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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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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


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

ebay (UK)

Amazon US 

Amazon UK


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Reader Comments (327)

I will be looking at the SJ4000 in the next few weeks...Don't expect anything before February at the earliest. I don't have the camera yet, and I am working on other videos first.

December 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The SVC200 is based on this camera [Braun SIXZERO] which has a slightly better spec (60 frames at 1080), but cost £230.

I managed to break my SVC200 after 3 days of use ( I will share the story shortly).


January 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Hello Mat, Thanks to another great review from you I purchased this solid SVC200.
One thing I wondered about, as per the manual: when charging, the led indicator should turn into green when the battery is full.
However mine stays red colored, no matter how long I'm charging it.
Does your unit behave the same?
Thank you.

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAction Man

I have seen mine go green...although I'm not sure if it required unplugging and replugging in again before it changed colours. I've seen that happen with quite a few cameras. Also make sure that you ate using a 1 amp charger rather than 500ma.

January 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


Love your videos! I've bought Coleman cx7wp (

It seems that it is the same camera as the svc200, however some specification are not quite correct I think it's an error. I will have it next week and will get some footage.

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArek

Hi thank you for the fantastic review. I was wondering if you could provide a link where I could purchase the microphone with the 2.5mm jack please?

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWozza

I used a 2.5mm to 3.5mm converter lead (ebay) this one

January 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi thank you for the info..:) Oh just to let you know I've ordered one of the new NC750 models - the S version with DCT. Your motorbike review is still without doubt the best motorcycle review I've ever seen on YouTube. Keep up the good work.

January 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWozza

I was watching a MCN bike review yesterday where they compared the new CB500X to the NC700X, and a couple of others. They missed the point of the NC700X and dismissed it completely. The tank hemet case/boot is essential for me and I couldn't now buy a bike without this feature. I think the NC's are the smallest bikes (not scooters) that you can buy that have any built-in storage. Enjoy your NC750 and I hope you get good weather on the right days this year.

January 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Any UK suppliers? JooVuu one is no longer available...

January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

@ Techmoan, yes I saw that pretty rubbish review by MCN on YouTube. As you say they just don't get

January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWozza

@ Mark, you can still pre-order from them which is what I have done. The next shipment is due this month. Hope this helps

January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWozza

found this mark

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBig J

no longer the best the best £100 action camera as it now costs £120 from joovuu!,i've seen new sony hdr-as10 for cheaper on ebay,

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterandrewluke

Hi there.
Thanks for your great reviews, I saved quite a lot on action and car cams. I got SJ1000 which is really great for around £50 but I was looking for bullet shape cam and I found Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD. I saw your last review on TCL SVN200 and I dont know which one should I get. Polaroid or SVN. I was wondering if you could do a review on Polaroid in a future. Regards :)

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The Polaroid is the same camera as the Monoprice MHD (I already reviewed that one....and it's not great).

January 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I like the way they quote Techmoan on joovuu, yet fail the mention the important bit (_£100_) and charge £120 for it...

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

When I ordered one the other day it was £116.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWozza

Hey everybody,

I could be wrong, but it seems, that the HAMA Activity 30 îs the exact same camera.

What do you think?


January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUdo

Hama Activity 30 looks exactly the same. I think on 99% it's this camera.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterripper

Received my TCL SVC200 a few weeks ago and I have to say I'm very happy.
I mount it on my road bicycle handlebars and I'm impressed by the quality of picture, easy of use, size etc.
The mount that comes with it vibrates like mad however so I have replaced that.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRex

