Action cameras, they are almost everywhere in this day and age. Almost everyone seems to have one, and there is little anyone can do to keep themselves off of the camera, especially when you live in a large city. There are SO many different action cameras out there, so which ones are any good? Is there any single one that might be better than the rest? Maybe, but for now, we’re talking about the SJCAM SJ5000 and its perks and flaws.
- Comes with waterproof casing
- Myriad of mounting options
- Video and photo camera
- Good low light visuals
- Multiple resolution settings
- Motion detection capable
- Low battery life (60-70 minutes worth)
- Case diminishes sound quality
One of the first accessories any camera owner knows is going to end up a need is a good SD memory card. Most cameras don’t come with very large ones, and you can easily run out of room on a smaller card with only a few videos. The next is a bigger or longer lasting battery. Both are available for this camera and aren’t excessively expensive to purchase either.
Another big purchase is to make sure you have a car charger and likely an extra charger in case you need it while out on your adventures. This means you can charge up even when you aren’t in your hotel room and your mobile devices aren’t available for a USB charge.
The video lapse modes record a frame every second to give you an awesome frame by frame view to enjoy. It makes for a much more action-packed slide show when giving an audience a look at where you were and what you did while there. There is also a setting to set the camera to a timer.
Moving beyond the quick shot you can also take straight video with this camera. Though the battery life isn’t the greatest, you can take quick videos with this camera the same as you would with your phone or tablet- only with a lot more options. You can change the pixel density and ratio with ease, as well as to take the video’s in a panoramic shot so that the subject of the video almost seems to swing toward you, bringing you into the video the way a 3D video might.
You can also work through the menus to change or improve the quality through saturation and lighting. This you can do while taking the pictures or even before you move it to your other mobile devices. With the ability to connect to those mobile devices you can even send it as it is happening to be recorded via the device instead of through the camera. This is different than live streaming, however, since it can only connect to a single device and not true to the internet itself.
The camera’s controls are mounted along the sides of the camera. Mattering on whether you are using the waterproof case or not, you can still use the built-in controls. Of course, while the camera is still in the waterproof case, the buttons that control the functions and menus of the camera are much harder to press, due to the springs in the case. In any case (No pun intended), the camera is really good at what it does.
When compared to other cameras of similar design, this one definitely handles better by design. Its menus are easy to get through and its size makes it quick and easy to pack. The most common compared to it doesn’t come close to this one’s marketability.
However, there were those who bought the camera in hopes of streaming their videos. Since the camera is stated to have the capability of connecting to tablets and other wireless devices to take pictures, many assumed it would be able to live stream. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and this caused several buyers to feel let down.
This camera can take video and pictures while connected to a mobile device, however, it can’t connect to the internet. This means that the video and camera feed are technically closed circuit. So if you want it for security, that seems feasible- but the battery life is also limited, so it may not be your best choice for anything other than personal entertainment.
It can even take enjoyable panorama views in both formats. It offers a wide range of resolutions as well, 14, 12, 10, 8, 5, and 3-megapixel imagery is offered for video and still shots so that you can enjoy your camera in a variety of ways. It offers a 170-degree HD wide angle for the mentioned panoramic views, so you feel like the main subject is moving even in the still shots.
They offer the chest, belt and other straps that mean you are hands-free while you record or take timed pictures, so you can set your camera up to do what you need and focus on staying safe. The hands-free ability plays a major part in many of its prime features- and the ability to edit before transferring is even more fun.
Other great features include the motion sensor ability to allow your camera to not eat up so much battery, and only taking pictures when something moves, and the ability to set your views so that it takes a perfect shot while on this mode. This could make a good security camera if you can get the wiring set up- especially with the case that it comes in being waterproof and see-through.
Of course, you can recharge this battery in many different ways as well. If you have a vehicle of any sort that has a lighter in it, you can get a ‘car’ charger and use it to charge up your battery. There is also the USB charger option as well as a regular wall charger. This additional planning, aides in making sure that you will always have a way to keep your battery going, just maybe not as fast as you might need.
Ease of Use
The menus are easy to read and make your way through, and even offer a bit of editing right there on the camera. You can also set a timer to take picture lapses, a motion sensor to only take a shot when something or someone is in range, or simply hit the button when you need to. Connecting to your portable devices seems a breeze too.
The only thing that seems to take a bit of work is if you want more than an hours’ worth of video, you may need a way to stay plugged in or have extra batteries on the ready. Otherwise, this camera is great for vacations, and with the proper setup, can be used for security or a dash cam.
If you prefer to have consistent still shots, there is a mode for that, and the outcome is as beautiful as you would expect. If actual video is your thing, no worries, you can even set it up to activate on timing or motion for that as well- and even if you do take video, you can use the proper tools to turn that video into an action slide show later for viewing with friends. The neat part is the fact you don’t have to tire your hands out doing any of it.
Instead of having to wear at your hands or wrists, simply purchase one of the many harnesses for your camera and you are ready to take the vacation photos you have always wanted to. With as crisp and clean as they are, you could even use it for work, if such requires easy snapshots over an entire period of time. Don’t miss a moment because your finger simply can’t take the next press, just have it set to do the time-lapse for you!
-Several pixel settings
-Motion sensor activation
-Great editing tools
-Easy wireless connection