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Sunday
Nov102013

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

***UPDATE - Now available for £25****

 

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,UPDATE - now £25! 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 PCloud. You can access those here: SAMPLE CLIPS

You can BUY ONE USING THE LINKS BELOW:

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

ebay (UK)

Amazon US 

Amazon UK

  

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Reader Comments (328)

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

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