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Sony RX0 II

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.

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. 

 

GoPro Camera Review – GoPro Hero7 Black

GoPro Inc. is an American technology company, and it is known worldwide for producing the most versatile action cameras. These cameras are superior quality cameras with incredible built-in features and technologies, which make them worth buying.

Any photographer who gets used to the GoPro cameras won’t find better video quality, ease of use, and value from the competition. These cameras are best known for their video results, but they also give you high still image results.

GoPro Camera Review – GoPro Hero7 Black

There are many extreme-action videography cameras under the brand umbrella of GoPro. One of the trendy ones from these cameras is GoPro Hero 7 4K Video Action Camera. This camera is stepping forward from its predecessors with its excellent video quality, stabilization, improved audio quality, live streaming, waterproof design, range of mounts and accessories, etc.

It can shoot 4K/60fps, 1080p/240fps video, Takes 12-megapixel still photos with HDR, and Timelapse and slow-motion modes.

Here are details about the different functions and specifications of Hero 7:

Product overview:

There is a whole list of features in this camera to talk about. From Hypersmooth to live streaming, everything is worth discussing. Here are some details about the features:

Design:

If someone knows GoPro cameras, the first thing he will notice that Hero 7 is nearly identical to Hero 6. Both models are very similar, aside from the darker-toned finish of Hero 7 and mic design. Improvement in mic design improved the overall audio performance of the camera.

This camera is very lightweight, just like its predecessors, and weighs only 3.33 oz / 94.4 g. The size of the camera is 2.4 inches x 1.8 inches x 3.1 inches. The body has a rubberish finish, and the design is overall simple.

The display of the camera is the LCD type of about 2 inches. This display is a little better than the predecessor, as this screen doesn’t have a yellowish effect in it. On the side, there are some buttons for recording and pausing, turning on/off recording.

There are two openings for the battery/card and USB/HDMI compartments. One new addition in design is the ‘short clip’ button. This button lets the user limit the recording from 15 to 30 seconds. All in all, the hardware is pretty similar, but sure, there are improvements in software.

Waterproof body:

One of the significant improvements in GoPro 7 is waterproofing. And there is no extra casing required the make the camera waterproof. You can take the camera in the water up to 10 meters without any fear of damage to the device.

Protection from water can be expanded up to 30 meters with an optional GoPro waterproof housing. Not to brag, but this camera can be your perfect companion if you are into exploring the underwater world.

HyperSmooth:

When this camera was launched, the company introduced it as ‘HyperSmooth Gimbal-Like.’ Hyper smooth stabilization is built-in electronic stabilization. This stabilization helps to ditch the gimbal, improving the user to capture super-smooth and professional-class images anytime.

The company claimed that Hero 7 camera stabilization for video shooting is the best built-in video stabilization of any camera you can find in the market. The great thing is that many users of this camera approved this claim.

Gimbal-like stabilization is added to achieve ultra-smooth high-quality footage, which you can obtain using a gimbal.

This is a combination of better hardware and software instead of just upgrading existing optical stabilization.

Video Quality

Besides every other feature, GoPro Hero 07 Black is a massive update compared to its predecessors in footage quality. The video quality highlight is that this camera can capture a full 4k at 60 fps (frames per second).

The 4K60 can be captured at the larger 4K (4:3) resolution, which is larger (4096×3072) than the standard 4K (3840×3072) that’s in 16:9 aspect ratio. With 4k at 60 fps, other combinations are available for shooting – 1520 p at 120 fps, 2560 x 1440 p at 120 fps, and 1920 x 1080 p at 240 fps.

To make the video shooting even better, many new video shooting features are also added. Loop recording at all resolutions, Scene Detection Technology, Time-Lapse recording, digital noise reduction, slow-motion recording are some features you can use while capturing your videos.

Videos are saved in mp4 format on the SD card. You have to insert your card as GoPros does not have any built-in storage. Hero 07 Black supports the H.265 or HEVC video codec. It has a maximum video bitrate of 78Mb/s when shooting 4K.

At 4K 60fps at full resolution, one can still shoot in Hypersmooth. You can also get 8x slo-mo at full high definition resolution.

The little drawback in Hypersmooth is that it can’t be enabled when shooting in a 4:3 aspect ratio and when shooting in Full HD at 240fps and 120fps. Overall, hyper smooth results for this camera are incredible. There isn’t any trouble with traditional wrapping like users faced on older versions of GoPro.

Electronic HyperSmooth stabilization can be one good reason they choose this camera over its rivals.

TimeWrap:

TimeWrap is just like the time-lapse video, but HyperSmooth applied it. Time Wrap enables the user to get ultra-smooth and stable results of timelapse videos. Time Wrap gives the option to capture different time-lapse speeds, including 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, and 30x.

Standard timelapse videos are best when the camera is in a static position; otherwise, optical results are jerky. With hyper smooth, this camera is an excellent option the capture timelapse videos even for bikers during their bumpy rides.

Good audio quality:

One of the significant and noticeable improvements in Go Pro Hero 7 is its enhanced sound quality. Better audio quality is like a blessing in disguise to complement the boosted video quality via HyperSmooth stabilization.

The microphone membrane of a camera is re-designed by experts to capture more subtle sounds. The new design also ensures that the device doesn’t pick up unnecessary noises from the environment and eliminate vibrations.

Built-in processor targets and eliminates vibrating sounds. Better audio quality provides more natural bass \ brighter mids and captures the more dynamic range of tones, i.e., deeper lows and higher highs.

 Voice control:

You have also got voice control on this camera. This feature comes in very handy when you want to go hands-free. During surfing, climbing, and snowboarding, this is very useful. Hero7 can be controlled by two commands: ‘GoPro Capture’ and ‘GoPro Stop Capture.’

It can be advantageous, but with this device, voice control is hit or miss. Many users complained about it being unresponsive at times. Both commands to control the camera do not respond at all sometimes.

Improved UI with portrait orientation:

On the rear of GoPro Hero 7, there is a touchscreen. It is in the same place as its predecessor, Hero Go Pro 6, but several things are redesigned, such as menus, modes, and settings. It is easier to operate now.

Resolution and frame rate are now displayed on the bottom of the screen, whereas battery percentage and available space of memory card are shown on the upper side off-screen. One addition Go Pro did while revamping the user interference is the addition of Portrait Mode. This mode allows shooting vertical photos and videos.

Still photography

The image quality of Hero 07 Black is outstanding, with an output of 12MP. Just like for videos, there are several dedicated features for images too. The images can be captured in both RAW and JPEG format. Dynamic range capture is also offered for still – WDR (wide dynamic range) or HDR (high dynamic range).

