Garmin Dash Cam 10/20
Owner’s Manual
January 2014
Printed in Taiwan
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Getting Started
See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the
product box for product warnings and other important
Installing a Memory Card
The device supports microSD™ and microSDHC memory cards.‍
1 Insert a memory card into the slot on the device.‍
2 Press it in until it clicks.‍
Connecting the Device to Vehicle Power
Before you can use or turn on the device, you must install a
memory card.‍
You can power and charge the device using vehicle power.‍
TIP: You should fully charge the device before you use the
device on battery power.‍
1 With the vehicle off, plug the power cable into a power outlet
in your vehicle.‍
2 Plug the other end of the power cable into the USB port on
the device.‍
3 Press the device À onto the suction cup Á.‍
Turning On the Device Manually
Before you turn on the device using battery power, you should
fully charge the battery (Connecting the Device to Vehicle
NOTE: When the device is connected to an ignition-switched
power outlet, it turns on automatically when you turn on the
Select .‍
The device turns on.‍
Turning Off the Device Manually
NOTE: When the device is connected to an ignition-switched
power outlet, it turns off automatically when you turn off the
Select .‍
The device turns off.‍
Video Recording
The device immediately begins recording video when it turns
on, and it continues recording, overwriting the oldest, nonprotected videos until it turns off.‍ While recording, the LED
below the screen is solid red.‍
NOTE: The device records continuously until it turns off.‍
Protecting a Video Recording
4 Press the suction cup to the windshield, and flip the lever Â
back toward the windshield.‍
By default, the device uses a sensor to automatically detect
accidental collisions and protect the three video files during,
before, and after the detection.‍ At 1080p, the video files are
approximately four minutes long.‍
NOTE: You must calibrate the event detection sensor from the
settings menu after you install the device in your car (Calibrating
the Event Detection Sensor).‍
You can also manually protect video files at any time.‍
While recording, select .‍
The device protects the current, previous, and next video
Taking a Picture
You can take still photographs with this device.‍
While recording, select .‍
The device takes a photo and saves it to the memory card.‍
Viewing Videos and Photos
NOTE: The device should be installed on the windshield as
shown.‍ Installing the device in a sideways or upside-down
orientation results in sideways or upside-down video
5 Turn on the vehicle.‍
When the device is connected to an ignition-switched power
outlet, it turns on automatically when you turn on the vehicle.‍
Getting Started
NOTE: The device stops recording video while you view videos
or photos.‍
1 Select .‍
2 Select an option:
• Select Video to view videos.‍
• Select Snapshot to view photos.‍
3 Select a video or photo to view.‍
4 Select .‍
Videos and Photos on Your Computer
You can connect the device to your computer to view, transfer,
or delete videos and photos stored on the device memory card
(Connecting the Device to Your Computer).‍
• Videos are stored in the GARMIN\Video folder on the device.‍
• Photos are stored in the GARMIN\SnapShot folder on the
Deleting Videos or Photos
1 Select > File Delete.‍
2 Select an option:
• Select Video to view videos.‍
• Select Snapshot to view photos.‍
3 Select a video or photo to delete.‍
4 Select Delete.‍
Safety Cameras
Garmin® is not responsible for the accuracy of or the
consequences of using a custom point of interest or a safety
camera database.‍
NOTE: This feature is not available for all regions or product
Information about safety camera locations and speed limits is
available in some areas for some product models.‍ Go to‍safetycameras to check availability and
compatibility, or to purchase a subscription or one-time update.‍
You can purchase a new region or extend an existing
subscription at any time.‍
You can update safety cameras for an existing safety camera
subscription by going to http:​/‍​/‍my​.garmin​.com.‍ You should
update your device frequently to receive the most up-to-date
safety camera information.‍
For some devices and regions, basic safety camera data may
be included with your device.‍ Included data does not include
updates or a subscription.‍
Safety Camera Alerts
Safety camera alerts are available only for product models with
As you approach a safety camera, the device plays an audible
alert and displays a warning icon, your current speed, and the
speed limit, if available.‍
Device Settings
Deleted or overwritten files cannot be restored.‍
Select .‍
Recording Mode: Sets the resolution of video recordings.‍
Event Detection: Calibrates the event detection sensor
(Calibrating the Event Detection Sensor) and sets and
audible alert to sound when the device detects a possible
collision event.‍
Protected Video Overwrite: Allows protected video recordings
to be overwritten by new recordings (Protecting a Video
TIP: Overwritten video recordings cannot be restored.‍ You
should enable this setting only if you do not want to save any
protected video recordings.‍
