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SJ4000 Sports Camera Review

Product introduction

Following the GoPro HERO3 Sports Action/DVR Camera success more Chinese companies currently offer a wide selection of cheaper camera “Clones” at more reasonable and sane prices.

That being said. Main differences between various models are expressed mostly in build quality, Accessories quality, sensor type,  functions etc.

The SJ4000 comes in two versions. First model named SJ4000 WIFI with built-in WIFI supporting connectivity, viewing camera through special Android / iOS mobile apps and the more basic one, SJ4000 without any mobile functionality that’s been reviewed.

 

  1. Product Intro.
  2. Specifications.
  3. Package.
  4. Unpacking.
  5. Items included in package.
  6. Accessories.
  7. Design & Quality.
  8. Operation & Performance.
  9. Conclusions.

 

  Key Features :

  • Chipset: Novatek 96655
  • 12.0 MP CMOS Sensor.
  • Screen Size: 1.5 inch screen.
  • HD 170 degree wide-angle lens.
  • Video Resolution: Max. 1920*1080P/30fps.
  • Support HDMI HD output function.
  • Water-resistant casing : water-resistant up to 30 meters under water.
  • NTK96650 + AR0330 DSP (better image quality than Hero 2).
  • With waterproof case for taking wonderful video underwater up to 30 meters.
  • Multiple photo shooting modes: Single shot, Snapper, Time-lapse.
  • Detachable battery that is easy to replace and prolongs your cameras service life.
  • Support storage cards up to 32GB maximum (Micro SD Card Class 4 Above).
  • Special Features: WiFi, Waterproof, Cycle Recording, Motion Detection.
  • Compatible with Most Mounts and Accessories.

 

Products info & Specifications :

 

 

Package

 

Items included in package ( Unpacked )

Accessories :

  • 1 X Waterproof Case.
  • 1 X Bicycle Stand.
  • 1 X Belt mounting unit.
  • 1 X Case cover.
  • 1 X Clip.
  • 1 X Fixed Base.
  • 1 X Switch Support 1
  • 1 X Switch Support 2
  • 1 X Switch Support 3
  • 1 X Adapter.
  • 1 X Helmet Base.
  • 1 X Bandage.
  • 1 X Ribbon.
  • 1 X 3M Adhesive Tape.
  • 1 X Wire Rope.
  • 1 X monopod.
  • 1 X Data Wire (Data & Charging Cable).
  • 1 X Wiper.
  • 1 X Manual.
  • 1 X Battery.

Design & Quality

From first impression all items including accessories are high standard and genuine. The camera casing surfaces have a rubberized coating with Rough surfaces on the sides, making the unit durable to scratches and dirt sticking to it.

The water proof protection casing is mostly made from transparent ABS plastic with external push spring activated mechanical buttons, that on my personal taste are hard to press. Probably in time spring strength should weaken as the device is more used.

Product package includes many types of accessories. Clips, grips and special mounting elements, according to specific usage. For example: camera,mounting unit for sports helmet or for a bicycle, special car bracket, On body Belt clip for carrying camera etc..

 

Verifying  Product  is  Genuine  ( SJCAM  Brand ).

Main Indicators :

  • SJCAN LOGO printed on the camera.
  • SJCAN LOGO appears when device is turned on.
  • No English spelling mistakes on product package.
  • Authentication QR Code label located on right side of package As shown in the photo below.

 

SJ4000 Camera With Detachable 900mAh Battery.

Removing the Battery from camera is a simple task. You just need to move the small hinge (battery lock) located on the bottom and cover is easily removed.

 

SJ4000 Dimensions  –  59.27 x 41.13 x 29.28 mm

 

Operation & Performance

 

 

Operation :

Once you turn the camera power On by pressing the “mode” button unit automatically is set on video recording mode. To switch back into stills photography mode you will needs to press it again. Third Press enters “Setup” mode where there all the settings for example : Date/Time, Resolution, Exposure levels, White balance and more. to turn the unit completely off a longer press is needed.

Top View : “OK” Button + Power standby LED

Operating the camera is simple. Pressing the round shaped “OK” button located on top of the unit  starts & ends selected recording photography functions.

Right View : Navigation keys

With the up/down navigation keys that also control the Zoom feature (shown in the photo below).

 

Left View :

On the left side you have :

  • Type D (Micro-HDMI port).
  • micro SD/TF memory card Slot.
  • USB Connection : for Unit charging / Transferring data via P.C.

 

Stills Photos :

The Camera has x4 optical zoom settings by pressing the arrow (navigation) buttons located on the right side of the camera. From my test photo quality is good, but not amazing. The shutter speed response from the moment the “OK” button is pressed is pretty fast, no complaints here.

 

  1. File format : JPG
  2. Quality : Fine.
  3. Resolution : 12M – 4032 x 3024 pixels

 

Video recording :

Test #1

  1. File format : MOV
  2. Test Type : Outdoors
  3. Resolution : 1920×1080 30 FPS
  4. Conditions :  Optimal Conditions (Sunny day).

 

Test #2

  1. file format : MOV
  2. Test Type : Outdoors
  3. Resolution : 1920×1080 30 FPS
  4. Conditions : Extreme Low Light Condition (Night Recording).

Conclusions

The Video quality in extreme low light conditions wasn’t great, But still overall performance is reasonable for a relative low cost product. The JS4000 has many of practical usages as a DVR camera, In Sport activities or just as an outdoor field stills camera. it sales online for $72 retail price (excluding freight cost). You can find more info about it in Tomtop official store Here including the links listed below.

 

PROS

– Easy to operate.

– High Quality product including Accessories.

 

CONS

– Sensor performance in extreme low light conditions could be better.

 

     Product  Link (Basic Model)

      Product  Link (Wi-Fi Model)

    TomTop on YouTube

      Tomtop on Google+

        TomTop on Alibaba.com

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