SuperPhoto

It’s another new feature introduced via this camera. SuperPhoto automatically enhances the images making results come out more sharp and smooth. When images are captured with this feature turned on, an additional 1.5 to 2 seconds is automatically spent on each camera. The resulting images show less contrast as well as automatic and minor shifts in White Balance too.

Live streaming:

If you connect your device to the Go Pro App on your smartphone, you can live stream your shooting. All you need is Wi-Fi or cellular data to broadcast it. When Hero 7 was newly launched, the user can only conduct a 720p live stream on Facebook using WiFi or mobile service. But with an update now, one can also perform a 720p live stream on YouTube too.

Responsive Smartphone Integration with Camera:

Usually, many cameras allow operating your camera via your smartphone by connecting the camera to the app on a mobile phone. Well and reasonable, but actual trouble starts after this. A lot of times, these integrations come out terrible.

There is always a hit or miss that established connectivity will work without changing the camera or mobile phone’s operating system. But when you are using Hero 7, this connectivity is very reliable.

It is highly responsive and makes it easy to control your camera entirely via your mobile phone, and helps you share images and videos immediately after capturing them.

Once your Hero 07 Black is connected with your smartphone, controlling the camera becomes more fun and easy. IOS and Android, as well as GoPro and Quik apps, are supported. By connecting the camera with a smartphone, you can easily share footage and do all basic editing on your smartphone.

QuikStories feature in-app will also edit your footages to ready-to-post by adding music in the background and filters, et cetera.

Stabilization

No matter how fast you’re moving while shooting, ultra-high-definition videos and images are guaranteed – all thanks to the new built-in Electronic Image Stabilization. GoPro named it HyperSmooth. In the Hero series’s recent models, we also came across HyperSmooth 2.0 and 3.0, updates of HyperSmooth, but originally introduced via GoPro Hero 07 Black.

This built-in stabilization is equivalent to the stabilization offered by Gimbal. It works perfectly with higher resolutions of 4k and 1080p and also underwater. To make HyperSmooth possible, GoPro increased the Hero 07 Black’s processing memory, and the results turned out great.

It made this action camera smart enough to look at how motion is happening from frame to frame proactively. In rapid movements such as skiing, diving, hiking, biking, et cetera, the camera adjusts correction automatically and makes the video super smooth.

If you want to find out even more about this product, I am inviting you to watch a YouTube video by Ben Schmanke from the channel AuthenTech. It is an excellent comparison between GoPro HERO 7 Black, Silver, and White:

Mounts and accessories:

There are some accessories in this camera package, including official Go Pro branded mounts and third-party mounts. You don’t need to buy anything extra to add creativity to your videos and photographs.

GoPro Hero7 Black specs:

  • Box Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.7 x 5.8 x 3.1 inches
  • Package Weight: 0.925 lb
  • General Weight: 3.33 oz / 94.4 g
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.4 x 1.8 x 1.1″ / 6.2 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Battery: Built-In Lithium-Ion Battery, 3.85 VDC
  • Charging method: USB
  • Camera sensor: 1-Chip CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
  • Recording media: 1 x micro SD
  • Video format: 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (30 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC) 1920 x 1440p at 30/60 fps
  • Still Image Resolution: JPEG: 10 Megapixel, 3648 x 2736
  • Display Type: LCD (TOUCH SCREEN)
  • Screen size: 2 inches
  • Screen resolution: 320 x 480
  • Photo ISO Range: 100 the 1600 (Auto)
  • Video ISO Range: 100 the 1600 (Auto)
  • Burst Photo: 15 Photos / 1 Second
  • Image Stabilization: Digital
  • Waterproof Depth Rating: 33.0′ / 10.0 m (Camera)
  • Built-In Mic: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Tripod Mount: None
  • Inputs: 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
  • Outputs: None
  • Microphone input: None

Pros:

  • Excellent quality image stabilization. HyperSmooth Video Stabilization up to 4K / 60 fps
  • Audio quality better than ever. Improved audio recording
  • Waterproof body. No extra waterproof casing is required.
  • Live streaming feature
  • Great video quality
  • Impressive stills can be captured.
  • Several mounts and accessories come with the package.
  • Function of TimeWrap
  • Good App support
  • Up the 8x slo-mo at full HD
  • Voice control

Cons:

  • No perfect battery life just like predecessors
  • The device heats while 4k recording
  • System hangs. Unresponsive UI occasionally
  • Options with the same features are available at a relatively lower cost.

Final Verdict:

Hero 7 black <-Affiliate Link 🙂 instantly become popular among users. It is small and lightweight, but performance-wise it is a beast. The image stabilization is brilliant, and you can get insanely brilliant footage with this incredible and ultimate action camera.

The HyperSmooth stabilization is of the next level, and the camera is the best one so far by GoPro. App support is better than all device competitors, TimeWrap, voice control, and live streaming.

What more can you wish for from an action camera? It can be your best all-rounder camera to capture nature and all your important moments of life.

Apeman camera review – Apeman A77

The APEMAN A77 has proven its worth by employing 170 Wide-Angle Lens, variable focal length, higher resolution, and updated sensor. With all these new features, it can deliver ultra-wide angles of 170 °, 140 °, 110 °, 70 ° and provides 4k results with 16 MP to broaden your horizons.

It sports an anti-shake mechanism and offers electronic image stabilization to provide clear and smooth images and videos even when the camera experiences movements or shakes.

Apeman camera review – Apeman A77

This camera can not only capture stunning videos and images but also allows you to set a timer as you like from 2s till the 20s. This gives you flexibility by freeing your hand and allowing you to capture anytime you want.

The features do not end here as this camera is also compatible and durable. You can now carry out photography in a whole new way as this camera comes with 20 accessories.

These accessories can be used with GoPro and allow you to mount your camera at different angles to add a unique perspective. Moreover, to supplement these features, there is in-built Wi-Fi, which makes sharing more natural than ever.

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Even editing of results has never been easier, thanks to iOS and Android apps, which give you full control for ultimate versatility. The build and design of this camera are then solid and sturdy, allowing rough and tough usage.

The waterproof casing allows it to go 30M underwater. Lastly, this comes at a keen price, which makes it a very value-oriented device. So it is similar in appearance and specification to GoXtreme but is cheaper and provides a more generous bundle than it.

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Salient Features of Apeman A77:

Built and design

This Apeman has many features, but the element that makes it stand out is the large sensor for 4K video. Thus, it allows the camera to shoot at 24fps (frames per second), just like GoPro cameras.

