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Garmin - DriveAssist 51 LMT-S 5" GPS with Built-In Camera and Bluetooth, Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 334 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tons of Features

    Posted
    EdInFL
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    I bought the Garmin - DriveAssist 51 LMT-S 5" GPS primarily because it had two features/capabilities that I was seeking: trip planning and an integral dash camera. I need to visit a number of locations throughout my county every so often and I have a limited amount of time to do so. Previously, I had to locate each address on a map and, after plotting them all, figure out the most efficient order for my route to avoid backtracking and wasted time. That was time-consuming and frustrating. The trip organization function allows me to enter addresses at random and then, with a push of a key, put them into the most efficient order for me to visit. YEA!! The high-definition dash camera was something I’d been wanting. It also provides a certain amount of security by automatically saving imagery in the event of an accident/sudden stop. This is a good feature. Other key features are Forward Proximity warning; lane departure warning; changes in speed limit; and “traffic is moving” alert (so you know when the backed up traffic in front of you finally starts moving because you were killing time doing something else in the car). An nice optional add-on is Garmin’s rear view camera (which must be purchased separately). NOTE: You will have to add a micro SD card for additional map and data storage as none is provided. A 4 GB micro SD card is supplied for the dash camera but I recommend you also replace the provided 4 GB video micro SD card with a larger capacity micro SD card to hold more video. (Make sure you get a card that supports video and not a slow data card.) This GPS device accepts micro SD cards between 4 GB and 64 GB. The higher capacity cards provide more storage for your money. It’s going to take you a while to get familiar with all of the features of this GPS (there are many) so be patient. Unless you live in/visit the “big city” there are a number of features you won’t use but that’s OK with me. I also strongly recommend you purchase a carrying case (none is provided) and be sure it protects the camera lens. You’ll also want to buy an AC power adapter so you can charge it and/or load trip information without being in your car. I bought my case and AC adapter from Garmin’s web site because I couldn’t find them at my Best Buy. Also, if you already own another Garmin GPS, you can transfer your favorites to the new GPS via the My Garmin web site. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Painful, Awful Product

    Posted
    Wayne
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have been a faithful Garmin user for more than a decade, and this unit has caused me nothing but pain and frustration. 1. Voice Recognition - I work for a radio station and enunciate for a living. It gets it right about 5% of the time. It is awful. And if it weren't so frustrating the "guesses" it gives for locations is absurd. 2. Camera - The camera downloads movies through the Virb app. The controls are not intuitive. And you have to use the Garmin Virb app to view videos. It has great difficulty commuicating with the GPS unit, and like everything else with this unit, it takes several steps and tight choreography to get it to work. I was cut off in traffic yesterday and I have been trying for three hours to find the spot in the video but it just does not work. It only lets me download two minutes at a time, and the slider bar that one would normally use to locate video does not work. It keeps snapping back to the starting point. 3. Traffic. Unlike past models, you have to pair this with your phone EVERY TIME you get in the car. Yet another "add one more step to make it difficult to use," concept. And it often has trouble pairing. 4. The problems with this very expensive machine go on and on. If it did what it promised, it would be an excellent machine. But I get the feeling it was slapped together by people who never have and never will use this in traffic. This is probably my seventh Garmin GPS unit and is the only one I wish I could just throw away, but I have invested too much money in it. Instead, it sits attached to my windshield reminding me of broken promises and the money I wasted on it. Oh, and it eats up memory cards - and does not read them well. My unit and the VIRB app continue to remind me I have no card in the slot. It is brand new and I have used it about a month. After about three or five reboots it magically reads the card and realizes there are saved images on it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A downgrade in screen, mount, traffic

    Posted
    Wayne

    Waited two years to upgrade to GPS with integrated camera. If I was not passed the return date, I would return this unit. I have spent $100 trying to work around the following issues. The screen is so reflective all I see is my knuckles and the steering wheel even on the brightest screen setting if facing towards the sun OR bright light coming in the side windows, no matter where I put the unit. None of the high-contrast map display options even come close to the Garmin I replaced, they are all muted and poorly back lit. The camera is placed directly in the center mount line of sight so on my third purchase to get it mounted to avoid blocking the camera which only has horizontal adjustments (no vertical) so your dash positions are severely limited especially in a pickup. The power cord assumes you will dismount the whole unit using the suction lever, instead of a positive base seat and top snap in clip like my previous Garmin, the clip provided has no positive position snap to mount or dismount, there's this un-intuitive squeeze or press or whatever I have still not figured out, that requires remounting the unit, getting the cord out of the way, then re-calibrating the camera forward position. And NO, a new traffic sensing power cable won't fix the mount design issues unless you just capitulate to these really disappointing design deficiencies. And yes, I am a high usage Garmin fan, but not for this unit. The only reason I know I finally got an integrated camera is because the unit asks me to re-center the camera every time I mount the unit. Yea, right. The engineering design assumptions obviously did not take place behind the wheel of a vehicle, particularly a F150 or similar type dash and windshield.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good GPS, if it Works...