Hi Matt - hope you don't mind me using your site for feedback on this camera. For Bikers: Took my first off road ride out test at the w/e with the SVC200 and came up with the following conclusions. Impressed with the footage and the sound quality but I have drilled 2x 1mm holes close to the mike hole in the case to improve sound access. I got condensation in the case and I didn't have an appropriate cleaning tool so suffered foggy filming in half of the footage. I guess the heat from the camera added to the small amount of damp air that got into the case when changing cells caused this. I am disappointed in how quickly I got through cells; got though the supplied 1050mAh and two 1020mAh cells in 5 hours of filming, continually in stand-by mode, using the remote to turn on and off for periods of up to 15 minutes but only filmed around 200 mins of footage. This maybe down to the quality of replacement cells. I bought 2 genuine (I think!) Nokia 1020 (advertised as 1050mAh) cells for around £4.40 ea. so may need to invest in some more spares. I'm not too worried about the condensation in the case as it is very flooded round here at the moment and the water we went through was high so will take a cleaning implement that will reach down inside the case to clean the view window. I filmed at 720p in NTSC mode (to get the increased fps rate) as I find it smoother when UTube compressed. Will experiment with 1080p next time. Rattling you can hear is the lanyard clip against my helmet.
Although because of the shape of this camera you couldn't chest mount it as you can with the Go-Pro or Ego, Velcro-ing the case to my helmet was excellent - very stable and easy to pull off and change the cells. Size is good and when mounted this way caused no hook-ups when riding. The quality is the same as the Ego 727 but light balancing is much quicker on the SVC. (apologies for language)

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

It seems you've adopted the mall staircase as your reference shot in every review. I agree that it provides very nice sharpness and field of view references. May I suggest you also adopt the yellow Chinese market for (outdoor) color reference.
Unfortunately, the wide angle of these cameras distort the lines (fisheye effect) and it's difficult to imagine what it really looks like in person.
Could you please include a panorama picture of those two places, such as from an iPhone?

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJY

That's not a bad idea - I'll see what I can do about getting a few good reference shots with a quality camera.

January 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

i bought the coleman conquest and i think its the same camera.I have a question it will work with 64 gb micro sdhc or micro sdxc cards? On the description it says up to 64 gb microsd card(no sdhc or sdxc)

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterflorin

as i've stuck the helmet mount securely on my helmet, i'm reluctant to remove it. so because of this i need another mount for my svc200 to stick it on my kayak. accessories for this camera appear to be nonexistent, so far. after trawling t'internet i came across this do you think its likely to fit the waterproof housing?

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBig J

Hi Florin,

I guess any mount with a regular camera screw will fit.


January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUdo

I bought the camera from JooVoo when it was £110. It was on back order.
Once stock arrived, shipment was prompt.
The camera seemed to be OK, and the recorded video was very impressive.

1. The mute button - works just when you set it while the camera is switched on. Once you turn the camera off, it will revert to Mic on.
2. DVR (car) mode will work once you set it, until you connect the camera to a USB, and then reverts back to Action/Sport mode
3. On one ride after 10 mins of recording, the camera froze and I had to take out the battery to reset it.
4. As this just a Chinese version of a named camera, they do not have any English or any technical support, so don't expect any firmware updates.

5. The camera using the handlebar mount on a motorcycle, created a much distorted video (over 30 mile per hour), and I had to tie it with extra cables to make it sturdy. This caused my next and main disappointment...

Unfortunately after 3 or 4 days of use, the camera fail from my hand while I was walking to the office, and it fail on the lens (I left the housing on the bike). The camera fail on the lens, and it shattered!
There is no option to replace the lens, and now the camera is useless.
I contacted joovuu to try and find a solution. Maybe buy just a replacement camera for a nominal/discounted price. Joovuu came back with a negative answer.

I believe the action camera should be more robust, and should survive a fall or two (just by walking).
Now the site sells the camera for over £120. For this price you can get the branded camera with 2 years warranty.

Ended up buying the Drift Ghost-S

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

That is a nice camera! I have seen the YouTube video.

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamey Herron

Thank you for the awesome reviews!!!
Can I ask a small question? I'd like to record videos of painting lessons, so I'm looking for an affordable camera (maybe even 2) to do this. Why 2? To record from different angles, and maybe record more than one person painting at once. Do you think any of the action cams can do this work properly?
Thank you!

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPolly

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