I had never thought that I would have much need for a dash cam. To be honest, I thought it was a bit pointless. Well I’m happy to say that I have been proved wrong . I tested out the Garmin Dash Cam 65W and I’m not sure how I got by for so long without a dash cam.
Dash Cam Specifications
The Dash Cam 65W is Garmin’s latest dash cam to the market following on from the 30, 35, 45 & 55 models. The camera is a smart, compact design, with dimensions of 5.62 x 4.05 x 3.15 cm. The screen is quite small, at 2.0 inches, but the video’s and pictures comes through very clearly. This is also true of the on-screen notifications that are clearly legible.
The camera can be attached to your windscreen quite easily, there is an easy to follow set-up guide on the camera itself, that will help you find the best position to attach the camera.
There are four buttons on the right hand side of the camera, which make the camera menu’s easy to access and navigate through. On the left hand side is the Micro USB connection for power and charging. Located on the underside of the camera you will find the Micro SD slot , which you can change for greater memory if required.
There are also many features packed into the dash cam, which really impressed me.
180-degree Field of View
The Dash Cam 65W can capture excellent video detail in both bright and low-light conditions. This is from the high quality 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture. With a 180-degree field of view, it captures more of the environment in front of you.
The dash cam records in a continuous loop, using the included replaceable microSD card. You can play back the footage on the display screen, or alternativel, review later on your computer or on the free VIRB App once you download it to your smartphone.
The Dash Cam 65W features helpful alerts to help encourage safer driving. The forward collision warning alerts if you drive too closely to the car ahead.
Lane departure warnings alert you if you stray from your lane. Built-in red light and speed camera data alerts you when red light cameras or speed cameras are near.
And when your vehicle is stopped at an junction or in traffic, the “Go” alert notifies you when traffic ahead of your vehicle is moving again.
The dash cam will also notify you if you go above the speed limit on the road you’re on. Very helpful to save you from potential fines and penalty points.
The Travelapse feature allows you to record and share your adventures by condensing hours of driving into minutes of highlights.
Voice command is a great feature that gives you the following options; start/stop audio recording, take a still picture or start/stop the Travelapse video capture feature.
Sync Videos to Your Smartphone
The dash cam has built-in Wi-Fi so you can wirelessly sync videos to your compatible smartphone after downloading the free VIRB App. This makes it easy to share videos with friends, insurance agencies or legal authorities.
GPS-enabled with automatic incident detection (G-sensor), the dash cam saves video footage on impact to show when and where events happened. All footage is stamped with time and location so you know exactly when and where events occurred. When reviewing footage on your computer, you’ll have a record of latitude, longitude, date, time, speed and direction of travel.
I’m no expert on dash cam’s, but I know what I like and I have to say the Garmin Dash Cam 65W is a great device. Incredibly easy to set-up and navigate , it is the perfect addition to your car. With alerts to enhance driver safety and smart technology that knows when to record in the event of an incident, it has the potential to get you out of a sticky situation in the event of insurance claims. The only thing I felt was missing was a rear camera to capture incidents to the rear of your vehicle. The Garmin 65W is available to buy directly from Garmin for €256.00.
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