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Garmin Dash Cam 56

HD dash cam with Clarity™ HDR and GPS

Item # 150DCAM56

This cam uses Clarity HDR to give you the best possible picture in the worst possible lighting.

This cam uses Clarity HDR to give you the best possible picture in the worst possible lighting.

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About the Garmin Dash Cam 56

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Enhanced with Clarity HDR

The Garmin Dash Cam 56 watches the road through a wide-angle lens, capturing everything ahead of you in HD resolution up to 1440p. Plus, this cam uses Clarity HDR to give you the best possible picture in the worst possible lighting. Garmin's Travelapse feature can compile hours of video into a short highlight reel. Best of all, Garmin's voice command feature lets you start and stop video recording and more just by saying so. The cam accepts a microSD card up to 64GB and is equipped with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy sharing with mobile devices.

Enhanced with Clarity HDR

The Garmin Dash Cam 56 watches the road through a wide-angle lens, capturing everything ahead of you in HD resolution up to 1440p. Plus, this cam uses Clarity HDR to give you the best possible picture in the worst possible lighting. Garmin's Travelapse feature can compile hours of video into a short highlight reel. Best of all, Garmin's voice command feature lets you start and stop video recording and more just by saying so. The cam accepts a microSD card up to 64GB and is equipped with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy sharing with mobile devices.

Handy driver assistance

Garmin packs some extremely useful features for the frequent driver into the Dash Cam 56. Its adjustable magnetic mount 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, and a Lane Departure warning if you veer from your lane. And thanks to built-in GPS, the Dash Cam 56 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, Garmin's Incident Detection feature 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 30 minutes 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 Garmin's optional hardwire powering kit (not included), this camera will wake when your vehicle is parked (and its built-in motion sensor is triggered) to record what's in front of it — a great theft deterrent.

Multiple camera system

If you own multiple Garmin dash cameras, they can be paired to your smartphone through the Garmin Drive app. Use this cool feature to install multiple cameras in the same vehicle, or to connect to dash cameras from multiple vehicles to the same phone. Garmin lets you create composite picture-in-picture videos from simultaneous recordings.

Note: This dash cam does not include a microSD card for video storage. In order to save recorded video, you will need a microSD card with storage capacity over 8GB and up to 512GB.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • portable digital video recorder
    • Clarity™ HDR for a better picture in low light
    • GPS receiver for incident geo-tracking and time-stamping
    • also includes vehicle power cable, and adhesive-backed magnetic mount
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing with mobile devices
    • built-in Bluetooth for audio playback over your vehicle's audio system
    • alerts driver with warnings of speed cameras, red light cameras, Forward Collision, and Lane Departure
    • records up to 1440p video files
    • 2" TFT LCD display for viewing and playback
    • G-sensor Incident Detection
    • field of view: 140°
    • 3.7 megapixel
    • accepts microSD cards up to 512GB
    • battery life: up to 30 min
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # 010-02231-10

    What's in the box:

    • Dash camera with adjustable magnetic mount
    • 2 Adhesive metal windshield mounting disks (1 installed on magnetic mount)
    • Long power cable (13'-3") with Type A USB on one end and right-angled Micro-B USB on other end
    • Short power cable (61") with Type A USB on one end and right-angled Micro-B USB on other end
    • Dual USB power adapter (DC output: 5V 2.4A total)
    • Instructions
    • Important Safety and Product Information

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    Overview: The Garmin Dash Cam 56 is a compact, stand-alone dash camera that records 1440p video of the road ahead as you drive. The camera has a 2" LCD display, and mounts to your windshield with the supplied adhesive/magnetic mount. It records video and audio onto a microSD card (not included). As it records, the time and date and location data are embedded into the video so you'll know exactly when and where a captured event occurred. The camera also provides driver awareness features and alerts for your safety.

    GPS: Built-in Garmin GPS technology provides an accurate record of your location, should an event take place. The unit will embed location information into the recordings as you drive. Should an accident or incident occur, the captured footage will include the exact location (latitude and longitude), direction of travel, speed, date, and time the event took place.

    Recording: The Dash Cam 56 records in a continuous loop onto an inserted 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 manually save a video recording or take a still photo by pressing a button on the side panel.

    Resolution: The Dash Cam 56 records high definition video at up to 60 frames per second onto the microSD card. You can also record with the Clarity HDR (high dynamic range) option, which combines multiple exposure levels for each video frame to improve clarity in high contrast or low light conditions. The higher the resolution or frames per second, the more memory space is required on the microSD card. The video resolution options include:

    Setting Resolution
    1440p, 30fps, HDR 2560 x 1440
    1080p, 60fps 1920 x 1080
    1080p, 30fps, HDR 1920 x 1080
    720p, 30fps, HDR 1280 x 720

    Display: The unit is equipped with a 2" color LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. You can use the display to properly aim the camera while recording, or for playing back recordings. In the menu, you can adjust the brightness, color mode, and display timeout. The amount of data that is overlayed over the image can be adjusted as desired (date and time, location, speed).

