NuviCam

 

I have owned the nuviCam for about a week. Overall, aside from being rather massive, I like its features. I am still getting used to it and working with it, so I have not been able to access all features yet, but the new ones that I have used are useful. The dashcam is also a nice feature, although I know that some grumble about it. But hey, the dashcam is a fundamental feature of this unit, so if you don't want it, don't buy this unit.

The one major con I have found is that start up seems to take forever. That is, with my older Garmin units, when I started the car with a Garmin docked in place, it would immediately power up. The nuviCam takes 30 seconds to a minute to power up; if I need to head to an unfamiliar area, I could sit in my driveway for a minute before I am even able to enter the address. I reached out to Garmin about this, and, as usual, they blew it off, saying:

"Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I am sorry to hear that you are having this trouble. Compared to the other devices, the nuvicam has more information to pull from and functions that it needs to perform upon start up, this can cause the device to start up slower than other devices."

I therefore left a detailed review on Amazon about this. We'll see if Garmin sings the same tune when it responds (and it has been responding to Amazon reviews).

Cam Resolution

Can you determine what the resolution is on the camera? I have the Dash Cam 20 and it's 1080P but there are no specs listed for the built in camera on this device.

Thanks.

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Cam Resolution

I believe you can choose between 720 and 1080. Note that the dashcam comes with a 4GB MicroSD card, already pre-installed. If you don't plan to buy anything larger, you likely want to stick with 720. I bought the highest capacity card it will take -- a 64GB MicroSD card, so I switched to 1080p. The resolution seems fine.

Thanks for the report

The Amazon Customer Reviews (14 in number as I write this) give the device a 3.2 out of 5.0 rating and the reviewer's comments are a Must Read for anyone planning a nuvicam purchase, I think. The bar graph of ratings is also interesting as compared to the graph for earlier nuvis.

At least for now as a new product, Garmin does seem to have an assigned employee to make comments on user reviews so there is company feedback.

NUVICAM

I didn't know it was out. I have checked Best Buy and Fry's and they didn't know about this Nuvicam. Where do you buy it?

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GPScity

GPScity.com has them in stock. $400, shipped tomorrow.

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Where Is This Setting?

trclac wrote:

I believe you can choose between 720 and 1080. Note that the dashcam comes with a 4GB MicroSD card, already pre-installed. If you don't plan to buy anything larger, you likely want to stick with 720. I bought the highest capacity card it will take -- a 64GB MicroSD card, so I switched to 1080p. The resolution seems fine.

I downloaded the manual and can't find where this setting is. Can you tell me how you can change from 720 to 1080? This makes a difference for me in deciding if I should get rid of my Dash Cam 20.

Thanks.

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Start the vehicle, and let it warm up for the length of time the nuvi goes to screen. Your engine will love you for it.

As an aside, women need to be warmed up as well. Just in case you've forgotten... wink

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NUVICAM REVIEW

I can't find any reviews for the Garmin Nuvicam. Any suggestion where to find them.

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Reviews

rthibodaux wrote:

I can't find any reviews for the Garmin Nuvicam. Any suggestion where to find them.

Amazon Customer Reviews with some manufacturer's responses:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-01378-01-NuviCam-LMTHD/prod...

Garmin NuviCam

Check BestBuy.com. Some stores have them, but they have to find it in the back. Bring the SKU number to make it easier for them.

Setting

Preroll wrote:

I downloaded the manual and can't find where this setting is. Can you tell me how you can change from 720 to 1080? This makes a difference for me in deciding if I should get rid of my Dash Cam 20.

I know I saw this setting when setting up the video settings of the nuviCam. I recall switching from 720 and back to 1080. I will double check when I get home.

It could be the product of a F/W update, which may explain why it's not in the manual. Again, I'll check when I get home.

Amazon Reviewer on Image Quality

Preroll:

Just FYI, this is from an Amazon reviewer:

Still, if you're considering the nuviCam, you're probably after it for the "cam." That's the real point, isn't it? Unfortunately, the camera--or more accurately, the video it produces--is my largeset complaint with the unit. Footage can be 1080p, as promised, but the bitrate at which it's recorded is absolutely abysmal. If you're dreaming of having a video with a license plate number that's legible, keep dreaming--even large signs can be hard to read. Though the tiny 4 GB microSD card can be replaced with up to a 64 GB (why not 128, Garmin?), you can't turn up the bitrate. You're gaining more recording time, and that's all. There's no option to use the extra space to get the same amount of video in a worthwhile quality. You get what you get, period.

