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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 (327)

Fully compatible Nokia battery BL-5C

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeeper

hi, would you recommend this camera over the polaroid xs100?

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllis

Yes I would. The XS100 is poor. See my review of the Monoprice MHD (it's the same camera).

March 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan
Can you please tell me which nokia battery will fit the SVC 200 camera?
I have tried other sources for information but can get no answers

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Robinson

Sorry Techmoan

I have asked the same question twice, I have your answer
Robby

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Robinson

Just an update on my findings when motorcycling with the SVC200. I don't know if you found this feature since the review Matt, but in both car and sport mode it has a zoom lens feature?! Just use up & down arrows to operate. Obviously an interpolated zoom, a bit grainy at max in lo-light conditions and resets every time you switch off & on but is a fantastic feature and gives it a much broader spectrum of uses. I have been experimenting setting it near to midway and recording when on the bike. Using the zoom its much better on the road bike. No way of altering it without stopping and taking it out of the case but that's a minor minus. I now have drilled four 1.5mm holes in the top of the case to aid sound recording (added one each time before I went out off-roading) and have found the perfect compromise between having the protective case and sound quality. I had to fit a micro-muff skinny for around £13 to kill the wind noise but with this fitted it is almost non-existent up to 70mph. The more I use this action cam, the more impressed I am with it. I have invested in 4 spare BL-5c cells for around a fiver each as it seems to eat them when constantly turning on & off. Thanks again for introducing me to this superb little cam Matt - Ego 727 a dim distant memory!

March 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

NeilB - do you have any on bike samples with sound? Would leave to see/hear it.

March 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterc-m

Hi c-m I will trim some hi-res clips down with no holes, 1 hole drilled, 2 holes, 4 holes and 4 holes with muff and send you a link to my drop box if you post an email address. All are 720p 60 frames except the one with muff which is 1080p 30fps.

March 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Hi folks

So may be not quite as good as the SVC200 camera but one is close to it excepted little details.....Here is the MIDLAND XTC 300, MIDLAND XTC 285 et the latest n wifi MIDLAND XTC 400.....Available in France simingly without any problems at the VIEUX CAMPEURS (149 euros for the XTC285)....As far as I have seen, the videos are fairly good quality......But I have not one of them, and can't really compare......I give the news because, it may interest those that do not find the SVC 200 camera.....

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDESFORM

Hey guys,

Can somebody confirm that an external microphone in the 2,5 mm mic jack works? Haven't seen any video of someone trying this.

Thanks

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

It's demonstrated in the video.

March 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

An external microphone with a. 2.5jack will work albeit with a few problems. My 2.5 Jack has a double contact for sterio, if I push it in the camara fully it will not work, if I push it in three quarters of the way it will work, maybe a bit of tape to hold it in the correct position will work. Maybe the jack should be a mono jack I really do not know. With the external mike fitted I cannot close the protective plastic container so out comes the tape again.. More work and thinking to be done. Good luck.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby

As always your reviews are very enjoyable - bit of a travelogue for me.
This is a great camera - don't know of any mention of the 10x zoom feature in recording and playback using the arrow buttons.
Works great and can help for some mounting situations such as seeing edge of a helmet. If this feature was already covered, well here it is again.
Stay curious and safe.

March 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRockies

Please does anuyone know where I can buy one of these in the UK as soon as possible. Thanks

March 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterneilc

The camera is great but I have trouble setting up a mike, I have it inside my helmet quite near my big mouth, but the sound is distant and not acceptable. Does anyone have any better ideas, also should the 2.5jack be sterio or mono?

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby

Anyone else interested in my 'drilling-hole-in-case experiments' for off road biking can find my vid clips and pics of operation here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c4ijie79o47i22s/owH2lvcfiA

Regards, Neil

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

My microphone problem has been solved, I purchased a 3.5 to 2.5 adaptor from maplin, apparently is doesn't matter if is a mono or sterio jack. I had to pair down the plastic, on the 2,5 to help it slide in to the camera, I managed with a bit of double sided tape to mount the small speaker inside my helmet, I do have a very thin cable from helmet to camera which is mounted on my handle bars, no problem for me. As for wet conditions, I can use the plastic container then cover the rear end with a small plastic bag held with an elastic band it works. You may ask why I need all this stuff, I am training for the I.A.M. certificate, I can record my training runs then monitor them at home in comfort. My bike is a Honda Silverwing scooter 600cc

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrobby

Hi Techmoan

I bought two extra batteries (nokia) for my svc200. They are compatible but they lasted no more than 10 minutes. I gave them the USB charge on my laptop. Where do we go from here,is it possible to use a USB connection via my motorbike cigarette type outlet or. Will this damage the camera, and would it work anyway?

