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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

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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SJ1000 - At last...a good cheap action camera 

After years of fruitless searching and a not inconsiderable amount of money spent, I've finally found a good, cheap, 1080p waterproof action camera.

I get a lot of emails from people asking what action camera I would recommend for occasional use for paint-balling, mountain biking, etc - that costs around £50. Prior to today, my response has been that the cheapest camera I could really recommend was the Liquid Image Ego, but it costs£100.

If your budget doesn't stretch to £100 then there are very few action cameras to choose from. Perhaps the best camera from a very short shortlist is the the RD32II, but it suffers from a substandard mounting system and a non-standard video format. 

The SJ1000 changes everything. For about £60 you can buy a camera that is capable (under the right conditions) of producing video that rivals cameras costing over four times as much. I'm not suggesting that people throw away their GoPro HDHero 3 Black Edition cameras and get this instead...but if you are on a limited budget or don't see the point in spending £200+ on something you only plan on using a couple of times a year then this might well be the camera for you.

You'll have to do a bit of experimenting to get the mounting options to fit your requirements, but it's definitely worth the trouble when you see the video quality that you can get from this small camera. 



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Here is a folder of downloadable sample clips

I should mention that I haven't shot many 720p60 clips...and you'll only find 1080p on the bike.

The only thing I think that I forgot to say in the video was that when using it as a car DVR there is no gap between clips (as you expect nowadays) fact each clip repeats the last second of the previous one just to be sure.

UPDATE - 10 June 2013 - Answering a few questions.

First some bad news - The 720p60 mode turns out to actually be 720p30 (every frame is shown twice). I should have spotted this earlier, but I had only been testing the 1080p30 mode as that's the one I use. iMovie always converts 720p60 to 720p30 so that's why I didn't notice it before...apologies for that. Here is a link to a fast moving 720p clip I shot today.

Motion Detection mode - When this is on, the camera records 10 seconds of video and then stops until it sees another movement. If a movement occurs during the 10 seconds when it's recording then the timer is reset and it records for another 10 seconds. This way if the movement doesn't stop then the camera doesn't either....hope that makes sense.

The camera should be able to be mounted the right way up in a car if the correct mounts are combined....this is demonstrated in some of the ebay auction photos. 

File Sizes: 10 Minutes of video takes up 1.2GB in 1080p or 1.07GB in 720p modes.

The case floats in water and on it's own weighs 66.7g.

The camera itself is 7cm tall, 4.5cm wide, 3 cm thick at the bottom and 3.5cm thick at the top where the lens makes it deeper.

The timestamp can be switched off. I turned it off for the Night Time Driving clips and show this option on-screen 19:57 into the video.

I think the manufacturer may be a company with the snappy name of Shenzhen Hongfeng Century Technology Co. Ltd.

BATTERY LIFE is 2hrs 15mins (Could be 2hr 30 mins or more with the screen off)

UPDATE 29 August 2013 'NEW' FIRMWARE!

I know a few people have been waiting for this - so finally here is the updated firmware that fixes the screensaver bug. If the fact that the screen didn't automatically blank out wasn't an issue to you, I'd suggest skipping this update. If you want to update the firmware, you can download the file from the Files & Drivers Page. Updating it is very easy, but just in case you are's a quick video. Beware, if you somehow kill it, you are on your own.

Update 27 Sept 2013

Here's a link to another review of the camera by Tom Hardwick (he likes it).

Update 28/12/13.

This is a six month old review and a lot has happened since. You'll find the cases are improved, possibly the mounts too..and you now have the ability to turn the camera on when it's inside the case due to a different button arrangement. The current crop seem to have a 90º lens rather than the 140º on my camera. That means no fish-eye - but less FOV. I'm not doing any more videos about camera this but.....PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS...before posting a question that's been asked countless times before, it's the least you could do for all the kind people who have given up their time to elaborate on the features of this camera and posted their findings in the comments.  I'll give you a starter...NO IT DOESN'T DO TIMELAPSE...The way you can tell this is because there is no option for this on the screen when I go through all the menus in the camera...and it's the kind of thing I would have mentioned. I tend not to mention the things a camera doesn't do because we would be here all can't clip your toenails with this camera, it can't be used as a flotation device, it won't take x-rays etc..... 

