SJCAM SJ5000X: Elite Action Cam

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In the recent past, 4K recording, image stabilization, Wi-Fi connectivity and motion detection recording was something rarely seen in sub $100 cameras. But things have changed and now we are seeing these features in many affordable cameras. SJCAM tries to stretch the feature set even further with its SJ5000X Elite sports camera that offers ultra-high resolution footage and most of the bells and whistles of much more expensive sports cameras. The camera is not only an excellent option for people who are seriously into sports, but can also be used as dashboard cam. This allows customers to make the most out of their investment and use the camera in a variety of situations. The water proof case allows using the camera even when it’s raining and underwater, while the mounts make it easier to attach it with bikes, cars and more.


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Parts Specs
Camera type Sports, action, car dash
Lens 7 glass 170-degree wide angle
Video resolutions 4K @ 24fps (3840×2160), 2K @ 30fps (2560 x 1440), Full HD 1080p @ 30/60fps
Video compression H.264 format, MP4
Image format JPG
White balance mode Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Memory up to 128GB
Battery 900mAh
Power 5V/1A, USB charge via PC
Battery time 80 minutes (1080p 60fps recording, Wi-Fi off)
ISO range 100,1600, 200, 200, 800, auto
Frequency 50 and 60 Hz
Chipset Novatech NTK96660
Weight 68 grams
Dimensions 59.27×41.13×29.28 mm
Display 2-inch 320×240 LCD
Connectivity USB, HDMI
Water proofing IP68 (30 meters) with water-proof case
Other features 3/5/10/20 second timer, photo/video time lapse, burst mode, video stabilization, built-in mic, motion detection, WDR, loop-cycle recording
Package weight 750 grams
Package contents: Camera, Waterproof case, base mount, long screw, battery, j-shaped quick release buckle, backdoor housing with holes, bike handlebar seatpost pole mount, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, 2 3M adhesive tapes, 3-way pivot arm mount with screw, 2 short connectors with screws, universal ¼ inch camera tripod mount, tripod mount adaptor, blackpack clip mount shell, 2 velcro strap, USB cable, silicone lens cover, cleaning cloth, 2 SJCAM stickers, user manual




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  • SONY 12MP sensor
  • Wide-angle FOV
  • Built-in screen
  • Water-proof case
  • Decent battery life
  • HDMI output
  • iOS and Android apps
  • Wi-Fi connectivity


 Pros and Cons

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  • Excellent daylight recording quality
  • Multi-purpose camera
  • Comes with all needed accessories
  • Slow-motion and underwater recording
  • Video stabilization

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  • Below average sound quality
  • Tiny buttons



SJCAM SJ5000X Elite features a 12MP SONY sensor, 7 glass wide-angle lens and is powered by Novatek NTK96660 chipset and 900 mAH battery (Li-ion). The camera supports up to 128GB external memory, which is more than enough for most users. Affordable action cams usually don’t come with built-in display, but SJCAM features a 2-inch screen at the back, which makes it easier to take photos and record videos.

The actual performance is excellent considering the asking price and images turn out to be clear and sharp in good lighting conditions. However, quality in low-lighting conditions is just OK and there is nothing special to talk about it. The 1080p recording mode supports up to 60fps capture, but the quality does not significantly improve when you switch to 4K mode. The actual video resolution in the 4K mode is 2880×2160, which is not exactly 4K and just an up scaled 2K video. The built-in mic is good enough for casual recordings, but don’t expect top-notch sound quality from it as the recorded sound often turns out to be muffled and low (SJCAM confirmed sound quality issue affected only a few batches).



SJCAM SJ5000X Elite may be mistaken as a GoPro clone, but there are a few changes here and there. The three buttons (up, down, Wi-Fi/gyro) located at the side are tiny, while they are also placed very close to each other. The other side houses HDMI and USB ports and a memory card slot, while two LED indicators make it easier to see when the camera is recording or charging. The 2-inch screen at the back is a welcome addition, but the actual display quality is far from good. However, it’s still there and isn’t something we usually find on affordable cameras.


SJCAM SJ5000X Elite is a great option for people who want a multi-purpose action camera at an affordable price and can live without features such as GPS. It offers great value for the money and although far from being a perfect action camera, it still manages to offer a lot of features at such an affordable price. The 12MP SONY sensor works great in good lighting conditions and captures detailed and sharp images. Video stabilization, long exposure, slow-motion and underwater recording allow users to record in a variety of situations. However, don’t be fooled by the 4K label as the camera only records up-scaled 2K video, which is not much better than 1080p recording in terms of quality and resolved detail. If you really want a true 4K camera, it’s better to have a look at alternatives, but we should not expect too much from a sub $100 camera.

How to Buy

SJCAM SJ5000X Elite is available at a market-competitive price from Gearbest. The following link takes to the product page that provides more information about shipping and answers any questions you might have about the product.

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