Video Quality

The highlight of the features offered by Apeman A77 is its 4k video. All video shooting resolutions offered by A77 are:

  • 4K a 25fps
  • 7K a 30fps
  • 1080P FHD a 60fps / 30fps
  • 720P HD a 240fps / 120fps / 60fps / 30fps

If it was a high-end camera, 4k at 25 frames per second is not very impressive, but it’s good for the camera’s price. The results of 4k and other resolutions are also impressive. All of the videos are stored in .MP4 format under the H.264 codec.

To store the videos and images, you have to insert your SD card as the camera doesn’t have its storage. A maximum of 32GB SD card is supported.

Several video recording modes and options are offered to make the experience more artistic, easy, and fun. Some of these are burst mode, time-lapse, self-timer shooting, slow motion, to aqua mode.

The 4k resolution is not true 4k; instead, the actual resolution of 2880 x 2160 is captured in the aspect ratio of 4:3. The A77 does all the shooting in the resolution of 2880 x 2160 and then interpolates* the results in 4k.

*Interpolation is when the recording camera compresses the image down to 2880×2160 and re-stretches back out to 3840×2160 on playback during the recording camera. The recording will only ever contain 2880×2160 pixels, but it will be meant to be played at 3840×2160.

Coming on to its stills, the image quality is also commendable as it can capture up to 16 Megapixels (MP), which is the same as GoXtreme Vision 4K’s 16MP. The level of detail and color fidelity is excellent, and there is a wide dynamic range available.

However, it isn’t that good at capturing the details in areas with high contrast. Nevertheless, the image quality is pretty decent, considering that it is so cheap.

Apeman A77 image quality

The results of the images are also awe-inspiring. The resolution offered for images are:

  • 16MP (4928 × 3264)
  • 14MP (4320 x 3240)
  • 10MP (3648 x 2736)
  • 8MP (3264 x 2448)
  • 5MP (2592 x 1944)
  • 2MP (1600 x 1200)

All the images are stored in the JPEG format, and RAW isn’t supported.

Overall the images results are brilliant but shooting in the less illuminated situations is disappointing. Usually, in low-light situations, images turn out to be grainy.

Time-lapse photos can be captured, ranging from 2 seconds up to 60 seconds.

Moreover, like GoXtreme action cameras that differentiate themselves by providing a comprehensive accessory bundle, this Apeman also does the same by being equipped with complete accessories. Not only that, it goes a little bit further by providing even more accessories than its counterparts so that you can experiment with an array of angles and positions.

The accessories come with the device in a handy zipping padded case to keep them safe and carry out outdoor activities. There is a tough waterproof housing made of top-notch material to keep the camera safe up to a depth of 40M. Then there is a clip-mount to use with the adhesive plates provides.

It also has an open mount complemented by a standard tripod screw to be fitted at the top and bottom. There are three different extension arms as well an adapter to screw them is also included. A clamp mount is also given for attaching their camera onto cars or handlebars.

Other accessories, such as adhesive patches, cable ties, Velcro straps, and metal wire, secure the mounts.

Best of all, the features are the dual improved 1050mAh rechargeable batteries included, which promise long life and usage. So now, you can shoot continuously for hours without worrying about the camera shutting down. They charge easily as well within 3 hours.

Secondly, the batteries are of standard format, so you can easily purchase more. These batteries and other features and accessories make this camera bundle is way more generous than the GoXtreme bundle. Then the physical aspects are also better than GoPro.

The exterior and lens are both textured, and so are the menu buttons on the side and the button on the top. Only the front button is orange. Moreover, all the buttons are easy to use and are well-placed. The feel of this camera is also substantial yet comfortable. The grip is strong and steady as well.

If you prefer video over reading, then skip to this great review by Wayne Boulerice, and you’ll get it. What’s this A77 all about:

If you want to see more videos like this one, here’s his YouTube channel – Dartman101

Coming onto viewing, this camera sports a two-inch LCD on the rear, which provides you full control over the settings through the menu and buttons. The menu itself has a unique design that is easy to use. Not only can you change the resolution, but you can also loop record using files of three, five, or 10 minutes like a dashcam.

Additionally, this camera also employs a Gyroscope, an electronic image stabilization system to minimize movements and shakes’ effects for capturing videos. There is also an Anti-Shaking mode, which does something similar for images.

Another useful feature in this camera is the professional 170° Adjustable Ultra Wide Angle lens, which leads to an even broader and fantastic perspective. It gives users the ability to change the angle of view between 170°, 140°, 110°, and 70° degrees.

Other supplementary features that distinguish this camera are self-timer, which can be set for 2-20 seconds to free hands and make shooting flexible, and Various Photo and Video Recording Modes.

These include support Loop Recording, Diving mode, Car mode, Night Scene option, and Timer-shoot capture modes such as Time Lapse. Using these, you can appreciate and record a process in more depth, adjust colors, and experiment with the changes like sunrise and sunset, tide ebb, flowers bloom, etc.

This camera also provides a burst mode to capture multiple photos when in action. Even though the image quality options are limited, you can still apply black-and-white or sepia effects, set exposure between +2 and –2 EV, and switch the ISO from automatic to a value between 100 and 400.

Battery

Here comes our favorite feature – the battery life of Apeman A77. 3.7V Lithium-ion battery 1050 mAh batteries are used to power this camera. This battery can support up to 90 minutes of continuous shooting in ideal conditions.

And here is the next good thing – there are two batteries sent with the package so you can enjoy the total shooting time of around 3 hours. This battery life is very compatible with outdoor shootings.

The battery drops rapidly during 4k shooting and when connectivity features are on, but still, it’s pretty good.

Remote and audio control

To make the camera absolutely beginner-friendly and easy to use, remote and audio control features also come with the Apeman A77 action camera.

The remote control is designed to wear on the wrist. It is a 2.4G Wireless remote made up of 2.4H RF technology. The con of no loop recording can be tackled using the remote controller. You do not have to start shooting again and again from the camera settings manually. Instead, you can start/stop recording via a remote controller.

Audio control isn’t very advanced and can perform only basic functions, i.e., start/stop recording.

You can even toggle audio recording and check the date stamped on the footage. Lastly, considering the price, this Apeman action camera also has inbuilt Wi-Fi.

This makes share and edit videos and images more relaxed than ever. Even though Apeman doesn’t have its app, it is a drawback, but it is compatible with other iOS and Android apps such as FinalCam and Camping, thus providing full control in real-time.

Here you can watch a video by Apeman on YouTube about “How to Use Wi-Fi on APEMAN A77/A79 Action Camera.”

