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Garmin Dash Cam™ Mini Owner's Manual
GARMIN DASH CAM MINI
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Owner’s Manual
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Table of Contents
Getting Started............................................................... 1
Installing a Memory Card ............................................................ 1
Device Overview ......................................................................... 1
Installing the Device on Your Windshield ................................... 1
Connecting the Device to Vehicle Power ................................... 1
Formatting the Memory Card ...................................................... 2
Pairing with Your Smartphone...................................... 2
Dash Cam Recording..................................................... 2
Turning Audio Recording On or Off ............................................ 2
Event Detection .......................................................................... 2
Saving Videos and Photos ......................................................... 2
Viewing Videos and Photos on Your Smartphone ...................... 3
Connecting the Camera to Your Computer ................................ 3
Multiple Camera Network.............................................. 3
Creating Picture-in-Picture Multi-Camera Videos ....................... 3
Settings ........................................................................... 3
Camera Settings in the Garmin Drive App .................................. 3
Renaming a Camera ................................................................... 4
Device Information......................................................... 4
Status LEDs ................................................................................ 4
Cleaning the Camera Lens ......................................................... 4
Updating Your Device Using the Garmin Drive App ................... 4
Product Updates ......................................................................... 4
Specifications .............................................................................. 4
Memory Card Specifications ....................................................... 4
Appendix ......................................................................... 4
Parked Video Recording ............................................................. 4
Troubleshooting............................................................. 5
My camera feels warm while it is operating ................................ 5
My memory card has degraded and needs to be replaced ........ 5
My video recordings are blurry ................................................... 5
My video recordings are choppy or incomplete .......................... 5
Index................................................................................ 6
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Getting Started
WARNING
See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the
product box for product warnings and other important
information.
1 Clean the windshield using water or alcohol, and a lint-free
cloth.
The windshield must be free of dust, wax, oils, or coatings.
2 Remove the protective film from the mount adhesive.
Installing a Memory Card
To record video, you must install a compatible memory card
(Memory Card Specifications, page 4).
1 Insert the memory card into the slot .
3 Position the mount over the mounting location.
2 Press it in until it clicks.
TIP: The adhesive is extremely sticky. Avoid touching the
adhesive to the windshield until the mount is properly
positioned and aligned.
4 Press the mount firmly onto the windshield, and maintain
pressure for 30 seconds.
This helps to ensure the mount adhesive has proper contact
with the windshield.
Removing the Memory Card
NOTICE
Removing the memory card while the device is turned on can
result in a loss of data or damage to the device.
1 Disconnect the power cable from the device.
2 Press the card in until it clicks.
3 Release the card.
The card ejects from the slot.
Device Overview
Connecting the Device to Vehicle Power
1 Plug the power cable into the USB port on the device.
Press to enable or disable audio recording.
Hold to format the memory card (Formatting the Memory Card,
page 2).
Press to save a picture and a video clip.
Hold to enter pairing mode (Pairing with Your Smartphone,
page 2).
Installing the Device on Your Windshield
NOTICE
The adhesive mount is intended for a long-term installation and
can be difficult to remove. You should carefully consider the
mounting location before you install the mount.
2 Route the power cable to your vehicle power outlet.
You can use either of the included cables to provide power to
the camera. The longer, lightweight power cable is designed
to be routed out of sight. To hide the 4 m (13 ft.) cable, route
it behind the vehicle trim along the windshield, doorframe, or
dash.
Before you can install the adhesive mount onto your windshield,
the ambient temperature must be from 21° to 38°C (from 70° to
100°F).
Getting Started
1
Dash Cam Recording
NOTICE
Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit use of this device. It is
your responsibility to know and comply with applicable laws and
rights to privacy in jurisdictions where you plan to use this
device.
3 Plug the Garmin Dash Cam Mini power cable into the
included power adapter.
