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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.

  

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

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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)

I think I just realized that the one I bought is a fake. Will it still work okay or should I see if I can return it? Thank you for your informative site

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Hi, just seeing if you know the charging time for the battery and whats the max GB sd card will it accept?

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertrinket

I recently purchased an SJ4000 from Amazon which I returned immediately as the play back sound was hardly audible and I could not get it to play back via the TV using an HDI cable. I now have a replacement SJ4000 and I have exactly the same problems. I can play the SD card fine on my PC but have to have the volume turned up high??

What am I doing wrong?

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn M

Great review this article convinced me to buy sj4000 wifi... here is a sample shot of my sj4000 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVC4Ln7zaoU

March 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Flores

I have a ST4000 and a ST4000 Cam Wi Fi. I have a question re: the Wi Fi Camera. I can take and view video and pictures via the screen on the back of the camera and via the Wi Fi link to an iPhone. If I try to copy them to my iPad using the chip, it says no photos available. If I put the chip in an adapter and place it in my PC, I can see and play the files in Quicktime.

I can move videos etc on from my no wireless model ST4000 but the iPad won't read the files taken with the WiFi even if they are on the same chip.

Am I asking too much of the WiF Version? I would like to transfer the files to my iPad quickly and directly using the chip. How?

Any advise would be appreciated.

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterB Kimball

I Have Just Been Bought This Camera For My Birthday, I Have Watched Your Videos Where You Have To Scroll Through To Get To Things But Mine Was Dated Jan 2015 And I Think It's Had Updates Because As Soon As I Plug It Into TV It Plays Without Scrolling Through Everything, The Position Of The Settings On The Screen Of The Camera Are In A Different Order And Seem To Have A Lot Of The Feathers Of The DJ5000 I Love It The Videos Are Crystal Clear When Played Back No Jerkiness Or Anything. Thanks For Your Brilliant Reviews, I Was Concerned When Hubby Told Me He Had Ordered One Whether Or Not It Was Going To Be The Real Deal, He Contacted The Seller On Ebay Who Replied In Broken English It Wasn't Official One! So He Wrote Back To Say It Had all The Branding And A Scratch Off Label To Check Authenticity And Got A Reply Saying They Had Spoken To Their Leader! (MoUtzy TonguE IM Guessing) And Said It Was Official And Sorry For Confucius (Yes It Made Me Laugh Out Loud Too!) Needless To Say It's Fab!

Regards

Julie swift

March 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulie swift

Is there a app I can use with my sjcam 4000 , on a nokia Lumia 1020. Thanks

March 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteradam

Hi

Is the DBPower the same model?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00Q698UYM/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1T4WQ6P5JT8AJQ9ST6HH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455344027&pf_rd_i=468294

Or where would you best advise to purchase one from

Thanks

March 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I know this post shouldnt be in here but this is also related to the sjcam line of cameras.
I purchased an SJ5000 wifi and im having problems transferring files from my SD card to my laptop. I get an error that a program should be installed. THE SD card appears empty on my SD card when trying to access the files from my laptop. When I placed my SD card again to camera the videos are all gone but the remaining time to record video remains the same .. which means they may still be hidden in the SD card. :( please help.

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhoneybee16

Sounds like the symptoms of a dodgy fake (or faulty) SD card to me. Try a different class 10 card bought from a trustworthy source.

April 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I just want to take the time to thank you for this and every video that you take the time to make... some that stand out for me is the smash camera (sledge hammered at the end), these SJ4000 and all the other dash and sport cameras. Also your "GoPro vs SJ4000" was great.

I bought a GW1 dash cam (it broke after about 25 days, the top power button busted off the main board inside. It did work great like you said. I tried to get a TLC SVC200 but the "only distributor" was way too expensive.

I did get the XDreme 1080 and I do really like it. I use it for underwater filming.

I intend to use the regular SJ4000 to film will film what's going on top water, while the wireless SJ4000 will film on and around the boat

I really enjoy your review and your honest "no nonsense" attitude. Keep up the great work.

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

NO worries, thanks. I'll go ahead and purchase another class 10 probably toshiba? or kingston ..

