MUSON Action Camera MC1-Black

Action cameras like this new one from Muson seem to be ever increasing in number and as their quality gets better so the prices seem to be falling. However, in most cases though you do tend to get what you pay for. Priced at only £46.29 at the time of writing this is by no means at the bottom of the market at a time when there are many bargains to be had.

My unboxing video shows that you certainly get a lot for your money. The packaging used is simple, attractive and robust enough to store the product in when needed.. My camera came with a decent array of no less than 26 mounts, clips and fixing kits of all shapes and sizes but with little indication of what they actually do. All the basic mounts you need are included as well as quite a few more but it is a pity no SD card could have been included. They are cheap enough these days and to do this would not add greatly to the cost and would allow the camera to be used straight from the box. It has wifi, which allows live streaming from the camera hotspot but having tried this with other cameras it is a novelty that quickly wears off. The included User Guide is well above average and is large enough and sufficiently well printed to be easy to read and actually useful. I attach a copy of it to my unboxing video. Run the video full frame and pause when needed to read it. When I am more familiar with using the camera I will update my video with MB footage.

The camera itself is actually rather better than I expected. Video quality is just fine, within the limitations of the camera resolution. The 170° angle of view is great but with the barrel distortion common to all cameras of this type. There was a time when this would have been seen as a high end camera and now standards are moving higher even in the budget market. This camera does a perfectly decent quality FHD (1920 x 1080 ) but at what seems like a stately 30fps. To get the 60fps most users look for now you have to drop the resolution to 720p. There is no option for 4K recording or slow motion. Similarly, we are told it is waterproof to 30M, which is good, but there is no mention if this means it is rated IP68 or what. For serious underwater use this is an important omission. The camera has built in Wifi, as they all seem to now, and to use it the EZ iCam app for iOS or Android needs to be downloaded and installed. With the app live video can be streamed from the camera and basic camera functions controlled. Personally and as with other cameras I find this can be more trouble than it is worth and is a novelty that soon wears off. There is no G-Sensor or Motion detection so the camera cannot be used as a dashcam or for security purposes.

On balance I would say this is an decent entry level action camera but by current prices not particularly cheap. Points would be knocked off had the price been much higher however due to doubts about the build quality of the accessories and the limited functions. I would expect to see this price fall again as better specced cameras enter the market.

This is a decent quality entry level action cam and if you enjoy using it you may want to shell out more in the future for a high end model.

The Good

Good video quality
Fits GoPro mounts
170° Angle of view
Standard tripod screw mount
31 standard accessories included
Two batteries supplied
Video looping
The Bad
No SD card included
No 60fps FHD
No FHD 60fps
No 4K
No slow motion
No motion detection
No G-Sensor

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