Street Guardian makes a highly rated dash cam, and we decided to check out their 2018 model. We purchased this guy over at Amazon after reading positive reviews and got the version with a 32GB SD card for $189.95. You can grab higher memory versions, or just use your own micro SD card if you have one.
Dash cams can come in handy in a variety of situations. Using them as evidence in a courtroom will allow the judge to definitively side with you if you were not in the wrong. They are also always recording, meaning if something unexpected were to happen in front of you, you would have already captured the video.
These dash cams have come a long way over the past few years, especially in video quality. Street Guardian’s SGGCX2 V4 records in an amazing 1080p, all while providing audio and GPS information. It can even provide footage when your car is off after it has been rattled. As someone who has had burglar’s break into my car in the past, as well as someone who has had people hit and run my parked car, this dash cam is really quite convenient.
The most frustrating part of this dash cam is the installation. It is actually quite easy, but the instructions do not explain everything nicely. There is no list of what comes with your shipment, so figuring out how everything is used is a little confusing.
You will want to first place your dash cam behind your rearview mirror, on the passenger side. Make sure it has the ability to see a wide view of traffic. Use the 3M sticky pad provided in order to put it in place. Plug in the power cord into the back and you will then want to use the plastic prying instrument that is provided to start hiding under the upholstery at the top of your windshield. You will do this all the way to the corner of the passenger windshield.
You then follow this path all the way down the side of the windshield. Open your passenger door and follow the path under the passenger dash. You can use the provided 3M sticky cord holders for specific areas where the cords are not able to be hidden to make sure it all stays in place. This cord will then pop back out near the bottom of your dash, where hopefully your cigarette lighter is located. If it is not, you will need to continue this wiring to the spot where it can be plugged in.
Make sure to use the plastic prying device to help you hide these cords. Once you get that all setup, you can now stick the square GPS signal to the top corner of the passenger window. Make sure it is hidden as best as possible, and then plug it into the dash cam. You will then use the plastic prying device to hide the cord in the same section that the rest of your cords are hidden, and utilize the 3M sticky cord holders if needed.
If you did everything correctly the cords will be out of sight and it won’t even be noticeable that you have a dash cam installed. If it is plugged in, the device will now turn on when your car is on. You will want to choose the proper settings for date and audio at this time. Once all set up, angle the dash cam to your liking. You should be able to see a preview of the video, but it is best to take the memory card out and make sure it all looks as it should by plugging it into your computer.
Here is some test footage I recorded (sound was removed):
This device is not only taking audio, but it also takes video, records GPS locations, and even records your speed. 1080p allows for you to easily read license plates, and the device even works amazing at night.
Unlike many of the other dash cams on the market, the street guardian has very little 1 star reviews. It seems that this company cares about quality and customer service, so you can rest assured when purchasing, unlike I am noticing on many of their competitors.