Sunday, May 8, 2016

Product review: SJCAM SJ5000X Elite Action Camera 4K 1080P WiFi Waterproof 170°Wide Angle

The colors and clarity is excellent during the day and during the night. In attached video you can video taken with the camera during the day, dusk, and night. The 170° lens provides a wide view, but as any lens with such wide angle causes barrel distortion.

SJCAM is a 4K camera. On a 1080p monitor you cannot tell a difference between 1080p and 4K video, but if you need to blow up an image (say to get a license place after an accident) then 4K gives you more pixels to work with. If you own a 4K TV/monitor then you can take full advantage of 4K video.

The colors in the video are bright and accurate. Keep in mind that Amazon compresses video, and I had to compress my video in order to meet Amazon video size limits as well, so viewing it as a thumbprint gives you the best approximation of the real thing.

The camera has an intuitive menu-driven interface, it also has WI FI that allows me to see what the camera sees on phone. The camera is exactly the same size as GoPro camera and accessories designed for GoPro fit it.

Live video via WI FI works very well: it was easy to connect the phone to the camera and the delay between action and live video is minimal. The app for live product is called "CJCAM" and the icon looks exactly like the icon on the packaging so it is easy to identify.

The camera produces video in the following resolutions using degree HD 170 degree wide angle lens: 4K @ 24fps, 2K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps. Some action cameras produce 4K at 10 fps and it is more jumpy, this camera does 4K video at 24 fps and it is smooth.

To recharge the camera takes about 3 hours from empty, I am getting about 2 hours of video on one charge. The camera can take video while charging if it is switched to the "auto" mode, so it can be used as a dash cam on a long drive.

The package includes a large number of clamps and holders as well as a waterproof case.

I received this camera from CJCAM for testing and review. If you are skeptical of my review because of this, please take a moment to look at my other reviews and see that I leave many critical review when the product deserves it. Getting a free product does not guarantee a glowing review and I always state this before accepting a product for review. I had a chance to review a number of small action cameras and this is one of the best in video quality and color.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

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