Garmin Dash Cam 66W Review


 Garmin Dash Cam 66W Review

The $250 Garmin 66W is more than just a dash cam—it includes driver assist alerts that can help you avoid an accident. Its small footprint means it doesn’t hamper your line of vision, and it pairs with an intuitive smartphone app that lets you view, download, and save pictures, video, and data from the device, and makes controlling it very easy. While the Garmin 66W sits on the pricier end of the dash cam spectrum, it's a strong value for all that it offers, and earns our Editors' Choice award for dash cams.

Garmin 66W Interface and Setup
The Garmin 66W includes everything you need to get up and running, except for a microSD card. We appreciate that Garmin includes two USB cables and magnet mounts for the windshield mount in case you misplace one or want to move the camera between vehicles. The dual-port USB 12-volt adapter is another nice touch so that you can also plug in a phone.

Once we secured the magnet mount to the windshield of a 2018 Honda CR-V by attaching the opposite sticky side, it was just a matter of attaching the dash cam mount to the magnet, plugging the USB cable into the device, and plugging the other end into the car’s 12-volt outlet. After supplying info on country, region, and vehicle size, we were ready to roll, although we also took time to tweak the camera resolution and driver assistance settings through the device rather than the app.


Garmin Dash Cam 66W collision warning
Garmin 66W Features and Video Quality
The Garmin 66W measures approximately 1.6 by 2.2 by 1.4 inches (HWD), so it easily stays out of your line of view. It has a 2-inch display on the side that faces you, and four buttons along the right side. The USB plug on the left makes it easy to dock the power cable (something we would've liked on the Papago GoSafe 535), while the bottom houses the micro USB port and three small cooling vents. We noticed that the Garmin 66W was constantly warm to the touch after about 15 minutes of use, and not just on hot, sunny days, although this didn’t impact performance.

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