SJCAM SJ8 Series – introducing 4K EIS and 4K 60fps

SJCAM is about to release a new series of action cameras. SJCAM SJ8 series include 3 models: SJ8 Pro, SJ8 Plus and SJ8 Air. Pro and Plus will feature EIS with 4K resolution and therefore exceed the specs of SJ7 Star. While Sj8 Air seems to be some kind of entry level camera which doesn’t even match the specs of the released SJ6 Legend. Therefor I want to give an overview of the new lineup in contrast of the current SJCAM cameras as well as some competitors before going into detail about their features:

SJCAM SJ8 Series: SJ8 Pro - SJ8 Plus - SJ8 Air

SJCAM SJ8 Series: SJ8 Pro – SJ8 Plus – SJ8 Air

 

SJ8 Pro vs SJ8 Plus vs SJ8 Air Specs

Image Sensor:

  • SJCAM SJ8 Pro holds the 12 MP Sony IMX377 sensor (1/2.3″ CMOS) known from YI 4K+ Action Camera and YI 4K action camera.
  • SJCAM SJ8 Plus uses the 12 MP Sony IMX117 also known from SJ7 Star, Firefly 8S or GoPro Hero4.
  • SJCAM SJ8 Air holds a different brand sensor, the 14 MP Panasonic MN34112PA. That’s the same sensor used in SJ6 Air, while SJ6 Legend uses a 16 MP Panasonic sensor. This sensor benefits higher resolution photos, but is not capable of 4K resolution video.

Chipset:

  • SJCAM SJ8 Pro holds the new Ambarella H22 processor. This processor enables 4K 60fps but it is not Ambarella’s top of the line chipset, which is the H2, that is used in YI 4K+.
  • SJCAM SJ8 Plus uses a different brand, the Novatek 96683, that enables EIS in 4K resolution. And that’s the difference compared to SJ7 Star which uses the Ambarella A12 (but as mentioned the same sensor).
  • SJCAM SJ8 Air also uses a Novatek chipset, Novatek 96658, which is inferior to the one used in Plus and the one used in Sj6 Legend.

Frame Rates:

  • 4K Resolution – SJ8 Pro can do up to 60 fps, while SJ8 Plus can do 30 fps max. SJ8 Air won’t record 4K video, not even interpolated. SJ7 Star records up to 30fps in 4K while Sj6 Legend only does interpolated 4K at a max of 24fps.
    4K 60fps – The new SJ8 Pro is the new top of the line product offering 60fps in 4K, similar to YI 4K+ and GoPro Hero6.
  • 2.7K / 2.5K Resolution – the infos are quite different on that topic, so I have to do further investigation.
  • HD 1080p – The new SJ8 Pro, same as SJ8 Plus and SJ7 Star can do up to 120fps in 1080p that’s similar to YI 4K+. The only cam I’m aware of that can do better is GoPro Hero6 with an amazing 240fps in 1080p. SJ8 Air can only do 30fps, which is quit disappointing, even SJ6 Legend can do 60fps.
  • HD 720p – While SJ7 Star can only do 200 fps in 720p, the new SJ8 Pro as well as SJ8 Plus can do 240fps – a multiple of 30fps. For Sj8 Air also in 720p resolution only 30fps are stated!

Image Stabilization:
Both SJ8 Pro and SJ8 Plus will offer EIS in 4K resolution at a max. of 30fps. With SJ7 Star the limit was 1080p resolution and 60fps.

Recording Format:
In general the format is .mp4; SJ8 Pro and SJ8 Plus will offer a new codec: .h265! As for all others the codec is .h264.

Photo Resolution:
Native photo is linked to the effective pixel size of the sensor, therefor SJ8 Pro & Plus, same as SJ7 Star offer 12 MP sized photos. SJ8 Air tops them in that category due to its 14 MP sensor.

Connectivity & Ports:
All new SJ8 Series cameras offer a USB-C port, compared to the mini USB port used in SJ7 Star & SJ6 Legend. In general USB-C is capable of video output and microphone input, but I’m currently not aware which options on which camera will be available.
All SJ8 Series cameras as well as SJ7 and SJ6 offer wifi and bluetooth connection and can be remote controlled via phone or remote controller.
Also all of the mentioned cameras feature a microSD port for cards up to 128 GB storage. Be careful which card you choose, for 4K video U3 cards are needed, if you plan to record 60fps, choose a very fast card.

