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This Action Camera will bring you into a new high definition field of recording. Equipped with a wide angle 140 D lens, You wont miss out on any background details. Compatible with a Micro SD card up to32GB, you can store all tyour photos and Videos right on the camera. The 2 inch LCD display provides great playback of your recorded material.

IPX68 Water resistant case included.
16mp full HD 1080p wifi action camera.
Helmet / Wrist / Cycle Handelbar mounts included.
Android and iOS compatible.
Camcorder model number VE-IFXAC-EU.

  • Action camera camcorder.
  • 2in LCD .
  • 1080p.
  • microSD memory card formats.
  • 16MP digital stills.

Features:

  • Wi-Fi.
  • 1/4in CMOS sensor.
  • Intelligent scene mode.
  • Digital image stabilisation.
  • Waterproof up to 30m.

General information:
  • Rechargeable battery rechargeable batteries (included).
  • Includes case, USB cable, waterproof case.
  • Weight 340g.
  • Size H4, W5.8, D2.5cm.




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There is a review of the Action camera on youtube and on the box you can see 'H62' image sensor which is a 720p sensor not 1080p so this is a 1.3 megapixel sensor and can provide a 1280x940 type image which it interpolates up to 1080p for video and 16MP for still images. With image stabilization and wifi features the main chipset is probably quite reasonable like a Sunplus icatch 6330 but the sensor is low quality which will ultimately effect the picture quality.

Normally a true 1080p action camera that records at 1080p 30fps can do 720p at 60fps but this camera records at 30fps at 720p. It may actually be better to use this camera at 720p and interpolate the video to higher resolutions on your pc, this might also give extended battery life because the action camera doesn't have to waste processing time interpolating the resolution itself.

Even if you are happy with 720p video it goes without saying that a 720p images upscaled to 16MP is rubbish ,this is not a camera for decent still images. Also bear in mind the small sensor as well as having low resolution, will likely have inferior contrast and poor colour too. The sensor seems to be designed primarily for surveillance cameras so maybe low light performance will be ok, unsure about that.

Some of the worst action camera's I've seen have been from retail stores be it Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Argos etc it's like they are trying to compete with online shops with camera's that have lower performance components for a higher margin but come in nice packaging, ultimately they often don't sell that well because of their weak performance and are discounted to a lower price level but even at £14.99 this will be a profitable unit for Argos because of the low spec. The point is this doesn't provide true 1080p video recordings and certainly doesn't provide 16MP still images.
It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 action camera, what are people expecting from something costing a fraction of the price of the cheapest GoPro?

I have a generic version of this camera with the same specs (slightly different button layout and design) and it's absolutely fine for capturing basic action videos.
I recently used mine on Velocity 2 at Zip World Wales and at Bounce Below trampoline Park and the videos were perfectly reasonable for capturing the experience.

Heat from me.
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Found my Action Cam (Splash) to be awesome as a car dash cam. Far better than dedicated dash cams ive used. This one is mega cheap but might be only worthwhile using in daylight...youtube.com/wat…5cs
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Heat at that price! Looks like I will be adding another gadget to my collection.
There is a review of the Action camera on youtube and on the box you can see 'H62' image sensor which is a 720p sensor not 1080p so this is a 1.3 megapixel sensor and can provide a 1280x940 type image which it interpolates up to 1080p for video and 16MP for still images. With image stabilization and wifi features the main chipset is probably quite reasonable like a Sunplus icatch 6330 but the sensor is low quality which will ultimately effect the picture quality.

Normally a true 1080p action camera that records at 1080p 30fps can do 720p at 60fps but this camera records at 30fps at 720p. It may actually be better to use this camera at 720p and interpolate the video to higher resolutions on your pc, this might also give extended battery life because the action camera doesn't have to waste processing time interpolating the resolution itself.

Even if you are happy with 720p video it goes without saying that a 720p images upscaled to 16MP is rubbish ,this is not a camera for decent still images. Also bear in mind the small sensor as well as having low resolution, will likely have inferior contrast and poor colour too. The sensor seems to be designed primarily for surveillance cameras so maybe low light performance will be ok, unsure about that.