Apeman A77 specifications:

  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD): 2.0 inch
  • Video Resolution: 4K 24fps, 2k 30fps, 1080P 60fps, 1080P 30fps, 720P 120fps, 720P 60fps
  • Sensor: Sony Sensor
  • Visual Angles: 170°, 140°, 110°, 70°
  • Compress Format: H.264
  • Image Resolution: 16M, 12M, 10M, 8M, 5M, 3M, VGA
  • Storage: micro SD up to 32GB
  • Shooting Mode: Single Shot / Self-timer (2S / 5s / 10s / Double)
  • Loop recording: support
  • Lens: 170 degree + HD wide-angle lens
  • Video Format: MOV
  • Compressed Format of Videos: H.264
  • USB Interface: USB2.0
  • Power Source Interface: 5V/1A
  • Battery Capacity: 1050MAH
  • Power Dissipation: 400mA; 4.2V
  • Recording Time: 90 minutes
  • Charging Time: About 3hours
  • Dimension: 59.27x 41.13 x 29.28
  • Time-lapse Record: 100ms / 200ms / 500ms / 1Sec / 5 Sec
  • Motion Detection: Not supported
  • Charging Time: About 3 hours
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Russian

What’s in the box?

  • APEMAN Sport Action Camera
  • Waterproof Case
  • Bicycle Stand, Base 1, Base 2, Clip, Fixed Base
  • Switch Support 1, Switch Support 2, Switch Support 3
  • Adapter
  • Helmet Base
  • Bandage
  • Ribbon
  • 3M Adhesive Tape
  • Wire Rope
  • Data Wire
  • Manual
  • Wiper

Pros:

  • Water-resistant up to 30 meters deep
  • High definition screen display
  • Detachable rechargeable battery prolongs camera’s service life
  • 1080p video resolution
  • 16-megapixel photo resolution
  • 170 wide-angle lens
  • Support storage cards up to 32GB,
  • Multiple Video Recording Formats
  • Multiple Photo Shooting Modes
  • Small and light
  • Wi-Fi makes sharing easy
  • 4K video quality

Cons:

  • There is no Apeman smartphone app
  • limited controls over the image
  • Not that great at capturing the details in bright areas

Conclusion

Summing it up, we believe that APEMAN Action Camera <- Affiliate Link 🙂 is the best high-performance underwater camera in the market. It can help you be in all your outdoor activities and make your adventures more memorable.

It will enable you to be your life’s photographer, director, and editor by letting you record exciting moments on the run. Not only will be the results vivid and clear, but they will also be in HD to make them look real.

Thus, it is an ideal choice for life archives! This camera offers a lot, from video with 4K and anti-shake ability to 16 MP images and amazing underwater performance.

You can capture every scene with clear selectable resolutions to make viewing a memorable experience. Thus, it is an amazing-value action camera essentially the same as the GoPro without the hefty price tag.

The only disappointments are that the smartphone app (at the review date)  doesn’t work, and control of the image is limited.

So the verdict is that this camera is indeed a generous peripheral bundled with both keen price and decent quality and is a bargain for those whose budgets can’t stretch.

Cooau action camera review

COOAU 4K 20MP Wi-Fi Action Camera is a champion for shooting high-resolution videos and capturing top-quality pictures.

This is because it employs a genuine Sony sensor to produce stunning 4K movies and 20MP to deliver crisp images.

Cooau 4k 20Mp camera is a very reasonable alternative available on the market for all those who do not want to go for an expensive mainstream GoPro action camera.

Cooau action camera review

COOAU stands out from its counterparts because its results are more lifelike and vivid. Moreover, it provides a plethora of features without costing a lot.

Some of its qualities, such as inbuilt smart gyroscope, electronic image stabilization, external microphone, and the waterproof case, make it indispensable, especially for outdoor activities.

These features can even capture smooth video while in motion and even underwater up to 30m (98Feet) and record audio.

Additionally, it also has a 170° Ultra Wide Angle lens with six layers and F2.5 fish-eye optical glass to deliver a broader and brighter perspective even in shallow light conditions.

To give users a professional expensive digital camera experience, this camera also supports different modes such as Loop Record, Diving Mode, Burst Photos, Timer Capture, Car Driving Mode, Time Lapse Photos, etc.

Perfect for underwater photography

Not only that, but it is also sturdy and durable as camera housing is IP68 certified and completely waterproof.

It is specifically designed for the rugged underwater world. That is why it can function perfectly underwater.

This makes it ideal for all kinds of activities, especially water sports, like diving, snorkeling, surfing, skiing, etc.

Complementing these features are several other elements such as Wi-Fi and Remote Control, making handling even more comfortable and providing users full control even from afar.

It also makes editing and sharing instant. It also has HDMI and USB video output, which allow users to connect it to TV, Computers and so that they can enjoy the results on a big screen.

Making the performance even more lasting is the double updated 1200mAh Batteries, which extend the continuous recording time to 240 minutes. Then numerous accessories enable users to mount this camera at any angle for unique positioning.

Lastly, this COOAU comes with a 12-month warranty so that you can play it safe without any worry!

Let us look into this in detail to understand what makes it so unique…

Cooau 4k 20Mp overview:

Beginning with its 20MP 4K Ultra HD performance, this action camera by COOAU has an inbuilt updated chip and seven layers of optical glass lens, which leads to 4K Ultra HD professional videos and allows it to take stills at 20MP.

Built and Physical Features

Upon first glance, the design of the camera seems pretty similar to the Apeman action camera. The design is regular, and there is no new physical addition compared to the previous generations.

The black body of the camera and the transparent cover are both made up of plastic. The plastic used is of pretty high quality, and overall built doesn’t give the feelings of Cooau 4k being a cheap quality.

Little bumps and falls do not harm the camera and its lens – it is durable. Compared to the camera body, the cover doesn’t give the impression of being very high quality.

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The covering provides additional durability to the camera and protects it against water and dust. Also, the mounts cannot be attached to the camera directly without putting the gadget in this covering.

In case of damaging it, the protective covering can be bought separately from Cooau or other online stores.

Camera dimensions

The camera dimensions are 2.28 in x 0.79 in x 1.73 in (L x W x H), and the weight is only 260 grams. At the front of the camera, the most prominent feature is its lens.

Placed at the top left, this lens is a 170-degree adjustable lens made up of 7 layers. The wide-angle of view gives the fisheye look impact on the images. Buttons to turn the camera on and off and to change the modes are also at the front.

The button to start the recording sits at the upper side of the body.

There is a micro SD compartment slot and the settings button on the left side, and on the right side, there is the Micro-USB cable and the mini HDMI cable.