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Reader Comments (1215)

Does the video 'quality' suffer with the anti-shake option ON, and is the anti-shake affective? thanks

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Anti Shake is just for photos, not video.

June 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Ah, just re-watched your review and the anti-shake is for photos only, shame !!

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Thanks for another insightful review. I'm putting off my order after I saw the lens vignetting when the camera is used with the housing. Too bad.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Does anyone know where get some accessoires or spare parts for the cam?

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSchacho

If you have to choose between this camera and a gopro hero 2, what you choose?
I have the oppoturnity to buy a hero2 for 100pounds and i don;t know what to do.This camera or shoulg i go with the gopro?
Thank you

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVgeorge

for video quality this was looking like the perfect action cam, but it is let down by ..
(1) flimsy mounts,
(2)140 degree lens (120 would be better),
(3) vignetting in its waterproof case, and..
(4) possibly its form-factor (too deep but is to no doubt accommadate the inbuilt battery)

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Vgeorge...For that price I'd definitely go for the GoPro, just for the extra mounting options alone.

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Brian, I can't argue with any of those points.

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have ordered one of these from Amazon. I can't find out if it will accept a micro sdhc or micro sd card only or what class of card, 4 or 10 etc.. Any chance of some more video clips now the BLUE!!! skies have disappeared

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Thanks for the wonderful review. I have also been looking for a <100$ action camera, and this seems to be the answer.
Were you able to see how motion detection works.
for example,won't the camera switch off automatically after 5 minutes, and then any motion won't be recorded!

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTan

Thanks for the wonderful review. I have also been looking for a <100$ action camera, and this seems to be the answer.
Were you able to see how motion detection works.
for example,won't the camera switch off automatically after 5 minutes, and then any motion won't be recorded!

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTan

one more thing. You can buy this for 79 USD here

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTan

Can the timestamp be disabled in settings?

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert H.

Yes it can...see the last few paragraphs of the article for this and other answers.

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Steve I've had to finish playing with this camera now because I've moved on to shooting my next review(s). Anymore tests or footage will have to come from other users now. Some people are already receiving their orders.

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you so very much for what you do! Your YouTube clips and blog have been a tremendous help, I really appreciate it.

All the best to you

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Does anyone know the dimensions of the battery please? Just wondering if it's possible to fit 3x AAA rechargable batteries in there to make a spare one when on the go.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

@Alan. Thanks for taking the time to write that message it's always good to be on the receiving end of a positive comment.

June 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm assuming it records in .mov like the others, right?

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

@Ricardo Yes it does record in .mov. The full specs for the video are mentioned in the first half of the review.

June 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, again. I;m asking you again about the Sj100 vs Gopro hero 2. We will exclude the mounting options. Video and sound, the gopro is much better than this one?

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVgeorge

I haven't ever used a GoPro 2 so I have no way of comparing the two.

June 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Received mine today from the guy in Wales, which it turns out actually comes from Suntek PPC London, Middlesex. I notice he has now raised the price to over £75! (£10 more than I paid)

I'm assuming it's this guy that has changed the USB adapter from an Euro plug to a UK plug. There is also a separate USB to Micro USB cable included which I don't remember from the original review.

Just on charge at the moment so not really had chance to try it out yet.

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMumbles

Yes mine seemed to be missing the MicroUSB charging lead - either that or I misplaced it, so I'm glad it's supposed to come with one.

June 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just noticed something quite funny on the box. It lists the multipurpose use for the camera:

- Car Recorder
- Outdoor Sport
- Marine Sports
- Diving
- Home Burglar ...Wrong, wrong, wrong!!

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMumbles

Hi Techmoan, do you know what the aperture of this camera is? F1.6? F2? Thanks.

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

I don't know..but even if the manufacturer quoted this figure somewhere, there would be a very slim chance of it being accurate.

June 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mumbles,just wonering if yours is the same as matts one.I ordered the same as you so i hope it takes as good a video as matts.


June 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

If only it wasn't such a wide angle that the waterproof casing wasn't visible during recording. Huge shame. Seems like an ideal camera for the price apart from that.

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

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