Some of the worst action camera's I've seen have been from retail stores be it Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Argos etc it's like they are trying to compete with online shops with camera's that have lower performance components for a higher margin but come in nice packaging, ultimately they often don't sell that well because of their weak performance and are discounted to a lower price level but even at £14.99 this will be a profitable unit for Argos because of the low spec. The point is this doesn't provide true 1080p video recordings and certainly doesn't provide 16MP still images.
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bonzobanana11/05/2019 09:46

There is a review of the Action camera on youtube and on the box you can …There is a review of the Action camera on youtube and on the box you can see 'H62' image sensor which is a 720p sensor not 1080p so this is a 1.3 megapixel sensor and can provide a 1280x940 type image which it interpolates up to 1080p for video and 16MP for still images. With image stabilization and wifi features the main chipset is probably quite reasonable like a Sunplus icatch 6330 but the sensor is low quality which will ultimately effect the picture quality.Normally a true 1080p action camera that records at 1080p 30fps can do 720p at 60fps but this camera records at 30fps at 720p. It may actually be better to use this camera at 720p and interpolate the video to higher resolutions on your pc, this might also give extended battery life because the action camera doesn't have to waste processing time interpolating the resolution itself.Even if you are happy with 720p video it goes without saying that a 720p images upscaled to 16MP is rubbish ,this is not a camera for decent still images. Also bear in mind the small sensor as well as having low resolution, will likely have inferior contrast and poor colour too. The sensor seems to be designed primarily for surveillance cameras so maybe low light performance will be ok, unsure about that. Some of the worst action camera's I've seen have been from retail stores be it Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Argos etc it's like they are trying to compete with online shops with camera's that have lower performance components for a higher margin but come in nice packaging, ultimately they often don't sell that well because of their weak performance and are discounted to a lower price level but even at £14.99 this will be a profitable unit for Argos because of the low spec. The point is this doesn't provide true 1080p video recordings and certainly doesn't provide 16MP still images.


Interesting info! How can they advertise this as 1080p 16mp action camera with 1920x1080 clearly stated? Seems that if its a 720p unit with software interpolating an image to 1080p then this should be clear on the advertising or packaging. Have just reserved one at my local Argos but now having second thoughts!!!
I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the recording sound was to quiet, inside the waterproof case it was deaf and recorded no sound, so returned to argos next day, they was quite insistent that I took a replacement but I refused and got my money back.

This was the most I could get it to charge even after an overnight charge
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Interesting info! How can they advertise this as 1080p 16mp action camera …Interesting info! How can they advertise this as 1080p 16mp action camera with 1920x1080 clearly stated? Seems that if its a 720p unit with software interpolating an image to 1080p then this should be clear on the advertising or packaging. Have just reserved one at my local Argos but now having second thoughts!!!


You wouldn't believe how common this is, I'd say 95% of action camera's falsely describe their resolution in someway. This Argos camera is particularly bad they have pushed it further than others but even decent action camera's that have 8MP Sony sensors are calling them 12MP or 16MP because they interpolate the image to 12MP or 16MP.

Top end brands don't do it like gopro and a few others but most do.

I especially find the camera's amusing that claim 4K on the box but actually only provide 15 or even 12 fps so just use the same image twice so it's super juddery. Those camera's often do provide a true 4K image but the video is unwatchable.

Finding the true specification of an action camera takes a little work most of the time because of so many false claims. Normally if they bother to put a decent sensor in you get a decent chipset too. I've never seen a camera with a great sensor and a rubbish chipset, I'm guessing the sensor costs more than the chipset plus normally the chipset has to be good to support a very high resolution sensor. You can't pair a 16MP sensor with a very cheap chipset, some bottom end chipsets are limited to 2MP like those from General Plus.
It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 action camera, what are people expecting from something costing a fraction of the price of the cheapest GoPro?

I have a generic version of this camera with the same specs (slightly different button layout and design) and it's absolutely fine for capturing basic action videos.
I recently used mine on Velocity 2 at Zip World Wales and at Bounce Below trampoline Park and the videos were perfectly reasonable for capturing the experience.