At the backside of Cooau 4k 20mp, there is a 2 inches LCD screen – touchless. Even the cheapest cameras today are offering the touch control feature, so it is a little disappointing. Overall, the display results aren’t very bad.

This is four times more beneficial than previous models as it features a productive video resolution of 4K 30FPS, 2.7K 30FPS, 1080P 60FPS, and 720P 120 FPS. It enables you to capture your life with magnificent resolution.

To further enhance its results, it employs a 170° F2.5 wide-angle lens, which allows you to capture any moment or landscape with a unique perspective. It also allows more light to enter the camera to ensure that the results are apparent even under low light conditions.

It also has the latest Image Sensor embedded inside it to deliver bright or clear results and well-detailed and vibrant imagery.

Thus, this COOAU 4K action camera performs brilliantly in all-optical aspects and benefits both stills and videos.

4k videos at 60 fps

The native 4k video results are the strongest feature of the Cooau 4k action camera. Unlike the cheap 4k providers, this camera is full native 4k resolution.

Usually, the low-priced action cameras claim to offer 4k videos, but that is an unreal resolution. Those cameras record in much lower- almost half of the resolution, and then the software of the camera interpolates this footage to 4k.

Native 4k is often related to the higher-end cameras, but Cooau broke all the rules.

All the video resolution of this camera are:

  • 4K at 60 fps
  • 7K at 60 fps
  • 1080p at 120 fps
  • 720p at 120 fps

The results are absolutely crystal clear and pretty stabilized. Even for the adventures of hiking and skiing, you won’t come across the problem of blur while shooting in 4k.

The processor and the camera chip are also strong enough to provide you the smoothest video experience.

Time-lapse is now becoming a common feature in action cameras. Cheap cameras are offering it but not its quality.

Forget about the average results of time-lapse and record with the native 4k 60fps time-lapse super HD videos.

An additional video is faster videos. Capture the videos at a 15x faster speed.

All videos are stored in .mp4 format.

Camera Stabilization

Cooau 4k 20MP uses Electronic Image Stabilization. Though the previous generations of these models also had the same stabilization type, there are few updates made in this one.

Manufacturers claim that it is better than stabilizations of all the previous models.

Overall results of the stabilization are good – but only when it is working. One of the biggest drawbacks of the camera is that the EIS only supports shooting in 4K format.

So there is no guarantee that you will get the super smooth videos besides the 4k format. To overcome the issue, we recommend you get a tripod for your device.

Not only will it stabilize the video but also step up your videography in several aspects.

Images result

The output of still images is 20MP in 4:3 or 16:9 format. Where even the cameras priced much more than this one are offering only JPEG mode, Cooau 4K 20MP supports both JPEG and Raw format.

Adjustable camera settings also let you make images better by adding your creativity.

8x zoom

Another new feature of the Cooau 4k 20mp camera is its 8x zoom.

This feature is worth mentioning, as zooming doesn’t ruin the quality of footage very much.

Zoom only works with still images.

External microphone for better audio

Not only are the videos and stills amazing, but the audio is no less. This is what makes this camera stand out from its counterparts.

Unlike its competitors, who cannot generate audio when inside the casing, this camera can record sound clearly, thanks to its external microphone.

This means that you can fully capture any action even in difficult situations like cycling, skiing, etc.

Complementing its lens performance is remote control and Wi-Fi, which gives users full control of their camera even when far.

The remote control can work up to 10 meters without messing with the camera. You use the Red button to capture photos, while the gray button is used for video recording. This enhances flexibility as you no longer have to hold the camera in your hands.

Additionally, the Wi-Fi allows the camera to connect with iOS and Android apps so that you can control it via your smartphone. This allows reviewing, editing, and sharing photos and videos instantly.

By downloading the App LIVE DV on your device, you can easily monitor the camera by changing its settings, downloading files, capturing stills, recording videos, social media sharing, and much more.

This camera has embedded an EIS Stabilization, an anti-shake smart program, in its chip to improve its functionality further.

This enhances the fluidity and stability of the movies captured, especially during extreme sports, for example, parachute throwing, motorcycling, skiing, etc.

Besides, this Electronic Image Stabilization feature also improves the sharpness of the videos and images captured and takes them to a new level.

Then to give you even more unique results, this camera comes with abundant accessories.

Universal compatibility for accessories

It comes with the most accessories by far, and these accessories are fully compatible with other action cameras.

So you can reuse them. The different mounts, wires, straps, and tapes lead to secure attachments at various places such as handlebars, cars, helmets, and many more to provide actions from any angle anywhere.

Then other supplementary features further improve performance, such as different modes, battery, and LCD.

An array of shooting modes such as time-lapse, burst photo, loop record, timers capture, driving mode, underwater mode, snow mode is a big bonus as they lead to professional experience.

So now, you can simultaneously enjoy and record precious moments with these modes, especially with the inbuilt 10-second self-timer, which will free your hands, and you will be able to get yourself and the whole gang in the same frame altogether.

The snow mode is also beneficial for shooting videos during skiing as choosing it will lead to the camera automatically increasing the exposure compensation and adjusting the white balance to make results more realistic.

Moreover, the two improved batteries are also an excellent addition as they perform for an extended period, and you don’t have to purchase extra ones.

This way, you won’t have to worry about ending a shoot due to a dead battery as the double 1200mAh Batteries extend the continuous recording time to 240 minutes.

Here’s a video review from the YouTube channel MyBackyardBirding in case you want to check for a second opinion about this action camera:

Then the LCD of this COOAU Action Camera is also of exceptional quality. You can easily view your scene and use it to navigate the menu.

The menu is also user-friendly, with many setting options to set it as per your requirement.

This camera features a very comfortable and sturdy carbon fiber outer casing and an ultra-compact design about its design.

This gives this a full sense of science and technology, and you feel confident when using it.

Goes deep underwater

Even the waterproof case is solid and seals tight, keeping the camera safe up to 40M deep underwater.

Moreover, it is also dust resistant and can survive extreme conditions. The material used to construct is IP68 certified and makes it sturdy, thus ideal for extreme sports and adventures.

Then another thing that makes it stand out is its price. With all these features, it is the most inexpensive action camera to date.

Usually, action cameras cost a lot more than this beauty, and we couldn’t believe that COOAU was delivering so much at such a low price without compromising quality!

Finally, the best thing about this camera is that it is so versatile that you can use it for any purpose. It covers all the powerful functions that you can imagine.

From loop recording, slow motion, driving mode, underwater mode, upside down, and time-lapse recording to self-timer, burst photo, screen saver, white balance, and so on, it has it all.

