This quickstart guide was created and based off the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera using firmware version 1.4.9.

It’s important when first receiving your new camera to go through the following setup procedures. This not only helps you learn how to navigate the different camera modes but also ensures you know the function of each button. This lesson will guide you through the basic setup procedure.

Charge the CameraInsert the Memory CardLearn the ButtonsPhoto, Video & Setting ModesSetup the Date/TimeDisable Loop Recording

Before you rush out and start shooting video there are a few simple steps your should take to ensure your getting the most out of your new action camera. Follow along and we’ll show you the action camera quick start guide to using your new SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera.

Charging the SJ6 Legend

Prior to setup, we recommend you fully charge the camera by using the included USB cable. By either plugging the camera into an available USB port on your computer or by using a compatible 5 volt 1 amp USB power adapter (wall charger). The first initial charge will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The charging status is indicated by the LED status light shown below.

Once fully charged the Red LED will turn off. Your camera is now ready to use.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera LCD LED Screen Back


Insert the Memory Card

We recommend using a Class 10 32GB size (or less) microSDHC memory card with the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Cameras. Xtreme Sport DV offers the Sandisk Extreme 32GB Memory Cards for a great price, so if you haven’t already purchased one with your camera head on over to pick one up! It’s important to note that the SJ6 Legend (4K Resolution) requires a memory card rated for 4K video recording. We recommend the Sandisk Extreme for recording in 4K resolutions. If your experiencing intermittent camera freeze-ups or glitchy video recordings, the memory card your using is to slow. Either replace the card with a faster speed or lower the cameras recording resolution.

When inserting the memory card, do not force or jam the card in. When installed correctly it’ll slide down into the spring-loaded slot with little effort. If the card is going in crooked or with friction then try inserting the other way around.


SJCAM SJ6 Legend Buttons

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera LCD LED Screen Back

  • OK / Shutter Release Button
    • Used to take a picture in photo mode or start/stop video recording in video mode.
    • Used to confirm selections while in the preview mode and camera settings menu.
  • Power / Menu Button
    • Press and hold for 3 seconds to power on/off the camera.
    • With the camera powered on; a single press to toggle between video mode and the camera menu.
    • With the camera in a menu mode; press to toggle selections. Acts as Up/DOWN arrow without having to use the touchscreen.
  • Settings Button
    • With the camera powered on; press to toggle between the camera modes and setting menus.


SJ6 Legend Touchscreen

In addition to the 3 basic buttons above, the majority of your interaction with the camera will take place using the 2″ touchscreen. Based upon the firmware version mentioned above, these touch gestures will allow interaction with additional menus, settings and modes the SJ6 Legend has to offer.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

Swipe Down on the LCD Touchscreen to reveal WIFI, Wireless Remote Control, FPV and Lock settings

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

Swipe Sideways, either left or right on the back LCD Touchscreen to switch between the Photo and Video Modes

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

Swipe Up on the LCD Touchscreen to reveal the additional Video and Photo modes and settings

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Touchscreen Gestures Swipe Menu

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Photo, Video & Settings Mode

The SJCAM SJ6 Legend features several camera modes. To cycle through these modes, press the Power/Mode button on the side of the camera and select the desired camera mode.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Video Mode ScreenVideo
The SJ6 defaults to full HD 1080p video at 60fps. Once the camera is powered on, you’re ready to shoot video. To start/stop recording, press the OK button.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Photo Mode ScreenPhoto
Photo mode is accessed by pressing the Power/Menu button one time from the video mode default setting, this will bring up the Photo/Video Menu (shown below) where you can select your required still photo mode. Additionally, you can also swipe Left/Right on the touchscreen to quickly toggle between photo and video modes.

Photo/Video Menu
With the camera powered on, this menu is accessed by pressing the Power/Mode button one time. Use this menu to select camera setup and additional video/photo modes such as: Video/Photo, Playback, Video Lapse, Slow Motion, Photo Lapse, Burst Mode, Underwater, Motion Detection, Dash Cam, and the Camera Setup Menu.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Camera Settings ScreenCamera Settings Menu
The camera settings menu is accessed by pressing the Settings button on the side of the camera. Additionally, you can also tap the Gear icon on the bottom right corner of the touchscreen. This menu is where you’re going to adjust all camera, photo and video related settings.
** NOTE: the options will change depending which mode you’re in. To change video settings, make sure you’re in Video Mode prior to entering the camera settings menu. To change photo settings, make sure your in Photo mode.


Setting the Date/Time on the SJCAM SJ6

  • To change the date and time first start by powering on the SJ6 Legend camera and navigating to the camera menu. After power-up this will be 2 press on the “Settings” button. Alternatively, you can also use the touchscreen and tap the gear icon in the bottom right corner.
  • Using the touchscreen, find and tap the “Date/Time” option.
  • Within the Date/Time sub-folder, set the “Time”, “Date” and “Format” sections
  • Once the correct information has been entered confirm and save the settings by pressing the “X” button on-screen and exiting the menu. You will be returned to the main settings menu.


The SJCAM SJ6 Legend in it’s default state will have the timestamp setting enabled. This setting will overlay the current Date/Time we previously setup onto your video and picture files. Depending on your requirements, you may want to disable this setting. You may do so from the settings menu under the “Time Stamp” selection.


SJCAM SJ6 Legend Loop Recording

We HIGHLY recommend turning the loop recording setting OFF in almost all situations. Leaving this enabled may result in data loss. One of the only situations this should be enabled is for dash camera usage.

With loop recording enabled the camera will record a bunch of video files based on the interval selected in the settings. Once the memory card becomes full the camera will automatically delete the oldest video file to make room for the new file.


SJCAM SJ6 Legend Wireless Remote Pairing

Please visit the How to Pair the SJCAM Wireless Remote page for pairing instructions.