The Panorama G (GPS) Street Guardian SGZC12SG is one of the top end cameras on the market specifically build to be placed in the dash of a vehicle. It features some of the best components available in dash camera technology and combines them in a well made and robust package that compliments the selected components well together to make a great complete package. The below review will detail the components used and the results you can achieve with them.
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Street Guardian have released a number of Panorama cameras over the years with the Panorama II, the Panorama S and now the Panorama G, release in mid 2014 is the latest and most up to date model available. The models have improved flaws and added features as the line has grown to arrive at one of the best cameras on the market today.
Panorama G Street Guardian SGZC12SG Lens
The Panorama G (GPS) Street Guardian SGZC12SG packs some of the best lens and WDR technology to offers some of the best video quality on the market during the day and the night. The Full HD 1080p recording at 30fps is standard for the market but the clarity and lighting really sets this camera apart from some of it’s cheaper competitors.
Panorama G Street Guardian SGZC12SG Hardware
The device comes with all of the top features you’d expect from a camera, such as a built in G-sensor to detect incidents, locking down the footage for safety. An inbuilt GPS module to Geo-tag the footage it takes so you can re-play later and link up with google maps. A “Parking Mode” with motion detection, designed to activate when a driver is near the front of your car, filming them incase they bump you. And a large, 2.7″ capacitive touch screen to display the footage being capture as well as configure the device. It has support for up to a 256GB memory card, one of the highest in it’s class as well as A high heat resistant capacitor, capable of withstanding temperatures up to 90c.
Panorama G Street Guardian SGZC12SG Gallery
Panorama G Street Guardian SGZC12SG Features
Built In G-Sensor
The integrated G-Sensor looks out for any collisions and if it detects one, it will lock the footage safely, keeping it for later study and stopping it being overwritten by the rolling footage features.
HD 1080p Video Recording
Some of the most impressive quality visuals on the market today, capable of recording at 1080p at 30fps with superb quality both day and night..
2.7″ Capacitive Touch Screen
The large 2.7″ capacitive touch screen offers an easy way to configure the camera as well as a great preview to the footage you will be taking when it’s setup.
Built in GPS
The built-in GPS means all the footage you take will be geo-tagged, allowing you to track your journeys and incidents on google maps for your convenience.
The parking mode that the Panorama G comes equipped with keeps you safe, even when you are away from your vehicle. It has a front mounted motion sensor that starts recording when it detects movement at the front of your car, potentially capturing any bumps your car may experience in your absense.
Over the years of development this camera has went through a lot of the issues have been ironed out with hardware and firmware updates. There are however a few that remain:
If you have a faulty model, there is potential to get a jumbled mess of colors on recordings rather than what you would expect. The course of action here is to have the camera swapped out for a new one..
Lack of Daylight Savings Time
Currently, the Panorama G doesn’t adjust or have an option to adjust for daylight savings time. The can be remedied by altering the timezone as required.
Panorama G SGZC12SG right for you?
If the price of this camera meets with your maximum budget there is no better camera for the money. It has a solid list of components, good form factor and performs well. The video quality during the day is great and is more than acceptable at night. If you have a higher budget, there are of course better cameras out there. Please also factor an SD card into the price as one is not included in the box.
Although there are some issues as noted above, the seem to affect a low number of units. This is a best in class camera and very easy to recommend if this is as far as your budget can stretch.
Where to Buy
Particularly when it comes to Chinese cameras, it’s best to purchase from a reputable source, such as Amazon: