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Garmin 67W Dash Cam Review

We can’t fault you for losing track of the Garmin Dash Cam range often included in our best dash cam guide. The design has remained consistent for a few years now, and there are currently three models that look almost identical, but cover a price range of £130-£200.

Here we are looking at the current flagship, called the 67W. This letter is significant, as it refers to the wider lens of this dash cam compared to its siblings. The field of view is 180 degrees, compared to 140 degrees for the Dash Cam Mini 2, 47 and 57.

New to the 67W, and the rest of the current Garmin lineup, is a feature called Vault Storage, where incident records are automatically uploaded to the cloud, via a Wi-Fi connection to your smartphone.

Garmin 67W dash cam

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Garmin Dash Cam 67W review: Design

If you’re familiar with recent Garmin dash cams, you’ll know the score here. Compact, matchbox-shaped and subtle, the Dash Cam 67W packs a lot of technology into its small frame. The rear is occupied by a 2-inch screen, controlled using four buttons on the right side – with the most important, which manually records video, protruding slightly to facilitate pressing without taking your eyes off the road.

On the left, there’s a microUSB socket for power, a microSD card slot is on the bottom, and the front houses the protruding wide-angle lens. At the top, you’ll find a ball joint for Garmin’s small magnetic windshield mount.

It’s actually one of our favorite features of the Garmin Dash Cam range and we wonder why other manufacturers aren’t taking a similar approach. The hinge offers plenty of adjustment to point the camera at just the right angle, while a coin-sized magnet adheres with adhesive to the windshield and then to the dash cam mount with magnetism. Simple but very effective, and everything stays in place while driving.

The 67W Dash Cam comes with long and short USB cables and a 12V outlet with two built-in USB-A outlets. An optional hardwire kit, which gives the camera a permanent power source from your car battery, is sold separately.

Garmin 67W dash cam

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Garmin Dash Cam 67W review: Features

In addition to working like any other dash cam, detecting impacts and automatically saving the most recent portion of recorded video, the 67W has various additional features. These include voice command, where the command “Ok, Garmin” can be used to get the dash cam’s attention and then have it record video, enable or disable audio recording and others. simple tasks. The voice control system has always worked well in our testing of various Garmin dash cams and is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Swedish.

There’s also a suite of driver assistance systems, including warnings when you get out of your lane or the camera thinks you might collide with the vehicle in front of you. There’s also an alert if you don’t notice traffic in front of you has tripped, plus alerts for nearby speed and red-light cameras. These alerts are all audible and visual, displaying clear and simple warning messages on the dash cam screen.

The Dash Cam 67W has a battery but it is only rated for 30 minutes of use. Instead, owners are advised to use the included USB cable or purchase Garmin’s Hardwire Kit for a constant power supply. With this installation (professional installation may be required), the camera’s Parking Guard mode can be activated, where video will be recorded and your smartphone notified when a collision is detected.

Live View can also be enabled in this case, where you can use Garmin’s Drive smartphone app to see a live view of the camera. However, the dash cam needs to be connected to Wi-Fi for it to work, so you’ll need a portable hotspot in your car or connect it to another nearby network when you’re parked.

As the dash cam is equipped with GPS, video recordings include location data and your vehicle’s speed.

Garmin 67W dash cam

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Garmin Dash Cam 67W review: Video quality

We were very impressed with the images produced by the Dash Cam 67W. The resolution is slightly higher than Full HD, at 1440p, and there’s HDR (which the company calls Garmin Clarity) to retain detail in the brightest and darkest parts of the video.

We also liked the 180 degree lens. Although its wide view causes some slight fisheye-style distortion, it’s worth being able to see straight into both front corners of your vehicle. This way you are more likely to capture footage when a car collides with you, or when a pedestrian or cyclist is next to or appears from a railroad crossing.

Day or night, images captured by the Garmin 67W are very good, with crucial details like street signs and vehicle license plates visible. Footage can be viewed on the dash cam screen itself, transferred to a computer or tablet via the microSD card (not included), or uploaded to Garmin’s Vault storage system using the Wi-Fi and Drive phone app. From there they can be shared with others with a link and password. This is especially useful if you need to share images as a witness or provide evidence to your own insurance company.

These video clips are recorded online for free for 24 hours. If you want to store them for longer, Garmin offers seven days for £4.99 per month or 30 days for £9.99 per month. You can see the appeal here for fleet managers, but for individuals, we think the 24-hour free plan is sufficient. And don’t forget that the images are also saved securely on the microSD card.

Garmin 67W dash cam

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Garmin Dash Cam 67W review: Software

We’ve talked a lot about the Drive smartphone app, but using it isn’t a requirement. You can simply plug the dash cam into your car, mount it on the windshield, and configure it using the screen and control buttons. If you don’t care about app and Wi-Fi connectivity, then Garmin keeps things nice and simple.

It’s also easy to navigate the 67W’s menu system to turn the various driver assist features on or off, and manual footage recording is done at the touch of a button.

As for the Drive app, it’s not the most attractive interface, but it gets the job done. It can be used to view a live feed from the camera (handy for getting its position right) and access saved recordings. The app can also be used to set up Dash Cam Video Sync, where up to four cameras can be installed on a car and synchronize their recordings for a full view around the vehicle.

Garmin Dash Cam 67W review: Verdict

Not everyone will want to spend £200 on a dash cam. Especially when other options from Garmin itself start at just £90, in the case of the Mini 2. But the 67W still manages to make a compelling case, thanks to its 1440p resolution, GPS, compact design and 180 degree width. angular lens.

We’re also big fans of the compact design and simple, effortless windshield mount, the app works well, and the new cloud storage system comes in handy for those who want to connect their dash cam to Wi-Fi. -Fi and to the cloud.

That said, it might not be worth £50 (25%) more than the all-new Dash Cam 57, which only falls behind because of its narrower 140-degree lens.

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