MGCOOL Explorer 3, Native 4K Action Camera with Built-in EIS

MGCOOL has released a bunch of high-quality but affordable action cameras, especially the MGCOOL Explorer series, have received a lot of good rating in the market. Now, the much-awaited MGCOOL Explore 3 is finally available for pre-order on Gearbest. If you’re looking for a premium native 4K action cam, you should act now! Below we would like to take a look at the features and specifications of the MGCOOL Explorer 3.

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Package Contents
The MGCOOL Explorer 3 comes in a rectangle retailed box in black. On the package box is printed the MGCOOL logo and font Explorer 3. Inside the package, you can find the Explorer 3 camera and accessories that definitely suffice for many uses.

Accessories include:
– Waterproof Case: 1
– Quick Release Mount: 1
– Flat Mount: 1
– Adhesive for Flat Mount: 1
– Curved Mount: 1
– Adhesive for Curved Mount: 1
– Spanner: 1
– Lock Bolt: 2
– Knuckle: 1
– Portable Case: 1
– USB Cable: 1
– User Manual: 1

Appearance
The MGCOOL Explorer 3 comes in a very simple and elegant design with excellent finish. The front panel of the camera is in dark gray while other sections are in black. The camera located on the front panel is a 14MP Panasonic MN34112 sensor which supports to take image up to 14MP and record native 4K resolution videos at 30fps. On the rear panel, you can find a 2.0-inch touch screen which allows you to access the functions of the camera more easily and efficiently.

Turn to its frames, you can find the buttons and ports. The MGCOOL Explorer 3 has two buttons on the upper side which are used to begin (blue) and stop (red) video recording. Next to the buttons, you can see the WiFi and state LED indicators. At left side of the camera, there is a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB memory. But the Explorer 3 comes with no internal memory, thus, you have to use a microSD card to store your images and videos. Besides, there is a mini USB port and a HDMI slot. At the right side, you will see the speakers.

At the base of the camera, the main section is the battery slot. Next to the battery slot, there is a screw hole that is designed for installing the Camera Bracket. And there is also an LED light to indicate when the camera is switched on and off.

The Explorer 3 measures at a size of 6.02 x 4.1 x 3.2cm and is weighting only 81.5 grams. You can easily drop it in your bag and carry it whenever you feel like. With the use of the convenient and impressive waterproof case, it can support 30 meters of water resistant. So, you can use it when you are having water sports like diving, swimming, etc.
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Hardware & Performance
In addition to adopting the 14MP Panasonic MN34112 sensor, the MGCOOL Explorer 3 is powered by the iCatch V50 SoC which is able to deliver the best 4K recording experience with low-power consumption and high efficiency. Additionaly, the 7-glass sharp lens can increase light intake and filter out stray light, providing stunning clear images even in low light condition. The Camera can record the video at 1080P @60fps, 4K @30fps, 720P @120fps. With a 170 degree ultra wide field of view, you can captures more contents in your shooting.

Moreovers, the Explorer 3 is very powerful as it comes with a lot of functions such as Slow-Motion video, Time-lapse, Brust mode etc. You can record the stable video even if you mount the camera on your trip thanks to the built-in EIS and GYRO. Based on dual-channel stereo audio acquisition system, Explorer 3 also allows to captures the clear sound and provides the better quality.

The Explorer 3 has a built-in WiFi. With WiFi connection, you can easily setup the camera, view videos and pictures via the APP (iOS and Android).

Battery
The MGCOOL Explorer 3 is equipped with a Li-ion battery with capacity of 1100mAh. The battery supports up to 7 days standby time. If you use it to record 4K video @30fps, it can last up to 75 minutes. If just use the 1080p mode, it can last longer to about 120 minutes. The Explorer 3 is charged via USB cable connected to PC or other USB interface power bank at 5V/1A. It will take about 2 hours for a full charge.

Specifications

Item Specification
Chipset iCatch V50 processor
Image Sensor 14MP Panasonic MN34112 sensor
Screen 2 inch touchscreen, 320×240 pixels
Memory No internal memory, supported TF card up to 64G (not included)
Support Format Video Format: MOV
Image Format: JPEG
Decode Format: H.264
Support Resolution Video: 1080P (60fps) (EIS),4K (30fps),720P (120fps)
Image : 4254×3264 (14MP)
Battery 1100mAh Li-ion battery
Product Size (L x W x H) 6.02 x 4.10 x 3.20 cm / 2.37 x 1.61 x 1.26 inches
Product Weight 0.0815 kg

Pros
– Nice design, compact and lightweight
– 2.0-inch Touchscreen
– Native 4K Recording
– Dual-channel stereo audio acquisition system
– WiFi with APP control
– Multi-functional, EIS supported

Cons
– The touchscreen response speed and time can be improved
– Accessories are not as much as other China-made action cams offer
– USB port is Mini USB rather than Micro USB

Conclusion
The MGCOOL Explorer 3 is really a much-awaited native 4K action camera. As for price, it costs only $92.99 with free shipping world wide @ Gearbest.com, still very affordable for the quality and features it offers. It will be a perfect alternative to the expensive branded action cameras like GoPro.

 

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