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Sony A7S II

Sony A7S II Review

The Sony A7S II is Sony’s flagship hybrid stills camera and interchangeable lens video camera launched in 2015. Launched more than five years ago, this is still one of the best cameras available in the market due to the features which are still not offered by anyone else.

It has extraordinary sensitivity and an extended dynamic range through every ISO range and 5-axis image stabilization that gives you superior shooting control.

Sony A7S II Review

Sony Alpha A7S II is a 12.0MP Pro Mirrorless camera with a Full frame (35.6 23.8 x 23.8 millimeters) large CMOS sensor.

It also has an integrated brand-new Image Stabilization system, a weatherproof body, tilting screen, and Sony E lens mount. In short, every feature a person might be looking at in high-end mirrorless cameras.

Usually, this camera comes in a body alone or a complete package that includes the Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens making it ideal for capturing video and stills in dim lighting.

Full-frame 4K videos can be captured internally, with the full pixel readout without binning of pixels, and full HD video can be shot at 120fps and 100Mbps. The a7S II has an ISO sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600, which applies to stills and video capture.

Salient features of Sony A7S II:

Design

Sturdy, simple, best ergonomics and user-friendly designs are the specialties of Sony’s cameras. And this mirrorless camera features the best of all these features.

The Sony Alpha A7S II is an all-frame compact camera. The design and overall look are similar to models from the top-of-the-line Alpha range. It’s not the most miniature camera, yet it’s less than a DSLR alternative.

What’s new in this new model compared to its predecessor or Sony’s cameras in the similar category?

Well, A7S II  is a step up from every aspect and takes its cues from all the significant improvements in design that you noticed during A7R II. The first-wave A7 models had standard settings but were challenging to use in parts. Sony Alpha A7S II uses new controls that are designed to operate better.

Handling

The grip is now different. It’s more rounded, which gives a better grip on the hand. The shutter button’s location is different as well. The controller itself has been moved forward and now sits closer to the point where your finger naturally falls. It’s more comfortable.

The Sony Alpha A7S II shape is identical to the previous generation, but the finishing is different. The smooth bodies have exchanged for a rough and almost speckled look that is a lot more like the one used in top DSLRs. It appears to be slightly more rugged and durable.

Like before, most of the camera’s frame is composed of magnesium alloy. Although there’s not complete weather sealing, the frame has been constructed to keep out water.

The other feature new to the model is a lock mode dial, which can help prevent you from changing to a different shooting mode in error.

EVF and Screen of Sony Alpha A7S II

At first glance, the Sony Alpha A7S II has the identical EVF found in the A7S. It features the same 2.36-million dots viewfinder. Higher-resolution models are available; however, they are incredibly scarce as of the date of writing.

There’s been a slight improvement in this feature of the gadget. It’s gone in the range of 0.71x from 0.71x to 0.78x magnification. This makes the image appear more prominent, and nobody will be complaining about it. It’s an excellent EVF.

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha A7S II is equipped with a tilting 3.0″ screen LCD. The resolution of the screen is 1,229k dots. Additionally, it comes with an Electronic ViewFinder built-in. Its built-in ViewFinder has a coverage of 100 pixels and a resolution of 2 359 dots.

100% guarantee that the final image will show precisely what you observe in the viewfinder when shooting. The coverage indicator will also mean that the frame of your shot will be more precise, which means there is no need for additional cropping.

The Sony A7S II elevates your photography by integrating Imaging Edge desktop applications. Utilize “Remote” to control and watch live shooting on your PC’s screen “Viewer” to preview the photos quickly, rate them, and choose images from the vast collections of pictures; and “Edit” to develop RAW images into high-quality ones for distribution. Make the most of Sony RAW files, and improve the efficiency of your productions.

Max Shutter speed of Sony Alpha A7S II

Other highlights on Sony Alpha A7S II are its 5.0 FPS max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed. These allow users to take continuous photos.

In addition, Alpha A7S II comes equipped with an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/8000 seconds. Also, it means it is possible to take pictures without sound. But there’s one aspect of being aware of. Although electronic shutters are excellent for continuous and silent photography, they can cause rolling shutter effects to your photos in certain situations.

Flash

Unfortunately, unlike other class cameras, Alpha A7S II does not have an internal flash. But fortunately, it comes with an additional slot to accommodate other external lights instead.

Focusing

Additionally, Alpha A7S II has a Face detection AF function which quickly locates faces within the frame and then locks the focus to the faces instantly. Aside from the face detection camera, A7S II comes with an awe-inspiring feature – Eye Tracking AF.

This AF system lets the camera detect people’s eyes and automatically keeps the focus on their looks.

Additionally, the feature can track every move performed by the subject accurately. The eye-tracking AF feature within Alpha A7S II is an ideal tool for shooting portraits. It is helpful, especially if you have a small field depth and use quick lenses. The system can quickly identify faces and then automatically focus the faces.

Video Features

Regarding the Sony Alpha A7S II video quality features, it can capture videos at the highest resolution, 3840 x 2160. You also can choose from a variety of formats you will save your videos.

For instance, this mirrorless camera lets you save files with MPEG-4 and AVCHD or XAVC S formats. Sony Alpha A7S II supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video.

If you choose this resolution, you’ll be amazed by the clarity of the video as well as the clarity of the details when viewing it on a high-definition screen. These impressive resolution numbers help this model distinguish from the earlier model with a maximum video resolution.

So, suppose you’re planning to upgrade your camera and would prefer to be able to take a lot of high-quality videos. In that case, high resolution is an essential benefit of the Alpha A7S II.

Furthermore, Sony Alpha A7S II has a unique port that allows you to connect an external mic. It has an external audio port that makes the Sony Alpha A7S II an excellent camera for videography of high-quality use.

Connectivity and Storage

Another benefit of the Sony Alpha A7S II is its integrated wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This makes it possible to share files using compatible devices without having a physical connection.

Furthermore, this device is equipped with HDMI, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports, allowing you to link Alpha A7S II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

Following the commonly accepted CIPA standards, the battery used in the Sony Alpha A7S II provides an average of 370 shots. The typical battery life of cameras of this category is 432 shots.

Based on the widely accepted standards to consider, it is possible to conclusively say that Sony Alpha A7S II is over the average battery longevity. However, it’s a good idea to get some extra batteries if you plan to take long photography excursions.

The only downside is that the battery’s lifespan isn’t even close to that of the similar-priced DSLRs, such as that of the Nikon D810. The battery can last for about 300 shots, as Sony packs two batteries inside the box, but be aware that this won’t be enough for serious photography trips. Keeping a battery backup is always a good idea.

The Sony Alpha A7S II can be charged up via USB with the battery of an additional device. A battery inside your bag for camera use is a great idea.

Sony A7S II Major Specifications:

1.      Lens

  • Sony A7S II supports E-mount lens support. All Sony E-Mount lenses are compatible.

2.      Sensor

  • It has a 35 mm sensor.
  • It has a 35mm full-frame (35.6 x 23.8mm) Exmor CMOS sensor.
  • It is Approx.12.2 MP
  • Image sensor aspect ratio is 3:2

3.      Recording:

  • The recording format for still images is JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
  • The recording format for movies is XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
  • It provides you with high frame recordings of NTSC: 1920 x 1080 (24p/12Mbps, 30p/16Mbps), PAL: 1920 x 1080 (25p/16Mbps)

4.      Storage Media

  • Sony A7S II provides compatible recording on Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card

5.      Noise Reduction:

  • Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than one sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable

6.      Focus Type:

  • The focus is on type Contrast-detection AF

7.      Focus Point:

  • Sony A7S II provides 169 points (contrast-detection AF)

8.      Image Stabilization

  • Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation

Pros and Cons of Sony A7S II:

Things we loved:

  • It provides you with the best electronic viewfinder.
  • Sony offers 5-axis in-body stabilization in its newest camera bodies that are very useful, especially for some hybrid photographers.
  • Say goodbye to blurry portraits! The continuous eye autofocus feature allows you to get tack-sharp focus on the model’s eye at the push of a button. In daylight, it is exact and consistent. It doesn’t work well in low light and reverts to facial recognition.
  • There is no inquiry that one of the biggest causes why photographers move to mirrorless in general or Sony is explicitly for the smaller form factor.
  • Not only are these cameras feature-packed, but they also offer tremendously good image quality.
  • The full-frame A7RII and crop sensor A6500 give you unreal resolution, dynamic range, and sharpness; you will be delighted with that, and it has allowed me to get the most out of my photos.

Unimpressive aspects of Sony A7S II

  • The battery life on Sony cameras is almost offensive compared to a DSLR.
  • It would take at least 3 seconds to wake up and be ready to take a photograph.
  • It also powers you to intentionally replace your batteries when shooting an event because the camera will take around 7 seconds to take a photograph after replacing its battery!
  • It provides you with only 1 SD card slot.

Conclusion

In the wake of Sony’s great low-light cameras, the A7S, Sony has made an incremental but still remarkable upgrade to Sony A7S II. But the sensor has not changed. Sony has reworked the engine for image processing to give the best high ISO performance.

Considering how amazing the initial A7S was when operating at higher ISOs is quite an achievement. Additionally, the camera received changes similar to its Mark II sibling with improved ergonomics and controls, in addition to receiving Sony’s remarkable 5-axis image stabilization.

