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 10m. 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 Strike – Specs

According to the first image, that appeared online, not much info is available. It’s a teaser showing the silhouette of the new camera including some specs:

SJCAM SJ9 series: SJCAM SJ9 Strike Teaser with Specs (SJCAM SJ9 Max)

SJCAM SJ9 series: SJCAM SJ9 Strike Teaser with Specs

 

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

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 10m
  • Livestreaming to Facebook & Youtube straight from the camera

 

SJCAM SJ9 Max – Specs

It’s not clear right now which will be the top of the line product SJ9 Max or SJ9 Strike. So the Max could either be a downgraded version, comparable to SJ8 Plus, with the update of being waterproof or an even better one. But studying the specs above I don’t think there’s much space of better specs being available with todays tech.

 

Conclusion

This 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. 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: 159.99 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.

 

Source: Metropolitan Monkey (German)

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