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You get what you pay for -- this falls short
on October 8, 2016
I wish I could say I loved this, but it fell a bit short of the mark. Image quality is alright, but it often seems grainier/noisier than what you might get out of a GoPro brand. The wifi worked fine, though sometimes there is a significant lag between the actual footage and what you see on your phone. The app could use some redesigning, as it looks incredibly outdated. The import-to-phone feature of the app is useful, but it would be nice if there was a thumbnail so I knew what file was which footage.
Most devastatingly, it can be unreliable. am not sure if it was a firmware issue or hardware issue, but the SJCam started failing on me when I took it to Iceland. Half the time, it would freeze when I try turning it on. Removing the battery didn't help, nor does turning it off and waiting for a while. I tried to smack it around a bit with my hand (I figured, well if it's not working anyway....), and sometimes that would get it to work. Unfortunately, even though I wasn't being particularly strong, and never hit the side where the side buttons were (the up/down and wifi buttons), the buttons still ended up sinking into the camera, rendering them unusuable. I opened up the camera to see if I could fix it and found that they had completely disconnected from the rest of the hardware. A quick Google search confirms this is actually a very common issue.
So while this is loads cheaper than a GoPro, you still get what you pay for. Only half-decent video and photo quality and reliability issues. The value is still great, as the camera ships with loads of mounts and two cases, one of which is fully waterproof. But it lasted only a few months of relatively light use, and only a single trip, so this was incredibly disappointing.