Garmin nuviCam LMTHD

Garmin nuviCam product photo

Technical Details

– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: Amazon US (affiliate links)
– Fast boot time (about 3 seconds)
– 6.1″ touch screen
– Video format: .MP4
– Photo format: .JPG
– Large size (183mm x 94mm x 34mm)
– Weight: 319g
– Supports up to 64GB MicroSD cards (class 4 or higher)
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
– Interfaces: miniUSB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
– Lock file button
– Voice menu, voice recognition
– Player software for Windows and Mac
– Internal battery
– Internal microphone and speaker
– Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
– Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
– Suction Mount

Garmin nuviCam Review

The Garmin nuviCam LMTHD is actually a full blown sat-nav unit, with a built-in dash cam added on top. Released in mid 2015, the nuviCam is a feature-packed all-rounder located at the upper end of the price spectrum. While it leaves little to be desired as a satellite navigation device, its dash cam’s quality, while good enough to be useful, obviously can’t compete with dedicated dash cams of a similar price.

The built-in camera records at 1080p, with a bit rate of about 8Mbps. Video quality is good at day time, and average at night. You have the option to pair the nuviCam with a wireless backup camera (available separately), but this is only for use as a parking aid. Only the front camera’s video footage will be recorded.

The nuviCam has two slots for SD cards, one slot for the dash cam, and another one for storaging maps. It comes with a 4GB memory card, to be used with the dash cam. You can upgrade this to a larger size: Up to 64GB cards are supported (class 4 or above).

All the basic dash cam functionality is there, such as auto on/off, loop recording, date/time/speed stamp on video, and G-sensor to automatically lock files when an event is detected. There’s also a “save” button to manually lock video files.

While this dash cam is nothing out of the ordinary, it does do its job. Being a Garmin, the nuviCam LMTHD focuses mainly on sat-nav capabilities. It supports live traffic alerts, alternative routes, has an interactive voice menu so you can interact with the device while keeping your hands on the wheel, and includes free lifetime maps. When paired with a compatible smart phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it also allows for hands-free dialing and calling. Maps are included for North America (including Mexico and Canada) and all Europe.

Garmin nuviCam Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Video Sample

Video quality is good at day time. At high speeds, licenese plates of other cars are generally readable when pausing the video.

Night Time Video Sample

Night video quality is only average. While you can see what’s going on, other cars’ license plates are hard to read, even when close by and driving slow or stopping.

Where To Buy

The Garmin nuviCam is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US

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