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SJ4000 Action Cam Firmware

SJ4000 Action Cam Firmware



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1. This firmware is for SJ4000 V02 version only. If you don’t know which version you have purchased please check the last two two digits of your firmware version in your camera menu. It should read either V01 or V02. Failing to do so will cause white blank screen.

2. If you accidentally installed the wrong version and you are getting white blank screen, you can find the old firmware for camera V01 in this website: http://www.techmoan.com/files-drivers/

3. This new firmware for V01 camera adds 5s,10s,20s for time lapse as “Capture Mode” but removes 3s Option. If you need 3s time lapse, do NOT upgrade.

4. This new firmware version for V01 degrades photo and video quality. The 1080p files is actually 720p, interpolated to 1080p. If you want real 1080p, do not upgrade.

1. Download and unzip the file from the link below.

  • Version 05/15/2014 20140324V02 SJ4000-FW96650A-Fix-Blank-Screen.zip
    • Fixed previous version blank screen issue.
    • Added “Capture Mode” for continuous shooting. 5 Sec, 10 Sec, 20 Sec options.
    • Added ”Rotate” to support rotation of the video

2. Rename extracted file to FW96650A.bin then copy to the root of a blank micro SD card

3. Insert the micro SD card and plug in the USB port  turn on the SJ4000

4. Wait till it reboots

5. Verify the version in the settings menu 20140324V02

6. Delete the firmware file or format the micro SD card.  If you leave the file on the micro SD card it will flash the firmware on every boot.



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SJ4000 vs. SJ1000 Action Cam Comparison

The SJ1000 is a killer under $100 action cam.  The SJ4000 is a new camera that copies the GoPro form factor and mounting system.  So lets see how the old workhorse compares to the new guy on the block.

SJ1000 SJ4000
SJ4000 front SJ4000 front
Lens 140° or 90° 170° 1.8f  The original SJ1000 shipped with 140° however now it is shipping with a 90° lens.
Sensor 12Mpix 12Mpix
Controller Novatek NT96650 Novatek NT96460
LCD 1.5″ 1.5″
Weight
Body+Battery
104g 58g Wow the SJ1000 feels like a brick compared to the SJ4000.
Video Output mini HDMI micro HDMI I found this universal HDMI adapter very useful.
Power/Data micro USB 2.0 micro USB 2.0
Battery 1100mAh Li-ion 900mAh Li-ion
Storage micro SD micro SD Up to 32GB
Buttons Power
Menu
OK
Mode
Arrow Up
Arrow Down
Power/Mode
OK
Arrow Up
Arrow Down
 SJ4000 wins with the new simplified design.  It is much easier to use.
Case Aluminum & Plastic Plastic
Waterproof 30M 30M
Dimensions 35x70x45 mm 29.8×59.2×41 mm

SJ4000 Setup Menu Options



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The SJ4000 setup menu is very similar to the SJ1000.  However the SJ4000 has only one menu where the SJ1000 broke the options down into two menus.  You might have to scroll through 29 choices to get to the setting change you need to make.

Here is the entire SJ4000 setup menu with screenshots and notes.  I did uncover a GUI bug while creating this page.  The default GUI skin is blue.  However if you format the micro SD card the GUI skin goes black until you power cycle the unit.

SJ4000 Setup Menu Sub Menu Notes
Resolution
SJ4000_setup_resolution

SJ4000_setup_resolution_choices
The resolution setup is for the video recording mode.  The default is 1080FHD 1920×1080.1080FHD 1920×1080 is 30fps the rest of the modes are 60fps
Cyclic Record
SJ4000_setup_cyclic_record

SJ4000_setup_cyclic_record_choices
Cyclic Record is for the video recording mode.  The default mode is Off.Off = Record 1 large video file stop recording when out of micro SD space or video file size reaches 4GB3, 5, 10 Minutes = Record the video file for the specified time.  Save the file and start a new file.  This process continues until out of micro SD space.  At that time the oldest is deleted and the recording continues.  Note: There is a 1 frame overlap between files.  The last frame of the file saved becomes the first frame of the new file.

If you are using this as a car cam you will want to enable this mode.  As it allows the SJ4000 to manage the video files always giving you a continuous recording with no intervention.

HDR
SJ4000_setup_HDR

SJ4000_setup_HDR_choices
HDR is for the video recording mode.  The default is Off.
Motion Detection
SJ4000_setup_motion_detection

SJ4000_setup_motion_detection_choices
Motion detection is for video recording mode.  The default is Off.
Recording (audio)
SJ4000_setup_audio_recording

SJ4000_setup_audio_recording_choices
Audio recording is for video recording mode.  This turns the microphone on or off.  The default is On.
 Date Stamp (20)
SJ4000_setup_date_stamp

SJ4000_setup_date_stamp_choices
Date Stamp (20) is for the photo mode.  The date and time will be put on the lower right of the photo in a red font.  The default is On.  This is the first of two Date Stamp menus.  This menu choice has a calendar icon with the number 20.  There is another Date Stamp option farther down the menu with the number 7.  That Date Stamp (7) allows you to turn off the date stamp and change the stamp format between date only or date and time.If you do not get a date stamp on your photos even when you have Date Stamp (20) On.  Please check Date Stamp (7) and make sure it is set to date or date/time and not set Off.Read my rant about this horrible GUI design here.
 Photo Size
SJ4000_setup_photo_sizes