Heat from me.
SOUTHWALES11/05/2019 10:42

I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the …I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the recording sound was to quiet, inside the waterproof case it was deaf and recorded no sound, so returned to argos next day, they was quite insistent that I took a replacement but I refused and got my money back.This was the most I could get it to charge even after an overnight charge [Image]


The trouble with these very low spec camera's is they are made in low end factories and assembly is more rushed and not as good so not only are you getting a poor spec but rubbish assembly too. You have to understand the factories that make such camera's are plentiful and they can only sell by beating their competitor's price so they can get large export orders, it's all priced at a minimum including parts they buy in like batteries and microphones.

You can buy super expensive action camera's and still have no sound in their waterproof case as there are no holes for the sound. People who aren't intending to use their camera in water often drill a small hole in the case just to allow sound in by the mic port. You could probably use a small screw/bolt and some rubber washers if you wanted to reseal it again. Just make sure you don't confuse the speaker port hole with the microphone port hole.
bonzobanana11/05/2019 10:51

You wouldn't believe how common this is, I'd say 95% of action camera's …You wouldn't believe how common this is, I'd say 95% of action camera's falsely describe their resolution in someway. This Argos camera is particularly bad they have pushed it further than others but even decent action camera's that have 8MP Sony sensors are calling them 12MP or 16MP because they interpolate the image to 12MP or 16MP. Top end brands don't do it like gopro and a few others but most do. I especially find the camera's amusing that claim 4K on the box but actually only provide 15 or even 12 fps so just use the same image twice so it's super juddery. Those camera's often do provide a true 4K image but the video is unwatchable. Finding the true specification of an action camera takes a little work most of the time because of so many false claims. Normally if they bother to put a decent sensor in you get a decent chipset too. I've never seen a camera with a great sensor and a rubbish chipset, I'm guessing the sensor costs more than the chipset plus normally the chipset has to be good to support a very high resolution sensor. You can't pair a 16MP sensor with a very cheap chipset, some bottom end chipsets are limited to 2MP like those from General Plus.


Any reccomendations on a cheap action camera then, one that is true 1080p?
This is identical in appearance to the SJ4000 cam I bought a few years ago, and when I got that I paid about £100 for it, and use it as a dash cam (which it is great for might I add) so if this is of the same quality, this is an absolute bargain! Heat!
Familyguy198211/05/2019 11:12

It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 …It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 action camera, what are people expecting from something costing a fraction of the price of the cheapest GoPro? (confused)I have a generic version of this camera with the same specs (slightly different button layout and design) and it's absolutely fine for capturing basic action videos.I recently used mine on Velocity 2 at Zip World Wales and at Bounce Below trampoline Park and the videos were perfectly reasonable for capturing the experience.Heat from me.


720p action camera's aren't dear though. You can get such camera's less than £10 all the time on ebay. This one is a little better as it has wifi and image stabilization. I question how well the image stabilization can work with such a low resolution sensor. Normally you have something like a 20% higher resolution than the recorded image/video in order to stabilize the video does that mean this camera is actually interpolating an image lower than 720p to 1080p because some resolution is lost in the stabilization or maybe the stabilization only works on one axis to give a minor improvement. The sensor has 960 lines I believe so 240 more than normal 720p but only has 1280 in the other axis so no room for stabilization there.

ebay.co.uk/itm…rue

Decent true 1080p 60fps action camera's do go sub £20 at times that deliver great results and often provide pretty good still images. It's not unheard of of action camera's with 4MP sensors to go cheap. Just looking on amazon you can see loads of camera's at around £20 or just over that do 4k and 1080p 60fps etc some with extra batteries. It's not like it's this or you pay gopro prices. You can get a far better camera for £5 or £10 more. I've bought a camera off Amazon warehouse for £13 that does true 2.3k video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 120fps at 720p. Omnivision 4MP sensor and allwinner V3 (not V3s) chipset.
SOUTHWALES11/05/2019 10:42

