Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO

Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO front dash cam

Technical Specifications

– Max. resolution: 1920x1080p @60fps
– Optional rear camera (not included)
– Price: Amazon US / CA / UKeBay US / CA / UK / AU (for more countries & vendors, check below)
– Bit rate: 18 Mbps
– Aperture: f/2.0
– GPS (external, included)
– WDR enhanced night vision
– 1.5″ Screen
– Novatek 9663 processor
– Sony IMX291 Exmor R sensor
– Size: 72mm x 45mm x 35mm (2.8″ x 1.8″ x 1.4″)
– Weight: 76g (2.68oz)
– Angle of view: 120° diagonal
– Operating temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
– Storage temperature: from -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
– Video format: MOV
– Supports up to 400 GB class 10 MicroSD cards
– Time and date stamp on video
– Optional speed stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
– Optional time-lapse parking mode (hard-wiring kit not included)
– Lock file button
– Clip-on CPL filter (included)
– Viewing software for Windows and Mac
– Internal capacitor instead of battery
– Internal microphone (mutable) and speaker
– Adhesive mount (suction cup mount also available)
– Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO Review

The SGGCX2PRO is essentially a single-channel version of Street Guardian’s SG9663DC, with the option of adding a rear camera later. The SGGCX2PRO replaces the SGGCX2, which has been discontinued as the X2PRO version is better (according to the manufacturer).

The casing of the two is actually the same, so the X2PRO looks the same as the X2 except that the AV-out port has been replaced by a port to connect a rear camera (which is not included). Street Guardian are planning to add various rear camera options (including a waterproof camera that can be mounted on the car’s outside) in the future.

At the time of writing, only one rear camera option is available: A standard model to be mounted inside the rear window. Video quality of the rear camera is very good though, similar to the SG9663DC.

Just as most other Street Guardian dash cams, the SGGCX2PRO runs at a resolution of 1080p. When running in single channel mode, it can do 60 frames per second (fps). If you add a rear camera, both channels will run at 1080p with 30fps.

Video quality of the X2PRO is excellent at day, and very good at night. You should be able to read most license plates without pausing the video, even when driving by at high speeds. Of course at night, it can happen that license plates are washed out by our own headlights, but this occurs less than with most other dash cams.

At the time of this writing in November 2018, the SGGCX2PRO is the dashboard camera with the best video quality hands down compared to any other dash cam.

This camera doesn’t support Wi-Fi, but with its 1.5″ screen it is relatively easy to set up and use. On the top there are connectors for the power cable, for the external GPS mouse which is included in the package, and for an optional rear camera.

SGGCX2PRO's buttons and connectors diagram with labels

 

There are five buttons below the screen, from left to right: Power, Menu, Lock File, Toggle Recording, and Mute Mic. The last two buttons also serve to move up and down in the menu.

The MicroSD card slot is on the left. The X2PRO takes memory cards up to 400GB in size. 400GB will hold over 49 hours of video.

SD cards are the most common source of errors in dash cams: Make sure to use only the card that came with the camera. If you need to get a new card, always go for a high endurance card. Non-high endurance cards are not made to withstand the stress of permanent writing.

If the camera detects of a problem with the memory card, it will alert you with an audible beep. This is preferable to visual warnings, which might go unnoticed if you don’t pay attention to the camera’s screen.

With a hard-wiring kit (available separately for around $30 — see see Amazon US / CA / UK), the X2PRO support a simple time-lapsed parking mode that records at a reduced frame rate while your car is parked.

The camera will fit on normal car windows, as well as on vertical windows as in buses or trucks.

Last but not least, as we have often noted elsewhere, Street Guardian offer outstanding quality control, as well as great pre- and post-sales customer support. Based out of Australia originally, they also have an office in the US which will be available to help you in case of any questions or problems. They offer a 2 year warranty if you register your product within 21 days after purchase (1 year warranty otherwise).

Comparison: SG9663DC vs. SGGCX2PRO

Internal technology and chipset are the same for both cameras. The X2PRO uses a smaller casing than the DC (the X2PRO has a 1.5″ screen, while the DC’s screen is 2″). The X2PRO is available as a single channel model.

Ports for connecting cables are on top, while the DC has them on the side. A cover for the cables is included with the X2PRO for clean installation.

The X2PRO doesn’t have Wi-Fi. (The 9663DC does support Wi-Fi, even though it is not currently advertised as such because it took them longer than expected to develop the smart phone app. )

Summary

The Street Guardian’s SGGCX2PRO top-rate video quality, high reliability, and excellent customer support make it one of our favorite dashboard cameras of late 2018. The option to add various rear-cameras is a great idea, however at the moment “only” a standard rear camera is available (although with very good video quality). We will see what other options Street Guardian come up with in the future.

For those who’d like a dual-channel dash cam but can’t afford one right now, the X2PRO allows you to  get the front unit first, and the rear camera at a later time.

To sum it up, if you can do without Wi-Fi and are happy with time-lapse parking mode, this camera leaves very little to be desired, and is definitely a recommended buy. We’re giving five stars for this excellent product.

Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO 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 Front Video Sample


Day time front video quality is excellent. Vivid colors, lots of detail even in remote objects such as foilage of trees standing near the road.

Night Time Front Video Sample

Night time video is very good. Footage is sharp, with all details clearly visible. Other cars’ license plates are easy to read most of the time even when driving by at high speeds, except when washed out by our own headlights, which doesn’t happen all too often though.

Where To Buy

The Street Guardian SGGCX2PRO is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

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