It is specifically designed for those who are fond of outdoor activities and want a multi-purpose camera as it has.

So be it Diving, Camping, Climbing, Skiing, Riding, or Surfing, make this camera your companion, and it will never disappoint you! It will surely give you the best experience with a digital camera.

Cooau 4k 20MP specifications:

  • Video Resolution: 4K 30fps, EIS 4K 30fps, EIS 2.7K 30fps, EIS 1080P 60fps, EIS 1080P 30fps, EIS 720P 120fps
  • Image Resolution: 20MP /16MP /12MP /8MP/5MP
  • Lens: 170°Super Wide-Angle 6G Fisheye lens
  • Video Format: MOV
  • Image Format: JPG
  • Wi-Fi Connection: Android/IOS device
  • USB Interface: USB 2.0
  • Battery: 2 Rechargeable 1200mAh batteries
  • Continuous Photo Time: up to 240 minutes
  • Charging Time: About 4 hours
  • Waterproof Case Depth Rating: Underwater 30 m/ 98ft
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Item Weight: 1.21 pounds

What’s in the box?

  • COOAU Action Camera
  • 2 x 1200mAh Batteries
  • Microphone
  • Waterproof Case
  • Carry Bag
  • 13 x Accessories
  • User Manual

Verdict

The verdict is that this action camera is for all those who wish to make memories in all their adventurers without burdening their pockets.

Cooau is getting famous among action camera lovers as a brand that delivers all the mainstream features of action cameras, i.e., 4k videos, stabilization, video modes, et cetera.

Though these features’ performance is not as substantial as a camera, starting from around 400 dollars, on the other hand, Cooau action cameras are available at a surprisingly economical price.

For adventurers seeking a cheap action camera with good footage results, this brand is highly recommended.

Both price and quality are excellent, mentioning that it also includes a microphone, and the results are similar to high-end cameras.

So with 4K videos, which are crystal clear, 20 MP vivid images, perfect audio, smooth shooting, many accessories, different modes, underwater capabilities, remote control, Wi-Fi, long-life batteries, and at such a reasonable price, it is beyond perfection.

It is a bargain as it provides the best value for money along with the best quality.

Thus, COOAU manufacturers have proved that they can deliver the best with the least cost and beautifully fulfill their customer needs. Make it yours today <- Affiliate Link 🙂 and start your journey into action photography!

Apeman Action Camera A100 Review

In the category of reasonably priced action cameras, no brand is offering better than Apeman.

Apeman action cameras are considered the best available alternative to GoPros.

The recently released Apeman A100 with 4k at 50fps is an excellent camera with all the specifications which were once considered as the specialty of GoPros.

Engineering nifty cameras like A100 are among the reasons behind this brand being so popular among sports enthusiasts and adventurers.

Apeman A100 Trawo Review

Trawo A100 features native 4k at 50 frames per second. Many other cameras in this price range offer the 4k, but it is neither native, nor their results are as good as A100.

It hosts numerous other quality features too. It has up to date electronic image stabilization to ensure the smoothest and ultra-high-definition footages no matter how shaky the shooting situation is.

Multiple shooting modes, accessories, Wi-Fi, remote control, voice control, and some auto setting ensure ease of use, especially for beginners.

A100 lets you capture the wonders inside deep water with its 40 meters of waterproofing inside the case.

Two batteries are sent with the package, and each battery offers up to 60 minutes of shooting time in 4k mode, making sure that you have the best and interrupted experience outdoors.

All the features collectively deliver the professional level performance unusual for the action cameras falling in this device’s price range.  

Here are details about the salient features of Apeman A100 and their performance:

4k videos

With Hisilicon Hi3559 chip and sensitive SONY IMX458 sensor, the TRAWO offers 4K at 50fps and 4K at 30fps.

Today when every other brand is offering 4k, what makes this feature so special in A100? The answer is two things.

Firstly, the resolution offered by Apeman A100 is native. Native resolution is when the video is both captured and displayed in 4k resolution, unlike low-end cameras.

Those cameras offer the interpolated resolution in which the videos are captured in a much lower resolution of 2k. Internally, the sensor of the camera interpolated and upgraded the output into the 4k.

Those videos are 4k but false 4k, and any camera expert or professional can easily identify it because of the difference in smoothness and quality in native 4k and false 4k. 

Secondly, this 4k resolution is offered with 50fps. Other brands in the middle-priced category are still limited to 15fps or 30fps.

Higher the frame rate, the higher the smoothness, especially in action photography and handheld shoots.

All video resolutions are 4K @ 50fps; 4K @ 30fps; 2.7K @ 30fps; 1440P @3 0fps/60fps; 1080P @ 30fps and 60fps; 720P @ 60fps and 120fps. All videos are stored in .mp4 format.

Overall, the video performance is an outstanding and strongest feature of the device.

There are several video modes to enhance the video shooting experience, i.e., single shooting mode, time-lapse mode, slow motion, aqua mode, long exposure, and automated distortion correction.

Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)

To ensure the smoothest footages in all situations, Trawo A100 uses built-in Electronic Image Stabilization.

This feature perfectly complements the feature of 4k and other video resolutions with higher frames per second.

EIS works with the help of a super-accurate motion sensor. Motions and blurs’ motion information is integrated with the framerate of shooting resolution to compensate for unwanted effects of motion. 

This technique reduces distracting vibrations from videos by smoothing the transition from one frame to another.

EIS of A100 works fine, but if you are looking forward to shooting extreme sports activities, I recommend using the gimbal.

It will ensure that no-way you face any blur or any similar sort of problem.

Images quality

Foe still images, resolutions offered by Apeman A100 are:

  • 20MP (4928×3264)
  • 14MP (4320×3240)
  • 10MP (3648×2736)
  •   8MP (3264×2448)
  •   5MP (2592×1944)
  •   2MP (1600×1200)

Many automated and changeable settings make the quality of results outstanding. ISO and Exposure settings can be fixed.

Four Diversified scene modes named people, diving, scenery, remove the fog are also there to let photographer artistic effects without going through the pain of changing different settings. 

Images are stored in JPG format. Many new and updated features are integrated into A100, but shame that a basic feature as RAW images format is absent.

Anyhow, this con isn’t considerable compared to the bundle of features in the bracket of pros.

Low light performance

Low-light results are not the strong side of any Apeman camera.

Unfortunately, for A100, the footage results for low-light shooting aren’t extraordinary the way results of 4k, and 20MP camera are.

Sometimes, a grainy effect is visible.

The Apeman A100 is best for outdoor use.

Waterproof

You can take down Apeman A100 deep down in water up to 40 meters inside the waterproof cover.