SJ4000_setup_photo_size_choices
SJ4000_setup_photo_sizes_choices_2
Photo size is the resolution for the photo mode. The default is 12M 4032×3024.
 Sequence
SJ4000_setup_sequence

SJ4000_setup_sequence_choices
Sequence is for the photo mode.  When Sequence is set On pressing the OK button to take a photo will cause the SJ4000 to take continuous photos until the OK button is pressed again.  This mode takes 1 photo every 3 seconds. The default is Off.
 Quality
SJ4000_setup_quality

SJ4000_setup_quality_choices
Quality is for the photo mode.  The default is Normal.
Sharpness
SJ4000_setup_sharpness

SJ4000_setup_sharpness_choices
Sharpness is for the photo mode.  The default is Auto.
White Balance
SJ4000_setup_white_balance

SJ4000_setup_white_balance_choices_1

SJ4000_setup_white_balance_choices_2
The default is Auto.
Color
SJ4000_setup_color

SJ4000_setup_color_choices
The default is Color.I could not get B&W or Sepia to work for photos or video on version 20131209.
ISO
SJ4000_setup_ISO

SJ4000_setup_ISO_choices
The default is Auto.
Exposure
SJ4000_setup_exposure

SJ4000_setup_exposure_choices_4
SJ4000_setup_exposure_choices_5SJ4000_setup_exposure_choices_5SJ4000_setup_exposure_choices_2SJ4000_setup_exposure_choices_3
Exposure settings are for both photo and video.  You have the ability set the exposure from -2 to +2 in 1/3 increments.  The default is 0.
Face Detection
SJ4000_setup_face_detection

SJ4000_setup_face_detection_choices
The default is Off.
Anti-Shaking
SJ4000_setup_anti-shaking

SJ4000_setup_anti-shaking_choices
The default is off.
Quick Review
SJ4000_setup_quick_review

SJ4000_setup_quick_review_choices
Quick review is for the photo mode.  Quick review sets the amount of time the photo will be displayed after it is taken.  The default is off.
Date Stamp (7)
DSC04936

SJ4000_setup_date_stamp2
Date Stamp (7) is for the photo mode.  This is the second Date Stamp in the menu.  This allows you to turn off the date stamp or choose the date stamp format.  However the other Date Stamp (20) menu setting must be On for the date stamps to show up. Rant: This is just horrible GUI design.  They have two menus with identical names.  And the two menus have conflicting settings.  You can turn On date stamps in the first menu but turn off date stamps in the second menu.  Had any thought been put into the GUI there would of only been 1 date stamp menu and it would of been this one which I call Date Stamp(7).  All the options are here.  Choose Off and there is no date stamp.  If you want to turn on a date stamp just choose one of the other two options Date or Date/Time.  Done deal.  Delete the other Date Stamp (20) from GUI.
 Lanugage
SJ4000_setup_language

SJ4000_setup_language_choices_1

SJ4000_setup_language_choices_3
SJ4000_setup_language_choices_4
The default language is English.
Date Time
SJ4000_setup_date_time

SJ4000_setup_date_time_settings
Enter the current date and time.  You can also change the display format.  The default display format is YY/MM/DD.  There are two other optionsDD/MM/YY
MM/DD/YYThis is an odd screen as the OK button will not close the screen it just jumps between the fields.  So you must press the Menu button to exit this screen.

If you pull out the battery you will need to reset the date time.

Auto Power Off
SJ4000_setup_auto_power_off

SJ4000_setup_auto_power_off_choices
The default is Off.
Beep Sound
SJ4000_setup_beep_sound

SJ4000_setup_beep_sound_choices
The default is On.  Turning this off not only stops the beeps but also silences the shutter sound when taking photos.
screensavers
SJ4000_setup_screensavers

SJ4000_setup_screensavers_choices
The default is 1 Minute.  I was hoping for flying toasters but these options just power down the screen to conserve battery life.
Frequency
SJ4000_setup_frequency

SJ4000_setup_frequency_choices
The default is 60 Hz.
Car Mode
SJ4000_setup_car_mode

SJ4000_setup_car_mode_choices
The default is Off.  When Car Mode is On the SJ4000 will start video recording when the car starts up and shutdown when the car is turned off.  Please enable Cyclic Record
 Delete
SJ4000_setup_delete

SJ4000_setup_delete_current

SJ4000_setup_delete_erase_this_ok
Delete allows you to delete the current file or all files.
Format
DSC04937

DSC04938
DSC04942
The default is cancel.Bug: You might of noticed the GUI skin changed color.  The GUI skin text is white on blue until you format the micro SD card. Once formatted the GUI skin text is white on black.  The GIU will stay this way until the SJ4000 is power cycled.
Default Setting
SJ4000_setup_default_settings

SJ4000_setup_default_settings_confirm
The default setting is cancel.If you choose OK all the setup menus will be reverted to factory defaults.
Version
SJ4000_setup_version

SJ4000_version_display
Version numbers are just date stamps YYYY/MM/DD

     



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