Although, SJCAM SJ6 Legend is out for almost more than a year, yet the camera hasn’t lost a bit of that spark we witnessed on the day of its release. It has gone up from being a rookie of SJCAM to a Legend. We can say that:
SJCAM SJ6 Legend is one Best Price-over-Performance Action Camera Till Date
What’s so special about SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera? Well, let’s find out in this review:
SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera Review – A Chinese GoPro Hero 5 But 3X Lesser the Price
The packaging is simple as the box already shows the SJCAM under that transparent laminated sheet. On the front of the box, we have the highlights of the camera such as 4K video recording. Meanwhile, the specifications of the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera are written at the rear in different languages.
One more thing was that the camera was already enclosed in the waterproof casing, which is somewhat a great first impression.
The App QR code, as well as the accessories, are illustrated on the left and right of the box.
However, I wasn’t going expected numerous accessories with the camera because the packaging was small, but I was shocked to see that there were so many of them in the box along with stickers and extras. In the box, the accessories we find are:
- Waterproof Housing
- Screw + Mount
- Protective Backdoor
- Two Helmet MountsTwo Adhesives
- Three Connectors + Screw
- Bicycle Handle Bar Mount
- Two Bases
- Tripod Mount Adapter
- Tripod Adapter
- USB Cable
- English User Manual
- Lens Cloth
- Silicon Lens Protective Jacket
Surely, SJCAM provided a surprise as well by sending me additional accessories as a gift as such a 17mm lens, a traditional colored AV out cable and external microphone. If you are lucky, you might get those as well.
Overall the unboxing experience was great and also surprising. The manufacturer is really generous giving a ton of accessories and some extras along with SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera.
Design & Appearance
SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera appears to be a great built for the rest of the SJCAM action cameras. However, this one isn’t metal like SJ7 Star, but rather plastic. Don’t get disappointed as the holding experience is much better than a simple plastic sports camera. The credit goes to the rugged layout of the camera. I loved the brick-like streaks on the boundaries surrounding the camera.
The plastic built has its advantage as the camera doesn’t carry that much weight and combined with the rubber texture, becomes more durable than metal as well as elastic. Remember, the heavier a thing is, the more easily it breaks when dropped unless well protected. Overall, SJ6 Legend appears to be lightweight weighing only 82 grams only, half the weight of a standard 5-inch smartphone.
Concerning the size, we know that Action cameras don’t occupy that much size. But, still, we might look up to how much the camera is compact and how many features does it highlights under that compact size. As far as the SJCAM SJ6 Legend is concerned, it occupies a space of only 5.90 x 4.10 x 2.11 cm. To be practical, it size is a bit compact than other Chinese action cameras. SJ6 is barely smaller than my palm. Although it’s an action camera, means that you will attach it to your bike, car, helmet or other places, but if you want to use it as a simple camera, you can hold it with one hand and it will provide a perfect grip.
Let’s know the buttons and LEDs placement of SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera. On the front, we have the secondary screen sized round about 1-inch (0.96-inch), the 17.5mm lens, and the three status LED lights indicating power, recording, battery status. Moreover, we have the SJCAM logo along with the product’s name printed in White color. Now you might have noticed that there’s no front power button, unlike the traditional action cameras. Well, the reasons for this is less space availability. To be honest, I personally hate the front button as it looks ugly. Instead, I prefer a side power button which is practicable such as in this action camera.
On the back, we have the nice 2.0-inch touchscreen. But still, the SJCAM logo is there as well. The manufacturer could have made it more simple and plain but not marking the logo on the LTPS screen. Just too much logos on an action camera which is not appreciable. SJCAM should learn from the new MIJIA 4K Action Camera.
The recording button (illustrating a red circle) is situated on the top like all traditional cameras. There’s also an LED along the button to indicate whether the recording is on or not. Meanwhile, on the bottom, we have the attachment screw along with the battery slot. Slide the slot, and you can replace the battery with the charged one. You can buy additional batteries from here.
Another change can be seen with the navigation buttons removed and replaced with the settings and power buttons on the right side. The power button is important, but the settings button has not that much use as you can rather go to the settings from the touchscreen. Again, there’s a red LED alongside the power button as well.
Thankfully, unlike many cheap Chinese action cameras, SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera has speakers and microphone integrated under the hood. The openings on the left side can specify their location. Along with these, we have a Mini-HDMI and a Mini-USB port along with the SD card slot. I didn’t figure out that why SJCAM featured a Mini-USB port instead of Micro-USB port as you know that a Micro-USB port is more convenient because smartphones also feature it and we don’t need to buy an extra cable. However, if the Mini-USB cable is lost you might need to buy a new one which is a down point of this interface.
The waterproof casing supports a water resistance up to 30 meters underwater. Moreover, we also have a waterproof touch case backdoor as well in the accessories supporting 3 meters in water.
In short, SJCAM SJ6 Legend rather focuses on a great holding experience, keen layout, too much logos, a plastic yet premium built, and finally the compact size. It’s more like a practical action camera rather than a showoff.
Display & Hardware
Similar to GoPro Hero 5, SJCAM SJ 6 Legend Action Camera has dual screens. The primary is the rear 2.0-inch LTPS screen with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The best part is that it’s capacitive. The touch response is accurate, but sometimes I find a bit delays in the touch. However, those delays aren’t that noticeable (about 1 second) such as in Hero 5. However, I might prefer LCD over LTPS because LCD delivers more color accuracy and is more power efficient. But as it’s been more than a year for the camera, you can expect some outdated hardware.
