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SJCAM 4000 ACTION CAMERA: FULL REVIEW + SAMPLE FOOTAGE

sjcam 4000 review - box

I first laid my hands on the SJCAM 4000 a few months ago. You can read my initial impressions here. Since then, I have been regularly using the SJ4000 to record events and random family gatherings.  The SJ4000 is by far the most popular action camera that SJCAM has released. It is priced at Php 3,799 (75$) and is positioned as a budget alternative to the hefty Go Pro. In this review we’ll find out exactly what you get for your money and how well this camera actually measures up and performs. 


DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

It looks exactly like a GoPro. Nuff said. This camera resembles the look and feel similar to a GoPro camera. Many available action cameras on the market have taken a cue in design and form from GoPro cameras and this camera is no different

sjcam 4000 review

Along with the camera you get an array of accesories which includes a bike mount, a non-water resistant casing (for audio), a car mount, straps, a couple of double sided adhesives and a bunch of other things.

sjcam 4000 action camera

The design of the SJ4000 is as generic as it gets. The button placement is exactly the same with the GoPro. My only beef with this device is the ridiculously small LCD screen, it’s quite hard inspecting your images with a screen like this.

sjcam 4000 action camera screen

FUNCTIONALITY

The companion app is available for both Android and iOS, and gives you limited control of the camera. You can change shoot modes and white balance and see a preview of what the camera is looking at.


sjcam 4000 wifi action camera

SJCAM 4000 also comes with a water-proof case which the box says can be used upto 30 meters under water. 


The camera comes equipped with video time lapse.  It has an option to set time lapse to 3, 5, 10, 30 seconds and a full minute. What does that mean?  Basically this is how it works. If you select lets say 10 seconds, this means camera will capture a frame every 10 seconds. If you leave your camera for an hour (60 minutes), camera will take 6 frames per minute or in total 360 frames in hour. Lets say you are recording at 30 fps you will get 360/30 = 12 seconds of video in time lapse. The video below shows exactly how this works: 


IMAGE QUALITY

The image quality is quite okay. The 180-degree wide angle lens let's you capture a wider perspective compared to normal cameras. This makes it perfect for group photos and landscapes.



sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo

These pictures are straight out of the camera (SOOC) no prior editing or retouching was made whatsoever. SJ4000 performs quite fairly and can produce decent looking photos given the right lighting conditions. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo

Another photo taken underwater. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo underwater

Here is a sample photo in low light condition. It’s low light performance could definitely use some improvement but it manages to take pretty acceptable photos. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo low light


The SJCAM4000 is consistent in the video quality department. We used the camera on a recent family outing and the videos actually came out pretty good. Check it out:


BATTERY LIFE

The SCAM 4000 packs a decent battery life. It is loaded with a 900mah capacity battery, estimated to last between 70 and 90 minutes on average. It charges in-camera through USB, and the charging process takes about 2-3 hours. I advise you to get another battery to make sure you never run out of juice whenever you’re out on events.


sjcam 4000 action camera battery


VERDICT

The SJCAM4000 Action Camera is a great device for people looking for a portable, compact action cam that they can take with them whenever they’re out on a trip or certain events. Although I think that the image quality can still be improved and interface is a bit convoluted, there’s no denying it’s a good camera for the price. The accessibility of its accessories, WiFi functionality and video quality makes it one of the most versatile budget action cameras to date.


48 comments:

  1. Oh wow! This is a better alternative for GoPro. Nice read.

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  2. I do own a GoPro and one of the shortcomings is that it's difficult to take photos in low light. Is it the same with this camera? It looks and has the feel of a GoPro. And based on your videos and images, its comparable as well.

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    1. I've attached a low light sample photo above. Hope it helps! :)

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  3. This is really cool. What a great tool and camera. The images are great. I would love to take this with me on a holiday and shoot some pictures under water! Amazing feeling that must be.

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  4. I'm not really looking into buying an action cam because I am a bit of a snob when it comes to gadgets. If I have to get something then I have to get the best. But I think sjcam has potential and the quality of the images is not bad for something cheap. If it does the job then why not.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Thanks for dropping by, Marjorie! :)

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  5. The price is way better (cheaper, that is) than GoPro. Your underwater shot is good. I guess, the same as GoPro, since this doesn't come with lighting facility, you really have to rely on natural lighting. This is a good one for a traveler like me. -Claire Algarme

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  6. I have been looking for a detailed review for some time now. I'm just sad that your pictures have a real color while the sjcam5000 of my friend isn't. But I agree that this is a great deal and the best substitute for the much expensive brand.

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    Replies
    1. It's image quality is highly dependent on the lighting conditions and the right settings.

