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.
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.
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.
– 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 However, the mini-usb port is severely outdated and not widely adopted compared to micro-usb or USB Type C.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.