When travelling to a new destination, a sat nav will be your new best friend to help ensure that you arrive on time and in the right direction. But sometimes driving isn’t all plain sailing and there can be a few accidental bumps and crashes along the way, even if it’s not your fault – but how would you prove that the driver in front cut into your lane when the crash happened? Well, that’s where a sat nav with dash cam come in!
The dash cam footage that has been reordered will be the evidence you need and that’s why dash cams are an important device to have in the car. In this article we’ll be revealing the seven-best sat nav with dash cam built in from best to worst so you can decide which is best for you.
We all know that Garmin are the kings of sat navs, so it’s unsurprising that they are first on our seven-best sat nav with dash cam list. This sat nav is a clever little device that can be used on the roads anywhere in Europe and has over ten features to keep you safe on the road!
If an accident was to happen on the road then this Garmin device will use the incident detection G-sensor which will automatically save files when the crash happens, and GPS will record exactly where and when events occurred. You can even watch back the footage on the sat nav or on a smart phone or tablet!
Let’s take a look at some of the main features of the Garmin 010-01682-13.
Garmin 010-01682-13 Features:
Smart Notifications and Voice-Activated Navigation: This feature allows to connect a Bluetooth smartphone to the sat navs drive assist and receive hands-free phone calls, text messages and calendar reminders on the sat nav display without ever removing your hands from the steering wheel to keep you and other drivers safe on the road.
Lifetime map updates: Garmin DriveAssist comes with lifetime map updates and a built-in Wi-Fi for easy map and software updates. To get these updates just connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and the updates will happen automatically whilst the sat nav is charging so the next time you’re driving to Heathrow Airport to catch a flight, there might be a quicker way!
Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D:
Our second best sat nav with dash cam is another Garmin! This sat has a 5-inch touchscreen with built-in dash cam that continuously records your drive and saves video on impact. This sat nav is more expensive than the previous one and contains some of the same features but not as many, which is why this Garmin is second on our list.
The Garmin DriveAssist also allows you to add a rear camera for extra road safety which isn’t included in the price. The BC 30 wireless backup camera will allow you to easily see pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and other obstacles in the camera when reversing to give you peace of mind knowing you won’t hit anything or cause damage.
Let’s take a look at some more features the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D can offer.
Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D Features:
Guidance using recognisable landmarks: We’ve all been there when you’re driving in the car and aren’t 100 percent sure where you’re going, even with the sat nav on and it tells you to take the second right after the fourth set of traffic lights by which point you’ve probably missed the turning. But this sat nav will speak to you like there’s a friend in the car and give out easy directions, for example: turn left after the red building or take the third exit towards Starbucks.
Traffic solutions: This plug and play traffic solution allows you to receive traffic updates as often as every 60 seconds! Digital Traffic is voice-activated, so it responds to spoken requests. It can give details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours.
Our third sat nav with dash cam is yet again another Garmin! This sat nav has the biggest screen we’ve seen so far at 6-inches which keeps you up to date with maps not just around the United Kingdom but Europe in general.
The high display resolution can be seen through the glass display of the sat nav where you can pinch the screen in order to zoom in closer to a destination. The product design also features a powered magnetic mount that securely holds and charges NuviCam as you drive, so there’s no chance of this falling off of the dashboard.
Let’s take a look at some of the features the Garmin NuviCam can offer.
Garmin NuviCam Features:
Premium driver awareness: This feature is typically found in luxury, expensive cars but now it’s available in a portable device that will go into any car, no matter how old. This feature gives out warning alerts if driving too close to the vehicle ahead. Or, if you drift off the road or into oncoming traffic, you will see and hear lane departure warning alerts.
Clear view of destination: It’s a pain when you need to pick somebody up and you have to drive around the road 5 times because the house number is nowhere to be seen but this Garmin sat nav will make that a thing of the past! When approaching select destinations, your NuviCam display will switch to camera view and a brightly coloured arrow will point exactly to where you want to go.
Aguri Car GT720:
Our fourth sat nav with dash cam is not a Garmin but instead an Aguri. Aguri may be a brand that’s not ringing any bells but don’t let that put you off! This brand is typically used as a sat nav for motorhomes, trucks, coaches and caravans but they also have a range for cars which is why we’re revealing all about this one.
