Elephone Explorer Full HD Wi-Fi Action Camera

Saturday, March 04, 2017

What is there not to love about this sexy little bit of kit called the action camera? With an action camera (aka action-cam) you can film action while being immersed in the action and create really awesome footage!
With that said, if you can't justify forking out hundreds of pounds for an action camera and want an alternative then, check out the Elecam Explorer action camera!
waterproof casing
The Elecam Explorer action camera is rugged, compact, features a 2-inch LCD display screen, and most importantly, it captures superb quality video and still images and does time lapses too!
The Elecam explorer has the look and feel of an action camera three times its price and features a 170 degree wide angle lens with 12cm infinite focus, which means the image is formed at the focal point of the lens.
micro SD port and micro HDMI port for plugging directly into a TV
The Elecam explorer action cam is very discreet and measures only 6cm long, 3cm wide and 4cm tall. The circumference of the action camera is made of a grippy rubberized layer.
battery compartment on the bottom
Aside from the action camera itself, the Elephone Explorer action cam comes with clear water proof casing that allows you to film action under water up to depths of around 30 meters.
While in the plastic enclosure, you can operate the buttons thanks to springy external button extensions.

 As far as the camera chip sensor, the Explorer action cam features the Omnivision OV4689 16.0MP HD image sensor, which captures crisp and clean stills and video of even fast moving objects.
microphone vent on the side
Along with the waterproof enclosure, you also get many mount accessories, as well as a lens cloth, 6 velcro strips and a spare back case cover.
you can use SJcam batteries as replacement batteries (3.7V 1050mAh Li-ion battery)
The default video screen modes are 1080p at 60FPS and 720p at 120FPS, which are modes for capturing slow motion videos. 
You can also shoot at 4K/15FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080p/30FPS and 720p/60FPS. The 1080p at 60FPS video resolution is definitely the best compromise for better battery life, increased data storage and no risk of the camera overheating. Below are some still samples taken with the Explorer action cam
The menu screens are self explanatory and easy to navigate. If you own a car dashboard camera, you will find using the Explorer action cam very familiar.
front button doubles up as power button and menu button
Toggling between menu screens is done via four user-controlled buttons. Two of those buttons are located on the right side of the action camera, while the other two buttons are located on the front and top of the action camera respectively.
With the Ele Explorer action cam you also get a companion app that you can use to remotely control the camera from your smartphone and send photos/videos via your home's WiFi network. 
The Elecam Explorer action cam menu screens include video menu, photo menu, camera settings.

Video Menu

Video Resolution: 

Time Lapse

Loop Recording: for recording video footage on a seamless loop


The second menu is the Photo menu, which includes photo resolution, timed, auto and dramashot.

PhotoResolution (mepapixels): 5M, 8M, 12M and 16M

Timed: self timer photo feature in seconds (3s, 5s, 10s)

Auto: automatically take photos every 3s, 10s, 15s and 20s (seconds)

Drama shot: take several still photos and combine them to create an image that shows motion trails.

Camera settings: exposure, white balance, image rotation, driving mode, WIFI, LightSource Frequency (anti-flicker), LED Indicator Light (turn leds on/off), auto screensaver, auto shutdown, and time watermark.

Lightsource Frequency: antiflicker (50Hz or 60Hz)

Auto screensaver: 10s, 20s or 30s

Auto shutdown: 1min, 3mins or 5mins

white balance:Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent Light, Fluorescent Light

exposure:: -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3

The last menu includes language, date/time, format, reset to factory settings and firmware version.

Elecam Explorer action cam firmware version 20161219V5.0

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