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My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


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)

We bought two SJ1000 Sports HD DV cameras for under £45 each from a china ebay site.
One went wrong after a couple of weeks, emailed the company. They requested that we return the unit to them.
They refunded us the return postage to china and sent another out within a week. Excellent service.

Has anyone worked out how to turn off the on screen display info when playing back on a TV via the HDMI socket?

Had to flash update the firmware to a previous version to fix a no sound on hdmi playback prob. Easy to do though.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAde N

Felix, my SD card also bounced back at first so I pushed it in with a thin, sharp implement and it clicked into place.

August 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I'm considering buying an sj1000 but i'd prefer the 90 degree fov version.I'm not a fan of fish-eye effect.I checked Amazon and the 90 degree version says it records in AVI file format.The 140 degree version says it records in h.264.Is this true?

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

@ Daniel--In regards to the non-fisheye 90 degree version I have heard it described as a 120 which is only 90 degrees. Foxoffer has giving me good advice also.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkurt john

I've looked at 5 or 6 SJ1000s now and they've all had different fields of views. Some have a different lens fitted, it's obvious just by looking at the front element. The 'newest' one had the least wide angle yet they've all come in the same packaging. All of them have been H-264 encoders, so an AVI version would be a rip-off l'd imagine.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Here is short side-by-side video comparison between GoPro Hero and SJ1000 I recorded quickly this morning on the way to work.
Both cameras are firmly pressed together so they pick same walking jitter and the scene has enough contrast so it is easy to see quality differences. Both are scaled to exactly 50% and have no post-processing.

Please use 1080p HD

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMilos

You can see the differences, but they suggest two cameras that are only pence apart, not pounds. In fact l prefer the SJ on many counts. lts cooler colour balance looks more natural, its contrast handling is better and it looks every bit as sharp. The GoPro's the one if you want more wide angle, but you have to accept even more barrel distortion. I haven't checked the audio through a decent system but they sound pretty alike to me.

August 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

FINALLY.... a review, evaluation, expose of every thing about an item answering every feasable question about an item so a consumer can make an educated decision.. Thanks KEEPITUP!!

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJules Danker

Looking for a Micro SD card for the SJ-1000.
SanDisk Ultra 32gb is it compatible with the camera?

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpiros-Athens

Blank screen, I have a working update, but I don´t know where to put it
for downloading. Send me a mail and I can attach it to my reply.
Write to

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLars Jensen

Just got one.... How do I watch on pc... HELP.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Hello, I have rather annoying issue with my SJCAM. Sometimes, not depending on recording time, temperature of camera or air, air humidity or vibrations, colors on the camera get totally wrong. There is never any other image quality issue, just the colors. Same output is on display and saved on SD card (as demonstrated in the video). Often, this problem starts and stops with pressing upper buttons (thus applying pressure on the PCB). I´m fairly sure, that the problem is either the connection between lower and upper PCB or connection between sensor and the PCB. My question is, do you have any suggestions as what to do with it?
What I have on mind right now is taking the camera apart, checking individual pins, cleaning them, apply electric connector grease or spray and carefully re-assemble. Do you have any other ideas?
Here is video demonstrating the problem, most of the times, it is fine, excellent in fact, but from time to time, it just gets broken like that.
Thank you in advance.

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Hey Techmoan! Hey Everybody! Where can I find the latest updates?
Is it still up to date also in future?

September 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter FoXx


Very nice review, not only this.. but all of your reviews.

I already order sj1000 and waiting to use.


September 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSerjo

I am waiting for your sj4000 wifi review to buy one please hurry. :,(

September 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMertTheGreat

This is a great review, thanks!
Just relieved my camera and I'm about to try it out on my bike, only I can't seem to mount it correctly on the bars. When I screw in the attachment it sits off centre. I tried tightening it using the nut but there's no way it's gonna hold. Am I missing something?

