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Old 24th August 2016, 12:37   #16
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Harsh, one question:

In regular use, the way you have installed the dash cam, how easy or difficult is it to remove the SD card from the camera to view on the computer, and how easy is it to put it back into the camera? Specifically with the way you've positioned the camera.

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Harsh, one question:

In regular use, the way you have installed the dash cam, how easy or difficult is it to remove the SD card from the camera to view on the computer, and how easy is it to put it back into the camera? Specifically with the way you've positioned the camera.

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The SD card can be retrieved and inserted back without removing the camera from the mount. There's enough space on the side.
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Night footage ( clear view after a brief shower clearing the pollution and haze)

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Old 30th August 2016, 13:53   #19
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SG9665GC vs Mobius - Night

Mobius with C2 lens - Settings - 1080p, 30fps, WDR - on, FOV - wide.

SG9665GC - 1080p 30fps, WDR - on, Metering - centre.







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Hi Harsh,

I got a generic A118 and using Samsung 32GB class 10 card with it. From day 1 it has been highly unreliable, the camera stops recording in between and several of the recorded clips are less than 3minutes(random lengths like 0:59, 1:27, 2:00 etc). Did you face such issues with Viofo A118C?

I am mulling over buying Street Guardian despite its prohibitory pricing. What card it came with, is it the high endurance type? My main requirement is reliability i.e the camera shouldn't fail to record any time even when in use for continuous periods. Please do share any information on this and help me decide.

Thanks for such a detailed review.
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Hi Harsh,

I got a generic A118 and using Samsung 32GB class 10 card with it. From day 1 it has been highly unreliable, the camera stops recording in between and several of the recorded clips are less than 3minutes(random lengths like 0:59, 1:27, 2:00 etc). Did you face such issues with Viofo A118C?

I am mulling over buying Street Guardian despite its prohibitory pricing. What card it came with, is it the high endurance type? My main requirement is reliability i.e the camera shouldn't fail to record any time even when in use for continuous periods. Please do share any information on this and help me decide.

Thanks for such a detailed review.
I've never faced such issues with the Viofo A118C. Try changing the card and see if the problem persists. Also are you using the supplied charger?

I received a 32GB card (which I don't use) with the camera, it isn't the high-endurance one, normal 400x red and black Transcend. These are MLC based cards and are highly recommended by the manufacturer, I'm using two 64GB ones for both the SG9665GC and the Mobius without any issues whatsoever.

The GC's scores full points for reliablilty, not a single missed or corrupt recording till date.

V3 will be out soon. Improvements are a better lens, notches on the lens housing to accomodate a CPL filter (which'll be included) and a pre-flipped GPS module with a shorter cable.
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I've never faced such issues with the Viofo A118C. Try changing the card and see if the problem persists. Also are you using the supplied charger?
I figured it out, it was the 'Motion Detect' feature ! it was set to 'ON'. When motion detection is set to ON, the camera records only when it detects a 'motion', so in long highway runs when there is nothing much happening camera stops recording. This feature is seemingly inaccurate and unreliable and hence advised to not to use it(Reference dashcam related forums)

At present using cigarette plug USB adapter of 'Anker' brand and my hardwire kit already on its way.

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I received a 32GB card (which I don't use) with the camera, it isn't the high-endurance one, normal 400x red and black Transcend. These are MLC based cards and are highly recommended by the manufacturer, I'm using two 64GB ones for both the SG9665GC and the Mobius without any issues whatsoever.

The GC's scores full points for reliablilty, not a single missed or corrupt recording till date.
Great to know GC is very reliable and I think MLC based memory card is a must for dashcams for reliability and peace of mind.

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V3 will be out soon. Improvements are a better lens, notches on the lens housing to accomodate a CPL filter (which'll be included) and a pre-flipped GPS module with a shorter cable.
I am afraid it would cost even higher !, any idea if it is going to be a dual channel version?
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I figured it out, it was the 'Motion Detect' feature ! it was set to 'ON'. When motion detection is set to ON, the camera records only when it detects a 'motion', so in long highway runs when there is nothing much happening camera stops recording. This feature is seemingly inaccurate and unreliable and hence advised to not to use it(Reference dashcam related forums)

I am afraid it would cost even higher !, any idea if it is going to be a dual channel version?