Meanwhile, we also have the 0.96-inch front black and white secondary screen showing recording status, date, recording format.
You simply can’t judge the quality of the picture of the camera just by looking at the screen. As the resolution is low, the Full-HD, 4K, and even HD videos and pictures might look disasters on that screen. The screen is there just to give you the hint of what’s being recorded and operational functions, like in other cameras.
Under the hood, we have a great combination of Novatek NTK96660 DSP chipset and MN34120PA CMOS Panasonic sensor. Though new stunning chipsets such as Ambarella H22 have released, yet, this Novatek chipset hasn’t lost its shine. It’s a bit outdated chip that is why I found some delays in touch, but thanks to the firmware upgrade to v1.4.6, the delays have improved significantly along with the camera quality. Moreover, the hardware is great for the price it’s being offered.
Camera & Features
Now coming to the main point, the camera performance and the features. Most of the Panasonic sensors provide a fantastic daylight result, and this one is no exception. As you can see in the camera samples below (picture mode), the photos under daylight are great.
Thanks to the fisheye, 166 degrees super wide angle, the camera covers the maximum area possible for a sports camera. For most of the wide angle, fisheye cameras, the center may be sharp and steady, but the corners and the sides appear to be blurred. But surprisingly, we didn’t found such down point with SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera. On the highest format, we had a clear and bright video.
The following resolution SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera supports are:
- 4K @ 24fps
- 2K @ 30 fps
- 1080P @ 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 30 fps super, 30 (4:3) fps, 25 fps
- 720P @ 120 fps, 60 fps, 30 fps
- VGA 240 fps
Although the camera records 4K videos, this doesn’t mean that it’s true 4K. The 4K recording is only at 24 fps which are interpolated. Still, it’s not bad for such a price tag. There are 4K action cameras that record at 30fps and 60fps, but all of them are above $150 and $400 respectively. I recommend using the 2K resolution and 1080P @ 60 fps.
Moreover, the low light images and videos weren’t bad after all. The camera keeps the background noise minimal. The credit goes to the dedicated Low Light mode. But still, a Sony IMX300 CMOS sensor or higher could have been better.
Speaking of the features, swipe down from the top edge and you will find WiFi, Remote Control, Quadcopter, Lock Modes.
Swiping from the bottom, we can see features such as:
- Video Lapse
- Slow Recording
- Burst Mode
- Video + Photo
- Car Mode
- Underwater Mode
Moreover, this time we can also set the FOV to Wide, Middle, or Narrow. The functions of the camera are countless. It includes everything for a professional such as:
- Loop Recording
- Low Light Mode
- Gyro Sensor
- Disable and set audio
- Time Stamp
- Video File Format (MP4 and MOV only)
- Double File
- Picture quality including white balance, color, EV, Metering, Distortion Correction
In a nutshell, the features and the functions in SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera are countless. The video recording might not be True 4K, but at least the other resolutions are great. And the most of all is the price tag.
Connectivity & Battery
There are numerous ways by which you can control SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera. I personally loved the WiFi feature which enables you to synchronize with the phone and control it via the app. Plus, the manufacturer also gifts you the remote control as well. It has a wristband look and you can tie it on your wrist. The remote control has five buttons namely power, Wifi, Photo burst, Video Mode, and Photo Mode. Moreover, the FPV feature allows you to use the camera when attached to a quadcopter or drone.
Speaking about the app ‘SJCAM ZONE’, the app is simple and easy to use. Although, it gets some compatibility issues with a few smartphones, however, the developer provides regular fixes as well. You can grab the app from here. The best part of the app is that it provides all the settings you find on the camera menu, on your smartphone. Moreover, we have also got to experience SJCAM own community with trending pictures and other social media connectivity.
Okay, so those were the wireless connectivity. The wired connectivity includes a Micro HDMI port, Micro USB port, and an SD card slot (up to 128GB Class 10 and above), all situated in one place.
Heading to the battery section, the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera is powered by a generous 1000mAh battery. It’s removable and replaces. You can find extra batteries here as well. The battery capacity is 200mAh more than any action camera and this where it tops the list. Although, the chipset is old still I can record an hour 4K video, 120 minutes of Full-HD and 140 minutes of 720p, all at max frame rate available.
Pros & Cons
- Great Built
- Dual Screen, one with touch enabled
- Excellent focusing and wide angle
- Gyro, 4 axis stabilization
- Tons of Modes and Features
- Numerous accessories as a gift
- Slightly Expensive
- Old chipset
- 4K Limited to 24fps only
- Video appears slightly blur from the edges
Although, the camera is a bit expensive featuring outdated chipset still you simply can’t resist it as it’s one of the best Chinese action cameras. SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera might have 4K at only 24Fps but it is the only action camera which comes with numerous accessories including a remote control, microphone, extra lens, clips, holders, and so on. Moreover, we can’t deny tons of features and modes. Indeed, SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera is our recommendation when it comes to selecting a nice 4K action camera, as it’s a Legend now.
Price & Availability
If you are interested, you can buy SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera from Gearbest for a price of $127. It’s available in three colors: pink, black, and silver. It’s a bit expensive but SJCAM SJ6 Legend is one of China’s best from the top action cam brand. The user rating is 4.77 out of 5, with over hundreds of satisfied reviews.