Keeping The Dash Cam

trclac wrote:

Preroll:

Just FYI, this is from an Amazon reviewer:

Still, if you're considering the nuviCam, you're probably after it for the "cam." That's the real point, isn't it? Unfortunately, the camera--or more accurately, the video it produces--is my largeset complaint with the unit. Footage can be 1080p, as promised, but the bitrate at which it's recorded is absolutely abysmal. If you're dreaming of having a video with a license plate number that's legible, keep dreaming--even large signs can be hard to read. Though the tiny 4 GB microSD card can be replaced with up to a 64 GB (why not 128, Garmin?), you can't turn up the bitrate. You're gaining more recording time, and that's all. There's no option to use the extra space to get the same amount of video in a worthwhile quality. You get what you get, period.

The whole idea here was to eliminate using two devices at once but if the video quality is that poor, then I'm going to keep the Dash Cam. With image sensors improving in smartphones these days, one would think this would be an easy integration for Garmin to implement but it seems they have cut corners on this one.

Anyway, if you do in fact find the method of switching from 720 to 1080, I'd still be interested.

Thanks again!

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Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

Resolution

Preroll wrote:
trclac wrote:

Preroll:

Just FYI, this is from an Amazon reviewer:

Still, if you're considering the nuviCam, you're probably after it for the "cam." That's the real point, isn't it? Unfortunately, the camera--or more accurately, the video it produces--is my largeset complaint with the unit. Footage can be 1080p, as promised, but the bitrate at which it's recorded is absolutely abysmal. If you're dreaming of having a video with a license plate number that's legible, keep dreaming--even large signs can be hard to read. Though the tiny 4 GB microSD card can be replaced with up to a 64 GB (why not 128, Garmin?), you can't turn up the bitrate. You're gaining more recording time, and that's all. There's no option to use the extra space to get the same amount of video in a worthwhile quality. You get what you get, period.

The whole idea here was to eliminate using two devices at once but if the video quality is that poor, then I'm going to keep the Dash Cam. With image sensors improving in smartphones these days, one would think this would be an easy integration for Garmin to implement but it seems they have cut corners on this one.

Anyway, if you do in fact find the method of switching from 720 to 1080, I'd still be interested.

Thanks again!

I did find it. It's under Settings/Dash Cam/Video Resolution, and then you choose from 720 or 1080.

resolution

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Great!

trclac wrote:
Preroll wrote:
trclac wrote:

Preroll:

Just FYI, this is from an Amazon reviewer:

Still, if you're considering the nuviCam, you're probably after it for the "cam." That's the real point, isn't it? Unfortunately, the camera--or more accurately, the video it produces--is my largeset complaint with the unit. Footage can be 1080p, as promised, but the bitrate at which it's recorded is absolutely abysmal. If you're dreaming of having a video with a license plate number that's legible, keep dreaming--even large signs can be hard to read. Though the tiny 4 GB microSD card can be replaced with up to a 64 GB (why not 128, Garmin?), you can't turn up the bitrate. You're gaining more recording time, and that's all. There's no option to use the extra space to get the same amount of video in a worthwhile quality. You get what you get, period.

The whole idea here was to eliminate using two devices at once but if the video quality is that poor, then I'm going to keep the Dash Cam. With image sensors improving in smartphones these days, one would think this would be an easy integration for Garmin to implement but it seems they have cut corners on this one.

Anyway, if you do in fact find the method of switching from 720 to 1080, I'd still be interested.

Thanks again!

I did find it. It's under Settings/Dash Cam/Video Resolution, and then you choose from 720 or 1080.

Thanks again!

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Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

No Custom POI's?

I read on GPS City that custom POI's dont'seem to work. Wondering if this is true.

http://www.gpscity.com/questions?qid=50876

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Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

Why is he putting POI folder in the Garmin Folder?