Without this cover, this camera is just a regular camera, pretty vulnerable to water.

But to date, no middle-range or low-range action camera offers a waterproof body without any cover, so it is not considered a con.

The feature of 40-meter waterproofing by Apeman A100 is equivalent to the underwater limit offered by an expensive brand.

Place your device inside the transparent cover and capture the underwater world with the 4k eye, yet there is a major flaw.

As mentioned prior, the camera operates via touch – there is no other way to change settings except using a touch screen.

There is no way you can change shooting mode or any other setting once the camera is underwater.

Built and Design

The built quality of A100 is high-quality and durable thaa. Regular action camera users might not even guess that it is a middle-level action camera.

It is made up of premium quality plastic. The body is black with a slight touch of orange, whereas the waterproof is completely transparent.

This cover protects the camera underwater and comes in handy in several other conditions, i.e., during rain and windy or dusty conditions, place the camera in this casing. No way any dust particles can go inside the camera.

Physical dimensions of A100 are only 61 mm x 30 mm x 45 mm (L x W x H), whereas it weighs only 76 grams with a battery.

On the front, the most prominent feature is two LEDs. On the upper side, there is the start recording button similar to predecessors of A100.

On the left side, there is the micro-SD compartment (SD card is not included in the package) slot and the settings button and on the right side.

On the backside, the prominent feature is the 2.0’’ IPS High Sensor Touch Screen.

Screen performance

This screen is very responsive, and the displayed results are also highly defined. Using the screen, you can preview and changed settings, see battery level and shooting mode.

Overall screen performance is satisfactory, but as mentioned in the waterproofing heading, the problem is when you have to use a camera inside the cover.

There’s no other way possible to change the settings. Though the camera can be remote and voice-controlled, these features work only for basic operations.

The lens is also at the front of the camera. It is a 7-layered glass lens with 170 degrees adjustable angle of view with a fishy-eye look.

The default wide-angle setting of the lens can be adjusted to medium and narrow. The aperture is F/1.8 Wide.

Battery Life and Some Other Features

Apeman A100 is powered via a 1350 mAh li-ion battery. This battery takes up to 3 hours for charging and provides 120 minutes of continuous shooting time in 1080p format and 60 minutes straight-shooting time 4k resolution.

And there’s more! Two batteries are sent with the package so you can have the optimum shooting experience.

 A 2.4G wrist remote control is sent with the device. It isn’t waterproof, just like the camera body.

Both voice control and wrist remote control features can perform the basic functions such as start and stop of shooting.

Trawo A100 supports a Class 10 or higher Micro SD Memory Card. This memory card can be up to 128 GB starting from 16GB.

The camera doesn’t have built-in storage, so it is necessary to insert the card to save the footage.

Using the Wi-Fi feature, footage can easily be transferred to the smartphone and shared with family and friends instantly.

To use this connectivity feature, it is necessary to download the YUTUPRO app on a smartphone from the apple store or play store.

Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi feature doesn’t work if the connection/signals are not strong. In that case, data can be transferred using USB or HDMI.

Multiple accessories are sent with the package. These accessories are compatible with many other action cameras, including some models of GoPro.

A100 Trawo Specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Apeman
  • Camera name: TRAWO A100
  • Camera type: Action Camera
  • Physical dimensions: 61 mm x 30 mm x 45 mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 76g (with battery)
  • Camera screen: 2.0’’ IPS High Sensor Touch Screen
  • Chip: Hisilicon Hi3559
  • Sensor: SONY IMX458
  • Video resolutions: 4K @ 50fps; 4K @ 30fps; 2.7K @ 30fps; 1440P @3 0fps/60fps; 1080P @ 30fps and 60fps; 720P @ 60fps and 120fps
  • Video (compression) format: MP4, H.264, H.265
  • Still images Resolution: 20M; 16M; 12M; 10M; 8M; 5M; 3M
  • Images Format: JPG (no RAW)
  • Footages stabilization: Via Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
  • Lens type: 7 layered glass lens
  • Lens Aperture: F/1.8 Wide
  • Lens angle: 170° and adjustable
  • Slo-mo video resolutions: 1440P at 60fps, 1080P at 60fps, 720P at 60fps
  • Battery type: Rechargeable 1350mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Power Input: 5V / 1A
  • Charging time: Up to 3 hours
  • Recording time: 120 minutes (1080P), 60 minutes (4K)
  • Waterproof Case Depth Rating: Up to 40 meters or 131.2ft
  • Exposure control: Yes
  • Exposure value: -2.0 to +2.0
  • ISO: Yes (Auto / 100-1600)
  • White balance effects: Yes (5 options)
  • Shooting modes: Time-lapse, boot recording, Timer shooting, burst shooting, Diversifies scene modes (people, diving, scenery, remove the fog)
  • Remote controlled: Yes
  • Remote type: 2.4 G
  • Wi-Fi connections: Android/IOS Supported
  • Storage: Class 10 Micro SD Card up to 128G (not included)
  • Accessories: included in the package

Pros:

  • Reasonable price
  • Good footages quality – both videos and images
  • 4k at 50fps and 20MP
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Voice and remote control
  • Deep underwater shooting up to 40m (130ft) with the waterproof case
  • Batteries can last up to 180 minutes in ideal situations
  • Various images/videos modes and built-in settings for exposure control and IOS

Cons:

  • Settings are accessible only using the touchscreen. Impossible to change the settings inside the waterproof casing
  • No casing to hold the accessories like the predecessors
  • No way to adjust or change the focus
  • Smartphone app keeps on crashing

Our verdict on Apeman A100

Summing up the review – you get more from Apeman A100 then what you pay for!

Certain incredible features in Apeman 100 makes it worthy for any sports enthusiast or adventurer to spend money on it.<-Affiliate link 🙂

4k videos at 50 frames per second and 20Mp still image results are surprisingly good. Electronic image stabilization, high-quality sensor, voice and remote control, Wi-Fi connectivity, several video and pictures mode, ease of use, waterproofing, better battery life, and several other functions make sure that you enjoy your shooting experience with Apeman A100.

Considering all these features, performance, and many positive customer reviews about it, Apeman A100 Trawo is one of the best available medium-budget cameras. 

Crosstour 4K 20MP Review

For quite a while, Crosstour action cameras are rapidly becoming popular as GoPro cameras’ best available alternatives. The manufacturers are offering almost everything a GoPro can, but it comes without any fancy price tag. Such as Crosstour 4K 20MP camera.

It has almost all the features of GoPro Hero 7 and 8 except some, but its price is less than half as compared to those two.