    Posted
    DigitalFate
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    The initial unit I bought did not have the (working) bluetooth functionality that it was supposed to. After about of week of emails back and forth with Garmin support, trying everything they recommended and could think of, sending screen shots, and shaving a good eight to ten months off of my life expectancy, they recommended that I return to Best Buy and exchange it. Or, they would issue an RA and replace it directly. I was concerned about the exchange, because I was past the 15 day return/exchange window, but Best Buy exchanged the unit without any issues. Of course the box the NEW unit was in was damaged, so my angst grew, but it was the only one they had. Thank all that's good and Holy, the new unit worked as intended out of the box. While I appreciate the help from Garmin and Best Buy, the first unit I bought should not have passed initial QA before going out the door. I bought it for an eight day road trip, and it did not function correctly during that trip. Add another ten days post trip trying to resolve the issue(s), and ended up having to exchange. It was a disappointment and hassle. I spent well over 14 hours combined trying to resolve the issues (hard resets, complete software/map reloads, email correspondence, screen shots, photos, and phone calls) for which I will not be reimbursed. So, in that sense, it was totally NOT worth it. Would have returned unit if I could have, but Best Buy's return policies are the worst in the industry if you are not an Elite or better member. In summary, I like the working unit; but, will forever lament and pine over the time I spent messing with the first, defective one. Would I buy again, knowing what I know? Maybe not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Painful

    Posted
    Techguy
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    I will give the most honest review I can . I own several Garmin and TomTom GPS receivers and this is as accurate as I can make it . Voice recognition on this GPS is painfully bad. The simplest requests would return the most bizarre reply . It was pure torture listening to the reply it would come up with . The second thing was it's final reminder for an exit for instance would come too late. I own several Garmin GPS receivers and they all have this problem . Within a few hours I missed several exit ramps . My TomTom that I also have several never ever caused me to miss a ramp or exit . If Garmin could combine the best features of each product it would be a good GPS . I was hoping they got it right this time , but like my other Garmin receivers , they all have this weakness.I'm sorry to say I cannot recommend it . Perhaps if you never own another GPS you wouldn't know the difference . It has features like built in dash cam that I like . But the optional rear view camera is half the price of the GPS. The only good thing I can say is it combines a dash cam and a GPS in one unit . However I was so turned off by the poor GPS operation I had to return it . I never even had time to evaluate the camera .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beyond my expectations

    Posted
    SharkFin
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    Like most people, I use my phone as my GPS, but I started to wonder what current GPS devices offered. I was an early adopter back in the 2000s, so I’ve seen these devices evolve over time. But what blows me away is the quality of the voice command and the camera system. I definitely would spend extra to buy one of these higher end devices, as it does more than give directions. It is virtually hands free, where I simply declare “Voice Command” and it turns on. The degree of accuracy has been inconsistent, but I figure it will learn over time. Surprisingly, it worked well in Hawaii, where every other letter is a vowel. As you arrive at a location, it gives a live view and points out the location for you. The interaction with your Smartphone still needs some work, but it is ultimately effective, although a little tedious because you have to turn on your app and have it connect with your GPS device. I wish the device was easier to connect and disconnect, like the magnetic connection on the DriveLuxe model. But ultimately, I went with the DriveAssist version for the camera. But I preferred the DriveLuxe ease of disconnection. The cord is somewhat awkward as well, as it is an old USB mini connector instead of micro. The unit does not hold a long charge, so you need to keep it plugged in more often than you’d want. I would buy it again, but wish I could try the DriveLuxe. The camera isn’t as important as I thought because it takes some work to turn it on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice but VERY POOR CAMERA PLACEMENT

    Posted
    allencain
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have owned many Garmin GPS units as I use them in my business. This is the first one that I have been disappointed in. The camera is placed such just BELOW the mounting socket so that it can only be used with the suction cup mount on the windshield, which typically starts to fail within a few months dropping your unit to the dash or floor. When you try to use it with one of the dash mounts all you see in the camera is the stem of the mount. Garmin offers minimal options for GPS with cameras. My last one, now in one of my business vans, has the camera mounted to the driver's side and it can be adjusted. It works fine with any of the mounts. Garmin blew it on this one and I really wish that they offered more options with cameras as with today's distracted drivers looking at their phones it is not a question of if someone will hit you but when will they. If there was another Garmin option I would take this back but it is the only one that I could find at Best Buy or on Amazon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      The mounting bracket on this model is reversible, this allows the DriveAssist to work with our portable friction mount. Garmin