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  7. For the price of this thing, it is worth it I think. The only question that remains now is the service and availability of parts. It is if I remember, 3999? In some ways, at that price range, labor cost alone makes it not practical to service.

    Quality of the video is standard. It should work for most people.

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

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  8. That's a very good alternative from the GoPro. I have the GoPro that I use mostly for Snowboarding/skiing. I even attached to my dog once Haha. Overall that's handy little cameras that can be used for many artistic projects and no need for The GoPro for that :)

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  9. This is suc cool cam and man the pics that you took underwater were simply mind blowing. Is this available in India?

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  10. This is suc cool cam and man the pics that you took underwater were simply mind blowing. Is this available in India?

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  11. I have a Xiaomi Yi Camera and this is about the same price as it. The Yi doesn't have a screen at the back though which is a minus. This looks like a nice alternative indeed for GoPro.

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  12. This camera is very budget friendly for every Juan, I believe if not the most affordable action cam in the market.

    However, I have issue with this before wayback 2 years ago specifically, the sharpness and resolution of the photo. But as I saw it in your photos they have quite improve in this department.

    cheers! www.masterryo.wordpress.com

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  13. Before I bought my yicam I was eyeing on this sjcam but fellow travelers advised me to buy yicam as it produce better photos. Though sjcam has a screen view and yicam doesnt

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  14. The footage looks really clear! I'm thinking of buying action cams too, and Kimstore has a yicam sale. I still don't know which one to choose. But this really helps.

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  15. It is always nice to see what types of cameras are out there! Not sure an action cam would fit into my lifestyle, but it is nice to hear about!

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  16. Wow! That's really awesome. Your photos are way clearer and full HD.

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  17. Wow! An alternative for the GoPro. Indeed, the photo quality is great. ❤️❤️❤️ Very informative for the tech and gadget savvy. ;)

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  18. I always wanted to have an action camera. It takes a decent photo quality and not too expensive as well. Great review!

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  19. Been reading lots of good reviews about SJcam 400 action camera. It's good to know that there's a cheaper choice for a gadget to document your adventures. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Im thinking of getting one of this! I found sample photos are crisp and detailed.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I like the output photo, well im not looking for a superHD quality as long as it takes decent photos during trips and hiking. Thanks for the info :)

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  22. A budget-friendly alternative to a GoPro. I actually want to avail one of those action camera but I have priorities and I just can't help but get envious.

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  23. I never had an action cam but I have seen so many of my friends who always bring one whenever they are on a trip.. since I am quite engaging myself in some travels lately, i think it is very ideal to have one! Wow, the quality of the photos are amazing!

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  24. Never heard of the brand but looks like it does the work well. I'll consider this when I buy a cam next month.

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  25. I have the CDR king Actioncam, and all I can say is that when it comes to video, they both deliver the same quality. :)

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  27. The sample photos and videos are not bad. I will get one soon, sa Lazada lang ba available? - Sonnie

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    1. Thanks for dropping by sir! I think available din siya sa mga tech/gadget shops, right beside the GoPro. :)

      Delete
  28. Great review! I've been looking for a great alternative to GoPro, buti pala meron ng mga cheaper ones. But quality wise, okay din naman :D

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  29. I am planning to buy one this year because I want a compact camera that can be taken anywhere especially on travels. It can be taken underwater too and budget friendly. I just want to ask if 180 picture shots were good too. Thanks for this review. :)

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  30. I take shotos with my phone, or my friend photographs me with her camera, but this camera sound so good and affordable. And the size is pretty much perfect for travelling. P.S. Your photos look amaying, nice angles as the quality of camera.

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  31. I would love to have an action camera. I often go to fan conventions and this would be awesome to take with me. Would give me the chance to keep my memories alive haha.

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  32. The image quality looks pretty good and so is the price! Have you compared it head to head with the latest Go Pro? Is there much of a difference in quality?

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  33. I already own this camera for attaching to my helmet when riding my motorbikes - great little camera, never had any trouble with it.

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  34. What a picture quality, I think I should have it.

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  35. It sure is a very worthy alternative to Go Pro. I'm considering doing my own photography thingy and this might just come handy.

    Awesome post!

    ReplyDelete
  36. My husband and I are planning to travel round the Nordic countries in 2 years time and this would be a handy camera to use. I will look out for this nearer the time. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  37. This camera sounds great for me. I plan on traveling a lot next year. Using my phone for pics is not the same. Thanks for this post. It helped and educated me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your welcome. Thanks for dropping by, Kimberly! ;)

      Delete
  38. This camera sounds great for me. I plan on traveling a lot next year. Using my phone for pics is not the same. Thanks for this post. It helped and educated me.

