GoPro may be the leader of the action video industry, but as of late, it’s facing some fierce competition from Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi or SJCAM.
One of the latest products to come from SJCAM, the SJ4000 Plus action camera, is quite similar in design to the GoPro Hero series, but manages to provide relatively the same functionality at a fraction of the price. The Plus in this product’s name denotes some additional features when compared to the basic SJ4000. More precisely, this action camera is capable to record in 2K at 30fps. While inferior to GoPro Hero’s 4K resolution, this still is a major step up from Xiaomi Yi Camera‘s 1080p shot at 60fps.
Besides 2K at 30fps, the SJ4000+ can also record at 1080p at 60 or 30fps, and at 720 at 120fps. The latter framerate indicates that it’s possible to shoot slow motion videos with this device. Photo shooting modes include single shot, burst, timer, and continuous, while the photo resolution is 12, 8, or 5MP. All of these are stored on a microSD card Class 6 or above with a capacity of up to 32GB.
The 170-degree wide lens ensures that none of the action taking place in front of you escapes the camera. That includes audio, which is recorded in AAC with the built-in microphone.
In terms of connectivity, this action cam packs Wi-Fi, which enables you to connect a smartphone or a tablet to the SJ4000+ and stream the recorded feed directly to it. Of course, you can check that on the camera’s LCD display, but at 1.5″, that’s kinda small.
As seen in the following image, the SJ4000+ comes with quite a lot of accessories. An IP68 waterproof case is provided, for capturing video at up to 30m, along with all sorts of helmet and bike mounts and stands. Not at last, you’ll find in the package a 3.7V 900mAh li-ion rechargeable battery that can keep the camera up and running for up to 80 minutes, when shooting in 1080p. It’s also possible to record while charging, so it might not be a bad idea to carry a power bank with you.
GearBest offers the SJCAM SJ4000 Plus for $149. The action camera is available in a wide variety of colors, including black, white, silver, blue, red, pink, yellow and golden.