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK but like Magellan better

    Posted
    RoadWarrior
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    First, Best Buy was great in honoring their extended warranty when my Magellan started having issues. However, they no longer carry Magellan in the stores (don't know why but wish they did). As my job requires 95% traveling (interstate) I took the offer of the Garmin over waiting for one to "be shipped in". On the surface they are very similar. Surface is where that ends. If I had never used a Magellan, I would be a lot happier with Garmin. Garmin assumes everything is local. The ONLY way to get a distant address is to enter the ENTIRE address including city and state. Really? My Magellan entered zip code, partial street name (it would bring up a list to choose relevant to the zip code) and building number. Also, Magellan allows choice of shortest distance, fastest times and avoidances for each trip. Garmin has these under master settings and you are stuck with what you pick for each trip unless you go through several menus to change the option. Even with GPS, I still have to determine if my equipment can fit/is allowed down streets--choosing these items per trip is VERY beneficial. Magellan seems to adapt much quicker and reroutes if I make a change. On my last trip, Garmin spent 10 miles trying to have me turn around to get back on their determined route before re-routing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS w/Camera

    Posted
    smartguy
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    Great GPS. With all the crazy drivers out there, I wanted a dash cam. This has both a GPS and dash cam in one. The screen is crisp and very clear. It was easy to set up. Connecting the device to the mounting initially took a bit but once we figured it out, it is easy to get on and off. Voice commands are easy in traffic. Camera view when arriving at destination is very helpful in trying to find a house number. When we take a different road than the route shown, it recalculates quickly WITHOUT the voice repeating "RECALCULATING" over and over - nice. Lane assist is updated and show not only generic which lanes to be in but also shows you as your diving what the various lanes do - 1 goes right as another ends, etc. Lane departure assist and forward collision warning can be a little touchy, but it's not too distracting. Like the notifications there is a school ahead, animal crossing, curve, or railroad crossing. Only wish was that it would show both arrive time and distance remaining on the screen at one time. You can choose which appears and can touch the screen to see other info at a glance. We were used to this with our previous Garmins. We've used in on several trips and will definitely keep this one

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good unit, with limitations

    Posted
    Papa
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    This unit is a good GPS unit, providing a lot of real time data while driving. I bought this unit because I wanted to tie this in with a Garmin backup camera, plus needed bluetooth for my LG phone. The back up camera worked as well as bluetooth - all the pther features were a bonus. Just one issue, and it's a big one for me - to get traffic alerts, you must either have a smartphone paired with it, or buy a separate $100 power cable that has a compatible integrated traffic receiver for this unit. The backup camera has another power cable that must be used with the GPS unit to receive the camera image, and it is not compatible for traffic either with this GPS (all statements here have been verified with Garmin tech support). This is advertised as a 'complete solution', a unit with free lifetime traffic and map updates. Not for my situation. I will use the unit for a bit and then make a decision on whether to return it or not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS

    Posted
    pikachu
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    I owned a Garmin Nuvi GPS with pressure touch previously. Incredibly durable & reliable machine. So when it came time for an upgrade, I naturally got another Garmin. I decided to splurge and get the one with a dash cam. The capacitative touch is a nice change. Just a few words of critique: -- The hearts indicating interesting places to visit can be distracting; would be nice to have an easy, intuitive way of turning that feature off. -- The dash cam allows for horizontal adjustment, not vertical. Would be nice if it allowed for vertical adjustment too, as I prefer having the GPS next to my rear view mirror & end up with too much sky on screen. Otherwise, a great purchase. Garmin products are excellent overall and I would recommend them in a heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS but Camera is Lacking

    Posted
    BigAl
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    Overall this is a great GPS with excellent features. However, since I bought it for the camera, I was disappointed when I went to mount it in my car. On my previous Garmin GPS with camera, the camera was offset to the driver side allowing the use of the dash mount. However, on this unit the camera has been moved to the centerline of the unit so that the dash mount coming up from the bottom blocks the camera. You can ONLY use the suction cup mount coming down from above. And my long term experience with the suction cup is that it loses suction no matter what I try to do allowing the GPS to fall to the dash or floor or dangle from the power cord if it is looped over the mirror as mine is. I love GARMIN but they blew it on the design of this unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Sorry for the confusion. the DriveAssist™ 51 LMT-S includes a reversible mount that allows for different mounting options, including the dash mount. Garmin

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mostly happy with my purchase

