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

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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.

 

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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

greetings from Brazil,

Well, I kinda got interested in this M10, but it´s a shame it doesn´t come loaded with accessories like the SJ4000.

I found your website and reviews from the official SJCAM manufacturer page, BTW. Added to my favorites. Keep up the good work.

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBira Muniz

I loved the original SJ4000 - very sharp and has the ability to be charged via USB. Unfortunately after just a few months of use the USB port got damaged and thus rendered the unit unusable. I'd like to know whether the newer M10 has this flimsy USB port problem fixed?

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Reyes

Very useful videos, thanks. I've a question that I can't find the answer online. I use a old Ricoh point and click digi camera for time lapse videos, creating a video of various canal trips around the UK canals, I use the lowest (640) resolution and take a photo every 5 seconds, then stitch them together and post to YouTube (RoggieLondon). I can often take 7000 photos each day, have 2 batteries which last about 2.5 hours each and make sure the rear screen is turned off. Obvious question is will the SJ4000 or M10 keep the rear screen on all the time (3 second turnoff on dash mode ISTR) therefore using loads of power or is there a way round this. I can experiment with larger resolution photo sizes but slightly concerned that every evening will be taken up with downloading huge photos and creating videos that are then highly compressed to get onto YouTube. I don't do it for artistic videos just a guide to the canal system. Videos are around 4 to 5 minutes for a 6 hour trip. I just thought that this type of camera would be useful for my many cycling trips rather than the older cams I brought in the past which have been overtaken by technology many years ago.

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger stocker

"I loved the original SJ4000 - very sharp and has the ability to be charged via USB. Unfortunately after just a few months of use the USB port got damaged and thus rendered the unit unusable. I'd like to know whether the newer M10 has this flimsy USB port problem fixed?"

I would have thought that you could charge the battery remotely and download photos/videos directly from the SD card therefore not having to use the USB port - or am I missing something?

BTW looking at the SJCAM Facebook page (how sad am I?) it does seem that all their units have low resolution photo options so I can still use those old blurry resolution for time lapsing.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Stocker

"I would have thought that you could charge the battery remotely and download photos/videos directly from the SD card therefore not having to use the USB port - or am I missing something?"

Roger,

I think he is mentioning the issue due to using the USB port for charging the battery.

It´s not in fact unusable, but he does need an external battery charger to be able tu use the camera again.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBira Muniz

External battery charger plus extra battery, about £20 sterling. Sorted. Given that with most digital cameras you have to remove the battery to charge, no problems just a slight inconvenience. Repairable too I would have thought.
Perhaps I should offer to purchase his at much reduced rate, saves me thinking which one to buy myself.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Stocker

Thanks for the replies. Apparently there was a hardware issue with the SJ4000. The USB Port, in due time would break. This is due to the fact that the materials used are not top quality. This video pre-empts that problem and tries to solve it before it even happens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4NpsPIx8WM

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Reyes

the acessories for the sj4000 fit on the m10 or they are different?


nice review btw.

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentervinicius

hi. i have been watching and reading your reviews and it has really helped me a lot. thank you for putting in so much of an effort for such detailed reviews. btw i had 3 questions 2 are unrelated to this thread
1) Has SJCAM stopped making m10 as the website says not available in this configuration anymore when i try to add it to the cart.
2) in your experience which is the best dashcam under $100 with good reliability as you have mentioned that most of these cams have to work around the clock and it takes a toll on them
3) just as you have a section for dashcam with best value, best video, best overall etc.. could u create a section like that for actioncams as well.
Thank you again for all the info and reviews.

January 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterviru

Hi Matt!

As viru said, the M10 has disappeared from several places. Foxoffer has it as 'Sold Out', and some ebay sellers that sold it aren't shipping it anymore. Do you have any info from the manufacturer?

Thank you.

January 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

I know nothing about it. It's a mystery.

January 19, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Looks like I got my order in just in time! Received my M10 today.
Thanks for the review Techmoan.
I'm looking forward to using this little camera.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChrisC

I would be grateful if someone could answer a few questions I could not see in the video (perhaps already answered or in the SJ4000 video, sorry).
1) Does the M10 have a "time-lapse" option for photos?
If the answer aboce is yes, then
2) What is the min interval setting the camera has for taking pics? (1s, 5s, etc)
3) What is the max "real" resolution (not interpolated) the camera can take pictures with in time-lapse mode?

Many thanks in advance!

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaulo

Love all your reviews, great work. Bought the Sony AS-15 and Mobius because of your reviews and love them both. I was thinking of buying an M10 and was wondering if you where familiar with the site:

http://www.sjcam.com/en/cameras/71-sjcam-m10-wifi-mini-cube-action-camera-standard-version-15-inch-waterproof-hd-camcorder-car-dvr.html

Should I buy from that site? Seems legitimate. If not I will just use the link to Amazon that you have provided.

Thank you and again, great job.

Martin

February 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

I've never dealt with that website, so your guess is as good as mine. I really can't say either way.

February 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello again,

Thank you for your quick response. I opted to take a chance and order from them. It's a wonder to me how these companies are not sending you camera's for review.

I should receive it within 7 to 28 days, not sure if you are interested but I'll let you know how it turns out later in this page.

Thank you again and keep up the good work.

Martin

February 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Is it possible to change the 170 lens on the 4000 or M10 to a 120 degree? I believe they are somewhat standard screw in lenses, similar to go pro?

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMac26

Hi, I use the M10 and purchased it specifically after seeing your review, so thank you...just wondering if you or anyone else here has experienced the strange and frustrating anomaly that has arisen for me after using a pair of these for a 2 day shoot. Half of the .mov files are unreadable/corrupt etc. My MAC can read some but not others even when there was no change from one take to the next, camera-wise.

None of the myriad .mov repair applications for mac seem to work. I've tried at least 6 or so, and have chatted with support personall for a few of them, all who have no idea why the repair won't work besides them saying that the programs were not written to fix THIS particular codec that uses the .mov container.

There seems no apparent order to this madness, each camera exhibits this problem but there is no distinguishable pattern to the behavior..e.g consecutive files are corrupt but then subsequent files are fine, followed by more that are unreadable. File lengths range from nearly 3 gigabytes down to 700MB. Camera settings were not changed over the two days.

SJCAM is not offering support until the end of this month due to the Chinese New Year (Happy NEW YEAR, your camera is broken! YAY!).

Any help would be deeply appreciated, my good camera enthusiasts!
thanks

February 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBossy Linnon

can the sjcam site sometime go down cause it keeps on saying that i have connection problems whenever i try to access it

any help would be cool
plz

February 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertom

Any site can go down. The SJCAM site is offline at the moment, I'm guessing Chinese New Year will mean that there will be no one in the office to rectify the fault today.

February 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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