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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)

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Reader Comments (328)

Omer, It's still available on ebay UK at under £100. I've updated the links in the article - click them now to see the remaining stock.

November 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello,
I just got the camera and set it up and I have an issue regarding the true frame rate of the camera I got:
I was playing with the frame rate and resolution set-up and on the screen, in contrast to FHD30fps and HD60fps as mentioned and shown in the user manual and all the advertisements, my little screen shoes FHD25fps and HD50fps.
So less than advertised and obviously different from the picture in the user manual

So my questions are at techmoan:
-In the one you tested what does the display indicates, so you have the same mismatch?
-Is there a simple way to check the frame rate I really have ( I would not mind a display error, but I would mind losing 5fps)?

Many thanks and best regards,

Lud

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLud

Lud, You've set the SYSTEM TYPE to PAL - which is 50fps and 25fps. Set it to NTSC if you want 60fps and 30 fps. This is covered in the video at 19:20

November 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Thanks for the Ebay link. The 2 sellers under £100 say the item is in cardiff, but searching on the seller tells you they are from Hong Kong.

Anyway, thanks for the update, and keep up the good work!
I guess I will need to wait for the next version, or if a UK seller will start selling the item under £100 again.


Omer - London

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Hi,
Can you subjectively compare the camera with sony action?

is worth paying extra for sony?


L.

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeos

I like the image stabilisation, the LCD attachment and the low light capability of the Sony. I don't know if these are relevant to you though.

November 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi! Sorry again

If been following your channel for a while and it's impressive the quality of the reviews you make.

From your experience. Would you recommend better the TCL SVC200 as POVcam for Airsoft? This one, the Mobius, a Contour or a Sony?

Specially which is easier to set on the side of the head, a hator a cap?

Thank you very much

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeLaCruz_91

Joovuu has them at 85 pounds http://joovuu.com/home/88-tcl-svc-200.html

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

http://joovuu.com is trusted site - Techmoan ?
someone (Techmoan ?) was checking and ordered cameras from this side ?
It is registered recently
have any good reviews somewhere ?
(or it is a fake site like in last time www.retrobut.pl in my country ?)
Greetings from Poland

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichal

Just received my order from Joovuu and it's NOT the TLC SVC 200. It's a completely different model, worse design no external mic panel, inferior case with mechanical on/off switch. Not happy seeking a refund...

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlacker

I have also received an order from Joovuu and the same thing. They have now altered their website stating it is not a TLC SVC200 but a SJ3000. Also seeking a refund.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hi Techmoan,

Thank you so much for your reviews! Such a great job! Taking the cams on your bike is such a good way to test them!
On a private sale website I found a rollei S-50 for around £160 with all kind of accesories you can find. I now think maybe I should cancel and buy this one...
My question is have you ever put some thoughts in testing all the AEE cams (rollei rebrand them)? AEE cams are coming from the same factory as gopro, they are just older gen gopro with different components. They often come around £100 pound for older ones (sd 19 20 21 or rollei 4S 5S)
So should I cancel and buy this one instead? I know it s a hard question since you haven't tested any of the AEE, but just remember they are about the same quality as a go pro 3 white.
Thanks again. Also on a personal note I see all those bad comments on you tube about gopro owners that just don't accept that you can get a decent cam for a 1/3 price they paid their for... I say just ignore them. A lot of people appreciate the job your doing.
Finally, a lot of great footage from gopro comes from video editing...so 98% of us that just do basic video editing will get about the same out of a go pro a sony or maybe even this badboy...but people just don't accept that!

Stephen

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Follow up to my previous comment re wrong item supplied by JooVuu.

I have received an apology and explanation from JooVuu re wrong item, appears to be a genuine mistake. I have also received a full refund so I have to give them credit for the excellent Customer Service.

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hello there, first and foremost another BIG thank you for your time and effort put into these reviews.
Regarding this particular camera I have been searching for information about the remote control ability to start/stop recording of multiple cameras like the GoPro does. No luck so far anywhere.
The same camera appears to be Midland brand but again searching thorugh all the different models offered no indication of the ability of the remote ability to simultaneously toggle recording on/off for multiple units.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR9.TRC1.A0.Xmidland+hd&_nkw=midland+hd&_sacat=0&_from=R40

My intended application is for multi angle motorcycle riding recording.

If you should know the answer or know of which OEM site to seek for this I would be grateful.

Thank you,

Giorgio

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgio

Hi Techmoan,
If SVC200 is no longer available in UK is there any chance you'll look at sj3000 camera? There is no review on web jet, and I'm wondering to get it but I don't want to lose it like SVC200.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

JooVu have new stock as of 9th Dec @ £98 freepost, received mine yesterday. I noticed the hi-pitched whine at low noise but noticed the same thing on footage from a mates Go-Pro Hero3 silver at the w/e. Keep making a noise when recording - no whine! I have no real need for a completely waterproof case but the stifling of the internal mic by the case worries me. I might drill a small hole through the case near the mic to improve sound.