Sony A7S III Review

No matter the period, cameras are always popular among the masses. Companies have been investing in offering the best products to users. In grabbing most customer attention, Sony has always been on top.

The A7 camera series by Sony has proved to be offering the user’s needs. Sony A7S III is a version of the A7 series with a low-resolution camera with high sensitivity. This camera was designed after five years of hard work, especially for filmmakers.

It was introduced as a videography camera, but it can still shoot photographs. The still pictures of Sony’s A7S III will be raw and Jpeg images, but there is an option to shoot a 10-bit image.

Sony A7S III is better for filming than it is for photography, but that is common among all the cameras of this category. It has the exact resolution for still photos as an iPhone, 12 megapixels. Sony A7S III can only be used for shoots of 4K video, albeit with several other options, which makes it more than an iPhone.

The rest of the demanded details of Sony’s A7S III are thoroughly explained in this article. We have included all the significant features trying our best to provide a realistic review.

Sony A7S III Review

The A7S III is said to be the most reliable videography camera in all the A7 series of Sony. It is designed for 4K shoots. This makes the camera give slightly less detailed results than some videography cameras. But Sony has made the A7S III an improved camera by improving the rolling shutter rate and extended record times.

Compared to the rest of the A7S series, this one is better at capturing pics in low light.

Handling/Control

Sony A7S III is the size of the usual cameras and has the shape of most of the mirrorless cameras. It measures 3.8 by 5.1 by 2.7 inches and weighs about 1.4lbs without a lens. It is colored in black with magnesium alloy from the inside for dust and water protection.

The buttons of the Sony A7S III are okay with a deep grip. It also features a separate mic jack, an expressive 3″ screen, and a full-size HDMI port.

The REC buttons are slightly bigger and can be found on the top plate. The AF button now can be used for one-shot autofocus. This can be done while you are using the manual focus setting of your camera.

The grip of the A7S is almost identical to the one of A7R and A9 II. The deep hand easy-grip comes with a finger rest. The body is built to use big lenses such as bigger zoom lenses or telephoto ones. The camera can still be used with a wrist strap if you attach a lens.

Sensor

Sony A7S III comes with a 12mp resolution sensor. According to the company, the BSI design will boost the low light performance. It features an ISO of 80, which may bring a dynamic range. The sensor readout rate has been improved. Sony A7S III can shoot UHD 4K at up to 60p from its full width (4.2K) or 120p from a native UHD 4K region (a 1.1x crop).

Processor

Sony A7S III comes with the new Bionz X processor. It is a dual-chip processing system, which allows the camera to handle the video and image separately. This will reduce the latency rate allowing more complex image processing.

Autofocus

The advanced autofocus system of the camera automatically detects faces, heads, and eyes using the appropriate focusing method. The face detection method allows video recording without the risk of refocusing on a different person. The autofocus feature includes:

  • Contrast Detect
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

White balance sensor

The white balance sensor is standard in smartphones these days. We have also seen them in cameras as well like Canon. Nikon and Olympus but are rare. The Sony A7S III comes with a white balance sensor. It reacts quickly to changes in the scene.

This sensor will help to reduce unpredictable white shifts as you capture a video. With the help of this sensor, the sudden fill of the screen with a new color will be reduced or exempted.

Video Compression

Compression options in a camera are the most significant improvement any company can bring. The A7S III works on 10-bit video capturing.

Ultra High-definition 4K Videos

The maximum of the camera’s UHD footage is taken from the full 4240-pixel width of the sensor. Every time you shoot, the video will turn out extra sharp and crystal clear, no matter the shooting circumstances.

Sony A7S III Video performance

Sony A7S III is a videography camera with a rolling shutter of sub 10ms in all modes. The readout rate is a bit slow. The A7S used to shoot a 4K. This means it has fewer data to the readout, which will decrease the risk of rolling shutter. To give you a better review of the rolling shutter, I have put the different shutter rates at different modes in a table:

Video mode Rolling shutter rate
4K 60p / 30p / 24p 8.7ms
4K 120p 7.7ms
4K Steady Shot Active

(60p / 30p / 24P)

7.8ms

 

You will require a crop to deliver 4K(120p) because you need an 8.3ms rolling shutter rate to shoot 120 frames per second. The sub 10ms rolling shutter rate is excellent for capturing fast-moving objects.

Dual Gain Sensor

Almost all the cameras these days are built to have large sensors. However, this is not the case with Sony A7S III. It has a dual gain sensor instead of a large one. This means you will need to switch from a high dynamic range readout circuit to a lower readout for higher ISOs.

The ISO rating of each camera depends upon the gamma curve. The Song A7S III moves to its higher gain of 4.33EV about the base set. So if you are working near the ISO where the camera mode changes, you better change your gain to higher.

Stills

The video stills feature makes it possible to assess the resolution and sampling method used to capture videos. The Sony A7S III offers a benefit with its low pixel count; it can shoot 4K from the entire width of its sensors. It is the only Sony camera capturing 4k/120p from a large sensor area. The low pixel count allows it to capture a touchless detail than 24MP.

Of course, the final results will be much less detailed than any 2X oversampled camera, like Canon EOS R5. Still, the footage of A7S III will be easy to deliver for extended periods.

Battery Life

Sony A7S III uses a Sony NP-FZ100 battery. The Z series battery is an upgrade in the A7 series. The Z series battery provides nearly twice the battery life as other still cameras. You can capture approximately 600 shots on CIPA standards. You can undoubtedly get more photos if you use the 10fps drive.

The expected time for capturing videos is about 95 minutes of recording. There have not been any overheating issues yet, but you might face them if you record in hot areas for more than 20 minutes. Remember, your battery might get eaten up if you use a 4K 120 setting with IBIS at high bit rates.

Sony A7S III Specifications:

Bod type:

  • Mirrorless
  • Weather sealed

Sensor:

  • 12 megapixels
  • Eight × 35.6 mm CMOS
  • 4µm pixel pitch
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 01 crop factor
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

ISO:

  • ISO 80 ~ 102,400.
  • ISO 40 (L), ISO 204,800 (H1) and ISO 409,600 (H2)

Image Sizes:

  • 4,240 × 2,832 pixels (12 MP or 12,007,680 pixels)
  • 2,768 × 1,848 (Medium, 5.1 MP)
  • 2,128 × 1,416 (Small, 3 MP)

Cropped Aspect Ratios

  • Square 1:1, Ideal-Format 4:3 and 16:9 crops from the above

APS-C crop:

  • 2,768 × 1,848 (Large, 5.1 MP)
  • 2,128 × 1,416 (Medium, 3 MP)
  • 1,376 × 920 (Small, 1.3 MP)

Still Formats

  • JPG
  • Standard, Fine or Extra Fine
  • sRGB and Adobe RGB

Dimensions:

  • Eight by 5.1 by 2.7 inches

Weight:

  • 4lbs

Raw:

  • 14-bit RAW0

Video:

  • File Formats
  • XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) or XAVC HS (MPEG-H HEVC/H.265)

Autofocus

  • 759 phase-detection AF points
  • 425 contrast-detection points
  • Range rated LV-6 (+20 with an f/2 lens)

Finder:

  • 16mm/0.64″ 9,437,184 dot OLED
  • 90× magnification
  • 41° diagonal apparent angle
  • 25mm eye-point
  • Auto brightness control
  • -4 (+3 diopters)

Shutter:

  • Mechanical & Silent Electronic Shutters
  • 1/8,000(30 seconds)
  • 1/250 flash sync speed

Frame Rates:

  • To 10 FPS with tracking autofocus & exposure

Buffer (Burst) Sizes:

  • Over 1,000 frames, JPG and/or uncompressed raw

Flash:

  • 1/250sync speed

Built-in Flash:

  • NONE

External Flash:

  • Dedicated hot shoe
  • No Prontor-Compur (PC) terminal

LCD Monitor:

  • 95″ diagonal flipping touch screen.
  • 1,440,000 dots

Other features:

  • 1/8,000 maximum shutter speed
  • Ideal format (4:3), Square 1:1 and 16:9 as-shot crops
  • Fast 10 FPS still shooting
  • Innumerable video format options.
  • Dual cards capacity

  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • No .MOV or .M4V video
  • XAVC S or XAVC HS

Pros:

  • 12MP sensor
  • 4K recording at 10-bit quality
  • 120fps slow motion
  • Face recognition
  • Autofocus
  • 3-inch display size
  • Subject tracking at 10fps
  • High sensitivity at low light
  • 5-axis IBIS
  • Dust and water protection
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Microphone connectivity

Cons:

  • Autofocus does not work on SLR lens adapters
  • No waveform monitoring
  • No automatic brightness control
  • No ability to save and recall camera settings to and from a card
  • No GPS

Conclusion

The Sony A7S III is an excellent option for filming. Its performance is long-lasting, with most video focus features.

The quality of the captures in 4K and HD is remarkable. The colors are beautifully adjusted in the camera and give a natural look to your file. The high ISO performance is extraordinary. Sony had promised to introduce 15 stops of range, and honestly, they have not disappointed.

The 4K files are not the only impressive thing about the A7S III. The result of Sony H.265 is equally remarkable. The standard colors of A7S III are some of the best from Sony.

Sony has introduced considerable improvements in the A7S III. The handling and connectivity are easy. Sony A7S III can be an excellent option for most videographers as it comes with more battery life and twice the resolution for half the price of high-resolution cameras. If you need a high ISO, this is the camera you need.

