When launched during CES 2023 along with the Ring Car Cam, and the BlackVue series, Garmin announced that the Dash Cam Live is the company's first dash cam with built-in LTE and Cloud Connectivity - so our expectations were set really high.
Unfortunately, we found out that the Garmin Dash Cam Live's real benefits can only be unlocked with an active LTE data connection - which you can get after subscription. That means you can only access its features like Live View, View and Share Videos, Location Tracking, Parking Guard, Incident Detection, Theft Alerts, and Vault Storage if you subscribe to its plan that starts at $10 a month.
BlackVue Cloud, on the other hand, is a free add-on service for BlackVue users that includes Alert Push Notifications, Remote Live View, Video Backup or Auto Upload, Two-Way Communication, live GPS, Remote Video Playback, and Live Event Upload - more features compared to the Garmin Dash Cam Live. Obviously, it offers more than the Dash Cam Live’s Cloud, and if you want to have an upgrade and manage multiple vehicles for your fleet business, BlackVue also offers other paid subscription options to upgrade your plan.
The BlackVue cloud does require a connection to the internet, thankfully for this, BlackVue inclues a BlackVue SIM card, though there are monthly plans required for that. Alternatively, you can put a SIM card from your local carrier in the camera. Check out compatible carriers here.