The Garmin Dash Cam 20 is one of the few name brand dashboard cameras now offered. It has a squarish design similar to a number of the Taiwanese dash cams accessible like the HP F210 and Transcend DrivePro 200.
The Garmin Dash Cam 20 recordings 1080p at 30fps. Video quality is very good throughout the day and average at night. Bit rate is roughly 11Mbps. Some owners have indicated the video quality is worse compared to the affordable G1W. This is disappointing for a $200+ camera. Another negative is the form factor of this camera. Even though the camera is all black, the squarish layout and big suction cup mount make it overly noticeable. Also many owners whine that the suction cup bracket is of inferior quality. On the plus side it’s a 2.3″ LCD display making it simple to configure the camera.
Another negative is that the power cable provided is too short if you wish to install around the windshield and it’s a proprietary Mini USB cable. Garmin will gladly sell you a 5M extension for $25 which really should have been included with the camera.
The Best Garmin Dash Cams includes GPS (the Garmin Dash Cam 10 is nearly identical but without GPS) and G-sensor. Another positive is that this camera are found at several “bricks and mortar” retailers like Best Buy and Costco for people that aren’t comfortable buying online.
A few owners have suggested that this camera hangs / stops working randomly. There is not any known resolution for this problem.
AVI Files and Mac
Most Mac owners have suggested that this camera doesn’t work with there computers. The remedy is to set up and use VLC Media Player to view the AVI files. If you would like to edit movies with iMovie, then you’ll need to convert the AVI files into MP4 or another compatible format.
Should I Purchase?
The average video quality, large form factor, short power cable and high price tag make this a tricky camera to urge. Although it is a brand name camera, build quality is good and can be located at large retailers, there are quite a few different cameras which are better for much less money. The Transcend DrivePro 200 is a better buy with a comparable form factor (includes WiFi but not GPS). Alternatively, Look for a bigger, more discreet camera.