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Monday
Feb032014

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.

 

SAMPLE CLIPS

You can download sample clips HERE.

WHERE TO BUY

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.

UPDATE 1: FIRMWARE

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. 

UPDATE 2: MOUNTS

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 (1999)

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 model...it 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

Daz

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.
Thanks

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 ?

Matthias


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

@Freeman No, taking it underwater would be an annual thing at most, but I'd still want it with me.

@Matthias You answered your own question. You should always weigh cost versus quality, and then add personal preference.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQbedobedoo

Mathias...no point paying money for duty that could be paid towards a better camera. I reviewed this camera because it's a cheaper alternative..if it ends up costing more than an established and respected model of camera then it's just not worth getting. By the way where can you get a HX-A100 for £97...in the UK they are more like £200+. I'd probably like to try one out at that price.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Is this compatible with known IOS apps for remote control and viewing via WiFi

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDalite

Why?
http://picgro.com/images/2014/02/05/vlcsnap.png

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlolcopterlol

Hi the Panasonic Hx-a100 is abailable in the nordic webshop cdon.com at this price, but you can only find it on the danish, and swedish site at this price, on the eu version of the shop it's not available, if they post to the UK i don't know.
The hama HD star action cam (rollei bullet 4s/ aee magicam sd19) is available at 96 € on amazon.de with a free delivery option.


Cheers Matthias

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias Schümann

Looked at the FoxOffer page and I'm pleased to see they do not gouge for extra batteries... only $4.00 each! Very reasonable add-on.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Freeman...is this what you were looking for? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121207856741

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

First: Thanks Techmoan, brilliant as usuall. Had the fealing your was in a hurry, like how you put all the nessairy information in the vid!

> [..]''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.''

like this cam as they have what i like(disply external batterie good imagequality)

- plz make the sequence intervall editable
- when changing the batterie plz prevent this by a little elko or save and read the settings each startup from the sd-card
- a 2"display would be nice
- 60frames would be nice (i know hardware limited)

thx

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom

Dalite...this camera doesn't have wifi.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat~ How do we Register on your Site? And we would Donate to your "Future-buying-needs" fund if there were a button?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCho CoMo

Thanks for the review, it looks like a good alternative to more expensive cameras but unless you need an underwater camera wouldn't a Mobius still be a better overall choice?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Just curious how you would compare the video quality and ease of use of this to the TCL SVC200?
Was very impressed with the review you made of that device

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAron

I was in the process of buying the SJ1000 when this option popped up - so thank you for your timely intervention. I have ordered the SJ4000 directly from China via your link. (and if it doesn't arrive or I have problems with it I won't blame you - I will just send Fiddling Moe around)
I hope that I have more luck with this than with my previous 2 budget action cameras. The first a Swann, gave 'reasonable' results but did not return from a fishing trip, and, as far as I know is still at the bottom of Tauranga Harbour. It's replacement, a Muvi, is only any good as a desk ornament.
I suspect that users of another similar more expensive camera might buy this for the accessories alone and have a free spare camera.
* Suggestion * The addition of a cloth bag (or the option of a case) would help with protecting the lens.
I wonder if the exposure adjustment you recommend is peculiar to your local climate conditions.
You are also to be commended for your bravery in filming 'Fiddling Moe' at such close quarters. He scared me and I am around the other side of the globe.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Rothery

Cho, there's no registration or any need to donate anything, it's all self-funded, but thanks for offering.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat~ How do we Register on your Site? And we would Donate to your "Future-buying-needs" fund if there were a button?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCho CoMo

Hi Mat (Techmoan) the panasonic hx-a100 is on sale at a local nordic webshop , cdon.com the price is 890 Danish kr which is approx. 97-98 £, but the panasonic hx-a100 is only available in the danish and swedish version of the shop, not the EU one, I don't know if the will post to the UK, they even sell the Rollei Racy action cam for 490 danish Kr. = 55 £

The Hama HD Star action cam ( Rollei bullet 4s/ Aee sd19) is on sale on Amazon.de germany for 96 € with a free postage option.
On amazon.co.uk the aee sd19 is 200 £

Matthias

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

Hi techmoan thanks for another great review i'm curious as a keen snowboarder would you recommend this camera or buy a Mobius and wait for the waterproof case? If it ever arrives!

Mike

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermikeyp

4000 Looks Great for the price !
Have you considered wiring dash cam (808 #16 etc) into the IQ's internal 'map reading" light ?
Looks pretty straightforward to me.
Little cigarette lighter adaptor wired in & some kind of small switch to activate when you hop in ?
Great site Great Videos 👍
More Party Poppers Please ....
(& I'm bored to tears with Manchester ! Perhaps a trans Pennine Jaunt, with Leeds footage this year 😆👍)
Oh .... & a two and a half grand Versys does it for me, everytime mate ! 😆 Proper 'Bang For Your Buck' MC ;-)

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Nearly Forgot ....

IQ Wiring Diagram .....

http://home.comcast.net/~thediecastpage/pdf/Interior%20lights.pdf

👍

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Hi, any link where to get new firmware? I was not able to find that.

Tks.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermoravec

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