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    Best cheap action camera for under $100
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    Hi everyone. I have a $300 DRIFT camera (pretty similar in quality to a GO Pro) and I want to buy a second camera to mount to the buggy. There are heaps of cheap cameras on ebay for $50-$100 and some look quite good, I want to pick the best of these cheap cameras. I drive in a lot of mud so waterproof is a high priority for me. I would really like something with a lot of battery life as well, screens on the back for replay, or good sound quality are less important.


    Basically, I really want something cheap, that takes pretty good video, is this possible? If anyone has had experience with a cheap but good camera i would love to hear from you
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    Didn't someone make a post about the new Sony camera? - don't recall what the pricing was like, but I want to say it was less than a Go-Pro.

    Dunno....
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    Techmoan - Techmoan - The SJ4000 Action Camera@Review

    Im about to purchase one to see how it is, apparently all the mounting hardware is compatible with GoPro, so if the camera poops out at least ill have more mounts for a GoPro later!
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    Well not sure about the specs. But to have smooth video you need BIT RATE to be high. Guess I should look into the go-pro and compare it to this one.

    Or you could YouTube the camera name and see of it's compareable video. Heck that's a great price

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    So yeah it's a cool camera and it does have a bit of artifacting and halo's near the wheels and pavement. But for what it is and price. Well check it out your self.

    http://youtu.be/F_MXsHN4hLU
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    Thanks for the replies, the SJ4000 looks like just what I am after. The video looks way better than the $50 cameras on ebay, well worth double the price i think. Like the mounts too! hadn't seen this brand before
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    Yeah its just some chinese manufactuer, so its a crap shoot, they also made one called the SJ1000 which is around 75 bucks, im going to assume the SJ4000 is better though, and with the mounts its worth it
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    My buddy bought the SJ1000 but the battery was crap so he had to send it back. He is now waiting to get it back. He was able to take some videos with it and it was actually quite good. The sj4000 is supposed to be better though. The instruction manual stinks as it is the usual chinkinese crap.
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    The biggest downside to this VS the GoPro is theres no external mic hookup, and the water proof case sounds worse. For 300 dollar difference... WORTH

    EDIT: However, there IS an LCD screen on the back with a full menu of options, and you can replay videos/pictures on it.... GoPro have an app, so once again, 300 dollars difference, WORTH
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    Yeah, I just ordered one plus a $10 spare battery. I have a high capacity battery in the drift and it lasts for hours, so wanted to make sure i had a spare. I was tempted to wire it in to the buggy with a USB fitting so that it would run straight of the buggies 12v system. Couldn't figure out a way to do it without ruining the waterproof case.

    I'll be sure to post some footage when it arrives so everyone else who might be interested can decide on it.
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    Sweet, I'll be looking forward to see how the videos turn out
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