The guy in your link states this:

Quote:

Is there some sort of new POI uploader for this. I could not get it work. I had to save the GPI files to my hard drive, create a POI directory under Garmin then paste them over manually.

I wonder if he doesn't realize that on the newer devices POILoader puts the POI folder at the root level.

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Given the timing...Time Zone map 16?

Preroll wrote:

I read on GPS City that custom POI's dont'seem to work. Wondering if this is true.

http://www.gpscity.com/questions?qid=50876

Given the description and timing of the problem, my first guess is that the device has the 16.00 Time Zone map which renders all Garmin software incompatible with a GPS with 16.00. If so, the answer is to update to the new 16.02 time zone map so that POI Loader will recognize the device.

Keep up the pressure

Good to see you are not shying away from telling garmin what they need to hear. Let's hope they listen and respond positively.

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Yeah

No custom POIs would be a huge deal breaker for me.

and

rthibodaux wrote:

I didn't know it was out. I have checked Best Buy and Fry's and they didn't know about this Nuvicam. Where do you buy it?

Your surprised Best Buy and Fry's didn't know about this device?

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No need to worry about

No need to worry about resolution. As a dashcam, 480 will do just a good job as 1080, you won't be able to read plate number 10 feet out either way.

4K someday, maybe.

Dashcam

That's on my wishlist. I just had a car accident and would have liked to have it to show the other driver was at fault.

Nuvicam custom map

I have bought Nuvicam two weeks back. but I am not able to get working for custom unlocked gmapprom or gampsupp maps.

Also I have tried to upload maps through mapsource and basecamp which is unlocked. still not working!!!. tried to copy the file in system folder, garmin folder and map folder, all are showing same error. " Unlocked maps"

anybody have same problem

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leelak7 wrote:

I have bought Nuvicam two weeks back. but I am not able to get working for custom unlocked gmapprom or gampsupp maps.

Unless I'm missing something, you don't use "custom unlocked" maps on your unit. You use locked maps from Garmin which are unlocked for your particular unit using the proper, legal procedure.

leelak7 wrote:

Also I have tried to upload maps through mapsource and basecamp which is unlocked. still not working!!!. tried to copy the file in system folder, garmin folder and map folder, all are showing same error. " Unlocked maps"

Shouldn't the error displayed be "Locked maps"?

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i picked one up last week.

i picked one up last week. so far all my maps worked just fine with basecamp. custom maps Ive downloaded for a trip coming up worked fine to for Moab Utah with off road trails.
Unit is fine but I dont like that the camera is on the far left so to mount it the only legal place on the windshield in California is also far left and turning the camera to center it puts the mount in the picture. I fixed by putting the mount sideways and extending the camera to the left. Memory card only seems to do video on the red slotted card. The one real gripe I have is I wanted to use it as a dash cam for jeeping and while I can turn off the time date and position imfo on the video I cant turn off the "GARMIN" superimposed on every video I make! thats a deal breaker. tired of Corporate America in every aspect of my life. I bought it. Why am I still seeing an ad? I havent decided yet if Im going to take it back because it is a great unit. Ill just have to chop the bottom off any vid I want when I stitch them together.

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Yes, can not unlock the map

Yes, can not unlock the map

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DorkusNimrod wrote:
leelak7 wrote:

I have bought Nuvicam two weeks back. but I am not able to get working for custom unlocked gmapprom or gampsupp maps.

Unless I'm missing something, you don't use "custom unlocked" maps on your unit. You use locked maps from Garmin which are unlocked for your particular unit using the proper, legal procedure.

leelak7 wrote:

Also I have tried to upload maps through mapsource and basecamp which is unlocked. still not working!!!. tried to copy the file in system folder, garmin folder and map folder, all are showing same error. " Unlocked maps"

Shouldn't the error displayed be "Locked maps"?

leelak7 wrote:

Yes, can not unlock the map

Did you even READ my post? I'll repeat exactly what I posted from above just in case you need double verification or have lost the ability to scroll...heck, I'll even bold it for you as well:

DorkusNimrod wrote:

Unless I'm missing something, you don't use "custom unlocked" maps on your unit. You use locked maps from Garmin which are unlocked for your particular unit using the proper, legal procedure.