Yup, motion detect's known to cause such errors due to the poor implementation, it's been reported to be working way better for some folks with the A119. Personally if I'd want any kind of motion detect or parking mode function, my choices would be limited to cameras with proper motion-detect implementation and pre-buffered parking mode.

Don't think it'll cost a lot more than the V2 due to the CPL as it's a mass produced version, the CPL isn't out yet but from what I've read, it shouldn't be more than $20.

Again from what I've read on DCT there's a dual channel and a remote dual channel version under development, the dual channel will be out a lot sooner.
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Fantastic review of a fantastic dashcam! Thank you for putting together such an extensive review with tons of comparision videos, detailed installation instructions etc.

When I was looking for a dashcam for my Polo GT TSi, I had the same priorities that you had. I had compared the A118, Mini 0806 and the SG9665. What made me choose the SG were:
  • The glass lens in the SG vs. plastic lens in other dashcams which result in better video. The Lens is the major contributor towards video quality.
  • The metal lens mount in SG vs. plastic mount in A118, which could cause image warping when exposed to higher temperatures.
  • The Novatek chipset producing high quality night time videos.

I think SG could prove to be much more reliable than the others. With these positives, I think it is totally worth spending those extra bucks on the SG.

Can you point me to the link from where I can download the latest firmware? I see that the latest firmware has speed information embedded in the video. My dashcam has an earlier firmware version that does not embed speed information.

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The latest public versions can be found here -

https://streetguardian.info/support

Beta releases here -

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/thread...-access.16310/

My GC is on the latest Beta available.
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Post cleaning the front windshield from the inside and the GC's CPL using a Lenspen a week or so back, the next day I'd noticed the VLT70 clear film was peeling off the glass from one of the top corners.

The 3M SP70 had always appeared to have a very milky haze to it under white LED or T5 street lighting, the slight peeling gave me a strong urge to go park under a streetlight and check if the difference could be compared; through the inch of (now) exposed glass.

Wasn't really surprised as I did expect a cleaner/clearer view but never expected the difference to be as drastic as it turned out to be. Guess what happened next?

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Didn't look as dark as can be seen in the pictures above when I'd gotten it installed. The samples stuck on the dealer's office glass door (that sold me) also looked like a non-tinted clear film. Seriously confused about the shade of the film that's come off.

Not too bummed as this is their inexpensive version. would it have been the CR70, that would've hurt.

Since all the videos posted in this thread have been recorded whilst the 3M VLT70 clear film was installed on the front windshield, I'll be adding new videos with and without the CPL as the film has now been removed.

New Videos without the 3M VLT70 film

Firmware - Beta 27

1080p @ 30 FPS, WDR - on, Metering - centre, Contrast - medium, CPL - no.



https://www.dropbox.com/s/vku50hu1sg...B27-1.mov?dl=0










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Firmware - Beta 27

1080p @ 30 FPS, WDR - on, Metering - centre, Contrast - medium.



https://www.dropbox.com/s/3dvrfl3f2eb7ir2/mkt.mov?dl=0

Without CPL

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With CPL

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Without CPL



https://www.dropbox.com/s/nnyizg90qp...wocpl.mov?dl=0

With CPL



https://www.dropbox.com/s/t8nizr991o956pa/wcpl.mov?dl=0
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Hi harsh79,

My StreetGuardian is a little lose on the base and due to this there is lot of vibration in the video when going over rough roads. Do you have this problem? If yes, how did you solve it?

I see some pieces of double coated tissue tapes in the package. Are these meant to tightly secure the camera to the base?
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Hi harsh79,

My StreetGuardian is a little lose on the base and due to this there is lot of vibration in the video when going over rough roads. Do you have this problem? If yes, how did you solve it?

I see some pieces of double coated tissue tapes in the package. Are these meant to tightly secure the camera to the base?

Hey graaja,

I've never had vibration issues as I'd stuck one of the EVA foam pads supplied with the camera from the very first day to the mount.

One pad should be enough to get the snug fit back.
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