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SJCAM 4000 ACTION CAMERA: FULL REVIEW + SAMPLE FOOTAGE

sjcam 4000 review - box

I first laid my hands on the SJCAM 4000 a few months ago. You can read my initial impressions here. Since then, I have been regularly using the SJ4000 to record events and random family gatherings.  The SJ4000 is by far the most popular action camera that SJCAM has released. It is priced at Php 3,799 (75$) and is positioned as a budget alternative to the hefty Go Pro. In this review we’ll find out exactly what you get for your money and how well this camera actually measures up and performs. 


DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

It looks exactly like a GoPro. Nuff said. This camera resembles the look and feel similar to a GoPro camera. Many available action cameras on the market have taken a cue in design and form from GoPro cameras and this camera is no different

sjcam 4000 review

Along with the camera you get an array of accesories which includes a bike mount, a non-water resistant casing (for audio), a car mount, straps, a couple of double sided adhesives and a bunch of other things.

sjcam 4000 action camera

The design of the SJ4000 is as generic as it gets. The button placement is exactly the same with the GoPro. My only beef with this device is the ridiculously small LCD screen, it’s quite hard inspecting your images with a screen like this.

sjcam 4000 action camera screen

FUNCTIONALITY

The companion app is available for both Android and iOS, and gives you limited control of the camera. You can change shoot modes and white balance and see a preview of what the camera is looking at.


sjcam 4000 wifi action camera

SJCAM 4000 also comes with a water-proof case which the box says can be used upto 30 meters under water. 


The camera comes equipped with video time lapse.  It has an option to set time lapse to 3, 5, 10, 30 seconds and a full minute. What does that mean?  Basically this is how it works. If you select lets say 10 seconds, this means camera will capture a frame every 10 seconds. If you leave your camera for an hour (60 minutes), camera will take 6 frames per minute or in total 360 frames in hour. Lets say you are recording at 30 fps you will get 360/30 = 12 seconds of video in time lapse. The video below shows exactly how this works: 


IMAGE QUALITY

The image quality is quite okay. The 180-degree wide angle lens let's you capture a wider perspective compared to normal cameras. This makes it perfect for group photos and landscapes.



sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo

These pictures are straight out of the camera (SOOC) no prior editing or retouching was made whatsoever. SJ4000 performs quite fairly and can produce decent looking photos given the right lighting conditions. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo

Another photo taken underwater. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo underwater

Here is a sample photo in low light condition. It’s low light performance could definitely use some improvement but it manages to take pretty acceptable photos. 

sjcam 4000 action camera sample photo low light


The SJCAM4000 is consistent in the video quality department. We used the camera on a recent family outing and the videos actually came out pretty good. Check it out:


BATTERY LIFE

The SCAM 4000 packs a decent battery life. It is loaded with a 900mah capacity battery, estimated to last between 70 and 90 minutes on average. It charges in-camera through USB, and the charging process takes about 2-3 hours. I advise you to get another battery to make sure you never run out of juice whenever you’re out on events.


sjcam 4000 action camera battery


VERDICT

The SJCAM4000 Action Camera is a great device for people looking for a portable, compact action cam that they can take with them whenever they’re out on a trip or certain events. Although I think that the image quality can still be improved and interface is a bit convoluted, there’s no denying it’s a good camera for the price. The accessibility of its accessories, WiFi functionality and video quality makes it one of the most versatile budget action cameras to date.


48 comments:

  1. Oh wow! This is a better alternative for GoPro. Nice read.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I do own a GoPro and one of the shortcomings is that it's difficult to take photos in low light. Is it the same with this camera? It looks and has the feel of a GoPro. And based on your videos and images, its comparable as well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've attached a low light sample photo above. Hope it helps! :)

      Delete
  3. This is really cool. What a great tool and camera. The images are great. I would love to take this with me on a holiday and shoot some pictures under water! Amazing feeling that must be.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm not really looking into buying an action cam because I am a bit of a snob when it comes to gadgets. If I have to get something then I have to get the best. But I think sjcam has potential and the quality of the images is not bad for something cheap. If it does the job then why not.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I couldn't agree more. Thanks for dropping by, Marjorie! :)

      Delete
  5. The price is way better (cheaper, that is) than GoPro. Your underwater shot is good. I guess, the same as GoPro, since this doesn't come with lighting facility, you really have to rely on natural lighting. This is a good one for a traveler like me. -Claire Algarme

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have been looking for a detailed review for some time now. I'm just sad that your pictures have a real color while the sjcam5000 of my friend isn't. But I agree that this is a great deal and the best substitute for the much expensive brand.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's image quality is highly dependent on the lighting conditions and the right settings.

