Campark ACT74 Review
Unlike the smartphone market, it seems like action cameras keep on getting cheaper. Sure, the popular brands come out with new flagship models every now and then, but the rest of them seem to be cheaper than ever before. Well today I’m going to be taking a look at a new under $50 action camera! It’s called the Campark ACT74! Not only is it incredibly affordable, but it’s also received an impressive amount of high rated reviews. So let’s take a look if it’s really as good as it’s being made to believe.
- Dimensions: 59×41×28 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.1″
- Weight: 58 g / 2.0 oz
- Chipset: AllWinner V3
- Sensor: Sony IMX179
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 30 fps; 2.7K 30 fps; 1080p 60/30 fps; 720p 90 fps
- Photo: 16 MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse
- Features: WiFi, 2″ LCD screen
- Ports: MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 64GB
- Battery: 900 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 90 minutes of 1080p at 30 fps
In The Box
- Campark ACT74
- 2x 900 mAh Li-On battery
- Waterproof case (up to 30 m / 98 ft) & bracket
- Bicycle mounting kit
- Helmet mounting kit
- MicroUSB to USB cable
The Campark ACT74 looks similar to the other budget action cameras. Which I mean isn’t a bad thing. If the design works then why not use it. However, this isn’t exactly a copy. I was really surprised when I noticed that Campark has actually added to the original design! Take the front side for example. Compared to some of the other action cameras, they have moved the Power/Mode button lower and added a light sensor and LED light below the lens. This is the first action camera that I have seen to have an actual light sensor!
Despite having some extras, the Campark ACT74 is still surprisingly lightweight. It has a rather typical dimension of 59×41×28 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.1″ and it weighs only 58 g / 2.0 oz. Which is lighter than most other action cameras. The rest of the design is pretty much the same though. It’s made out of black plastic and the sides are textured. Of course you have two buttons for navigating through the settings and a bunch of ports on the side. Unfortunately the ports area doesn’t have a cover, which means that you should keep it away from water.
The bottom side does have a cover on the battery compartment though. That’s the only thing on the bottom though. I wish that they had also included threaded tripod mount there. But it looks like it’s missing due to the LED and the light sensor position. So it does make sense.
Oh yeah and the back of the camera has a plain 2″ LCD screen for viewing the settings. The record button is on the top still. That’s pretty much it about the design. I don’t really have any complaints about the build quality either. The buttons and the ports work and nothing is loose. Sure the plastic feels kind of cheap but I mean so is the price of the camera. So I can’t really complain about that.
Campark keeps on surprising. First they added a new sensor and now they have included an impressive selection of mounts and accessories. Those include the typical waterproof case, a bunch of mounting kids and adapters. And yes, it does include a tripod adapter. But you can only use it when the camera is placed inside the waterproof case. Oh and you get two 900 mAh Li-On batteries instead of one!
Video & Features
The Campark ACT74 has the AllWinner V3 chipset paired up with the Sony IMX179 sensor. If you take a look at the technical specification, then the brand claims that you can record videos at up to 4K resolution at 30 fps. However based on the AllWinner V3 specs, the maximum native resolution is 1080p at 60 fps. So based on that information, it’s safe to say that the 4K resolution is interpolated. Which means that the action camera still records at 1080p and then the software simply makes it bigger. This is pretty common among the cheaper end models.
Here’s an example of how the action camera performs in a high speed environment. The footage was recorded at 1080p and 60 fps. As you can see the video quality isn’t exactly the clearest. But it’s definitely not terrible if you remind yourself the price of the action camera. Unfortunately it’s not possible to get a better quality for less than $50 at the moment. So pay that in mind while you are watching the video. The plus side is that you can still tell what is what. Yeah it’s been hit by overexposure but it’s not to the extreme.
Here’s the same settings but indoors and attached to a drone. As you can see, the quality is much better when it’s not moving in high speed and has less details to process. Plus it’s excellent for pairing up with a drone. You have a lot less to worry about if you happen to crash the drone.
Another thing that I like about the Campark ACT74 is how basic it is. It’s incredibly simple and straightforward as there aren’t any fancy (and to be honest useless) recording modes. There’s also no Electronic Image Stabilization system. Which in my opinion is fine since it would blur up the footage even more.
However, it does have WiFi, which allows you to pair it up with a smartphone. You just need the Ez iCam app, it’s available for both iOS and Android. The app is actually really easy to use. You can use it to view live footage straight from the screen. Or you can use it as a remote from a distance. Plus it’s much easier to change all of the settings from the app. Sure you can do that from the 2″ LCD screen as well but it’s more convenient through the app. And yes, it’s in English.
The Campark ACT74 is one of the cheapest action cameras on the market. And if you want to get the best bang for your buck without having to spend over $50, then it’s also the best choice. Anything better will also cost more. So if you are happy with the video quality then you should definitely check it out. Plus you get a nice selection of different accessories. But if you are looking for something better and don’t mind spending extra, then I’d recommend taking a look at the APEMAN A80.