SJ4000 action camera powered by Novatek NT96650 processor

    Not so long ago, an interesting, in my opinion, action camera called SJ4000 appeared on the market, which externally copies the famous GoPro cameras. It is clear that this model is incorrect to compare with GoPro in the quality of materials and iron, since the price difference is fivefold. Accordingly, the quality is different. But still it’s interesting to see what good manufacturers SJ4000 spied on a well-known brand. In addition, the accessory kit for this camera is very rich and partially compatible with GoPro. In order to show the maximum potential of this model as objectively as possible, he made more various filming at different times of the day. But first things first.

    > Specifications

    Matrix: CMOS, 12MP;
    Lens: 170 ° A + HD wide-angle;
    Processor: Novatek NT96650;
    LCD display: 1.5 inches (4: 3);
    Video Resolution: 1920 * 1080/1080 * 720/848 * 480/640 * 480
    Recording Format: MOV;
    Video codec: H.264;
    Sound: Built-in microphone.
    Photo format: JPG, 12 MP, 7 MP, 5 MP;
    Memory: MicroSD card up to 32 GB;
    Interfaces: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, microSD card slot;
    Battery capacity: 900 mAh (Li-ion), 70 minutes of continuous shooting (1080p);
    Dimensions: 29.8 x 59.2 x 41 mm;
    Weight:44 g, with a battery - 59 g;
    Additional options: single shot, delayed shooting (2s / 5s / 10s), face and smile recognition mode, white balance setting, start recording video when the camera is turned on, charging from USB, burst and interval photography, video loop recording;

    > Options

    A box of cardboard, inside a plastic cradle for the camera and accessories. Through the transparent film, the silhouette of the camera emerges in a protective box: The

    set of accessories in the kit is amazing: mounts, pads, clasps, clothespins and adapters of various shapes and purposes:

    The charger unit generates a current of 1A, does not overheat during operation, charges the battery in 1 hour:

    The fiberglass protective box is equipped with a latch on the top panel and large duplicate buttons that are convenient to press blindly. The manufacturer stated that the box withstands heavy shock and immersion up to 30 meters. In addition to boxing, there is a cover with slots, which is designed for filming, where special requirements are presented to the soundtrack.

    The camera can be mounted on several platforms of various shapes, there is also a steering wheel mount, a clothespin for a free latch:

    Wide and narrow straps for attaching the camera with a latch and Velcro:

    Main landing areas on 3M tape, cable, ties:

    Instructions and a cloth for caring for optics and screen:

    > Design and ergonomics

    The camera is available in black with multi-colored front panels. The case is made of durable plastic with a soft-touch coating that prevents the camera from slipping out of hands. Dimensions of the device are 30 x 59 x 41 with a weight of 59 grams.


    On the front panel there is a fisheye lens, a power button / menu navigation button:

    On the top of the camera are a shutter button \ menu item and a shooting indicator:

    Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0 connectors, a slot are located on the right side for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB and a microphone slot.

    On the left side you can see the speaker sound alarm and buttons to navigate through the menu:

    There is a 1.5 "screen and status indicators (red and blue) on the rear panel. Blue and red LEDs are on during charging. When charging is complete, the red LED goes out. The screen, although small, is like a viewfinder or to quickly view the footage The video shooting mode is indicated by the blinking of indicators (yellow on the top and blue on the back).

    Having removed the plug at the bottom of the camera, we remove the battery, the battery weight is 16 grams, the capacity of 900 mAh, GoPro is not compatible:

    > Iron

    The Novatek NT96650 processor installed in the camera easily processes video with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 at a frequency of 30fps without failures and overheating.
    This processor was released in 2013, and at that time was the best in terms of price and quality. Many bestsellers among DVRs are equipped with this processor.

    The camera can shoot:
    1) Video in modes: 1080p_30k / s, 720p_60k / s, 480p_60k / s (the camera supports only 30fps in hardware, and 60fps in the video is obtained with software frame duplication: two identical frames instead of one).
    2) Photos with a resolution of 5MP to 12MP.

    > Interface and software

    The camera interface is simplified to minimalism: in front - on / off button; mode switching; top - OK-start / end of shooting; side - volume-zoom-transition menu. All buttons are intuitive and easily searched blindly.

    When connected to a PC, the camera asks about the operating mode, either as a flash drive or as a web camera.
    I will note some operating modes and functions: 1) The mode of cyclic video recording 3/5/10 minutes and dubbing; 2) Photo timer 2sec / 5sec / 10sec; 3) CAR DV mode (DVR in the car: the camera can start recording when the charger is connected and stop after); 4) Photos during recording.

    > Shooting in various modes

    A fixed focal length lens has a viewing angle of 170 °. For video shooting, a resolution range from 640 * 480 to 1920 * 1080 is available.
    SJ1000 can take photos with a resolution of 12 megapixels. Pictures are obtained of medium quality, with some spatial distortion and reduced sharpness at the edges.

    Original photos

    All the videos directly shot on this camera, I conditionally divided into several parts, the resolution and frame rate are indicated in the title of the clips.

    Underwater shooting in the pool:

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    Shooting on Fixed-Speed ​​Speed ​​Bikes:

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    Shooting on a mountain bike (in a protective box from the steering wheel and from the helmet):

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    On scooters and pipe running:

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    > Conclusion:

    The SJ4000 made a positive impression on me. For its price, this model deserves the highest rating.

    1. FullHD 1080p 30fps shooting (clear picture with good illumination of objects)
    2. 1.5 "color display-viewfinder
    3. micro-HDMI interface for video stream output
    4. Recorder mode in auto: video loop recording (3, 5, 10 min.), Image rotation, video recording while charging, motion sensor
    5. Compact size and light weight (59 g)
    6. Waterproof protective box (up to 30 m) and a wide range of accessories included in the package
    7. Compatibility with accessories for GoPro
    8. web camera mode when connected to the computer
    9. LED charging indicator mode shooting

    1. Lack of support for 60fps (hardware limitations of the Novatek NT96650 processor)
    2. Date and time go astray after changing the battery
    3. When shooting in the dark, the picture loses its clarity

    The camera was purchased at . In the coming days, in this store, the premiere of the updated SJ5000 model will take place.

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