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Retroboltsuk

posted on 9/6/16 at 07:39 PM Reply With Quote
alternatives to a gopro

anyone had either good or bad experiences with alternatives. i see on ebay there are a lot of unbranded action cams around

has anyone tried one?

thanks

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balidey

posted on 9/6/16 at 07:59 PM Reply With Quote
I have an SJCAM M10, the little cube type one. It cost me about 30. So far I have only had a small play about with it, but I am bloody impressed with it for the money.
I've never used a GoPro so can't compare, but I would certainly recommend the M10.





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z2000

posted on 9/6/16 at 08:28 PM Reply With Quote
SJCAM SJ4000. It looks very similar to a GoPro. And if you read some of the online review it scores highly against it too.

I like it so much I have three! They make great dash cams and also great cameras for blatting in the kit car as I can turn it on and off remotely by turning the power feed to it on and off from a switch on the centre console.





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Nickp

posted on 9/6/16 at 08:31 PM Reply With Quote
I got an SJCAM SJ4000 for a recent European road trip and it was spot on. From what I understand the SJ is the best GOPro copy. With the other non branded ones you'll probably be taking a risk and may end up buying twice. SJ was less than 70 with every extra including carry case, spare batteries, chargers, memory cards etc etc.
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Slimy38

posted on 9/6/16 at 09:18 PM Reply With Quote
https://www.aldi.co.uk/national-geographic-action-camera/p/093538037880900

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BenB

posted on 9/6/16 at 09:31 PM Reply With Quote
I've got an SJ also. Love it. Got to fiddle with the white balance but otherwise spot on.
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rgrs

posted on 9/6/16 at 09:55 PM Reply With Quote
SJ 5000 wifi, fantastic piece of kit.

Different chip to the 4000 series which gives a slightly crisper image at high speed

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mark chandler

posted on 9/6/16 at 10:16 PM Reply With Quote
SJ6000 here, very good as above just tweak the light settings, plenty of advice on the Internet.
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daniel mason

posted on 9/6/16 at 10:27 PM Reply With Quote
Used GoPro is a good option. I love mine
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Nickp

posted on 10/6/16 at 04:24 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rgrs
SJ 5000 wifi, fantastic piece of kit.

Different chip to the 4000 series which gives a slightly crisper image at high speed


Mine's the wifi version too, which basically means you can connect / control it through your smart phone. Very handy to make sure you've got the view angle correct especially if mounting it somewhere where you can't see the rear screen ie front bumper.

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Nickp

posted on 10/6/16 at 04:31 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Slimy38
https://www.aldi.co.uk/national-geographic-action-camera/p/093538037880900

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Could be a good cheap option. It won't have wifi I guess so bit more difficult to position / control in some situations. Comes with a 4GB card but can you fit a bigger one? The SJ will take a 32GB card, when set to 720 definition (which is very good TBH) will give about 10hrs of continuos footage, which was ideal for my road trip.

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jimmyd

posted on 10/6/16 at 05:59 AM Reply With Quote
Another vote for SJ4000 wifi. I can't really fault it.
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loggyboy

posted on 10/6/16 at 06:53 AM Reply With Quote
Just be careful geting an SJ model, there are lots of fake ones.
Ive also heard good things about the Mobious cameras.
Also, if you want something new/clever/gimicy, the Samsung Gear 360 looks superb, and reasonably priced for what it is.






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Retroboltsuk

posted on 10/6/16 at 08:32 AM Reply With Quote
thanks for all the replys, the sjcam does look to get good reviews. i have see i lot of the fake ones on ebay, and the feeback refelcts the problems customers have had.

Does anyone have a link or a company name they brought theirs from?

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hkp57

posted on 10/6/16 at 10:39 AM Reply With Quote
I use the Garmin Virb, has built in GPS also for those all important overlays.










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Digimon

posted on 10/6/16 at 11:01 AM Reply With Quote
Can't recommend this enough, SJ4000 with a different cover but from Hobbyking so you can guarantee its not a fake SJ Camera

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=68620

This is mine with the microphone mod



[Edited on 10/6/16 by Digimon]

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Retroboltsuk

posted on 10/6/16 at 11:25 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Digimon
Can't recommend this enough, SJ4000 with a different cover but from Hobbyking so you can guarantee its not a fake SJ Camera

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=68620

This is mine with the microphone mod



[Edited on 10/6/16 by Digimon]


Perfect thank you. Quality looks spot on as well

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Matt21

posted on 14/6/16 at 07:30 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hkp57
I use the Garmin Virb, has built in GPS also for those all important overlays.







The speed on the overlay doesn't seem very accurate on that, when you're holding a steady speed round a corner it seems about 10mph+ out?

Or is your dash speedo not calibrated right?

Be interesting to see what it says when you are sat at a constant speed

I use a gopro hero3 silver, but will be buying an SJcam next, purely because of the price.

Watch some videos on youtube that compare the two and then tell me the gopro is worth 3 times the SJ





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blakep82

posted on 14/6/16 at 07:39 PM Reply With Quote
https://www.aldi.co.uk/national-geographic-action-camera/p/093538037880900

Worth a shot for the price tbh





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matt5964

posted on 14/6/16 at 08:44 PM Reply With Quote
I want to try the drift ghost s as have heard good things about them





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hkp57

posted on 14/6/16 at 09:09 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt21
quote:
Originally posted by hkp57
I use the Garmin Virb, has built in GPS also for those all important overlays.







The speed on the overlay doesn't seem very accurate on that, when you're holding a steady speed round a corner it seems about 10mph+ out?

Or is your dash speedo not calibrated right?

Be interesting to see what it says when you are sat at a constant speed

I use a gopro hero3 silver, but will be buying an SJcam next, purely because of the price.

Watch some videos on youtube that compare the two and then tell me the gopro is worth 3 times the SJ



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The Garmin GPS struggles to keep up with the rapid changes over short distances on this sprint track. On the road or bigger circuits when compared to my sat nav it is spot on. Also the YouTube quality does not give the picture quality justice when watched on my iMac it is so sharp.





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posted on 15/6/16 at 11:13 AM Reply With Quote
Drift HD all the way for me.

Have had mine underwater and in some pretty rugged places and its great.





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tweek

posted on 15/6/16 at 12:50 PM Reply With Quote
I use a Mobius ActionCam, does the job for a very reasonable price. Hasn't had a hardware update in a while though so its max resolution/fps of 1080P30 and 720P60 are starting to look a little out of date.



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Bunje

posted on 15/6/16 at 02:16 PM Reply With Quote
Retroboltsuk the mic mod that you mention is this an external mic ive just got the same cam as you and was wondering what this involves
Cheers Ben

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ken555

posted on 15/6/16 at 05:38 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bunje
Retroboltsuk the mic mod that you mention is this an external mic ive just got the same cam as you and was wondering what this involves
Cheers Ben


Open up the camera, snip of the Mic and solder on leads to a 3.5mm socket on the side.








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