Soon SJCAM will release a new a new series of action cameras! Again? Yes, SJCAM SJ8 series isn’t old yet, they were released mid 2018. Recently they announced the SJCAM ION series, which is supposed for offline sales only. But the new SJCAM SJ9 series, consisting of SJCAM SJ9 Strike and SJCAM SJ9 Max, is really big news. They will offer a feature that was an almost exclusive feature to GoPro cameras. SJCAM SJ9 series will be waterproof without case up to 5m. I don’t really like the term “GoPro Killer” but the SJ9 series seems to be the first action camera, in a long time, to tackle GoPro’s dominance as action camera manufacturer. Let’s take a look at the specs:

SJCAM SJ9 series: SJ9 Strike & SJ9 Max

SJCAM SJ9 series: SJ9 Strike & SJ9 Max

 

SJCAM SJ9 Strike – Specs

SJCAM first published a teaser photo on Facebook showing the silhouette of the new camera and revealing the first specs of the new SJ9 series:

SJCAM SJ9 Series (SJ9 Strike, SJ9 Max) - first specs revealed!

SJCAM SJ9 Series – first specs revealed!

 

What we know so far in a nutshell:

  • Max. Resolution & Frame Rate: 4K/60fps
  • Processor: Ambarella H22
  • Image Sensor: SONY IMX 377
  • Display: 2.33″ Touchscreen
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) with 6-axis gyro sensor
  • USB Type-C (USB-C) port

The specs sound familiar, in fact they are the same as for SJCAM SJ8 Pro. But the highlights and news are:

Waterproof without case up to 5m

The new SJ9 series will be the first SJCAM to be waterproof without additional housing for up to 5m. There will be a case if you want to go scuba diving.

 

SJCAM SJ9 Strike - Waterproof without case up to 8m

SJCAM SJ9 Strike – Waterproof without case up to 5m

 

Larger capacity battery & wireless charging

A new feature for SJCAM SJ9 Strike was just announced by SJCAM. The new camera will feature a larger capacity battery. If I read it correctly that’s 1300 mAh capacity compared to the 1200 mAh battery that came with SJCAM SJ8 series. It looks like the form factor changed a bit. Even bigger news: the new camera will feature wireless charging!

SJCAM SJ9 Strike will feature wireless charging and an exchangeable battery

SJCAM SJ9 Strike will feature wireless charging and an exchangeable battery

 

SuperSmooth video stabilization

The 6-axis gyro supported video stabilization will be even better than the one on SJ8 Pro (which is pretty good as well). Let’s see how good it will perform comparing to GoPro Hero7 black’s Hypersmooth stabilization.

 

Livestreaming to Facebook & Youtube straight from the camera

Similar to GoPro Hero7 black and YI 4K & YI 4K+ the new SJCAM SJ9 Strike will feature live streaming straight from the camera.

 

Conclusion

It seems the new SJCAM SJ9 Strike doesn’t offer new internal hardware specs and is comparable with SJCAM SJ8 Pro. But there is one new feature that is important for an action camera: Being waterproof without case. GoPro first offered this feature with its Hero5 black. Back then I extensively compared it to YI 4K with similar specs, but without the waterproof feature, during my trip to Iceland. I was surprised how important and convenient that is for an action camera. Not only in wet situations, also in dirty and dusty surrounding when mounted on cars or motorcycles.
SJCAM is improving the firmware as well. One new feature: Live-streaming, seems to be included. But I do hope that there will be improvements to image stabilisation as well. SJCAM SJ8 Pro showed great results, let’s see how SJ9 will compare to GoPero Hero7 black’s “HyperSmooth” stabilization.

 

SJCAM SJ9 Max – Specs

With the first image of SJ9 Max it seems that it is a downgraded version, maybe comparable to SJ8 Plus. The only hint for that is the fact that Max doesn’t show a front screen. Another hint is that currently SJ9 Strike is the one beeing promoted and images being released.

 

Conclusion

This camera could be a game changer. There are so many “action cameras” out there but still no manufacturer tackled GoPro’s USP, being waterproof without case, with a significant lower price. So this could be an interesting competitor to GoPro Hero7 black if the price is right. I can’t wait to get my hands on it to test it! Stay tuned as more infos will follow!

An indicator of a new cam being released could be the current price drop for the existing SJ8 Pro: 174.99 USD – Full Box – Considering the release price was 249 EUR (and I expect the new SJ9 to be released within the same range) this is a great deal.

 

 Find the latest news on the SJCAM User Group on Facebook!

 

If you ask yourself if an action camera is the right type of action camera for you, check out my latest article where I compare different types of small cameras for travel and vlog!

 

Video

You probably have seen a video on my YouTube Channel. Of course I’ll do a comparison video once I receive SJCAM SJ9 Strike, but I want to know from you what you want to see being tested? Am I missing something in my video reviews? Which cameras should I compare SJ9 Strike to? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

GoPro Hero7 black vs SJCAM SJ9 Strike – Specs

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