I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the …I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the recording sound was to quiet, inside the waterproof case it was deaf and recorded no sound, so returned to argos next day, they was quite insistent that I took a replacement but I refused and got my money back.This was the most I could get it to charge even after an overnight charge [Image]


Argos shouldn't insist you have a replacement if the item is faulty or you felt the quality wasn't adequate. You've got a 30 days no quibble refund policy with Argos. You must have had a right jobsworth that day.
30fps is the biggest issue with cameras like these. Still, £15 might make this a worth while purchase for a child or someone in a tight budget
bonzobanana11/05/2019 11:41

720p action camera's aren't dear though. You can get such camera's less …720p action camera's aren't dear though. You can get such camera's less than £10 all the time on ebay. This one is a little better as it has wifi and image stabilization. I question how well the image stabilization can work with such a low resolution sensor. Normally you have something like a 20% higher resolution than the recorded image/video in order to stabilize the video does that mean this camera is actually interpolating an image lower than 720p to 1080p because some resolution is lost in the stabilization or maybe the stabilization only works on one axis to give a minor improvement. The sensor has 960 lines I believe so 240 more than normal 720p but only has 1280 in the other axis so no room for stabilization there.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/401748701613?ul_noapp=trueDecent true 1080p 60fps action camera's do go sub £20 at times that deliver great results and often provide pretty good still images. It's not unheard of of action camera's with 4MP sensors to go cheap. Just looking on amazon you can see loads of camera's at around £20 or just over that do 4k and 1080p 60fps etc some with extra batteries. It's not like it's this or you pay gopro prices. You can get a far better camera for £5 or £10 more. I've bought a camera off Amazon warehouse for £13 that does true 2.3k video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 120fps at 720p. Omnivision 4MP sensor and allwinner V3 (not V3s) chipset.


Could you share the link to the ware hse product u bought ?
Thanks for sharing the information you have provided in this thread.. certainly helped a novice like me
Thanks
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imranbashir_uk11/05/2019 11:18

Any reccomendations on a cheap action camera then, one that is true 1080p?


A quick look on amazon shows this one. Based on their claimed spec it should be considerably higher performance than this one and if not you have amazon customer service to fall back on. They certainly haven't spent the money on the camera case itself though which looks basic but the spec looks good for the price.

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Really though there are many to choose from. Please note while the camera claims 4k and 1080p 60fps even if fake it should offer true 1080p 30fps video because that is the way it works. At worst it will offer 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps in real performance and these would be interpolated to 4k 30fps and 1080p 60fps. Personally I'd be more comfortable buying a model with some history where you can check it online to find the true sensor and chipset. 3 year warranty on the camera, make sure you save a copy of the web page as if it goes faulty within 3 years I suspect it will be amazon customer services you will be dealing with.
Also consider amazon warehouse action camera's, can't list them as often only one of each but some bargains there and often if there are any problems like missing adapter they will give you a bit of amazon credit pretty easily. Bought a bottom bracket recently, missing 2 bolts that would cost me 90p they refunded the whole item.
Goal11/05/2019 11:52

Could you share the link to the ware hse product u bought ?Thanks for …Could you share the link to the ware hse product u bought ?Thanks for sharing the information you have provided in this thread.. certainly helped a novice like me Thanks


Sometime ago and now out of stock. They are changing frequently. Look for the lowest non-standard resolution for taking still images that normally reveals the sensor megapixels. I.e. if a camera says it can take VGA, 1M, 1.3M, 2M, 4M, 8M and 12M still images, 1.3M will likely be the sensor size, if it says 2M, 5M and 12M then 2M will be the sensor size etc. You are looking for the lowest non-standard image size. Sensor dictates image quality ultimately.
Dekard9711/05/2019 11:47

Argos shouldn't insist you have a replacement if the item is faulty or you …Argos shouldn't insist you have a replacement if the item is faulty or you felt the quality wasn't adequate. You've got a 30 days no quibble refund policy with Argos. You must have had a right jobsworth that day.


