Unboxing the SJCAM SJ5000 Action Camera


sjcam sj5000 action camera

With Summer right around the corner we want to be out in the wilds as much as you and to document what we get up to we will be using Chinese cameras like the SJCAM SJ5000. Watch our unboxing below.

Last week it was the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera that we wre focusing on (full review very soon), so what better time to bring in a camera from a more established action camera maker to compare? For this we needed a device already on the market that has amassed a great following, so of course our choice was an SJCAM.

sjcam sj5000 action camera

I opted for the SJCAM 5000 as at the time of writing Coolicool didn’t have a more up to date version, but rest assured I’ll also get an SJ6000 to test soon also. The SJ5000 really is a remarkable piece of kit, not only does it pack in some high-end features at a low-price, but the number of accessories the camera ships with is just insane! I counted 14 packets and accessories in the box of my SJCAM SJ5000, if you were to buy a GoPro and buy this many additional mounts separately you could easily spend another $150+, and what’s even better is the mounts in the SJ5000 are compatible with GoPro mounts.

sjcam sj5000 action camera

Unlike the Xiaomi Yi the SJ5000 also ships with a protective case which really is a must for extreme sports and keeping the lens protected from stones, knocks and scrapes. The case also means you can use the camera in the rain and even underwater.

Specifications for the SJCAM SJ5000 include a 14 mega-pixel sensor, 2-inch LCD display for previewing video and setting up the camera angle, 1080p video recording, WIFI, 170 degree wide-angle lens, 900mAh battery and a claimed 90min battery life.  Dimensions for the camera unit (without case) are 61 x 42.4 x 25mm at a weight of 74g (with the battery).

SJCAM SJ5000 Unboxing

As with the Xiaomi Yi Action camera I plan to take the SJ5000 out while mounting biking this week and capture some footage. Luckily (I think) the weather is a little wet so I can test the waterproof capabilities of the case too.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the SJCAM SJ5000 mini review and full reviews coming very soon. Thanks to Coolicool for the review sample.

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37 Comments

  1. Atef Elkhesion
    March 18, 2015

    Good job as always Andi I need this comparison long time ago especially after xiaomi yi cam released , and I think even if the yi cam is slightly better lens the sjcam is very very good value For money hope it’s not just gimmick .

    • March 19, 2015

      Yeah value alone is amazing on the SJCAM. I plan to take it out today and see if I can get some footage 😀

  2. Shashank
    March 18, 2015

    How much for the price ?

  3. Atef Elkhesion
    March 18, 2015

    Good job as always Andi I need this comparison long time ago especially after xiaomi yi cam released , and I think even if the yi cam is slightly better lens the sjcam is very very good value For money hope it’s not just gimmick .

    • Andi Sykes
      March 19, 2015

      Yeah value alone is amazing on the SJCAM. I plan to take it out today and see if I can get some footage 😀

  4. Freeje
    March 18, 2015

    The SJ6000 is available online (in China) for about $84. Includes all accessories.

    • Creazydea
      March 18, 2015

      Definitely this SJ6000 is a fake one.

      • mike98sk
        March 19, 2015

        I think the SJ6000 is just a misuse of the SJ4000/5000 name. The best version so far (at least regarding specs) ist the SJ5000+

        • Freeje
          March 19, 2015

          You might be right. Bought an extra battery and it says it’s for both the SJ5000 and SJ6000. Got it all for $80. Won’t know the difference till I get it early next week.

    • AHappyKoalaBear
      March 20, 2015

      sjcam.com here you can find the only real ones

  5. Shashank
    March 18, 2015

    How much for the price ?

  6. Guest
    March 19, 2015

    The SJ6000 is available online (in China) for about $84. Includes all accessories.

    • Creazydea
      March 19, 2015

      Definitely this SJ6000 is a fake one.

    • Guest
      March 19, 2015

      I think the SJ6000 is just a misuse of the SJ4000/5000 name. The best version so far (at least regarding specs) ist the SJ5000+

    • Guest
      March 20, 2015

      You might be right. Bought an extra battery and it says it’s for both the SJ5000 and SJ6000. Got it all for $80. Won’t know the difference till I get it early next week.

    • AHappyKoalaBear
      March 20, 2015

      sjcam.com here you can find the only real ones

  7. Anthony
    March 19, 2015

    keep in mind there are a tonne of variants of the SJCAM SJ5000 – the top end version is the SJ5000+ which contains the ambarella chipset (different to the one in this article).

  8. Guest
    March 19, 2015

    keep in mind there are a tonne of variants of the SJCAM SJ5000 – the top end version is the SJ5000+ which contains the ambarella chipset (different to the one in this article).

  9. sj5kuser
    March 19, 2015

    ive got an sj5000 and it works well. what i noticed was when shooting at higher picture resolutions, the inner circle of the waterproof case gets in the way. You’ll notice a black border on the right upper and lower sides.

  10. Guest
    March 20, 2015

    ive got an sj5000 and it works well. what i noticed was when shooting at higher picture resolutions, the inner circle of the waterproof case gets in the way. You’ll notice a black border on the right upper and lower sides.

  11. Guest
    March 27, 2015

    I’m excited about the comparison to the Xiaomi Yi: http://bit.ly/1M0F7iG
    Price seems to be a bit lower than the SJ5000+

  12. carol
    March 30, 2015

    I agree that , i also like xiaomi yi , the price is low , and the feacture meet my needs.i buy one on this shop.http://flosmall.com/accessories/xiaomi-ants-sports-camera-travel-version-green-detail

  13. carol
    March 30, 2015
    • Guest
      March 30, 2015

      It’s a lot more expensive there. The Basic Set can be found here: http://bit.ly/1M0F7iG at 92 USD / 87 EUR using the promo code “xiaoyi”

  14. Guest
    March 30, 2015

    Banggood has the cam on sale for the next 5 days for 87 EUR! (cheaper than I bought some days ago): http://bit.ly/1M0F7iG

  15. Guest
    March 30, 2015

    Banggood has the cam on sale for the next 5 days for 87 EUR! (cheaper than I bought some days ago): http://bit.ly/1M0F7iG

  16. Daniel
    April 15, 2015

    Will you make a full review of the SJ5000, Andi?

  17. Daniel
    April 15, 2015

    Will you make a full review of the SJ5000, Andi?

  18. cambuyer
    April 27, 2015

    Hello friends i want to buy my first action cam i cant decide btw the sjcam5000+ and the xiaomi yi can somebody help me please im searching hours for reviews and stuff like that but cant find something usefull so i need some expert opinions 🙂 thanks guys

  19. Guest
    April 27, 2015

    Hello friends i want to buy my first action cam i cant decide btw the sjcam5000+ and the xiaomi yi can somebody help me please im searching hours for reviews and stuff like that but cant find something usefull so i need some expert opinions 🙂 thanks guys

  20. Domains Admins
    May 26, 2015

    underwater case takes water in the first use. contacted to the company and they said they had nothing to do about it. a product is being sold with its underwater case out of the box but it is useless even after first use. do not waste your money. never recommending to anyone.

  21. Domains Admins
    May 26, 2015

    underwater case takes water in the first use. contacted to the company and they said they had nothing to do about it. a product is being sold with its underwater case out of the box but it is useless even after first use. do not waste your money. never recommending to anyone.

  22. Jaco Rossouw
    September 9, 2015

    Full review?

  23. Jaco Rossouw
    September 9, 2015

    Full review?