GoPro Clone for beginners: MGCOOL Explorer Pro 4K Action Cam for €34.70

Certainly, the MGCOOL Explorer Pro 4K Action Cam is not the first action cam to offer 4K in the low-price segment, but the basic data and the price are already tempting. It is very similar to its larger brother, the MGCOOL Explorer 1S 4K. But a closer look behind the façade is worthwhile with such products actually always, as synonymous times is sometimes a little blurred when it comes to the resolution or other features. Also the Explorer Pro is no exception.

MGCOOL Explorer Pro in the front view

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Specifications: MGCOOL Explorer Pro

Video resolution (NTSC) 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 30 fps (interpolated); 2.7K (2560 x 1440) @ 30 fps; Full HD (1920 x 1080) @ 60, 30 fps ; HD (1280 x 720) @ 120, 60, 30 fps
Photo resolution 16 MP (interpolated); 12 MP (interpolated); 8 MP ; 5 MP; 2 MP
Chipset Allwinner V3
Image sensor / type / format Sony IMX179 (8 MP); CMOS; 1 / 3.2 “
Acceptance angle 170 °
Image stabilization No
Video codec H.264 / MPEG-4
Display 2 “TFT screen; 320 x 240 pixels
Connectivity 2.4GHz Wireless LAN; USB 2.0 (Micro USB); Micro HDMI
App available for Android 4.2 / iOS 8.0 or later
Storage MicroSD / microSDHC / microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
Recommended speed class Class 10 or higher
Battery / Run Time 1050 mAh; 100 min at 4K @ 30 fps
IP certification No (with case IP68 up to 30 m depth)
Casing plastic
Dimensions 5.90 x 2.90 x 4.10 cm
Weight 55 g
Delivery MGCool Explorer Pro, waterproof case, USB cable, user manual, various brackets
Features Slow Motion, Timelapse, Timer

The housing of the MGCool Explorer Pro 4K is made of plastic  and provides a grippy surface so that the camera does not slip out of your hands as quickly. The  IP68 certified case protects  the camera against dust and water up to 30 m depth. Without the Case, the Action Cam is not waterproof, as its connections are exposed, as can be seen in the picture. 64 GB of maximum memory is enough for a few hours of video material.

On the back is a small 2 inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. This is not a touch screen. To navigate the menu and adjust the camera, you can either use the app or the physical buttons of the camera. To do this, you have a mode switch on the front, the shutter button on the top, and a toggle switch on the right.

MGCool Explorer Pro Rear view with display

According to the manufacturer, the small Action Cam creates 30 frames per second, when it takes in 4K. The built-in Sony IMX179 sensor can represent a maximum of 8 megapixels , ie 3264 x 2448 pixels, but 4K is officially defined as a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Also, the chip does not support native 4K. Thus the 4K can only be interpolated.

Up to 60 FPS in Full HD resolution and 120 FPS in HD can be recorded, which makes slow motion recording a problem. This is very nice for action sequences and creates a cool effect. With the 170 ° wide angle SharkEye lens , you can also create a generous image section that should capture action-packed events completely.

In addition to slow motion recordings, also timelapse recordings are no problem and apparently an interval of up to 60 seconds can be set. In addition, the APP provides the function of loop recording. This means that the memory card is always re-recorded, which would theoretically also be suitable as a Dashcam.

MGCOOL Explorer Pro white side view

“You get what you pay for” seems to be the clear motto here. Of course you get for not even 40 euros no real 4K recordings, which most now hopefully know and the respective manufacturers synonymous times could see. Nevertheless, with the MGCOOL Explorer Pro one gets either a solid entry into the world of action cams or you have a cheap second or third camera to record a scene from several angles. In addition you get for the price additionally some accessories, whereby one is directly startklar.


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