Sounds like they might have loads of them and desperate to clear stock. I've been in a shop in that situation many years ago, you put up a little resistance but ultimately have to cave in if the customer knows his or her rights.
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bonzobanana11/05/2019 10:51

You wouldn't believe how common this is, I'd say 95% of action camera's …You wouldn't believe how common this is, I'd say 95% of action camera's falsely describe their resolution in someway. This Argos camera is particularly bad they have pushed it further than others but even decent action camera's that have 8MP Sony sensors are calling them 12MP or 16MP because they interpolate the image to 12MP or 16MP. Top end brands don't do it like gopro and a few others but most do. I especially find the camera's amusing that claim 4K on the box but actually only provide 15 or even 12 fps so just use the same image twice so it's super juddery. Those camera's often do provide a true 4K image but the video is unwatchable. Finding the true specification of an action camera takes a little work most of the time because of so many false claims. Normally if they bother to put a decent sensor in you get a decent chipset too. I've never seen a camera with a great sensor and a rubbish chipset, I'm guessing the sensor costs more than the chipset plus normally the chipset has to be good to support a very high resolution sensor. You can't pair a 16MP sensor with a very cheap chipset, some bottom end chipsets are limited to 2MP like those from General Plus.


Is this not misrepresentation? Peoples purchasing decisions are made on the basis of advertising and specs (plus available reviews). If its not 1080p then Argos should accept a return without question. Perhaps they shouldnt be stocking them? Guess most people dont bother looking or asking questions these days- especially if something is cheap!
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Is this not misrepresentation? Peoples purchasing decisions are made on …Is this not misrepresentation? Peoples purchasing decisions are made on the basis of advertising and specs (plus available reviews). If its not 1080p then Argos should accept a return without question. Perhaps they shouldnt be stocking them? Guess most people dont bother looking or asking questions these days- especially if something is cheap!


It is 1080p through software interpolation. I suppose it is an assumption to think that is the native resolution of the camera when recording video. Many games consoles have 1080p games but they are upscaled from a lower resolution but 1080p could be on the box artwork. It is a minefield for the casual action camera buyer to work out what is good value in performance terms though without some research. I thought all action camera's based on allwinner V3 chipsets were similar until I found out more recently there is a allwinner V3s chipset that most of these camera's use which is inferior to the full allwinner V3 chipset and many sites seem to assume there is only one chipset but allwinner do a budget version of the chipset which most manufacturer's use in reality which has an inferior spec. The allwinner V3 does true 1080p 60fps the allwinner V3s has to upscale 720p 60fps to 1080p 60fps. On the box you never see Allwinner V3s they are always 'V3'. Unless you are really interested in either action cameras or electronics especially SOC's you probably don't understand the difference.

Here is a thread here about it but it doesn't really deal with the issue with noname budget action cameras it is more about slightly higher priced models and their fake resolutions and sensors. Budget action cameras are a lot worse than those.

dashcamtalk.com/for…90/

I suspect it is legal although unfair to consumers as it is misleading and relies on people's false assumptions about a product.
Dekard9711/05/2019 11:50

Still, £15 might make this a worth while purchase for a child or someone …Still, £15 might make this a worth while purchase for a child or someone in a tight budget


Or even someone not on a tight budget that just wants to save money?
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bonzobanana11/05/2019 13:50

It is 1080p through software interpolation. I suppose it is an assumption …It is 1080p through software interpolation. I suppose it is an assumption to think that is the native resolution of the camera when recording video. Many games consoles have 1080p games but they are upscaled from a lower resolution but 1080p could be on the box artwork. It is a minefield for the casual action camera buyer to work out what is good value in performance terms though without some research. I thought all action camera's based on allwinner V3 chipsets were similar until I found out more recently there is a allwinner V3s chipset that most of these camera's use which is inferior to the full allwinner V3 chipset and many sites seem to assume there is only one chipset but allwinner do a budget version of the chipset which most manufacturer's use in reality which has an inferior spec. The allwinner V3 does true 1080p 60fps the allwinner V3s has to upscale 720p 60fps to 1080p 60fps. On the box you never see Allwinner V3s they are always 'V3'. Unless you are really interested in either action cameras or electronics especially SOC's you probably don't understand the difference.Here is a thread here about it but it doesn't really deal with the issue with noname budget action cameras it is more about slightly higher priced models and their fake resolutions and sensors. Budget action cameras are a lot worse than those.https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/the-list-of-shame-fake-4k-cameras-and-cmos-size.16490/I suspect it is legal although unfair to consumers as it is misleading and relies on people's false assumptions about a product.