4 Plug the power adapter into a power outlet in your vehicle.
5 If necessary, turn on the vehicle ignition switch to provide
power to the power outlet in your vehicle.
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
vehicle.
Disconnect the device from power.
The device turns off.
Formatting the Memory Card
The device requires a memory card formatted using the FAT32
file system. You can use the device to format your card using
this file system. You should format your memory card at least
one time every 6 months to help extend the useful life of the
memory card. You must also format a brand new memory card if
it is not formatted using the FAT32 file system.
NOTE: Formatting the memory card deletes all videos, photos,
and data on the card.
1 Connect the device to power.
2 Hold for eight seconds.
The LED at the base of the camera turns green.
When formatting is complete, the LED at the base of the camera
turns red and the device begins recording.
Pairing with Your Smartphone
You can pair your Garmin Dash Cam Mini camera with your
smartphone and the Garmin Drive™ app. The Garmin Drive app
allows you to set up a multiple-camera network, change camera
settings, and view, edit, and save photos and videos.
1 From the app store on your smartphone, install the Garmin
Drive app.
2 Turn on your Garmin Dash Cam Mini camera, and place the
device and your smartphone within 3 m (10 ft.) of each other.
3 On your phone, open the Garmin Drive app.
4 Select an option:
• If this is the first Garmin device you are pairing with your
smartphone, accept the Garmin Drive app license
agreements.
• If you are pairing an additional Garmin device or camera
with your smartphone, select Add a Device.
5 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing and
setup process.
The main app dashboard appears. After the devices are paired,
they connect automatically when they are turned on and within
range.
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The dash cam records video to the camera memory card
(Installing a Memory Card, page 1). By default, the device
immediately starts recording video when it turns on, and it
continues recording until it is turned off. If the memory card is
full, the device automatically deletes the oldest unsaved video to
create space for new video.
When the option to promptly delete unsaved video is enabled,
the device continually deletes unsaved video more than three
minutes old and deletes all unsaved video each time it is
powered off. This feature is available only for specific regions
and is enabled by default for some of those regions. When the
camera is set to a supported region, you can enable or disable
this feature in the camera settings (Camera Settings in the
Garmin Drive App, page 3).
You can save a video recording to prevent it from being
overwritten or deleted (Viewing Videos and Photos on Your
Smartphone, page 3).
Turning Audio Recording On or Off
NOTICE
Some jurisdictions may prohibit recording audio in the vehicle or
may require that all passengers have knowledge of the
recording and provide consent before you record audio in the
vehicle. It is your responsibility to know and follow all laws and
restrictions for your jurisdiction.
The device can record audio using the integrated microphone
while recording video. You can turn audio recording on or off at
any time.
Press .
The microphone LED turns red while audio is recording.
Event Detection
By default, the device uses a sensor to detect possible incidents
and saves video footage automatically before, during, and after
the detected event. The video footage is stamped with the time
and date of the event.
Saving Videos and Photos
By default, the device uses a sensor to detect a possible
incident and saves video footage automatically before, during,
and after the detected event. You can also save video files and
photos manually at any time.
Press .
The device takes a photo and saves the video footage
before, during, and after you select .
TIP: You can press multiple times to save additional
photos and extend the length of the saved video footage.
The memory card has limited storage. After you save a video
recording, you should export the recording to your smartphone
(Trimming and Exporting a Video, page 3) or transfer the
recording to your computer or other external storage location for
permanent storage (Videos and Photos on Your Computer,
page 3).
Pairing with Your Smartphone
Viewing Videos and Photos on Your
Smartphone
Before you can view videos and photos on your smartphone,
you must pair your Garmin Dash Cam Mini device with the
Garmin Drive app (Pairing with Your Smartphone, page 2).
NOTE: The device stops recording and alerts are disabled while
viewing videos or photos.
1 From the Garmin Drive app on your smartphone, select
Review Footage.
Select
an option:
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• To view a photo or video you saved, select a file from the
Saved Footage category.
