Is the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Worth it?

SJCAM was one of the first companies to make a GoPro alternative with compelling hardware and features at a reasonable price point. The SJ6 Legend continues this tradition while adding touchscreen capabilities, advanced software, and higher resolution. We’ll cover the most important distinctives of this camera.

PICTURES

Stills look excellent for an action camera as long as you’re shooting in decent lighting. There is a lowlight mode, but like most action cameras, the small sensor really isn’t made for night shooting.

What’s worth raving about is the distortion correction feature. This flattens out the fish-eye effect and makes the image look normal while maintaining the wide field of view. This feature alone makes the SJ6 a contender as a pocketable stills camera for the average consumer.

VIDEO

The SJ6 is advertised as recording 4K video at 24fps. However, the 4K video is “interpolated”, meaning that the image gets compressed to a lower resolution (2880×2160) but plays back at 4K (3840×2160). If you’re looking for true 4K at an affordable price, try the SJ7 Star or the Yi 4K. But 2K and 1080p look great on this camera. The quality is more than adequate for capturing personal videos like vacations, outdoor trips, and family videos.

The Gyro Sensor achieves an image stabilization effect by cropping your video and reducing your field of view. It’s not true stabilization but it does significantly reduce camera shake, making it great for action footage.

Unfortunately, distortion correction does not work as well on video as it does for stills. The fish-eye effect is still present even while distortion correction is turned on. Also, you can’t use distortion correction and gyro stabilization at the same time.

EXTRAS

– Intuitive touchscreen controls and menus. This is SJCAM’s first touchscreen action cam. The waterproof housing is touchscreen compatible as well.
– Excellent smartphone app for offloading images/video.
– Comes with a decent accessory kit.
– Compatible with mini-usb microphones for better sound quality. However, the mini-usb port is severely outdated and not widely adopted compared to micro-usb or USB Type C.

For the price, this is a very good action camera. I give it 4/5 stars for the feature set and hardware at this price point. This is a great action camera if you want an affordable 2K and 1080p action camera with software stabilization. However, if you need true 4K or native distortion correction, you’ll need to increase your budget.

44 thoughts on “Is the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Worth it?

  • February 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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    I will use it when I am kayaking

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  • February 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    Thanks for the review. I was looking for cheaper alternatives to GoPro Cameras

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  • February 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    it is worth what it is worth

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  • February 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    Quite a nice review, I like that it has hd option and is affordable.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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    sports with my bike i like so much

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  • February 10, 2018 at 4:43 am
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    I like how this is affordable – but what’s the audio like? It would be great if there was a small sample clip of the video if possible; just to see the stabilisation in action too! Thanks for this Brian!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    Great review! Looks like an affordable alternative to a GOPro!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 11:21 am
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    I was looking at a cheeper option to the hero 5 and 6!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm
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    Disappointing to see that it has the mini usb instead of micro usb

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  • February 11, 2018 at 8:10 am
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    It’s small, touchscreen and seems versatile. It would be a great thing to have!

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  • February 11, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    Thank you for the thorough review. My favorite feature of your review is how you explain that although it is advertised as 4k but really isn’t, under the video part. The recommendation for a camera that really is 4k is also helpful.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 11:51 am
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    It looks like a good alternative to the very expensive cams, even if ‘only’ 2k !

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  • February 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm
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    Great review. It would be great to use for personal videos.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    I hope I can win this awesome little cam!

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  • February 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm
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    The review was very helpful thank you! I definitely want one 😆

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  • February 11, 2018 at 9:29 pm
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    This is a really well written and informative article. Thanks for sharing.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 12:35 am
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    Good to know it isn’t real 4k camera

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  • February 12, 2018 at 8:45 am
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    My favorite features are the Gyro Sensor image stabilization and the waterproof housing since I’d definitely be using to record watersports!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 9:21 am
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    Nice review this seems to be great for personal videos.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    thanks for this, I’ve been needing something like this when i go sightseeing.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    una reseña muy buena

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  • February 15, 2018 at 4:20 am
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    Nice review!

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  • February 15, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    Great review! Help me a lot!

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  • February 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    Lo que gusta es que graba buenos vídeos en 2k
    Si me sirvió la receña de la cámara

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  • February 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    Esta muy completa la receña
    Lo que me gusto es que toma muy buenas fotos y el vídeo en 2k

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  • February 16, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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    Para mi lo mejor es que grava vídeo en 4 k y toma muy buenas fotos también tiene estabilizador de imagen
    Muy buena reseña de la cámara

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  • February 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    Really good Quality cam, really good work and thanks for the give away.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 3:20 am
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    I like how this camera has a touch screen and is water-proof. Pretty good camera imo

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  • February 17, 2018 at 3:51 am
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    The review was helpful in fact

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  • February 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    Nice! To my wish list

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  • February 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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    the best feature is the low price

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  • February 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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    Lo usaría para deporte y fotos con la familia.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    Very cool cam, good pictures quality !

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  • February 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    Thanks for the review! I’d love to try a camera like this!

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  • February 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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    Looks like it has very good camera and video quality.

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  • February 20, 2018 at 1:46 am
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    wow is fantastic

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:31 am
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    so worth to try it

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  • February 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm
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    nice review of that camera – it seems to be a good alternative camera for action sports.
    I’ve used some GoPros and some Rollei cameras before and this one seems to be really good for the price!

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