Appreciate the advice and information- thanks. Will spend a bit more time looking before taking the plunge I think!
Bought something similar in Tesco and it failed to charge properly under a year. The video was not great and the still photo was awful. However the waterproof casing was great.
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what about this
sensor is IMX179 sony which is 8meg
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Familyguy198211/05/2019 11:12

It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 …It's quite funny reading some of the comments on here. It's a £14.99 action camera, what are people expecting from something costing a fraction of the price of the cheapest GoPro? (confused)I have a generic version of this camera with the same specs (slightly different button layout and design) and it's absolutely fine for capturing basic action videos.I recently used mine on Velocity 2 at Zip World Wales and at Bounce Below trampoline Park and the videos were perfectly reasonable for capturing the experience.Heat from me.



Actually I found the remarks very useful, & I will be careful when I finally buy an action camera, however at £15-00 quid it is a bargain for some people, & any camera is often better than no camera at all.
How does 1.3MP extrapolate up to 16MP?
SOUTHWALES11/05/2019 10:42

I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the …I got this about a month ago, mine refused to complete a charge and the recording sound was to quiet, inside the waterproof case it was deaf and recorded no sound, so returned to argos next day, they was quite insistent that I took a replacement but I refused and got my money back.This was the most I could get it to charge even after an overnight charge [Image]



To be fair, you wouldn't expect it to record sound when inside a waterproof case? Obvs not charging fully is a bit of a flaw!
Perfect for my 8 year old with birthday money to burn and who thinks he's the next YouTube sensation! Thanks OP.
lumsdot12/05/2019 08:20

https://www.amazon.co.uk/VM8580-Waterproof-Underwater-Accessories-Housing/dp/B07PW4LGKB/ref=pd_sbs_23_5/259-4604024-6544805?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07PW4LGKB&pd_rd_r=339bf7ff-7486-11e9-bd09-6b265a2d278b&pd_rd_w=YTQNf&pd_rd_wg=oiTvc&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=PPJR1B2FJPKG9VHEHXRC&psc=1&refRID=PPJR1B2FJPKG9VHEHXRCwhat about thissensor is IMX179 sony which is 8meg


The IMX179 is the sensor many camera's falsely claim to have and on that advert they aren't including the sony brand plus on the list of image resolutions the lowest is 5M and this is likely the true sensor resolution. Possibly an omnivision 5M sensor which performs very well but isn't quite a sony sensor. The allwinner V3s only supports up to 5M sensors so I'm thinking this is likely a allwinner V3s camera that can do 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps in real performance and interpolates for other resolutions. So 4k 25fps and 2.7k 30fps would be interpolated from 1080p but the processor doesn't have the power to interpolate all the way from 1080p 30fps to 4k 30fps so has a reduced frame rate, it does have the power to do 1080p 30fps to 2.7k 30fps. We can criticise this camera for it's false claims but the 5M sensor is about 4x the resolution of this Vibe camera and will provide far better results and is a true 1080p camera at 30fps. 1080p 30fps is the best option for quality, if you are going to upscale the video do it on your pc to get the maximum quality.
bonzobanana12/05/2019 10:21

The IMX179 is the sensor many camera's falsely claim to have and on that …The IMX179 is the sensor many camera's falsely claim to have and on that advert they aren't including the sony brand plus on the list of image resolutions the lowest is 5M and this is likely the true sensor resolution. Possibly an omnivision 5M sensor which performs very well but isn't quite a sony sensor. The allwinner V3s only supports up to 5M sensors so I'm thinking this is likely a allwinner V3s camera that can do 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps in real performance and interpolates for other resolutions. So 4k 25fps and 2.7k 30fps would be interpolated from 1080p but the processor doesn't have the power to interpolate all the way from 1080p 30fps to 4k 30fps so has a reduced frame rate, it does have the power to do 1080p 30fps to 2.7k 30fps. We can criticise this camera for it's false claims but the 5M sensor is about 4x the resolution of this Vibe camera and will provide far better results and is a true 1080p camera at 30fps. 1080p 30fps is the best option for quality, if you are going to upscale the video do it on your pc to get the maximum quality.


