I just got an email about the new 7" Garmin with a DriveCam and Navigation functions. $449.99 seems steep. Are there any takers?
I added the three new models to our Garmin Release Date History FAQ.
$450 actually seems somewhat reasonable for a device with a 7-inch screen and a camera. Having said that, cameras have been required in US cars since May of 2018, so just how much of a market will there be based on that feature?
First I've heard of that, true dash cams, or back up cameras?
ETA: it's back up cameras, aka rear proximity cameras, not dash cams as I suspected. Since the Drivecam 76 is a forward facing dash cam there's still a market for those.
Oops, my bad. I was referring to back up cameras and the DC76 is a dash cam. But it won't be long, or perhaps it is already here, that we can extract the same information from the 360° systems in the newest cars. The cars listed below currently offer a full view around the vehicle which is acquired from multiple cameras, one of which faces forward.
Audi: Top view camera system with Virtual 360 View
BMW: Surround View With 3D View
Chevrolet: Surround Vision
Ford: 360-Degree Camera
Hyundai: Surround View Monitor
Infiniti: Around View Monitor
Kia: Surround View Monitor
Land Rover: 360-Degree Parking Aid; ClearView
Mazda: 360-Degree View Monitor
Mercedes-Benz: Surround View System
Nissan: Around View Monitor
Toyota: Bird's Eye View Camera
Volkswagen: Overhead View Camera (Area View)
Volvo: 360-Degree Surround View
I don't believe any of those allow saving/capturing video. They are there "on the highest trim levels only" as driving aids.
I would not be surprised to see the retention of video, perhaps for a limited recording time in the future. I have a 2022 Acura RDX and it has a USB port that can be read by the audio system. On a small SSD, about the size of a peanut, I have about 600 CD's burned to a 256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 drive that cost about $20. I could envision something similar where the video feed is written to such a drive on a continual basis, constantly overwriting the oldest data.
That's one expensive dashcam.
I don't know if other models save video, but Teslas must, at least to some limited extent. There was a local news story a few months ago about some jacka$$ that was walking through a parking lot, keying cars. Unfortunately he chose a Tesla to drag his key along the passenger door, and the cops retrieved video from what looked like the side view camera on the side mirror. Caught the idiot in the act and quickly busted him.
That's one expensive dashcam.
7" GPS Navigator with Built-in Dash Cam
I would have a problem finding an acceptable mounting position for a 7" GPS with a built in dash cam. If I had a dash cam, I think I would like the camera to be separate from the display. It might be OK in a RV or truck with a tall windshield, but I don't think I could find a decent place to mount in in my Kia sedan.
None of the GPS mounting locations in any of my vehicles have a clear view of the road ahead.
Many Garmin units have A/V input jacks which I've used in the past with backup cameras. There is no provision for recording though, so they are of little use for dash cams.
So far it's only for sale at Garmin and a couple of lessor known sites like Kohls and a couple of places I've never heard of. I wonder if it will be for sale at places like Bestbuy and Amazon.
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