|Memory Storage Capacity||1 GB|
|Mounting Hardware||Garmin Dash Cam, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Manganese Dioxide|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||Yes|
|Includes AC Adapter||No|
|Product Dimensions||3.13 x 5.33 x 2.93 cm; 28.7 Grams|
|Item Weight||28.7 g|
|Item Model Number||010-02062-10|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Date First Available||15 May 2019|
Garmin Dash Cam Mini, Car Key-Sized Dash Cam, 140-Degree Wide-Angle Lens, Captures 1080P HD Footage, Very Compact with Automatic Incident Detection and Recording, Model:010-02062-00
- Tiny, reliable dash camera automatically records incidents
- Car key-sized dash camera goes virtually unnoticed on your windshield
- 140-degree wide-angle lens captures crisp 1080p HD footage
- Sleek, modern, and durable design
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Garmin Dash Cam Mini captures high-quality 1080p HD footage in a dash camera about as small as a car key. Once plugged into your vehicle's power source, the camera continually records and automatically saves video of incidents. Notice: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit use of this device. It is your responsibility to know and comply with applicable laws and rights to privacy in jurisdictions where you plan to use this device.
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Ordered two, one of which was faulty out of the box but amazon promptly exchanged it for a working piece.. great job amazon!!!
Cons: does not record. Manual said when there's an "event" it will record but even when i press the save button, it does not record. How can it be trusted to record automatically in the event of accident.
Only time it records is when plugged into computer then it records fine.
Also parking monitor only works when it's fitted with parking cable (additional purchase) and fitted by a professional.
Camera does not have a battery so won't operate when it doesn't have power.
Feels like being mislead .
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• A ton of effort was put into the cam’s firmware and the accompanying Garmin Drive app (I use it on iOS); the app is *very* slick, reliable, and - notably - properly handles dodgy edge cases (when things don’t go to plan). I have one cam looking ahead of the car, and one looking behind, and picture-in-picture (i.e. the rear feed playing in-sync in a corner) exports work well, and ‘just work’. Sometimes, the device (iPhone / etc) will fail to connect to the cam’s Wi-Fi network, but always seems to work a second time– not ideal, but also not a deal breaker. As a software engineer, I’m pretty impressed. (Bravo, Garmin developers!)
• Camera image/video quality is good, as I’d expected from a Garmin product. Captures at night, in mostly darkness, look fairly grainy, but are adequate.
• I separately purchased 2 Garmin Parking Mode Cables, because I wanted the cams to be as unobtrusive / factory-fitted-looking as possible, and that meant wiring the cams into my car’s fuse box (rather than using the included USB cable and cigarette socket USB adapter), and hiding all cabling behind interior trim. This hardware setup has been reliable, and the Parking Mode software feature is really quite good— the app notifies you, once your device automatically connects to the cams when you’re inside the car, if any Parking Mode videos were recorded while you were away. You can choose whether visual movement, or physical impact, or both, trigger recording. I’ve yet to have any actual impacts recorded (thankfully); just false positives, I assume due to wind. Parking Mode got an update since I originally purchased (and reviewed), which made it way better— it was originally quite useless, as it would always trigger when visual motion was detected, which …was continuously.
• Video export via the Drive app seems to happen at almost real-time speed; a 30 second video might take 30 seconds to export. Fine, but something to bear in mind if exporting longer clips.
I opted for this version as I preferred the physically smaller size which is much easier to hide away behind the rear view mirror. Less of a concern of it being stolen as it's much less noticeable.
The lack of device screen isn't a problem as the iPhone app connects pretty quickly to help align and preview footage.
Downloading footage can take some time but the app works seamlessly with the files and photos on the iPhone (unlike Nextbase which stores them in the Nextbase app first and then requires you to start copying them around).
The footage is actually very good in it's highest resolution (1080p at 30 fps). Admittedly I was hunting for 60 fps but you can still clearly read road-signs, vehicle number plates in light and dark.
