In the modern world, everyone looks for a product that is smart and compact. Why should be it any different for the dashboard cams? The Garmin Dash Cam 55 is a compact one from the brand. Since these devices stay in the car forever, it is better if they are smaller as they might take up precious space otherwise. There is a built-in Wi-Fi in the device and it shoots videos at 1440p. The length sticks out a bit and the camera has a CMOS sensor that has 3.7 megapixels. The top resolution is 2560×1440 pixels or 2.5K. Recording at 1080p is also possible. The 8GB storage card would be good for about an hour before the looping begins.
The windscreen mount is smaller than the camera. It’s too small and an adhesive pad is used. There is a second pad available with the camera to let you move the camera in case you would like so. The adhesive pad is magnetically mounted to allow you to remove it if necessary. The usual cable is supplied for supplying power to the car. However, the adapter is fixed and you cannot power your phone at the same time.
There is a host of additional safety features and a built-in GPS receiver. This can capture location along with the video. The G-sensor would detect accidents so that the video recordings would not loop over as the storage becomes full. There is a forward collision warning system in place which would detect if there is something coming up too close. There is a Lane Departure system which would let you know if you are straying from your lane while on a freeway. The Go Alert notification notifies if the car in front starts moving in case you have stopped concentrating.
Garmin 55 Specifications
|Display Size||2″ (51 mm) LCD|
|Image Sensor||3.7 MP|
|Recording Resolution||2560 x 1440 at 60 fps|
|Battery||Built-in, up to 30 minutes of battery life|
|Memory Card Support||8 GB microSD card included, supports up to 64 GB (Class 10 only)|
|Operating Temperature||-4 to 131°F (-20 to 55°C)|
|Charging Temperature||-32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)|
|Dimensions||2.2 x 1.6 x 1.4″ (5.6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm)|
|Weight||2.1 oz (59.5 g)|
Garmin 55 Pros and Cons
The Garmin 55 is a really good dashboard camera, which has lots of amazing features that a customer digs in.
Reasons to Buy
- The maximum resolution of the cameras is 2560 x 1440 pixels
- The G-sensor detects incidents and stores the data without being looped over
- It supports Wi-Fi
- A smartphone app is also available
- There are lots of additional safety features
Reasons to Avoid
- There is limited control available with the smartphone app
- The car power adapter can’t be removed from the cable.
Even though the camera is a little pricey, it is a good dashboard camera for the price. It offers good value for money and it is a capable yet small machine.