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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

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

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Reader Comments (327)

What does the camera weigh?

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarcus

Hama Activity 30 is the same camera, bought it today.

Differences:
- no power adapter (just USB cable)
- HAMA's instructions (in german and english) says 15/12/10Mbps (high, medium, low) in 1080p30 and 720p60, and 12/10/8 in 720p30. Didn't test it.
- more languages in the camera (no chinese but there is hungarian, slovak and czech, 8 in total)
- photo settings gives options of 16MP, 14MP and 11MP (and instructions state it uses a 14MP sensor)
- no handlebar and car mount, but there is a mount that clips on the side of waterproof case, and a long strap for it.
- everything is HAMA branded, including software (but it looks the same).

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStajp

Tested the HAMA cam and found additional difference: when recording LED blinks from the start.

Additionally, I can zoom in&out using the up&down buttons. It's a digital zoom and almost immediately gives artifacts, but for a slight zooming it's OK (although zooming should be done in post). I don't know if SVC200 has zoom?

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStajp

Techmoan, have you tried the remote controller when the svc200 is in the waterproof case? If I understood you correctly, you have to first turn on the camera, then put into the WP case and then you can start and stop recording by the remote controller (becasue it can't turn the camera on and off) Could you confirm it? (or did I miss something in the video related to it?) Thanks!

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertankap

@tankap: it may work, however there is another option, to avoid turning on the SVC before you put it in the case (waste of battery).
1. Put the SVC200 (off) in the waterproof case.
2. Before you want to use the remote, move the yellow slider: this will turn ON the SVC + start recording within 2 sec.
3. Stop the recording using the remote. (you will need to delete later the few useless seconds foortage).
4. You are ready to use the remote with start/stop/photo. The SVC stays on until you move the slider the other way.

Hope this helps,

Note: each time you use the remote to record, there are 3 beeps in the camera - may be useful, however this will ruin your audio in the video for 1 or 2 seconds.

February 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlaurent

Waterproof remote?

I still don't know if the remote is waterproof - it seems, but as this is not written in any documentation, and I've not found any spare part, I prefer not to try.
Any experience on that matter?

Laurent

February 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlaurent

@Stajp: I guess the Mbps values are the same for the SVC200.

On the SVC200 box there seems to be 2 other flavors - but I never saw seem sold:
SVC300: same as SVC200 + 8 Mpx still resolution + 1080i@60fps.
SVC400: same as SVC200 + 11Mpx still resolution.
Maybe the HAMA is a clone of the SVC400?

Yes, the SVC also has the digital zoom capability.

February 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlaurent

@Laurent asked if the remote is waterproof, and according to TCL's website. it is:

http://shop.tcl.com/ProductDetail/index/id/3788.html#detail_main

It's water proof up to 10 meters of water.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

@Alan: Thank you !
I had to compare chinese ideogram to understand this on the page.
(google translate was useless there).

The fact the remote control is also waterproof (10m) is good news!

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

Forgive my ignorance but can you transfer files from the SVC 200 straight to tour tablet, I don't have a PC anymore.

Cheers rob

February 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrob

Hi Matt,

Excellent site and I've really enjoyed watching a number of your action cam reviews. Regarding the SVC200, can you tell me if the unit is water-resistant when not in its case? I want a camera to use on my helmet/kit car and sound quality is important. Lots of the cameras you've reviewed seem a bit rubbish in this respect when in their cases, but the plug-in mic socket on the SVC200 appeals, even though it's only a 2.5mm. However, if the camera has no water resistance without its case, then perhaps I need to look elsewhere.

Look forward to your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Chris

February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCHRIS

Dear Techmoan, Im shocked that you would pick the svc200 video quality over the Mobius ??? I have downloaded sample clips for both and compared them vigoursly, especially at the indoor Arndale,both in 1080p, and after going back and forth on my Mac, and my 60" led tv via usb flash drive the mobius clearly has a brighter sharper better image, better lowlight recording and certainly better audio, to me it isnt even close ??? I usually agree with you but am mystified this time !!!

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergary

Hey guys, I've been trying out the camera and it's great!

However, I want to have a spare Helmet mount with the adhesive pads. Any idea where can I get them?
I looked for it in Ebay, and all they have is the ones with small base, not like the large base same as the
original from the box.

