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Garmin Dash Cam Tandem Review

Garmin dash cams have been among our favorites for years thanks to their compact design and simplicity. They also combine high-quality video recording with wide lenses and a wide range of prices to suit most budgets.

Dash Cam Tandem is one of its unusual car camera offerings. As its name suggests, it is a Dash cameras with two lenses; One normally faces outwards from the windscreen, while the other faces backwards to provide a view of the interior of the car.

Aside from the addition of a rear camera, the Tandem looks like other members of the Garmin dash cam range. It is about the size of a matchstick and fits onto the windscreen using a simple and remarkably compact ball and socket joint attached to a small arm with a magnet. This then sticks to a coin-sized magnet that you fix with windscreen adhesive. Two such magnets are included in the box, so you can easily switch the dash cam between two cars if needed.

There are only two buttons on the tandem. One is for manually saving a section of footage (the G-sensor automatically saves footage when a collision is detected) and the other is for muting and unmuting the microphone. For everything else, you can dig into Garmin’s Drive smartphone app, or say “ok, garmin” followed by commands like “save video” or “mute audio.”

Garmin Drive is more intuitive than some of the clunkier dash cam apps offered by others, and the integrated Wi-Fi is quick to transfer footage to your phone. The app can also be used with up to four Garmin dash cams simultaneously, synchronizing their footage to give a more complete view of your vehicle’s surroundings.

One hand holds a phone displaying the Garmin Dash Cam app.

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Other features include integrated GPS to embed accurate speed and location data into your videos, and a dual USB charger that plugs into the car’s 12V lighter socket to power both the dash cam and your smartphone. can be used to A 16GB microSD card is also included in the box.

The camera has a parking mode, for event detection and video recording when your car is parked and locked. However, this feature requires an additional cable, which plugs into your car’s fuse box – something you’ll want to pay a professional to do.

Naturally, some drivers (and their passengers) won’t want the camera pointed at them, but for certain use cases a dash cam like this might be just what a buyer is looking for. Basically, it’s a dash cam for taxi, minicab and ride-sharing drivers who may need the reassurance against unruly passengers that such a camera can provide.

That said, you need to position the tandem so that it has a clear view past the main mirror. We found the usual desire to hide the dash cam behind a mirror meant that its view into the cabin was noticeably obscured. Placing it down on the windscreen is the answer, and the Live View function in the Garmin Drive app helps align the camera correctly – and it’s the only way to do it, as unlike other Garmin dash cams, the Tandem has no No display.

The Garmin Dash Cam is mounted in the tandem windshield.

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Both of its cameras have wide, 180-degree lenses (in fact, wider than other dash cams), but they have different resolutions. The front camera shoots at 1440p, which is slightly higher than 1080p Full HD, while the rear camera records at 720p, also known as regular HD.

The front sensor benefits from HDR, which helps preserve detail in the brightest and darkest parts of the camera’s field of view, while the rear sensor has an infrared night vision system that Garmin calls NightGlo, dim light. Helps improve clarity in the interior. .

The tandem’s forward footage is as good as we’ve seen from the company’s Dash Cam 67W before. This means crisp, clear footage that makes it easy to check important details like vehicle registration plates, road signs and road markings, should you need to present the recording as evidence after an incident.

Clear interior footage, even at night, will be useful for taxi and rideshare drivers who may need proof of problems caused by their passengers.

A sample still image from a Garmin Dash Cam Tandem

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Finally, the Garmin Dashcam Tandem does not have a battery, but instead relies on a supercapacitor to store footage and properly power down when the car is turned off. With an optional hardwiring kit, the camera receives continuous power from the car’s battery.

Should You Buy a Garmin Dash Cam Tandem?

Garmin dash cam tandem on table in front of books

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