SJCAM SJ8

SJCAM is getting ready to release their best action camera so far: SJCAM SJ8! It will feature native 4K with 60fps and image stabilisation, EIS, up to 4K and 30fps. SJCAM’s current top of the line product SJ7 Star can do 4K 30fps max, whereas image stabilisation is limited to 1080p and 60fps max. Most comparable cameras are YI 4K+ Action Camera with similar Specs and as GoPro Hero6 which is expected to be announced early September 2017.

SJCAM SJ8 - 4K 60fps - 2,33" Touch Screen

SJCAM SJ8 – 4K 60fps – 2,33″ Touch Screen

 

Image Sensor: 
SJCAM SJ8 will use the 12,35 MP Sony IMX377 sensor (1/2.3″ CMOS) known from YI 4K+ and YI 4K Action Camera. SJ7 Star offers the 12 MP Sony IMX117, known from GoPro Hero4.

Chipset:
Chipset will be an Ambarella H22, which is a little downer forme. YI 4K+ and – as rumoured – GoPro Hero6 feature the more powerful Ambarella H2 processor. Even though H2 allows 4K 120fps, YI 4K+ “only” offers 4K 60fps. H22 is stated with 4K 60fps, so I hope SJCAM SJ8 is not pushing the processor too much.

Ambarella Processor Family

Ambarella Processor Family

 

Frame Rates:

Besides the info on 4K 60fps no info on resolutions and frame rates is known so far. My guess, it’s similar to YI 4K+. With 4K+ also only 4K was pushed to 60fps whereas the other resolutions stayed the same compared to YI 4K Action Camera.

  • 4K (3840 x 2160) – 60 fps
  • 2.7 K – 60 fps
  • 1080p – 120 / 60 / 30 fps
  • 720p – 240 / 120 / 60 / 30 fps

Recording Format:
.mp4, h.264 codec – could be that the new processor also enables h.265 codec.

Image Stabilization:
One of the new features will be image stabilisation in 4K with 30fps, similar to YI 4K+. SJCAm Sj7 Star’s image stabilisation works up to 1080p with 60fps.

Photo Resolution:
Based on the 12 MP sensor, that will be the max. photo resolution which will be available as .jpg and RAW.

Connectivity & Ports:
Wifi (2.4 & 5 GHz) is built-in to connect with the app (iOS / Android)
SJCAM SJ8 also offers microHDMI port for HD video output,
as well as a USB-C port, similar to YI 4K+ and GoPro Hero5.
USB-C allows the use of an external microphone with adapter.

Display:
On the backside of SJCAM SJ8 you will find a large 2,33″ live-view Touch-display, which is larger than YI 4K (2,19″) and GoPro (2″)!
There will also be a 0.96″ front display to check the settings.

Battery:
There’s no info on battery so far, I do hope the capacity will be increased from SJ7 Star (1000 mAh) compared to YI 4K (1400 mAh) and GoPro Hero5 (1120 mAh).

Remote Control:
There’s also no info on that, but I hope SJCAM SJ8 will support the remote control introduced with SJ7.

SJCAM SJ7 Star - Remote Control

SJCAM SJ7 Star – Remote Control

 

Features

Now let’s take a look at the features:

  • EIS 4K 30fps – As already mentioned, image stabilisation will be available in 4K resolution with 30fps!
  • Voice Control – Similar to GoPro and YI 4K+, SJCAM SJ8 will also feature voice control – pretty convenient for selfies!
  • GPS recording – I really like to record GPS data, to display speed and roadmap within the recordings. One downer for SJCAM SJ8, you need an external device for recording, whereas GoPro has GPS built in. With Hero5 the data is recorded and you got the option to display it afterwards when using GoPro Studio.
  • Live Streaming – Similar to YI 4K you can live stream directly from the camera to Facebook.
  • Distortion Correction – If you don’t like the fisheye effect there will be a distortion correction. If that is done electronically I hope SJCAM provides a great firmware, when using EIS and distortion correction on YI, the image shows a jello effect.
SJCAM SJ8 - Specs & Features

SJCAM SJ8 – Specs & Features

 