April 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhoneybee16

Thank you for all the reviews :D They are really well made. I am asking you if you are going to review the SOOCOO S60 HD video camera (e-bay link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=SOOCOO+S60&_sacat=0 ). It looks interesting because of integrated LEDs and I would like to see how it performs in dark enviroment. It is also waterproof without external case.

Thank you and keep up the good work !!!

Miha

April 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermiha

I am trying to find out if the sjcam 4000 or m10 could be practically used as a back up camera .By this, I mean can it turn on with the car ignition in WiFi mode already up and running to be seen on a tablet in the front. Thanks if anyone knows the answer to this.

April 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkapmac

Just had delivery of my SJ4000 wifi – so far, so good.
Is there a way I can keep the camera in its case and charge the battery via its usb port? Or would I have to make alterations to the case, such as cutting a slot for the usb?

BTW, great review.

May 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterB9viewer

Can anyone tell me if this is a copy, please? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunco%C2%AE-DREAM-SJ4000-Waterproof-Definition/dp/B00IMSMFI2?ie=UTF8&tag=futurepublish_lifehacker_deals-21

May 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAins

That one is a fake. If it doesn't have SJCAM on the front of the camera, it is fake.

May 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGregS

I am looking for an app for a HTC widows 8 phone.

May 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergbeisser

Hi, many thanks Techmoan for your review of the sjcam sj4000. I ordered mine (keepingood) before I saw your review and recommended supplier. Many ppl seem to be concerned about fakes. I understand that the more recent ones (I ordered May 15) now have the scratch panel and security code to confirm authenticity via the sjcam website. Mine passed the test and has the correct start up screens but there are a few minor and subtle differences which I am assured are down to case design. The speaker, near the up /down buttons is in a slightly different location and the text / labelling next to the ports is slightly different compared to the camera shown in your review. Evening works fine though.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAljebu

Hi. I thought I'd give an update on my (genuine) SJ4000 which I have been using fairly often for the last six months. Now, I've never updated the firmware - it ain't broke so don't fix it - and I've got to say that I have been 100% happy with everything about it. It has never failed, unlike the Mini 0803 and the G1W that I bought as dashcams (see my comments on those). I'm now using the 4000 as a dashcam since this is the only one that is reliable. Removing it from the car each day is a bit of a pain but I can live with that. Anyway, it means that as I always have it in the car, I just pop it off its mount and carry it with me to use as a general-purpose camcorder wherever I go! (Incidentally, I got a lens cap for it and a little case that I can put it into, and they've been very useful)
So, thumbs up so far! Brilliant bit of kit!

May 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Smith

Hi TechMoan, I've just purchased this after watching your review. It arrived today and its bloody fantastic. Thanks for saving me some pennies. I've uploaded a brief video on my Haizum74 channel and copied a link to this site, if thats ok.

May 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAins (Haizum74)

Can you explain the comment about still image quality "keep it in 2MP mode because the sensor is 2MP and choosing a larger option will just create larger files of the same quality?" I don't completely understand this. Is this because the sensor is only capable of capturing images at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 = ~2MP? How do you know that this is the maximum capability of the sensor for still images. I see that this is the maximum quality for video, but is it the same for still?

May 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I answered this a few times previously in the comments - but I was wrong in the video the actual sensor is a 3MP sensor. 3MP is the native resolution of the sensor. If you set the resolution to say 6MP it will just show each pixel twice.

May 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

My SJ4000wifi doesn't connect to my iPhone app. It first says update FW, select okay then try to connect camera but it fails to connect.
I also have difficultly in updating the FW, you got a video for that ?
Thanks

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmad

I have just purchased a sj4000 and was wandering if it has a photo burst mode as I can not find.
Thanks

June 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSniffer

I have 2. One of the home PC that works great on Skype - a good picture quality and perfect audio. I use a laptop work well for Jabber videoconference with colleagues in the US - which is very good as well. I would recommend. IF you want to have it please Visit Husband Website: http://goo.gl/ZlIamz

June 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBibit Kroto

Would like to get a battery with longer life for SJCAM. I've seen some talk that they do exist but cannot track it down. Would appreciate info on where I could buy a couple.

Thanks

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergeoffp

SJ4000 wifi How, why, what ? A key symbol comes and goes any ideas?

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn M

there's a new version , SJ5000 wifi

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermohamed

A key symbol means you've locked (protected) the current file from being deleted.

June 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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