Best Dash Cams 2018: 11 of the best dashboard cameras

Garmin Dash Cam 55

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Key features:

  • 2560 x 1440 maximum resolution
  • GPS for tracking location with video
  • Wi-Fi with smartphone app

The compact, attractive Garmin Dash Cam 55 builds upon Garmin’s dashboard prowess with a host of handy features for capturing life on the road.
 
It automatically starts recording when connected to a power source so it doesn’t miss a trick, capturing footage in a maximum 2.5K capacity – or 2560 x 1440 pixels at 30 frames per second, to be precise. It’s possible to record in Full HD, too, at 60 frames per second, or at a minimum of 720 pixels to conserve storage.
 
It comes with an 8GB storage module as standard, but you can add anything up to a 64GB microSD card. At top res, the 8GB card should be able to keep around 56 minutes of footage before looping begins.
 
On the features front, the Garmin Dash Cam 55 brings Travelapse recording into the mix, which will pick the highlights from your journey to make a short reel that’s easily watchable when you park up. You can also use the dash cam like a normal camera to take snapshots of vehicle or property damage
 
Like Garmin’s previous cams, it comes with GPS-enabled G-Sensor tech that automatically detects incidents and saves the footage on impact to show exactly where the event happened. Speaking of incidents, to save you jabbing blindly at the dash cam screen while you’re driving, there’s built-in voice control for starting/stopping audio recording, taking pictures and activating the Travelapse feature.
 
When you’re ready to view the footage, you can do so either on your computer or the dash cam’s own display while sitting in your car. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wireless sync footage with the VIRB app on your smartphone, too. There’s an extremely long cable supplied to give you freedom when mounting, and a small no-fuss windscreen mount to complete the neat, discreet and well-specced bundle.

At the time of the review the Garmin Dash Cam 55 was available for £149.99