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Intempo Sync Action Camera 720p With Waterproof Case

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Intempo Sync does a fairly good job at recording action when walking around, while on a bike and recording fun activities like time-lapses, bird watching or playing in the park with the kids. And, you can take it under water too.
Considering its price compared to top end action cams, the Intempo Sync works great as an inexpensive but usable backup camera for even taking b-rolls for supplemental footage. The built-in microphone is decent but don't expect HD voice quality.
The power/mode button on front of the Intempo Sync action cam turns off the camera, as well as let you select video mode, camera mode and playback mode to view a recorded file from the camera. Video recording can only be activated from video mode and the highest video resolution supported is 720p.
Accessing video settings and camera settings is done while in the respective mode. While in video mode, you have to press the OK button to cycle between video mode and video settings and use the side navigational buttons to cycle between video settings, which include loop recording, video file size, date stamp watermark and exposure. 
Loop recording in the Intempo Sync action cam works the same as the loop recording function in a car dash camera so, you can record new files on top of old files to continue recording. When the memory card becomes full the camera will automatically start deleting the oldest files to make room for newer recorded files.
Most cameras split loop recording between 10 minutes and 20 minute clips. The Intempo Sync action cam lets you split recordings in 3 minute clips, which means if you were to record an hour long video, the Intempo Sync camera will automatically split the 1-hour long footage in twenty separate 3-minute clips. When the memory card becomes full, the camera will delete the first 3-minute clips.
Intempo Sync model EE2233STKEU
Loop recording is useful for continuous recording to capture unforeseen events like a car accident that you can then use as evidence.
The Intempo Sync action cam could be used as a car dash cam or a helmet cam thanks to the included helmet and handlebar attachments. The Intempo Sync action cam would be a neat solution for a motorbike commuter who is concerned about road rage altercations and possible car collisions on roundabouts.
Loop recording can be turned off from the Intempo Sync so, you can preserve recorded footage without anything being deleted or overwritten.
4000 x 3000 still photo
There is only support for 32GB so, you will want to bring spare memory cards on a trip, as well as a power bank that can output 1 amp since the Intempo Sync uses 5V input to recharge. The maximum power input the Intempo action cam can take is 1 amp; hence you cannot use fast charging.
Speaking of charging, the Intempo Sync is fitted with a non-removable 900mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which takes 5 hours to fully charge and can provide up to 1.5 hours of battery life. While charging, the led indicator blinks red and turns off after charging. 
There is a power saving mode feature that can be enabled from settings so, the camera turns off when not in use. 
You can select between 1 minute, 3 minutes and 5 minutes. You can also have the display turn itself off to preserve battery life. 
With the included clear protective housing, the Intempo Sync action cam can be submerged under water up to 30 meters.
There is also a protective plastic case included that acts like the protective casing on a smartphone shielding the Intempo Sync from the sides. This plastic case features a thread that lets you mount it on a standard phone tripod.
The waterproof housing integrates external buttons that are spring-loaded, letting you operate the physical buttons on the Intempo Sync camera from the outside.

4000 x 3000 still photo
When it comes to shooting photos, the Intempo Sync supports a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels (4000 x 3000), which can be adjusted to 10 megapixels (3920 x 2940), 8 megapixels (3264 x 2448), 5 megapixels (2592 x 1944), 3 megapixels (2048 x 1536), 2 megapixels (1600 x 1200) and 1 megapixels (1024 x 768). Less megapixels does equal less storage space but also lower image quality. 
According to the included user guide, the Intempo Sync lens has a 120 degree viewing angle, which looks more like 90 degrees. There is also no mention of the image sensor used in the Intempo Sync but judging by the level of noise and the 720p video maximum resolution, it won't be a true 1080p sensor.
Most likely a 720p image sensor that upscales to 1080p when selecting 1920 x 1080 from the settings. The image sensor can produce okay images and video footage as long as there is very good outdoor lighting.
There is no optical image stabilization but then again, you won't find this feature in most budget action cameras as they typically use digital image stabilization to minimize shaky footage, which works but it's nowhere close to the smoothness of a gimbal.
When it comes to accessing videos and photos, you can either take the memory card out of the Intempo Sync or retrieve videos and photos while the memory card is inserted in the camera. To do this, you simply connect the included micro USB cable to the Intempo Sync and connect the USB-A side to a laptop or desktop computer. 
After transferring files, you want to make sure to select "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" to prevent the recorded videos and/or memory card from becoming corrupted. It's also worth remembering not to eject the micro SD card while the camera is powered on, which seems trivial but, once a memory card becomes corrupted you cannot access the files and the memory card may become unusable.
The buttons on the right side of the Intempo Sync camera are navigational buttons to scroll through menu options.
The OK button on top of the camera (OK) has two functions, including selecting between menu screens. The other function the OK button serves is shutter-release to shoot photos and start recording. Next to this button, there is a status led light to indicate charging status.
On the left side of the Intempo Sync action cam, you find a micro USB port and the micro SD card slot, which is rated at 32 GB but seems to be able to support larger capacity SD memory cards up to 64GB in size.
Accessories that you get with the Intempo Sync action camera include an attachment buckle, a handlebar mount, a waterproof housing, a tripod mount adapter, a helmet mount, velcro straps, adhesive pad mounts and a micro USB cable. There is also a user guide.

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