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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).

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Reader Comments (101)

Good review Techmoan.

I'm considering buying this camera but... I noticed that there's a design flaw on its waterproof case: it has only one side button (menu) but it lacks the buttons to move up and down, so I think the menu could be unusable underwater!

February 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterXavi

For those who are interested in the Xcsource 1100 mAh batteries:
I did 2 test with 2 different batteries in a SJ4000.
Test 1 was at night with HDR on, white balance on Auto and Exposure on +1, 1080p30-> 116 minutes
Test 2 was at daytime, HDR on, white balance on Cloudy and exposure on +2/3, 1080p30 -> 117 minutes

These batteries give the SJ4000 around 30 minutes more battery life.

The SJ4000 used is one of the first types, so with the old lcd screen and without wifi. The firmware used is 20140110V01 (original firmware that came with the camera).

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJordy

Hi..all the specs for this and the sj4000 suggest 32gb Max sized micro SD card...have you tried a larger sized card in the camera? I was thinking of going for a 64gb card as they've come down a bit in price recently and was hoping somehow it will work in this camera. Thanks and keep up the great reviews!

February 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRich

hai.. I just buy new m10 WiFi. I have a problem regard its audio. ist my camera problem or just natural being? the m10 produce noisy sound, likes wind blowing.
kindly help.

February 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpijo

Some very nice reviews indeed. You are one in very few that give us what we really need.
Keep the tradition running.

I'm having some trouble in finding deeper specs for the lens-angle(regardless of model really) are they all just with 170 dgr ?

Have I missed your review on AT200 or is that on your upcoming list of cams ? btw , I saw that AT200 has a tripod mount
underneath .....!

/I

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan Lawson

Hi there, just received my M10 from Foxoffer as a replacement for a stolen SJ4000 (some oik probably thought it was a GoPro!) I ordered the deluxe pack with all the waterproof gubbins and have noticed something rather strange. Out of the waterproof case, everything works fine and is lovely. However when it goes in the case, it will often freeze after powering up, requiring me to take it out, remove the battery and start all over again! Its no problem to start it before I put it in the case for my cycle to work, but when I'll use it in the water, it's not practicable to do so!

As I said, out of the case, it works fine - don't know if the case presses especially hard on something and freezes everything, or that my M10 doesn't fancy getting wet!

Has anyone else experienced something similar?

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStefan

Just got mine from sjcam.com (pleasant experience with the site by the way). So far it works great in and out of the case. Did the firmware update and the power button still works.

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Re. the Firmware upgrade that you did Martin - can't find an M10 version on the SJCAM website - did you use a different one?

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStefan

From this page:

http://www.sjcam.com/en/content/category/3-Firmware

I used:

http://www.sjcam.com/en/content/19-sjcam-m10-wifi-action-camera-firmware

and it worked fine.

Settings in the camera say:

Model: M10WIFI
Version: G20140116V04
Date: Jan17 2015
Firm: SJCAM


PS: Above, I meant that the "Ok" button still works, not the "Power" button. Apparently the firmware update on fakes will make it so that the "ok" button will stop working.

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Does the sjcam m10 have timelapse capabilities?

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

Nice review as always. Thank you. I was going to buy the SJ4000 when I read this review, and ordered the M10 instead. I owe a Mobius, love it, but sometimes miss the lcd screen a lot. The M10 is doing great, no issues at all, great video and audio quality. Thanks again.
Andy, in Rio de Janeiro.

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

owe = own

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

NO M10 Camera and NO REFUND
NO DELIVERY AFTER 60 DAYS - No refund either
And now no answer from "support"

I am very sad to say but so BUT this would not happen with a GOPRO or other Company which is represented in EUROPE!!

I paid this camera in december 2014, 27th and until now, the feedback was " we are pushing the delivery" , 60 days after no longer i get answer, and the money is gone....
HORRIBLE SERVICE
A FRAUD

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

Ricardo...its difficult to gleen from your rant, as to who you actually bought your camera from?? I mean...a fraudulent seller can pretend to sell GoPro Cameras in the same way as they can sell fake handbags.

It's down to who you buy from at the end of the day and the precautions you make when you spend large sums of money online!

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRich

RICH
I have purchased from SJCAM. ...
I ve filed a complaint on PayPal for non delivered item
the support is ridiculous in its answers
I wrote reviews on their website but it is never published.
I am so pissed that I will sign a Facebook account just to post a link with 20 pages showing the answers...
I was robbed not by some imitation but from the manufacturer Itself! !!

