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Garmin - Dash Cam™ 45 Full HD - Black

Model: 010-01750-00SKU: 5791502

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 495 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera, but could use App/WiFi improvements

    Posted
    Shep4523
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased this dash cam a few days ago and I can honestly say I’m impressed. Video resolution is decent (HD, but not 4K) and it does record audio as well. You are able to turn the audio recording off. It comes with a 4GB micro SD card but I recommend getting a larger one to keep the camera from deleting the oldest videos to a minimum. It can accept up to 64 GB micro SD card. It has a magnetic mount to your windshield, not the standard suction cup mount. It stays in place over speed bumps and potholes well. The camera also has lane drifting warnings and forward collision warnings, as well as traffic moving ahead warnings (to tell you to “GO!”). All warnings have a beeping noise and a notice on the lcd display. It also can alert you to stop lights and speed cameras on your route (but to keep that updated, you will need to purchase a recurring monthly payment plan). It does record in either 1080p or 720p at 30fps. The camera works well and does what it is designed to do. It does not have voice activation. You can use the VIRB app to download video clips right to your phone or tablet, but the app is spartan when it comes to editing features. You can put a title on your clip and other comments, but not really much else. The WiFi works well with your smartphone, but viewing videos on it through the app (before you download them to your phone) is slow, and buffers a lot. You will need to connect your phone to the camera WiFi every time you want to use the app. It will not record and allow you to view or download videos unless you are connected to your 12v adapter or usb connection to a laptop (you can’t use the USB cord in a USB power outlet and connect to the phone. It has to be on the 12V power, or you have to remove the SDcard and plug it into a laptop or computer). You also can’t move away from the app when it is downloading a video to your phone. Overall, very nice camera. I really like the design and small form factor. I am disappointed that you cannot use the parking feature without purchasing a separate wiring harness for $35. However, do you really want to take a chance of leaving this relatively expensive camera in your parked car exposed and unattended? I recommend this camera as a good middle of the road dash cam. It does what it says it will do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Save me from False Witness!!!!

    Posted
    Rocel
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this dash cam sometime January of this year. I had an accident last month September 2018 that totaled my car. I was on my right of way "ALL GREEN" when the lady driver cut me and turned left. Cops came after the accident and an apparent witness came to the rescue of the 89 year old woman driver saying that It was my fault that I crossed a red light. I was sure and 100% confident that I did not beat the red light but became unsure when this false witness came. After reviewing the video, it captured the whole accident and showed that I was on GREEN when crossing the intersection and even after the accident, the camera was clinging the GREEN light was still on. I showed this as evidence to the insurance company of the other party and after them reviewing it immediately decided in favor of my case. They did not ask for my verbal testimony as the Garmin Dash Cam served as my WITNESS AND MY TESTIMONY. I highly recommend and I will strongly advocate for all drivers to have DASH CAM in their car. Not only it will tell the truth, it can help when you witness an accident, just press the record button and it will record the last 3 minutes i believe. Likewise if you are wrongly ticketed by COPS, bring it to the court to help you dismiss your case. I am a believer of DASH CAM specially when the accident happened to me and a FALSE witness came to help the guilty party. Thank you Garmin for a great little device

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent All-Around Dash Cam

    Posted
    Mark
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    I just purchased this dash cam after several hours of research to replace my current camera of another brand, which I was very unhappy with. I live in New York City and park in a parking garage, so don’t use my car every day. I found that the battery in my old camera kept losing its charge, which reset the time and date back to factory settings, requiring me to always need to set the proper date/time. The most important criteria for me was to find a camera that would retain the accurate date/time, in addition to allowing me to disable the speed reporting stamp on the video, as I can’t see how that would do anything but work against me in a legal defense. This camera allows that, while at the same time being able to retain the GPS location stamp. Plus, the calendar and clock use GPS to keep the time current, so I don’t need to worry about the battery losing charge. Perfect!! This camera works great, and is much smaller than I thought it would be. Another plus! It doesn’t have as much of a wide angle view as others, so if you’re looking for that, I recommend the Garmin 65W. The camera adheres to the windshield using a separate metal disk, about the size of a penny, that has an adhesive back, and the camera arm connects to that via a magnet. Very easy to take the camera off and move to other cars, without having to worry about using an annoying suction cup that always fails. Be sure to double check the position of the camera through its screen before you mount the metal disk, because it’s practically impossible to pull it off once it’s on the windshield. I’m MUCH happier with this camera. Highly recommend!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin 45 Dash Cam

