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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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hello to everybody again...

I have two questions:
1. I see a lot of discussions here about the angle of the lens.. how can I check it, to find out my camera's angle? on the box it says its that enough to be sure about it?
2. How can I do a "pause" during recording? is this function available?
thank you for your answers...

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgosGR


Where I can buy SJ1000 140º lens?

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHELP

@GiorgosGR The box is the same as months ago. I have also a box with 140 degrees on it, but my cam from Foxoffer is for sure the one with narrow lens..
140 degrees FOV should be the angle measured at the diagonal.
This means that the horizontal angle is about 120 degrees.
If your lens is on a distance of 100mm of a subject, you can see about 350mm horizontal on the display.
If you see at a distance of 100mm an horizontal lenght of about 200mm, you have the lens with narrow FOV. (90 degrees horizontal)

@HELP I haven't found a 140 degrees lens. But it is easy to find a 170 degrees one (1.8mm) with IR filter. I have ordered one at DX for experimental usage, because I think this wideangle is to much for the UWH.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelinx

Dear elinx
Thank you for your valuable help..unfortunately i belong on narrow lens buyer..where can i purchase a wider lens? How much does this cost and how easy is to assembly this lens?

Any info about the ability for pause function during recording?

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgosGR

For what I know. There is no pauze button. Only start/stop with OK button. Every scene is a new file within a new directory.
If you have setup the max. recordtime on 10 minutes, you got every 10 minutes a new file in the same directory.

You can find 1.8mm lenses on Ebay and some webshops (DX, Lightinthebox, Dinodirect, SC2000) The price varies from $5 to $8. Important is that it has a IR cut filter at the back. Otherwise you see no colors at daytime.

I have ordered one lens at DX because of the positive reviews. I am waiting for delivery, but don't know for sure if the lens will fit. For this price I wil try.
For assembly of the lens, a few pages back there are links to Youtube and a lot of pictures of the dissassembly.
For trimming of the corners of the UWH see here

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelinx


I would like to ask something. Which is the best option to capture fast action motions? I play airsoft and want to capture flying pellets, but I read in this article the 720p cannot cap 60fps, just 30. So is it the best way to leave this option and capture in 1080p?
In picture quality the difference is big?

Other: in the wr case the voice is very....khm...interesting (silent). Can I make it louder without damaging the case?

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVasshammer

There's no record pause as such, you just keep hitting the OK button to record new files.
Yes, this is a 30fps camera only, so you might as well leave it in its full HD 1080i mode.
The UWH is watertight and therefore airtight. You can't make the audio recordings any louder unless you drill holes in the case.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Thank you Tom for your reply! Bad news... :( There is no 1080p mode? is it isolated fhd? Second bad news...

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVasshammer

Thanks to Tom for his reply.
is there any lucky buyer who has purchased that camera with 140 degrees lens?

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgosGR

1.8mm M12 lens with IRcut filter
Pictures of TCScout
Tutorial of Pinak Oza
Found on Youtube

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelinx

Short video w/ camera in UWH mounted on the side of the helmet in bad light conditions (YouTube ofc made it look way worse).

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Dear elinx
Thank you very much for detailed info.. once ypu receive the lens could u pls inform us if it fits and works ok the camera? It would be very helpful.. we are looking forward to have your feedback..
Thanx !!!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgosGR


quality is not that bad, is good, maybe you could do the same without the uwh to see the difference, or try to upload via vimeo (quality is better on vimeo)

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterphiletcha

To philetcha: I don´t want to risk damaging the camera by riding w/o UWH, as I´m reaching rather high speeds during my trip and am catching a lot of insect, but it doesn´t get much better. This is still winter time, in summer, it will be way better.
I definitely plan to try out viemo, this was just video I showed few friends and placed it here as well to show, how it copes with vibration, movement and such.

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Hi everybody!

I wanted to capture my airsoft actions but after reviewing the the shots I realized the first clips (every clips length is about 3 minutes) were rewrited. The best moments of the game :@
How can I switch off this mode? I want to record contiously (not 3 mins/ clip) or manage clips with pushing the OK button and if the sd card is full stop the capturing.

