Lightdow LD6000 Review
What I like about action cameras is that there’s a purpose for every single one of them. Sure you have some cameras that don’t have an impressive video quality but at the same time they have other positive sides. Take the super cheap action cameras for example. Yeah they can’t compete with even medium range models, but the price point makes them extremely attractive for drone racers. Or anyone that doesn’t want to worry about breaking the camera while recording anything extreme. Such as the Lightdow LD6000 for example! It’s an incredibly cheap action camera that has received quite a bit of high ratings. So it’s time for me to review it as well.
- Dimensions: 59.3×41.1×29.3 mm / 2.33×1.62×1.15″
- Weight: 59 g / 2.1 oz
- Chipset: NOVATEK NT96655
- Lens: 170°
- Video resolutions: 1080p 30 fps; 720p 60 fps
- Photo: 14 MP
- Modes: Video, Photo, Continuous, Time-Lapse, Car, FPV
- Features: WiFi, Motion Detection
- Screens: 2″ rear LCD
- Ports: MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 32GB
- Battery: 900 mAh
- Battery life: 70 minutes of 1080p at 30fps
In The Box
- Lightdow LD6000 action camera
- 2x 900 mAh batteries
- Waterproof case (up to 30 m / 98 ft)
- Bicycle stand
- Quick-release base
- Fixed base
- Adhesive mounts
- Helmet mount
- Tripod adapter
- USB to MicroUSB cable
- Wall adapter
When it comes to super cheap action cameras, I can already pretty much imagine what they look like before even checking them out. I’m guessing that there’s a company out there that is making the typical rectangular cases for super cheap and selling them in bulk. And I don’t blame them. It’s a super simple design that fits all the hardware and even has room for extras. Which is why it’s also used by much more expensive cameras as well.
But for those of you that are new to action cameras, the Lightdow LD6000’s case is fully made out of plastic. It has a smooth finishing on the front and a square texture on the sides. The textured sides do a great job at improving the grip while you are holding the camera. The cameras overall dimension is 59.3×41.1×29.3 mm / 2.33×1.62×1.15″ and it weighs 59 g / 2.1 oz. Which does make it one of the lightest, if not the lightest, action cameras on the market. And that for me shows a great potential for using it on drones. Especially for recording videos on racing drones, where weight matters a lot.
The button layout is also standard. There are Up & Down buttons on one side, ports on the other side and a shutter button on the top side. The front side has a Power / Mode button and of course a lens. There is also a built-in microphone area there. That and the ports are completely naked, as in there’s nothing to cover them. So do not bring it near water without a waterproof case. The only section that does have a cover and a dedicated compartment is the battery, which can be found underneath the camera. It sits there completely alone, as in there’s no built-in threaded tripod mount.
At the back of the LD6000, there is a simple 2″ LCD screen. It is colored but unfortunately it isn’t a touchscreen. That’s why there are the Up & Down buttons on the side, so you can use those to navigate through the menu. But more about that below.
Cheap action cameras have always been extremely generous accessories. With the Lightdow LD6000, you don’t get just an action camera! The package includes several adhesive mounts, bicycle holders and different joints. There is even a frame that has a threaded tripod mount underneath it. And of course a waterproof case as well (up to 30 m / 98 ft). But what I’m really impressed with, is that you get two batteries. In my opinion this should be a must for action cameras as generally you run out of power much faster than you run out of storage.
Settings & Menu
Since the LD6000 doesn’t have a touchscreen, you are pretty much stuck with having to use the physical buttons on the camera. Which definitely isn’t terrible. The user interface has been built around this and it’s really easy to navigate between menus. The entire interface is also in English so you it’s easy to understand as well. Just takes some time getting used to and a lot of experimenting.
Or you can pair it up with your phone and access everything from there! The Lightdow action cameras works with both “okcam” and “finalcam” apps. All you need to do is turn on the camera WiFi, install the app and pair the two. It works with both iOS and Android operating systems. From the app, you have access to all of the settings and configurations. Plus you can use your phone as a remote controller and use the camera from a distance.
The Lightdow LD6000 is capable of recording videos at up to 1080p resolution at 30 fps. I personally don’t mind this at all as the action camera is incredibly cheap. And it actually makes me happy that they haven’t gone down the route of faking higher resolutions or frames. It’s definitely not unusual to see a super cheap camera with an interpolated 4K that is completely pointless. Instead, Lightdow has focused on getting the most out of the NOVATEK NT96655 chipset by making the video quality as good as possible.
Have they succeeded? In my opinion absolutely. Just look at the video above. The video quality is far better than anything I expected to get out of this action camera. The colors are bright and vibrant, without any sight of overexposure. Even the details are clear and sharp. Obviously there is some amount of blur on top of the footage but it’s not to the point where it gets annoying. Even the night time recordings look fantastic. But for me, where it works the best, is underwater. I can’t believe how well this cheap action camera has managed to capture the stingrays while snorkeling!
Impressively enough, Lightdow has managed to add some additional features to the LD6000. Such as the car mode for example, which turns it into a dashboard camera. They have even found a way to add motion detection to it. For drone pilots, there is a mode called FPV, which lets you use it as a FPV camera and transfer live feed.
Despite having rather small batteries (900 mAh), the battery life is still pretty good. Again mostly because they haven’t overloaded the system with complicated software. With one full charge, you should be able to get up to 70 minutes of recording at 1080p 30 fps. This is actually pretty good considering everything. And the best part is that even if you do happen to run out power, you’ll still have a second battery ready as well.
The Lightdow LD6000 is most definitely one of the cheapest and best bang for buck action camera currently available. It has a surprisingly good video quality considering everything. Yes, it doesn’t have any spectacular technical specs or recording stats, but again that’s fine as long as the video quality is this good. Would you rather have a camera that advertises 4K and then has an incredibly blurry image and you can’t really see anything. I’d rather take the LD6000. Especially since most people still record in 1080p. So if you want the cheapest action camera that can still record decent videos, then absolutely check out the LD6000.