The new SJCAM SJ6 Legend will be released alongside with new native 4K camera SJ7 Star:

SJCAM SJ7 Star vs SJ6 Legend

SJCAM SJ7 Star vs SJ6 Legend

 

Main difference of these two cameras is 4K resolution video recording. While SJCAM SJ7 Star is capable of real, native 4K resolution recording, SJCAM SJ6 Legend is recording interpolated 4K. But SJ6 Legend has a larger sensor, so maybe better for photos, or because of the price, if HD recording is enough for you. Both cameras feature a 2″ touch display on the back, which is a new addition to the SJCAM line-up. Below you can find a comparison of the latest SJCAM models followed by detailed information on the SJ6 Legend Specs. For more info on the SJ7 Star, take a look at my other article:

SJ7 Star Review

SJ8 series Review

 

Comparison

Here’s a comparison of the latest SJCAM cameras including the new SJ8 series cameras:

SJ8 ProSJ8 PlusSJ7 StarSJ8 AirSJ6 Legend
SJCAM-SJ8-Pro-symbolSJCAM-SJ8-Plus-symbolsj7-star-symbolSJCAM-SJ8-Air-symbolSJCAM SJ6 Legend
12 MP Sony
IMX377 sensor
12 MP Sony
IMX117 sensor
12 MP Sony
IMX117 sensor
14 MP Panasonic MN34112PA sensor16 MP Panasonic
MN34120PA sensor
Ambarella H22 ProcessorNovatek 96683 ProcessorAmbarella A12 ProcessorNovatek 96658 ProcessorNovatek 96660 Processor
Body: PlasticBody: PlasticBody: MetalBody: PlasticBody: Plastic
Lens: 170° FOV
Aperture: f/2.8
Lens: 170° FOV
Aperture: f/2.8
Lens: 166°
Aperture: f/2.8
Lens: 160° FOV
Aperture: f/2.6
Lens: 166° FOV
Aperture: f/2.8
native 4K
max. 60fps
native 4K
max. 30fps
native 4K
max. 30fps
no 4Kinterpolated 4K
max. 24fps
2.7K
max. 60 fps
2.7K
max. 60 fps
2.7K
max. 60 fps
2K (1728x1296)
max. 30 fps
2.5K
max. 30 fps
1080p
max. 120fps
1080p
max. 120fps
1080p
max. 120fps
1080p
max. 30fps
1080p
max. 60fps
720p
240fps
720p
240fps
720p
200fps
720p
30fps
720p
max. 120fps
Bitrate: 65 Mbps (4K30)Bitrate: 33 Mbps (4K30)Bitrate: 12 Mbps (1296p)
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 4K 30fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 4K 30fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 1080p 60fps
Image Stabilization: noImage Stabilization: yes
up to 1080p 60fps
6-axis gyro sensor3-axis gyro sensor3-axis gyro sensor-3-axis gyro sensor
Digital Video ZoomDigital Video Zoom-Digital Video Zoom-
Format: .mp4 /
.h264 & .h265
Format: .mp4 /
.h264 & .h265
Format: .mp4 /
.h264
Format: .mp4 /
.h264
Format: .mp4 / .mov
.h264
12 MP native Photo Resolution12 MP native Photo Resolution12 MP native Photo Resolution14 MP native Photo Resolution16 MP native Photo Resolution
RAW photoRAW photoRAW photono RAW photoRAW photo
2,33″ Touchdisplay2,33″ Touchdisplay2″ Touchdisplay2,33″ Touchdisplay2″ Touchdisplay
0,96" Frontdisplay0,96" Frontdisplay--1" Frontdisplay
Battery: 1200 mAhBattery: 1200 mAhBattery: 1050 mAhBattery: 1200 mAhBattery: 1050 mAh
wifi: yeswifi: yeswifi: yeswifi: yeswifi: yes
Bluetooth: yesBluetooth: yesBluetooth: yesBluetooth: yesBluetooth: yes
Remote Control:
yes
Remote Control:
yes
Remote Control:
yes
Remote Control:
yes
Remote Control:
yes
microSD:
up to 128 GB
microSD:
up to 128 GB
microSD:
up to 128 GB
microSD:
up to 128 GB
microSD:
up to 128 GB
USB-CUSB-Cmini USBUSB-Cmini USB
external microphone:
yes
external microphone:
yes
external microphone:
yes
external microphone:
yes
external microphone:
yes
Case & Mounts included
(Full Box Set)
Case & Mounts included
(Full Box Set)
Case & Mounts includedCase & Mounts included
(Full Box Set)
Case & Mounts included
Retailer/Price:
(small box)
Retailer/Price:
(small box)
Retailer/Price:Retailer/Price:
(small box)
Retailer/Price:
SJCAM:
269.00 USD
SJCAM:
179.00 USD
SJCAM:
199.00 USD
SJCAM:
99.00 USD
SJCAM:
159.00 USD
Banggood:
188.99 USD
Coupon Code: 369eae
Banggood:
157.99 USD
Coupon Code: b71c67
Banggood:
135.99 USD
Banggood:
87.99 USD
Coupon Code: b71c67
Banggood:
116.99 USD
Gearbest:
215.99 USD
Coupon Code: SJ8Series1
Gearbest:
155.99 USD
Coupon Code: SJ8Series3
Gearbest:
159.99 USD
Gearbest:
79.99 USD
Coupon Code: SJ8Series5
Gearbest:
106.99 USD
Aliexpress:
269.00 USD
Aliexpress:
179.00 USD
Aliexpress:
199.00 USD
Aliexpress:
99.00 USD
Aliexpress:
159.00 USD
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SJCAM SJ6 Legend

SJCAM SJ6 Legend - Fron- & Backside

SJCAM SJ6 Legend – Fron- & Backside

 

Image Sensor: 
SJCAM SJ6 Legend uses the  16 MP Panasonic Sensor (MN34120PA), seems like the same sensor as used in the SJ5000+. (The SJ5000+ is different than the SJ5000x, which holds a 12MP Sony Sensor). Its brother, the SJ7 Star, holds a 12 MP Sony IMX117 sensor, the SJCAM M20 a 16 MP Sony Sensor.

