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Good camera but shortcomings spoil value for money
on 18 February 2016
I can't fault the picture quality and performance, but there are a few irritating shortcomings. Firstly, the power-on/off button is exactly at the position where you'd grab the thing to pick it up, and is too sensitive, and combined with the fact that it starts recording as soon as you hit the power button, time after time I have accidentally switched it on and ended up with short videos of my hand :-) It really needs a separate record stop/start button. I'm slowly learning to avoid this problem, but it just feels like Garmin haven't given it enough thought. Secondly, it really needs a quick-release mechanism so that you can leave the sucker pad stuck to your windscreen and just quickly detach the camera when required (the ball and socket mount feels permanent once you've attached it). I feel sure that after not too many uses, the suction pad will get worn or dirty and won't stick properly anymore. There is a sticky-pad attachment provided for more permanent mounting, but there's no quick-release mechanism on that either, and I don't want to leave mine visible in the car when not in use, lest some scumbag takes a fancy to it. And, allied to this, for the money I would have expected a pouch or bag in which to store the camera when not in use. Also for the money I would have expected a more comprehensive user's manual. The camera itself is excellent, but because of these shortcomings I don't think it's very good value for money.
Update: a few months after purchase, the unit started freezing up during recording. It turned out that the MicroSD card had apparently developed an intermittent fault, so I'm now on my second MicroSD card. I can't say however if this is a fault with the dashcam itself or the card, or a combination of both (I guess it has to be one of the three :-)