Garmin made a decision a few years ago to enter the camera market. I suppose the popularity of the GoPro had something to do with it. Combine it with the decline of the personal navigation device due to applications like Waze and Garmin needed to find other ways to keep Wall Street happy. The quality dash cam market is a good idea as there aren’t many high quality ones available. The Dash Cam 10 and Dash Cam 20 represent Garmin’s entry into this market. They then followed this up with the NuviCam which we wrote about here. The difference between the Dash Cam and NuviCam is the presence of a navigation GPS on the latter. If you just need a dash camera then the Garmin Dash Cam 20 or Dash Cam 10 is what you need.
The mount that comes with the Garmin Dash Cam 20 and Garmin Dash Cam 10 is the typical suction cup with 17mm ball on the end. This is the same one that is found on the ageless Garmin Nuvi line of GPS devices. If you are here because your suction mount has failed, take a moment to read our article on reviving a suction cup mount. If that doesn’t address your issue consider a replacement that’s sure to work out a little better. The Arkon Garmin Nuvi Suction Cup Mount comes with a 2-year warranty and has adjustment abilities not found in the stock Garmin mount. Although the mount is primarily sold for a Garmin Nuvi GPS, it also fits the Garmin Dash Cam because it uses the same 17mm ball as the GPS models.
Another interesting windshield mounting option for both the Garmin Dash Cam 20 and Dash Cam 10 is the Arkon Flexible Suction Cup Mount. This is the mount featured in the accompanying photo. The mount features a 7-inch flexible gooseneck that permits an infinite number of positions for your camera. The suction cup has a vacuum lock to get a good grip on your windshield.
There are a variety of other locations to mount your Garmin Dash Cam 20 or Dash Cam 10. A popular location for mounting a camera is the sun visor. You would want to use the passenger visor to keep it out-of-the-way of the driver. The presence of the camera will render the visor somewhat useless since it will need to be in the up position versus being used to block the sun. The Arkon Garmin Nuvi Sun Visor Mount has the 17mm ball needed to mount your camera. It clips over the top of the visor your Dash Cam will snap onto the mount.
Another common place to mount a dash cam is (not surprisingly) the dashboard. Mounting this camera on the dashboard will typically involve use of an adhesive mount. The RAM L’il Buddy Mount has an adhesive disk along with a 17mm Garmin ball at the end that will snap into the Dash Cam. The mount is made of plastic and comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty.
The key to mounting the Garmin Dash Cam 20 and Dash Cam 10 is the 17mm ball and stability. Be certain to use a mount that will provide a rigid enough hold to keep the video steady.