Product Comparison: Garmin Dash Cam 45 vs Garmin Dash Cam 55


General Specifications
Brand
Garmin
Garmin
Model
Dash Cam 45
Dash Cam 55
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Dash Cam 45 is an easy-to-use high-definition driving recorder with 2.0” LCD display. With an outstanding field of view, it captures the entire road and includes GPS for detailed time and location data, pinpointing exactly where and when events happened.
Dash Cam 55 is an easy-to-use high-definition driving recorder with 2.0” LCD display. With an outstanding field of view, it captures the entire road and includes GPS for detailed time and location data, pinpointing exactly where and when events happened. Rely on your Dash Cam 55 to capture excellent video detail in both bright and low-light conditions. Mount the camera to your windshield, and record your drive in 1440p.
Key Specs
Type
Monoblock with a display
Monoblock with a display
Shooting Mode (Front)
1920 x 1080
2160 x 1440
Display Size
2 in.
2 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Garmin Dash Cam 45 Extremely Small GPS-enabled Dash Camera
  • Easily mountable with a magnet you install on your windshield or what have you. After this, it's pretty much stuck. The camera itself sticks to the magnet while driving... and unless you have a major crash, I can't see how it would fall off.
  • This has worked excellent. I really like it. The resolution is really good. You can make out license plates very well.
  • Very solid 1080p video resolution when viewing from computer.
  • The video quality from this camera is awesome, even when viewed on a big TV.
  • Screen is pointless, remove it and make the device cheaper.
  • Positioning it well can be tricky, especially if hiding it near the rear view mirror where you cant see the screen.
Garmin Dash Cam 55 Extremely Small GPS-Enabled Dash Camera
  • Multiple resolutions available. 1440p, 1080p/60, 1080p/30/HDR.
  • The Garmin dashcams are tiny, solidly built rectangles with a 2-inch LCD screen on the rear, four buttons on the right, and a lens that protrudes from the front.
  • Because the 55 has an LCD screen, you can play back recordings right on the unit. The middle two buttons are up-down for selecting options, the bottom button confirms the selection and the top goes back.
  • Screen size compared to dash camera. It's actually usable. Not a touch but I wouldn't want it to be a touch anyway.
  • Resolution. I am disappointed with the resolution. I set it to the highest one, 1440x30 FPS, but in order to read a license plate or car manufacturer/model you need to be pretty close to the car.
Size & Weight
Height
1.6 in.
1.6 in.
Width
2.2 in.
2.2 in.
Depth
1.4 in.
1.4 in.
Weight
2.1 oz.
2.1 oz.
Video
Front Sensor Resolution
2.1 MP
3.7 MP
Viewing Angle
140 º
140 º
Night Vision
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Video"
Garmin Dash Cam 45 Extremely Small GPS-enabled Dash Camera
  • Great field of view and crisp digital imaging, plus time/date and location stamping. Very high resolution on film for blowing up still frames. Superior product.
  • Good video and wide angle lens is a plus. The lane warning is great along with the other alerts that are available.
  • What a wonderful device to have in your vehicle, the video is great and now it can also record audio. I recently used it as a rear viewing camera and it came in very handy during a parking lot accident when another driver backed up into me and hit me. The video is very compelling.
  • There isn't an option for how long you want the saved files to be. They're one minute clips, which isn't a huge deal by any means, but an option to do 3 or 5 or even 10 minutes would be nice.
  • Video quality is good for day time but not for night time.
Garmin Dash Cam 55 Extremely Small GPS-Enabled Dash Camera
  • Field of view. The camera covers a pretty large area.
  • This thing is amazing. The field of view is fantastic. Wider than normal but not as high. Who cares? I’m not filming the sky anyway. I love the parking record feature.
  • The video quality was very good. It was brighter and more crisp than my Street Guardian, which I liked very well. Some had commented that their video was "shaky" - perhaps due to the magnetic mount.
  • Night light glare. At night reading license plates is even worst, glare becomes a bigger problem.
  • Night quality is terrible. Parking mode only works for a couple hours, not through the night.
Features
Recording Modes
Continuous Recording Mode, Event Recording Mode
Continuous Recording Mode, Event Recording Mode, Parking Recording Mode
Indication
Operation Status LED
Operation Status LED
Sensor(s)
G-Sensor
G-Sensor
GPS
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Yes
Power
DC 12V
DC 12V
Extras
Share the Drive with Travelapse™, Wirelessly Sync Videos to Your Smartphone, Drive with Increased Awareness, High-quality 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture; works even in low-light conditions
High-quality 3.7 megapixel camera with 1440p video capture, Voice control allows you to start/stop audio recording, Your Eyewitness That Never Blinks, Wirelessly Sync Videos to Your Smartphone, Drive with Increased Awareness
What customers say about "Features"
Garmin Dash Cam 45 Extremely Small GPS-enabled Dash Camera
  • GPS requires no setup, the speed is not accurate at all- doesn't update fast enough, but provides an accurate reading when at a consistent speed.
  • Great quality video! The lane departure assist and forward collision warning are highly inaccurate, but you can turn them off.
  • The Garmin 45 is an outstanding camera. I love that it has built in Wi-Fi and that you can connect your phone to it to save videos.
  • I'd like to be able to have more information on the features. It's kinda hard to find. And the instructions are less informing than those of IKEA furniture.
  • The only problem I have with this is the app you must download in order to save/view videos. The app will freeze and trimming the video down to size to catch the incident is a frustrating task.
Garmin Dash Cam 55 Extremely Small GPS-Enabled Dash Camera
  • Voice control is convenient especially for saving videos, instead of fiddling around trying to find the button.
  • The WiFi share thing is actually really simple to use. Weirdly, despite the files being recorded in 1 minute intervals, if you share a video it shares several minutes at a time, which can take a while to transfer. That said, it's nice to have if you want it.
  • The voice commands work very well, even with the radio is on and there are other noises. I have my radio on all the time and only a few times it thought that I issued a voice command, but this cases are rare.
  • It records all the important data, such as date, time, GPS and car speed.
  • The mount is a mix of a magnet that sticks onto your windshield (where ever you want to mount it that will stick) and a pivoting head that inserts into the camera. The give isn't exactly enough to easily twist the camera so it can record who you're talking to from the driver's side window.
  • The status light indicator is red when the camera is recording but it's not bright enough in the day to really make a huge difference nor is it fully visible during the day even when you're looking at the screen side of the camera.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
149.99 $
199.99 $


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