Garmin's Tiny Dash Cam Never Forgets Where or What Happened In a Crash

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Russia seems to corner the YouTube market when it comes to crazy dash cam videos. But that could soon change when Garmin's new $250 Dash Cam hits the market in February. The tiny camera sits inside your windshield and records everything that's happening in front of your vehicle through a wide angle lens. And in the event of an accident, it automatically time-stamps and geo-tags that footage so in the event of an insurance claim or police investigation, there's no debate as to how events unfolded.

As soon as you start your vehicle, the Dash Cam automatically starts recording everything it sees to an included 4GB microSD card, but that can also be upgraded to a 32GB card if you live and drive in a particularly dangerous area. Using a built-in sensor the camera automatically detects incidents or accidents based on braking or sudden stops, and then stores the relevant video files with the added location, time, speed, and directional data. Otherwise, the video is just recorded over when the card fills up, until something happens.

A relatively tiny 2.3-inch LCD screen ensures proper framing when attaching the Dash Cam to your windshield, but also allows incidents to be replayed at the scene. And the camera can be quickly removed for taking snapshots of damage or other pertinent information when and if something happens. A cheaper version of the Dash Cam lacking GPS capabilities will also be available for $220, but the added location data might just be worth it if the video ever ends up as a piece of evidence in court. [Garmin]

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These dash cams seem pretty handy. Not only are they great for recording accidents but basically any other crazy stuff you see happen in front of you you can just press a button and record it. That said 250 bucks is insane. I looked at these on amazon before and you can get something similar for 50-80 dollars or so. I'm not sure who they think is going to buy this and they must be desperate for cash after the collapse of their car gps business to try and charge that price.

Also, all the functionality of this device seems like it could be replicated on a smartphone with an app?