SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The notorious Action-CAM manufacturer SJCAM has a new product in the program with the SJCAM SJ8 Pro in our review.

Since the SJ4000, we are a big fan of the series and the manufacturer makes excellent videos and pictures as usual at a reasonable price. With the SJ8 Pro, in addition to image stabilization, it is now possible for the first time to record 4K recordings with 60FPS.

Original SJCAM SJ8 Pro Dual Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera

Price: $269.00

2.33-inch IPS with touchscreen and 0.96-inch front screen, 4K @60fps/ 1080p @120fps, Battery: 1200mAh, Ambarella H22 and SONY IMX377

Original SJCAM SJ8 Pro Dual Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera

Price: $269.00

2.33-inch IPS with touchscreen and 0.96-inch front screen, 4K @60fps/ 1080p @120fps, Battery: 1200mAh, Ambarella H22 and SONY IMX377

This is not interpolated here but the sensor of the SJCAM SJ8 Pro is natively 4K capable. The test also shows that the manufacturer has made a few setbacks. Whether it still enough for a recommendation, you will learn in this report! First, let’s see the main specifications of SJCAM SJ8 Pro.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Specifications

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Specs
Chipset: Ambarella H22
Main Screen: 2.33 inch IPS Touchscreen
Front screen:0.96-inch
Sensor: SONY IMX377
Max Video resolusion:4K at 60FPS
Photo resolusion: 12MP
Protection: IP68
Connection: WiFi 2.4/5.8GHz
Battery: 1200mAh
Stabilisator: Gyro Stabilisator (EIS)
Price: $270

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Unboxing

Compared to the predecessor of the SJ8 Pro, at least with respect to the supplied accessories, nothing has changed.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

However, the camera is now made of metal and the dimensions have changed again. The SJ7’s standard mount and water jacket will not fit the SJ8 Pro.

The Action camera comes with a waterproof case up to 30m. Furthermore, there is a bicycle/rod attachment and an adapter for a conventional tripod included.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

Unfortunately, there is no tripod socket on the camera anymore. Furthermore, there are also 2 brackets for the SJ8 Pro with the adhesive surface, e.g. for the car or the computer screen, with it.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

Of course, a micro-USB cable is also included in the package. The accessories make a high-quality impression throughout and can be cleverly combined.

 SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Design and Appearance

The adjectives compact and easy fit in the SJCAM SJ8 Pro in our analisis like a poke on the eye. Weight has 85g and dimensions with 6.25 x 4.10 x 2.88 cm.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The black aluminum case gives an extremely high-quality impression that you will not know from any other action camera. The color options refer to the case only on the front and you have the choice between black, white and rose gold.

Absolutely contemporary is the huge 2.33-inch touchscreen on the back and 0.96-inch front screen, on which all settings can be made directly on the camera.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The displays can even be read without problems even outdoors, which is rarely the case with low-priced action cams.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

Despite the touchscreen, there are also 3 normal buttons to control the camera independently of the touchscreen.

On the front, there is the power button and setting button, in between are 2 status LEDs. (One to show if recorded and one extra for the WIFI).

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The recording button on the top again has its own status LED, which pulses when a recording is in progress.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

It is also possible to select the English language. The available buttons are ergonomically arranged and provide a decent feedback when pressed.

The touchscreen makes it much easier to use, although it does not work as smoothly as on a Xiaomi Yi 2.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The battery is located at the bottom under a plastic flap, has 1200mAh and is changeable. A loudspeaker is installed at the top under a grid and probably also the microphone is located here.

On the left side, there is a micro HDMI port, the USB Type-C port and the micro SD card slot (the  SJCAM SJ8 Pro Action camera accepts Fat32 formatted micro SD cards up to 128GB).

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The entire camera is high-quality processed, you will find no gaps or sharp edges. The case looks stable and very high quality.

The modern USB-TYPE-C would have been better seeming to be using the external microphone.

 SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Videos and pictures

The  SJCAM SJ8 Pro in the test uses an Ambarella H22 camera processor paired with a SONY IMX377 sensor.

Video recordings are possible in the following resolutions:
  • 4K – 60fps (native)
  • 2K – 60fps
  • 1080P – 120fps
  • 1080P – 30fps
  • 720P – 240fps
  • 720P – 60fps
  • 720P – 30fps
Images as follows:
  • 12MP – 4032×3024
  • 10MP – 3648×2736
  • 8MP – 3264x 2448
  • 5MP – 2592x 1944
  • 3MP – 2048×1536
  • 2MP – HD 1920×1080
  • VGA – 640×480
  • 1.3MP – 1280×960

It is worth noting first that the gyro stabilization works well, but can only be used up to 1080p at a maximum of 60FPS.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The stabilization makes a big difference when it is activated but is not on the level of Yi 2. Under FOV (Field of View) you can restrict the field of view with the settings “WIDE”, “MEDIUM” and “NARROW” and thus the Remove action cam usual fisheye effect. But you also lose visible content.

