Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ Review
Street Guardian is a brand that is mostly known for their high quality dash cameras. I first discovered them while I was looking for a camera for my first car. I browsed around subreddits and came across one dedicated to dash cameras. And I found countless of threads that all recommended the Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+. The only problem is that it’s a completely new model that was released in 2019. Which is why there aren’t that many reviews about it. That said, I was still blown away by the amount of recommendations I received, so I decided to try it out myself.
- Chipset: NOVATEK NT96663
- Sensor: Sony IMX 291 EXMOR R
- Dimensions: 72×45×35 mm / 2.8×1.8×1.4″
- Weight: 76 g / 0.17 lbs
- Field of View: 127°
- Video resolutions: 1920×1080 60/30 fps
- Modes: Continuous recording, Night mode, Parking (requires extra hardware kit)
- Features: GPS, G sensor
- Screens: 1.5″ HD TFT
- Ports: MiniUSB, GPS input, External camera
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 400 GB
In The Box
- Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+
- GPS antenna
- GPS extension cable
- 12/24V power cord
- Camera bag
- CPL filter
- Camera mount brackets
- Cable covers
- Mounting tapes
The Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ has a simple but extremely effective design. The camera is fully made out of black plastic. There’s really nothing special about it. But what really makes it so good is the shape. The dash camera can easily be mounted directly to the windshield. It has a dimension of 72×45×35 mm / 2.8×1.8×1.4″, which fits right next to the rear view mirror. All it takes is a piece of mounting tape to fix it to the window. It’s actually one of the reasons why it’s so highly rated among all the other dash cameras.
Street Guardian has also included a small 1.5″ HD TFT screen. Unfortunately it isn’t a touchscreen. That’s why there are 5 physical buttons positioned right underneath it. They face downwards, directly towards the drivers seat, while its mounted. This allows you to control the camera without having to take it off the mount. And if you do need to do that, then all you have to do is simply slide it off the bracket.
There are also a bunch of ports on the dash camera. For example there is a dedicated port for an external rear camera. There is also an input for an external GPS as well. But besides those two, it’s pretty standard. The dash camera gets its power from a Mini USB port that can be connected to a cigarette lighter. This camera does not have an internal memory, which is why there is also a MicroSD slot on the side.
What made the Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ dash camera stand out for me was the insane amount of accessories included. Not only do you receive all of the cables, mounting brackets but also clips and covers. These help tremendously at having a clean cable route. But that’s not all, you also get an external GPS antenna. Some Amazon packages even include MicroSD cards. You basically get absolutely everything to install the dash camera.
If you want to add a rear camera or parking mode, then you can do that as well. Street Guardian sells all of the extras required to enable them. Which means that you can always add extras to the SGGCX2PRO+. That’s a huge plus for me as you don’t need to buy a completely new camera if you want to add more features.
So far I have only praised its design and range of accessories. But when it comes down to, the only features that really matter are video quality and reliability. And I have to say that the Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ is excellent at recording. It has a powerful Sony IMX 291 sensor that’s paired up with the NOVATEK NT96663 processor. This combination can record videos at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It can also do that at up to 60 fps. This is extremely useful for when you are driving at a high speed. There is a but however. It can only record at 60 fps in a single-channel. So if you are using a rear camera as well, then you can only record at 30 fps.
As you can see from the video above, the image is super clear. Even near the edges, which I’m quite surprised by. Mostly because I’m used to reviewing action cameras and there is always at least some blur around the edges. But that’s not the case with the Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+. And most importantly, you can always clearly see the number plates. Even when the cars next to you. But that’s during the day, let’s see how well it performs during the night.
Obviously the image isn’t as clear as during the day, but it’s still really good. Especially when you compare it with a bunch of other dash cameras in its price range. You aren’t able to see number plates clearly from far away, but they do get more visible the closer you get. It’s also extremely good at minimizing glare from the car lights. That’s thanks to the included CPL lens filter.
What I like about the Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ is how simple it is. It’s not loaded with a bunch of fancy features that you’ll never use. All you need to do is turn on the continuous recording mode and forget it. It will keep recording until the memory card gets full and then start writing over old footage. Plus it has a G-sensor, which basically saves the exact moment when a crash happened. It saves the footage separately, so that it won’t get overwritten. It also has an external GPS antenna that saves all the data. Such as coordinates and movement speed. You can later on display all of the data on the video.
There is also an option to enable parking mode. But for that, you need to purchase a separate hardwire kit from Street Guardian.
This dash camera does not have WiFi. Which also means that you can’t pair it up with your phone. So you are stuck with using the small 1.5″ TFT screen and the 5 physical buttons. On the plus side, they have made it as straight forward as possible to navigate through the settings. And it’s not like you constantly need to access it. Just configure the frame rates, set the record mode and done. After that you can just use the screen to quickly view recordings. So while it would be nice to have an option to do that from a phone app, it still gets the job done. Also the menu is in English, so you don’t need to worry about a language barrier.
The Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO+ is currently one of the top rated dash cameras. It makes sense why it’s so highly rated. I mean it has a fantastic video quality, its easy to use and even easier to install. I mean the whole package is impressive. Also this is the upgraded version that came out in 2019. They kept the same hardware of the original X2PRO but added a new firmware to it. This update enabled the camera to accept a better external rear camera. Which again is a huge plus for it. That said, I recommend checking Reddit as well for updates. I know that there’s a lot of people there who use this particular dash camera and they will surely post their opinion if anything should happen to it.
One of the best dash cameras in its price range in 2019!