Action cameras have been around for awhile now. The most popular ones are the Go Pro cameras. Unfortunately, they are quite expensive and not everyone can afford one. Thankfully, there are other manufacturers too who deliver similar products, only for affordable price tags. One of these manufacturers is Elephone, who brings us the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera. It is quite similar to Go Pro action cameras, however, it only costs $62.59. That’s almost one-third of the price of the most affordable Go Pro camera available right now. You might think that there is a huge compromise in quality in the middle. Well, I wouldn’t say they are exactly the same, but the price difference definitely leans the balance towards the more affordable Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera. Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera. It is quite similar to Go Pro action cameras, however, it only costs $62.59. That’s almost one-third of the price of the most affordable Go Pro camera available right now. You might think that there is a huge compromise in quality in the middle. Well, I wouldn’t say they are exactly the same, but the price difference definitely leans the balance towards the more affordable Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera.
First of all, users will be pleasantly surprised by the great number of accessories the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera comes with. When you open the box the camera ships in, you will find two smaller boxes. one of them contains the camera itself, together with its waterproof cover, and another box that contains a wide range of accessories. These include a bicycle stand, two accessory seats, one steel rope, one ribbon, one fixing base, a USB data cable, one helmet seat, two adapters and two adapter stands. Besides these, you will also find a cleaning cloth and adhesive tape. Basically, you will everything you can need in order to use this camera, all in one big box. Well, almost everything. You will also need a microSD card.
The design of the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera is a nice and simple one, with no unnecessary buttons. Even though it definitely is a budget- friendly gadget, it does have a premium feel to it thanks to the rubber coating of the device. Thanks to this coating, the camera is comfortable to use and it also has a nice, steady grip so you won’t drop accidentally drop it. On the front, naturally, there is the lens, and there is also the power button which doubles as a menu button. With this, users can toggle between different modes and settings. The interface is user-friendly and quite easy to understand. To be honest, I didn’t even look at the user manual, as figuring out how this camera works is extremely easy. There is also a button on the top of the device that allows users to easily switch between different modes.
On one side, users will find the microSD card slot and the USB port. On the other side of the camera, there are two smaller buttons. One of them has the WiFi logo on it, and, unsurprisingly, with its help, users can turn WiFi on and off. These two buttons also allow you to go up and down in the menu when making your settings. On the back of the device, there is a 2-inch TFT display. it has a surprisingly nice resolution, so the images seen on this screen are quite clear. One thing that is rather odd is that the images are slightly rounded on the sides. At first glance, this will definitely strike users as being strange. However, the images are not rounded, as the display shows them to be.
The camera has a built- in gyroscope, however, it won’t allow users to rotate the captured videos. It will display the timestamp where it’s supposed to, but if you shoot a video with the camera upside down, that is exactly how you will see it later on. Of course, this isn’t a major problem, but it would have been nice if Elephone added this feature to its camera. The smartphone app you can control the camera with is also rather limited, unfortunately. thankfully, you can make all the settings you need on the camera itself. Using it independently, without being paired with a smartphone is actually a lot easier and more comfortable.
So, that’s all about how the camera looks and feels, let’s see how it works. Even though the camera promises 4K video quality, it’s not exactly the case with the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera. In fact, the video is upscaled, as the camera’s chipset doesn’t support native 4K video. Also, there is only one 4K frame rate available, 24FPS. While it won’t offer the perfect 4K video recording experience, the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera will impress when recording in 1080p resolution. While the camera does support different recording modes, such as 1080p 30FPS and 720p 120FPS, it offers its best performance in 1080p 60FPS. The videos will be smooth, clear, and won’t use up all the storage on your memory card. Below you will find footages taken in every resolution the camera can record in.
Naturally, the 12MP lens of the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera doesn’t only capture good quality video, it also allows users to immortalize their favorite moments in pictures. The resulting images are quite nice. The colors are quite accurate, however, don’t expect them to be as impressive as the ones offered by professional cameras. Unfortunately, the camera seems to curve the edges of the photos a little bit. I’m not quite sure whether this is a general problem or only the review unit had it. It’s probably the latter, as other images which were supposedly taken with this camera don’t have the same issues. Here you can see two samples.
Overall, the Elephone EleCam Explorer Elite 4K Action Camera is exactly what it’s supposed to be: a budget friendly action camera. It’s small, light- weight, and extremely easy to handle. However, it won’t offer truly high- end features.No reasonable person could expect a device that is so affordable to do so. In its price range, it’s probably one of the best action cameras. It is perfect for amateurs who like to capture all the important moments of their lives. It’s easily mountable on different vehicles and helmets, so it can become a great travel companion. It really has a more than reasonable price tag for what it has to offer, making it a great deal. At this point, the camera is available for $62.59 on Gearbest. This is a 24% off deal which will end in a few days. You can also have the camera in silver color option, but that will cost you a little more. $75.06, to be more precise.