The SJCAM records videos in native 4K resolution with a maximum of 60FPS. The wide-angle lens provides a 166° shooting angle.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

With 1080p (FHD) also 120FPS and with 720P (HD) also 240FPS are possible. This is especially important for subsequent slow-motion processing.

A slow-motion mode with only moderate results is also available, but there is an exceptionally well-functioning time-lapse mode.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

There is also a permanent recording or a 1,2,3 and 5 minutes interval. The SJCAM SJ8 Pro is able to produce very sharp and detailed videos.

In particular, the native 4K recordings can outdo the quality of the SJ7 by far. Backlit, the Action Camera gets along well and adjusts the picture quickly.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

The colors of SJCAM SJ8 Pro in our review are not too gaudy but simply strong and natural. When retouching revealed an extreme difference between 4K and 1080p recordings.

The 4K recordings are pleasantly bright and, despite the few details, still, convince to a certain extent.

At 1080p, however, the pictures are far too dark. The action cam shoots excellent pictures with many details, good sharpness and is even in low light conditions, the pictures are still usable.

The colors are crisp and faithful, as well as the videos. An interval function is available which automatically activates the shutter button every 3, 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds.

There is also a self-timer and burst mode (up to 10 frames per second) available.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Software and Features

The SJCAM SJ8 Pro features a 2.33-inch display for optimal operation. The system is completely available in English.

The translations into English are sometimes a bit bumpy, so in the app, for example, instead of OFF / ON -> OFF / UP.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

You can record videos and pictures and play them on the screen right away. Also, the Actioncam has a WIFI (WLAN) function, which allows the connection to the smartphone or tablet.

The app is now called “SJCAM Zone” and is available for free in the Play store and also in the Apple App Store.

With the app, the images of the camera can be controlled remotely and the videos are transmitted directly from the camera to the phone.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

Also, you can view the entire settings menu Action Camera on the smartphone and operate. The app is constantly updated and the functionality expanded, but it does not work properly.

So it came with me to frequent crashes during the test phase, where you do not actually need the app and everything essential on the camera can be set directly.

Speaker and microphone are also installed. The quality of the microphone has been increased compared to the SJ8 Pro and can score at least in a quiet environment with usable sound.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

An external microphone, however, increases the quality noticeably. The SJCAM SJ8 Pro in the analisis can be charged via the USB Type C port and connected to the PC.

When connecting, it is possible to access the micro-SD, to load the camera or to select “power supply”.

The SJCAM SJ8 Pro can be easily used as a dash camera, as charging and simultaneous recording is not a problem.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Battery

The 1200mAh strong battery is sufficient in 4K operation just under an hour. After 1 hour and 30 minutes on average, the lights go off at FHD extinction.

There is no big difference to other action cameras, only current GOPROS and of course, the Xiaomi Yi 2 get more battery life out.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

For already $5-7 you get additional batteries and can easily multiply the runtime. Until the battery is fully charged, pass 1.5 hours.

When charging, you should make sure that the camera is not turned on, otherwise, the process takes longer and the cam is unpleasantly hot.

In normal operation, the camera can also heat up quite nicely. But the heat never caused problems when recording.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Conclusions and Reviews

Short to the manufacturer SJCAM: The company cares not only about its cameras but also about their users. There are regular and useful updates and in the forum, questions are answered by the manufacturer.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

For the partially nameless mass of China action cams, you can not say that for most. Whether you have become a victim of a fake, you can also find out on the manufacturer’s website.

All our SJCAMs are still running smoothly (SJCAM SJ4000, SJ5000, SJ5000X, SJ6). In terms of video and photo quality, the SJCAM SJ8 Pro in our review is the best camera is backtracking in peculiar places.

The SJCAM SJ8 Pro gets a bit warm in continuous operation and the battery life is just average at just over an hour and not on GoPro 5 or Yi2 level.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018

For $200, however, the SJ8 Pro offers exactly what one would expect of an action camera; well-balanced in color, sharp, rich in detail and up to 4K at 60FPS also stable shots.

With the extensive accessories and the large range of functions, every action beginner will be happy with the SJ8 Pro.

SJCAM SJ8 Pro: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Now you can already buy a camera SJCAM SJ8 Pro at a good and low price for only $269.00. This is a truly worthwhile camera that will provide you with the quality video for your active lifestyle in 2018.

Original SJCAM SJ8 Pro Dual Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera

Price: $269.00

2.33-inch IPS with touchscreen and 0.96-inch front screen, 4K @60fps/ 1080p @120fps, Battery: 1200mAh, Ambarella H22 and SONY IMX377

Original SJCAM SJ8 Pro Dual Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera

Price: $269.00

2.33-inch IPS with touchscreen and 0.96-inch front screen, 4K @60fps/ 1080p @120fps, Battery: 1200mAh, Ambarella H22 and SONY IMX377

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SJCAM SJ8 Pro Review: How about 4k and 60fps on Action Camera 2018 was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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