Having reviewed a couple of action cams in the past, I was very pleased when the UltraHD action cam arrived as all the other cameras I tested in the past had max resolutions of 1920x1080p @ 30fps – so I was eager to test out the 1080p@60fps and also the 4K features on this camera.
In the box, you get various accessories (wrist straps, belt clips, helmet pads etc – n.b you can also use third party / GoPro accessories with this cam too!), but one thing I want to point out is that for the waterproof enclosure accessory please be aware that there are x2 rear panels for it. One IS waterproof and the other IS NOT waterproof – so when your going swimming or out in the heavy rain to record, please make sure you take the waterproof back cover with you otherwise it could end in disaster.
The camera supports micro SD cards up to and including 64GB to record onto (not included). I would recommend picking one up if you don’t already have one (preferably a class 10 as these perform better). A 32GB or 64GB micro SD will be enough, both of which can be bought for fairly cheap nowadays. Don’t quote me on this but *I think* on a 64GB card you would be able to record 1080p@60fps for 13 hours.
Moving on then, the camera comes well packaged and I was twice as happy to find not x1, but x2 batteries in the box which I thought was a nice touch. Other cameras I’ve tested have only come with x1 battery, with this one you get two. Spare batteries are going to be available for this model soon so keep your eyes peeled from them. Whilst we are on the topic of batteries, I was able to record for just over 1.5 hours on a single charge, so x2 fully charged batteries should give you around a total of 3 hours recording time, which is excellent.
The batteries are also rechargeable and can be charged by plugging the camera in via USB cable (provided). I’m also positive you can (or will be able to, maybe VICTECH can clarify?) buy a desk docking station for the batteries and charge them that way.
The camera uses a Sony IMX117 image sensor (which was also used in the GoPro Hero 3 btw) with built in WDR (high dynamic range) that produces colourful and beautiful HD video footage / photographs at an affordable price. Browsing through the settings you are presented with plenty of different options from various video and photo resolutions, different effects (black and White, sepia etc), you can adjust the lens from 70 degrees all the way up to 170 to capture more, or less, in the frame when taking photos / video and theres much much more as well – such as activate diving / night mode for recording better quality video when underwater / at night.
The first video I shot was on a long walk up in the hills at 1080p@60fps and when reviewing the footage whilst it looked crystal clear, I couldn’t get over how shakey the footage looked – this wasn’t a fault with the camera though. A quick look through the settings menu and you’ll find an option alongside ”anti-shake” called ”gyroscope” – make sure both of these are turned ON and it will stabilise your image immensely – what a difference it makes ! I put a small side by side comparison about this in the video if you want to check it out, you will see the difference is night and day ! With gyroscope turned on you get a real smooth, stable image.
I shot a full 1.5 hours again at 1080p@60fps with the gyroscope featured turned on and it was really buttery smooth this time – I was impressed. Because I got used to using 1080p@60fps, when it came to shoot 4K @ 24fps…I have to say you could obviously see the frame drops present (you can’t compare 24fps to 60fps – its a fact) but overall it was still pretty nice to look at. 2K @ 30fps was really smooth too, obviously not as smooth as 60fps but it was easier to watch than 4K at 24fps. I think once they get 4K @ 30fps it’ll be a lot more bearable. Tbh though 1080p@60fps is all you need right now, trust me, its great.
You can also take photographs with this camera with resolutions ranging from VGA (640×480) all the way up to 20-Megapixel images and again, I was really impressed with how they turned out especially the high resolution images (20, 16M etc).
Another cool feature of this is that you can remotely control the camera using your phone, if your phone and the camera are connected to WiFi. You can also save the videos / photos from the camera to your phones SD. To use this feature you will need to download the app ”Finalcam” from the google play store or the apple appstore (FREE). You can also use this as a dashcam in your car if you wish.
Take a look at the video above for more features and a full overview of the settings menu.
Overall I’m really impressed with the camera and all of the features that are packed into this thing. The quality of the footage is superb and whilst the 24fps at 4K isn’t enough (imo), its still gets the job done and looks great on a 4KTV. I use this camera everyday as a dashcam in my car and also take it vlogging everywhere with me, I take it cycling and when going running and swimming. This really is a great action cam at a wallet friendly price. Don’t miss it.
Any questions please feel free to ask in the comments.