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Very happy with this purchase - highly recommended.
on December 12, 2017
I am really impressed with this camera so far. This is the first action camera I have owned - for the longest time I thought gopro was the only option in town and had been looking at used options for one of those. However, seeing an action camera/gopro clone in a local big box store flyer led me to type action camera into Amazon and discover a whole world of extremely reasonably priced options.
First, price on this unit - I did purchase on Cyber Monday and caught a flash deal so I did save $20, but even at $100CDN this is a great deal, especially considering the amount of accessories that are included. Nothing similar comes with a gopro that I am aware of. Also, at this price I am not going to be crushed if something happens to the camera - I'm just going to buy another one.
The case that is included is great. I purchased this camera to take on vacation in January so it is nice that I can toss it in my bag with the included case - it gives off a feeling of quality as well.
Before further discussing the camera and accessories, I want to touch on the packaging - I know no one is buying this for the packaging, but it is so well done in this case, I think it deserves a mention as it indicates to me how hard the company is trying to be a real competitor here. The packaging was quite a nice box - product picture on the box. What really did it for me though, is that on the little round sticker that seals the box shut, there was a tiny non-sticky sliver, to make it easy to peel the sticker off. This attention to detail really gives me a positive impression of this company. I had considered maybe there was just an 'error' with the sticker, but I ended up ordering three other Apeman accessories, and all of their boxes had the same thing going on - great job Apeman, it's the small stuff that makes a difference.
Back to the camera - there are only 4 buttons, so it is super simple to work. I had no issues at all navigating the menus to set my initial settings (quality, date/time).
Great selection of mounts included, as well as the waterproof case (and an extra back for the case, which I confirmed with Apeman is just there in case the first one gets scratched up!). As mentioned above, I purchased this with the main view to bring on vacation, and plan to snorkel with it. I haven't gone yet but just made sure the case was indeed water-tight in the sink, and it was, no issues.
Nice inclusion of the bike frame mount, I can see myself using this. The camera itself is ridiculously small (see comparison to Canadian Quarter in pics below). If you are familiar with action cameras maybe this isn't a surprise, but I was impressed with just how small it was.
I shot some video and transferred to my iPad to edit in iMovie - simple process using the FinalCam app. I can't recall if this is the app that was mentioned in the instructions, but it seems like there are a couple generic options that will work. Really cool to not have to remove the card to transfer to a PC - however, after my vacation I can see myself doing this as I imagine it will be quicker to transfer a bunch of footage through a card reader instead of over wifi. I'll have to see.
Onto my perceived cons then:
- The battery door is a bit hard to open, and I really wish it had a hinge on it to stay connected to the camera. I am careful with my stuff so I can't see myself losing the door, but it would have just been a nice feature to have.
- The instruction manual is not super comprehensive - there is a big of misinformation printed in it as well. In the manual that was included, it says the camera can only accept up to a 32gb card - the Amazon listing says 128gb. I am using a 64 with no issues. Also, I really wish there was a description of what all of the on-screen icons meant. There is an icon of what I assume is a microSD showing all the time - does this just mean there is one in the camera? Great, I guess? Would also have been nice if there was a description of what all of the different mounts were for, for people like me that are just getting into action cameras.
- The battery takes quite a long time to charge - estimated 3 hours to charge from dead in camera. I ended up purchasing the charger with 2 extra batteries for what I thought was a very reasonable price.
- There is no cover on the connections (microUSB, HD Out, the card slot. I imagine I will keep the unit in its waterproof case most of the time, but still would have preferred a rubber door.
I realize some of the things I have noted as cons above are perhaps what help to keep the price down. Can't have it all I guess.
Overall, so far, I can't recommend this camera enough for the price and what it includes. Again, want to note that Apeman is trying really hard to be a competitor in the market.
Though it is called a 4k camera, some videos I watched noted it is actually extrapolated 4K, so it is really more 2K. I will probably shoot at 1080 just to fit more on a card - and I also don't own a 4k TV or monitor anyway, so this doesn't bother me at the moment. I also can't comment if this is true for sure.