Today, if you’re looking for a quality sports camera it seems that there is only an alternative: GoPro. And this brand has made the recording POV (view in first person) what Apple did for tablets; revolutionize the market with a reliable, easy to use and with many product accessories available. But it’s time to think about the SJ4000.
Unfortunately the GoPro sells for too much money, its price is quite high although its technology has barely improved in the last two years.
Well, it seems that, as in the world of smartphones and tablets, if you sleep some one is waiting to steal your position; Chinese have realized the gap in the market of sports cameras (also called Action Cameras), and have not lost time: we have here the SJ4000 that some call GoPro Killer … ie a real alternative to GoPro for a much lower price.
This is the SJ4000 Action Camera, a Chinese sports camera that offers nearly the same image quality that the GoPro, but for less than one hundred usd. In fact, we are not discovering anything new … it’s a camera well known in fan forums MTB (mountain bike), motorbikes, cars, swimming, surfing, diving, jumping, flying, running, playing music, even eating and drinking, and lots of other places you even can not guess.
In its basic version with lots of accessories costs less than 100 usd on AsiaPads with free shipping (amazing). And there are even more available accessories for a ridiculous price.
These are all the accessories included in the SJ4000 action camera: waterproof case, bicycle handlebar mount, fixed base, 3M tape, charger, usb data cable, etc.
Some say that this camera does not offer the same level of visual quality that the GoPro, and while it is true that in low light conditions the GoPro Hero responds best to the details of the setting, if you look at the video below, see the palette of the SJ4000 is even more natural, less saturated and more realistic colors (note: set the video quality to 1080p).
SJ4000 Action Camera Features
- 1.5 inch Screen
- Lens: Wide angle lens 170 ° A + HD
- Menu Languages: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Russian
The wide-angle lens that takes the SJ4000, Record images up to 170° of vision so it is ideal for recording sports actions or great speed. It also comes with adaptive support bicycle, car or any other place that we want to set the camera. It also includes a protective waterproof housing that lets you record underwater.
Resolutions Supported and Recording Format (MOV & H.264):
- 1080p (1920 x 1080) 30 FPS
- 720p (1280 x 720) 60 FPS
- 720p (1280 x 720) 30 FPS
- VGA (848 x 480) 60FPS
- QVGA (640 x 480) 60FPS
Recording with HDR (dynamic adaptive light contrasts), with a good balance of light and white in the rapid changes of plans, a lot of stability in fixed planes.
Small and light with great autonomy
Its dimensions are 59 x 41 x 29 cm, and weighs even less than the GoPro, weighing only 55 grams without case or accessories (think a modern day smartphone weighs 150 grams average).
- Battery Capacity: 900mAh
- Recording time: 1080p / 70-100 minutes
- Charging time: 3 hours
It also has an easy to replace battery, and can even use it when it is charging, and is fully compatible with popular accessories market designed for this type of sports video cameras.
External memory slot
Through its MicroSD slot allows you to install a memory card class 10, at least 32GB recommended, since 35 minutes recording at 1080p equivalent to about 4.5GB. Therefore, to record 2 sessions of 1 hour at maximum resolution at least 20GB of space is required.
With its 1.5 “screen we can see the videos at the time and check the recording. It is perfect for those who want to repeat the sport to get the perfect shot. The SJ400 also has Wi-Fi and you can download an APP to control your camera from smart phone or tablet. Also you can see the image from your smartphone or tablet in real time!
There are some GoPro alternatives in the market already, but the SJ4000 is by far the best option actually.
UPDATE: Actually there are new action cameras from China and they support up to 4K video recording. Check out this one from EKEN, 7000+ units has been sold until now.