-- Max. resolution: 1920×1080p @ 30fps
-- Price: Amazon US
-- Bit rate: 15 Mbps
-- Aperture: f/2.0
-- GPS (external)
-- WDR Super Night Vision
-- Small size (72mm x 52mm x 43mm)
-- Weight: 74g
-- Sony Exmor IMX322 sensor
-- Novatek NT96655 processor
-- 1.5″ screen
-- Angle of view: 135° diagonal, 112° horizontal
-- Operating temperature: from -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
-- Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
-- Video format: .MOV
-- Supports up to 256GB MicroSD cards (class 10 recommended)
-- Seamless recording
-- Optional CPL filter
-- Time and date stamp on video
-- Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
-- Interfaces: miniUSB, AV
-- Lock file button
-- Player software for Windows and Mac
-- Internal capacitor instead of battery
-- Internal microphone (mutable) and speaker
-- Adhesive mount
-- Wedge shape
The SG9665GC was released in early 2015 by the Australian company, Street Guardian. By their own words, they focus on using high quality components to provide better performance and stability in their products. Read on to see why we believe that at least in the case of this camera, they haven’t failed to deliver on their promise.
Street Guardian tend to give their dash cams names that are a bit on the long, cryptic side, so let’s start by having a look at the meaning of “SG9665GC”: SG stands for Street Guardian obviously. 9665 are the first 4 digits of the processor used in the camera (Novatek NT96655). G apparently stands for GPS, and C indicates the super capacitor used instead of a battery.
Externally, the SG9665GC looks very similar to the A118/B40 line of cameras. This is because it uses the same casing that made the A118 a huge success: With their unique wedge shape, one side of these cameras sticks directly to the wind shield (using an adhesive 3M pad), eliminating the need for a mount and thus making the installation a whole lot stealthier. Also, if you mount the device high on the wind shield, only the camera’s lens will be visible from outside of your car.
Internally, Street Guardian have upgraded most of the key components. The SG9665GC is based on a Novatek 96655 processor, which has better specs and a higher heat tolerance than the A118’s NT96650. A high quality 6-layer glass lens is used instead of the A118’s plastic lens. And last but not least, Street Guardian uses a high-end Sony Exmor IMX322 image sensor versus the A118’s Aptina AR0330. All in all, these improvements result in a camera that records much better video quality than the A118.
The SG9665GC records at 1080p resolution, with a bit rate of 15 Mbit per second. At day, video footage is excellent, with crisp colors and great visibility of details. At night, the SG9665GC records good quality video, enhanced by WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) processing which allows for improved visibility in low light conditions.
An external GPS unit is included with the camera that can be mounted elsewhere in your car. As of 2016, an optional CPL filter is now also available, but not included.
Other features of this device include seamless recording, time and date stamp on video, loop recording and auto on/off (the basic must-haves for any dash cam). Also, the camera’s SD card capacity has been increased to 256GB by a recent firmware update, allowing for a total recording capacity of over 37 hours.
A huge plus for Street Guardian as a company is that their customer service is known to be nothing short of excellent. They give fast, competent pre- and post sales support. This, plus the fact that the SG9665GC is getting great feedback from users around the world, makes this camera one of our favorites for the year of 2016.
If a stealthy, reliable, wedge shaped camera with great video quality and excellent customer support is what you’re looking for, this is definitely a dashboard camera that we recommend.
SG9665GC Video Samples
For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.
Day Time Video Sample
Day time video quality is excellent. All details, including license plates, are visible no matter whether standing still or driving by at high speeds.
Night Time Video Sample
At night, video quality is good. Details are well visible and license plates can be read easily, except when washed out by your own headlights depending on lighting conditions.
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