Taking photos and videos should be as relaxing and comfortable as being in love. Especially in the moments when the adventure knocks on your door. That is why there are many cameras in the market and, the vast majority, are of excellent quality; a very clear example is the MGCOOL Explorer 2C. This, like our protagonist, the Elephone ELECAM Explorer S, is a small and light device that will not pose any problem to transport it anywhere. In general, the company has designed an action camera in a warm tone and pleasant configuration. With 4K resolution and high-speed recording at up to 120fps, your photos and videos will look amazing, realistic and vibrant. If you want to know more about it, keep reading our informative review.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Package and accessories
This box comes well equipped, with a good and practical selection of mounting elements and standard accessories. It includes a plastic frame with two 1/4 “tripod screws so that the camera can be mounted in straight and inverted positions. Also, the Elephone ELECAM Explorer S comes with a very detailed user manual in English. In total, the packaging will bring us:
- Elephone ELECAM Explorer S
- Waterproof housing + screw + mount
- User’s manual in English
- Bicycle support
- J-shaped frame
- Connector + Screw x 3
- Tripod adapter + tripod adapter mount
- Frame x 2
- Strap x 3
- Metal tape
- Plastic tape x 4
- Cleaning Cloth
- Adhesive x 2
- USB cable (70cm)
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Design
The body of the camera is made of black plastic, while the front panel looks very cool due to its retro camera style. The latter stands out more by the use of a strip of silver color in its upper part. Below this, there is an area covered in a soft-touch material with leather texture. This lower area of the front can come in two shades: orange or black.
Also, the edge of the lens is black and its outside diameter is 20.6 mm. The lens protrudes, so it is necessary to take into account the protection against scratches and dents. It only remains to say that this panel has a simple design and only has the following marks: logo ‘ELE’ and a small square with the words ‘4K ULTRA HD’. The camera is solid, with great finishes and the applied materials are well achieved.
The camera is light and portable, to the point of being able to carry it in the pockets. It has dimensions of 6 x 4.2 x 3cm and weighs 60g. Additionally, in conjunction with its protective casing, it will have a great impermeability with the possibility of submerging it up to 30m deep. As it will also prevent the entry of dust, sand, and water, adapting to different environments.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Controls and indicators
The front panel has the power/mode button, which is also used to navigate the menus. The shutter/ok button is located at the top. On the left side, you have two buttons: Up (Short press = Wifi, Long press = Digital zoom) and Down (Soft press = Silence, Prolonged click = Digital zoom out).
Moving to the LED indicators, there are two of them located on the back of the camera. Red lights up when the battery is charging, blue is on permanently when it is on. However, another yellow LED on top starts to flash after turning on the WiFi connection.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Screen
To talk about the back of it, it is better to focus on what stands out here. And this is none other than the screen. The Explorer S camera works with a 2-inch HD LCD screen with a high resolution for videos (4K @ 30fps) and normal viewing angles; Colors are reversed when the camera is rotated to the left or down. The brightness is enough to shoot under different lighting conditions, is not sensitive to touch and is covered with a bright transparent protective film.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Hardware
In terms of hardware, it comes with an improved version of the Allwinner V3 chip, which gives it a high cost-effectiveness ratio. The Allwinner V3 CPU is energy efficient but also has a Cortex-A7 CPU. This translates into an optimal performance to record 4K ultra HD videos and perfectly capture any high-speed movement.
As for the lens, we will find a third generation sensor with backlighting (BSI). In this case, it is the Sony IMX 179 CMOS 1 / 3.2-inch sensor, which offers great performance in low light and a frame rate of up to 30fps. In addition, the IMX 179 is far ahead of other sensors in terms of power consumption.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Battery and Wifi Connection
The camera comes with built-in Wifi, whose signal strength will be very good. This will allow you to connect to a mobile application to control the camera from reasonably long distances and preview photos and videos.
On the other hand, the capacity of the battery is 900mAh 3.33Wh and the dimensions of this are 3.3×2.9x 1.1cm and 16 grams of weight. It is also compatible with the most common form factor “SJ”. Another thing to mention is that the Explorer S can be used when connected to an external USB power source. You can record videos and take pictures while recharging. This happens because it has a dashcam mode, which turns on and starts recording when connected to a power source.
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Other features
It offers easy capture of images in real time from multiple angles. This camera also includes high color reproduction, good image permeability, and 128G development support. It has 16.0MP to capture accurately the dynamic video recording at 1080p FHD, and the frozen picture at 60fps gives a clear and vivid quality.
In another area, it has a wide 170 ° HD visual angle, which ensures an excellent view of the captures. This preserves a more realistic scene and captures an immersive wide-angle view. For its part, it comes with multiple shooting modes, along with simple operations. In this way, you can easily achieve various professional effects without any complicated editing.
Additionally, we attach a video that shows the quality and wonders you will get from the hand of this little friend:
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Specifications table
|Model:||ELECAM Explorer S|
|Chip Name:||Allwinner V3|
|Sensor size:||1 / 3.2|
|External storage:||Up to 32GB|
|Wide angle:||170 °|
|Pixels of the camera:||16.0MP|
|Resolution:||320 x 240 pixels|
|Charging Method:||USB connected to PC|
|Wait time:||100min at 1080P / 30FPS|
|Video resolution:||1080P (60fps), 4K (30fps)|
|Frame rate:||120fps, 30FPS, 60FPS, 90fps|
|Waterproof:||Only with protective casing|
|Submersion resistance:||Up to 30m|
|Dimensions of the product:||6 x 4.2 x 3cm|
|Dimensions of the package:||28.7 x 12.7 x 7.1cm|
|Includes:||Elephone ELECAM Explorer S with all its accessories included (see a complete list in the “package and accessories” section)|
Elephone ELECAM Explorer S: Availability and price
We have excellent news for you, which is that you can purchase this camera on Gearbest, Aliexpress or Banggood online stores for a cost of $39.99 (€32.72), $49.99 (€40.90) and $42.99 (€35.18), respectively. Below we will provide direct links to the pages.
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