As an off road biker I found the helmet mount holds the cam a tad too far away from my helmet so have filed off the mounts on the case and s/a velcroed it to my helmet (to get it as close to the helmet as possible) @ 94g it is easily held securely in place with an added safety lanyard attached.

Haven't been out on the bike to test - waiting for the weather!

Great job with the review once again Matt - keep on keepin' on!

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Hi,
I just found the "real" camera last night [ Midland XTC300 HD Action Camera Kit ] for £104 including delivery.
i hope this is as good as the one you reviewed, as i have been looking for a good camera to keep on my bike for a long time.
I will update here once the package arrives.

Regards,
Omer

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Sorry!
I guess i was searching too hard, and i got the wrong camera (it does not have a screen, nor remote control).
I have canceled my ebay order, and will continue searching for the right camera.

Omer

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Neil,
Thanks for the update. It seems like all these cams need a bit of DIY modification to tailor them to your needs. As long as people are happy to fiddle about in the shed a bit then this camera is an excellent choice. I'm waiting for the weather too, I've got two helmet cams to look at, but their reviews have been on hold for the last month.

December 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,
The sun will return! I will try the helmet cam mount on my road bike helmet when that happens - till then it's muddy tracks.
On either bike I would feel safer with it in the case.
Noticed there is no obvious way to replace the cell in the remote - perhaps you just replace the whole unit when it dies? It only works with a meter of the cam (which I suppose limits interference). I also noticed from the box spec panel there is a SVC300 & SVC400 available with higher specs but I could find no info on the net regarding these. Perhaps a 'watch this space'.
Pip pip!
N

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

i was in the process of purchasing one of these cameras from Joovu for £98(10th Dec),before i could complete transaction the price had been increased to £105 and on the 11th Dec the price had been increased again to £110 so i purchased a sj3000 camera from another source for £65

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterandrewluke

Hi
I just ordered this camera I watched your review and it was a great help on deciding what camera to get
I was wandering if it was possible to use the sony mounts or if there's any other mounts available??

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Tim, because it uses a standard tripod mount, the world is your oyster when it comes to mounting options. I think there are tripod to gopro mount adapters which will let you use some of the gopro system of mounts but most proprietary mounts made for specific cameras like the Sony won't work without some way of attaching the mount to a tripod screw first. Do a search (using the box on the right) for my blog entry called "How to shoot yourself in the face" and you'll see the Ultraclamp that I use a lot for my videos. I also use a FatGecko mount when i do some incar footage, see my recent DOD LS430 video to see the results (the incar section with the terrible audio). http://www.fat-gecko.com

December 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

Do you have any thoughts on how to get the handlebar mount more shock absorbent?
I have attached my camera (it was £110 when i bought it) - and it records well on my NC700X on low speed using the handlebar mount. as i start doing over 30 mph or so, the image becomes too blurry.
I was wondering if i could add some kind or rubber/silicone to the mount to try and help it absorb some of the vibrations as the camera does not have one.
Link to sample video

Thanks, Omer

P.S. Any chance you could check out some of the reversing cameras that come with a screen for all the older cars which does not have a screen

December 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Most handlebar mounts suffer from a vibration issue. I haven't tried to mount this camera to my bars. You might want to try getting a different mount entirely, ideally it will fit as close to the clamp on the bars as possible. When I mounted my Sony AS camera to my bike I put it on top of the brake fluid reservoir....the Sony mount is flush, so doesn't really vibrate too much.
As far as reversing cameras go, I can't review these because they require some modification to the car...tapping into reversing light wires, often drilling holes in bodywork...things I'm not prepared to do to my car.

December 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Apparently Techmoan didn't see my previous message so I would appreciate any comment that can help me deciding within these action cameras.
I want to use them mainly for airsoft so I need something shock resistant but also to record some homemade "cortos"

Thanks a lot:

Mobius, the cheapest:
http://joovuu.com/es/home/61-mobius-action-camera-wide-angle-lens.html

This one , the TLC SVC200 twice the price of Mobius:
http://joovuu.com/es/home/88-tcl-svc-200.html

JVC:
http://tiendas.mediamarkt.es/p/videocamara-outdoor-jvc-gc-xa1-deportiva-wifi-1168428