      Delete
  7. For the price of this thing, it is worth it I think. The only question that remains now is the service and availability of parts. It is if I remember, 3999? In some ways, at that price range, labor cost alone makes it not practical to service.

    Quality of the video is standard. It should work for most people.

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's a very good alternative from the GoPro. I have the GoPro that I use mostly for Snowboarding/skiing. I even attached to my dog once Haha. Overall that's handy little cameras that can be used for many artistic projects and no need for The GoPro for that :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is suc cool cam and man the pics that you took underwater were simply mind blowing. Is this available in India?

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is suc cool cam and man the pics that you took underwater were simply mind blowing. Is this available in India?

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have a Xiaomi Yi Camera and this is about the same price as it. The Yi doesn't have a screen at the back though which is a minus. This looks like a nice alternative indeed for GoPro.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This camera is very budget friendly for every Juan, I believe if not the most affordable action cam in the market.

    However, I have issue with this before wayback 2 years ago specifically, the sharpness and resolution of the photo. But as I saw it in your photos they have quite improve in this department.

    cheers! www.masterryo.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Before I bought my yicam I was eyeing on this sjcam but fellow travelers advised me to buy yicam as it produce better photos. Though sjcam has a screen view and yicam doesnt

    ReplyDelete
  14. The footage looks really clear! I'm thinking of buying action cams too, and Kimstore has a yicam sale. I still don't know which one to choose. But this really helps.

    ReplyDelete
  15. It is always nice to see what types of cameras are out there! Not sure an action cam would fit into my lifestyle, but it is nice to hear about!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wow! That's really awesome. Your photos are way clearer and full HD.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow! An alternative for the GoPro. Indeed, the photo quality is great. ❤️❤️❤️ Very informative for the tech and gadget savvy. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  18. I always wanted to have an action camera. It takes a decent photo quality and not too expensive as well. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Been reading lots of good reviews about SJcam 400 action camera. It's good to know that there's a cheaper choice for a gadget to document your adventures. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Im thinking of getting one of this! I found sample photos are crisp and detailed.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I like the output photo, well im not looking for a superHD quality as long as it takes decent photos during trips and hiking. Thanks for the info :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. A budget-friendly alternative to a GoPro. I actually want to avail one of those action camera but I have priorities and I just can't help but get envious.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I never had an action cam but I have seen so many of my friends who always bring one whenever they are on a trip.. since I am quite engaging myself in some travels lately, i think it is very ideal to have one! Wow, the quality of the photos are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Never heard of the brand but looks like it does the work well. I'll consider this when I buy a cam next month.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have the CDR king Actioncam, and all I can say is that when it comes to video, they both deliver the same quality. :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  27. The sample photos and videos are not bad. I will get one soon, sa Lazada lang ba available? - Sonnie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for dropping by sir! I think available din siya sa mga tech/gadget shops, right beside the GoPro. :)

      Delete
  28. Great review! I've been looking for a great alternative to GoPro, buti pala meron ng mga cheaper ones. But quality wise, okay din naman :D

    ReplyDelete
  29. I am planning to buy one this year because I want a compact camera that can be taken anywhere especially on travels. It can be taken underwater too and budget friendly. I just want to ask if 180 picture shots were good too. Thanks for this review. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. I take shotos with my phone, or my friend photographs me with her camera, but this camera sound so good and affordable. And the size is pretty much perfect for travelling. P.S. Your photos look amaying, nice angles as the quality of camera.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I would love to have an action camera. I often go to fan conventions and this would be awesome to take with me. Would give me the chance to keep my memories alive haha.

    ReplyDelete
  32. The image quality looks pretty good and so is the price! Have you compared it head to head with the latest Go Pro? Is there much of a difference in quality?

    ReplyDelete
  33. I already own this camera for attaching to my helmet when riding my motorbikes - great little camera, never had any trouble with it.

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a picture quality, I think I should have it.

    ReplyDelete
  35. It sure is a very worthy alternative to Go Pro. I'm considering doing my own photography thingy and this might just come handy.

    Awesome post!

    ReplyDelete
  36. My husband and I are planning to travel round the Nordic countries in 2 years time and this would be a handy camera to use. I will look out for this nearer the time. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. This camera sounds great for me. I plan on traveling a lot next year. Using my phone for pics is not the same. Thanks for this post. It helped and educated me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your welcome. Thanks for dropping by, Kimberly! ;)

      Delete
  38. This camera sounds great for me. I plan on traveling a lot next year. Using my phone for pics is not the same. Thanks for this post. It helped and educated me.

    ReplyDelete
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  40. Nice it seems to be good post... It will get readers engagement on the article since readres engagement plays an vital role in every blog.. i am expecting more updated posts from your hands.

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