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

From what I understand SJCAM.COM is run by a company called Viofo Ltd who presumably nabbed the SJCAM.COM address before the SJCAM's true manufacturers could.
The manufacturer of the SJCAMs is called Shenzhen Hongfeng Century Technology Ltd and their website is SJCAMHD.COM

February 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sjcam.com is not sjcam's official website. And afaik Sjcam does not sell directly to end users.

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I ordered from SJCam.com on Feb 7 and got a perfectly good M10 on Feb 23th (in Montreal Canada).I did contact them when they said that the camera was on backorder and they promptly replied and shipped the next day.

I do agree that sjcam.com may or may not have anything to do with the manufacturers of the camera itself but I did get a legit camera and their firmware works very well.

Again, sorry to hear about your troubles.

Martin

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Sjcam.com / Vioco:
http://www.sjcam.com/en/content/4-about-us

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I just received my brand new M10. Sadly it unusable due to the micro USB port breaking off before it could even be charged.

It looks like the board this is mounted to is a piggyback plug in board which shifted allowing the up button to also break off.
The dealer wants me to get somebody to fix it and they will reimburse me.

If you haven't already added extra glue to your USB port then I'd really be looking at doing this sooner rather than later

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRazzed

SJCAM M10 or GOPro Hero 3? any thoughts?

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNozza

Nozza, a friend of mine has the GP3. I have yet to test it but it seems that time-elapse , selectable field-of-view and being shockproof are those things that come to mind. Apart from that the price is way of the charts........

/Ian

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan Lawson

VIOFO = SJCAM = SJCAMHD = FRAUD
This is the very truth
Your answer on how someone has stolen the SJCAM name is a piece of crap It is all the same , and all is linked . A SCAM A FRAUD
The reliability of this manufacturer is 0 / ZERO
Your English accent in an excellent style reviews were what made me choose to buy this equipment, but i really question is the reality of all this....
I feel that 90% of the contributors of this forum are the same people that wrote me (from SJCAM or SJCAMHD, or Viofo or other crap ) back saying "just wait a few more days, and it will be delivered..."
"don´t worry we will refund you...if the camera does not arrive..."
But i WARN on the 10% pelple to issue the complaint to paypal before the 45 days !! or even better:
BUY A GOPRO THEY ARE FOR REAL

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

I will buy M10 (i am prefering the non-wifi version), but i am slightly confused as to which is the official site and where to buy it.
About buying, i am thinking of getting it through Amazon.de (or eBay, i dont mind either), but i have no idea which one is fake and which one is official. Some help would be apreciated.
Technoman, you said that sjcamhd.com is most likely official. But they have no mention of M10 Wifi, nor do they have any download section for firmware updates available, while sjcam.com has.
Help?

March 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAgiZ

I ordered mine off of sjcam.com and if it's not the real thing than i would be very surprised. I am 100% satisfied with my M10 WiFi.

March 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

none

March 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenter317636251

Please, is it able to perform loop recording? Thank you.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEnilson

Yes it does loop recording. The feature is called "Car Mode" if I am not mistaken.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermartin

Has anyone used the m10 as a web cam and can Windows 7 Pro automatically detect it as a web cam? How is the video quality as a web cam ? How is the exposure in low light for video streaming?

Does anyone know why the manufacturer has posted "This product is no longer in stock with those attributes but is available with others." and what does this mean.

Is the 5000 series worth jumping to instead?

I don't see enough convincing video samples online and the manufacturer never respond to my emails so it's pretty much impossible to get verifiable information.. ----- NO SPAM PLEASE ------

April 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Blade Sparx

I'm a little disappointed with this camera so far. I chose this over the sj4000 on your recommendation and the sj5000 because I don't need the 1080p 60fps. I did consider the Xiaomi Yi, but due to the lack of a case, that's a problem.

First; I'm having problems using my 32GB card (class 10). It will record, but as soon as I go into viewing mode, it says there isn't a card, then it won't record again till I pull the battery for a minute. Doesn't work in mass storage mode, or I get an error about the card format. Tried many ways to fix this but all have failed. Card works fine in all of my other devices.

Second; I get a lot of picture noise from clips recorded at night, where all the videos I've looked at show very little to none. Still trying different settings so hope this can be solved.

Third; The locking clip on the waterproof case is in the way of modding the case to add a power cable, now I need to work out what to do about a clip.

With the first, trying a different 32GB card may solve the problem (currently have 16GB class 4). The Third, buying a new case would be OK if I fail my little mod.
The Second I can live with, it is disappointing.

Overall it's not a bad little camera, records good enough and doesn't cost GoPro prices.
Hearing recommended good settings would be nice.

Your reviews really helped me choose. Other people have recommended the sj4000 as a half descent camera, but it was your reviews that helped to compare against other cameras and easy to listen too.

May 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoomed

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