Drift HD:
http://www.camarasdrift.com/camara-para-deportes-drift-hd/

Sony Action cam:
http://www.pixmania.es/camara-deportiva/sony-hdr-as15-videocamara-alta-definicion/19073667-a.html?ectrans=1&key=Ykx5cjESGx9cV1chckQEWH9BQ3VRS1dhaGMaNwU8Ez0IBUJ0HhMkJ1AnckZ3IA09MwdcXA%3D%3D&merch=19815&srcid=9664#tech_desc

iON Air Pro 1 y 2
http://www.amazon.es/iON-Air-Pro-Videoc%C3%A1mara-negro/dp/B007N4EJK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388166616&sr=1-1&keywords=ion+air+pro
http://www.amazon.es/iON-Air-Pro-deportiva-importado/dp/B00CKPKQB6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388166549&sr=1-2&keywords=ion+air+pro+2

Contour:
http://www.amazon.com/Contour-ROAM2-Waterproof-Video-Camera/dp/B009CN8VRK

GoPro:
http://www.fnac.es/Gopro-Hero3-White-Videocamara-Sport-Videocamara-Videocamara-Alta-definicion/a844789

And Merry Christmas to everyone!

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeLaCruz_91

Hi,
Seems like Techmoan didn't see my previous comment so it would be great if anyeone could tell me her experience with these cameras and advise to choose among them.
I'm thinking about getting an action camera for recording my airsoft games and some POV footage.
I want something easy to attach to the head, good battery, shockproof and waterproof without losing audio recording capability (even with mods, if needed) and under 200e
I have looked all these cameras but I'm not capable of making up my mind within all their specificacions.
Could you please tell me what's your opinion about the best out all of these cameras for my purpose, specially, comparing with the SVC200

Mobius:
http://joovuu.com/es/home/61-mobius-action-camera-wide-angle-lens.html

TLC SVC200
http://joovuu.com/es/home/88-tcl-svc-200.html

Polaroid
http://www.amazon.es/Polaroid-Extreme-impermeable-deportes-incluido/dp/B00A81SXHI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

JVC:
http://tiendas.mediamarkt.es/p/videocamara-outdoor-jvc-gc-xa1-deportiva-wifi-1168428

Drift HD:
http://www.camarasdrift.com/camara-para-deportes-drift-hd/

La Sony Action cam:
http://www.pixmania.es/camara-deportiva/sony-hdr-as15-videocamara-alta-definicion/19073667-a.html?ectrans=1&key=Ykx5cjESGx9cV1chckQEWH9BQ3VRS1dhaGMaNwU8Ez0IBUJ0HhMkJ1AnckZ3IA09MwdcXA%3D%3D&merch=19815&srcid=9664#tech_desc

Las iON Air Pro 1 y 2
http://www.amazon.es/iON-Air-Pro-Videoc%C3%A1mara-negro/dp/B007N4EJK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388166616&sr=1-1&keywords=ion+air+pro
http://www.amazon.es/iON-Air-Pro-deportiva-importado/dp/B00CKPKQB6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388166549&sr=1-2&keywords=ion+air+pro+2

Contour:
http://www.amazon.com/Contour-ROAM2-Waterproof-Video-Camera/dp/B009CN8VRK

GoPro:
http://www.fnac.es/Gopro-Hero3-White-Videocamara-Sport-Videocamara-Videocamara-Alta-definicion/a844789

Thanks a lot

December 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeLaCruz_91

hi. i've just purchased this camera and it seems like a great camera. but i'm wanting to mount it to my non vented kayaking helmet and the mounts included are pretty useless for this. i've tried looking online to find appropriate mounts but am struggling at the moment. any suggestions would be gratefully received. thanks

December 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig J

which is the cheapest sports camera?

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Just received and tested the TCL SVC200, kayacking.
Good points:
-way to switch on / switch off with the waterproof case is very good and very clever. You are sure this is on OR off. (other cams you just push for on / push for off).
-sound is quite good even with the waterproof case.

Weak point:
-high frequency background sound - quite annoying. I found a simple workaround to cutoff this high freq noise:

use Mp4Cam2AVI.exe, settings: program mode: expert:
audio format advanced options: lowpass filter, cutoff at 6500 Hz, power 8.
This does not alter too much the audio quality (at least when recording low level sound with the waterproof case).
Mp4Cam2AVI is great and simple, a single click can batch process a full set of files.
With "source video: no recompression" it's very quick, and you don't alter the video quality.
Also noted that the audio seems to be mono, so you can also tick "mono output" to lower a bit the file sizes.

However, I may buy another cam for the following reason: while kayacking, I would prefer have a cam on my chest with a belt - not on my helmet. I may choose the SJ1000 for this (or the new one SJ1000B?, or the SJ4000). The SJ1000 seems to have a belt possibility with the waterproof case.

Techmoan, any change you review SJ4000 soon? I just found it on foxoffer today - seems great.

Thank you!

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

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