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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)

elinx and GiorgosGR
are you sure that the SJ1000 has an IR-Cut filter?

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdk

Here are some tweaks :)

Easy to do for more options and stable arm.

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMJGhunter

I have in the first instance the information from the picture at post #70
My stock lens has a red filterglass sticked, the lens from DX has also a red filterglass on it,
The other lens (PL0011) I have tried is coated and claimed to block the IR light.
But results of experiments are in both cases purple view.
I can try a lens without any filter, but another problem is to find a lens with the right size for inside the UWH.

March 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelinx

because of some DNS problems i am not able to see the pics ;)
But i tested these days my cam. I have a 90° Lens and every picture above 5mp is interpolated.
I think it has only 720p and 1080p isn't an improvement in video quality.

Im from Germany and bought it 3 months ago. Now its to late to send it back :/

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdk

check this out for a nice review

April 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohn goodman

SJ1000 and Wireless remote control :)

April 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKistrojak

@ John Goodman. That's hardly a review you link to, and the guy has a lot to learn from Mat Techmoan. As far as I can see this 'review' is an upside-down, badly exposed un-boxing operation. Next!

April 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

how can i tell if the camera i bought is 140 degrees wide angle? its advertised as such but the picture does not distort that much, is there a setting to change it?

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternin

There's no way (apart from changing the lens) that you can alter the SJ1000's angle of view.
To tell what lens you have fitted do this simple test. Pop the camera into the supplied UWH and either look at the rear screen or shoot a second or two of footage. Now play back that footage and what do you see?
No vignetting - you have the 120° lens.
slight corner vignetting visible - you have the 140° lens.
Lots of vignetting, putting big black semicircles on L&R of the picture - 170° lens.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Does the Motion Detection mode work if the waterproof case is on?

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Good question Sara and the answer has got to be yes, because the lens and chip will still be able to 'see' the motion and start recording, just as if the camera was behind a sheet of glass or a windscreen, say.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Ok, perfect! Thank you very much!
Another question: does it have a night vision option?

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Now c'mon Sara, you haven't watched Mat's film or read my review or scrolled through these pages, have you?
No, ot doesn't have a night view but with a combination of sensitive chip, fast prime and high ISO it easily films by car headlights alone.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Great little camera, my only issue was the helmet mount was rubbish. I brought a Camera Demon , which works really well fully adjustable and rotates all the way round, works really well. With a decent mount this camera is great. I use it for snowboarding and mountain biking.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMic

i have 2 questions about this camera
1. how big can be the microsd card?
2. does it have an option to shoot pictures while is recording video?


April 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercro007

1. 32gb
2. nope

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeter_w

So where does a person buy the 120 replacement lens? Thx

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkurt john

Hi, does anyone know how to remove the text during record and playback,I just want a clear screen

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

"The first time you charge the SJ1000, connect it in the evening and remove it in the morning. After the first empty battery the indicator is working and will be green if the battery is full or red if its loading."

Thats not working with my SJ1000.Just filmed until the battery was empty,connected the charger but the display is still green..??...

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIngo

Can someone help me?
My SJ1000, still open and I can still operate it, but when I capture photo in camera mode, the screen will turn black and hangs up, in video mode, it hangs up also.
Thank you in advance. =)

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurl


check in the setup for energy saving or smting like this, if you don t want the screen to be black after a few seconds

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterphiletcha

but the problem in my cam, it hangs up when im using it to capture in camera and video mode, i cant use it to capture photos..

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurl


i think nobody can take picture while in video mode

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterphiletcha

Using with a 32gb class 10 Sandisk card set to 1080p with cyclic recording OFF. Any idea why it wont record a new video file when the 4gb FAT limit is reached. Says card is full when only 4gb has been recorded.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteresid

Did you format the sd card with your computer or with the camera ?

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterphiletcha

I think it was the computer. I have now formatted in the camera so I will see if it makes a deference. Thanks.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelsid

I cant charge my sj1000. When I plug it in the led lights up blue and a green battery fills the screen, however even when I leave it plugged in overnight the battery shows as empty when I switch it on. I tried turning it on to charge - it shows the viewfinder and a small blinking white battery but again it wont hold a charge. Firmware has been updated, ive tried a spare battery and different charging cables, all with no results. Any ideas? Thanks!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdsmith

My SJ1000 arrived last week. I'm positive about it. The mountings are not so good but with some modifications I'm able to mount it on my rowing skiff. The negative is the fov of 90 degrees they shipped (but video is ok).

Does anyone know if it is possible to change the lense in the underwater casing so the fov improves or do I make a strange comment by writing this?

Kind regards.

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRower

@Rower. I'm interested to know how you know your 1000 is fitted with the 90° lens. Presumably the box says 140° doesn't it? Anyway, the lens can be changed but it requires a teardown. You can't simply add a negative elerment to the UWH, that won't work - the image would be unsharp, l've tried it.

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

My cam hangs up when I use high resolution settings, I can only use 5mp below in camera mode and in video mode i can only use vga below but it records only for 13 seconds then hang up also..
does anybody experience this also using sj1000?
hope you can help me..
Ive been able to use it properly for more than a month..

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarlo

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