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Robinson

After watching the great review i decided to buy one of these, its a really good camera, the remote control is what sold the camera, i really wanted a camera with that function.

The footage is great, however the sound quality could be better, that high pitched noise at lower sound levels is very noticeable, i can't remove it in the editing package, perhaps an external microphone would cure the issue but then it wouldn't allow the waterproof case to close.

Is there any firmware updates that have perhaps sorted out the high pitched noise at low volume levels

Thanks for your reviews.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKieran D

@NeilB can you post a picture of what exactly you did to make your external mic work? I just recieved my copy of the TCL camera, and I also have a adapter from Maplin. When I try to plug in my takstar sgc-598 microphone (battery powered) it doesn't work, even when I try to push it three quarters in (like Robby said). I also tried putting in my xbox 360 headset (has a 2,5 mm plug by itself) which works very good. So I'm very curious on how you got it to work properly.

Greetings

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@Kieran D: you may search above in the comments. I've explained a solution to remove the high-frequency background noise I have with the waterproof case, using Mp4Cam2AVI and low-pass filter. Hope this helps,
Laurent

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlaurent

Hi Matt,

I'm not using an external plug-in mic. I'm using the built-in mic above the lens - I have just drilled some holes in the top of the case.
Have no-need for a 100% waterproof case so holes aren't a problem just as long as the camera is protected. I would drill a hole in the rear access door if I wanted to use a vlogging mic.

See pics & vids here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c4ijie79o47i22s/owH2lvcfiA

Neil

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

I've read the comments about the microphone input but still can't get it to work properly. I've tried a mono and a stereo adapter, both didn't work on my takstar sgc-598. As I've said the microphone on my xbox 360 headset did work (already has a 2,5mm jack) and my takstar mic does work when I try it in my dlsr camera. Maybe not al impedances (ohms) do work on this camera, sadly I don't know much about that stuff.

@Robby, you've said in you previous comment that you've stripped down the plastic on your plug to make your microphone work. Can you show a picture of how your adapter looks plugged in, and of what microphone you have? @NeilB thanks for your pictures, gonny try that to my case one day.

Any help on my issue is appreciated! Best regards,

Matt

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Hi Techmoan just bought one of these after you review, reversed the screw mount pin on the dash mount and it works a treaty, dunno why they made it over complicated

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonuts4u

Hi matt

Do you have an email address? I will then post you a picture and details. I am not very clever with the IPad.
My email is robby7.robinson@gmail.com
Robby

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Robinson

Just to say that the SJ3000, which has been referred to several times here, is a good camera at £65. I don't profess to have Techmoan's presentation skills, but take a look at my YT channel Googel+ (spell it that way) for a brief rundown and demo vids.

Mine expired after 90 minutes use, and after a struggle with the Chinese/UK/Jersey/Bristol seller I had to raise an Ebay case to get my money back after I had returned it tracked delivery.

My personal preference is the SJ3000, I would go for an SJ4000, but the SJ3000 has better mounts IMHO.

Snag is...where to get another one, except from the same seller? Believe it or not my research around the web has revealed that most of the Chinese Ebay sellers are actually one and the same company, with a colossal turnover via the site?

They are sold on Amazon by Qumox, but unfortunately they are not answering questions posted on there?

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobG

@ Laurent, thanks for your suggestion, unfortunately i attempted to download the program and its not compatible with mac computers. I have tried to get rid of the noise on Final Cut Pro X which i bought last year, the remove high frequencies filter seems to get rid of the buzzing quite well. Its a shame i need to take this extra step though.
I purchased the camera from Joovuu and they were great at responding to any questions i had before buying it, now I've bought the camera and trying to get help from them about this noise they will not respond.

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKieran D

@Techmoan somewhere earlier in the comments I read you used this adapter for the microphone in: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161106821586 can you confirm this? I've just bought the audio technica atr 3350 microphone you used in your review, and although it works there are very obvious bleeps in the sound recording (different from the high pitched noise you and others described). For an example check my link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8v6coc6b1wl67h/Microphone%20bleeps.MP4

My xbox 360 headphone doesn't have these sounds, so I think it must be the adapter. If you could let me know what adapter you've used in your video I would be very happy!

Best regards

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Noticed there are £100 on Ebay now, was going to buy one, but wondering if the 3yr SquareTrade warranty/insurance (Accident cover) is a good idea at £23, given this will be mounted on the front of my motorbike.

Bit concerned by this bit on the T&Cs though...

"For new items your period of cover is contingent on having a valid manufacturer’s warranty. If the
insured item is not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty but has been declared as “new” we reserve the
right to cancel your policy and issue a full refund."

Do these cameras come with a warranty from the manufacturer?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Any idea where the remote is available? None of UK sellers seem to have it with the camera.
Thanks

May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan Batterham

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