Today, we have a look at what is probably the most affordable action camera on the market. We’ll call it the “WiFi HD 1080P Action Cam” as there doesn’t appear to be any real brand behind it. I guess nobody was brave enough to put their name on it!
As for it’s pricing, it goes for $27.99 shipped worldwide, and that even includes free postage AND some accessories including a waterproof mount!
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: Specifications
- Supported video resolutions: 1080p (30fps), 720p (30fps)
- Supported picture resolutions: 12MP
- Lens: 140-degree wide angle
- Image Sensor: 12MP CMOS Sensor
- Display: 2-inch LCD
- Supports 2.4GHz WiFi for control via smartphones
- Battery: 900mAh
- Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3cm / 2.4 x 1.6 x 1.2in
At the time of writing this action cam is available from Camfere.com for $27.99.
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: Packaging
The packaging is pretty straight forward. It’s a simple box with the camera and all the accessories inside. The camera arrives inside the waterproof case to save space.
In the box we find the camera, battery, waterproof case, camera bracket, a clip and an USB cable for charging. I honestly think that’s a good selection of accessories for somebody who’s buying their first action camera.
Unboxing and First Look
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: Impressions
Well, if you couldn’t get it from the price tag, the WiFi HD 1080P Action Cam is a very cheap action cam and as such, build quality is not the best.
My unit even came with one of the two side buttons that doesn’t click, it still works if you push hard enough but it’s still pretty annoying.
The battery compartment on the bottom is almost impossible to open due to a flawed design; in all fairness, you probably won’t need to do it that often, the battery gets charged through USB and you most likely won’t buy additional batteries.On the left side of the cam we find all the external ports, such as Micro USB, Micro HDMI and the MicroSD card slot. These ports are always out in the open as there’s no plastic door to cover them, so be aware of that if you aren’t going to use it with the waterproof case.
The rear display on the WiFi HD 1080P Action Cam is good, it’s clear, bright and it even makes the subject look better than what it actually records.
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: User Experience
The WiFi HD 1080P action cam is really easy to use, insert the microSD, power it on and in a few seconds you’re ready to shoot. The boot time is pretty good as well, compared to other action cams I own.
If you want to change mode from let’s say video to photo, you simply press the power button, if you press that again you get into the gallery and once more for the settings menu. To turn off the camera hold the power button for 2 seconds.
The settings menu is easy to navigate (if I hadn’t a broken button, that is) and there are several options you can change such as: video size, loop recording, exposure, audio record, date stamp, image size, sequence, quality, sharpness, white balance, ISO, anti-shaking and some more.
The camera behaved well overall; it never froze and the presence of a screen makes it much easier to frame shots. I didn’t try the WiFi functionality because I couldn’t find the app mentioned anywhere, nor on the website or on the box, but honestly I see that more useful with display-less action cams, on this one it’s not fundamental.
Another way you can use this camera is as a dashcam, as mentioned earlier it has loop recording, so you can set it up in your car and let it record the whole time, it’ll overwrite older videos when the microSD is full.
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: Video
Let me get it straight: I’m an amateur photographer/videomaker and as such I’m pretty spoiled in regards to photo & video quality. That said, this camera performs rather badly compared to other action cameras in general. You really do get what you pay for.
For the ridiculously low price of $27.99, I guess the video quality is OK, it’s not sharp, there’s way too much contrast and the exposure is all over the place… but then again, its $27.99 we’re talking about.
But the worse part is when it just drops frames, you can expect that in low light situations normally, here’s it’s quite the opposite. You’re trying to film outside and it looks alright, when you then go back and rewatch it, it’s super choppy as if the camera couldn’t handle the amount of light.
Since this is supposed to be an action cam I wonder of what use can it be if it can’t film outside? Maybe I should play a bit with the settings and see if I can get it better, but not everybody is willing to do that.
Here are some video samples:
WiFi HD 1080P Action Camera: Conclusion
If you’re looking for the cheapest action cam on the market then I guess you could give this one a try, but if you can manage to up the budget then please get something else instead.
Over at Camfere you’ll find an huge amount of cameras with most being better than this one. Even something like the $62.99 SJCAM SJ4000 is a huge improvement over the WiFi HD 1080P Action Cam and it comes with many more accessories as well.
I’d suggest buying the WiFi HD 1080P Action Cam only if you want to use it as dashcam or for any other situations where good quality is not a necessity, for $27.99 it’s really hard to go wrong.