The new SJCAM SJ7 Star will be released alongside with SJ6 Legend:

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, SJ6 Legend is recording interpolated 4K. This is SJCAM’s first native 4K action camera. Additionally the body of SJ7 is made of metal, whereas SJ6’s boy is made of plastic. Both cameras feature a 2″ live-view touch display on their backside and can be hooked up with an external microphone. Below you can find a comparison of the latest SJCAM models, followed by the SJCAM SJ7 Star Specs. If you are looking for SJ6 legend information, take a look at my other article:

 SJ6 Legend Review

 

Comparison

Here’s a comparison of the latest SJCAM cameras: SJ6 Legend, SJ7 Star, M20 & SJ5000x elite:

SJCAM SJ7 Star - SJ6 Legend - M20 - SJ5000x elite

SJCAM SJ7 Star – SJ6 Legend – M20 – SJ5000x elite

Coupon Codes:

SJ7 Star:

Price has gone to 199 USD on all retailer sites and there are currently no coupon codes available.

SJ6 Legend:

Price has gone to 159 USD on all retailer sites and there are currently no coupon codes available.

M20:

SJ5000x Elite:

 

SJCAM SJ7 Star

SJCAM SJ7 Star - native 4K resolution!

SJCAM SJ7 Star – native 4K resolution!

 

Image Sensor: 
SJCAM SJ7 Star uses a 12 MP Sony Sensor (IMX117), the same sensor used in GoPro Hero 4 black. The alongside launched SJ6 Legend features a 16 MP Panasonic sensor, but is not capable of native 4K recording. The Sony IMX117 sensor is also used in the native 4K Andoer C5 camera.

Chipset:
Chipset will be an Ambarella A12, which can be found other cameras, such as EKEN H8 Pro &  Andoer C5.

Frame Rates:

  • 4K (3840 x 2160) – 30 fps – native!
  • 2K (2560 x 1440) – 60 fps
  • 1080p (1920 x 1080) – 120 / 60 / 30 fps
  • 720p (1280 x 720) – 200 /120 / 60 / 30 fps

Interestingly it doesn’t offer 120fps in 1080p. Maybe just a typo in the early specs I got.

Recording Format:
.mp4 container; h.264 codec

Image Stabilization:
SJCAM SJ7 star is equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)!

Photo Resolution:
You can choose: 16M/14M/12M/ 8.3 M/5M/3M
12 MP is the sensor size, so all resolutions above will be interpolated. 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 SJ7 Star 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!
Hopefully it will also feature a 1/4″ tripod thread on the bottom like SJ6, but I didn’t found pictures.

Storage:
SJCAM SJ7 Star supports microSD cards up to 32GB, selected microSD cards also up to 64 GB. Class 10 (U1) is recommended, U3 for 4K recording.

Display:
On the backside of SJCAM SJ7 Star you will find a large 2″ live-view touch LCD display (240 x 320)!

SJCAM SJ7 Star - 2" touch TFT display

SJCAM SJ7 Star – 2″ touch TFT display

 

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 SJ7 Star, currently I’m not sure if it is the same Bluetooth remote as for SJCAM M20. It looks like the M20 remote:

SJCAM SJ7 Star - Remote Control

SJCAM SJ7 Star – Remote Control

 

Dimensions:
Size: 58 x 41 x 20.5mm – which is a little smaller than the SJ6.

 

Body Buttons & Ports

SJCAM SJ7 Star - Buttons & Ports

SJCAM SJ7 Star – Buttons & Ports

 

Similar to the SJ6 the SJCAM SJ7 Star also has three buttons, but in contrast on different positions. Maybe this is due to the aluminum body of SJ7 Star, whereas SJ6 Legend has a plastic body. Power & Setup buttons are located on the front side of SJ7, in contrast they are on the side of SJ6. On top of the camera there is a record/shutter button. On the side there are ports for micro USB, micro HDMI & microSD card slot. In contrast to SJ6 the SJCAM SJ7 Star doesn’t feature a front data display, but it’s body is made of metal. Both cameras feature a 2″ live view touch display on the backside.

 

Functions & Settings

SJCAM SJ7 Star - Image Stabilization

SJCAM SJ7 Star – Image Stabilization

 

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 SJ7 Star 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 / 20 / 30 / 60 sec. Video Time-lapse is available as well.

Burst Photo:
SJCAM SJ7 Star can do 3 photos per second in full resolution.

Manual White Balance:
You can set White Balance to: Auto / Incandescent / D4000 / D5000 / Daylight / Cloudy / D9000 / D10000 / Flash / Fluorescent / Water / Outdoor.

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/Romanian/Polish/Czech/Slovak/Hungarian/Danish.

 

Retailer / Price

  • SJCAM: 199.00 USD
  • Camfere: 177.11 USD – Coupon Code: SJ7CAMFERE
  • Banggood: 159.20 USD – Coupon Code: 20%SJ6SJ7
  • Gearbest: 177.11 USD – Coupon Code: gbconsumer11
  • Geekbuying: n/a
  • Aliexpress: n/a
  • Amazon: n/a

 

Conclusion

Great to see SJCAM offering the first native 4K Action Camera! Who’s the competition? Obviously the YI 4K Action Camera; same as SJ7 Star it offers native 4K recording & a touch display. So does the new GoPro Hero 5 black, which additionally is waterproof without case for 10m. Additional competitors might be EKEN H8 Pro, which offers native 4K video recording, hence only a live view display, not touch and no image stabilization; same as the new Andoer C5. Both have less features, but a way lower price tag.

Here’s my article where you can compare SJCAM SJ7 Specs with YI 4K & GoPro Hero 5 black: best 4K Action Cam 2016

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