If you need further assistance, contact the website that you got those "custom unlocked" maps from. I doubt anyone here will help, nor even want to help you any further. I certainly won't.

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Any good review of this new

Any good review of this new unit in our forums? I see few reviews on Amazon but not much on POI-factory.

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hmmmmm

Juggernaut wrote:

Start the vehicle, and let it warm up for the length of time the nuvi goes to screen. Your engine will love you for it.

As an aside, women need to be warmed up as well. Just in case you've forgotten... wink

Does it take a similar amount of time to warm up a woman?

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Women take anywhere from

Women take anywhere from about 1 minute up to never, to warm up.

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This

^^^

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Garmin Dash Cam: A Better Companion for the Road Ahead

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Have seen some bad reviews online

Bit rate any higher at 720 setting?

Does anyone know if the bitrate and therefore the video quality is any better at 720 then at 1080 ?

Can you leave the Nuvicam on battery so that it can be on quick

I use Garmin for my job as I have to inspect homes. I have a 6 in garmin with a dashboard friction mount. It works well so far as the 6 in with bigger keyboard help in inputting the address and also is easier on the eyes ( as I get older) from about 3 ft away.
I am interested in the new nuvicam for its vision feature (showing the house picture as one gets close to the destination). My questions to those who have bought this are:

1. Where does the garmin nuvicam, pick up the photo of the house ? Does it require an internet access via your smartphone ?

2. On the slow start up (30 sec to 1 min) that is quite slow and border on unacceptable. Can you eliminate the slow start up by keep the unit power on BATTERY, when you turn off the car. Several minutes later, you restart the car. Is that a reasonable technique to eliminate the slow start up ? Can you test that with your current nuvicam?

THanks

NuviCam Battery.

If by BATTERY you are referring to the Nuvi's internal one, this will only maintain the unit for a matter of minutes not hours.

nguyen2574 wrote: I use

nguyen2574 wrote:

I use Garmin for my job as I have to inspect homes. I have a 6 in garmin with a dashboard friction mount. It works well so far as the 6 in with bigger keyboard help in inputting the address and also is easier on the eyes ( as I get older) from about 3 ft away.
I am interested in the new nuvicam for its vision feature (showing the house picture as one gets close to the destination). My questions to those who have bought this are:

1. Where does the garmin nuvicam, pick up the photo of the house ? Does it require an internet access via your smartphone ?

2. On the slow start up (30 sec to 1 min) that is quite slow and border on unacceptable. Can you eliminate the slow start up by keep the unit power on BATTERY, when you turn off the car. Several minutes later, you restart the car. Is that a reasonable technique to eliminate the slow start up ? Can you test that with your current nuvicam?

THanks

I think Nuvicam star showing street view when you are about 200 feet away from your destination. It does not really show picture of the house (your destination) but enables the dashcam view on hte screen with an arrow pointing towards your destination.

Secondly, I don't find it slow at start up. I find it as fast as my nuvi 3597 is.

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nguyen2574 wrote:I use

nguyen2574 wrote:

I use Garmin for my job as I have to inspect homes. I have a 6 in garmin with a dashboard friction mount. It works well so far as the 6 in with bigger keyboard help in inputting the address and also is easier on the eyes ( as I get older) from about 3 ft away.
I am interested in the new nuvicam for its vision feature (showing the house picture as one gets close to the destination). My questions to those who have bought this are:

1. Where does the garmin nuvicam, pick up the photo of the house ? Does it require an internet access via your smartphone ?

2. On the slow start up (30 sec to 1 min) that is quite slow and border on unacceptable. Can you eliminate the slow start up by keep the unit power on BATTERY, when you turn off the car. Several minutes later, you restart the car. Is that a reasonable technique to eliminate the slow start up ? Can you test that with your current nuvicam?

THanks

I think Nuvicam start showing street view when you are about 200 feet away from your destination. It does not really show picture of the house (your destination) but enables the dashcam view on hte screen with an arrow pointing towards your destination.

Secondly, I don't find it slow at start up. I find it as fast as my nuvi 3597 is.

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