Garmin Dash Cam 56 - impressions so far

Philip F

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I recently purchased two Garmin Dash Cam 56 cameras and have been using them daily, everyone should have a good dash cam in this day and age! Just wanted to share my impressions so far.

Initially I was kinda disappointed by the video quality, originally had it on the highest resolution and when viewed on my PC I immediately noticed that the video quality is very noisy and as such, not terribly sharp. I then decided to step the video quality down to the 1920 x 1080 30fps HDR ON setting since my PC monitor is only capable of that anyway, and while not improved, happy with that resolution for now and still have plenty of recording time possible on the 64GB micro SD card.

Back to the video quality though, I have got two old GoPro Hero 2 action cameras which I've used for many years now and I was surprised that the daylight video quality on the old GoPro action cameras is quite a bit better, sharper and far less noise, but when it gets dark, that's where they fall flat on their faces and where the Garmin Dash Cam 56 is so much better! Sound recording quality is also noticeably better on the Garmin Dash Cam 56 compared to my old GoPro action cameras. Now I get that action cameras and dash cameras are similar but different, so this in not a comparison as such, just interesting differences to note.

Another interesting observation is that the 30 or 60 fps causes some street lights to flicker - we are 220v 50Hz, so that makes sense. Would be nice if more video modes with maybe 25 and 50 fps were added.

The Driver Aids are very handy, but I found that the Lane Departure, Proximity Warning and Traffic is Moving can be annoying, and especially if and when reviewing the footage, so eventually disabled them. The Event Detection is good, but I don't like that it chops the minute before and after the saved incident.

For the one Garmin Dash Cam 56 which I am using, I also bought the optional suction cup mount which is a lot more practical, especially if you are driving multiple vehicles which aren't your own. I am also getting the optional Polarizing Filter next week, so will add my impressions of that here later on.

Overall, I am very happy with these dash cameras, they do their job well as far as I am concerned!
 

matti

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F900LHD , G1W-CB , 70mai , 70mai Pro , Garmin 56
Xukey Dashboard Cover Dashmat Dash Mat. This eliminates reflections. Improves the driver's view. The goods remain in place. It is admirably stylish.

 

lacibaci

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I am using Garmin polarized filter to limit reflections. Works great during the daylight. There is a small brightness fall off at night, barely noticeable.
The filter will not fix the cheap blinking LEDs though :)
 

Kaspiic

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I also use polarized filter - without it videos from my car are bad because of reflections.
About video quality... grainy! In sunlight grain are not visible, but when light is a bit lower- grain starts to be visible.
 
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