60 frames per second is better as it's captures twice as many frames so appears smoother, it more commonly comes on the latest action cameras (1080p 60 fps or higher) but that's because you need more image stabilisation and smoothing for things like body mounts, bicycle & motorbike mountings etc. A car typically travels more smoothly so 30fps is passable.
1440p is better still but it generates even larger files and will take longer to download, I'm not sure it's actually worth it.
The lack of GPS feature didn't stop me from buying it, it will be apparent from the footage where you are and roughly how fast you were travelling in case required as evidence.
The lack of internal battery to record wasn't a dealstopper given the price, but it is a feature that would have been nice. You can hardwire it into the car, and this device probably uses less power than other devices, but I was more concerned about it flattening the vehicles battery.
The supplied cables by Garmin were better than the mounting and cables from Nextbase. For example the Garmin comes with a 4m USB cable which is about the perfect length from rear view mirror, down the window pillar, glove box and to a centre console/armrest USB port. You can also then choose to use a cigarette lighter charging adapter (supplied by Garmin) or not. Nextbase only includes a large cigarette lighter moulded onto the cable and USB ports are becoming more common place hence why I had to buy another cable for the Nextbase.
You can daisy chain two of the Garmin Dashbcam Mini's together to have one camera pointing out the front and one point rearward. I've yet to try it but I have bought a second to install and the instructions seem fairly straight forward as is the app setup..
It's the kind of device you install and forget (apart from the periodic re-formatting of SD card that all dash-cams need) therefore I'd recommend it.
UPDATE The unit I currently have keeps having problems with recording images. Initially I thought it was a problem with the sd card I was using, because the Garmin app kept telling me it was not of the required class 10 rating. In fact it was a class 10 card, but I replaced it anyway just in case. The next one, another brand new class 10 card had the same issue. So I bought another one, this time from a different manufacturer, and to begin with it worked fine. However, after a few weeks I noticed that the led light on the unit was indicating another fault with the card, which was extremely annoying because again it was a brand new one of the required speed rating. Since then it has worked intermittently, sometimes working immediately, sometimes only working if I remove the card and reinsert it, and sometimes not working at all. I tried 4 different cards in total, all brand new, all of the required speed rating, but all either wouldn't work with the unit or only worked occasionally. And yet all 4 cards worked perfectly with other devices. It was clear therefore that the fault must lie with the unit itself and not the sd cards.
So I have now requested a replacement in the hope that it is just my unit that is faulty and not a general design flaw, because when it does decide to work it's brilliant. But it's not much use if it chooses when to operate and not me.
If the replacement unit is problem free I will again update this review.
Having now received the replacement unit, I am very disappointed to have to report that it is suffering exactly the same issues as the first one. Records some times but not always. However, I have now tried it with a 128gb card instead of the 256gb I had been using, and so far it seems to be behaving itself. So the claim that these support up to 256gb is misleading, because they don't in my case, twice now. I wonder if others have had the same.
Also I am having the same problems as others, and worse with the replacement unit, that it constantly loses connection with the mobile app. Very annoying.
So, so disappointing with the whole experience really. Garmin really need to sort out these problems urgently because at the moment it's overpriced junk. I have emailed them describing the failings but so far I have been ignored. I am now reducing this to a one star review.
UPDATE OF THE UPDATE
I think I owe Garmin a bit of an apology. Having had many problems with the unit not accepting the sd cards I was using, and blaming the unit for this, I have now discovered that Ebay is riddled with cheap Chinese sd cards with fake Samsung and other manufacturers labels on them. I am now using a genuine card, and it is working perfectly. I also had relentless problems getting the android app on my phone to connect to the unit, but I now find that using a different phone that too is now working perfectly. So, sorry Garmin, I have put you back up to 4 stars. Not 5 stars because it very overpriced, but other than that it's a great little fit and forget gadget.