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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.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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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Saturday
Feb072015

The Big SJ5000+ Action Camera Review

Twenty-odd years ago I worked in HMV. I remember being amazed when people came in the shop asking whether the latest cinema release was also available to buy on video. Fast forward a couple of decades and within a few hours of the  SJCAM SJ5000+ being announced as a preorder, scores of people emailed me to inform me that the camera was out now, asking me when my review would be ready. It seems like some things haven't changed much.

I don't know why people thought that I wouldn’t have heard about the SJ5000+. My previous SJCAM reviews have amassed a couple of million views, so it's a company that I naturally keep a close eye on. I bought their SJ5000+ as soon as it went on sale and I've been testing it for the last few weeks.
 

The reason I mentioned the fevered anticipation for the SJ5000+ above, is because I wonder if the pressure on SJCAM to deliver a follow up to their big hit, the SJ4000, may have resulted in this camera being rushed out before it was ready. It's definitely in need of a few firmware tweaks to get rid of bugs and the battery management could have done with optimising before the camera went on sale. 

I'll have to consider this to be a review of an unfinished product.  I intend to revisit this camera if improvements are made to the way it performs and perhaps then I'll also get the chance to take it out on the motorbike on a sunny day.
 
Watch the video below to find out all about the SJ5000 Plus. Both the good.... and the not-so-good.
 
 
  
If you want a 1080p60 SJCAM now, there are some affiliated buying links below:
The ebay links are here: (click your country) UK  US  AU  DE  NL  FR
   

As always, download these files to your machine before viewing them - streaming will make them look worse than youtube.
Other cameras I've recently reviewed in the SJCAM range (all capable of 1080p30).
 
Also note that at the time of posting - Amazon UK have a great offer on the Sony AS30 at £130. This camera may not have a live video screen, but it does record 1080p60 video and has excellent quality video stabilsation, stereo sound, WiFi and GPS logging.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - the Battery life is now approx 55 Mins (Using firmware 1.7) 
See video below for more info.

 

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Reader Comments (94)

Caro Ubirata Silva
In fact I am Portuguese
Yes I purchase also the M 10 wifi
On the 27 th December
But in my case the shipping details do not exist, meaning the supplied tracking refernece s showing exactly the same for the last 50 Days!!
I have been told that it was going to take 20 to 30 day and it is now 2 times that period!
It is too long!
Basically it is so long that The current price for gopro is now 120 euros in Portugal, only 15 euros more that what I have paid, for a no show camera!!!
Even if get the refund it will have costed me hours of complaint and nuisance !
That is simply unacceptable
and more for more than a week I have not even received any answer back!

February 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

techmoan does not run sjcam and is not responsible or can help you.

http://www.sjcam.com/en/contact-us

Customer service - Contact us

For questions about an order or for more information about our products.

Chinese New Year vacation is from Feb 10th to Feb 26th, the orders during vacation will be sent after Feb 26th, also email reply will be delayed.

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbri

Hey All,
Just bought the SJCAM SJ 5000+ and am somewhat disappointed in the WiFi connectivity. Was at the Daytona 500 yesterday and permanently lost the connection to my iPone. Just came home and want to transfer the files (that I was able to make) to my iMac, but now the thing freezes on USD connection (have blue screen saying "USB connecting"), unable to power off. Have to take out the battery for a cold start...

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFilip

I know that techmoan is not responsible for SJCAM
I want to warn other people what has happenned to me :
I paid in 2014!! on the 27 December and until now ZERO, no camera , no money, and now the http://www.sjcam.com/en/contact-us DOES NOT EVEN RESPOND
That is the true !!!
A SHIPMENT CAN FAIL , A CREDIBLE COMPANY HAS TO TAKE ITS RESPONSIBILITY, AND REFUND
AS SIMPLE AS THAT
IF SJCAM was a CREDIBLE company i would not be wasting my precious time , asking for my REFUND and warning Other potential BUYERs!
Thank you TECHMOAN for being impartial on alloying people to tell not only the good but to also the BAD

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

I hear that there is a new firmware version https://www.dropbox.com/sh/us1bfeu1480fztu/AADEHXr70MxgsBoyXAfKX1wHa?n=129487941

I shot some photos and videos - see https://www.dropbox.com/l/z5Bx5L6y4YlLmcHENiV0Eq uploaded straight from the camera. Looks like I'll have to be changing some of the settings when bright lights are involved.

March 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I should read before posting.... the firmware link is http://www.sjcam.com/download/SJ5000_Plus_FW_V1.9.zip

Apologies

March 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

SJCAM = SJCAMHD = FRAUD

If you want to be roobed buy a SJCAM
You can take the official root www.sjcam.com, or the www.sjcamhd.com or any pseudonimus you will be roobbed the same way!!!

MORE I BET more than half contributor of this forum are the same just making another "happy costumer" .....the rest are the roobed ones..

March 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo Diogo

Hello Techmoan.

Do you plan to review the Dazzne P2 camera in the near future? If not, please tell us why. From what I've from other reviewers, it is the best alternative to Gopro, and in some aspects even better.