Chipset:
Chipset will be a Novatek NT96660, which can be found in many other cameras, like the SJ5000X or Git2.

Frame Rates:

  • 4K (2880 x 2160) – 24 fps – interpolated!
  • 2K (2560 x 1440) – 30 fps
  • 1080p (1920 x 1080) – 60 / 30 fps
  • 720p (1280 x 720) – 120 / 60 / 30 fps
  • 480p (640 x 480) – 240 fps

Recording Format:
.mp4 or .mov container; h.264 codec

Image Stabilization:
SJCAM SJ6 Legend is equipped with Electronic Image stabilization!

Photo Resolution:
You can choose: 16M/14M/12M/10M/8M/5M/3M/2M
16 MP is the sensor size. Format is .jpg.

Lens:
166 Degree Wide-angle Lens, f=3mm, F/2.5 aperture.
Connectivity & Ports:
Wifi is built-in to connect with the app (iOS / Android)
SJCAM SJ6 Legend also offers microHDMI port for HD video output,
as well as micro USB port to copy files and for charging.
Mic-in via USB is available, so you can use an external microphone!
Great to see that a 1/4″ standard photo tripod thread is included in the bottom of the camera. So you can mount it without any accessories to you standard photo gear.
Storage:
SJCAM SJ6 Legend supports microSD cards up to 32GB, selected microSD cards also up to 128 GB. Class 10 (U1) is recommended.
Display:
On the backside of SJCAM SJ6 Legend you will find a large 2″ live-view touch LCD display (240 x 320)!
On the front side is a small data display to check settings.
Battery:
The camera includes a removable 1000 mAh battery. Currently I’m not sure if it is the same shape as the 900 mAh batteries used in SJ4000 & SJ5000 series cameras.
Remote Control:
There will be a remote control for SJCAM SJ6 Legend, currently I’m not sure if it is the same Bluetooth remote as for SJCAM M20.
Dimensions:
Size: 59 x 41 x 21.1 mm
Versions:
SJCAM SJ6 legend is available in black, silver & rose.
Accessories:
A huge pack of accessories is included which holds a wide range of mounts including: Waterproof Case, Frame with GoPro Mount, Adhesive Mounts, 3x Switch /Extension Support, Handlebar Mount, Tripod / GoPro Adapter, Cable & User Manual.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend - Accessories

SJCAM SJ6 Legend – Accessories

 

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Air

A while after the launch of SJ6 SJCAM announced a new version: SJCAM SJ6 Legend Air. There are a few differences compared the “non-Air” version:

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It seems SJ6 Legend Air is a little cheaper version of the camera. It will also be sold mainly to European distributors and not via online retailers.

 

Body, Buttons & Ports

SJCAM SJ6 Legend - Ports & Buttons

SJCAM SJ6 Legend – Ports & Buttons

On the front side of the camera you will find a small data display and light indicators. The Power / Mode button is located on one side of the camera, below a Menu button. Nice to see them on the camera, as I assume the touch display can’t be operated when the camera is inside the underwater case. The opposite side holds microSD card slot, USB & HDMI port; above them is the internal mic located. Shutter button is on top of the camera, next to a LED recording light. On the bottom you can find the battery door and the 1/4″ tripod thread. The camera features a 2″ live-view touch display on the back, next to it are LEDs for recording & charging.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend - Body, Buttons & Ports

SJCAM SJ6 Legend – Body, Buttons & Ports

 

Functions & Settings

The following is a list of published features, I’ll update this article as soon as I have the chance to test it myself.
Loop recording:
You can change select the video length: 2 / 3 / 5 min. and the oldest files will be overwritten once the SD card is full. Select this mode if you use SJCAM SJ6 Legend as dashboard camera.
Photo Mode:
You can select Single Shot / Self-timer / Continuous Shooting.
Time-Lapse:
Following intervals are available to select: 1s / 2 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 sec. Video Time-lapse is available as well.
Burst Photo:
SJCAM SJ6 Legend can do 3 photos per second in full resolution.
Manual White Balance:
You can set White Balance to: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy/ Tungsten / Fluorescent.
Exposure:
You can also correct exposure: +-2.0 ~ +-0.3 EV.
ISO:
You can manually set: 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 ISO.
Language:
Following languages are available to select: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Simplied Chinese/Japanese/Traditional Chinese/ Russian/Korean/Polish/Czech/Slovak/Hungarian/Danish

 

Retailer / Price

 

Conclusion

The SJCAM SJ6 Legend seems to be the only HD camera (interpolated 4K camera) equipped with a touch screen. As stated above it can’t do real, native 4K videos, if you are looking for a native 4K camera, check out its brother, the SJCAM SJ7 Star. If you are fine with HD and want to save some money, this cam might be your choice. If you want to save some more money, take a look at the older SJCAM cameras M20 or SJ5000x elite. Another competitor for this camera might be the Git2, which also features a 16MP sensor (from Sony) but lacks a touch display like the other SJCAMs.

 

Demo Video

Here’s a comparison with Git2 from Marco (actioncamitalia.it).

 

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