The Aguri GT720 comes with a high resolution 7-inch screen with built in wi-fi which enables you to download free map and speed trap updates wirelessly without having to connect to a computer. This sat nav is operated by Android so it also allows you to browse the web and download apps such as ITV and BBC iPlayer however, we would recommend not to do any webs browsing or catch-up TV watching whilst driving as that’s extremely dangerous. If you know you’re going to be driving for a long time then give yourself a break, pull over somewhere and then watch the TV.
Aguri Car GT720 Features:
Share location with others: Pair this device with a smartphone to receive alerts about any mobile laser speed vans which have been reported by other drivers so you can stick to a safe speed limit and not get a fine for going over.
E-speed limit monitoring: All of the Aguri sat navs come with e-speed limit monitoring software so on the screen, the sat nav will tell you what the speed limit is and speed limit at which you’re travelling at which allows you to be confident the correct speed limit is being driven at.
Our fifth sat nav with dash cam is the MIO MiVue which has a 5-inch LCD touchscreen panel. This comes with a built-in suction cap that you’re able to make looser or tighter, so when driving and using the sat nav for directions, there’s no chance of it falling off.
This sat nav includes a 16gb micro SD card for you to save important dash cam footage onto which will record at wide viewing angle at 140 degrees wide -angle lens. Connect the sat nav to a mobile phone device using Bluetooth which will allow hands free calling. It automatically switches from navigation to phone mode every time a call is received.
Time to look at some MIO MiVue features in more detail.
MIO MiVue Features:
3-axis G-sensor: The G-sensor ‘feels’ it when there is a shock or a sudden movement. It’s triggered when a collision occurs from any direction including from rear of the vehicle and ensures that the dash cam saves the footage immediately and will save it to its own folder where nothing can overwrite the file meaning it will be on there forever.
IQ routes: IQ Routes uses real-life information collected from millions of drivers to optimise the route that is calculated to make the journey as quick as possible with avoiding heavy traffic. The enhanced LearnMe Pro monitors learns your driving style, providing you with personalised routes to suit preferences.
Aguri Car GT520:
For our sixth sat nav with dash cam, we’ve gone back to Aguri and the GT520 sat nav which has a few similar features to the Aguri GT720. This sat navs screen size is five inches and it comes with a 32GB micro SD card which will save dash cam footage and it all also be used if streaming television as this sat nav is operated by Android and allows internet access including access to BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.
Aguri Car GT520 Features:
Lane view: Knowing which lane to be in can be stressful if unfamiliar with the area, but there’s no need to worry as this sat nav has got your back. The Aguri GT520 will keep you in the right lane until it’s time to switch over with its advanced lane guidance.
HD dash cam: Looking back at footage will give even more clarity as the dash cam is full HD and gives a 130 degree angle so there’s no need to worry about not having caught the footage on camera as with that wide angle, you can rest assure that it will be there.
Garmin DriveSmart 51LMT-S:
Lastly, our seventh sat nav with dash cam is the Garmin DriveSmart 51LMT-S. This sat nav has a five-inch touch screen and it full HD. It also allows to you to connect it up to a smartphone via bluetooth and take phone calls using hands free.
The Garmin DriveSmart 51LMT-S gives real-time live traffic updates, parking, and weather information which helps you to plan ahead and beat traffic, or awful driving conditions. The mapping information is constantly updated, so you’re always in the know should emergency roadworks take place on your regular route to work.
So, let’s see what features this sat nav has.
Garmin DriveSmart 51LMT-S Features:
Lifetime map updates: Update maps for the UK, Ireland and Europe in a instance! Just connect the device to a Wi-Fi hotpot and it will be updated in no time!
Lifetime Traffic: Lifetime Traffic is a premium real-time traffic information service that shows exactly where delays start and end so you always know the fastest route meaning you can get home from work quicker rather than getting stuck in traffic.
How do I Watch my Dash Cam Footage?
Watching back the footage that the dash cam has picked up is very easy. All that needs to be done is to remove the memory card, insert the card into a computer or laptop and hey presto, you can start watching the footage! If however the SD card that you have is a micro SD then you will might need to buy an adapter for this before inserting it into a commuter as some computer SD slots aren’t suitable for micro SD’s.
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