Campark X30 4K Action Camera

 

Currently priced at £98.99 (currently with an additional 30% discount at the Amazon checkout)  the new X30 action camera from Campark is by far the best I have tried yet in the low to mid price range and the best yet from Campark.

The camera and accessories arrived packaged in an attractive upmarket box which again belies the low price. You get plenty of kit for your money as my unboxing video shows. A full range of accessories and mounts are included, too many to list here. The only notable omissions are an SD card and a wifi wrist mounted Off/On button. It is a pity about the SD card as they are cheap enough these days and would not add greatly to the cost and would allow the camera to be used straight from the box. It could be argued that the wrist mount feature is included in the phone app but that is not a practical option when engaged in active sports. The printed User Guide is better those usually found, is a decent size, well printed, in good English and easy to read.

The camera itself is certainly better than I expected for the money. Video quality is certainly the best I have encountered for an action cam in this price range, and a definite step up from many of the cheaper no-name GoPro clones. Unlike with so many others, here there is no substantive daylight colour cast. The 170° wide angle lens is great but with the barrel distortion common to all of this type You can correct for this in the settings but I suspect this is achieved by simply electronically cropping the image. Image stabilisation is also available and although not perfect does make a noticeable difference, although I usually keep it turned off. The camera does a perfectly decent quality 4K@60fps – defined as 3200×1800 -as well several other rather more useful modes including 1080@120fps. Slow motion is available at 240FPS@720p and 120fps@1080P.  Still images were good and free from colour fringing or casts.  Remember that the sample footage in my unboxing video will have been heavily compressed during posting and not reflect the true quality. It also uses the new and more efficient H.256 video compression codec I would say the image quality and features are at least as good as those from a high-end phone.

Like with many mid-range action cams this claims to be waterproof to 40M and I have no reason to doubt it. It should certainly be fine for all normal swimming and diving use.

The camera has loop recording, which is often used for cameras and does indeed offer a Car Mode but I do not think it has the G-Sensor needed to record and flag impacts. For me, that is no big deal as I have yet to find an action camera that will actually work effectively as a Dashcam. Still, better to have that feature than not. It has HDMI video out and so can be connected directly to your TV, although a separate micro-HDMI cable will be needed for this. It can also be connected directly to a PC or video display to view files and FPV monitoring.

The camera has a settings mode accessed using the rear LCD touch screen and this is by far the best I have tried so far with multiple and easy to read options large and bright enough to be usable outdoors. The camera comes with two 1350 mAh Li-ion batteries (better than the 1050mAh too often used) and separate charger so you can charge the second battery when the camera is in use.

Like many more upmarket action cameras, it has wifi built in which means the camera generates a mini wifi network of its own which allows an attached phone have basic control of the camera and view live-streamed video. To use it you need to download the “DV King 4K” app from Apple or Android. The Android app is considerably better than most and will act as a  remote control, configure camera settings, stream decent quality video, and save images and video to the app.

This is one of the best action cameras I have used in this price range. Image quality is excellent, there is a wide range of modes and options available with Electronic Image Stabilisation, Field of View choice, 4K and slow motion. A good range of mounts is included but no carry case. For this price, this really is a serious GoPro rival.

The Good
Great price
Good video quality with EIS
170° Angle of view
4K@60fps
1080P@120fps
720p@240fps
Wifi
Touch Screen
Good  app
Wide range of accessories included
240/120fps Slow Motion
Rectilinear Distortion Correction option

Two batteries and charger included

The Bad
No SD card included

No carry case