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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

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