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterstrato156

Hello Techmoan,
Here come the new GoPro and maybe SJ5000 (160$) opponent, the Xiaomi Yi!
Do you plan to review it? (Yes, i know you don't like GP style but....)
It is really new, all site i found, only pre-order it. Price: 65-120$ (Two version, preorder price, etc. so who knows ?!?)
My opinion, If, the specification is true, and the price will be between 70-120$. It will be a very good deal. My english is poor, sorry!
Xiaomi Yi spec:
- Ambarella A7LS high-performance image processor
- 16.0MP Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS image sensor
- FHD photology glass lens, F2.8 aperture, 155° wide angle
- FPS: 1080P(60fps/48fps/30fps/24fps),960P(60fps/48fps), 720P(120fps/60fps/48fps), 480P(240fps)
- Photo: 16 million pixels(single shot), 4608*3456(max resolution), time-lapse(0.5s/1s/2s/5s/10s/30s/60s), Self Timer(3s-15s), motion trail shooting(7/s)
- Storage: up to 64GB (Class 10)
- 1010mAh Panasonic Li-ion battery
- Built-in WiFi and bluetooth 4.0 function, quick connection and real-time preview
- Net weight: 72 g / 2.54 oz
- Size: 61 x 22 x 42 mm / 2.4 x 0.87 x 1.65 inch

A few link:
Official: http://www.mi.com/yicamera/
The only site i found pictures from the waterproof case: http://en.miui.com/thread-90050-1-1.html
Pre-order: http://www.banggood.com/Original-XiaoYi-Ambarella-A7LS-BSI-CMOS-WIFI-Sports-Action-Camera-p-969228.html
But you can find almost everywhere........

March 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteratko08

I preordered one a couple of days ago.

March 5, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sorry Techmoan to insist, but why not review the Dazzne?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterstrato156

Another review and update to the usual standards (the gadget show cold learn lot here!).

I would be interested in seeing a review or comparison of the SJ4000 wifi and he SJ5000 wifi (not the plus)

Is the oher cameras in the 5000 range similarly effected/released early and is the panasonic sensor better?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrichb77

Good review Techmoan, thank you. And recently I saw a camera called "Ishot1" on some Youtube channels, seemed has the same chips with SJ4000 wifi. And it claimed supporting waterproof distance to 60M, How do you think of this? Want to buy one for the coming summer.

March 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Just finished up a 3 weeks time lapse, 10 seconds, attached to external power source.. no lock ups, fw 1.7

14.4GB 23 files max 676,000KB

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbri

One obvious thing I noticed Why include a protective lens cap to protect the lens that is prone to damage from scratching etc and pack the whole lot in a bag without actually having the cap on the lens probibly already scratched when one receives it

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrent Bary

Thanks for the review! I have the SJ4000 wifi and happy with it for the price. Also have a gopro hero3+ and also happy with it. Can't wait for your review of the Yi

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBenson

Hi there - Has anyone seen any sample videos that can be downloaded that were shot with the regular SJ5000 wifi and not the sj5000 plus? I heard that the regular SJ5000 does really good on night videos and much better than the SJ4000. I have an SJ400 wifi and I would like to compare the quality. Thanks.

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColby

@brent bary "One obvious thing I noticed Why include a protective lens cap to protect the lens that is prone to damage from scratching etc and pack the whole lot in a bag without actually having the cap on the lens probibly already scratched when one receives it"

It does not arrive scratched in any way. The packaging is very good.

March 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbri

Hello there, I was wondering if you had a link somewhere to download some footage samples, I've seen that some of the SJ4000 footage were a bit magenta and I wanted to try to correct that in my editing software.
Thanks a lot for the great job you're doing, I didn't know anything about action cams before I listened to your reviews, I really enjoyed them :) :)

March 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

The link to the footage is in the article. Scroll up a few centimetres.

March 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have just received my brand new SJ5000+ cam from Ali Express and particularly the Cookies Store however like one of the users above I got the "Card Size Limit For Video Recording error". It is strange because when I firstly placed the 32GB original Kingston Class 10 I1 card I could start recording a movie. But once file has been placed on the drive camera is freezing and none of the buttons seem to work (even the turn-off key). Then I need to take out the battery, put it back in and now SD card has been recognized as ZERO space. Error: Card Size Limit For Video Recording.
I do not get the logic how could some cards from the same brand and capacity work (confirmed in the this post).
I have tried 2 more SD cards (Maxell and Kingston 8GB) - same issue. All of the cards are original, bought from proven vendors and all have been formatted using Windows OR the SD formatter 4 tool.

Now there is a big doubt what I need to do... but I am very satisfied if no solution found... and I really cannot afford the money to buy 10 SD cards just to test.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDimitarM

Only question I can ask: Have you formatted the SD cards using the menu option in the camera before starting recording? If the answer is 'Yes' then I have no ideas.

March 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes. I did :(

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDimitarM

A segment of the original Motorcycle Riding Clip has now been added to the downloadable sample clips.

March 29, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

There's a Xiaomi Yi review going on here if anyone's interested?
http://dalybulge.blogspot.co.uk/

:) :) :)

March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShabba

For any Australians looking to purchase the SJCAM range, head over to my store Active Gear Co. http://activegearco.com.au. We will provide any support and information you require so you don't have to deal with anyone overseas.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterActive Gear Co.

Hi
First I would like to thank you for one of the best review sites I have seen yet.
It guided me to buy the right cam for my purpose, which is diving in the dark and green Baltic see. My choice fell on the SJ4000 because of its long battery time and its versatility compared to price.

April 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSoldermn

Hi Techmoan
I just watched this comparison between the GoPro 4 and an Xiami. Would be very pleased if you could do ome of your exelent covers of this Xiaomi cam. The specs and the video sets for a promising low price quality result camcorder

http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Xiaomi-Xiaoyi-WiFi-Action-Camera-16MP-1080P-60FPS-Ambarella-A7LS-155-Degree-Wide-Lens-Bluetooth-40M-Diving-Sports-DV---White--Basic--342272.html

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSoldermn

I reviewed it a few weeks ago.

April 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Which would you say had the best low light performance Sj5000+ or Xiaomi Yi
To put it another way which Sonsor performs best overall the panasonic or the sony
users with both cameras comments welcomed
Thanks,Brent

April 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrent Bary

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