    Lens: The Dash Cam has a 140° wide-angle lens that gives you a full view of the road, including most cross traffic. 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.

    Power Cables: The Dash Cam 56 comes with two power cables, allowing you to install the camera in a number of ways. The longer cable (13.25 feet) can be used for a more permanent installation, feeding the cable up and around the windshield, and tucked out of sight behind the vehicle trim. The shorter cable can be used for temporary installations, especially if you transfer the camera from one vehicle to another.

    Rechargeable Battery: The built-in rechargeable battery is charged when connected to vehicle power through the DC power port. 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 30 minutes.

    Record After Power Loss: You can set the Dash Cam to continue recording after the DC power is lost. You can choose between 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1 minute.

    Record While Parked: If you want to record video while the vehicle is parked, you will need the optional Parking Mode Cable. With the cable connected, you can power the camera when the vehicle is parked and turned off. In the menu, you can set the amount of time the camera remains active while parked. A motion sensor in the camera activates recording each time motion is detected.

    microSD Card: The Dash Cam 56 records video and audio onto a microSD card (not included with the camera). The camera is compatible with microSD cards 8 GB or greater. Class 10 speed rated cards, or higher, are required.

    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.

    Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS): As you drive, the Dash Cam 56 continuously records the view in front of your vehicle. The Forward Collision Warning feature alerts you if you are driving too close to the vehicle ahead of you. The FCWS feature automatically activates when your vehicle exceeds 30 mph. The device determines your speed using GPS, and calculates a safe following distance to the vehicle ahead of you, based on your speed. If the device detects that you are following too closely, a warning appears on the screen and an audible alert will sound. You can set the Forward Collision Warning sensitivity to low, medium, or high.

    Go Alert: The Go Alert can alert you at a stop light or during traffic delays when the vehicle in front of you has started moving. When the road ahead of you is clearing, the Dash Cam 56 plays a tone and displays an alert.

    Lane Departure Warning System: The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) alerts you when you may be drifting over into oncoming traffic or in danger of running off the road. The LDWS provides alerts only when your vehicle exceeds 40 mph. The alert appears on the left or right side of the screen to indicate which lane boundary you crossed.

    Red Light/Speed Cameras: The Dash Cam 56 will sound an alert, and display a warning, that you approach a reported speed or red light camera. The feature is only available in select regions, where location information on Red Light and Speed cameras is available. A subscription is required to obtain and maintain an updated database of red light and speed camera locations.

    Damage Camera: Should you be involved in an accident, you can remove the Dash Cam 56 from its mount and use it to take pictures of vehicle or property damage.

    Travelapse: The Travelapse feature can capture still photos at a set interval to create a fast-motion, time-lapse video of your trip. When the dash cam is recording Travelapse, it does not stop recording normal dash cam video.

    Smartphone Pairing: You can pair your Dash Cam with your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and use the Garmin Drive app to change camera settings, set up a multi-camera network, and view, edit, and save photos and videos. When viewing videos or photos, the Dash Cam stops recording, and alerts are disabled. Both saved and unsaved videos and photos can be viewed on your smartphone. You can trim the length of your videos to remove unwanted footage before you export it to your smartphone.

    Multiple Camera Network: Multiple dash cameras can be paired to your smartphone through the Garmin Drive app. This allows you to connect cameras from multiple vehicles to the same phone, or install multiple dash cameras in the same vehicle. You can create composite picture-in-picture videos from simultaneous recordings. If one of the cameras in the network was GPS-connected, you can add location information to the saved videos on all of the cameras in the network. The Dash Cam Auto Sync feature lets you shoot, control, and playback synchronized footage from up to four cameras.

    Voice Control: You can control various aspects of the Dash Cam using specific voice commands. The following actions can be performed using a voice command: Save Video, Take a Picture, Record Audio, Stop Audio, Start Travelapse, and Stop Travelapse. The phrase "OK, Garmin" should be used before each voice command to activate the voice control feature.

    Installation: The Dash Cam 56 is designed to be mounted on your windshield using the included adhesive magnetic mount. The adhesive metal disk is only 7/8" in diameter, however, it is designed for long term installations. The camera mount magnetically attaches to the metal disk, and allows it to be easily removed. Two adhesive metal disks are included, allowing you to move the camera from one vehicle to another. The camera should always be mounted in the upright orientation, otherwise the resulting video will be upside down or sideways. You can mount the camera in the center, left side, or right side of the windshield. 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. An optional Parking Mode Cable allows you to hardwire the camera to the vehicle's power and ground circuits.

