Garmin Dash Cam 55

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  1. Tobi@s

    Tobi@s Well-Known Member App Developer

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    @lacibaci Im lacking hardware
    A12 firmware structure is different to a7/a5/a2 therefore I cant really test any modifications.
     
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  3. Jest

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    I use it for a month now... and i'm not verry happy, because now, when the temeperature rise, i see often the warning that the device was too hot and has automatically powered down... ;(

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    And i must manual click on "Dismiss" ... so the recording begins....

    Here are two sample videos:




     
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  4. SawMaster

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    It seems that it may be focused in too closely- everything is sharp up close but not in the distance. Still pretty good though so consider that a minor complaint. The over-temp issue is more serious. If that occurred while driving one could miss it, or at best fiddling with the cam to dismiss the warning distracts you- not good while driving :eek:

    Overall I think they're getting close but haven't quite yet hit the target- dashcam needs are not the same as action cams or GPS units and it seems more that they don't understand those needs than a lack of quality overall. Other than the mount it appears that some minor tweaking at the factory and with firmware could fix these things ;)

    If their designers get more aligned to our specific needs Garmin will apparently be a strong contender in the market :cool:

    Thanks to all for sharing your experiences (y)
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    its bitrate is 20k but as if like 6k with me
     
  6. lacibaci

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    There is a lot to like about 55:
    - build is solid
    - excellent sound
    - menu and settings are very polished
    - side buttons are good size not hard to press, but have a nice "click" feel
    - GPS performance is stellar (instant lock in my garage)
    - Date/Time settings (or the lack of, automatically setup even time zone/DST)
    - all "driver assist" functions work as advertised (Forward collision warning, LDWS, Traffic moving)
    - voice control - it actually works very well. On other cams I can never remember which button takes a picture or mutes microphone...
    - available park mode module
    - inexpensive extra mounts available to purchase

    Don't like:
    - recording quality (low bit rate)
    - battery instead of capacitor
    - no video out or HDMI
    - file naming
    - GPS info embedded in video files

    Don't know yet:
    - mount - It's a good idea, very low foot print, camera is easily adjustable after mounting. Not sure how stable it will be...

    That's all for now.
     
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    Saw a reply from Garmin about the high temp shutdowns:
    "The Garmin Dash Cam 45 and 55 are designed for the automotive environment. It is normal and expected for the unit to become warm during use. An upcoming software update will prevent any premature shutdowns in elevated temperatures."
     
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    Here is the hardware info:

    CPU: Ambarella A12A55 SOC
    Image sensor: OV4689
    GPS: MTK6630
     
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    New firmware 2.70 was released today (fixes premature thermal shutdown)
     
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