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Sep222014

At last it's the Real SJ4000 WiFi Review

Here at last, is my review of the SJ4000 WiFi review. Whilst there isn't a massive amount of difference between this and my original non-wifi version, somehow I've managed to stretch this out into a half hour video.

If you just want to know about the WiFi function and whether there are any other differences between this and the older models, you'll find your answer in the first few minutes, so no point skipping to the end. 

In this video I also take a minute to explain why you should think twice before ordering the SJ5000 camera that's doing the rounds at the moment.

My video review is below.

  

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 Click the link above to download my original sample clips recorded with the SJ4000 WiFi Camera.

Now after watching that if you would like to buy one - here are some links

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Foxoffer.com  Foxoffer(Ebay Store) (My camera was supplied by Foxoffer)

Other ebay sellers (Click your country).

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Reader Comments (273)

Would alo like more info on the new firmware W20140915V0, Is it safe ? what does it offer ?

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterandy

Hi,
I wonder if you can help me.........Ive just received my new SJ4000 WIFI and it is all working great but i can't connect via wifi to my ipad2 or macbook pro...........i have downloaded the app but it just can't find it.
Alun

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAjay

Mat, what about SJ3000? Looks like an interesting alternative to Sony cam. The form factor is preferable and if the video quailty is ok then it might be worth a shot.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucas

@Natham

There are some published videos of people running with action cameras - Google running with sj4000 or running with gopro. Probably the best of these is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_iU8rRGBQE because it compares various types of mounting. There's also a good discussion at http://community.runnersworld.com/topic/running-with-a-gopro.

The general consensus appears to be:

* Fixed body mounting such as head and chest mounting gives shaky results as you've found.
* Hand-holding or using a monopod gives better results.

Alternatively, combining time lapse images to make a video is probably worth a try.

You could also experiment with post-production video stabilisation - there are many software tools that provide this function. One of these is ProDrenalin (which also provides other useful functions such as fish eye removal - it is currently available for free - see http://www.mostiwant.com/blog/prodrenalin-free-download-serial-number/). I downloaded your YouTube video and processed it with ProDrenalin and got much better results.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Hello i was just wondering how you are uploading those youtube videos without losing image quality? Ive tried uploading one and it loses a lot of quality.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJCazares

Hi! I just got my new SJCAM-branded, wifi SJ4000, how do you know when it is finished charging? Also, any tips as for what the best general setup is for the camera? Ex: resolution, etc. Thanks!

October 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Grace

@J.Grace, its charged once the red led goes out.
My settings on non wifi version are 1080p, HDR = off, Quality = fine, Sharpness = normal White balance = tungsten, ISO =auto, Exposure = - 1/3, Frequency 50hz.
Works for me, on cloudy days i bump exposure to 0.0

October 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicho

hye there,
can someone tell me where i could download firmware w20140830v02?
ive been looking everywhere but can find it..please help me...

October 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjaneq

http://bit.ly/1woJ1XE

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaro

Does the SJ4000 have a app for the Amazon Fire phone?

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Does the SJ4000 have a app for the Amazon Fire phone?

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Does the SJ4000 have a app for the Amazon Fire phone?

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

@janeq, you can find the latest firmware on sjcam.com now.
@J. Grace, I suggest you charge the battery via the separate desktop battery charger, so you will know when the charger is finished.
@Dave, now only APP for the Android and IOS platform, there will be update for the app in 2 weeks.

October 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbill

Is it amy different between sjcam sj4000 and sjcam sj4000 wifi, beside the Wifi function?

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

No.

October 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Cannot find this answered anywhere: can the phone app turn on the TV out option? I use the original SJ4000, gimbal mounted in a quadcopter, and in order to turn the TV out option I must unmout the camera, change the setting, then remount. And this must be done every time the camera is used because that setting is not remembered through an off/on sequence. If the phone app could take care of this operation I could leave the camera mounted in the gimbal and all would be joy.

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPlowak

Hey Techmoan! Whats the battery life on your SJ4000 wifi? I just got mine and was using it over wifi for about 5 minutes and the battery dropped a bar.. I charged 4 hours before this tho and it was according to what the seller recommended. What do I use to charge my camera? because you recommended that we dont use the chargers provided.

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael C

Kust to let you know that SJCam recently has a direct URL to their firmware: http://www.sjcam.com/firmware/

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterredhouse

Just to let you know that SJCam recently has a direct URL to their firmware: http://www.sjcam.com/firmware/

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterredhouse

@Plowak, it is a good suggestion, I have reported it to the manufacture.

October 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbill

It seems like the wifi version of SJ4000 did better job then the old one (without wifi) according your review, so i want to confirm, are the SJ4000 w/o wifi now will have the same performance as the wifi version?

October 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFehnrirX

Can you use an external mic adapter with the usb connection and thus a external mic?
Cheers

November 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterplod1

I saw on foxOffer that the sjcam sj5000 is released.
SJCAM SJ5000 Plus Ambarella A7LS75 1080P 60FPS Sport Action Camera
http://www.foxoffer.com/sjcam-sj5000-plus-ambarella-a7ls75-1080p-60fps-sport-action-camera-p-793.html?zenid=c0df30d93e835a322097c47cdc9e779f#.VGEI0_mSx8E
Is this the real thing? the same manufacturer as the sjcam sj4000?
There is also another camera called - SJCAM M10 Lite Version Cube Mini Full HD Action Sport Camera.
Have you already got one of the above cameras?
Thanks for this great site
R.

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRotem

I was wondering which software did you use to edit your videos with the SJ4000. Or is there one that you would recommend?

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternewgolf69

Amazing reviews! Just a easy question: is there in the box a wifi remote?
Thanks :)

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteravi nicolo

Please advise what is the difference between the SJCam4000 DV15S and DV15N, suppliers say one is a Novatek chip and the other a Sunplus chip, price difference is $33. The N looks like the one you reviewed the S does not have the SJCam name up front?

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe

Any updates for a app on the Amazon Fire phone for the SJ4000,??
Thanks

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavcrockett

Here is a short video of the SJ4000 HD 1080p wifi camera I bought off from ebay for $84.00. I thought it was a good deal and a good quality video for the price. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavcrockett

Here is a short video of the SJ4000 HD 1080p wifi camera I bought off from ebay for $84.00. I thought it was a good deal and a good quality video for the price. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.

http://youtu.be/e7hrxugTgwU

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavcrockett

Here is a short video of the SJ4000 HD 1080p wifi camera I bought off from ebay for $84.00. I thought it was a good deal and a good quality video for the price. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.

http://youtu.be/e7hrxugTgwU

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavcrockett

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