Has Garmin Released The Best Cloud Dash Cam On The Market?
Posted by The Dashcam Store on Jan 31, 2023
The newest benchmark in today's flagship cloud-capable dash cams is built-in LTE Cloud connectivity. Some brands, such as BlackVue, have had an LTE model for a year or more, while others are just now throwing their hat into the ring. With the competition growing, it's getting harder and harder to decide which is the best for your money, but Garmin's newest entry might have just changed all that.
Aptly named the Garmin Dash Cam Live, this "cloud-native" dash camera with built-in LTE is compact, robust, and loaded with features and quality-of-life enhancements that we think could make it the best all-around cloud dash cam out today.
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At just slightly bigger than your vehicle's key fob, no other LTE camera is as compact while boasting flagship features and managing to still offer a clear and bright nearly 3" LCD screen. The sleek design allows for easy installation and minimal visibility on the windshield. And while some dash cameras require annoying hardwiring, installing the Dash Cam Live is a breeze with the included plug-in power cord.
If you would like to utilize LTE features while your vehicle is off, you must use a Garmin OBD-II cable (sold separately). These are easily plugged into the vehicle's OBD-II diagnostic port and keep your dash camera powered at all times. Alternatively, a Garmin hardwiring cable can also be used although it is a bit more advanced regarding installation. The good thing about the hardwiring cable is full compatibility with nearly every vehicle on the market, which is not always the case with the OBD-II cable.
The intuitive interface makes it simple to navigate and adjust settings, while the built-in microphone allows you to record audio, adding even more details to your footage.
Advanced driver assistance features such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning, which can help keep you safe on the road. These features detect potential hazards and alert you to take action, which can help prevent accidents.
Pretty impressive for such a little camera!
One of the best features is actually the lack of one. Unlike other dash cams that require a separate SIM card for cloud connectivity, this one eliminates the hassle of third-party carrier compatibility and activation issues, as well as the extra cost of purchasing a SIM card solely for the dash cam's Cloud features.
The Dash Cam Live has a built-in eSIM, which means there is no physical SIM card. Activating your Cloud features is as simple as opening the Garmin Drive App and choosing a subscription ($9-19/mo).
Importantly, the Garmin Dash Cam Live still functions perfectly well as a dashcam even if no LTE Cloud subscription has been activated with Garmin. Videos will still be recorded as usual to the removable memory card (16-256gb).
On top of the plug-and-play design, this little dash cam is loaded with some impressive features. With a crisp recording resolution of 1440p (2K), you'll be sure to capture every important detail in front of your camera. With the LTE connection active, your vehicle will be in constant contact with you. Check in on the live feed to see what's going on in front of your car, receive alerts when motion or impacts are detected, instantly view and share clips from the Garmin Drive App, and it'll even alert you if the car begins to drive without your phone inside. Perfect for those who spend hours or even days away from their vehicle while it's parked away from home.
Overall, the Garmin Dash Cam Live could be the best LTE dash camera on the market for its advanced features, sleek design, easy-to-use activation and interface, and reasonable price. Garmin's proven track record across it's hundreds of products and their commitment to seamless pairing of accessories and apps is just another added cherry on top of an already beautiful dash camera. Whether you're a heavy commuter or a casual driver, this camera could be the perfect choice to keep you and your vehicle safe.
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