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Monday
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.

  

Downloadable Samples 

 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

Purchasing Links

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

Other ebay sellers (Click your country).

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Reader Comments (273)

There are four reasons why I won't review any GoPro devices.
1) GoPro have been known to demand that reviews are taken down if they use their product image, names or logos. (See http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/20/4128428/gopro-fights-accusation-of-suppressing-review-with-dmca-notice ) . Since it takes me a month to make each review, I don't want to spend this time on something that no one will ever see.
2) Everyone reviews GoPro cameras, so there will be plenty of other (professional) reviews to read.
3) I don't like the shape of the GoPro cameras (as I mentioned in this review) they just don't suit my needs at all.
4) Some GoPro 'Fanboys' can be crazy (probably on a par with the One-Direction fans). I don't want to receive death threats for criticising their beloved product in any way.

September 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan,

First, an excellent review! It's quite entertaining, and focuses in all the aspects that really interest. Maybe the only missing point would be some underwater imagery, as said by someone before.
Second, do you know if it's possibile to use the "Unnamed" Pro brand battery's in SJ4000? It's a pity that no high capacity batteries beeing available... at least to my knowledge.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

September 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEduardo Costa

Unfortunately I'm not your guy for water based footage - but there are lots of much cooler diver-dude type guys who are posting good SJ4000 footage on youtube.
I haven't got a GoPro battery to test, I can't imagine it fitting any more than my Sony Action cam battery will fit in a Contour camera, but I'm sure someone who does have both the Sj4000 and a GoPro will kindly provide a definitive answer.

September 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Techmoan,thanks for review, an amazing one like always,i want to buy a sjcam sj4000 with sj brand on it, but without wifi(i don't need wifi, i prefer to download the movies on my pc) and i want to ask you, because i saw in the past sj4000 review that the battery life on 1080 30 p with screen of after 1 min it's 100 min right? And this version with wifi it's 95. I'm wondering because i know the wifi reduces battery life ,if i will buy a version without wifi,the battery life will increase?

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKoKo

A small difference like that will just be down to something like the temperature of the room rather than any difference in the device. The next time I did it, I might have got 105 mins. The Wi-Fi was off for this test. I haven't trIed a battery test with Wi-Fi on, but expect it to have a drastic effect on the battery life, probably reducing it by more than half.

October 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Which camera should i take sj4000 or wifi version? I don't need wifi, i only care about the video quality. Does the old one have newest firmware and is video same quality and look as the wifi version?

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersj400orno

Great review!!
One question though, is the only difference between the 2 models is the wifi feature?
I saw in some sites that the sj4000 wifi model has F.O.V(D) of 153.67.74, I'm not sure what it means, but i thought it's supposed to be 170 degrees.

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteridan

Hello Techmoan! I like your video on the SJ4000 wifi. I would just like to know if you can use the SJ4000 wifi as an IP camera for live feeds or streaming? Does it have an IP address?

Thank you for all the effort!

John

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Hi techm(l)oan,

Just curioso, ho much the WiFi affect battery duration?

Is it possibile to switch WiFi off from the phone/tablet?


Thanks! Great review as always!

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicola

Just bought after seeing your review. Ordered mine via Amazon Coshinegroup for £64.90 including 2 batteries. I assume genuine since through Amazon. Should be with me within 4 days

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermcmac

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