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRich

I bought a SJ- HD1080p and it worked ok until it fell over.
the cam came with a compression mount and the best place I could put it in my car was on the dash fixed to a square rubber pad with a hard shiny piece made for compression fittings, things went OK until I went over a bump and the compression fitting having a very narrow circumference gave way and the camera being a heavy little blighter fell over, indeed if it was on the windscreen it would have fallen off. The connector body which the power lead inserts into detached itself from the circuit board, and as yet I haven't succeeded in soldering it back.
So to sum up the compression mount is rubbish, the cam has a metal front it is very thick and its heavy, but the pictures are good.

November 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I've been playing with different versions of firmware for the sj1000 and thought I would share my findings.

For anyone having the white screen problem with the latest firmware dated 24 / 04 / 2014, go to this site:

and download the newest version in that post, dated 12 / 18 / 2013 and reflash your camera.

The version here under 'Files and Drivers" is not the 06 / 15 / 2013 version. It's a version dated 10 / 01 / 2014 and it had a very strange effect on my camera. It inverted the image (which could be useful if you want to mount the camera upside down) and it also changed the functions of the buttons on the camera. For example, to get to the menu I had to repeatedly press the power button which switched from video to still to replay then finally to menu and I had to use the M and OK buttons to navigate the menus.

November 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I compared it here with GoPro on this video:

November 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMilos

I compared it here with GoPro on this video:

November 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMilos

Just got one of this SJ1000 from a seller of Aliexpress a few days ago. Seemed with the latest firmware and everything was working fine. I mounted it on the windshield as a dash cam with the suction cup. The only problem was the vibration no matter how i tightened the screws. Have already searched all the 39 pages of comments but still didn't get a better solution. So anyone could finally fix it?

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

l abandoned the auction cup and I've screwed the SJ's quick release bracket to my car's rear view mirror support. Perfect. No vibration, almost invisible from outside the car.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Thanks for your quick reply, Tom. Which one is the quick release bracket? Can you post a picture of your fix?

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

l do have photos of how l attached my SJ1k to my rear view mirror support bracket, but you can't post them here on this blog. Send me your email address though and I'll send them to you.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Tom, please send your pictures to Thank a lot.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

Is this camera good for use on a helmet for skiing? I was wondering whether the mounts included would make to difficult to as a helmet cam, too high??

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOscar

@Oscar You will need some drilling of the helmet and modifying camera waterproof housing. If helmet holes are high you could use one of the mounts but it will wiggle too much. You could improvise with cableties but I would rather make a forehead holes on the helmet and make a perfect fit. I think thought it is a personal safety issue if you do that. Camera on top of the helmet might be better from safety standpoint. You will also need to put a piece of paper in the case as case is just a bit bigger than camera and it will move inside and ruin recordings. I did not check it before and have returned from vacation with unwatchable videos.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM

@Oscar You will need some drilling of the helmet and modifying camera waterproof housing. If helmet holes are high you could use one of the mounts but it will wiggle too much. You could improvise with cableties but I would rather make a forehead holes on the helmet and make a perfect fit. I think thought it is a personal safety issue if you do that. Camera on top of the helmet might be better from safety standpoint. You will also need to put a piece of paper in the case as case is just a bit bigger than camera and it will move inside and ruin recordings. I did not check it before and have returned from vacation with unwatchable videos.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM

Thanks Tom's pictures. Now i got some more ideas for the car mount vibration solution. Might post here again for the final result.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

I bought an SJ1000 at the start of this year.
I thought that it was very good and great value for money but i have an issue that maybe someone could help me with.
I have a 32Gb class 10 card and was recording on 1080p, everything was 100%.
Lately i started using it as a Dash Cam and again everything was fine until i let it record on the loop system for 5 days.
When i played it back, i only got part of the very last day.
I tried it again for a couple of days running but still only got part of a day, 5 hours at most.
I changed to 720p hoping that it would last longer as it would be using less memory but alas no.
Any ideas anyone or is this normal?

December 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjudeandleo

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