Audio Record: Records audio from the built-in microphone.‍
Exposure Value: Sets the exposure level (Adjusting the
Screen Brightness: Sets the screen brightness (Adjusting the
Screen Brightness).‍
Volume: Sets the speaker volume (Adjusting the Volume).‍
Screen Auto Off: Turns off the screen backlight after a period
of inactivity.‍
Button Sound: Provides audible feedback when you select
keys on the device.‍
Time Zone: Sets the time zone (Adjusting the Time Zone).‍
Units: Sets the unit of measure used for distances.‍
Date Format: Sets the format for the date stamp.‍
Time Format: Sets the format for the time stamp.‍
Text Language: Sets all on-screen text to the selected
GPS Status: Displays GPS satellite information.‍
File Flicker Suppression: Sets the refresh rate for recorded
video to 50 Hz or 60 Hz.‍
File Delete: Deletes video recordings or photos (Deleting
Videos or Photos).‍
Format Memory Card: Formats the memory card and deletes
all files on the memory card.‍
Restore Default Settings: Restores all settings to the factory
default values.‍
About: Displays device information, including the unit ID and
software version.‍
Calibrating the Event Detection Sensor
After you install the device, you must calibrate the event
detection sensor.‍
1 Select > Event Detection > G Sensor Reset > OK.‍
2 Select Reset.‍
NOTE: If the device does not detect events or incorrectly
detects events after you calibrate the sensor, you can adjust
the sensitivity of the sensor (Adjusting the Sensitivity of the
Event Detection Sensor).‍
Adjusting the Sensitivity of the Event
Detection Sensor
You can adjust the sensitivity of the event detection sensor if it
does not detect events or incorrectly detects events during
normal driving.‍
1 Select > Event Detection > G Sensor Sensitivity > OK.‍
2 Select the level of sensitivity, and select OK.‍
Adjusting the Volume
1 Select > Volume > OK.‍
2 Select or to adjust the volume.‍
3 Select OK.‍
Adjusting the Screen Brightness
1 Select > Screen Brightness > OK.‍
2 Select or to adjust the brightness.‍
3 Select OK.‍
Adjusting the Time Zone
The device automatically assigns time stamps to recorded
videos and pictures.‍ You can adjust the time zone to provide
accurate time stamps for your area.‍
The time zone setting uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC),
which is similar to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).‍ For example,
Central European Time (CET) is UTC +1, and Pacific Standard
Time (PST) is UTC - 8.‍ If your location observes daylight saving
time or summer time, you must consider the time of year when
setting the time zone.‍
TIP: To check the time zone setting for accuracy, you can
observe the time stamp on a video recorded after you change
the setting.‍
1 Select > Time Zone > OK.‍
Safety Cameras
2 Select
3 Select
, , and OK to adjust the time zone.‍
to confirm.‍
Adjusting the Exposure
You can adjust the camera exposure to improve the video
quality in brighter or darker lighting conditions.‍
1 Select > Exposure Value.‍
2 Select an option:
• To increase the exposure for darker lighting conditions,
select .‍
• To decrease the exposure for brighter lighting conditions,
select .‍
3 Select OK.‍
Device Information
Support and Updates
Garmin Express provides easy access to these services for
Garmin devices.‍ Some services may not be available for your
• Product registration
• Product manuals
• Software updates
• Map updates
• Vehicles, voices, and other extras
TIP: You may need to use a coin to remove the end piece.‍
Remove the end piece, the silver tip Á, and the fuse Â.‍
Install a 2 A fast-blow fuse.‍
Place the silver tip in the end piece.‍
Screw the end piece back into the vehicle power cable Ã.‍
Resetting the Device
You can reset your device if it stops functioning.‍
Hold the power key for 10 seconds.‍
Temperature range
-4° to 131°F (-20° to 55°C)
2.‍3 in.‍ (5.‍8 cm) TFT LCD
Camera sensor
3 MP, 0.‍33 in.‍ CMOS
Frame rate
30 FPS
Maximum video resolution 1080p (1920 × 1080)
Video format
AVI (H.‍264 compression)
Memory card
microSD (from 4 to 32 GB).‍ Speed class 10
or greater is recommended.‍
Setting Up Garmin Express
1 Plug the small end of the USB cable into the port on the
the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB
port on your computer.‍
3 Go to‍express.‍
4 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
Connecting the Device to Your Computer
You can view videos and photos on your computer using the
USB cable included with your device.‍
1 Plug the small end of the USB cable into the port on the
2 Plug the larger end of the USB cable into a port on your
3 On the device, select OK.‍
A picture of your device connected to a computer appears on
the device screen.‍
Depending on your computer operating system, the device
appears as either a removable drive or a removable volume.‍
Changing the Fuse in the Vehicle Power
When replacing the fuse, do not lose any of the small pieces
and make sure they are put back in the proper position.‍ The
vehicle power cable does not work unless it is assembled
If your device does not charge in your vehicle, you may need to
replace the fuse located at the tip of the vehicle adapter.‍
1 Unscrew the end piece À.‍
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