• To view recent video footage that has not been saved,
select a video from the Temporary Footage category.
Trimming and Exporting a Video
You can trim the length of your video to remove unnecessary
footage before exporting it.
1 From the Garmin Drive app, select Review Footage.
2 Select a video.
3 Drag the handles on the video progress bar left or right to
trim the video length.
4 Select Export.
NOTE: You must keep the app in the foreground when
exporting a video.
The app exports the trimmed video to your smartphone.
Deleting a Video or Photo Using Your Smartphone
1 When you are viewing the list of saved videos or photos on
your smartphone, select Select.
2 Select one or more files.
3 Select .
Connecting the Camera to Your Computer
You can connect the camera to your computer to install software
updates or transfer videos and photos to your computer. You
should connect to your computer using the shorter 1.5 m (5 ft.)
micro-USB data cable included with your device.
NOTE: The longer power cable included with your device is
intended for power only, and it cannot be used to connect to
your computer.
1 Plug the small end of the data cable into the micro-USB port
on the camera.
2 Plug the larger end of the data cable into a USB port on your
computer.
Depending on your computer operating system, the device
appears as either a removable drive or a removable volume
on your computer.
Videos and Photos on Your Computer
NOTE: Some media players might not support high-resolution
playback.
Videos and photos are stored in the DCIM directory on the
camera memory card. Videos are stored in MP4 file format, and
photos are stored in JPG format. You can view and transfer
photos and videos by connecting the memory card or the device
to your computer (Connecting the Camera to Your Computer,
page 3).
The videos and photos are sorted into several folders.
NOTE: Unsaved videos are not available when the option to
promptly delete unsaved video is enabled (Camera Settings in
the Garmin Drive App, page 3).
100EVENT: Contains videos saved automatically when the
device detects an incident.
Multiple Camera Network
101PHOTO: Contains photos.
102SAVED: Contains videos saved manually by the user.
103PARKM: Contains videos saved while parked.
104UNSVD: Contains unsaved video footage. The device
overwrites the oldest unsaved video when the storage space
for unsaved videos is full.
Multiple Camera Network
You can pair multiple dash cameras with the Garmin Drive app.
This allows you to connect to dash cameras from multiple
vehicles using the same phone. It also allows you to install
multiple dash cameras in the same vehicle, such as front and
rear cameras, and create composite picture-in-picture videos
from the simultaneous recordings. If a GPS-connected camera
is part of the network, you can add location information to saved
videos for all cameras on the network.
Creating Picture-in-Picture Multi-Camera
Videos
Before you can use this feature, you must pair at least two
cameras with the Garmin Drive app and record footage using
both cameras.
The Garmin Drive app allows you to create composite, picturein-picture videos from footage recorded at the same time on two
cameras.
1 From the Garmin Drive app, select Review Footage.
2 Select a multi-camera video.
Multi-camera videos are indicated by multiple camera icons
on the video thumbnail. The app automatically
combines video recorded at the same time into one multicamera video icon.
3 Select and to choose the camera footage to use for the
fullscreen portion of the video.
4 Drag the handles on the video progress bar to the left or right
to trim the video length.
Select
Continue.
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6 Select and to choose the camera footage to use for the
picture-in-picture portion of the video.
7 Select the corner of the screen where you want the picturein-picture footage to appear, and select Export.
NOTE: You must keep the app in the foreground when
exporting a video.
The app exports the picture-in-picture video to your
smartphone.
Settings
The settings for your Garmin Dash Cam Mini device are
configured using the Garmin Drive app. Before you can
configure settings, you must pair your device with the Garmin
Drive app (Pairing with Your Smartphone, page 2).
Camera Settings in the Garmin Drive App
From the Garmin Drive app, select , and select the camera
name.
Camera Setup: Provides options to choose a camera name and
displays a live video feed so you can adjust the position of
the camera.
