Tuesday, August 12, 2014

12MP Full HD 1080P Bicycle Helmet Sports DV Action Waterproof Car Camera

So I was thinking about buying a GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition for my trip to Miami. While searching I came across this camera: the SJ4000 DV Camera

I looks a lot like the GoPro Hero3+: Black Edition (See side by side pics)

However there are some differences in specs. The main differences are that the SJ4000 doesn't have wifi and cannot record in 4k or 2.7k. Here are some more specifications.

GoPro Black Edition

Specs:   4Kp15 / 2.7Kp30 / 1440p48 / 1080p60 / 960p100 / 720p120 fps
Image resolution :12 Mega Pixels (4032*3024)/10 Mega Pixels(3648*2736)8 Mega Pixels((3264*2448)/5 Mega Pixels(2592*1944)3 MP(2048*1536)/ 2MHD(1920*1080)/ VGA(640*480)/ 1.3M(1280*960)
12MP/ 30 fps Burst
Video resolution :1920*1080 30fps / 1280*720 60fps /848*480 60fps / 640*480 60fps
Built-in Wifi
Video Compression Format :H.264
Wi-fi remote
Default resolution --Video:1080P,Picture:4032*3024
GoPro App
12Mega Pixels CMOS-Sensor
LCD :1.5" LCD screen
Slot for Micro SD card up to 64 GB
Slot for Micro SD card up to 32 GB
Battery life: 90 minutes(1080P)
Battery life :60 minutes(1080P)

What's included   HERO3+ Black Edition Camera
1 x SJ4000 HD DV
131’/40m Waterproof Housing
1 x Waterproof Case
Wi-Fi Remote
Detachable 900mAhB attery
Higher Capacity Li-ion Battery
1 x Bike Bracket
Quick Release Buckle
1 x Bandage
Vertical Quick Release Buckle
1 x USB Cable
1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
1 x Waterproof Case Bracket
3-Way Pivot Arm
1 x Waterproof Case Clip
USB Charging Cable
1 x Multifunction Clip
1 x Camera Clip
1 x Cleaning Cloth
1 x Power Adapter
1 x Bracket Adapter

1 x Manual

As you can see the by the specs SJ4000 DV Camera will not replace the GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition pound for pound, HOWEVER considering the price of the GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition at $499 compared to the SJ4000 DV camera at ~$93 you can see that the SJ4000 is the smarter of the two buys and at that price you can buy FIVE of them and do more than you would be able to with just one GoPro HERO3+.

At the least you should consider the SJ4000 as a backup camera for situations where you would hate to lose a $500 camera but are willing to sacrifice a $95 camera.

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