It takes special skills to take live action shots that capture the real-time drama. Using the right kind of equipment helps quite a bit, and knowing how to take advantage of all of the camera's features helps, too. However, that doesn't mean you have to spring for pricey professional equipment to document your hang gliding experience or freestyle skiing adventures. Enter the SJCAM SJ5000X Elite 12MP 4K Waterproof Sport Action Camera: one of three action cameras recently released by SJCAM that are reportedly scheduled for limited production runs.
The SJCAM SJ5000X Elite comes with waterproof housing guaranteed for up to 30 meters. It comes with a package of accessories very similar to a GoPro. These accessories include a bike mount, an adhesive mount and an open mount that's suitable for use in the car in some kind of dash cam setup if you ever have a need for one.
The camera is promoted as a drone and quadcopter-compatible, so the Gyro Electronic stabilization system, which helps to ensure footage stability results in better quality stills and videos. Additionally, the SJ500X Elite Camera is also equipped with a 12.4 Sony Sensor IMX078COK with a sensor sensitivity of 1437 digits, which means really fast recording. It can record videos at 4000 X 3000 pixels. This action camera records full HD at 24 frames per second.
The chipset is a Novatek 96660, capable of supporting the camera's ultra-cool functions. The lens provides adjustable viewing angles between 70 to 170 degrees. The ability to seamlessly switch from narrow to wide angles ensures that users can opt for standard views, landscape views or aerial photography with the 170-degree setting.
The SJCAM SJ5000X Elite is a powerhouse considering its size: it weighs under a pound with all accessories included, and the body alone measures 61 × 42.4 × 25 millimeters. It is equipped with a micro-HDMI output for a first-person-view setup as long as your drone is equipped with compatible video-transmission accessories and apps.
The SJ5000X Elite is capable of multiple shooting modes, including single shot, burst shot mode, timer mode with multiple settings, slow motion and video and photo time lapse. The photo lapse takes pictures at pre-set intervals while the video lapse mode automatically records videos at pre-programmed intervals between one second to one minute or a series of shots at designated intervals.
It is also equipped with a microphone, AV out and an auto power on/off switch. the camera is capable of cycle recording, includes a date/time display and anti-shake protection because this camera is meant for on-the-go shooting.
The design is definitely rugged but state-of-the-art camera build is apparent with a 2-inch LCD screen and storage for a 32-gig card. Charge by connecting from a USB port in the camera to your computer or to a wall socket. In car mode, you can use the lighter charger to power up the camera for surveillance or visual documentation projects. The battery is a 3.7V 900mAh li-ion rechargeable battery with up to 80 minutes of life in a single charge.