Thanks

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVarin

Gary, back in November I picked this as the best £100 Action Camera I'd tested. If I had £100 to spend on an action camera then the SVC200 was the one I'd pick. It has a Mic-in and a waterproof case with tripod mount. Very suited for Moto Vlogging. The Mobius isn't really an action camera. It's an all purpose mini camera..but without any water resistance it's just not suitable for attaching to a Motorcycle helmet here in the UK. I know that Joovuu have designed a Mobius waterproof case that's due out next week which will make this a much more viable option. I too prefer the video quality of the Mobius to the SVC200 but there is a lot more to choosing a camera than just the video quality. If you have £50 to spend then it's much better getting a Mobius than half a SVC200.

February 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for great reviews. This headcam seems to be what i want in terms of quality and ease of use, the latter being extremely well shown in your review and has given me great confidence to get one of these cameras, of which i have no personal experience, and your reviews are gold for someone like me.
My question is about the headmount. I fly model RC gliders on hills - slopesoaring it's called - and i would use the camera to shoot the model I'm flying etc. So, I need a headmount to fit on my head when wearing a baseball cap or similar, as opposed to a helmet.

Can it be done with this SVC200? Or must i go to the Sony AS15 with the headmount accessory ?

Thanks in anticipation

David AI

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid A

The mount shown at 1:50 into the video should get you about 90% of the way there to mounting it on your head...just a few straps and things and you should be sorted. Be prepared to experiment a bit though.

February 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt,

Excellent site and I've really enjoyed watching a number of your action cam reviews. Regarding the SVC200, can you tell me if the unit is water-resistant when not in its case? I want a camera to use on my helmet/kit car and sound quality is important. Lots of the cameras you've reviewed seem a bit rubbish in this respect when in their cases, but the plug-in mic socket on the SVC200 appeals, even though it's only a 2.5mm. However, if the camera has no water resistance without its case, then perhaps I need to look elsewhere.

Look forward to your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Chris

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCHRIS

hello ,i want to ask you,is this the sj300?cause i am a little confused...keep up the good work

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergeorge

Hi, bought this camera the other day after seeing all your reviews, it's a great bit of kit and cost me £99.99 from Amazon, since gone up to £129.99.

just wondered if there is anywhere to update firmware in the future, do you have any ideas please?

Many thanks

Dave

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Simmonds

Great review as always. Are there any action cams that you've reviewed that don't have terrible barrel distortion?

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermikedefieslife

Cheers for your work it helping wade through the masses of cameras out there, look at your older review of the Crocolis HD Extreme Action Cam first and then found this review of the SCV200, got 2 questions.

1 dose the Scv200 do time laps photos?

2 if you lost both and could only replace one, which would you get?

Keep up the good work, good to see quality reviews every now and then, wish the rest of the reviews would do some home work and watch some before post up their offerings.
PS cheers for led mag light tip, order today...

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Yes,see the photo interval options at approx 18:55....this camera is better in every way to the old crocolis cam...but it should be, it's a couple of years newer.

March 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another copy of this camera Ginzzu FX-110GLi (1920x1080i@60fps) and FX-110GL (1920x1080i@30fps)

http://www.ginzzu.com/rus_level3.php?ot=330&lang=NAME_ENG&filter=

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeeper

Hi techmoan,

Great review and as a result I bought my SVC200 a few months ago and use it for aerial filming work as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHSmMddndE0

Thanks for the great reviews!

B

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbaloofilms

in different countries, different brand
UK - TCL
USA - Coleman
Russia - Ginzzu FX-110GL - (SVC200) FX-110GL - (SVC300).

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeeper

SVC 200 Great product........

I can switch of the microphone but does anyone know if it is possible to turn of the external photo shutter and start up sounds, to make it completely silent TKS

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Lots of nice reviews by someone who obviously enjoys doing them (well done Mat) , I just wish someone would make a nice little helmet cam of decent video quality, rugged enough for hill walking in the Pennines (ie not necesarily waterproof, but very weather resistant) and most importantly ONE WHICH USES REPLACEABLE BATTERIES (AA or AAA) rather than a rechargeable cell which once 'dead' makes the cam useless until recharged

If anyone knows of any which meet this spec, please post a reply

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

i bought this cam because of your review.. thank you!

do you know if a class6 microSD card will work? also, will a 64GB card work on this cam?

March 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlulu

I use a 64gb card and it works no problems, although mine is class10 Samsung.

Still running great for 3 months now

March 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRex

I wish to buy a couple of spare batteries for my new SVC200, my local telephone shop does not advise mobile batteries, another problem is that they do not sell batteries. The correct size is important and where to get them, can you advise please?

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Robinson

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