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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)

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

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