Donations

You can help fund Techmoan with a donation

Click to visit Patreon.com/Techmoan  

SEARCH BOX: Searches this website

*SHOPPING LINKS ARE AFFILIATED*

For more info on this - click on "About' at the top of the page. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE for COMPANIES

Techmoan never approaches a company asking for review samples.

 


    

Articles by Category

 


Techmoan Merchandise at TeeSpring

Merch


Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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%! 

            

 
« The Rollie Eggmaster Vertical Grill | Main | The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker »
Sunday
Jun092013

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. 

 

WANT TO BUY ONE?

Click on your Country of Choice ... US UK AUS DE NL

 

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)...in 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 unsure...here'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 day....you can't clip your toenails with this camera, it can't be used as a flotation device, it won't take x-rays etc..... 

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (1215)

Yeah I know that but be aware not all chargers will do 1amp charging.

Besides I wish to charge the spare battery outside of the camera. In something like this SJ4000 charger...
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4PCS-3-7V-900mAh-Li-ion-Battery-Wall-Charger-For-SJ4000-Action-Sport-Camera-/361273357991?hash=item541d91f6a7:g:DFkAAOSwNSxVSuJl

Was hoping it would do/fit a SJ1000 battery'

Want either a USB or wall charger to take a SJ1000 battery.

November 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPete Down Under

Still waiting for the cam to arrive and I still have not found a separate charger with battery holder.

Ordered two 32GB Micro SD cards last night.

SanDisk 32GB Micro SD SDHC Ultra 80MB/s Class 10 Extreme TF Memory Card Samsung @ AUD$15.95 each delivered out of Sydney to Melbourne.

It suddenly occurred to me how do I mount the camera as a Dash cam without the waterproof housing seeing there seems not to be a thread on the bottom of the camera itself?

December 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPete Down Under

Try below seller link to see whether it's the one you are looking for.

Car Charger+Holder With Vacuum Chuck+1pcs Battery+battery ac adapter for SJ4000/SJ1000 Sports Camera DV DVR
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Car-Charger-Holder-With-Vacuum-Chuck-1pcs-Battery-battery-ac-adapter-for-SJ4000-SJ1000/2013472787.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.195.2UWOqE&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_7_79_78_77_80,searchweb201644_0,searchweb201560_5

December 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

Thanks Peta but as I have found previously there and on eBay Sellers claiming the same charger will do the SJ1000 and the SJ4000 batteries which appear to be different.

See two links below. I would like clarification these chargers do both batteries.

Scroll down to battery picture in both these links...

Car Charger+Holder With Vacuum Chuck+1pcs Battery+battery ac adapter for SJ4000/SJ1000 Sports Camera DV DVR

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Car-Charger-Holder-With-Vacuum-Chuck-1pcs-Battery-battery-ac-adapter-for-SJ4000-SJ1000/2013472787.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.195.2UWOqE&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_7_79_78_77_80,searchweb201644_0,searchweb201560_5


1100mAh Li-on Battery for SJ1000 Backup Rechargable Battery For SJ1000 Sport Camera DV

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1100mAh-Li-on-Battery-for-SJ1000-Backup-Rechargable-Battery-For-SJ1000-Sport-Camera-DV/2013377336.html?spm=2114.10010108.100009.9.L8kybQ

Also could someone suggest a forum to ask these questions in?

December 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPete Down Under

Yes, it seems different battery contact point.

December 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

Thanks a lot for Pinak's simple re-assemble suction cup mount way. I also did some modification with a longer screw and a larger washer. Quite stable and no more vibration.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

I just tried Pinak's process, but in the end I broke the mount. Pinak is a major asshole for having the instructions made not clear enough.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterE

Hey E,

The only major asshole is YOU. Rather than taking your time to study Pinak's efforts you come here to highlight what appears to be your lack of skills and criticize his efforts to assist.

LOL I am glad Peta was smart enough to follow Pinak's suggestions and achieve a good result.

E either give thanks, contribute or just piss off!

Bye bye.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete Down Under

@E Calling someone "asshole" for showing us his innovation in his free time, publicly, for everyone to see? That is really low. If you can´t make your own decisions, it´s your fault.
I would like to thank @Pinak Oza for sharing his idea, might even get around to using it, if I fail to fix my SJ1000 (I broke it myself, it wasn´t a defect).

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Is there any way to connect android tablet to the SJ1000 as a field monitor?

March 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSvarc

Hi guys,

I got this camera because of the good reviews about its video quality but I am very unhappy that it is not the case for what I got. The video is very grainy, I've tried all the settings and tried different micro sdhc cards just to isolate the problem but the video is still very very grainy, in all lighting conditions. The color of nearby subjects have shadows overlay and the texture is very bad, like a very bad contrast setup. I don't know, maybe someone found a way to clone an otherwise very cheap but very good camera but failed to provide the same video quality that has been associated with the SJ1000.

I am not losing hope. Do you have any ideas on how I can fix the problem? I am on the brink of breaking the camera down to look into the sensors and the chips, etc.

Thanks, cheers.

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJack Perry Olson

You've been sold a clone, without a doubt. Contact the seller immediately and demand a full refund. I was caught like this with an SJ4000 fake, and eBay and PayPal were 100% behind me, getting me a refund and I didn't have to send the fake camera back. Go for it.

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom

where did u buy this ?

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphil

My first thoughts also Tom were the same that Jack had been sold a clone.

A genuine one gives great quality video and mine is no exemption.

Good luck with the refund Jack and follow Tom's advice.

Good Luck

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete Down Under

I got the swollen battery inside the battery housing and couldn't be taken out to replace after about more than one years use. So have to give up and bought the new Mobius 2 instead. It's battery can be replaced with their official capacitor plug & play. So no more swollen battery issue during the hot summer time.

Don't use the SJ1000 as the on time dash cam if you will have the hot summer season at your location.

December 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeta

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>