Although it is pricier than other cameras with low resolution, it has several benefits for low light videography. The Sony A7S III is undoubtedly the finest hybrid video camera anyone can buy, so why not make it yours today <– Affiliate link  🙂 No doubt the company has successfully given the filmmakers what they needed.

DJI Osmo Action Review

DJI Osmo Action is often referred to as “one true competitor” of the renowned GoPro series action cameras. But there’s a huge price tag difference between these two.

Is there any difference between their performance?

Or is this camera worth all the hype from photographers from different corners of the world?

From technical aspects to hands-on experience about its performance, here is all the information you might be looking for about this camera.

DJI Osmo Action Camera Review

When this camera was launched, people assumed it was an attempt to replicate the GoPro Hero 07 Black, looking at its design and specifications. But first, in terms of price and secondly in terms of some features, there are some differences between them.

The surprising thing is that both gadgets are almost the same performance. We found Osmo Action’s still images results are marginally better in our experiment.

This nifty camera can shoot videos at resolutions up to 4K60 and 1080p240, 12MP still photos in JPG & RAW formats, waterproof up to 36 feet, features a front-facing colored screen, offers a high-end stabilization, offers an above-average battery life, and tons of other great features.

Unfortunately for this camera, whenever it is reviewed, it is compared with GoPro Hero 08 or 07. This sometimes highlights the problems that aren’t noticeable if reviewed solely. Take the example of video quality.

Osmo Action’s videos are very sharp and premium-quality. Both gadgets can equally shoot with their maximum framerates and offer an incredible time-lapse. But GoPro Hero 08 is laced with additional signature features of the series, i.e., modern TimeWarp 2.0, LiveBurst, and SuperView.

All this shows DJI Osmo Action a bit of undercut despite being an exceptional and better action camera than 90-95% of other action cameras available in the market.

Salient Features of DJI Osmo Action:

Built and Design

The boxy design and the lens placement of the camera make it just like the GoPro.

It is best in terms of portability. It is a tiny action camera and weighs merely 0.12 Kg. The body is plastic with a rubbery finish and feels very rugged in hand.

Its fully packed body is waterproof up to 36 meters, more than Hero 07, which costs relatively more. In terms of buttons, the camera’s body is reasonably straightforward – features merely a few buttons that are easy to press and operate.

But as the camera itself is very small, the buttons are also tiny, which can get annoying sometimes, especially outdoors.

The camera side features a USB-C port and a microSD card slot.

The base of the camera houses a battery component. On the front is the camera, the most prominent feature is the square 1.4 inches display.

And last but not least, the camera’s back features a 2.4 inches LCD (16:9) display with a pixel density of over 300 PPI. The display results are very sharp and vibrant.

Overall, DJI Osmo Action is durable and pleasant to use but not at all to be used as a hand-held camera.

Video Performance

DJI Osmo Action can shoot impressive 4K60 and 1080p240 videos. With that, it also offers dynamic HDR video and time-lapse videos. Recording the entire frame on each camera means using a ratio of 4:3. During experimentation, the 8x slow motion at 1080p240 also met all the hype created by the developers in the pre-launch phase.

It features a built-in electronic image stabilization named RockSteady. We felt like this was pretty much like the HyperSmooth (image stabilization of GoPro). HyperSmooth is an exceptional case of EIS. So, if Osmo Action even 80% of that, it is a pretty excellent deal for the camera’s price tag. After all, what the end-user is looking for are good results.

One somewhat disappointing aspect of the camera is that it lacks an autofocus system. Overall, the camera performance is reliable, but this camera is almost useless when fast-moving objects or rapid actions are involved, i.e., sports photography or wildlife photography.

Still Performance

Usually, action camera manufacturers are more focused on the video results, but the still images results of this camera turned out exceptional. In fact, better than its video performance.

Both outdoors and indoors images turned out ultra-sharp with many details. But in general, images in the well-lit situation are relatively better than those shot in dimly lit surroundings.

It supports JPEG and RAW format for still images and takes HDR and time-lapse photos.

Battery life

DJI Osmo Action uses the standard 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery (5.005 Wh,3.85 V). The battery’s output is better than most action cameras in this category.

A fully charged battery can support video recording at 1080P/30fps for up to 135 minutes (with RockSteady stabilization turned off and screen sleep enabled after 1 min) and 4K/60fps for up to 63 minutes (with RockSteady turned on and screen sleep helped after 1 min).

Connectivity

DJI Osmo Action offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Connectivity features combined with the camera’s mobile application make footage sharing more accessible. And given the fact it uses Besides other functions, the WiFi can be used to transfer footage directly to the phone; much speedier than using data cable et cetera.

Using the app and Wi-Fi, a 1-minute 4K 30fps HDR clip (723MB) took only about 1-minute and 30 seconds to transfer.

DJI Osmo Action App

The App makes the user experience much innovative and better. To utilize all camera features, users need to install the App because several features such as exposure-peaking are exclusive to the DJI Osmo Action App.

Users can download the footage directly to their phone from the camera over the Mimo application.

DJI Osmo Action Specs and Technical Information:

  • Dimensions: 65×42×35 mm
  • Weight: 124 g
  • Front Screen: 1.4 inches
  • Back Screen: 2.25 inches
  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 12M
  • Lens: FOV: 145° f/2.8
  • ISO Range: 100-3200
  • Electronic Shutter Speed: 120-1/8000s
  • Max Image Size: 4000×3000 pixels
  • Still Photography Modes: Single, Countdown, Timed, Burst, AEB
  • Video: 4K (16:9) – 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps; 4K (4:3) – 30, 25, 24fps; 2.7K (4:3) – 30, 25, 24fps; 2.7K (16:9) – 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps; 1080p – 240, 200, 120, 100, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps; 720p – 240, 200fps
  • Slow Motion: 720p 120, 240fps (Speed: 4/8); 1080p 120, 240fps (Speed: 4/8)
  • HDR Video: 4K, 2.7K, 1080p
  • Timelapse: 4K, 2.7K, 1080p (0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 20, 30s)
  • Photo Formats : JPEG/JPEG+DNG
  • Video Formats: MOV, MP4 (H.264)
  • Supported SD Cards: microSD; Max. 256 GB
  • Audio Output: 48 KHz; AAC
  • Battery Type: LiPo, 1300 mAh, 5.005 Wh,3.85 V
  • Battery life: 1080P/30fps for up to 135 minutes; 4K/60fps for up to 63 minutes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Charging Time: 90 mins

What we liked:

✔ Outstanding still images

✔ Built-in digital stabilization

✔ Competitive video quality

✔ Above average time-lapse results

✔ Good battery life

✔ Waterproof up to 36 feet

✔ Front-facing screen

What we didn’t like:

❌ No Autofocus system

❌ No GPS

❌ No HDMI port

❌ Slow continuous shooting speed of 7 fps.

Our Verdict

DJI Osmo Action was the first-ever action camera released by the manufacturer. But if its features and still images performance is compared with the action cameras in the same price range, it is better than the most – Make it yours today! <– Affiliate link 🙂

The first-ever release being considered as GoPro’s direct competition makes the camera a pretty big deal.

We liked and favorably endorsed this action camera.

Suppose you are looking for a rugged device, which can be your partner everywhere in your adventure without you worrying about damaging it, and want to save every escapade in a crystal-clear manner using the eye of a camera; in that case, this is the perfect gadget for you!

But unfortunately, it doesn’t feature an intelligent built-in autofocus system, so we do not recommend it if you are looking for a camera for sports and wildlife photography.

Sony RX0 II Hands On Review

Vlogging culture is on the rise all across the world. Every camera producer is grabbing this market and releasing something that specifically caters to the needs of vloggers and enthusiasts.

RX0 II is one such camera from the industry leader Sony. Though this camera is marketed and released under the action camera category, it works more perfectly for vlogging in general than action photography.

Sony RX0 II Review

Sony RX0 II has been one of the top-notch cameras ever since it appeared on the market. Many recognized reviewers referred to this camera as the direct competitor of GoPro’s Hero series action cameras.

But is this compact little gadget worth the money and all this hype is well-deserved? Here is the crux of our hands-on experience with the Sony RX0 II to bring you an honest review of the device.

All-important details you demand to apprehend about this unique action camera are cited here, covering all the salient features.

Sony RX0 II – for action photography hunger

Sony RX0 II stands in the premium price class costing almost the same or more than the latest GoPro action cameras releases. But honestly, this camera is loaded with bundles of remarkable features, making it worth investing money in it.

Sony RX0 II works the best for vlogging mainly due to its flip-up screen, which aids in framing the vlog, remarkably exceptional audio and video quality, and unique ability to separate the subject from the background.

Though it is the best camera for vlogging, that doesn’t mean that it does not work well when fulfilling the general job description of an action camera. It is loaded with all the features that an enthusiast needs to cater to his action photography needs.

RX0 II comes with internal 4K video recording with in-body electronic stabilization, full pixel readout and no pixel binning, 180 degrees up and down to 90 degrees flipping LCD screen, improved color reproduction for human skin, a closer focusing distance of 20cm, and lot more.

Design

The physical dimensions of this tiny rugged camera are 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4″ / 59.0 x 40.5 x 35.0 mm, and it weighs just 4.7 ounces – perfect for carrying it around outdoors.

