Despite being incredibly useful, dash cams still don’t come fitted as standard in new cars, but there are benefits to investing in one. Luckily, Garmin® has recently announced its all-new range of voice-controlled¹ dash cams for 2021, complete with automatic video storage and live view² monitoring to help drivers capture the exact moment when incidents occur.
Garmin’s latest range includes the Dash Cam™ Mini 2, Dash Cam 47, Dash Cam 57, and range-topping Dash Cam 67W. Here are five reasons why you should consider investing in one today.
1. Keep an eye on your car from anywhere in the world
Garmin has introduced Live View™, letting you stream video directly from the camera from anywhere in the world. Did you park in a dodgy area of town while out at a restaurant? You can tune into your dash cam mid-meal to make sure it’s still in one piece. Maybe you’re worried you left your car unlocked in the airport carpark before you went on holiday – simply load up the app poolside to check in. It’s a great feature that gives you peace of mind.
Garmin has also added a new Parking Guard feature², which will help you keep an eye on your car when it's parked. You'll get alerted of activity with a smartphone notification through the Garmin Drive app and the dash cam will automatically start recording if an incident occurs.
2. The Dash Cam Mini 2 is the same size as a key
The pocket-sized cameras are designed to remain virtually unnoticed on the windshield while recording and automatically save video of any detected incidents, but none are as discreet as the Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2.
This tiny dash cam measures just 3.13 x 5.33 x 2.91 cm, which is a similar size to a key. Despite being so small, the Mini 2 is capable of recording 1080p video and offers most of the features of its larger siblings.
3. Videos are automatically uploaded to Garmin’s cloud Video Vault³
One of Garmin’s newest features is the online Video Vault. The Vault saves videos automatically and stores them securely online for 24 hours. You also have the option to store clips for up to 30 days. This makes downloading and sharing clips a breeze.
4. Superior image quality day and night
Whether you choose the car key-sized Dash Cam Mini 2, or step up to the range-topping 67W, you'll get crisp HD video with proprietary Garmin Clarity HDR (High Dynamic Range) optics which capture sharp details day and night.
Both the Dash Cam Mini 2 and Dash Cam 47 record 1080p video, while the Dash Cam 57 and 67W bump the resolution to 1440p.
If you opt for the 47, 57 or 67W model, you'll also get GPS to show where and when events happen, driver alerts⁴ and a clear 2-inch LCD display on the backside of the camera.
You can also automatically sync video from up to 4 dash cams on your vehicle to see incident footage from multiple points of view, which could be useful for side and rear impacts. This feature is also available on the Dash Cam mini 2.
5. Control made easy thanks to voice commands
Dash cams are usually in hard to reach places, so controlling one using buttons can be tricky. With the Garmin Dash Cam range you can speak commands to save videos, start and stop audio recordings, snap still pictures and more.
It was one of our favourite features from the previous Garmin Dash Cam line up, and now it’s available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Swedish.
Okay, a little bonus reason we love Garmin’s new Dash Cam range – they come with a dual USB charger, which provides an extra port to quickly charge additional electronic devices, such as your smartphone, alongside your dash cam.
You can read more about Garmin’s 2021 Dash Cam range over on the brand’s website, prices range from £99.99 to £199.99.
1 Voice control is only available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Swedish
2 This feature requires constant power and active Wi-Fi® connection; some vehicles will need the Constant Power Cable (sold separately) to use this feature.
3 Saved video vault clips are password protected and accessible via the Garmin Drive™ app on your compatible smartphone; requires active Wi-Fi connection. See garmin.com for details
4 Certain conditions may impair the warning function; visit Garmin.com/warnings for details. Red light and safety camera warnings are not available in all regions. Learn more about purchasing an update subscription.
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