    Posted
    HikerBob
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    5 Stars: Ease of operation, basically plug and play. 1080P Video quality is Excellent. Small size is very unobtrusive when mounted on windshield. Audio quality is also very good. All videos are automatically labeled with date/time, lat/long and vehicle speed, which was a big plus for me. The dash cam came with a 8Gb microSD card but I replaced it with a 64Gb microSD for greater storage capacity. Dash Cam comes with cigarette power cable which was easy to route along my car's headliner. I have ordered the "hard wired" power cable, so I can utilize the cam's "parking mode" feature, which requires the cam to be hard wired. I recommend doing the same, otherwise the Dash Cam will only record video while the ignition is on. I also purchased a 37mm Circular Polaroid Lens (CPL) filter and 28-37mm adapter mount that fitted over the dash cam's lens to cut down on early morning/late afternoon windshield glare (see second attached photo). For total hands-free operation, go with the Garmin 55 Dash Cam. A little more expensive, the same size as the 45 but with voice recognition vs manual buttons

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    Posted
    TW74
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    Has pretty good image quality and connects to the mobile app or computer just fine. Make sure you set it up first and set the loop option or it will just run out of space. I would recommend the 64gb micro SD card for it instead of the one it comes with because you will want more storage. What i like is the Time Lapse mode. Its just fun to place with. And yes it still records video and incidents while you are in timelapse mode (as i have found out buy trying it out). Image quality is better than my Car&Driver 1 Eye Pro (in my opinion) and feels to be more of a solid unit. The only cons i have are the mount. (But not big cons) You get one plate and 2 mounting adhesive pads. If you live in a place, or drive anywhere, that causes you to get a few windshields a year i would either one MOVE or invest in buying more adhesive pads from Garmin. (option 1 would probably be best) BUT if you are not in that type of place then it is AWESOME! Device is easy to use, intuitive, and you can turn things off/on may settings that you don't want as part of the recording. It records sounds (and my terrible commentaries/outbursts ;) while i am driving - but that too can be turned off) All in all great little unit i actually purchase two and put one in each of my vehicles (you can name the unit)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All around great dashcam worth the price

    Posted
    halfricanguy
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    This is my first dashcam and definitely one I'll be keeping for a while. Mine is located just to the left of the rear view mirror. Know that you can't just open it up and start recording; the mount is magnetic based (which is good, you can remove it from sight when you need to, or between cars) but you'll need to position the mount on the windshield and let it rest for 24 hours before use. During this time, you can be updating the firmware and learning the functionality. Records video and sound well (a little too well, I can hear my awful voice crystal clear while singing to music haha). Picture at night is surprisingly better than I thought, and it can generally see what you can. Have had no deal-breaking issues such as overheating. As for the three gimmicky features; Lane Departure and Forward Collision alerts work better than I imagined, even at night. For lane departure warnings to work, the line must be solid white/yellow, so it won't alert you if you're floating into another actual lane. "Traffic is moving" warning on the other hand is finnicky and alerts me after I've already began moving with the traffic. I'll have to adjust the sensitivity levels a bit. I would NOT rely on any of these three because they are not always accurate, and on occasion will either falsely alert you or not alert you at all. Otherwise a great dashcam!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy so far after about a month

    Posted
    TryAir2day
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    I wasn't sure if I would like this dash cam at first since it didn't have a suction mount, but it has grown on me. The camera mounts to the winshield via a magnetic disc with tape on one side. Once you let it set for 24 hours you can attach the mount and camera to the windshield. In the box I got there was a extra magnetic disc that I could put into another car if I wanted too since its a magnetic mount all you have to do is pull the camera mount off the windshield and move it to rhe other car. (The magnetic disc stays on the windshield) I currently have the Thinkware H50 too, but I like this one better. The plus for this dash cam are: built-in Wi-Fi, portable (up to two cars) built-in screen, warning sounds (follow to close, crossing a white line, and traffic is moving) there is a feature for traffic lights, but I don't have it active, long power cord, small in size, a short cord ro transfer videos or pictures to your computer if you don't have a smartphone and a app (download videos and pictures to your smartphone) The negatives: limited portability, (only 2 magnetic disc), small include microsd card, gets hot after long use, and the Wi-Fi (sometimes it's slow to connect and view videos via the app). There is one other thing. I have read about it overheating and shutting off, but so far my has not shut off do to over heating. The screen does shut off after a minute when first starting up, but it still is recording. So far I'm happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great dash cam!

