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Sunday
Nov102013

SVC200 is the best £100 action camera I've found (So far).

I think I've come out ahead in the great ebay crap-shoot this year. In amongst the usual dross, I've picked up some excellent cameras, the Mobius, SJ1000, Mini 0801 and I now can add the TCL SVC200 to that prestigious list. 

This is the best action camera I've found in the £100 price bracket, and I don't believe I've tested another action camera at any price that can outperform it when it comes to video quality, and that's mostly down to the SVC200's unusually high 18Mbps data rate.

My full review is below - and below the embedded video you'll find the downloadable clips and buying links.

 

I've uploaded some clips to DumpTruck. You can access those here: SAMPLE CLIPS

If you just want one clip to see the true quality - here's a short 1080p30 Bike video on Dropbox.

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ebay(US) (US Sellers are calling this camera the Coleman Conquest)

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Reader Comments (207)

Does the low light sensibility stay the same with 1080P 30/25, 720P 60/50/30/25 ? I would imagine the camera might do something clever like combining pixels when in 720P 30 for better low light.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterASDinternet

720p30 and 1080p30 seem to perform the same as one another in low light. I didn't try 720p60, because it would definitely be worse.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice review of a cracking looking bit of kit. Will have to look for a lavalier microphone with a windshield that is suitable for use a bike, as this is really getting there!

As ever, thanks for the reviews!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

you got to try the HackHD

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkfir

Side mounts on the clip system and case seem to match the strap-holes on the remote... maybe so you can take it with you without misplacing it?

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebounD11

The strap hole slots are a different distance apart from one another to the mystery mount protrusions - they have no relation to one-another.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Fair enough, seemed similar on the video. Nice job with the review :)

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebounD11

Yes - this one took a few weeks to put together...I'll be looking to do some easier videos next, the last couple have been much too elaborate.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

That camera seems to be able to make very nice image, clouds on the sky and shadow areas looking nice in the same frame. Night time footage doesn't look too bad either. Very wide angle lens also, overall seems to be indeed a great action camera for the price :)

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

Mr. Techmoan,

Here's what the slots in the waterproof case are for:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Midland-XTA113-Surfboard-Mount-for-Action-Cameras-/310792544356?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

In the US Ebay, that basic same camera is a "midland" a company that is known for citizen band radio's. But jumped on the wagon of action cams.

The slots are to go into a SURF BOARD mount.

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Dave "Jettywolf"

Mr. Techmoan,

Here's the mystery Camera waterproof case "slots:.

Those slots in the case go on a "surf board" mount.

In the USA the camera is called a Midland. The rado company jumped on the Chinese action cam wagon.

Here's the usa Ebay listing showing the case and mount:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Midland-XTA113-Surfboard-Mount-for-Action-Cameras-/310792544356?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Dave "Jettywolf"

Many thanks for another excellent review.

Do you know if this camera has 'rain resistance' without the waterproof case

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

You'll definitely need the case on even in a light shower. The water would get in the mic or speaker holes.

November 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Techmoan,

Could you review some action cams side by side? Maybe you can take sample videos for side by side compare?


Thank you

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBulent

Check for yourselves, but this camera looks identical to the Braun SixZero action camera that Halfrauds are selling at £230 in the UK.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingPanMan

Thanks for the review!
What are the options for an external battery? I'd like close to 4 hours battery life if possible?!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRex

Like most USB powered devices, phones, tablets, etc, you can buy a USB battery pack and extend the usage time to whatever you need.

November 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

How long does it run for when powered on but not recording ?. I'm thinking that the remote is a nice idea but if the cam has to be powered up all the time the battery is still being drained. Shame the remote doesn't switch the camera on/off.

Thought the sky looked a little odd (turquoise) in a lot of the shots but other than that this looks like the best all rounder I've seen so far.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexie

Hello Techmoan,

Thanks for your great reviews. They helped me to come down to choose between two models.
The SVC200 and the SJ1000, but I can't decide!
Big difference in price but the remote is a nice thing to have. Apart from that, in term of picture quality, the essence of a camera, strangely, I can't see a big difference between, both, in fact from the samples I would almost give an advantage to the cheap SJ1000. But this does not seem to match the idea you carry that suggests the SVC200 video quality is particularly good.

Could you advise please? Many thanks!

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLud

Lud. These things are largely down to personal preference. The SVC200 is a better constructed camera, stronger and with better mounts and cases...and a standard tripod mount. The image quality between the two is approximately the same, but the SVC200 has a lot less fisheye. If I had £60 I'd buy the SJ1000, but if I had £100 I'd buy the SVC200.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello, is the remote control waterproof?
Main use will be in a kayak.

I'm hesitating between SVC200, RD32II, and Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p (same class of prices, however the SVC200 is not easy to find with a shipping to France... surprising).
Bravo for your amazing site!
L

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

Laurent, that's a good question , and I'd assume it was waterproof, but I just don't know for sure.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was looking at a 5v external battery pack, but the Nokia battery is only 3.7v
Will this be an issue?
Sorry I'm not very electrical-savvy

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRex

USB is all 5V, don't worry about the battery voltage...the camera takes care of the difference. Look for the amps though, the more the better. So get a USB battery pack with 1Amp or higher output.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

OK great... thanks for your reply and your superb site!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRex

Is it possible to invert the video image in the camera or does that have to be done in post?

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Freund

Can you test Rollei Youngstar camera?

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRollei youngstar

Hi,
which SD card did you use?
Because bitrate is higher than other cam usually have.

Thx,

L.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeos

I always use a Sandisk Ultra 32GB Micro SD - You'll see a link to this on the right of the page.

November 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Great review (as usual). the item is no longer available for this price (amazon has only 5 items left and its £123). ebay UK is out of stock.
do you know anywhere else i could buy this under £100?
Also, in the future, if you can try and mount the camera on the handle bar (i have the NC700 as well) - it would be grand. I would like to keep a record while commuting.

Thanks, Omer

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

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