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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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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%! 

 
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Saturday
Dec062014

SJCAM M10 - All you need to know

Judging by the comments and emails I receive, it appears that a lot of people are interested in the upcoming SJCAM SJ5000+. Most messages I read point out to me that the SJ5000 is already out and then ask when my review will be coming out...

The SJ5000+ is not out (yet) - it's only a Pre-Order and I can only start a review when my camera is delivered from China (presumably in early 2015). I always try to purchase the things I review so I get the full consumer experience. Pre-production review samples can bear little relation to the finished product due to firmware and hardware changes that take place at the last minute. I don't want to spend weeks reviewing a camera that turns out to be different to the one that goes on sale.

Assuming I get my pre-ordered SJ5000+ camera in early January, the earliest I could get the review done by would be the end of January or in early February. The best way to find out when a video review is ready is to stay subscribed to my youtube channel and as soon as it's ready, you'll be notified. I never have any idea how long a video will take me to put together because even when I'm in the middle of assembling it I don't know how much more I'll need to shoot. I only know I'm finished when there is nothing more to say.

But back to the present, the video below is about the newest SJCAM model that's actually on sale today, the M10. In a similar vein to how console manufacturers repackage the outgoing machine in a smaller, sometimes cheaper package whenever a new model is imminent, SJCAM have effectively repackaged their old SJ4000 internals in a smart new case.

So watch the video below to see why I feel that despite this being last year's warmed up tech, I think that the M10 is the best SJ4000 made. 

You can also see my complete SJ4000 WiFi edition review here (whilst the M10 I reviewed is not the WiFi version - all other features are the same).

Buying the M10 Camera

If you want to buy an M10, then click on one of the links below.

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Reader Comments (101)

Hi Mat, great review, so much comparison detail in there, amazing. I do find this shape and design a bit more appealing that previous designs from this maker, the price is better as well. Love your humour at the end.

Fab as always

Daz

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Mat. Got a question for you. I make holiday videos using cameras which record at 25fps or at 30fps. The clips at 25fps are absolutely fine when editing for the UK's PAL TV system. However, action cams/dash cams nearly all record at 30fps and my editing software (Cyberlink PowerDirector 11) handles this by simply cutting frames, partially reducing frame rate to 15fps, resulting in jerky video. Can you recommend video conversion software that renders clips from 30fps to 25fps seamlessly, or alernatively, have you found any quality action cams/dash cams that will shoot at 25fps?

Keep up the videos. I love them.

John

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Also for this camera, you can buy it on Safeye.nl. Sent within 24 hours, in whole Europe :-)

Techmoan visitors will get 10 euro discount with the code: techmoanm10

December 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSafeye.eu

Hello Mat,

Thanks for the review. I'm doubting between buying a SJ4000 and this M10. However if I look a the waterproof case for this one, it seems to me you cant access the scroll buttons for the menu with the case on. Anyone got any experience with this?

December 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBram

Just to confirm: My SJ4000 from feb this year does have the subdirs.

And I'm a big fan of the (cheap DX copy of) 3M microfiber cloths for wiping greasy fingers off lenses and whatnot. :-)

December 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeeees

Hi Mat,

Thanks for yet another great video review.
I am totally sold on the M10 after seeing your review, but have a question as to whether I am likely to be charged import duty on the camera into the UK from China? What is your experience of this?

Thanks
Mike

December 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

More often than not I haven't been charged any import duty on things I buy from China. Often they mark the parcel as a Gift or reduce the declared value. This doesn't happen all the time though and there is a chance you'll get a charge. It's just lucky dip.

December 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hmmmmm - Interesting. Thanks. I'm blowed if I know where you find the time.

My SJ1000 may get an Upgrade - Plus that rubbery finish will fit in better in the LandRover.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi there Tmoan! Will we see Toshiba Camileo review soon? Maybe a comparison video of it vs the go pro and sjcam ones?

December 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

It looks like on the SJCam website, there is now a wifi version of the M10. I might just have to take the plunge and replace my stolen sj4000

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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