Dash cam review: Garmin 55

Dash cam review: Garmin 55
Dash cam review: Garmin 55

Price: £149

Garmin, perhaps better known for satellite navigation, geolocation and fitness accessories has added itself to the list of manufacturers selling dash cams.

The 55 is a mid-range model in its line-up but offers many of the features of the highest-spec models from other brands.

The unit is tiny and features a relatively small two-inch viewing screen but packs in 1440p resolution, a wide-angle lens, voice control, wifi, smartphone pairing, GPS, night vision, speed camera warning, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

It also has a parking mode to catch suspicious activity or prangs when you’re not around, although that requires an optional extra cable.

Garmin 55

What’s it like?

The 55 is among the best dash cams that we’ve tested.

First off is its design, which is positively tiny compared to some dash cams – 5.5cm x 4cm x 3cm. Both the camera and its ball-and-socket mount are incredibly compact, meaning it’s easy to locate the camera completely out of your line of sight, while being easy to position for the best view.

Despite its small size, it’s easy to adjust settings as the buttons are sensibly sited on the side rather than rear of the unit. Easier still, though is using the smartphone app, which lets you change settings and view live or recorded footage from the camera with very little fuss.

Garmin 55

As you’d hope from such a high resolution the picture quality is excellent and you can use the camera to take still photographs as well. Key information such as speed, date and location are recorded along with the image and the voice control is a nice idea, although it can struggle with strong accents.

The 55’s only real weakness is the ADAS. As with other ADAS-equipped dash cam we’ve tested the accuracy in lane detection and forward collision warning simply isn’t good enough to rely on, making its occasional interventions more annoying that useful.

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