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Cheap Action Cameras – are they worth it?

Lets face it every mountain bike rider wants to own an action camera and make their own movies, (sick edits) but most of the cheap action cameras don’t get great reviews.

We have been hunting around for a while to find one that might fit the bill (as well we have a life and even if we could find a deal on a GoPro we probably still couldn’t afford it).

Well according to Seth (who we trust implicitly) the hunt is over and he has found the very camera for us, for less than $120.  We wish that was like for like pricing in the UK but by the time it get’s shipped and we add local tax it’ll probably be £120 here.

The camera in question is…drum roll please…

SJCAM SJ5000X 12MP Sony IMX078 Sensor 4K@24FPS 2″ LCD Sport Action Camera ( Elite Edition )

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We wonder if it comes in Instigator Gold?


Truth be told it looks slightly Go-Pro -ish

The best deal we can find is at GearBest but if you can find a better one then post it below.

If you are properly geeky then here are all the product specs, personally we are just going to watch Seth’s video again.


Model: SJ5000X
Type : Sports Camera, HD Car DVR Recorder
Chipset Name: Novatek
Chipset : Novatek 96660
Special Function: Cycle recording, WDR, USB function, AV-OUT, Time and date display, HDMI output, Motion detection, Anti-shake, Auto power on/off, Microphone, Photograph, WDR, Digital zoom, Exposure control
Material: Plastic
System Requirements: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista, Win 7, Mac OS x 10.3.6 above
STORAGE Support Micro SD Card Class 6 or Above up to 32GB – Selected 64gb & 128gb Memory cards      (Card Not Included,Recommend Transcend or Samsung)
DISPLAY Screen Size: 2.0inch
Screen Type: LCD
POWER Battery type: Removable
Capacity : 900mAh
Power Supply: 5V / 1A
Charge Way : USB charge by PC
Working time: About 80 minutes with WiFi off (at 1080P 60fps and 2K 30fps)
PRIMARY INFO. Wide Angle: 170 degree wide angle
Image Sensor: 12.0MP imx078 CMOS sensor
Camera Pixel: 12.0 megapixel
Digital Zoom : 4X
ISO: ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, Auto, ISO100, ISO200
VIDEO/IMAGE/AUDIO Decode Format: H.264
Video Format: MP4
Video Resolution : 720P (1280 x 720), 2K(2560 x 1440)30fps, 4K (3840 x 2160), 1080P (1920 x 1080)
Video System: PAL, NTSC
Video Frame Rate: 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, 24fps
Video Output: HDMI, AV-OUT
Image Format : JPG
Image Resolution : 2M (1920 x 1080), 1.3M (1280 x 960), 12M (4032 x 3024), VGA (640 x 480), 10M (3648 x 2736), 5M (2592 x 1944), 3M (2048 x 1536)
Audio System: Built-in microphone/speacker (AAC)
Exposure Compensation: +1, -5/3, +1/3, 2/3, -4/3, +4/3, -2/3, +5/3, -1, +2, 0, -2, -1/3
White Balance Mode: Daylight, Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy
WiFi Function: Settings
WiFi Distance : 10m
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof Rating : IP68 with waterproof case, 30m underwater
Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
Loop-cycle Recording Time: Off, 3min, 5min, 10min
Motion Detection: Yes
HDMI Output: Yes
WDR: Yes
USB Function: PC-Camera
Delay Shutdown: Yes
Time Stamp: Yes
Interface Type: TF card slot, Micro USB, Micro HDMI
Language: Traditional Chinese, Korean, Turkish, French, English, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Cesky, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Polski, Simplified Chinese, Deutsch, Danish, Portuguese
OTHER Frequency: 60Hz, 50Hz
DIMENSION/WEIGHT Product Weight: 0.068 kg
Package Weight: 0.75 kg
Product Size (L x W x H): 6.1 x 2.5 x 4.3 cm / 2.40 x 0.98 x 1.69 inches
Package Size (L x W x H): 27 x 15 x 8 cm / 10.61 x 5.90 x 3.14 inches
PACKAGE CONTENTS Package Contents: 1 x Original SJCAM SJ5000X 4K Action Camera, 1 x Waterproof Case + Base Mount + Long Screw, 1 x 900mAh Li-ion Battery, 1 x Quick Release J-Shaped Buckle, 1 x Housing Backdoor with Holes, 1 x Bike Handlebar Seatpost Pole Mount, 1 x Curved Adhesive Mount, 1 x Flat Adhesive Mount, 2 x 3M Adhesive Tape, 1 x 3-Way Pivot Arm Mount with Screw, 2 x Short Connector with Screw, 1 x Universal 1/4 inch Camera Tripod Mount, 1 x Tripod Mount Adapter, 1 x Backpack Clip Mount Shell, 2 x Velcro Strap, 1 x USB Cable (0.9m Length), 1 x Silicone Lens Cover, 1 x Cleaning Cloth, 2 x SJCAM Sticker, 1 x User Manual

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