    Posted
    Jayde55
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    Garmin makes great navigation products, don't get me wrong. Garmin chose not to put the power cord with traffic receiver built in with the DriveAssist 51LMT-S, which makes you have to use your phone for traffic features. If I wanted to use my phone in this way I would have used my smartphone for navigation instead of buying a GPS. If you want the cord with the traffic receiver you will have to pay an additional $60 for the pleasure. Garmin needs to think about these things, that is one of the reasons people buy stand-alone GPS's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for your feedback. You mentioned the traffic cable options and I wanted to follow-up that the GTM 36™ and GTM 60™ cables are compatible with this GPS and for folks that have a previous Garmin GPS that came bundled with either of these cables, they will also work with this GPS. Thanks, James Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch

    Posted
    PrestigeV
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    These days it's hard to justify buying a stand alone GPS unit. But I was taking a significant road trip in my classic convertible and using my phone just wasn't convenient. Plus, if you find yourself in an area with no cell service the GPS stops working. This is not your father's GPS. It locks onto satellites almost immediately after powering on. It has virtually every feature you can think of (and a couple you never would). And it's performance was exceptional. The only real negative I found was the placement of the camera. If you use a dash mount (meaning the attachment point is below the unit) as opposed to a windshield mount the camera will be completely blocked by the mounting post. This struck me as a monumentally stupid design flaw in an otherwise remarkable device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Navigator

    Posted
    nuismer
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    I have used a GPS navigator in my car for over 20 years. This is the best one I have ever had There are still some features i haven't tried, but the ones that I have used are the best. The camera gives you very good lane departure warnings and collision avoidance. Warnings for red-light cameras, speed limit changes, and curves also. The voice command feature is easy to use and accurate. If you use the camera app, the right 1/3 of the screen will give you a easy one-tap access to save the recording and take a picture of what the camera sees. Download the VIRB app to your phone or tablet to share and edit your recordings. Download the 34 page Owners Manual (PDF) for all the features. Great Navigator.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A great idea with poor implimentation

    Posted
    Michael
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    I bought this for my new 2017 Ford Mustang. because the camera has to be pointed directly straight, without being able to adjust the camera, Glare on the screen is an issue. Another note is that if your windshield is small, then you're going to be blocking a lot of your view. this unit also threw a lot of glare on my windshield at night, so it only made matters worse. I have a proclip setup in my car, so I can mount a GPS on my dash, rather than my windshield, but the camera at this location was blocked by my dash, and the lane departure wouldn't work at this location. in the end, I had to return this, as my regular Drive 51 worked much better for the time being.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS + all the bells and whistles

    Posted
    Chris
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    I bought this GPS last week and I am loving it. The screen is big enough for me to easily see the map while not taking up too much room on the dash. The real time traffic has already helped be avoid back ups a couple times and the live parking feature was great to see what ramps were full. My wife loves the smart notifications and hand free calling. She says it makes our 2008 Civic feel like a brand new car. I wish it came with a better mount but the sales associate recommended the friction mount and I have no complaints about that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS

    Posted
    paulr
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    I needed to update my 9-year-old Garmin, which I've used over the US, Canada and Puerto Rico (I travel over 50% of the year and the GPS comes with me everywhere). After looking at ALL the competitors, it was clear that Garmin was the only one that gave me that much coverage. (don't use your phone in Canada: roaming charges run hundreds of dollars for a 3-day trip). this one has lots of nice new features. voice commands are sometimes moody, but I still would have given it 5 stars if I could have transferred my saved locations from the old one. Ford sync system is problematic with all GPS Bluetooth units I've heard. but it's worked wonderfully on all my rental cars. Make sure you download the apps: you can send addresses from your contacts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    excellent portable GPS

    Posted
    cjs1
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    Does a wonderful job of monitoring traffic, selecting the best route, rerouting silently when I do something it doesn't expect and alerting me to road difficulties up ahead. Lets me know which lane to be in, gives me landmarks on my route and generally does a great job of orienting me. The screen is a good size - better than my phone. I find the voice recognition feature does not work as well as I would like so I largely ignore it. My only complaints is that it no longer comes with a traffic enabled cord so has to talk to my phone and that I have yet to figure out the color coding of the roads indicating the amount of traffic ahead. If it still even tells me this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, works great.

    Posted
    FranklySpeaking
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    Fast and easy set-up, I have used Garmin GPS in the past so it probably helps that I am used to their general operating systems. Garmin allows easy entry of destination info, the screen updates fairly quickly, the map presentations are nice. I did have difficulty with the lane departure warning - it seemed that regardless how I adjusted it I kept getting warnings so I ultimately turned that off. I also need to find out how to turn off the weather warnings - I keep getting annoying warnings of "high winds" every day even when it is nice out. I like having the camera recording just in case something happens.

    I would recommend this to a friend