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krishna6239 23rd November 2016 03:08 PM

SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Hello everyone,

Few days ago I decided to buy a dash cam for my car. After searching decide to go for a action cam with car mode.

Product name : SJCam SJ4000 Basic

Price : 3641 INR
Imported from China mainland. There was no customs duty since the item was marked as a gift.

Seller : Tranhowe Store, Aliexpress. [ link : https://www.aliexpress.com/store/gro...860.0.0.lUxBpB ]

Shipping : Singpost [free registered post shipping]

Time to deliver : 15-40 days [reached me on 16th day]

Warranty : Manufacturer warranty [1 year]

Initial impressions :
The action camera seems to be pretty good both in build quality and video quality. Hats off for SJCam team for building such a very good product at such low price.
It has a CMOS camera that has a field of view of 170° and can record .MOV H.264 video at 1920x1080P(30fps), 1280x720P(60fps), 848×640(60fps),and 648×480 (60fps). The pictures that it captures in Photo mode are just as good. It can capture JPG images at 12MP, 10MP, 8MP, 5MP, 3MP, 2MHD(1080), VGA(480) and 1.3M(960). Images and video are recorded on a MicroSD card. It can support SD cards up to 32GB. Battery has a life of about 90 minuted.

Using car mode this camera can be easily turned into a dash cam. However suction mount has to be purchased separately.

Extra Features : Time lapse, Car mode, 4x zoom, built-in microphone.

Likes :

Assorted mounts included.
Multiple colors to choose from.
Can be used as webcam.
Good price.
Auto screen rotation.
Ability to record while MicroUSB plugged in.
Motion detection.
Removable battery.

Dislikes :

Battery door difficult to open.
No cover doors for MicroUSB, HDMI and SD card slots.
Contact surfaces of mounts have to be roughened with sand paper for a tight grip.

Vale for money : 10/10

Additional points :

There are a lot of fake ones in market, be sure to check serial number to verify. Only buy product from online website if they provide buyers guarantee.

If you could afford to spend additional 1500 rupees on this, you could get a wifi version where you can view and safe files from your smartphone.

Pictures of Product :

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Video of using SJCam as dashcam :

Settings - Default, Recording at 1080p 30fps.

Daytime test : https://youtu.be/FQg9CzjJ3mM

Night time test : https://youtu.be/NwOIR1zDDLk


more pics and videos on way.....

krishna6239 23rd November 2016 06:06 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic review
 
I seriously don't know how that BMW interior's picture came, it was a pic of battery. However, I am post pic of battery.
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...016/11/2.jpg?1

Prabhagar 23rd November 2016 07:39 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by krishna6239 (Post 520443)
I seriously don't know how that BMW interior's picture came, it was a pic of battery. However, I am post pic of battery.

And then you have seriously posted a RangeRover [lol].
On a serious note, thanks for the review buddy. The video quality is more or less same as my A118C. I would appreciate more photos of this dashcam attached via suction cup along with wiring. Please test the duration of battery when used in "Motion Detection" mode and share with us.

krishna6239 23rd November 2016 08:33 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Prabhagar (Post 520455)
And then you have seriously posted a RangeRover [lol].
On a serious note, thanks for the review buddy. The video quality is more or less same as my A118C. I would appreciate more photos of this dashcam attached via suction cup along with wiring. Please test the duration of battery when used in "Motion Detection" mode and share with us.

My imgur account is going haywire. Every photo which i have edited online via their website has some other photo in it's place.

I will upload photos of sjcam attached via suction cup along with wiring. And also will post results test within a week.

krishna6239 24th November 2016 02:18 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Suction mount was purchased from amazon, costs 360 INR. [link - Buy Magideal Suction Cup Windshield Mount Holder+Car Charger Cable for GoPro SJCAM Camera Online at Low Price in India | Magideal Camera Reviews & Ratings - Amazon.in

http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/23.jpg
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krishna6239 24th November 2016 02:27 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
For image quality, here are some pics :

1. Settings,
White Balance - Cloudy
Exposure - +1.3
Sharpness - Normal

http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/28.jpg
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/29.jpg

1.1 Setting,
White Balance - Cloudy
Exposure - +1.3
Sharpness - Fine
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/30.jpg


2. Setting,
White Balance - Auto
Exposure - +1.3
Sharpness - Normal
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/31.jpg
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/32.jpg


2.1. Setting,
White Balance - Auto
Exposure - +1.3
Sharpness - Fine
http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...2016/11/33.jpg


Forgot to mention that this action camera has 2" display screen.

Saw that there is a new firmware update, will update firmware and post results on later date.


Where are considering motion detection, even slightest movement in front will make it to record. Even fluttering leaves/branches will make it to record, battery life in just 70min.

Prabhagar 24th November 2016 03:43 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Thanks Krishna, the suction cup looks good from the pics. How does the suction cup hold up to potholes and rough roads? Does it create noticeable instability in your recordings?

krishna6239 24th November 2016 03:54 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Prabhagar (Post 520528)
Thanks Krishna, the suction cup looks good from the pics. How does the suction cup hold up to potholes and rough roads? Does it create noticeable instability in your recordings?

Suction cup holds up pretty good when used on windshield. Suction is so strong that even un-mounting it will require some effort. So, no problem with potholes and rough roads.
If i place it on frits region of windshield, it'll fall off with in few seconds.

I roughened up contact faces of mounts so no noticeable instability due to suction mount.

krishna6239 27th November 2016 12:27 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Some more footage,

Settings : Exposure : +1/3
White Balance : Auto
Recording at 1080p 30fps

Day Time : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZAuDvVaCoA

Night time : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PiwhPUw_4w

krishna6239 27th November 2016 12:31 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Footage of SJCam as chin mount,

Footage number - 6
Setting : Microphone - on
Recording at 1080p 30fps
Exposure +1/3
White Balance - Auto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I9X7eJ8RM8

Footage number - 7
Setting : Microphone - on
Recording at 720p 60fps
Exposure +1/3
White Balance - Auto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMjO1kbDfNg

sorry for the shaky video. Weight of sjcam was causing my helmet to jiggle.

350Z 5th December 2016 07:38 PM

Re: SJCam SJ4000 Basic Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by krishna6239 (Post 520443)
I seriously don't know how that BMW interior's picture came, it was a pic of battery. However, I am post pic of battery.

Quote:

Originally Posted by krishna6239 (Post 520462)
My imgur account is going haywire. Every photo which i have edited online via their website has some other photo in it's place.

I'd suggest using our in-built attachment manager function to prevent such issues. BTW Great review. Thanks.

Drive Safe,
350Z


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