micro sd card slot.

    Cons: Did buy a 32gb micro sd card, but haven't or can't find how to unlock a saved/protected file from the unit to free up space on micro sd card unless you have access to a PC hard drive to save first.

    Garmin Dash Cam 20 performed as expected!!

    ktang from Jackson Hts. NY on 3/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This item is well made and performed as specified.

    Pros: Small and light weight.

    Cons: None

    Nice when it works

    Your Captain from Baltimore Maryland on 2/5/2015

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    I've had this unit about a week now. It's nice when it works. Nice video and stills. It's always run from 12V vehicle power. It locks up intermittently and needs to be shut down by holding the power button for 10 seconds. After turning back on its fine, for a while, maybe days.

    Pros: It's nice when it works. Nice video and stills

    Cons: It locks up intermittently and needs to be shut down by holding the power button for 10 seconds

    this dash cam works great!

    ekelsii from NC on 1/25/2015

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    I really appreciate this dash cam that I purchased. It's just what I was needing! Something that is easy to use and with out complicated instructions.

    Pros: Easy to use, and understand step by step instructions.

    Cons: n/a.

    Memory Card Size

    Texas from Texas on 1/25/2015

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    It is Garmin so you know you can expect a good product. I am writing this review just to let others know about my experience with memory card sizes. The camera comes with a 4gb card. I wanted more storage so I added a sandisk 32gb class 10 card. I formatted the card in the dash cam and it worked for a few minutes and then froze. This happened over and over, it either froze or the video was very jumpy. The solution to this problem was easy. I went and bought a sandisk 16gb class 10 and now it works perfect. No issues what so ever. So if you want more storage I would advise you go with a 16gb. Video quality is great for such a little camera. Oh, also the dash cam comes with 2 mounts; a suction cup mount (falls off), & a self adhesive mount (has stayed put so far).

    Pros: 2 mounts. Video quality. Small Size.

    Cons: Experienced problems with 32gb card. Not really a big deal though.

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    fernando from New York on 1/19/2015

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    very easy to install and use good video quality feel safer now on the road

    Pros: feel safe driving

    Cons: none

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    Doug H from Washington on 1/16/2015

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    being a professional driver going on 40 yrs now I am always looking for an edge, this is a solid little unit takes great video plus if you set it for 780 you can video your entire 14 hr day, if you have the 32 bit memory card. night time video is what it is about the length of your headlights. I would highly recommend this product to all my trucker friends.

    Pros: with all the crazy drivers out their its always a good thing to cover your rear end with an extra set of eyes

    Cons: none

    Garmin Dash camera 20 Awsome

    Jeff from Wasilla, Alaska on 10/20/2014

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    Shortly after installing it, I witnessed a car School bus accident. It worked great. I was able pull the memory card and give the entire incident to the police on the spot. After I got home the transfer to the computer and news was a snap. To see it action google school bus accident anchorage. The clip was provided to channel No drama just real life example of the dash camerea in action. I put a larger memory card in. Probably not a good idea to up grade the memory card as everything is recorded and saved. If your in a incident how far back do you need go. Use it right out of box as is.

    Pros: Small, easy to use fully automatic. No need to upgrade the memory card.

    Cons: None

    Easy to install

    Doxiemamma from Yaphank, NY on 10/2/2014

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    This unit was easy to install in our car, takes up a small footprint on the front window, and the instruction booklet was clear and easy to understand. We are buying more for Christmas presents for family members. Price is great at Crutchfield~~



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    RustyO from Orlando, Fl. on 8/30/2014

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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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    John from Bellingham, Wa on 8/25/2014

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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.

    Better Than Anticipated

    Anonymous from New York on 8/2/2014

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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.



    Garmin Dash Cam 20

    Philcuz from Kinston, NC on 7/15/2014

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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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    John O from Monroe township, NJ on 7/5/2014

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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.

    Great Camera

    MikeG from Miami Lakes, Florida on 6/18/2014

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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

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    Traveler from PA on 5/21/2014

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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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    Stan from Bassett, VA on 5/21/2014

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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.

    Garmin Dashcam 20.. Awesome

    Larry from Las Vegas, nv on 5/4/2014

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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.

    Works great

    George J from Palm Desert CA on 4/1/2014

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    Works exactly as promised, easy to use, great picture.

    Pros: Turns off and on with the ignition, nothing to remember.


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    Fausto from Bronx, NY on 3/26/2014

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    One of the best dash cam around

    Pros: great picture

    Cons: none so far


    Hands-on research

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    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)1080p720pVGA
    4 GB (6 files)48 mins2.2 hrs4.8 hrs
    8 GB (15 files)96 mins4.4 hrs9.6 hrs
    16 GB (30 files)192 mins8.8 hrs19.2 hrs
    32 GB (60 files)384 mins17.6 hrs38.4 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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    Found no cons whatsoever. The camera is the best one that I have found. Exceptional clarity of video and audio. I installed a higher capacity card as I use it throughout the day while working. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.[ Brennan  Jun 01, 2014 ]
    No ProsCons: It would not power up right out of the box. Crutchfield was good about the return[ RYAN  May 28, 2014 ]
    This Dash cam 20 is easy to use, set up and adjust event detection. It can be moved between vehicles and ready to go in less than a minute and can be taken out to take still pics of an accident if needed. If you have a extra SD card you can switch them out in seconds if you need to save a event such as an accident. This unit works as stated, vedio playback is clear even in nighttime recording. As far as cons, I have not had any personally.[ Stan  May 28, 2014 ]
    THis is a very good quality unit. I have 2 other cams and it is clearly the best one. Pros: high quality video, GPS accuracyCons: Cord is way to short for most cars. I had to order a second, longer cord. Who ever measured the OEM cord must have done so in a Smart Car.No one button audio on/off switch to turn audio on/off when needed. I keep audio off during normal driving to save space and I don't like to hear myself singing when I review the videos. It needs a button that you can reach up and turn the audio on in an instant if you need it. No one button screen on/off button. It would be nice to be able to push a screen on/off button just to make sure that your cam is working.[ Larry  May 28, 2014 ]
    With the rise in insurance scams (staged accidents), a dash cam is a necessity. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 is outstanding. It provides very clear picture, is easy to set up, and I especially like the fact that it also provides audio and mph recoding. I also got the 32 meg card, but I think the smaller 4 meg card should be sufficient. Watch your language - it picks up everything including my running commentary on other drivers. The only thing I don't like is the window mount; I prefer a dash mount, but if you do that, it records upside down.[ GERSON J  May 28, 2014 ]
    Pro's: Once set up it just sits there silently and does its job. Good Quality video, and it never misses a thing. You can be confident that if anything happens this will have recorded it. It goes on automatically when you start the car and shuts down when you do.Cons: Relatively expensive. Power cord was too short but Garmin sells a 15 footer on their site.[ Fred  May 28, 2014 ]
    Pros: It is simple to use but has sophisticated functionality that far exceeds the "cheap" dash cams I researched before I found the Garmin. I also bought a 16gb card and never worry about running out of room to record a trip. The mounting apparatus works perfectly and allows for quick release or adjustment. No cons that I have discovered yet. I believe that you get what you pay for and the cost of this Garmin is well worth it![ Dale W.  May 28, 2014 ]