After pondering for a few months, I finally got my hands on SJCAM 4000 Wifi. I wanted to start taking videos for our hotel reviews and travel itinerary. Unfortunately, my DSLR was so heavy that it’s no longer a good option to bring along for all of our overseas trips.
I purchased the camera for SGD $95 on Qoo10 with an additional battery. Be aware that there are fake SJCAM cameras. If the camera costs less than $50, it is most likely a fake one.
SJCAM 4000 WIFI
The SJCAM 4000 Wifi camera weighs less than 80g without any accessories. It is perfect for anyone who needs a wide angle camera to complement the phone’s camera. Even though the camera is smaller than usual, it feels really good on hands.
What’s In the Box
The box includes SJCAM 4000 Wifi, waterproof casing, extra cover for waterproof casing, normal casing, various mounts (e.g. helmet, car mount), SJCAM stickers, charging cable, cleaning cloth, 3M double-sided stickers and a sling.
The waterproof casing is a little bit difficult to open but that’s normal. Imagine having your camera flooded with water when you go underwater with it. I have also changed the mount (in the image below) to make it compatible with my selfie stick. It may take some times for you to recognise the mount but it is extremely easy to change.
Using The Camera
On one side of the camera, you can find an HDMI port, USB port and a micro SD slot. Do bear in mind that SJCAM 4000 WIFI only supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. You can connect your camera to a bigger display using the HDMI port. The USB port is used for charging and transferring photos to your computer.
The battery slot can be found on the bottom of the camera. I bought an additional battery to use interchangeably when I travel overseas. There is no additional charging station for the battery. Hence, you can only charge your battery through the USB port on the camera.
There are only 4 buttons on the camera – OK, MODE, UP (WIFI) and DOWN. The MODE button is located at the front of the camera. You can use the MODE button to turn on the camera and switch the mode of the camera into video taking, picture taking, camera rolls and settings.
You can find the OK button on the top of the camera. This functions like a “confirm” feature. You use this button when you want to take videos, pictures and confirm a selection.
The UP and DOWN button on the side of the camera helps the user to navigate the menu in settings and photos/videos in the camera rolls.
When you are in photo/video mode, you can also press the UP button to enable WIFI connection to the camera. The SSID and password will be shown on the screen and you can use the SJCAM app on your phone to connect to the camera. Once connected, you can download videos/photos from the camera to your phone. You can also attempt to take videos and photos through your phone but I find it really laggy and useless to do so.
Given that this is not a full-fledged point-and-shoot camera, the quality will not be top-notched. However, the quality is decent enough for a simple shot. I took the following photos with the following settings: 12MP, Fine Quality, Normal Sharpness, Auto White Balance, Normal Color, Auto ISO (yes you can choose the ISO) and +0.0 EV.
The first photo is underexposed, probably due to the fact that there is insufficient sunlight at the place I put the camera to take the photo. The temperature of the second photo is more blueish than it is supposed to be but it can be adjusted easily via post-processing.
SJCAM 4000 WIFI comes with an in-built function to take time-lapse video. You can find the option in the settings.
You can choose to take 1-second, 2-seconds or 5-seconds time-lapsed videos. Once you have switched to this function, you will notice that there will be a “timer” icon on the top-left corner of the screen.
I attempted to take a 17-seconds worth of 2-seconds time-lapse video and it looks really awesome. You don’t have to take multiple photos and create the time-lapse videos yourself.
(Click HD for better quality!)
So far, I have been using the camera for less than an hour. The battery is still fully charged. I will update this portion when I bring the camera overseas.
I’m surprised by how this camera can be so solid for the price. Of course, you have to lower your expectation for the quality of photos and videos compared to your point-and-shoot or phone camera.
If you are looking for a decent dash cam, SJ4000 is really good to capture all the necessary information (e.g. car plate, timestamping). If you are looking for an alternative to Go Pro and don’t mind a lower quality video, SJ4000 can be a great one.
On the hand, if you are looking for superb quality, I suggest going for a point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera. These cameras are expensive for a reason and they work hard on the quality.