Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder

Product Name:Dash Cam 20
Brand:Garmin
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Resolution:1080p
Channel:Single
GPS:Integrated
Park Mode:Yes
Night Vision:Yes
Motion Detector:Yes
Screen:2.3"
Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder
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Key Features

  • Records 1080p videos at 9 Mbits per second
  • Offers video recording and photo capturing
  • GPS function
  • 2.3 Inch display screen
  • G- Sensor detection
  • Emergency lock file
  • Great night vision
  • Wide angle lens and view
  • Time, speed, date stamp
  • Automatic and loop recording functions
  • Comes with inbuilt rechargeable battery
  • Package includes 4 GB microSD card but can support up to 32 GB

The Review

Garmin used the Dash Cam 20 and Dash Cam 10 to venture into dash cam production back in 2014. The mere fact that the Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder was one of the very first cameras to be manufactured by the company is simply amazing considering what it has to offer. It is no wonder the device garnered popularity at a very fast rate and propelled the company to greater success.

But is this camera helpful to you as a driver? Definitely yes.

Its design, performance and output quality can easily outmatch what you stand to get from brands that have been in the dash cam business for more years than Garmin. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Dash Cam 20 is actually designed to hang down from your car’s windscreen and not to rest on the dashboard. It comes with a suction mount that holds it in position.

Completely hands off recording

In the package, you will get a power cable that you can connect to the camera’s USB port and supply power to the device. The manufacturer includes a 12-volt power adapter in the box. The camera will start recording as soon as it senses power and will stop about 15 minutes after power has been cut off. If you don’t wish to use the power adapter then, you can power on the camera manually, and it will run on its inbuilt battery. Please note that the best source of power for extended and reliable recording sessions is the adapter.

Discreet but powerful

On the left side of the unit, there is a power button for manually turning the camera on or off and a microSD socket where you can insert the 4GB memory card that comes in the package. The body itself measures about 6.6 X 6.6 X 3.7 cm. The 2.3-inch LCD faces the driver and allows you to adjust settings and get access to menu options. You can also use to preview footage that the camera has recorded. Once the car starts moving, the display will dim to avoid causing distractions as you drive. But you will see a blinking red light as an indication that the camera is recording.

Trusted company with tested features

Garmin’s reputation in the creation of GPS products in unquestionable. In the Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder, the company used the same technology to incorporate a GPS receiver in the dash cam. That means you can get the date, time, location, and speed of your car alongside the footage that the camera records. The inbuilt G-sensor is sensitive enough to pick up the slightest collisions and save the footage in a protected folder. Such footage will not be deleted automatically by the camera despite its loop recording feature.

The Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder records videos in AVI format. Its maximum video quality is 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 frames per second, but it can also capture 720p or WVGA videos. Rather than recording the footage as one big file, the camera cuts it up into small bits of 255MBs each.

Pros

  • Can be removed and used as an ordinary camera
  • Records very clear videos
  • Lock the most important files (impact-related files) in a folder
  • Has parking mode feature
  • GPS tagging on video clips
  • Up to 1 hour stand alone battery life
  • Completely hands off
  • Can continue to record after power is turned off
  • Sufficiently sensitive G-sensor

Cons

  • No MacOS version for the camera’s PC tools
  • Doesn’t come with a coiled cable

Love the Garmin Dash Cam 20 Standalone Driving Recorder? Grab one today and enjoy peace of mind as you drive. Make sure you don’t confuse the Dash Cam 20 with the Dash Cam 10 because, despite their striking similarities, the latter does not come with a GPS receiver.

 

Video Samples

Night Time Driving

 

Overall Review and Sample Daytime Footage

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