Lots of people have been asking what is a difference between the SJ5000, SJ5000 WiFi and the Plus version. In this post, I will compare them side by side.
SJ5000 is an action camera produced by the SJCAM and launched at the end of 2014. Quite surprisingly, there are three different models of SJ5000:
The launch of the product did not go so well, since the manufacturer had to upgrade software which caused delays in pre-orders and shipping. Now that everything seams to be back on the track, in this post I would like to compare three models of the SJ5000 and show differences between them.
I will be completely honest with you, at first I had no idea what is a difference between these three. They all seamed the same and I was so confused. No worries, I will explain everything in just a moment.
While the differences are not drastic when you compare the 96655 and 96655 WiFi, SJ5000 Plus introduces some long expected features.
In the comparison table bellow, you will see the difference in technical specification of cameras. For best user-experience, you might want to take a look at this table while you are at your desktop.
Honestly, differences between these models are not significant. They are minor, and for the most users (not all) they are not going to matter that much. After all for most of us the only thing that matters is creating a video of memorable moment in great quality.
SJ5000 vs SJ5000 WiFi
If you are not a fan of tables, I will try to explain the difference here, pretty simply. The only difference between the SJ5000 and Sj5000 WiFi is in Wifi! Everything else is absolutely the same. Built in WiFi can be quite handy if you want to control your camera remotely.
You should be aware that SJCAM has a free Android and IOS apps which can help you manage your videos, photos and even camera settings without having to touch the camera. Everything can be done from smartphone or tablet. Note that not all smartphones are compatible with the app.
SJ5000 vs SJ5000 Plus
If you take a quick glance at our comparison table above, you will realize that SJ5000 has a bit tinier display, that it can record videos in 60 frames per second and that it can make photographs in 16 megapixels. The non plus versions have two inch display, can record only in 30 fps and can make 14 megapixels images.
Summary – Which one should you get?
If you do not need 60 FPS recording and WiFi, get the basic non WiFi version which can be bought for around 119$. If you would like to play with SJCAM apps, get a WiFi model. You might not have 16 MP photographs or 60 FPS videos, but hey, not everyone need these option. For most of the users 30 FPS video recording will do the job (including myself).
60 FPS can help you record more frames per second and make your videos look more realistic. It can also help you when slowing down the video in your video editing software. The more frames, the better the slow motion will look.
On the other hand if you are looking to upload your videos on YouTube, guess what? 30 FPS will do the job, since YouTube only recently introduced a support for 60fps videos. You should know that the most of the movies are recorded in 24fps. Anyway, check out this great video that will explain you how FPS works.
From these three models, obviously SJ5000 is the most feature rich one. It is the only SJCAM product that can record in sixty frames per second.
In my humble opinion the SJ5000 basic WiFi and non WiFi version does not offer much compared to the SJ4000. The Plus model has some advantages over SJ4000, but not everyone will need those.
Where can you buy SJ5000?
Here is a list of recommended stores where you can get SJ5000. Since some of the models (especially SJ5000+ and SJ5000) are getting harder to get, I will include links for each camera in case you decided which model from SJ5000 series you want to purchase.
Without further ado, here is a list :
It’s a bunch of links, but be sure to check them all, since some of these retailers often have promotions, so you can find a bargain if you’re lucky.
Make sure to check our special discounts and deals page as there we hand-picked coupons that you can use and save few bucks on action cameras.
Since the original publication of the article, SJCAM added two more models to the SJ5000 series :
- SJ5000X (check the comparison here) – a limited edition series
- SJ5000 Elite (full review of this model here)
A question for you
If you are the owner of any of these action cameras, please let me know in the comments bellow which one you have and why have you chosen that one?
Which one do you plan to purchase and why?
For any other questions or comments, do not hesitate to ask, I will reply to each and every comment.