i like the look of the inbuilt waterproof case, but looks like no image stabilazition, and as you say they are fibbing about the sensor
mccririck12/05/2019 09:37

How does 1.3MP extrapolate up to 16MP?


It's just like watching a DVD on a 4K tv, the dvd player or tv will upscale the image to create the best image possible from the lower resolution source, the image may look a bit soft and lack detail but can still be ok. Because its a still image the action camera can spend more time using more algorithms to interpolate the image where as for video it has to interpolate more rapidly. Again though it is better to just take 1.3M images and upscale on your pc that can apply much better algorithms/filters etc to do a much better job but it will never match a true 16M image.

This is an image from a Activeon action camera with a true Sony 16M sensor although it is with the release firmware before I upgraded the firmware so not actually the best image quality as it seems to work better now it has the later firmware, much better in fact especially the charging function. It's a super wide uncropped image so there is a fish eye effect. Those who buy this Vibe camera will be able to compare what their upscaled 16M images look like in comparison. Normally it's the still images of such camera's that look much worse than the video in my experience because they do ridiculous upscaling far beyond the video upscaling and you get more time to see the issues with the image of course.

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lumsdot12/05/2019 10:43

i like the look of the inbuilt waterproof case, but looks like no image …i like the look of the inbuilt waterproof case, but looks like no image stabilazition, and as you say they are fibbing about the sensor


The lack of image stabilization is another factor leading towards the allwinner V3 as I don't think either has that unless in software on the camera which would only be for low resolutions or frame rates. The sunplus icatch chips do, 6330 and 6350 and you see those on budget cameras. Allwinner chips are very common on action camera's but there are many other chipset out there but seems common to the entry level fake 4k cameras.
There's no way this thing is going to compare to a 16MP sensor.
Does anyone know if this actually has a Dashcam Mode.....ie when connected to a car power supply auto power on/off ??

If so then with the WiFi & my tablet in the car it could double as a very useful reversing camera if mounted on the rear windscreen
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corred196412/05/2019 11:43

Does anyone know if this actually has a Dashcam Mode.....ie when connected …Does anyone know if this actually has a Dashcam Mode.....ie when connected to a car power supply auto power on/off ??If so then with the WiFi & my tablet in the car it could double as a very useful reversing camera if mounted on the rear windscreen


It has something called Car Mode in the setup menu but I have no idea what it does. Either on or off are the options.
All my gopro clones have been garbage in one way or another. One drains batteries and randomly shuts off, another's usb socket broke and fell into the camera and the other one I had just died. I should have just bought a Gopro and be done with it. The SJ4000 had 'ok' quality but it's not the same as a gopro.
There are a few youtube videos showing the output of this camera which look awful and I concur with one of the comments, it looks like video from a phone camera 10 years ago. The SJ4000 1080p action camera from 5 years ago produces 1080p footage light years better than this crap. I've seen listings for some, likely knock offs with a bike mount, helmet mount and waterproof case for £11.39 on fleabay. Why someone would pay £15 for this piece of trash beats me
corred196412/05/2019 11:43

Does anyone know if this actually has a Dashcam Mode.....ie when connected …Does anyone know if this actually has a Dashcam Mode.....ie when connected to a car power supply auto power on/off ??If so then with the WiFi & my tablet in the car it could double as a very useful reversing camera if mounted on the rear windscreen


I returned mine as mentioned above but from what I remember, when you selected car mode it did auto power on and start recording when power was connected.
Anyone know if you be able to watch on a external display while recording? Or even not recording. Thanks, want to use it to see, on a cosplay costume
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