Garmin Dash Cam 55 ‒ The Smallest Dash Cam

The Garmin 55 is a fantastic product, being a high-definition camera with a 2 inch LCD screen.

Keep in mind that old files are overwritten when memory is full. The product supports up to 64GB. Also, it must be SD class 10 card which sold separately.

With a reasonably small design at the size 56 x 41 x 35mm (2.2 x 1.4 x 1.6 inches). This dashcam is not striking if it placed in front of your car’s rearview mirror.

Garmin 55 the smallest dash cam

Advanced Features

The features of the Garmin Dash Cam 55 have sound control that allows you to save video, take a picture, start/stop audio recording and start/stop the Travelapse feature with the voice commandOk Garmin“.

Another feature is GPS and G-sensor that automatically blocked stores recordings when an accident occurred.

With GPS feature, you can see wherein coordinates you are in, speed, time, date, and direction of your trip (you can turn off this feature if you don’t need it).

For the driver’s safety features gives front collision warning and lane departure.

You can also synchronize videos wirelessly to a smartphone, because Garmin Dash Cam 55 has built-in Wi-Fi, to do this you need to download the free VIRB® Mobile application, with this you can share videos via smartphone.

Garmin Dash Cam 55, 1440p 2.0" LCD Screen, Extremely Small GPS-enabled Dash Camera with Voice Control, Loop Recording, G-Sensor and...

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We’ve listed the best 15 dashcams, and the Garmin 55 included in this list.

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Specifications

wdt_IDOptionsInfo
1Dimensions (WxHxD5.62 cm x 4.05 cm x 3.53 cm
2Weight59.5 g
3GPSYes
4Screen2.0` LCD
5Frame RateUp to 60 FPS
6Incident detection (G-Sensor)Yes
7Battery lifeup to 30 minutes
8The degree of viewing angle122°
9Max Resolution2560x1440s
10Speed Camera AlertYes
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Accessories

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Parking Mode Cable

With parking mode, it will monitor the conditions around the environment of the car while in the parking lot, this will, automatic recording when motion is detected, but for this feature requires a Garmin parking mode cable which is sold separately, and is recommended to be done by an expert who is a professional installation.

Mini Suction Cup Mount

When you want to install Garmin using a stand that is sold separately, you can buy a Garmin suction cup mount.

Polarized Lens Cover

Other accessories that might be useful for cameras are polarized lens covers to improve video clarity and reduce reflections.

Vehicle power cable

If you want to use Vehicle Power Cable (5 Meters) you can buy it at around $25.

Micro USB cable

Other accessories that you might need a micro USB cable, which by using these accessories allow you to transfer data, update device software, download new icon and more.

High-speed charger

You can charge 4x faster without losing GPS power.

INPUT: 10-30v 5.4A max
USB Output: 4.75-5.25v 2.1A
Output Socket: max 10v 2.4A -> 30v 0.8A max

GPS antenna

Some Garmin cameras may face problems with GPS signals. Garmin manufacturers also provide GPS antennas if you have problems with the signal.

Summary

Maybe not all of your Garmin accessories are needed, but sometimes users want their cameras to have a better appearance, and this requires additional accessories to get maximum results.

For example, the parking time of your vehicle longer than drive time. In this case, will be better to buy a special cable which is selling separately.

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In the box

in the box garmin 55

When you buy the Garmin 55 dash cam, this camera will be in the box, and whatever is in the box is as follows;

  • Garmin 55 Dash Cam
  • Low profile magnetic mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • MicroSD ™ card
  • Quickstart manually
Important Safety and Product Information downloaded on this link

Owner’s Manual (PDF) on this link

Owner’s Manual (Web) on this link

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Installation

Before you remove the adhesive stand, all you have to pay attention is to a place where you will install the holder. The location should be deliberate because after mounting the installation, it is challenging to remove.

Garmin Dash Cam 55 ‒ The Smallest Dash Cam

Before you can attach the adhesive stand to your windshield, the ambient temperature must be from 21 ° to 38 ° C (from 70° to 100° F).

Clean the windshield using water or alcohol first, and a lint-free cloth. The windshield must be free of dust, wax, oil or coating.

  • Next step remove the protective film from the mounting adhesive, press firmly into the windshield, and hold for 30 seconds.
  • After you install the dash cam you need to wait around 24 hours before installing the Garmin Dash Cam ™ so that the adhesive works perfectly.
  • Step route the power cable to your vehicle’s outlet. The power cord has been designed to be easily hidden, you can hide along the back of the trim or headliner. Rare then plug the other end of the vehicle’s power cable into an outlet in your vehicle.
  • Turn on the vehicle ignition switch to provide power to the outlet in your vehicle to make sure the device is on. Continue to Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the initial device settings.
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Firmware

To be able to update the firmware of the camera, the device can use the Garmin VIRB application, this will check for automatic updates and will display a message if there are updates available.

If you use Windows or a Mac PC, you can use Garmin Express software to install update files. However, you need system requirements to use this application to work properly.

Windows

  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer, Microsoft .NET 4.5.2 (included)
  • 1024 x 768 displays, USB ports, and 1 GB RAM
  • High-speed internet access
  • It may require up to 20 GB of free disk space

Mac

  • OS X 10.11 or newer
  • 1440 x 900 screen, USB port, and 1 GB RAM
  • High-speed internet access
  • It may require up to 20 GB of free disk space
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Video Samples Garmin 55 (Day and Night)

Day time video sample

Night time sample video

Garmin Dash Cam 55

Garmin has applied its knowledge of action cameras, sharp images and additional features like front collision warning and lane departure.

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Compare Garmin Dash Cam 55 vs 65w

The Dashcam 55 vs dashcam 65w are very similar. The main distinguishing that Garmin 55 uses a 3.7 MP camera, while Garmin 65 uses a 2.1 MP camera.

Meanwhile, for the viewing angle, Garmin 55 has a field angle of 122 degrees, and for Garmin 65 has a viewing angle of 180 degrees.

At video resolution, Garmin 65 records with 1080p, 720p. While the Garmin 55 has a choice of 1440p, 1080p (60fps), 1080pHDR, 1080p (30fps), for this problem the more superior is dashcam 55.

Examples

Garmin 55screen

Image of Gramin 55

Garmin 65W-screen

Image of Garmin 65w

From the examples above you can compare how the recordings on both cameras if you choose this dashcam 55 at a lower price but if you choose Dashcam 65, it is the latest innovation from the previous version.

Garmin Dash Cam 65, 1080p 2.0, Extra Wide 180-Degree Field of View

Garmin Dash Cam 55

Garmin has applied its knowledge of action cameras, sharp images and additional features like front collision warning and lane departure.

8.5 Total Score
Excellent

Garmin 55 is one of the best product with good price and good quality.

PROS
  • Configurations are relatively easy to learn and use
  • A sensor is embedded into the camera that can detect objects that are dangerously in range of the vehicle
  • Alerts when driving over the speed limit
  • Compact and neat
CONS
  • The screen is difficult to read with polarizing sunglasses
  • Directions must be reset on occasion; freezes up
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