Thanks a lot

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVasshammer

Vasshammer, just switch off the car mode .

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeter_w

@peter_w: Thank you. Car mode includes the 3min clips, or just rewriting?

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVasshammer

I like this camera, but like everybody else here I have the vignetting problem. I chose to modify the waterproof case. Indeed the new case looks horrible, but this is not a beauty contest :)
Also I modified a little bit the plastic mount used inside the car, now I can see more from the LCD.
Some images you can find here: (you can use as well Google Translate service - Romanian -> English for more details). I own the camera since August 2013 and I bought it from the same seller like Techmoan, thanks for your guidance! :)

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCata Lin

Google does a good translate job but it's still not clear as to how you modified the UWH's front window to avoid the vignetting. A simpler idea seems to be to file down the black ring (the part with the 6 fixing holes) where the four corners of the video frame see out. There's a post describing it on this site.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

I removed completely the black ring support (where the screws are fastened in) and the gasket.
I didn't like the idea of removing only the black ring since I still saw in the image corners some white parts, it was the UWH transparent plastic.
So I simply removed all and then I applied a ring of sealant and I put that round glass on top, making sure that no air gap is present.
Sorry for my lack of details, I dedicated this to DIY community where possibilities are infinite for the same action :) (I made a poor quality mod, but I'm happy if the principle behind is helping someone)

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCata Lin

VH , car mode is for rewriting . Then u can set the clip length separately.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeter_w

For best results, where is the most stable place to mount this camera on a motorbike and which is the best mount/combination of mounts to use? So far i have tried mounting on the tank and on the mirror stalk, although the picture is more stable on the tank, it does still bounce around quite a lot and as it looks through the bikes screen, the picture gets distorted towards the edges. Watching Techmoans bike footage, its a lot more stable than mine and seeing as he lives in the same area as me it can't be down to the roads im using as i have been down the same roads myself with lesser results.
Any info/advice would be greatly appreciated.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeanj

I tried a lot of places on my motorbike. the best quality ist the helmet mount. Try to mount with a short arm to avoid bouncing.
I use a modified arm with better screws.
Use the HDR mode for better quality and try to open the cam for setting the focus. Its described in a video some pages before ;)

Has someone try to remove the bad microphone and build an adapter for using a 3,5mm jacked micro?

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdk

Hi, can you tell me if why sometimes when I plug my SJ1000 into the car stereo usb that it works fine and other times you get the blue screen asking if you want to choose mass storage or pc camera?

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

@Sharon: USB cable has 4 wires: ground, +5 Volt, data + (D+) and data - (D-). If action camera SJ1000 (or any other device which is using USB charging) sees data coming on D+ and D-, it will enter a specific mode - usually to transfer data - that is why SJ1000 is asking you what to do - to become a mass storage or a PC webcam - because your car stereo USB is trying to talk to the SJ1000.
The USB standard (or transceivers/ ICs) can recognize a charging mode only if the D+ and D- are tied together or if the conector / cable has only ground and +5V wires; a regular wall charger will have D+ and D- connected, the same for a USB-charging- cable, here are more explanations:

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCata Lin

Hi Cata Lin, thank you for your reply, can you tell me why, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't? I don't want to start cutting up usb leads and am totally not tech so is there a way round this? Thanks

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

@Sharon: I don't know,sorry. A solution can be to use a charging cable between your stereo USB and SJ1000 and then you don't need to make any modification.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCata Lin

dores anyone here use this camera for surf? if yes, how did u mount on your board? and what program should i use to edit the videos? tnx

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervic

Just bought the sj1000 but cannot take vids on it, keeps coming up "custer size wrong, please format"..i can take still pics though..

I've tried 2 sandisk micro s cards so far, both have been formatted..what am i missing..


March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjackobyte


do you format with the camera or with your computer ?

try both options

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterphiletcha

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