Recently, SJCAM company presented three new action cameras under SJ8 series. The models have talking names: Air, Plus and Pro. Each modification is suitable for its own purposes and user level. However, the most interesting camera is SJCAM SJ8 Pro.
You understand that we can describe the features and functions of each action camera for a long time, but it is better to compare all three models in one table. Let’s go!
Ambarella H22 S85 (Cortex A53 with a frequency of 1 GHz, 14 nm)
Only rear IPS, touchscreen, 2.33 inches, UHD
Front OLED 0.96 inches and rear IPS, touchscreen, 2.33 inches, UHD
14.24 megapixel, Panasonic MN34112PA, shooting in JPG
12 megapixel, Sony IMX117, JPG
12 Mp, Sony IMX377, JPG
The aperture f/2.6, 160 degree viewing angle, 7-lens lens
The aperture f/2.8, 170 degree viewing angle, 7-element lens, including 2 aspherical lenses
Micro SD up to 128 GB
USB C (Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n, 2.4 GHz)
USB C, Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n, 2.4 and 5 GHz)
1728 x 1296 pixels at 30 frames per second, VGA / 240 fps
4K / 30 FPS, 1080p / 120 FPS, 720p / 240 FPS
4K / 60 FPS, 1080p / 120 FPS, 720p / 240 FPS
MP4 (H.264, H.265 / HEVC)
MP4 (H.264, H.265 / HEVC, frequency up to 135 Mbit / s)
|Immersion in water|
In a protective case up to 30 meters
Gyroscope is (without clarification on the axes)
Digital zoom, dual microphone, 6-axis gyro
|Dimensions and weight|
Dimensions are the same, weight 80 grams
41 x 62.5 x 28.8 mm and 85 grams
The cameras have a little different specifications, but the functions are almost the same. All of them are able to: record video, make looped video, DVR, Time Lapse, Slow Motion, take photos, and so on.
However, the flagship model from the series is SJ8 Pro model. We will review this model, and tell you about functions and features of new action cameras.
SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review
SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Hardware
The camera has good processor, lenses and sensor. I think you already undestood this from the comparison table
above. However, the main features of new camera are hidden in the details.
SJ8 Pro belongs to the new generation of action cameras. It has built-in USB Type-C port with high-speed data transfer up to 40 Mb/s. Many other budget cameras still use Micro USB.
SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Battery
The battery is very important thing for any action camera. The single charge of the complete battery (1200 mAh) is enough for about 90 minutes of continuous recording of video 4K/60 FPS.
If you compare with previous generations of SJCAM cameras, the battery life increased in 30%. I think it is a merit of 14-nm processor.
The same battery is in SJ8 Plus, and it provides 100 minutes of recording video 4K/30 FPS. The youngest model has battery life of about 130 minutes.
SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Features
SJ8 Pro camera has not only a classic interface with flat tiles and monochrome icons, but also a redrawn, color UI. The user interface can be selected from the settings.
Also I want to note about application on smartphone. The camera is connector to smartphone via SJCAM Zone app. It is available both on iOS and Android. It allows to you watch footage and edit even it.
SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Package
The cameras from SJ8 series come with differest accessories, such as
- Protective case with cutout under the display (for touch input)
- waterproof case
- adapter for mounting on a standard tripod or monopod
- three additional attachments for all occasions, including a bike
- Adhesive gaskets for installing the camera on the glass
- USB cable to USB Type-C
- Cloth for wiping and fan labels in the form of labels
- User manual
If you plan to record high-quality videos, then it is better to buy SJ-Gimbal. Yes, the action cameras have digital stabilization even at 4K/30 FPS resolution, but it’s a special gimbal makes more smooth image.
The full package is only available in extended packs. If you don’t need these accessories, then it makes no sense to overpay for them – you can buy only SJ8 Pro camera.
SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Price and release date
|Full set of accessories|
All new cameras will go on sale in May 2018. Right now you can go to official website and read more useful information about SJCAM SJ8 action cameras.