Garmin Dash Cam 20 Review (Is It Way Too Expensive?)

Garmin Dash Cam 20

Technical Specifications
Maximum Resolution 1080p
Channels 1
Loop Recording Yes
G Sensor Yes
Auto On/Off Yes
Parking Mode
Date & Time Stamp Yes
Display Screen 2.3″
GPS Yes
WIFI
Viewing Angle (diag.)
Max.Card Support 32 GB
Other Specifications
Brand Name Garmin
Release Date Early-2014
Day Time Video Quality Good- Sample Video
Night Time Video Quality Average – Sample Video
Reliability Good
Power Adapter Yes
Size 3.23×2.6×1.5 inches
Operating Temperature -20°C to 55°C (-4°F to 131°F)
Discreetness Average
Our Rating 2/5
Read Reviews 195+ Reviews (Amazon US)
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Garmin Dash Cam 20 – Our Review

The Garmin dash cam 20 comes from the hugely popular company, Garmin; it’s one of the very few big brand dash cams out there (others being HP F210 and F310). The dash cam 20 was released in early 2014 and it’s an expensive one (costs around $250, at the time of writing, check latest price).

Garmin 20’s build quality is excellent; the dash cam feels durable, sturdy and is without a doubt very well made.

Having said that, it has an unusual square shape, which, along with the big suction cup mount reduces stealth; the all-black casing makes up for discreetness.

Another disappointment with dash cam 20 is the small power cable that’s supplied with it; to add insult to injury, the cable is proprietary USB and hence you need to buy a longer one (5 meters), obviously from Garmin, for $25.

The video quality is good during day but average at night time (see sample videos); everything’s recorded at 1080p Full HD@30 FPS; we believe that DOD LS430W offers much better video.

The video format is .AVI, hence watching videos on Windows PC is easy; however, Mac users can download VLC Media player (FREE) or Garmin Dash Cam Viewer software for Mac (the Garmin viewer is available for Windows computers too).

Here’s a support link if you need any help regarding playing videos on Garmin player.

One thing that we liked is the 2.3” display screen; it really works like a charm and is one of the best in the industry.

All regular functions like loop recording, G-sensor, auto on/off, date/time stamp in video etc. are standard features with Garmin 20. The GPS is also standard; if you wish not to have GPS, you can go for the Garmin dash cam 10.

The memory card support and operating temperatures are at par with dash cam industry at 32 GB and -20°C to 55°C (-4°F to 131°F) respectively.

Do have a look at day and night time video samples of Garmin dash cam 20 that we’ve included on our website.

Here’s a list of things that you get in the package:

  1. Garmin dash cam 20 camera
  2. Suction cup mount
  3. Power cable
  4. 4 GB memory card
  5. User manual

Here’s a quick list of Pros and Cons for Garmin dash cam 20:

Pros:

  1. Excellent build quality
  2. Precise GPS tracker
  3. Very good 2.3” screen

Cons:

  1. Small power cable
  2. Poor quality suction mount
  3. Way too expensive for the video quality it offers
  4. No Wi-Fi

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – Video Samples

We request you to view the video in full screen and choose the maximum resolution; this will give you a better understanding of video quality captured by the dashboard camera.

Day Time Sample Video

During day time the Garmin dash cam 20 performs well. However, this video quality isn’t what you’d expect out of a $250+ dash cam, it must be better.

Night Time Sample Video

At night, the Garmin dash cam 20 seems to struggle and records average quality videos, again, that’s a big disappointment.

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – User Manual

You can download Garmin Dash Cam 20 English user manual here.

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – Firmware

Download the Garmin dash cam 20 firmware here.

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – Viewer Software

Here are the links to download Garmin Dash cam viewer:

For Windows

For Mac

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – Our Verdict

Since Garmin dash cam 20 is a big brand and expensive dashboard camera, there’s a lot that’s expected from it; however, dash cam 20 seems way too expensive for what it delivers.

In conclusion, we’d suggest you to look for a better option, such as, DOD LS430W, KDLINKS X1 (one of the highest rated dash cams ever) or Transcend DrivePro 200 (has the same square form factor as Garmin 20).

Where To Buy?

You can check latest price and buy the Garmin dash cam 20 from following vendors:

Amazon US

Amazon CA

 

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