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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)

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

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