SJCAM just released a new camera, the SJ4000+ or SJ4000 plus. I want to give a short overview and compare it with the SJ5000+.
As this question often arises: the official SJCAM models are: SJ4000, SJ4000+ SJ5000 and SJ5000+. The 4000 & 5000 model are offered with and without wifi; the plus models come with wifi.
There are SJ6000 or even SJ7000 models available for sale, but are not from SJCAM!
The SJ4000+ comes with a 4MP OmnisVision OV4689 sensor,
that is a larger one compared to the 3MP Aptina 0330 used in the SJ4000, but smaller than the 16MP Panasonic sensor used in the SJ5000+.
A Novatek 96660 chip is used which is from the same brand as the SJ4000 chip (a Novatek NTK96655).
The SJ5000+ uses an Ambarella A7LS chip, same one used in the Xiaomi Yi.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get all data for the SJ4000+. For the SJ4000+ and SJ5000+ 170° are stated, the SJ5000+ lens has a f2,8 aperture, which I expect to be the same for the SJ4000+. Focus range is 12cm to infinite.
- 2K – max. 30fps
- 1080p – max. 60fps
- 720p – max. 120fps
Now that’s very surprising as the SJ5000+ can do 1080p 60fps max. Frame rates and resolutions are same as for the Xiaomi Yi.
The videos are recorded in .mp4 files with .h264 codec.
Photo Resolution & Format:
max. 12MP (4032 x 3024 px); .jpg
Both cameras (Sj4000+ & SJ5000+) offer a 1,5″ TFT display. But I couldn’t find out if the share the same resolution. The SJ5000+ offers 960×240 dots.
The SJ4000+ uses the same battery as the other models by SJCAM with a capacity of 900 mAh, which is quite low compared to the Xiaomi Yi (1040 mAh) and the GoPro Hero 4 (1160 mAh), considering the power consumption for the display.
A microsSD card is used and up to 32GB are supported.
Connectivity & Ports:
The camera offers wifi for wireless remote, a USB 2.0 port for charging and A/V output and a HDMI port for HD video output.
The SJ4000+ was updated and now offers built-in gyro, same as the SJ5000X Elite
Dimension & Weight:
59 x 41 x 30 mm; 63g
So it is the same size as the other SJCAM models.
As for all SJCAM models they come with a huge accessory pack including: several base plates, bike mount, underwater case, clips, helmet mount and many more; basically all you need for an action camera.
- SJCAM: 139.00 USD
- Banggood: 139.99 USD
- Gearbest: 114.99 USD (promo code: SJ4PLUS)
- Geekbuying: 115.29 USD
- Aliexpress: 129.27 USD (3rd party retailer)
That’s about 20 USD less than the SJ5000+ model (Banggood: 159 USD)
It seems like the only differences between the SJ4000+ and the SJ5000+ are the sensor and the chipset. Surprisingly the Sj4000+ offers a resolution up to 2K which might be available for the SJ5000+ with a newer firmware.
This results in a lower price for the SJ4000+, so if you want to save some $ that might be the right camera for you.
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