Quality: Adjusts the video resolution.
Data Overlay: Adjusts the type of data displayed on videos and
pictures.
Unsaved Videos: This feature is not available in all areas.
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Determines when the device deletes unsaved video footage.
When the Delete When Full option is selected, the device
deletes the oldest unsaved video when the memory card
storage is full. When the Promptly Delete option is selected,
the device continually deletes unsaved video more than three
minutes old and deletes all unsaved video each time it is
powered off. This is useful to help protect data privacy.
Units and Time: Adjusts settings for the date and time format.
About Device: Lists the camera software version and unit ID.
Format SD Card: Formats the memory card and deletes all
videos, photos, and data on the card.
Restore Defaults: Restores the device to factory default
settings and unpairs the device from the Garmin Drive app.
Forget Device: Unpairs the device from the Garmin Drive app.
Renaming a Camera
You can change the name of your camera to help differentiate it
from other cameras in a multiple camera network.
1 Select .
2 Select a camera.
3 Select Camera Setup.
4 Select a camera name from the Camera Name field.
TIP: You can select Custom to enter a custom camera name.
Device Information
Status LEDs
The microphone LED
status.
and the status LED
show the device
Cleaning the Camera Lens
NOTICE
Avoid chemical cleaners and solvents that can damage plastic
components.
You should clean the camera lens regularly to improve the
quality of recorded video.
1 Wipe the lens with a non-scratch lens cloth, optionally
dampened with isopropyl alcohol.
2 Allow the lens to air dry.
Updating Your Device Using the Garmin
Drive App
The Garmin Drive app notifies you when a software update is
available for your device.
1 In the Garmin Drive app, select Install Now.
The software update is sent to your device. You are notified
when the transfer is complete.
2 Disconnect the device from power until the device turns off.
3 Connect the device to power.
The device installs the software update.
NOTE: Footage is not recorded while the software is
updating.
Product Updates
On your computer, install Garmin Express™ (www.garmin.com
/express).
This provides easy access to these services for Garmin devices:
• Software updates
• Product registration
Setting Up Garmin Express
1 Connect the device to your computer using a USB cable.
2 Go to garmin.com/express.
3 Follow the on-screen instructions.
Specifications
Operating temperature range
From -20° to 60°C (from -4° to 140°F)
Wireless frequencies/protocols Wi‑Fi 2.4 GHz @ 9 dBm
Bluetooth 2.4 GHz
Microphone LED Activity
Status
Red
The device is recording audio.
Off
The device is not recording audio.
Status LED
Activity
Status
Green
The device is connected to a computer in mass
storage mode.
Memory Card Specifications
The camera requires a memory card with these specifications.
Type
microSDHC or microSDXC
Capacity
8 GB or greater
Speed class
Class 10 or higher
File system
FAT32
The memory card is being formatted.
Flashing green
The device is booting.
An update is being installed.
Parked Video Recording
Red
Video is recording.
Flashing red
A photo or video is being saved.
Alternating red and
yellow
The memory card is low on space or is
underperforming.
Flashing yellow
There is a problem with the memory card.
Blue
The device is in Wi‑Fi sharing mode or
Bluetooth pairing mode.
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The device is not connected to power.
NOTICE
Due to privacy regulations, this feature is not available in all
areas. It is your responsibility to know and comply with
applicable laws and rights to privacy in your jurisdiction.
Before you can record videos while parked, you must connect
your camera to the Dash Cam parking mode cable accessory
(Connecting the Parking Mode Cable Accessory to Power,
page 5).
Device Information
The parked video recording feature allows the camera to record
video automatically while your vehicle is parked. When you turn
off your vehicle, the camera enters parked recording mode and
automatically records video each time the camera sensor
detects motion.
