SJCAM is a company that is most known for making budget friendly action cameras. And the most impressive part is that they keep improving. It seems as though they release a new better action camera every month while keeping the same price! This time SJCAM has come out with the SJ6 Legend. SJCAM SJ6 Legend is a 4K action camera that should offer a cheaper alternative for GoPro Hero5 Black. I’m definitely going to compare those two as well soon. But for now, let’s take a look at how good the SJ6 Legend actually is.
- Dimensions: 59×41×29mm / 2.3×1.6×1.1″
- Weight: 83g / 2.9oz
- Sensor: Panasonic MN34120PA
- Chipset: Novatek 96660
- Field of View: 166°
- Video resolutions: 4K 24fps; 2K 30fps; 1080p 60/50/30/25fps; 720p 120/60/30fps; 420p 240fps
- Bitrate: 60Mbps
- Photo: 16MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Video+Photo, Car Mode, Underwater
- Features: WiFi, 2″ LCD touchscreen, Digital Image Stabilization, External Microphone
- Ports: MiniUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
- Battery life: 70 minutes of 4K at 24fps, 65 minutes of 1080p at 60fps
In The Box
- SJCAM SJ6 Legend
- Waterproof Housing up to 30m / 98ft
- Quick Release Buckle, Vertical Quick Release J-Hook buckle
- Handlebar Seat post mount
- Curved & Flat adhesive mounts
- 3-Way Pivot Arm mount
- Univeral 1/4″ Camera Tripod mount, Tripod Mount adapter
- Cleaning cloth
- MiniUSB-USB Cable
Design & Accessories
The SJCAM SJ6 Legend comes in a nice large box. It’s placed inside the waterproof housing so it’s pretty impossible for the camera to get damaged during shipping. A pretty nice solution. The design of the SJ6 Legend is basically the same as 99% other action cameras. It has the rectangular design that most accessories support. It has a dimension of 59×41×29mm / 2.3×1.6×1.1″ and weighs 83g / 2.9oz with the battery. So a pretty light action camera. Definitely a plus for people into aerial photography or even FPV racing.
The front of the SJCAM SJ6 Legend has the lens, some LED lights and a LCD screen. The front LCD screen displays video modes, recording time and battery. It’s actually surprisingly large and detailed. I really like it. The back of the action camera has a very nice 2″ LCD touchscreen, just like the one on GoPro Hero5 Black. You can use the touchscreen to change settings and view past footage. Because it’s touchscreen, it makes your life so much easier as you don’t have to use buttons to navigate through a small menu.
Top of the SJ6 Legend has the shutter/record button for either recording videos or taking photos. Left side has the power on and menu button. The menu button is used to access the menu settings on the touchscreen. Right side has the MiniUSB, MicroHDMI and MicroSD ports, also including the built in mic. And finally the bottom, which holds a compartment for the battery and a threaded hole for tripods. There are also plenty of LED lights on all sides which indicate different modes etc. Overall speaking it’s a very nice design. One of the best looking action cameras I have reviewed.
The build quality is also really nice. The entire body of the SJCAM SJ6 Legend has been made out of a rubberized material. It improves greatly improves grip. Even the few buttons are spot on. They feel strong and when you push it, they make that nice “click” sound as well. So they definitely aren’t weak or wobbly.
SJCAM has always been spot on when it comes to accessories. SJ6 Legend is no different. You get a nice range of different mounts and adapters with the package. Including an interesting waterproof case. The waterproof case has a removable back and it comes with a touchscreen friendly back. It’s basically made out of this flexible material that you can add to your waterproof case. So you can use the touchscreen even when it’s inside the housing. I haven’t seen this on any other action camera. Another great feature is the tripod thread which lets you use accessories made by other companies as well.
Video & Features
Since 4K videos are becoming more and more popular, SJCAM has too decided to jump on board. The SJ6 Legend has the MN34120PA sensor by Panasonic and the Novatek 96660 chipset. It is also capable of recording 4K* videos at up to 24fps. I want to add that the 4K videos aren’t actually captured in 4K if that makes sense. The action camera basically takes the 2K resolution as the base and invents additional pixels to create the 4K resolution. Doing so, it will never be as good as you’ll see on more expensive action cameras.
I’m really glad that they have admitted to doing it. So all the other resolutions are legit. If you are looking for higher frames per second, then you can also use the Full HD 1080p which can be used with up to 60fps. For the 720p at 120fps for slow motion. Pretty decent specs overall for a $149 action camera.
In day light, the SJCAM SJ6 Legend is actually really good. While trees and grass are blurry, rest of the footage is actually pretty sharp. Even the colors are pretty good. Really nice for $149.
The real problems start to show when you don’t have a good light. Don’t even bother shooting videos at night. Everything goes super blurry and the camera tends to cut frames in half if you are shooting in 60fps. It’s pretty standard for cheaper action cameras in lower light but still pretty annoying. If I wanted to record at 30fps I would had picked that. So the video quality is kind of a hit and miss. As long as you have good lightning, the videos look spot on. But if the light should turn bad while riding a bike or diving, the videos will turn bad as well.
The same thing is with photos. Colors, sharpness, the whole picture looks pretty nice. But once you open it in full size, you start to notice the lack of detail. Parts of the image are too blurry. So I would keep the SJCAM SJ6 Legend for videos.
The action camera has also got a new shooting mode called the Car Mode. It turns the action camera into a dashboard cam by enabling movement detection.
The SJCAM SJ6 Legend has a feature that might also interest musicians. The MiniUSB port can be used to attach an external microphone. You just need to get a special MiniUSB-Mic adapter. SJCAM has them for sale.
It also comes with WiFi so you can also change all the settings from your phone. The SJCAM ZONE app is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can use it to change settings, view live footage and start recording. SJCAM has also got a separate remote control available that can also be bought from their online store.
It’s kind of hard to give an opinion on this action camera. The advertisement of the SJ6 Legend got me really hyped up before that I’m kind of disappointed now. But if I hadn’t seen it, then I probably wouldn’t. To be honest, I was kind of expecting the same video quality as the Xiaomi Yi 4K. I don’t think it’s that impossible. But it isn’t as good. Then again it is also quite a bit cheaper.
In my opinion, the SJCAM SJ6 Legend is the perfect action camera for drones and low budget. The video quality you get for $149 is not bad at all. Not to mention the extra features that are actually really nice. I could definitely see this used in a band to record practicing and such. I’m sure there are people searching for action cameras with an external microphone feature.