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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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The SJ4000 Action Camera Review

Winter isn't the best time of year to shoot an action camera review...especially when it's one of Britain's wettest winters on record. I haven't managed to get out on my motorbike for weeks...and as a result this action camera review features very little action. I'll try to upload some biking footage taken with this camera when conditions improve. Despite the lack of extreme action footage, hopefully this review can still help you to decide whether the SJ4000 fits your needs.



You can download sample clips HERE.


The SJ4000 has been renamed to the SJCAM SJ4000 and the links below take you to companies selling this product on ebay. Click on your country to find a suitable supplier for you.

UK   US   DE  AU   AT   BE   CA   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT   NL  

Here are some alternative suppliers



Foxoffer supplied me with this camera on behalf of the Manufacturer, Hongfeng Century. Foxoffer and HC saw my review on the SJ1000 and are interested in hearing your feedback about this camera as well, so if there is a feature you'd like to see included in one of their future budget cameras, be sure to let them know in the comments below.

I held back on releasing this review for a day so that I could pick up some of the original mounts made for this camera's doppelgänger. I wanted to test out the interchangeability of the original accessories with the SJ4000 versions, and I can happily confirm that the mounts that attach at the case hinge or onto the clip all work perfectly well...all the dimensions are the same. 

Anyone looking for a budget waterproof action camera with access to a wide variety of mounting options should put the SJ4000 at the top of their shortlist....and I can't think of what would go in second place.


Here's the Jan 2014 Firmware (DELETED). If you want to install it, download the zip file, unzip it, copy the FW96650A.BIN file to the SD card in the camera. Turn the camera on WAIT until it (eventually) boots up. You'll then need to delete the bin file from the card...the simplest way to do this would be to format the card using the camera menus...or alternatively attach the camera or SD card up to your computer and delete the file manually. Below is a comprehensive list of all the exciting features added if you install this update.

1) The yellow light now flashes when the camera is recording. 


When attempting to attach this to my motorcycle helment I discovered that however hard I tightened the screws on the hinge mounts, they could still be feely moved. My solution to this was to use sandpaper on the disassembled hinges to roughen up the shiny plastic. They now work how they should. I will demonstrate this in a new video when I manage to finally take this out on my bike...but unfortunately as soon as I finished mounting the camera to my helmet another storm blew in, so it's not going to be today.

UPDATE 3: I've taken the SJ4000 out on the bike.

UPDATE 4: Firmware deleted - out of date.  All newly purchased cameras will have newer firmware than this with additional features. 

I've also done a new review of the SJ4000 WiFi model too. CLICK HERE for more info.

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Reader Comments (2007)

It could be a great feature to be able to change the sequence interval. I use 0.5s mode on my gopro really often to take action photos or time lapse movies.
Anyway, thanks for the review, waiting for it since Christmas!

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBálint

1080P (1920*1080 ) 30FPS why??? 60 fps for sure... and if possible even bigger resolutions

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergeorge

1080p60 is only just becoming a standard on cameras that cost many time the price of this will take a while yet before those specs trickle down to this price point.

February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

As always a nice and to the point review, based on which I've now ordered me one in yellow (figured it'd be easier to locate when I inevitably drop it underwater).

Yes, a 0.5sec interval shooter would be nice, but I reckon a 2sec will have to do.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQbedobedoo

to Qbedobedoo: If you plan to use it mainly as a underwater camera, I would recommend waiting for other people to test it first. With SJ1000, case did well, but when left underwater for longer periods of time, little water, in most cases, got in and the isolation thus had to be reinforced.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Hi Mat, great review, nice n detailed. It's an amazing talent you have to say all of that without one 'erm' mentioned.

The camera results look good, a tad dark for my liking in places, but overall excellent.

Keep up the great work

Thanks for listening


February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Already asked on youtube, but since there was no answer, I will post it here as well:
Any idea where to get that adapter shown at 5:38 in the review? Found one with same functionality, but the price tag was about 20USD.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Daz, thanks...whenever I find myself doing errs, I stop the recording and go back and do it again. Sometimes it takes quite a few attempts before it works out.

Freeman, the Male tripod screw thread hinge mount? Foxoffer also sent me a box of additional mounts, I'll see if there is one of those in there...but I'm pretty sure you'll find one on ebay somewhere. If I find one I'll post a link.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi this test looks quite interesting, but I just did the maths of what the price would be if I bought it from China.
As i am based in Denmark, we have a 25% vat rate, and the danish postal serrvice charges 20 £ to do the import duty paperwork, this would make this camera cost me around 90-95 £.
For that price I would be able to pick up the panasonic hx-a100, which is around 97 £, or a hama action star ( the same as rollei bullet 4s/ aee sd19) for 80 £, or a sony hdr as-15 at around 135 £. But as sony at the moment has at the moment has a 28 £ cashback option on the action cams it would cost me 107 £. I know these are all last years models, but i would be able to get them from my local dealer, and have a warranty, and a shop to go to with complaints.
Is it then really worth buying these noname chinese cameras, when the actual price difference is so small, and you dont know if you actually have a warranty ?


Cheers Matthias

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

to Matthias: That depends on country. As for Czech republic, I had never paid any additional costs to the original price and shipping cost (that is already included in the price in this case). If you can get Sony HDR AS-15 for roughly same price, I would go for it...

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

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