Display:
The backside touch display will be larger on all SJ8 series camera as they will feature a 2,33″ display. That’s even larger than  YI 4K+ (2,19″) and GoPro Hero6 (2″)! Sj7 and Sj6 also offered a 2″ touch display.
Only SJ8 Pro and Sj8 Plus also feature a 0.96″ front display to check the settings, similar to SJ6 Legend.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro & SJ8 Plus - 2,33" Touchdisplay & 0,96" Front Display

SJCAM SJ8 Pro & SJ8 Plus – 2,33″ Touchdisplay & 0,96″ Front Display

 

Battery:
Another item all SJ8 series cameras have in common, a removable 1200 mAh battery, so battery capacity will be increased from SJ7 Star (1000 mAh) but still be a bit lower compared to YI 4K+ (1400 mAh) and similar compared to GoPro Hero6 (1120 mAh).

Accessories:
All SJ8 series cameras will be available in 2 version: Small Box (only including camera, charging cable & manual) and Full Box  including a full set of accessories known from the SJ7 or SJ6 Set, including: Waterproof Housing, Quick Release Buckle, Handlebar Mount, Curved Adhesive Mount, Flat Adhesive Mount, 3M Adhesive Tape, Universal 1/4″ Camera Tripod Mount, Tripod Mount Adapter, Cleaning Cloth& USB-C cable. The full box is 20 USD extra.

Within the underwater case the camera is 30m waterproof.

SJCAM SJ8 Series - Full Box Accessories

SJCAM SJ8 Series – Full Box Accessories

 

Features summarised:

Now let’s take a look at the features for SJCAM action cameras.

  • 4K 60fps – SJCAM’s new top model will feature this setting to be on level playing field with YI 4K+ and GoPro Hero6. (SJ8 Pro only)
  • EIS 4K 30fps – Image Stabilization is available in the highest resolution, similar to YI 4K+ and Hero6 (SJ8 Pro & SJ8 Plus)
  • USB-C – all SJ8 series cameras feature USB-C for faster data transfer and hopefully mic-in option.

What’s unclear so far:

The following features were mentioned at a very early stage, not sure if they still be implemented.

  • Voice Control – pretty convenient for selfies, is implemented with YI 4K / YI 4K+ and GoPro Hero5 / Hero6
  • GPS recording – I really like to record GPS data, to display speed and roadmap within the recordings. It was mentioned that SJCAM SJ8 will need an external device for recording GPS data, whereas GoPro has GPS built in.
  • Live Streaming – Similar to YI 4K you can live stream directly from the camera to Facebook, might come to SJCAM SJ8.

 

Check out our Facebook Group for the latest updates!

 

Retailer / Price

Listed below are Full Box prices. The lowest price to get a SJ8 series camera is SJ8 Air (camera only) for 89 USD!

SJ8 Series Pro

SJ8 Series Plus

SJ8 Series Air

 

Comparison

In my written list of specs I tried to put the new SJ8 series cameras a bit in contrast to their competition. If that was too confusing for you, here’s a comparison chart of the new SJ8 series cameras and SJ7 Star as well as Sj6 Legend.

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
IMX177 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
2K
max. 60 fps
2K
max. 60 fps
2K
max. 60 fps
2K
max. 30 fps
2K
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
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 4K 30fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 4K 30fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 1080p 60fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 1080p 30fps
Image Stabilization: yes
up to 1080p 60fps
Format: .mp4 /
.h264 & .h265
Format: .mp4 /
.h264 & .h265
Format: .mp4 /
.h264
Format: .mp4 /
.h264
Format: .mp4 / .mov
.h264
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:
most likely, not confirmed
external microphone:
most likely, not confirmed
external microphone:
yes
external microphone:
most likely, not confirmed
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:Retailer/Price:Retailer/Price:Retailer/Price:Retailer/Price:
SJCAM:
269.00 USD
SJCAM:
199.00 USD
SJCAM:
199.00 USD
SJCAM:
109.00 USD
SJCAM:
159.00 USD
Banggood:
236.99 USD
Banggood:
183.99 USD
Banggood:
149.99 USD
Banggood:
95.99 USD
Banggood:
135.99 USD
Gearbest:
289.99 USD
Gearbest:
179.99 USD
Gearbest:
184.99 USD
Gearbest:
99.99 USD
Gearbest:
131.99 USD
Aliexpress:
269.00 USD
Aliexpress:
199.00 USD
Aliexpress:
199.00 USD
Aliexpress:
109.00 USD
Aliexpress:
159.00 USD
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