When it come to video stabilization, Garmin’s new Dash Cam 66W is a vast improvement over last year’s Garmin Dash Cam 65W, which had major difficulties on bumpy roads. Even on San Francisco’s constantly under Garmin Dash Cam 66W Black Friday Deals 2021 construction streets, the video this year is smooth as a baby’s back. It’s actually as stable as any video I’ve ever seen. The Dash Cam 66W is small and compact, but it has some minor upgrades that make it a very, very high-quality dash cam. There is still much to be done. You’ll notice the Dash Cam 66W from its predecessors and sibling, that it is quite small for a dash camera–approximately 2.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 inch. The dark pewter highlight ring at the lens neck of the Dash Cam 65W was gone. It has been replaced by plain black. Although it is more economical, it is not as elegant.
This is not the only cost-cutting measure on this $250 camera. The bundled 8GB SD Card, which was included with the purchase, has been removed. The Dash Ca’s back Dash Cam 66W has a 180-degree field-of-view (W is for Wide) and can capture 1440p video at 30 frames per sec. This is an increase from the 1080p offered last year by the 65W, although 1080p remains the default. The Dash Cam 66W can be used easily and is sometimes even fun. Voice control is probably the most useful of all the bells and whistles on the Dash Cam 66W. You can tell the camera to save or stop recording audio or to start recording Travelapse videos. As you can see, the latter is a time-lapse of events.
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GPS is embedded onboard and watermarks video (you can turn it off), but unfortunately, it’s not embedded. This would make it possible to map the locations in Travelapse or other GPS tracking apps. Manually locating is possible, but it’s not fun. Bad driver tech includes warnings for lane departure, collision, and you’re-idling-aimlessly-at-a green-light, as well as a red light camera alert. This depends on the Garmin data, which should be extensive given its experience with navigation units. During my trips around San Francisco, the Dash Cam 66W’s information from the red light camera proved to be very accurate. Some dash cams have a super-capacitor that keeps the device running for a short time after it loses power. The Dash Cam 66W is a better option. The camera will run for about 15 seconds with the battery backup, and the camera can be parked for quite some time. Hallelujah, and please pass the image stabilization spray:
The Dash Cam 66W video doesn’t jump around on hot asphalt like the Dash Cam 65W. Although the video from last year was not as jittery over rough roads, it does capture a large portion of San Francisco. Dash Cam 66W’s 180 degree field of view causes distortion in images due to fish-eye. This level of detail can be useful for legal purposes, even if it is not used for travel documentaries. The Dash Cam 66W’s -4 to +131 degree Fahrenheit rating means that it can run almost hot even though it captures at 1080p at 30 frames/second (1080p at 60 frames per second is also supported).
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When I first lifted it from the windshield and held it in my hand, it actually caused a hot-potato reaction. I had to quickly toss it into the air. It was not painful heat, but it was hot enough to startle. This was in San Francisco’s 60-degree heat. Garmin supports the design. Garmin claims that the camera is so small that there is less heat radiating from it, which is why the design feels more natural. The battery runtime was excellent, however. The camera chirped at me even after taking 30 minutes of parking mode video. I finally put the box in to return it. A nice dash cam Last year, the Dash Cam 65W was a qualified recommendation. It is suitable for people who want a large field of vision and a sleek design and can tolerate the jouncy reactions to uneven surfaces.
The Dash Cam 66W is now able to navigate on bumpy roads with ease. Low-light video quality is not good enough for parking surveillance. Before you take the camera out of your car, you should allow it to cool down. It still captures very well and is able to record less light and more detail in the event that there is an accident. The video can capture too much light and may be more susceptible to headlight flare. This can cause important details like the license plate of any car that has just passed you to blurred. The Dash Cam 66W is good for monitoring accidents but not so good for nighttime surveillance. This is where you need to allow more light in order to capture details in your surroundings. Check out the image below. Video from the 66W is sharp and clear at 1440p, and almost as good at 1080p. As you can see, the 180-degree field is useful for legal purposes, but not for documenting your travels. This is due to the fish-eye distortion that wide-angle lenses cause. If that’s a concern to you, look at the Garmin Dash Cam 56 (,available on Amazon), which is basically the same camera with a narrower 140-degree field of view Dash Cam 66W keeps the same mounting system as last year’s models.
The small, thin, octagonal plate attaches to the windshield. It then marries magnetically with the support arm that is attached to the camera via a joint. This mount is my favorite because it takes up very little space and allows for easy positioning and removal. My dash cam is my best friend when I’m driving around in a convertible. Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity is available on the 66W, so you can upload your video to your smartphone using Garmin’s Drive App. You can also use the phone app to set basic settings or align your camera. The m 66W unit is almost entirely dedicated to a 2-inch display. Control and configuration are performed using four buttons on its right side. Other notable features include the micro USB port on left and the SD card slots on the bottom. Garmin Dash Cam 66W Black Friday Deals 2021 The USB port is placed so that the power cable, auxiliary/cigarette lighter to micro USBB, points up towards the ceiling. The bottom vent does not have a partner, but there are small gaps that may allow hot air to escape.