We didn’t find any noticeable difference in terms of design compared to its predecessor Sony RX0 I. Both of these devices are each other’s and standard GoPro designs alike. The build is premium quality and feels rugged but smooth in hands.

And with this one, forget about the worries of damaging your action camera during your adventures. It is entirely waterproof to 33 feet, drop resistant to 6.5 feet, completely dust-proof, and crush-proof against the weight of sound 200 kilograms.

The most noticeable feature in the camera’s build is its tilting screen that can go 180 degrees up and down to 90 degrees. This is one of the reasons it is attracting more vloggers. The screen is bright and vibrant and shows the same results under bright sunlight, even underwater.

RX0 II comes with a 24mm fixed wide-angle lens, the same lens as its predecessor. Go Pro hero 07 has almost the same lens, but this camera features a 1-inch image sensor (offers 15.3MP stills), which is a lot bigger than the GoPro’s 1/2.3-inch sensor (12MP) making its results better than any other camera.

This action camera features a microphone port, a micro USB port for charging, and mini HDMI out to an external recorder for clean 4:2:2 4K videos, and some buttons for different settings at the side of the screen.

Video Performance

Sony RX0 II can record Ultra HD 4K30 videos and Full HD videos at up to 120 fps. These videos are recorded internally to a memory card. The highest setting of the camera is the highest quality setting of 3840×2160 at 25 frames per second.

All the videos are recorded with a full pixel readout of the sensor and no pixel binning. Due to this, the footages are relatively more significant, but the details in the footage turn out excellent every time.

During our experimentation, the video of just 23 seconds turned out to be 276Mb in size. RX0 II can be attached to an external recorder for uncompressed 4:2:2 video, but that’s usually not possible every time you are shooting outdoors.

For video shooting, there is an Electronic SteadyShot image stabilization which works just fine. Even in extreme shooting situations, i.e., cycling or hiking, the videos still turn out crisp and steady.

Still images

All the cameras in this category feature a lot smaller image sensors which means lower maximum resolution the camera can support.

The image results are marvelous. The larger sensor enables more depth of field control. It promises to produce improved image quality, particularly in low-light settings where traditional action cameras with relatively smaller sensor sizes generally struggle.

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It supports both RAW and JPEG format.

Images quality is perfect in every way, but one thing we couldn’t shake from our mind is that there is no image stabilization for still images. Electronic-image stabilization works only for video shooting.

Autofocus

RX0 II does feature an Autofocus system, but the more one goes into its nerdy details, the more disappointing it turns out.

For starters, the camera AutoFocus brings greeting results on the camera but only when it is working. Sony RX0 II lacks a continuous autofocus system. The autofocus locks when you start recording and stays at the same spot unless you finish the recording.

If you want to shift the focus on another subject or actual subjects get closer or further away, the camera is still locked on one focal point, which may often result in footage where the subject is blurred.

Many reviewers assumed that the larger sensor in the tiny camera body is the reason behind the trade-off, but the larger sensor doesn’t mitigate the fact that AF-C is absent.

Battery life

Sony RX0 II uses a standard 700mAh battery.

The official manual of Sony RX0 II states that the camera can give around 35-40 minutes of the uninterrupted video shoot or 240 single shots. Still, every time, the camera gave more average than this. In ideal situations, it can give up to 55 minutes of continuous shooting time before turning off.

Sony RX0 II App

Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile App compliments Sony RX0 II operations pretty ne-plus-ultra.

The camera can be remotely controlled partially using the Play Memories App, which includes basic exposure adjustments. The smartphone’s partial control allows to speed up essential camera management and remove live views on the display.

Both Android and iOs support the Application.

Sony RX0 II Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4″ / 59.0 x 40.5 x 35.0 mm
  • Weight: 4.13 oz (Body Only), 4.66 oz (Body with Battery and Memory)
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 700 mAh
  • Sensor Type: 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • Focal Length: 7.9mm
  • Fixed Focus: No
  • Media/Memory Card Slot: Single Slot: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
  • Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/29.97 fps (100, 60 Mb/s XAVC S)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/60/120 fps (100, 60, 50, 25 Mb/s XAVC S)
    • 1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    • Slow Motion Mode 240 fps Recorded at 1676 x 942p
    • 480 fps Recorded at 1676 x 566p
    • 960 fps Recorded at 1136 x 384p
  • Audio Format Dolby Digital AC3
  • Shutter Speed: 1/32000 Second (Photo)
  • Exposure Modes Modes: Intelligent Auto, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Programmed Auto, Superior Auto
  • Continuous Shooting: Up to 16 fps at 15 MP for up to 129 Frames (JPEG)
  • Self-Timer: 2, 5, 10 Sec
  • Remote Control: VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip (Optional)
  • Image Stabilization: Digital
  • Shockproof Rating: 6.5′ / 2.0 m
  • Waterproof Depth Rating : 33.0′ / 10.0 m (Camera)
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • Built-In Mic: Yes
  • Built-In Speaker: No
  • Built-In Light/Flash: Light – No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
  • Tripod Mount: 1/4″ – 20
  • Inputs connector: 1 x USB Micro-B 2.0
  • Outputs connector: 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
  • Microphone Input: Via Dedicated Port

Pros:

✔ Exceptional images result

✔ UHD videos

✔ Tilting screen

✔ Good audio quality

✔ Dust/water/crush/fall-proof

Cons:

❌ No continuous Auto-focus system

❌ On a very pricer side

Conclusion

Sony RX0 II is loaded with multiple substantial characteristics, durable performance.

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Akaso Brave 7 LE Hands On Review

Akaso stands among those camera manufacturers who believe that no one should miss out on the experience of using a good action camera just because of the expensive piece tags. Their products are very reasonably priced but feature almost all of the features of high-end cameras.

Put an Akaso camera side by side with an action camera with a heavy price tag, and you will indeed find more value of money in the Akaso one.

Akaso Brave 7 LE Review

Akaso Brave 7 LE, the latest release from this Chinese manufacturer, is changing the game in low-end action cameras. Its features and price tag collectively brought many surprises to the table.

It bid farewell to many standard features, i.e., a single screen, and made sure of delivering everything that matters for an adventurer or an action camera enthusiast.

Akaso Brave 7 LE  – Insanely Good Value Action Camera

When Akaso Brave 7 LE appeared on the market, Hero 8 was the flagship model of GoPro in the market. Many people started comparing both of them because of the feature-set, but, Akaso is not a comparison of each other.

The latter one is almost double in price, and though the target market for both of them is action camera users, they are still intended to serve the different segments of the market. In short, both are perfect on their own.

Brave 7 LE is loaded with a dozen of valuable features, including innovative dual color screens, IPX8 waterproof to 5M/16FT, 4K UHD video shooting, 20-megapixel stills, time-lapse & timewarp, EIS 2.0 anti-shake technology, 170-degree super wide-angle lens, connectivity features, several photos and video shooting modes, and a lot more.

Here is the rundown of the salient features of the device:

Built and Design

Akaso Brave 7 LE has a standard design for an action camera. Small but compact & rigid body but feels very premium and rigid in hands. It has a rubberized finish that makes the grip on the camera more strong.

Besides the action camera users, this device is also a perfect choice for vloggers due to its dual screens. One is the standard screen, but the front screen is ideal for selfies. It can be switched so users can check out the composition, et cetera real-time, and every time gets the footage the way they desire.

The rear screen is the larger one with a 2 inches display, works as the menu navigator, and is also touch responsive. Both screens got dull under the bright sunlight, but honestly, not much is expected at this price.

Usually, the menu of cameras features too many settings. It is suitable for experts, but for people who aren’t aware of manual settings, camera settings are just a headache. But the menu of Brave 7 LE is straightforward and can be navigated very easily.

A fascinating feature about built, the camera is waterproof up to 10 meters or 33 feet without any need for the additional casing.

It allows you to shoot in the rain, water, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and during all types of watersports without any worries of damaging the camera. But that’s not it, and Brave 7 SE can be taken down to a depth of 98ft/30m using the waterproof housing.

6-axis stabilization

Action photography involves many bumps and shakes, so image stabilization is essential for any action camera.

The built-in stabilization technology of Akaso Brave 7 LE is almost perfect! No matter how bumpy the shooting circumstances are, all thanks to this 6-axis anti-shake technology (EIS 2.0), the video always turns out super-smooth and clear.

Video Quality

Brave 7 LE offers a video resolution of 4K at 30fps. The video turns out very clear and sharp, especially outdoors or under properly lit situations. And all thanks to the tilting screen, users can now record 4k vlogs and selfie videos with this tiny action camera. Besides 4K, it can also shoot at 2K, 1080p, and 720p options at different frame rates.

Overall, the video results are pretty nifty, but we do not like how the footage turned out after 30fps. 1080p60fps video was way mediocre. The best resolution setting to shoot videos with this camera is 4k30fps.

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Image Quality

20 MP still results of Akaso Brave 7 LE turned out average – neither too good nor too bad. But commonly, action camera manufacturers are more focused on the camera’s video quality, and keeping in view the price of this camera, it performs well.

 

Images results are reasonable, especially under bright light but do not expect anything like DJI Osmo Action or GoPro. Under the dimly lit situations, the grainy effect is celery visible in images.

Multiple modes

To make video and still shoot more fun, the camera has multiple videos and images.

For starters, it has time-lapse and slo-mo for videos. The other two worth mentioning video modes are still photo and driving mode.