    Posted
    raqball
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I did a lot of research into dash cams before purchasing this. Some reviews mention the unit overheats and this was solved via a firmware update a while back. The camera works great and records in 1080p. I also purchased the parking cable so I can record while parked and it was easy to install (3 wires). Parking mode saves video when motion close to the car is detected or it senses an impact. Many of the Chinese dash cams have no support whatsoever after the sale, Garmin is a phone call away and they do support their products well. I called them to inquire about getting extra 3M pads for my mount and they sent me 2 complete mounting kits for free since they didn't offer the pads separately. Overall very happy with the Garmin Dash Cam 45. I went with it over the 55 because I do not need nor want voice commands and 1080p @ 30FPS is fine for me, I read a review here when the poster complained about battery life........... I hope that reviewer understands that any dash cam is intended to be plugged in via the included cigarette lighter power cable or hardwired to the vehicle. At any rate, this is a fantastic camera and at a decent price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well-rounded dash camera

    Posted
    Eastvaler
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    Pay the extra money for a well known name brand. For the safety and security of your car, insurance and peace of mind, a $150 investment will avoid buyer's remorse with regards to a cheaper $50-$100 dash cam. I bought one for my first car, tried it out for a month and it worked superb, got a 2nd unit for my other car. The unit comes with all you need to get going. Set up is really easy, only difficult part at first is to figure out where you can run with wire along the roof, doors, floor and eventually to your 12V auxiliary power outlet. It has multiple safety features such has lane departure and collision alert. I have turned all them off as sometimes the alerts become a nuisance. Camera records well at night and day. I got a 32GB memory card and that's more than enough memory, the system is set so that when it's full it will write over the oldest file. File transfer to your phone is easy via wifi and the Garmin app. The files are viewed in one minute increments. I find that a little strange but still within reason. According to Garmin, keep the camera updated. It should not overheat when it gets hot outside. There's an auto-shutoff feature but it's not yet spring and the weather around here doesn't get that hot. I've found no cons for this dash cam yet. Hopefully it brings years of service without issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Dash Camera

    Posted
    Butterfly
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    Well designed and low-key. Easy to set up. Info shown on playback video includes date, time, GPS location (accurate longitude and latitude), and driving speed; users can choose which data to be included. It also records audio, again users can choose to turn it on or off. Pictures can be taken anytime during video recording, and it comes with a function of creating time-lapse videos. Picture quality is 1080P, good enough for personal use. Have been using it for about 10 trips so far, the average memory card usage is 4.3 GB per hour of recording. It comes with a 8-GB memory card, need to replace it with 32- or 64-GB cards for longer trips. It can accept up to 64 GB micro SD card. Data transfer to computer via cable is easy, or users can use its App to download saved videos to smart phones. The camera itself sends out Wifi signals, and the signal strength is displayed on screen as you drive around. Overall, it is a great dash camera for personal use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Have two, one for each car. Happy with them

    Posted
    DEC1981
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Set up was a real pain as I had to get the instructions online and the firmware updates can only be done via the download able app. We don't have smartphones and my tablet needs a wifi hot spot. Fortunately there is an xfinity hot spot I can pick up outside as our inside wifi doesn't go that far . I had to update both as they immediately overheated but not since the update. Dramatic improvement over the basic Uniden cameras we had. We can now actually read licence plates and video at night looks just like what I see with my eyes. Only negatives are no zoom capability and streaming to my tablet gets an error that the resolution is too high. I don't wish to use the lower resolution so I just pop the memory card out and into my laptop. I love the red light camera warning as well as the lane departure, traffic moving and proximity alerts. In addition to these two cameras I also picked up a Garmin drive 51 GPS. I'll be using this as Ford is discontinuing SYNC SERVICES.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

    Posted
    jimmydw
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    I bought one of these before going on a big trip to Yellowstone for vacation this summer. We would have totally missed getting a photo of a Black Bear if it was not for this camera. By the time we could stop and park, and get the camera, the bear was already gone into the woods. We have some GREAT photos from the dashcam videos, we were able to get some great still shots from the video from this camera. Well worth the money. It also helped as being a witness to an accident that I was not involved with. I was able to provide video to show who was at fault, the person ran the stop light causing the accident of course denied running the red light. This saved an innocent driver from being blamed for this accident or having to settle for 1/2 of the fault since it could not be determined any other way. The video PROVED who ran the light. Now I have a Garmin Dashcam in all 3 vehicles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small is good