    Note: For proper functionality of the device, you should enter the Camera Placement position (left, right, center) and Vehicle Height (normal, tall) in the menu.

    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. When viewing the footage on your computer, you'll have a record of the date and time. Videos and still images are stored in several folders:

    • 100EVENT: videos saved automatically when the unit detects an incident
    • 101PHOTO: still photos
    • 102SAVED: manually saved videos
    • 103PARKM: videos saved while parked
    • 104TLPSE: Travelapse videos
    • 105UNSVD: Unsaved video footage; when storage space is full, the oldest unsaved video is overwritten

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    Customer Q&A

    8 questions already asked

    Can driver alerts be turned off? My new car has several of these features
    icanhelp  Oct 31, 2021
    4 answers
    Yes, absolutely, you can turn all of the traffic alerts. I would keep the traffic camera activated. Journey well!!
    robert  Nov 02, 2021
    Yes they can
    mark  Nov 02, 2021
    Yes. In the settings menu.
    george s  Nov 02, 2021
    Yes, you can play with the settings on the Garmin or in the app.
    brittany  Nov 02, 2021
    In Georgia windshield mounting of dash cams is not legal. Do you have any suggestions for dash board mounting a Dash Cam 56?
    harvard h  Oct 05, 2021
    4 answers
    Check with DOT.. It has been my understanding that as long as your Mount does not block any of the windshield wiper area you were ok.
    billy  Oct 06, 2021
    Yes--pending your rearview mirror design. I have a VW Alltrack and there's 2 places I could mount it to not directly on the glass. The actual part that mounts to the windshield is an adhesive backed, flat, metal hexagonal washer roughly the size/dia. of a quarter. This part could be attached to the bottom of the rearview mirror if the mirror is both deep enough & flat OR the mirror attachment part above the actual mirror if it has a wide, flat base. The camera arm attaches to this metal washer via magnet.
    kurtis  Oct 05, 2021
    They make mounts that have adhesive to mount to your dashboard. They also make a weighted beanbag that kind of sits on the dash that holds a camera. The 56 is a good camera. Hope that helps some.
    daniel  Oct 05, 2021
    You can install in the dash
    javier  Oct 05, 2021
    If the camera is mounted to the windshield in the usual way, can the camera rotate at all? Is it possible to rotate it so the lens points at the driver's door/window?
    chester  Jun 19, 2021
    6 answers
    Yes, the dash cam can be rotated 360 degrees.
    robert  Jun 23, 2021
    Possible, yes. The ball mount allows you to rotate it in any direction and tilt up/down a reasonable amount. If the mount is forward of your rearview mirror, that might block the camera's view of the driver's window, though. Also depending on the angle of your windshield, you might have to tilt the camera clear the glass and the picture won't be level.
    george s  Jun 20, 2021
    yes, on a ball socket mount.
    james michael  Jun 20, 2021
    Yes, the extension arm is on a pivit point so it should be easy to do that.
    rodney  Jun 20, 2021
    Yes, absolutely.
    greg  Jun 20, 2021
    greg  Jun 20, 2021
    Can this camera connect to your phone?
    jay5555  Jun 03, 2021
    2 answers
    terry  Jun 03, 2021
    Yes, it does connect through the Garmin Drive app.
    daniel  Jun 03, 2021
    Where are these made?
    mike  May 21, 2021
    1 answer
    on the box its labeled: Made in Taiwan, Cables made in Taiwan, China or Philippines
    albert  Jun 09, 2021
    Can this be hardwired? If so do you sell a kit?
    kennith  May 04, 2021
    2 answers
    I used a rearview mirror usb kit. Works perfectly!
    terry  Jun 03, 2021
    To a certain degree: yes it can. It comes w a really long power cord that can be tucked into the headliner and A Pilar down to the dash. getting it from there to the AC power may require a professional install
    kurtis  May 05, 2021
    Is there a suction cup mount for mounting or just the adhesive and magnetic mount? I would like to be able to use in different vehicles
    lennon3540  Jan 27, 2021
    3 answers
    No suction cup supplied 2 metal mounts that work with magnet on camera bracket
    david  Jan 28, 2021
    adhesive magnet only.
    kurtis  Jan 27, 2021
    Suction cup is sold separately.
    gilbert  Jan 27, 2021
    Is there a limit on the size of micro SD card? 128? 256? 512? Class 10 minimum I get. Need to get 24-30hr's w/ room to spare @1440 resolution
    jedthro  Aug 11, 2019
    2 answers
    The Garmin Dashcam 56 will support up to a 512 micro sd card. The ultra is the best choice, also most likely the more expensive.
    john  Mar 11, 2020
    I have a 128 GB installed in my Garmin Dashcam 56, but I do not know if this is the maximum size that it takes or not.
    thomas n.  Aug 11, 2019

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