It has a single-shot mode, self-timer mode, burst mode, timelapse, and prolonged exposure for stills.

Audio Quality

The audio quality of Akaso Brave 7 LE is surprisingly outstanding. The camera features a built-in Wind Noise Reduction feature that automatically reduces the wind noise from all the footage and enhances the video quality. Again – a perfect action camera for vlogging.

Besides the audio quality, the camera can be controlled using hands-free voice control.

Battery life

A standard 1350mAh battery is used in the device, which as per the camera manual, offers about 110 mins recording time for 4K video. But when shooting stills or switching the resolutions, the battery can last longer.

Also, the package contains a backup battery too.

Akaso Brave 7 LE Technical Specifications:

  • Camera type: Action cam
  • Video: 4K30, 2.7K30, 2K60, 2K30, 1080P90, and more
  • Photo: 20MP, 16MP, 12MP, 10MP, 8MP, 5MP
  • Video Modes: Video, Time Lapse Video, Slow Motion Video, Still Photo, Loop Recording
  • Still Modes: Photo, Time Lapse Photo, Burst Photo, Self-Timer
  • Burst: up to 12MP at 3 to 15 shots per second
  • Time-Lapse Video: 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals
  • Timewarp Video: None
  • Night Photo: 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second exposure times
  • Waterproofing: 10 meters or 33 feet without the case
  • Screens: 2-inch rear touchscreen and 1.5-inch small front screen
  • Touchscreen: 2″ rear LCD
  • GPS: None
  • Voice Control: Yes
  • Stabilisation: Electronic image stabilisation
  • HDR: None
  • Live streaming: No
  • Other: Driving, Self Timer, and Still Photo modes included
  • Stabilization: 6-axis
  • Screen: 2-inch rear touchscreen, small front screen
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, HDMI

  • Battery Capacity: 1350mAh, about 110 mins recording time for 4K video Format
  • Video: H.264/H.265
  • Photo: JPG and JPEG+DNG
  • Language: English/Deutsch/Español/Français/Italiano/简体中文/繁體中文/日本語
  • Digital lenses: Super wide, wide, medium, narrow
  • GPS: No
  • Voice control: Yes
  • Stabilization: 6-axis EIS 2.0
  • App support: Yes
  • Remote Control Included: Yes

Accessories

To make the user experience even better, Akaso added many accessories with the Akaso Brave 7 LE. Even the latest action cameras of GoPro’s package do not add this many supplements, and users have to purchase them separately, so this is a pretty good gesture from Akaso.

The package of this camera contains:

  • AKASO Brave 7 Action Camera
  • Camera Frame
  • Remote Control
  • Battery Charger
  • 2 x 1350 mAh Battery
  • 7 x Mount
  • 2 x Helmet Mount
  • Lens Cloth
  • Handlebar Mount
  • 5 x Strap
  • 5 x Zip Tie
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x Adhesive Pad
  • Quick Start Guide

What we like:

✅ 4K 30 fps video recording

✅ Six-axis, anti-shake technology(EIS 2.0)

✅ Water-resistant

✅ Wide-angle digital lens

✅ Value of money

What we didn’t like:

❌ Screen gets dull under bright sunlight

❌ Unimpressive results at frame rates above 30fps

❌ Touchscreen sometimes get unresponsive

Conclusion

Minimum spending and maximum features!!!

Akaso tried to make a good action camera experience accessible for everyone, and they successfully achieved it.

4k30fps, waterproofing, 20MP stills, good battery life, built-in 6-axis electronic image stabilization, multiple shooting modes, and a bundle of free accessories with the package – for anyone who wants a good feature set but does not want to spend a fortune, Akaso Brave 7 LE is a perfect action camera. <– Affiliate Link 🙂

Insta360 One R Review

With the increase in social media influencer culture and action photography on the rise, 360° cameras are highly in demand.

These cameras have incredibly wide-angle lenses, which place the subject and capture everything around it in a 360 degree/panoramic manner. To shoot action-filled adventures, large visual fields needed to be covered to capture the adventurer’s experience. That’s where this category of action cameras comes in handy.

Among these cameras, Insta360 One R has been one of the chart-topping cameras for quite a while. Is this camera worth buying, or is it only a good marketing campaign?

Here is our hands-on review covering its technical aspects and everything else you need to know about this unique action camera.

Insta360 One R Review

Despite costing almost half compared to the latest GoPro action cameras, this camera is packed with lots of incredible features. Among very few action cameras are considered direct rivals of GoPro.

Insta360 One R is designed for action enthusiasts looking for professional-level results from action cameras but does not want to spend as much money as they have to on mainstream action.

This modular action camera snaps together like lego bricks. It features impeccable built-in stabilization, 360° video shooting capabilities, super 5.7K resolution, Bullet Time 2.0, reversible screen, computer vision algorithm for focusing, and several brand new features.

The following section covers details of the prominent features of this substantial device.

Salient Features:

Video Performance

Accurate colors and very sharp footage!

Video performance is the best feature of this camera. It can perfectly handle both full-resolution 360-degree videos (5.7K at 30fps) and 4k videos (4K at 60fps) using the respective modules.

For 360º, Insta360 One R features a six-axis gyroscope-powered FlowState image stabilization software. We tried it under multiple different circumstances and got gimbal-like crystal clear footage every time.

Overall, video results are up to the mark, but in 360º, footages stitching is visible upon noticing.

Still images

Manufacturers’ focus is always on video quality and specs for action cameras. The same is the case with this camera, but we got some exceptional results during our experimentation.

It offers 12MP stills in RAW + JPEG format and several shooting modes that can work wonders if utilized.

While using this camera, both the 4k module and 360-degree module will provide you with different results. 360 one has a fish-eye view and works best for wide-angle shots. 4K one is best for general shoots. Image stabilization (FlowState) is excellent for both.

Results under sufficient light were outstanding. Low light results also turned out reasonable. Lifted shadows, bringing more detail out of the darker areas of the image, making images shot in dim light somewhat brighter.

Design

The physical dimensions for the 4k Wide Angle camera are 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.3 inches, and for Dual-Lens 360 camera, these are 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.7 inches.

Insta 360 One R has a unique modular design. It consists of the core module, the lens, and the battery, which come together like lego. The modular design opens a lot of windows of possibilities; you can use different suitable batteries and lenses with your camera as per your requirements. Not only that, if any of these modules are damaged, they can be easily replaced, and it won’t affect the remaining two.

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Another feature we liked was the 1.5 inches reversible screen on the core module. Results displayed on the screen are pretty vibrant and clear. It will allow you to preview everything while standing in front of the lens, just like a selfie camera.

Honestly, the camera is excellent in terms of results and performance, but this tiny size is a drawback. The buttons on the camera body are so small that unless the user is paying full attention, it sometimes becomes impossible to operate them.

Overall the build is solid and durable. You can take it out in your fun-filled activities outdoors without any worry about damaging it. It is also waterproof up to 5 meters only. But the manufacturer recommends using housing to keep the camera’s parts together underwater.

User Experience

In terms of user interference, the screen size and buttons weren’t very pleasing for us. Secondly, modular design has many benefits too, but it is impossible to use the device without a casing in some cases. Insta360 has a wide window for improvements when it comes to size.

There are a dozen features for users’ ease and enhance the still/video footage. Some of the worth mentioning features are: invisible selfie stick, Flash Cut (Impressive editing software), Timeshift, HDR, Night shot, Wi-Fi, point to track, 8x slow motion and 4x slow-motion 360, AI-powered finishing algorithm for footage detail preservation, bullet time, voice control, and Auto frame.

Battery life

Insta360 One R uses a standard 1150mAh battery. Its recharge takes just over an hour. And it can give almost 45-65 minutes of the continuous video shoot.

Insta360 One R App

Besides occasional lagging, this app compliments One R operations pretty fine.

To use all the device’s features, users must download the app because 360 video has to be processed inside the app. Once processed, it can be exported at 3K, 4K, 5.7K, or 960P.

Some of the app’s capabilities are allowing quick edits and reframing of 360 videos, AI editing, auto framing/reframing, advanced tracking, music, and color correction. It can also be used to remotely change the camera settings, i.e., resolution, shooting mode when filming.

It is compatible with both Android and iOs.

Insta360 One R Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4K Wide Angle 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.3″ , Dual-Lens 360 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.7″
  • Weight :4K Wide Angle 121 g, Dual-Lens 130.5 g
  • Aperture: 4K Wide Angle – F2.8, 360 degree – F2.0
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 4K Wide Angle – 16.4mm, 360 Degree – 7.2mm
  • Photo Resolution: 4K Wide Angle: 4000 x 3000 (4:3) 360 Degree – 4000 x 2250 (16:9)
  • 6080 x 3040 (2:1)
  • Video Resolution: 4K Wide Angle – 4000×3000@24/25/30fps, 3840×2160@24/25/30/60fps, 2720×1530@24/25/30/60/100fps, 1920×1080@24/25/30/60/120/200fps, 360 Degree – 5760×2880@30fps, 5760×2880@24fps, 5760×2880@25fps, 3840×1920@50fps, 3840×1920@30fps, 3008×1504@100fps
  • Battery life: 5.3K @ 30fps = 65 minutes
  • Max video resolution: 5.3K
  • Max photo resolution: 5312 x 3552 (3:2) or 5312 x 2988 (16:9)
  • Photo Format: 4K Wide Angle – JPEG, RAW, 360 Video – Insp, RAW
  • Screen: Reversible touchscreen
  • Still images format: Raw and JPEG photos
  • Main Shooting Modes: HDR, Night Shot, and Time-lapse
  • Video modes: H.264/H.265 video codecs (100 Mbps)
  • Image Stabilization: FlowState image stabilization
  • Waterproof: Yes. Up to 5 meters only (16.4ft)
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Ports: USB-C for charging and connections

Pros:

  • Gimbel like stabilization
  • Awe-inspiring video quality
  • Partial waterproofing
  • Reversible touch screen
  • Auto frame
  • Hyperlapse
  • Multiple lens options, including 360 lens
  • Modular Design

Cons:

  • Size is not very user-friendly
  • It gets pretty warm after continuous use
  • No mounting without using a frame

Conclusion

Insta360 One R complete modular design, great features, reliable performance, ensuring that the users enjoy the experience and get the total value of money they spend on it.