Parking Mode Cable Wiring Diagram
Item
Wire Color
Wire Function
Black
Ground
Yellow
Battery 12 V
Red
Accessory 12 V
Connecting the Parking Mode Cable Accessory to
Power
CAUTION
Garmin strongly recommends having an experienced installer
with the proper knowledge of electrical systems install the
device. Incorrectly wiring the power cable can result in damage
to the vehicle or the battery and can cause bodily injury.
1 Route the parking mode cable accessory to a location in the
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3
4
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vehicle with constant power, switched power, and a ground
connection.
Connect the BATT wire to a constant power source.
Connect the ACC wire to a switched power source.
Connect the GND wire to the bare metal of the vehicle's
chassis using an existing bolt or screw.
Plug the parking mode cable accessory into the USB port on
the camera.
Troubleshooting
The memory card lasts longer when more free space is
available on the card.
• Use a memory card with a higher storage capacity.
Because higher-capacity memory cards are overwritten less
frequently, they usually last longer.
• Use a high-quality memory card with a speed rating of class
10 or higher.
• Purchase your replacement memory card from a high-quality
manufacturer and a reputable vendor.
My video recordings are blurry
• Clean the camera lens (Cleaning the Camera Lens, page 4).
• Clean the windshield in front of the camera.
• Verify the area of the windshield in front of the camera is
cleared by the windshield wipers, and move the device, if
necessary.
My video recordings are choppy or
incomplete
• For the best camera and video results, use a high-quality
memory card with a speed rating of class 10 or higher.
A slower memory card may not record video quickly enough.
• If you are viewing videos on your smartphone using a
wireless connection to the camera, try viewing them in
another location with less wireless interference, or try
transferring videos to the smartphone (Trimming and
Exporting a Video, page 3).
• Transfer important recordings to a computer or smartphone,
and format the memory card (Formatting the Memory Card,
page 2).
• If the device displays a memory card error alert, first try
formatting the memory card (Formatting the Memory Card,
page 2) and then, if necessary, replace the memory card
(Installing a Memory Card, page 1).
• Update your device to the latest software (Product Updates,
page 4).
My camera feels warm while it is operating
It is normal for the camera to feel warm during typical use,
especially while it is recording high-resolution video or
transmitting a Wi‑Fi signal.
My memory card has degraded and needs to
be replaced
All microSD memory cards wear out after they are overwritten a
large number of times. Periodically formatting the card can
extend the useful life and improve performance. Because the
dash camera records continuously, you may need to replace the
memory card periodically (Installing a Memory Card, page 1).
Your device detects memory card errors automatically and alerts
you when it is time to format or replace your memory card.
You can take these actions to help extend the useful life of the
memory card.
• Format the memory card at least one time every six months
(Formatting the Memory Card, page 2).
• If the device displays a memory card error alert, first try
formatting the memory card (Formatting the Memory Card,
page 2) and then, if necessary, replace the memory card
(Installing a Memory Card, page 1).
• Turn off the device when your vehicle is not in use.
If your device is not connected to an ignition-switched vehicle
power outlet, you should turn off the device when your
vehicle is not in use to prevent the dash camera from
recording unneeded footage.
• Transfer saved video footage to a computer.
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Troubleshooting
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Index
B
Bluetooth technology, pairing a phone 2
C
camera, renaming 4
cameras, dash cam 1
cleaning, device 4, 5
computer, connecting 3
D
dash cam 5
memory card 1
recording audio 2
recording video 2
device overview 1
E
event detection 2
G
Garmin Express 4
updating software 4
L
LED 4
M
memory card 1, 2, 4, 5
installing 1
microSD card 1, 4, 5
mounting, windshield 1
multiple cameras 3
P
pairing, phone 2
parking mode cable 4, 5
phone, pairing 2
photos, viewing 3
power key 2
S
settings 3
setup 1
smartphone features, connecting 2
software, updating 4
T
troubleshooting 5
U
updating software 4
V
video
deleting 3
editing 3
photos, viewing 3
playing 3
quality 5
recording 2, 4
saving 3
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