Garmin Dash Cam Live: is this dash cam just trying too hard to be clever?

A premium dash cam with LTE mobile connectivity for instant video uploads and smartphone alerts

Garmin Dash Cam Live
(Image: © Alistair Charlton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Garmin makes some of the best dash cams money can buy, and while this is a high-quality item, it feels as if it’s trying to do too much. Video quality is good, and so is the design and ease-of-use – but it’s very expensive.Its safety systems are (as ever) somewhat hit-and-miss, and you’ll need a $50/£45 adapter (plus a minimum $10/£10 monthly subscription) to make use of the headline LTE features. Theft alerts and vehicle tracking will be welcomed by some, but your money might be better spent on a dedicated GPS tracker.


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    Easy to set up and use

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    Good video quality

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    Discreet windscreen mount


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    Very expensive

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    Safety systems not always useful

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    Incompatible with other Garmin dash cam mounts

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Garmin produces some of our favorite dash cams, praised for their compact size, wide lenses and good video quality. The company’s latest model aims to tick all of those boxes, while also offering something new in the form of an LTE data connection.

This essentially means the Dash Cam Live has 4G, which it can use to automatically upload videos to Garmin’s cloud storage service as soon as they are recorded. The data connection also means you can be alerted via the Garmin smartphone app if your car is driven without your knowledge, or crashed into while parked.

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Alistair Charlton

Alistair has been a journalist since 2011 and used to be Deputy Technology Editor at IBTimes  in London. His specialist tech subjects include smart home gadgets, phones, wearables, tablets and dashcams. He is the host of  The AutoChat Podcast.