Conclusion

Basically SJCAM SJ8 is not bringing any new features to the table, we’ve seen most of them in YI 4K+ already, and some already earlier with GoPro Hero5. Well the 2,33″ Touchscreen is the largest among comparable action cameras, that’s definitely a big plus. So I think the price of SJCAM SJ8 will be crucial, if they can sell it for under 300 USD, it will be a very interesting camera. YI 4K+ Action Camera, that is currently available for 319.99 USD (Coupon Code: MIYI4KP including the underwater case. GoPro Hero6 will launch soon with a similar spec upgrade. But both of them feature the more powerful (and more expensive) Ambarella H2 processor. These are just the first rumoured specs of the prototype, lets wait for the final production series – so stay tuned!

pictures found on posh gadgets

Comparison

Here’s a chart of Action Cameras so you can compare their specs:

 YI 4K+ Action CameraGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR-X3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaomi Mijia SJCAM SJ7 StarFirefly 8STHIeye T5
YI 4K PlusGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR X-3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaom-Mijia-Action-Camera-Symbolsj7-star-symbolFirefly 8Sthieye-t5e-symbol
Sensor12 MP Sony
IMX377
12 MP Sony
IMX ?
12 MP Sony
IMX317
12 MP Sony
IMX377
8 MP Sony
IMX317
12 MP Sony
IMX117
12 MP Sony
IMX 117
12 MP Sony
IMX 117
ProcessorAmbarella H2Ambarella A9BIONZ X image processorAmbarella A9Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12
LensF/2.8, 155° FOVF/2.8, 170° FOV f/2.8, f=17 mmF/2.8, 155° FOVF/2.8, 145° FOVF/2.5, 166° FOVF/2.8, 170° or
F/2.8, 90° version
F/2.5, 170° FOV
4K Resolutionmax. 60fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fps
Bitrate in 4K120 Mbps60 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps?70Mbps70Mbps
2.7K Resolutionmax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fps-
(2.5K in 30fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
1080p Resolutionmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 100fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fps
720p Resolutionmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 200fpsmax. 200fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fps
Photo Resolution12 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP12 MP12 MP
RAW photoyes
DNG Format
yes
GPR Format
noyes
DNG Format
yes
? Format
nonono
Display2,19″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreendata only2,19″ Touchscreen2,44″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreen2" live view2" live view
Battery (Capacity)1400 mAh1120 mAh1240 mAh1400 mAh1450 mAh1000 mAh1200 mAh1100 mAh
Image Stabilizationyes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 2.7K 60fps
yes (optical)
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 2.7K 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
Wifiyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Bluetoothyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Remote Controlleryes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extra
AppYi Action App
iOS, Android
GoPro App
iOS, Android
Action Cam App
iOS, Android
Yi Action App
iOS, Android
Xiaomi AppSJCAM Zone
iOS, Android
Firefly Cam
iOS, Android
Thieye HD
iOS, Android
StoragemicroSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 64GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)
USB PortUSB-C portUSB-C portmicro USB portmicro USB portmicro USB portmini USB portmini USB portmicro USB port
A/V Outputyesyesyesyes?yesyesyes
external Microphoneyes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
yes
via 3,5mm
nonoyes
via mini USB
yes
via mini USB
yes
via 2.5mm plug
HDMI Portnomicro HDMImicro HDMInonomicro HDMImicro HDMImicro HDMI
Voice Controlyesyesnomight be addednononono
Special FeatureFacebook Live BroadcastingGPS recordingGPS recordingFacebook Live BroadcastingAluminum Frame Body
Mounts1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
GoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
1/4" thread on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
GoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
Waterproof40m with case10m without case
60m with case
splash proof without case
60m with case
40m with casewith case30m with case30m with case30m with case
Included AccessoriesMany offers include caseFrameUnderwater Case--
kits will be available later
Case & MountsCase & MountsCase, 2nd battery
Best PriceAliexpress: 269.99 USD
incl. underwater case
Amazon: $399.00Amazon: $368.00Geekbuying: 179.99 USDGearbest: 106.24 USD
Coupon Code: GBCE
Gearbest:
156.99 USD
Coupon Code: ocuyhg
Gearbest: 96.99 USDGearbest: 115.99 USD
Coupon Code: thieyet5e
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