What happens on the road… doesn’t stay on the road now, thanks to Garmin’s newest dashboard camera. Not to claim it’s the first device of this sort to hit the market but as far as road monitoring technology goes, the Garmin Dash Cam 20 is up there with the best.
Whether it’s a road trip adventure, a proof of dangerous driving (preferably not yours) or just documenting a work-related travel, you can do that in a choice of full HD 1080p, 720p or WVGA, depending on your needs and the size of the memory card you use. The camera does come with a 4GB microSD™ card, but it can be raised up to a more than decent 32GB by acquiring a new memory card.
The high-definition device is quite light, weighting around 120g, and while its size is small enough not to restrict your view (6.60 cm x 8.21 cm x 3.69 cm) the 2.3 inch LED colour display is still readable. The camera is mounted on the windshield using the vehicle suction mount cup provided in the standard equipment and it’s connected to the car’s power source.
After the initial setup, you don’t need to worry about forgetting to press record every time you get into the car because the device starts recording as soon as the engine fires off and stops when the engine is turned off. No more witness-less parking lot incidents and no more useless roadside arguments; the camera has a gravity sensor that detects a possible collision and saves the footage filmed before, during and after the accident. It records your exact location through the built-in GPS, with details like time, speed and direction of travel, so you always have a clear picture of the events. It can also record audio inside the vehicle, which makes it a black-box for the road.
In case of collision or small road incidents, the camera can be detached from its stand and used to take snapshots of the damage. Its battery lasts up to an hour so it gives plenty of time to record anything relevant. The most important thing is that you can rely on it to be your eyes and ears on the road and gives you piece of mind that whatever happens you have clear evidence of the events. If it captured your attention, it’s good to know that the Dash Cam 20 will be available to purchase at a price of $249.99 from February 2014, but you can pre-order it today.