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Street Guardian Dash Camera V2 (SG9665GC)

Street Guardian Dash Camera V2 (SG9665GC)

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Here is a long, over-detailed review of the SG9665GC here (biased by a free camera?)

Personally I can't see the *value* of this over the A118C, which I have, and you can get for $50 from places like Gearbest. Someone reviewed the A118C here (in half the time of the SG9665GC review, and he shows one way to install, personally I think the wire cover is best not used at all):
It seems there is a problem with your product URLs. I am trying to go to `https://www.massdrop.com/buy/beltronics-vector-995-radar-laser-detector` but that url forwards me to this product url `https://www.massdrop.com/buy/street-guardian-dash-camera`. Can you please take a look, I would like to see the beltronics vector but I am not able to get to that page. Thanks
Jabs.per
Hey @Jabs.per,
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, we're working on fixing the links ASAP!
Sigh.. takes 4 weeks to get my dash cam. This may be my last Massdrop purchase.
Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 5/9.
Expect another update from us on 5/11 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
We just touched base again with our vendor, and they were able to provide us with some more concrete dates. They will be receiving their order on 5/2 and will immediately expedite the group's order to our warehouse. With this new information, fulfillment is now trending towards the end of next week.
We understand that the additional wait time is undesirable. If you prefer not to wait for your order and want to have it cancelled, please reach out via the "Contact Support" button in your transactions page. https://www.massdrop.com/transactions
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 5/4 or sooner if something comes up.
We just spoke with our vendor, and there's been a delay on their shipment from their supplier. Upon receipt, they will be expediting our order to ensure that our warehouse can start fulfillment as soon as possible. With the estimates that they are providing us, fulfillment is trending towards the end of next week.
We understand that the additional wait time is undesirable. If you prefer not to wait for your order and want to have it cancelled, please reach out via the "Contact Support" button in your transactions page. https://www.massdrop.com/transactions
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 4/27 or sooner if something comes up.
ArthurM
Seems like if we are having to wait for the vendor to receive the product from their vendor that we have a middle-man or two in the process. I thought massdrop prided itself on cutting out those middlemen and getting the best deal by going directly to the manufacturer?
Hawg
Hanst Massdrop become a publicity and marketing thing for companies? Usually if the price drops here, it drops everywhere else too. Here we just hype it up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Street Guardian Dash Camera V2 (SG9665GC) and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 4/22.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 4/20.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
**EDIT: Pushing Date Out
What's the return policy on this camera? Do we return it to massdrop or original seller?
Is there any way of getting WiFi on this unit? I love the recording quality but want to access recordings without having to reach the unit.
jzappacosta
@jzappacosta You can get WiFi if you buy the HooToo TripMate Nano (around $16)
JonDrop
I think you'd still have to physically pull the micro sd card out and use a usb adapter to stick it to the HooToo, though, so you'd still have to reach the unit.
I actually purchased and installed the generic version of this camera (A-118) a few weeks ago. Works great and very discrete. Mine was only $80 though. The only differences I'm aware of are the maximum SD card size (mine is officially 32GB maximum or 64GB in fat32 format), and the lens having a metal housing rather than plastic. Since these overwrite the oldest footage first, 32GB is plenty in my opinion. The metal housing could potentially be important in case of the camera getting too hot and the plastic potentially warping, but for me that's $5 more in parts for twice the price of the camera. You can upgrade the lens yourself pretty easily, too. Everything you need to hardwire can also be easily sourced on Amazon for under $15, just a mini-USB voltage converter and a little add-a-fuse adapter. As a side-note, a 2 amp fuse is plenty.
If you're not knowledgeable about dash cams, batteries are a safety concern as well. Generic models of this camera have the option of a capacitor in place of the battery to prevent any rupturing while being locked inside your hot car for hours. I got the capacitor model as my car is parked outside in LA 24/7. You're only sacrificing the option of recording when your car is off (unless you wire it to an always-on fuse). So if you're worried about someone vandalizing your car or hitting it while you're parked, a battery is best. The best thing about the A-118 is how it clips onto the windshield mount for easy removal and re-attaching if you're parked outside on a dangerously hot day. Most dash cams use suction cups which are usually a pain.
So, if you're hyper cautious and want an abundance of footage backlog this can be a good deal, otherwise the generic models are about the same. You wouldn't call them knockoffs or bootlegs so much as the exact same base models with no upgrades. You can even upgrade the firmware from any of these re-branded cameras if it's the same model, although if you get this one I'm not sure if that would affect the maximum SD card size.
Just thought I'd share my experience with this camera as the info is pretty spread out in bits around the net.
One last note, I believe an upgrade to this camera, the A-119, is going to be available some time this year. From what I've seen it's slightly larger, but flatter, with a significantly larger screen, and back-lit buttons as well. Something to keep in mind.
dabinchi
There's one critical difference you're missing.. the Street Guardian has a much better image sensor. By far the most important component in the device. The A118/A118C uses the Aptina AR0330, the SG9665GC uses a Sony IMX322. The Sony sensor is a better in every respect.. better overall image quality, better low light performance, and better motion capture.
Here is a side by side of the low light quality in both cams:

Skip to about 1:30 to really see the A118 start struggling.
I've been researching cams for months, this one has the best quality I've seen by a long shot.
MmmBeer
Here's the best comparison of AR0330 (Rexing/A118) vs Sony IMX322 (SG9665GC) sensor performance at night
Hey guys,
That's correct, the optional hardwiring kit is the CELL Power CPUSB01, the official hardwiring kit for the Street Guardian dash cam.
Here's a link for more info: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/products/cpusb01-mini-usb-hardwire-kit
@JJtoob @GrandPoobah @npthaiduong @MmmBeer
LukasM
Thanks for clarifying
Can you please give more information about the hardwire kit?
GrandPoobah
I am second for more information about the hardwire kit. Do I need extra items to connect it directly to the fuse box?
GrandPoobah
I'd like more info as well. The Cell Power CPUSB01 is the "official" hardwire kit.. is that what we're getting? It's normally $35-40, so if that's the one we're getting, it's a good deal. I just want to make sure we're not getting a crappy chinese knockoff or something.
This drop looks pretty appealing, but as i have a 93 ford ranger and am not able to wire this into my fuse box, how is it as far as a battery killer. Also sdhc cards are only up to 32gb. For more you need an sdxc card (i.e you cant get a 128gb sdhc card like in the product description). I looked it up and it does take sdxc cards.
garthvater111
Indeed it takes SDXC cards. I just bought two 64GB ones, and like I said earlier, I have seen forum posts stating the latest firmware now supports up to 200GB cards.
As far as battery killer, I wouldn't know. I mean, it's a capacitor camera, meaning it has no battery, so it would depend on how your car handles things after the ignition is off. For example, my car cuts off power to all accessory outlets after a couple minutes, so I can keep the camera connected 24/7 without worrying about draining the car's battery (camera hasn't had any issue powering off from cutoff instead of using the power button). If your car does not do that, you may need a power control kit. It'd be nice if this drop added a description and pictures of the hardwiring kit, because I'm not sure it is the same thing. What I'm talking about is this:
https://streetguardian.info/cell-power-cpusb01.html
Ha, just bought this from Amazon about a month back when I decided I wanted the latest version. I'm seriously considering getting into this drop to use it as a rear camera. This camera has tons of support and the firmware is constantly being worked on to improve it, since this combination of hardware is new. I believe it now supports up to 200GB cards. Questions about this camera are responded to very quickly over at the dashcamtalk forums. This is my first dash cam, and I feel I couldn't be happier with the quality and support. Got a few shots from outside and inside that you can see attached below. And now I just realized the tape on the thing that covers the cables is red... (I remember now I never actually used the adhesive, that part is basically floating in place because I didn't want to have it permanently there) A CPL filter can come in handy, and if the top of your dashboard is very bright, like mine, a dark dashboard mat can also help get rid of reflections. Another pointer: Pull the card carefully, not that you would damage anything, but I accidentally let it shoot out of the slot and got lost somewhere in the car lol.
A bit of a joyride last night: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxHu6guaLLLJN3lCN2MwRG5oSUU/view?usp=sharing
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This is a dash cam, so it is meant to be used for your cars (or trucks). This is not an action cam like the GoPro.
What's different in hardware kit for extra $25 and do I need one to mount the camera? It says installation kit is included so not sure if I need hardware kit or not.
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talhashah
You would need the hardwire kit to enable parking-mode recording without killing your vehicle's battery!
talhashah
the hardwire kit allows you to wire it up to the fuse box in your car. the bonus is that you can hide the long power wire along the panels of your windshield down to the fuse box. otherwise, you have to use the cigarette power adaptor and you'll have an ugly wire hanging from your dashcam.
Is the 2016 version?
Kdkinzer
Hey Kdkinzer,
Yes, this drop is for the most recent V2 model.
Does anyone know how well this product would fit onto a motorcycle helmet?
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Easton
Since the housing is built to place directly against a windshield the angle might turn out to not work well. Also, this definitely not waterproof or anything. If you're looking for something more affordable than a GoPro for that kind of use, check out the Mobius which has helmet mounts available from what I've read.
Easton
it won't. it's meant to use on a car windshield