Capitalizing on the success on their NuviCam products, Garmin has expanded into dash cameras for truckers. The Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S combines the robust GPS features found in the existing deZl lineup and combines the capabilities of a very capable dashcam. The deZlCam 785 LMT-S features a 7 inch display so it’s a fairly large sized device. Let’s get into the mount discussion.
Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S Included Mount
Smartly, Garmin continues to use their standard 17mm ball and socket design on the mounts. This is a proven design that has been in use with their deZl and Nuvi line for over ten years. That means there are a lot of mounts out there that can work with the Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S. Many mounts that fit the Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S may not mention that model. If it says it fits a Garmin Nuvi or garmin deZl, then it will fit this device.
The Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S comes with a magnetic cradle attached to one of their 17mm ball mounts. The Garmin Suction Cup with Magnetic Mount and Video-in Port includes a video-in port for the camera and powers your device while it’s mounted.
The cradle can be removed from the mount by pulling it off. This exposes a 17mm socket on the back of the cradle and this can be pushed onto any of the mounts used for a traditional Garmin vehicular GPS. Let’s look at a few examples.
Alternative Mounts for the Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S
One of the most popular mounts from Garmin is the Garmin Portable Friction Mount. This mount has been available since the early days of a Garmin Nuvi. The mount weighs 1.5 pounds. The bottom of the mount features a rubber coated base which is designed to stay put in most normal driving circumstances and most typical dashboards. There is a 17mm ball on the mount which will fit the back of your cradle that came with the Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S. Easy to install and very portable. We previously reviewed this mount and liked it a lot.
The photo that accompanies with this article is the Arkon Replacement Suction Cup Mount for Garmin Nuvi. It includes an adhesive dash disk. This is especially useful in states where windshield attachment is not allowed. The suction cup sticks to anything smooth and flat so it’s going to stick to your windshield as well as the included dash disk. I have recommended this mount for a long time for a few reasons. These mounts come with a 2-year warranty and these stick real well. Unlike the Garmin mount, this one has an adjustment point halfway down so you can adjust the height.
For those preferring a suction cup mount but don’t like adhesive, the Arkon Sticky Mounting Pedestal for Garmin Nuvi will adhere to anything that’s flat, even a textured dashboard. There is a sticky bottom that sticks to your dash. The bottom can lose the sticky feeling with a lot of use, but it’s easily recharged by washing it in some warm soapy water. Like the prior mount, this can also be adjusted up or down.
The Garmin deZlCam 785 LMT-S is a logical pairing of GPS and dash cam technologies. Most truckers need both and it makes sense to combine them into a singular device.