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KIRF | spotting genuine SJCAM from knockoff SJCAM

KIRF | spotting genuine SJCAM from knockoff SJCAM

By  GB Blog Official 2018-07-03 4154 0

When a brand sells well, it generally gets copied – that's life. This post will tell you how to distinguish fake SJCAM action cameras from the original.

And while SJCAM shares some similarities with GoPro in appearance, SJCAM is not an exact copycat per se. SJCAM has its own brand, software, lenses, etc.

how to tell fake SJCAM action camera from the original

However, as SJCAM has become increasingly popular due to its good quality and bargain pricing, it too has spawned copies and knockoffs. This Gearbest blog post gives you the lowdown on how to tell the difference between a genuine and fake SJCAM.

original SJCAM action camera vs. fake SJCAM

How can you distinguish original SJCAM from fake SJCAM?

1. The original SJCAM models with "SJCAM" Logo

The brand legend "SJCAM" is imprinted in front of original SJCAM models while it's missing from fake SJCAM products.

However, there is one exception: the first batch of authentic SJ4000 lacks the SJCAM logo. An example can be seen on the SJ4000 IP68 Action Cam. The company changed its complex name into SJCAM for easier brand recognition. Subsequent SJ series action cameras all feature the "SJCAM" logo prominently at the front of the casing. An example can be seen on the superb SJCAM SJ5000X 4K Camera, one of our biggest selling cameras of all time.

SJCAM logo

2. Waterproof case may tell the truth

Some waterproof cases provided with a fake SJCAM will differ significantly from genuine SJCAM.

A genuine SJCAM will utilize smaller silver screws as you can see here. By comparison, a fake SJCAM would provide cheaper black screws in its case or even a totally different housing totally devoid of all screws.

Clearly, a waterproof case by itself will not determine whether or not it's genuine or bogus. Producers of the SJCAM copycats are gradually evolving and improving the quality of their cases so the quality gap is growing closer.

distinguish fake SJCAM from genuine SJCAM through the waterproof case

3. Only genuine SJCAM cams support official firmware/App

SJCAM has its own proprietary firmware and dedicated app. Fake SJCAM products will not support this software. If you are uncertain whether your SJCAM purchase is genuine or not, you can use online firmware available from SJCAM to check the authenticity.

Another convenient way to verify your purchased camera is simply by connecting to the SJCAM Zone App. The QR code should be on the side of your package and on the back of your user manual – if you are able to connect to the SJCAM Zone App, then your camera is authentic.

official firmware/app for SJCAM action camera

4. Packaging details

Inspect the included packaging, the manual, warranty, and other published materials. Fake SJCAM merchandise may feature spelling mistakes that will be glaringly obvious. One of the most obvious errors will be "water-resistab" located at the front of the packaging.

Quick Reference Checklist

You can identify real SJCAM products with the following characteristics:

● "SJCAM" logo should be present at the front of the camera case.

● Silver screws are clearly visible on waterproof case.

● Hardware is compatible with both the official firmware and app.

● No spelling errors present in written materials and packaging.

It's important to understand that the quality of knockoffs is always improving, so it will become increasingly harder to distinguish fakes from original SJCAM products.

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