Crosstour 40k 20Mp is a medium-end action camera, but whatever it can do, it performs its best. Take the example of 4k video capability. The user might expect a not-so-impressive 4k video for this price, but the results are the total opposite of this camera’s expectations.

The 4k video is pretty nifty and resolution. Take the example of waterproof. Soak the camera in water for hours, and there won’t be any damage to it. These are just two examples of the multiple things this tiny gadget can do.

Salient features of Crosstour 4K 20MP:

Here are details about the most prominent features. All technical and physical specifications are given in the next section.

Design and built

Like usual Crosstour cameras, this one is also a black camera built with high-quality plastic. Plastic-built is a reason behind the durability of the camera and breakage-resistance. It is a tiny easy to carry around a camera with physical dimensions of only 6 cm x 2.5 cm x 4 cm (L x W x H), whereas the weight only 56 grams. Multiple accessories that come with the package are all made up of plastic.

The physical highlight of the camera is its two inches screen. On the front, there are on/off button just beside the lens. The recording button on the upper side, micro SD card compartment slot, and the settings button on the left side, and on the right side, there is the Micro-USB cable and the mini HDMI cable and two buttons to control a few settings.

Ultra 4k resolution

4k 20MP is capable of recording in 4k resolution in 30fps. For a low budget camera, the footage result of videos recorded in 4k mode is peachy.

Beside 4k at 30fps, the other resolution supported by this action camera are:

  • 2.7K at 30fps
  • 1080P FHD at 60fps/30fps
  • 720P HD at 120fps/60fps/30fps

To save these videos and all sorts of footage, you need to insert an SD card first, which doesn’t come with the package. All videos are stored in MP4 format under the H.264 or the H.265 codec.

Photos

From 2mp to 20mp, Crosstour 4k 20mp camera can take photos. With the right camera settings, anyone can take wonderful images using this camera.

The only drawback of pictures with this camera is that the RAW format isn’t supported by it.

Lens

Crosstour 4k 20mp features a 170-degree wide-angle lens. It helps to capture wider scenes.

One problem with this lens is that it isn’t made up of anti-scratch glass. Rubbing the lens harshly while cleaning or any other unfortunate circumstance can leave a permanent scratch on it. Be careful about it; don’t use anything to clean it other than lens cloth, and follow the cleaning instructions mentioned in the user’s manual.

Anti-shake mechanism

In action photography, blur footages are a common issue caused by the shakes or movements. To reduce the blur and distortions, Crosstour 4k 20mp features built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). It ensures that you get high-definition footage even when you shoot the fast-moving objects.

Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) is a highly effective method now used in most action cameras. It compensates for hand jitter that results in distracting video shake during playback. EIS relies on an accurate motion sensor for tracking the jitter source, which can be because of the photographer’s motion, vehicle, tripod, et cetera.

Using camera underwater

For the price range of Crosstour 4k 20mp, either cameras are not waterproof or have to use them in the waterproof casing, which doesn’t come with the package. This camera is solid waterproof up to 40 meters (98 feet) once you put it inside its casing, making it a perfect action camera for water sports, diving, surfing, and swimming.

The case is with the clip mechanism. Put the camera in case, clip, close it, and your camera is an all-around seal. Soak the camera in water for days, and there won’t be any damage to the device at all.

The waterproof case also provides resistance against dust and extra protection against breakage. But the camera is in the case can affect the audio quality.

Modes

There are multiple video and picture modes to get better footage results and make your adventures more fun. Such as:

  • Single shooting (press the shutter mode, and the camera will take a single photo only)
  • Burst mode (also known as continuous shooting mode
  • Time-lapse: This function allows the action camera to hold off the shot for a few seconds (from 1 second to 10 seconds)
  • Self-timer (up to 10 seconds)
  • Slow-motion
  • Aqua mode (compensate the loss of colors underwater to get the vivid images)
  • Long exposure (capture stationary objects and blur moving one to give artistic touch)
  • Distortion correction

Battery

Battery life can last straight up to two hours while shooting in 1080p mode with camera and connectivity features off.

In the case of using connectivity features, screens, and shooting simultaneously, the battery falls rapidly. In the 4k shooting, these battery timings can drop to 60-90 minutes max.

External Microphone

An external 2.5mm microphone helps you to captures sound from all directions with all details.

Remote Control

For ease of use and control of the camera wirelessly, the remote control comes with the package. There are two prominent buttons on the remote controller; a red button for photo taking and a grey button for video recording.

Crosstour 4K 20MP Specifications:

  • Model Name: Crosstour 4K 20MP Action Camera
  • Brand: Crosstour
  • Item Dimensions L x W x H: 6 cm x 2.5 cm x 4 cm
  • Item Weight: 56 Grams
  • Color: Black
  • Max Focal Length: 200 Millimeters
  • Min Focal Length: 200 Millimeters
  • Pictures: 20MP (4928×3264), 16MP (4928×3264), 14MP (4320×3240), 10MP (3648×2736), 8MP (3264×2448), 5MP (2592×1944), 2MP (1600×1200)
  • Videos: 4K a 30fps, 2.7K a 30fps, 1080P FHD a 60fps/30fps , 720P HD a 120fps/60fps/30fps
  • Model Year: 1
  • Part number: Crosstour
  • Size: CT8500
  • Water Resistance Level: Waterproof
  • Effective Still Resolution: 20 MP
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K
  • Lens: Fisheye
  • Stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
  • Display Size: 2 Inches
  • Item Weight: 56 Grams
  • Memory type: SDHC
  • Connections: USB, Wi-Fi
  • Battery: 1350mAh 3.7V battery
  • Battery life: 120 minutes recording 1080p Full HD video (Wi-Fi and screen turned off)
  • Included Components: Camera Body & Accessories
  • Item Package Dimensions: L x W x H: 24.4 cm x 12 cm x 7.4 cm
  • Package Weight: 0.54 Kilograms

Pros:

  • Reasonable price with good quality
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Remote control and other multiple accessories
  • Battery time of 120 minutes
  • Easy to carry around
  • Waterproof up to 40 meters
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Cons:

  • The battery falls rapidly on 4k mode.
  • Lack of touchscreen, unlike the other action cameras in the same price range.

Conclusion

Both performance wise and price wise, Crosstour 4k 20 MP is an impressive camera. If, as a beginner or in general, you don’t want to go for GoPro because of its price tag, this action camera is one of the best alternatives available.

4k quality, 20 MP pictures, waterproof, anti-shake technology, 2 hours of battery life, durable, remote control, dust cove, and multiple accessories, what else one can want from an action camera?

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