While using the camera, especially outdoors, the camera’s buttons required annoying close attention to operating them. That’s because of the camera’s tiny size, but honestly, that’s something bearable because of all the great features this device processes.

We expect manufacturers to address this issue in the next generations of the gadget, the same way GoPro did by simplifying the control panel, increasing button size, and keeping only the necessary buttons on their cameras’ bodies.

Generally, Insta360 One R is a super-fun camera to use. With plain 4K videos, it also allows users to capture their experiences in a 360º manner for virtual reality. For the price, you won’t get the same results as GoPro, but still, it is worth every penny spent on it.

Features we like the best are its innovative modular design, reversible touch-screen, gimbal-like stabilization, multiple lens options, and results of 360-degree videos.

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GoPro Hero 9 Black Review

Whenever there is a new release under the umbrella of the GoPro Hero series, there is just one word that fits every time – Better. GoPro Hero 9 Black is one of the latest releases of the series, and it is creating a lot of buzz in the market for all the right reasons.

We recently got our hands on this super powerful, versatile, and modern camera, and here are our observations and experimental results for you.

GoPro Hero 9 Black Review

In terms of features, this GoPro is one of the most capable action cameras right now, laced with all the latest features.

Improved built and handling

GoPros or action cameras do not have a vast window of experimentation when it comes to the physical aspects. But Hero 9 Black has the most significant redesign compared to all of its predecessors.

Every aspect of this redesign is pretty pleasant, significantly the increase in size. An added inch or so made room for larger screen size and improved user interference. The grip also feels better now. Also, this improvement made it possible to house a bigger battery and use the camera without a cage.

The other two noticeable changes in design are a new 1.4-inch color display on the front and a larger 2.27-inch rear touchscreen. Color display, a much-needed update is full HD, and the output is pretty vibrant, but we are not very big fans of this touchscreen.

When the camera gets hot (common for all GoPro cameras) due to continuous use or weather conditions or when using underwater, you might come across some terrible cases of screen lags. The touchscreen can go unresponsive for up to minutes.

You can also add alternative lenses with it.

With the rear LCD, there are a bunch of buttons and shortcuts for different settings. Sides feature ports for charging, cards, microphones, and wired connections. Overall, GoPro Hero 9 is still pretty straightforward to operate with good ergonomics.

Video performance

There is no comparison of hero nine black’s 5K video in the market. With a 23.6-megapixel sensor compared to Hero 8’s 12-megapixel sensor, it can shoot a complete 5K at 30fps videos. The 5k is almost 50% in resolution and offers expansive room for cropping compared to 4k.

Post-production usually affects the resolution of footage, but after our experimentation, it turned out that the video stayed crystal clear and sharp even after editing.

It supports aspect ratios of 16:9 and 4:3.

One pretty disappointing issue is the high level of noise in low-light shooting. Footage quality is almost ruined. There is no better camera than this one if your adventures mainly involve outdoors and daylight. If not so, this camera can be a massive disappointment for you despite all of its features.

Technical details of all the video resolutions are mentioned in the specs section.

HyperSmooth 3.0

This is the signature feature of the GoPro Hero series. Hero 9 Black came up with the most refined version of Hypersmooth, namely HyperSmooth 3.0

Forget about rough and jerky footage because your camera is moving with you in your adventures. This technology combines advanced scene analysis and a rolling shutter correction algorithm to automatically correct for shaky footage.

TimeWarp 3.0

Another updated signature feature of this series that we came across is TimeWrap 3.0. It offers super-smoothed time-lapse videos by time-lapse video with GoPro’s motion stabilization.

After the improvements, with just a single tap on the bigger rear screen, you can set the timewarp 3.0 to real-time and slo-mo. Real-time can also record audio with video after the update.

Still Images

9 Black Hero allows the capture of 20MP stills.

Still quality is pretty impressive, but that’s not something new for action cameras of the Hero series. The colors are vibrant, and the images turn out pretty sharp.

It supports both RAW and JPEG format. With that, it also has features of HDR and Super Photo. These files are more significant, so processing takes some time Overall, we do not find any stark differences in image quality compared to Hero 08.

Water-resistant

Hero 9 Black is water-resistant up to 33 feet (10 meters). You won’t be needing an additional casing up to this limit, but if your adventure involves even an inch more than 33 feet, we do not recommend you risk your camera. Put your camera in a protective casing before submerging it deeper.

Battery

Our field battery tests proved the GoPros’s claim of better battery life.

It uses a 1720 mAh battery powered by a USB port. The average battery time it offers is between 84-90 minutes, shooting 4K/30p with HyperSmooth on. Using mixed shooting modes, it can go with continuous use of 5-6 hours.

Perfect performance in terms of battery, but one issue is still consistent: camera heating. This feature is just passing from one generation of Hero Black to another. Shooting with Hero 9 Black, you would need overheating breaks.

The camera can get very hot especially shooting at 5k @ 30p video, and get an automated overheating shutdown anytime after the continuous shooting of 25 minutes.

For outdoor shootings, we recommend you to keep a spare battery with you.

GoPro Hero 9 specs:

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.3″
  • Weight:5.6 oz / 158 g
  • Image Stabilization: Digital
  • Waterproof Depth Rating: 33.0′ / 10.0 m (Camera)
  • White Balance Modes: Auto
  • Built-In Mic: Yes
  • Built-In Speaker: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack: 1720 mAh
  • Charging Method: USB
  • Shutter Speed: 1/25 – 1/2000 Seconds (Photo)
  • ISO Sensitivity Photo/Video: 100 to 6400
  • Burst Photo: 30 Photos / 3 Seconds
  • Display Type: Fixed Touchscreen LCD (2.27″)
  • Secondary Display Front: Live-View Monitor
  • Sensor Type: CMOS Sensor
  • Sensor Resolution: Effective: 23.6 Megapixel
  • Memory Card Slot: Single Slot: MicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
  • Video Format:
    • 2704 x 1520 at 50/60/100/120 fps (100 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
    • 1920 x 1440p at 24/25/30/50/60/100/120 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60/100/120/200/240 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
    • 4096 x 3072 at 24/25/30 fps (100 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
    • 5120 x 2880 at 24/25/30 fps (100 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC
    • 3840 x 2160 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (100 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
    • 2704 x 2028 at 50/60 fps (100 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9, 4:3
  • Still Image Support: JPEG, 20 MP
  • Outputs: 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C

Pros:

  • No other action camera is capable of delivering more detailed 5k video
  • Reliable battery life
  • Water and crush resistant
  • HyperSmooth 3.0
  • Front-facing color display
  • 7 MP images
  • Scheduled Captures
  • Bigger Display

Cons:

  • low-light performance isn’t excellent
  • In terms of price, its predecessors are still a better option for most people.
  • Touch screen often goes unresponsive

Conclusion

When tested outdoors, GoPro Hero 9 Black provided us with some of the best results an action camera can offer.

The camera features such as battery life, user interference, camera stabilization, 5K footage, still images, et cetera everything was tremendous, but indoor results were somewhat disappointing. Image noise and graininess were notably higher in footage shot in poorly lit situations.

But as GoPro stated in their marketing campaign of hero 9 black targeted outdoor use. Perfect indoor results were not expected anyway.

We saw multiple new updates, including improvements in design, new software tricks, upgraded sensors, better and larger display, and new-generation image stabilization. Overall, it is a pretty nifty camera.

If you are on a tight budget, or your hobbies/professional needs include shooting in dimly lit situations, i.e., Blue hour photography, astrophotography, street light photography, this gadget is not for you.

As a hobbyist or professional action photographer, if you are looking for a durable camera with stellar results, we highly recommend <– Affiliate Link 🙂 Hero 9 Black.

Sony Alpha A9 II Review

One of the reasons that Sony is among the industry leaders is that they always take care of the needs of every segment of the population.

Their new release targeting professional photographers, Sony Alpha a9 II, is designed with features to specifically cater to the needs of working professionals in the field.

Sony Alpha a9 II Review

Built

Alpha a9 II evolved in terms of its built with the key focus in terms of improving ergonomics. There is the addition of a few dials to enhance ease of use. Users can directly control all primary settings using these dials instead of spending time operating them manually.

It has a comparatively larger grip compared to a9. It is beneficial when one is using a larger lens.

Customization

One noticeable function is Custom Operation Menu that allows toggling with the custom button. All 11 buttons on the camera body can be customized with 100 options. The on-screen menu’s 12 options can be customized with up to 54 options.

