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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.


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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.


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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. 



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) 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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You can usually resolve all your issues in one go by downloading the K-Lite codec pack (do a Google search for it). Just installing the basic version will give your PC all the files it needs to be able to play pretty much any video file.

July 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

One more thing....your netbook might not have enough graphical power to be able to play these files bear that in mind.

July 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks. That plays nicely in slow motion. Time for a rethink with the Netbook.

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArtstu

I have to admit I butchered most of the mounts supplied to make up more useful solid mounts. The small velcro strap attachment locking slide plate is very useful. It can be removed from the strap plate and attached to the back of one of the camera clip holders after the holder has had been separated from it's supplied hinge or spring clip mount (needs some extra plastic bits here to connect to the screw holes ... nylon servo horns work well). You now have the clip holder with a locking slide plate on the back of it. This will clip into any of the mounts with the opposing part of the slide plate attached.

I took the slide plate off the bike mount and cut the pivot lugs off so you just have a flat slide plate that can be attached to whatever you want. With a bit of fettling it fitted nicely to an old Garmin bike handlebar clamp I had lying around ... very solid compared to the supplied handlebar clamp, no flimsy plastic stalk bits or weak shallow screw connections to break.

Don't think I'd use the waterproof case for anything other than going underwater. I'm sure there are easier, simpler ways of rainproofing if that's what you need.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexie

Sorry to be a pain

Are Class 10 cards the same as UHS1 cards?
And is a UHS1 speed card suitable for the SJ1000 camera?

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Yes and yes...but don't worry about the fine details so much. We aren't defusing a bomb. Just go to, add a 16GB or 32GB Sandisk Ultra to your cart and pay. Can't go wrong.

July 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I took the housing on a dive today (without the camera, I'm not THAT stupid) and it withstood a 47 minute stay under water, maximum depth 10 meters and a bit. Visibility was reasonable, we saw a nice pike, altogether a pleasant bimble. If tomorrows planned dive wasn't a night dive I might just risk the camera to see how it deals with underwater scenes.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

I'm very tempted to buy one of these and if I do it will certainly be from the link suggested in the review. This might sound a stupid question but if I do buy one off ebay from china then I see it as a bit of a gamble. What happens if it breaks after a month of using it, or it even arrives and doesn't work.

I assume I will have to just deal with it! Even the seller listed as 'Wales' I guess would be hard to get some sort of guarantee out of.

Anyone with any opinions on this? I'm half tempted to pay £40 more and go for the liquid ego purely because I would be buying it with a proper warranty.- but then no waterproof case! (have to pay an extra £40 for that!!)

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersam

Does anyone know if it can take a 64gb card?


July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersam

Guys...anyone tried using this for mountain biking and also anyone try getting a chest mount strap for this camera ?

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I ordered the one from 'Wales' on ebay.
I'll report back when it arrives as to it being the same as Techmoans?

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

PROBLEM : Stuck on WELCOME screen...

Anyone know how to reset the cam... tried taking battery out/remove sdcard/usb power/combination of buttons... but stuck on the welcome screen??

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelbourne

@ Bernie. Mr Wales is simply buying them in bulk, paying the import duty and VAT and selling them on to you as a 'UK supplier'. Agreed, it'll be easier to return it if you find it at fault - as your buyers' rights are't affected and you'll get a full 12 month warranty regardless of what it says on his site. But PayPal wouldn't be where they are if they just took your money and washed their hands, so I'm thinking that if your Hong Kong cam is faulty, they'd be on your side in getting it replaced. I don't have personal experience of this though.

@Sam The spec says it only handles cards up to 32gb, but then so too does my Samsung Galaxy Note say that, and it happily accepted the 64gb Micro SDHC card I fed it.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Here's my short review for an SJ1000 from HK:

--Order and postage: no complaints, went as expected

--Mounts: good enough for using in normal conditions (car dash cam, bike on smooth roads, etc.). When put to a test, they might fail you unless you tinker with them beforehand. I saw a few guys asking about this camera's performance on a bike trail: my handlebar mount broke within 10-15 minutes due to the vibrations and the stress on the mount. Also the ball-and-socket mount doesn't get firm enough so the camera moves all over the place(there's a fix for that in the comments here). So it's not recommended for mountain biking unless you are prepared to tinker with it.

--Build quality: the front cover is made of some metal which makes it seem more robust but the insides dissapointed me: my usb port broke the first time i tried to charge it. I had to open the camera and re-solder it back in place (it was very poorly soldered - hopefully i'm an exception and others are OK). Also the buttons on the sides have some space to move which makes them affect the sound quality when the camera vibrates, a fix for this is discussed in comments here too. Moreover, the mic and speaker wires are very poorly soldered as well: take care if you open the case, they will come off easily. And as some already said, it heats up pretty good during use, especially if it's in the waterproof case.

--Software: mine came with the same firmware version as the one presented in Techmoan's review. It's ok, it works, could be better but it does the job (multiple jobs that is: car dash cam, action cam...). I would like a firmware upgrade (i saw some bugs were fixed already in newer versions) but i can also use it as it is.

--Video quality: as you saw on this website :)

Overall, for the money you can't expect for much more. Thanks a lot Matt for taking the time to do this review, hopefully you got something out of it (I for one bought it from the same supplier as you did). I would recommend it for a casual user who's on a budget especially if he/she feels lucky enough to receive a properly-soldered firmware-updated version!

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny B

Apart from the USB cable needing to be held in place with an elastic band the camera functions as expected. The mounts & case are another story, the case door has no depth to it so tends to only seal near the hinge & clasp. If you look at the seal you can see a small gap which closes if you press gently on the door. All the mounts seem to be made from the finest quality boiled shite. The mount that fits onto the case door broke as I tried to slide it off. The handlebar mount is useless. The screw socket in the bottom of the case looks as though it would wrench out easily if it received a knock. I have bought a chest harness from 7 dayshop .com which is intended for their own action cam. this screws into the tripod socket. I have experimented with waterproofing the bare camera with cling film, if you start at the lens to avoid creases this seems to work OK with no noticeable loss of picture quality. I have had problems with vibrations when used in car. this seems to be caused by the flimsy clip on mount, I had this taped to a Garmin bean bag type mount, I found that by taping the camera directly to the Garmin mount the picture became much smoother.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

From reading the comments it's interesting to learn about the 'fun' that people are having with this camera. Given the cumulative amount of time that everyone has spent playing about with it, it's clear that there is something about this little camera that must make the effort worth it.

July 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I shot some video with this camera mounted on my quadcopter, using a DIY vibration isolating camera mount:

Youtube pixalates it somewhat more than the original, but its not bad at all IMO, despite the lack of 60FPS. For flying at night, its rather useless:


July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVertigo

Your videos are unbelievably thorough and awesome! Which SD card would be the best for this? If the battery last 2 hours, then I assume I woulnt need a 64gb sd card. Its the dash cam thats under 100 dollars you said was great.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDudeman

@Dudeman. Your questions have been answered in the words above yours.
@JohnnyB. l like your reference to boiled shite.
@Techmoan. Has a review of yours ever generated a response as long as this?

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

@tom hardwick. - I don't believe the fat lady's even arrived at the theatre yet!

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbargain bob

Well I've been using it for a 'while' since I got it and here's what I've noticed so far, in addition to what I've said before.
You will need to cobble together a mount you are happy with, which will take time and ingenuity. If you have no patience, this isn't the camera for you. My handlebar mount snapped on first 'use'. Have since made a new mount using a rifle scope mount.

The suction cup mount, coupled with the T-piece with the form fitting camera mount piece, I used in my car. Whenever I went over bumps the camera position moved, or was just jerky. Have since done the superglue method mentioned earlier, and drilled holes in the the black plastic to add a wooden bar on the side making sure it was in the desired position and it's steady as a rock now. I also added a whitish round rubbery washer (that was on another mount in the box) inbetween the ball joint and the T-piece to give it a small amount of 'give', and absorb some bumps.

As for memory cards, a genuine class 4 card is more than enough to handle any bitrate this camera can do, so why pay for more expensive cards?

It seems some people want to know about extra batteries. Just get 3x AAA rechargables, wire them up and slap them in. It will give more battery life than the size of a 32gb card can handle anyway and they're cheap as chips.

@sam No it only takes 32gb max.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

First of all I echo what numerous others have already said - well done Mat !

Having devoured all information I can about this camera, mostly from your site Mat. I have gone ahead and ordered one together with a a spare battery, from Globalalibabahk and a Sandisk 32Gb microSD from Amazon.

I notice that quite a few people are put off by the wide field of view producing the fisheye effect. I'm surprised no one seems to have mentioned software to remove it. I have just tried out "Defishr" by proDAD, on your "" clip and it flattens it out a treat.

Velcro get's a lot of mentions in other post's, but there are other products out there. I often use "3M Klett-Power" for projects. It gives a much more solid lock than Velcro but still easily snaps apart (well not too easily if you use a disproportionate amount!!). I have used it to mount my Nokia N8 phone on a car dashboard bean-bag mount to great effect.

Anyway can't wait for my SJ1000 to arrive to try out some of these.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBargain Bob

Bargain Bob - very useful info and I'll definitely try out Defishr or an equivalent for the Mac.

July 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well mines turned out to be faulty. Received it monday, fitted it in the car Tuesday and on Wednesday it captured me going to fast into a greasy bend and ending up in the verge after killing severa baby trees. Thursday it decided it was going to shut off 3 seconds after powering on and even after an all night charge its the same. Contacted ebay seller and waiting for a reply. And no I'm not posting the footage !

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergillebob

@B Bob. Thanks for the reminder about Defishr. I use Mercalli and it's excellent. The snag is that the program cost more than the camera itself, loses you some sharpness and some wide angle coverage. Hey-ho, but that could be a good one click fix for the image vignetting when the camera's inside its water proof clamshell case.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

@tom hardwick
Defishr is expensive, however there is freeware alternative, for Windows users, in Virtual Dub. To that end someone has put an interesting article on the GoProUser forum:-
Although this won't be an easy "one-click" solution, it's obviously cheaper.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBargain Bob

I had a look to ebay sellers you listed.
In various pages on ebay, this item is claimed to have a 4x OPTICAL zoom(?).
Very improbable! It's a mistake?
And, if there is really am OPTICAL zoom, how it's operated? (manually? motorized?)

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherin4W

The Zoom is just digital - no optical on this one.

July 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Sherin. It's not a mistake ( you're too generous), it's a lie.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Arrived yesterday from Mr 'Wales' on ebay.
So very quick delivery
First impressions
In a box instead of bag
All black, which I prefer, instead of white
Version Y130615
Seems ok to me, does very good video straight out the box
Excellent little camera for not a lot of money.
My thanks to Techmoan for making me aware of it.
Thank you very much

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

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