    Posted
    Noreaster
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    This Dash Cam is so small you forget it is there. I had mine installed just to the right of my windshield mirror. The software and the IPhone app function well. I was initially not pleased with all of the beeping from the lane departure, car in front motion after stop, and collision avoidance warning. My car has lane departure and active collision avoidance so the camera was duplicative and a bit annoying. But these features were easy to program out of the cam. The cam has 4 control/programming buttons. Since the cam is so small, the buttons are tiny. They take a little time to get used to. Installation, if you want the cam hardwired, seems to be a little complex. I had mine done by Geek Squad for very little money. Well worth it. To hard wire so that the cam will record if it sees motion when parked, requires a special cable. Overall a great camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Ride Security

    Posted
    Majnoona
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    After having been in an auto accident and the crash report did not quite reflect what really happened, I knew I needed a good dash-cam. I looked through several brands and models with the Best Buy employee. This one was, and still is, the best one for the money. Clear pictures, clear video and very clear audio. All of these can be adjusted. If you don't want it to record any audio you can turn that feature off. The view at night is very clear. There are other features in case you have an older car... of which you can also turn off if you have a newer car. It has lane departure warning, too close to an object warning, warning you to brake, etc. Plus, it is very small and discrete. I put mine on the top left corner of my windshield. Unless you look directly at the windshield, you cannot see it from other directions. It is clearly visible from inside the car, but still small.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Far I like it

    Posted
    Dustty
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    I have only had the camera for 2 or 3 weeks, but am happy with it so far. I purchased a larger memory card as the included one is only 8GB if I remember correctly. I put the sd card included in my Garmin GPS I use in the truck, so no waste now. I have looked at a few of the early recordings, and I am pleased. They are clear recordings that are easy to view and show good detail. The alerts for traffic cameras, lane assist, and vehicle accident detection are useful and can be adjusted in the settings if personally found to be annoying. Best Buy gave me a price adjustment of $30 for the Black Friday sales. I do like Best Buy service as they are very accomodating to do the right thing. All around I'm very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Paid for itself

    Posted
    Alan
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    Within a month of purchasing this camera I had a driver come into my lane and hit my front fender with her back fender. She was crying and admitted fault. She didn’t have her insurance paperwork which would be an additional citation. I decided to be nice and not call the police. I got her license and phone number and we went on our way. After she texted her insurance info I made a claim. They said she claimed I hit her in an intersection. So I sent them the video as well as an earlier photo of her on her phone while driving. They settled at that point, hope she gets dropped! Lesson is “no more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m calling the police” and showing the police the video.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Has features I didn't expect

    Posted
    Rayne
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    This dashcam is great! When driving if it detects an accident, it automatically records the last three minutes leading up to the crash. You can also snapshot with a single click. It tells you when you are departing your lane, when you're getting too close to the car in front of you, and when your at a light, it will tell you when the cars in front of you start moving, just in case you're not fully paying attention. overall I'm very pleased with the purchase of this device, it performs above any expectations I had. The only issue I see with it, is that they should make a suction cup mount for it. Once you mount it somewhere you can't move the mount, it's a magnet with double sided 3M tape.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    Jose
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    As a truck driver I need it one not just for security but to show my friends back home some stuff. Works great, records for 3:00 maybe more in the settings don't know since I haven't read the manual. Picture quality is HD very clear, easy to upload to your phone [android] and share online, only thing I didn't like was the 4GB MicroSD card as it gets full quick but I bought a 64GB I think so now it holds way more without overwritten some videos. Has the capability of record while parked [vehicle off] but you have to buy the Ifema required separately, overall awesome dashcam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but powerful

    Posted
    Chaz
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    Works great. It's so small that I haven't even noticed it on my window from the outside. I love the warning you get when you cross the solid line on the highway, as well as the warning you get when you're driving too close to a vehicle. I was at a red light last week and I was tuning my radio. The light turned green and traffic started to flow. I didn't realize it until the garmin dash cam sent a message with a beep telling me that traffic was flowing. That was unexpected. Love this garmin 45 dash cam. 2 thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased overall.

    Posted
    DEC1981
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    Had two of these, one for each car for 90 days now. Only a couple of issues. I have the VIBR app downloaded to my phone and even at 720p video won't play. I only see a circle spinning. Also one camera stopped working today. It would not power on. It worked when not plugged into the adapter and worked when hooked up to the computer but the moment I put plugged it in it stopped working. troubleshooting by phone trying to update did not solve the problem. Fortunately Best Buy made an exception and exchanged it for me. I love the camera itself, that's why I have one in each car.

    I would recommend this to a friend