Blackout free shooting

Sony Alpha a9 II is targeted towards photojournalism and sports photography. A lot can happen within a single setting. This mirrorless camera features a full-frame Exmor RSTM CMOS sensor and BIONZ XTM processor team up for 20fps with AF/AE tracking. With increased speed, this combination is offering blackout-free capture at 20fps to meet the demands of a professional workflow.

The viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage.

CMOS Image Sensor

Alpha a9 II features a 35mm stacked CMOS sensor to ensure super speed whenever you shoot. This 24.2 MP image sensor with integrated memory allows the camera to achieve a sensitivity of up to ISO 204800. Higher sensitivity decreases blurring and enhances camera performance in dimly lit situations

Autofocus

In casual shooting, average or below average autofocus speed works fine, but photographers rely on it heavily in professional photography. Action photographers, especially sports and wildlife photographers, do not have time to adjust the focus manually every time they shoot.

As Sony a9 Alpha is targeted towards professional photographers, it offers swift autofocus with up to 20fps at full resolution with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second. To ensure you do not miss a moment, there is Real-time Eye AF. This feature is relatively new even for Sony cameras.

Still images

With an impressive feature set passed on by its predecessor and additional brand-new features, you get superior image quality shooting with this camera. For a 24MP sensor, 14-bit RAW output and 16-bit image processing are pretty nifty. Images of a9 II offer more excellent image details compared to rivals’ cameras of the same category. The colors of the photos are pretty vibrant and sharp.

RAW images are known for detail performance, but one distinctive feature of this mirrorless is retaining details in JPEG format.

Video

In terms of video performance, there isn’t any visible difference between the video results of this camera and its predecessors. Like the original a9, impressively responsive performance is guaranteed every time you shoot with it.

One improvement compared to Sony a9 I is that the additional dials on the body of this camera increase the ease for photographers, especially for one who is shooting manually. Also, this version has a lot more new movie modes to facilitate movie shooting.

Key video features are 4K/30p footage with a 1.2x crop, less rolling shutter, interval recording, clean HDMI output, timecode/user bits (TC/UB), REC Control, marker display/setting, and simultaneous proxy movie recording.

Battery life

Sony Alpha a9 uses around 690 shots using the rear LCD and 500 images using the EVF.

This is standard shooting time, but actual battery life depends upon usage and shooting circumstances.

Sony a9 II Specs:

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 5.07 x 3.8 x 3.05 inches
  • Weight: 1.49 lb / 678 g (with Battery)
  • Lens Mount: Sony E
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution: 24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Image Stabilization: Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-51200
  • Shutter Speed: Mechanical, 1/8000s to 30s
  • Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 to 30s
  • Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
  • White Balance: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
  • Continuous Shooting: Up to 20fps at 24.2MP for up to 239 Frames (Raw) / 361 Frames (JPEG), Up to 10fps at 24.2MP for up to 239 Frames (Raw) / 361 Frames (JPEG)
  • Interval Recording: Yes
  • Self-Timer: 2/5/10-Second Delay
  • Video Recording Modes: XAVC S, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 to 100 Mb/s], AVCHD, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
  • Audio Recording: Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Focus Mode: Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
  • Autofocus Points: 693
  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic (OLED) 0.5″
  • Screen Size: 3.0″, 1,440,000 Dot, Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Memory Card: Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)

  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 2280 mAh (Approx. 500 Shots)
  • Wireless: No

Pros:

  • 24MP full-frame stacked sensor
  • 93% autofocus coverage
  • Up to 20fps
  • High luminance viewfinder
  • Voice memo feature
  • 5 GHz7 wireless LAN support

Cons:

  • Some rival mirrorless cameras of the same category that cost less than this one offer better battery life.
  • Compared to predecessor a9, an increase of $1000 in price is a little extra.

Conclusion

Overall, Sony a9 II is a great camera. With the reliable name tag of Sony and an imposing set of features, it is worth buying this mirrorless camera. <–Affiliate Link 🙂

Built specifically to support professional needs with the top-notch second-generation features, magnesium alloy built, and no blackout between frames – we highly recommend Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera.

Neewer NW565EX professional flash review

If you want to be noted in the world of photography, you must know and use a good camera and complete it with a proper flash.

That allows you to provide the desired light to the scene, theme, or place in what you will work on. The flash will help you stand out from the images and provide all the special effects on the picture.

One of the most popular brands providing flash devices for cameras is NEEWER due to its good relationship based on quality and price.

For that reason, if you are looking for a flash with good quality and a reasonable price, the model NW565EX is an excellent choice.<- Affiliate link 🙂

Neewer NW565EX professional flash review

This flash is the new trend because it offers a high guide number of 58 for ISO 100 to 180 mm. This value positioned it as one of the most influential brands that you can find in the market.

Another relevant characteristic is that you have a faster recovery time, about 3 seconds, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

This flash model provides you a great intensity of the image and adds a good head. This device provides a bouncing flash; in other words, it can reach a rotation up to 90 degrees in a vertical angle and 180 degrees in a horizontal.

It is also worth highlighting that this head offers you a motorized zoom of 18 to 180 mm, so you can adjust the light according to the focal length you are shooting.

This is a great advantage to capture the picture desired.

The working principle of the NW565EX is wireless.

The operation of the NW565EX is wireless as a slave. It ranges from 20-30 meters indoors, down to 10-15 meters if you use it outdoors.

As it is installed as a slave, it can work on S1 and S2. This last working mode can be used with a TTL configuration since you will not jump with the pre-flash but with the actual shot.

Neewer NW565EX Specifications:

  • Guide number: 58
  • Recycle time: 2.9 with a full charge
  • Slave: yes
  • Spinning head: vertical up to 90 degrees/horizontal up to 180 degrees
  • Size: 7.5 x 20 x 5.7 cm
  • Zoom head: 18-180 mm
  • Mode: TTL, manual & multi
  • Circuit scheme: isolated bipolar gate transistor
  • Includes memory function and power mode
  • Wireless control 3 in 1 for camera
  • Rear curtain synchronization

Body Characteristics

The flash has metal support, thread for adaptation to the camera, an easy-to-use backlit display, and good quality finishes. This model has a port for PC Sync and input for an external battery.

Compatibles Cameras

There are a lot of available cameras that you can adapt with this flash, especially the cameras Canon and Nikon that we show you below:

Canon cameras models: 5D 6D, 7D, 30 D, 40 D, 50 D, 60 D, 70 D, 77D, ID Mark, IDs Mark, 5D Mark, 700D, 100D, 650D, 550D, 400D, 350D, 300D, 1100D, 1000D, Rebel.

Nikon cameras models: D3, D3x, D3s, D4, D40x, D60, D70, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D600, D700, D800, D3000, D3100, D5000, D5100, D7000.

Here’s a review by Tony’s Hobbies on YouTube to help you better understand this flash:

Neewer NW565EX professional flash

This flash has TTL, manual and multi modes. In manual mode, you can modify the power from 1/1 to 1/128, with fine arrangements in thirds parts that provide 22 levels as the final effect.

For TTL mode, you can adjust the intensity of automatic measurement with thirds. Finally, for multi, you have the option of emitting different flashes for the same shot.

In addition to its different working modes, another of its advantages is the powerful guide number that it presents, zoom, and optical slave, accompanied by an economic value accessible to users.

This becomes the perfect accessory for your camera so that you achieve photos with impressive effects that have a high-speed recharge cycle.

Features:

Made with a hard body, you can see the screen and the bottoms to set the picture according to your need at the backside.

The front side has the glass for the flash with the sensor on it and a pull-out flashcard, which you can use to create shadows and sunny environments.

The bottom of the flash has a threaded stand that you can use with a telescope stand.

The color of the digital screen is green to use in environments with high brightness and low illumination.

The flash’s weight is 375 grams, so it is easy to move from one place to another. Also, you have a case to protect the flash during travels.

The flash work with four AA batteries size located on one side.

 

 

If you are one of those people that love to take pictures wherever they go, this flash will be the perfect complement to your camera to capture the picture as you desire.

With the professional camera and the NW565EX flash, you will become a professional photographer. Many people will call you to capture the best moment that’s worth remembers for life.

Conclusion

The best moment will require the best quality, and you will provide that with this equipment.

There are a lot of advantages to this flash, starting with the price and the quality. You can adapt it to many models of cameras Nikon and Canon.

This means that if you want to obtain a professional photo, you can count on this device.

One of the best things you can have with this flash is recycling time faster than other models. According to the manufacturer, the recycle time takes 3-4 seconds; however, in practice, the recovery time is faster with less power.

You can do up to 8 consecutive flashes than the higher power option (1/1), where you can shoot up to 3 successive flashes. This is a huge advantage.

If you know a photographer, one sure gift they will thank you for is the professional flash Neewer.<- Affiliate Link 🙂

One recommendation that you should always consider is having a backup set of batteries for your flash.

If you cover a big event like a wedding or a high school prom, you should have enough battery to take all the pictures during the event.

Typically, the batteries will have a life of around 10-12 consecutive hours, obviously depending on the battery and the use you have for the flash during the event.

Take many pictures as you wish and capture the best moments of your life like a professional with a set of professional cameras and the best flash available on the market.

Campark X5 4K 20MP Review

Campark, 5x 4k, is one of the most reasonably priced cameras in the Campark x sports series, offering top-notch action camera features with extravagant price tags.

Surprisingly, the price of all the cameras in the Campark x series is one-third compared to the price of any GoPro camera but offers all the top-notch features.

These features highlight 4k videos, electronic image stabilization, High resolutions for still images, and waterproofing.

Campark X5 Review

Campark X5 is a basic action camera with pretty decent performance.

Especially for people looking for a very inexpensive action camera to learn about them and who do not want to be overwhelmed with multiple tricky settings, X5 will come in handy.

This camera also saves additional costs from the manufacturer. It is supplied with the complete bundle of accessories you might need.

These accessories are also compatible with several other models from different brands, even GoPro.

The 4k video and 20Mp image performance are also nifty, especially while shooting outdoors with insufficient light.

Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) makes sure that you get super clear, ultra HD pictures all the time, no matter how bumpy shooting conditions are.

Up to 90 minutes of shooting let you live the moment without the worries of your battery running out.

Explore the underwater world with the Campark X5 with 40 meters of waterproofing. Wi-Fi, sharing via the app, and HDMI port with USB port let you easily share your adventures with the world.

With all these features, Campark X5 offers several other features such as time-lapse, loop recording, slow motion, remote control, several shooting modes, and support for an external microphone.

The next section will cover all the details about the key features and their performance.

Campark X5 4K 20MP Action Camera Salient Features:

Design and built

Campark X5 is a small, compact, yet durable action camera that comes in pretty handy, especially outdoors.

The camera built seems like an imitation of Ek7000 4k by Akaso, but X5 is a reliable performer <- Affiliate Link 🙂 who matters the most.

The size of the camera is 5.8 cm x 2.9 cm x 4 cm (L x W x H). Except for the location of buttons, there isn’t any major difference in design compared to Akaso and Apeman et cetera. 

The X5 camera weighs around 600 grams. It is a few grams heavier than the other cameras in this price range and new generations of the x series.

In my opinion, these little grams aren’t a bad thing – the more the weight, the more camera is resistant against shakes.

The body of the device is made up of high-quality plastic. At the front, just beside the lens, there is a power/menu button.

 

There are two-compartment windows. One houses the ports for USB and HDMI cable (later is included in the package). The other compartment is for a removable battery. Once the windows are closed, these compartments are completely sealed.

Though these two compartments shut down completely, you have to place the Campark X5 in its bulky waterproof cover to take it inside the water.

On the backside of the camera, the LCD is 2 inches. The screen shows colors pretty accurately.

All the settings, remaining battery, shooting modes, et cetera are displayed on it.

One disappointing thing is that it isn’t a touchscreen. When even the cheapest brands are offering touch features, it is the time in the action camera industry – no touch screen is a con associated with Campark X5.

Videos

So far, the best quality of Campark X5 is its performance in terms of video shooting. The video shooting resolutions offered are:

  • 4K at 30fps
  • 2.7K at 30fps
  • 1080P at 60fps and 30fps
  • 720P at 120fps

All resolutions produce brilliant results, but 4k performance is the strongest side. 4k is offered at the 30 framerate per second.

The 4k isn’t native still. It is tough to spot the difference in the footage of X5 and a camera pricier than it.

For those who don’t know, native 4k resolution is when the camera’s sensor output is in 4k in real-time. Instead, 4k is offered by all cameras in the price range of Campark X5, and even some cameras expensive than the offer interpolated 4k.

With interpolated resolution, videos are captured in 1920×1080 then the camera upgrades the output to 3840×2160. This type of resolution isn’t a big deal at all – what matters is what the output is.

The ultra-high-definition video output by X5 is pretty impressive compared to the price of the camera.

EIS ensures that each footage is super smooth. Several built-in video modes make it beginners’ friendly and let users add creativity to your videos. Some of these modes are time-lapse, slo-mo, and loop recording.

A welcoming new mode is Car Mode, which covers your X5 into a webcam suitable for cars.

Stabilization

Besides the footage quality, the stabilization difference is what differentiates between a good action camera and an average one.

Campark X5 4k 20MP action camera comes with built-in Electronic image stabilization. It effectively removes the blur, which is captured by regular cameras while shooting the moving objects.

Super smooth and clear images are ensured by EIS no-matter if you are shooting in fast speed moments such as hiking, biking, running, diving et cetera.

Still images

20MP resolution is equivalent to the resolution of the image offered by the GoPro Hero series. All image resolutions supported by this camera are:

  • 20M
  • 16M
  • 12M
  • 8M

Images results are good, especially in the outdoors with insufficient light. In the dark, sometimes the footages show a grainy effect.

EIS also ensures in still images that there isn’t any blur in the output. Shooting modes are also offered for images, such as burst mode, timer. Overall, still, results are satisfactory, high definition, and with vibrant colors.

Al the images are stored in JPG format. The device does not support the RAW format.

To save both videos and images, you have to insert your memory card as the camera has no built-in storage.

Using 64GB, class 10, or above high-speed micro SD card and format it properly before using are recommended by the manufacturer.

Waterproofing

Take your Campark X5 up to 40 meters deep in the water without any water worries damaging your camera.

A perfect fit to capture all your adventures in snow, rain, or underwater, especially in the sports of diving, snorkeling, skiing, and water surfing.

To enjoy the perk of waterproofing, you must have to place the camera in the waterproof cover. It is a thick plastic cover.

The cover is a little bulky, but it also protects the camera against bumps and dust.

Without this, water can damage X5 just as it can damage any regular camera. So basically, the cover is waterproof, not the camera.

 

Remote control

A wireless 2.4G remote also comes with the package. It is a wrist remote to allow ease of use.

This remote control is not very advanced (Cannot help change the settings), but it can effectively start or stop recording.

Battery timings

Enjoy the uninterrupted 90 minutes of shooting time – at least that’s what Campark Official specifications claim.

90 minutes of shooting time is ideal, such as Wi-Fi is turned off, not shooting in the highest resolution. Usually, it is up to 60 minutes, which is still too good for this gadget’s price.

The manufacturer sends two batteries without any additional cost, so that means you are going to enjoy around 2 hours of shooting—good timings to use the camera outdoors.

Wi-Fi and App

The highlight of connectivity features is Wi-Fi. Campark needs to update it as the customer reviews about this feature aren’t very welcoming.

Either the data sharing via Wi-Fi is very sluggish, or it does not connect at all. Using an HDMI cable, the data can be transferred much rapidly.

Data can also be shared via the dedicated app to X5 named DV Live. It is available is on the Play Store and Apple App Store. App also connects the camera with your smartphone.

Though this connection is not as stronger as we can see in the recent generations of Campark cameras, it can be used for data sharing between X5 and your phone and reviewing the footage.

External microphone

Own audio quality of Campark x5 is average – neither too good nor too bad.

But you have a window to get the best audio quality by attaching your microphone. Especially outdoors, external microphones capture clearer audio.

Accessories

A bunch of accessories is sent with the package of Campark X5. The quality is not very impressive, but these are compatible with several other action cameras, including GoPro.

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Campark X5 Specifications:

  • Brand: Campark
  • Model: Campark X5
  • Type: Campark x series sports camera
  • Color category: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 cm x 2.9 cm x 4 cm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 600 Grams
  • Screen: 2 inch (6 cm) LCD
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Image stabilization: Optical
  • Photo format: JPG (no RAW)
  • Highest images resolution: 20 MP
  • Video format: MP4
  • Highest Video resolution: 4k at 30fps
  • All Image resolutions: 20M; 16M; 12M; 8M
  • All Video resolution: 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080P at 60fps and 30fps, 720P at 120fps
  • Connections: Wi-Fi
  • Memory: Micro SD up to 64GB
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion
  • Battery capacity: 3.7V 1050mAh (2 included in the package)
  • Battery charging time: 2-3 hours
  • Shooting time by each battery: an hour to 1.5 hours (depends upon the shooting mode and resolution)
  • External Microphone: Yes
  • Waterproofing: Yes. With waterproof case
  • Waterproof case: effective up to 40 Meters
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Remote type: wireless 2.4G wrist remote
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Stabilization type: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
  • Lens: 170 ° Wide-Angle
  • Loop recording: Yes
  • Modes Offered: Time-lapse recording, slow-motion video recording, Car Mode, Burst Mode
  • Audio recording: Yes
  • Exposure and ISO: Adjustable as well as few built-in modes

  • For easy sharing: Micro USB and HDMI ports
  • Camera app: Live DV

Inside the package:

  • Campark X5 4k Action Camera
  • External Microphone
  • Remote Control
  • 2 × 1050mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Waterproof Case
  • Bicycle Mounting kit
  • Helmet Mounting kit
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual

Pros:

  • 4k video at 30 fps
  • 20MP resolution for still images
  • Electronic Images Stabilization
  • Waterproof up to 40 meters
  • 60-90 minutes of battery timing
  • External Mic support
  • Multi recording modes

  • Waterproofing up to 40 meters
  • Well-worth the money paid for it

Cons:

  • No waterproofing without casing
  • Interpolated 4k
  • It lacks a feature as basic as the touch screen
  • Occasional sluggish performance

Conclusion

For people looking for a very reasonably priced camera <- Affiliate Link 🙂 with all features of high-end ones, Campark X5 4k 20MP is for you.

Though there are a few cons, none is strong enough not to recommend this action camera.