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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review of the MGCool Explorer Pro Action Cam from Gearbest

Hello guys,

This time i' m gonna review the MGCool Explorer Pro action cam from

It is a very nice little action cam that claims it supports 4k video recording at 30 fps

It also has a Slow Motion feature up to 120 fps at 720p and up to 60 fps at 1080p

But it's best feature is it's price which is currently on flash sale at 33.84 euros !!!!!

So let's see what you get in the box and how it performs

In the Box
So opening the box we get
  • The Camera itself with a Waterproof Case, a Base and a Screw
  • 2 x Helmet Mounts with 3m Stickers
  • 1 x frame
  • 1 x MicroUSB Cable
  • 1 x Connector and Screw
  • 1 x Bicycle Mount
  • 1x Clip
  • A User's Manual in English
Very generous package i must say for the price

Looks & Build Quality
The Camera fits nice and snuggly in the waterproof case and the build quality is very very good

The case is plastic and it looks and feels sturdy providing access to all the camera's buttons

The Camera feels sturdy too and well built

It is black (but you can get it on silver too) with a very nice pattern that prevents the camera from sliding around and it is made of rubbery polycarbonate plastic which is very durable and light

Technical Specs
The MGCool Explorer Pro is equipped with
  • An Allwinner V3 Chip claiming to be able to record 4k videos up to 30 fps
  • An IMX179 image sensor
  • A 6G "sharkeye" lens with 170 degree ultra wide angle
  • It Supports time-lapse and slow-motion shooting
  • It has Wifi and control via smartphone with the MGCool Explorer Pro App
  • It has a Removable 1050mAh Li-ion battery
  • And the Waterproof Case has an ip68 rating which means that it can withstand pressure up to 30m below the sea surface
The detailed tech specs are


  • Brand Name: MGCOOL 
  • Model: Explorer Pro 
  • Type: Sports Camera 
  • Type of Camera: 4K 
  • Chipset Name: Allwinner 
  • Chipset: Allwinner V3 
  • Function: Time Lapse,Waterproof,WiFi,Camera Timer 
  • Application: Extreme Sports,Ski,Underwater 
  • Features: Wireless

  • Max External Card Supported: TF 64G (not included) 
  • Class Rating Requirements: Class 10 or Above

  • Screen: With Screen 
  • Screen size: 2.0inch 
  • Screen type: TFT 
  • Screen resolution: 320x240

  • Battery Type: Removable 
  • Battery Capacity (mAh): 1050mAh 
  • Charge way: USB charge by PC 
  • Working Time: 100 minutes at 4K 
  • Standby time: 2h 
  • Charging Time: 2.5h

Primary Info
  • Wide Angle: 170 degree wide angle 
  • Lens Diameter: 20mm

  • Video format: MP4 
  • Video Resolution: 1080P (1920 x 1080),2.7K ( 2688 x 1520 ),4K (3840 x 2160),720P (1280 x 720) 
  • Video Frame Rate: 120fps,30FPS,60FPS 
  • Image Format : JPEG

  • WIFI: Yes 
  • WiFi Distance : 13m 
  • Waterproof: Yes 
  • Waterproof Rating : IP68 
  • Water Resistant: 30m ( with waterproof case ) 
  • Night vision : No 
  • Camera Timer: Yes 
  • Time lapse: Yes 
  • Auto Focusing: No 
  • Anti-shake: No 
  • Aerial Photography: No 

  • English,French,German,Italian,Japanese,Korean,Polish,Portuguese,Russian,Simplified Chinese,Spanish,Traditional Chinese

  • Product weight: 0.0650 kg 
  • Package weight: 0.4800 kg 
  • Product size (L x W x H): 5.90 x 2.90 x 4.10 cm / 2.32 x 1.14 x 1.61 inches 
  • Package size (L x W x H): 11.90 x 11.90 x 11.60 cm / 4.69 x 4.69 x 4.57 inches

On the front we see the Camera Lens and the MGCool Logo beneath it, the power button which couples as a mode switcher and the Explorer Pro logo

On the left side we have a MicroHDMI Port, a MicroUSB Port and the MicroSD Cart Slot

On the right side we have the Navigation Keys having the top one used as the Wifi Button too

On the back we have the LCD screen and a notification LED

And on the top we see the Power/Recording Button as well as a second notification LED which blinks while shooting video

Opening the bottom we find the battery rated at 1050 mah giving great battery life due to the power friendly Allwinner chip

Functionality and Smartphone App
As i mentioned before the MGCool Explorer Pro comes with an LCD screen which let you navigate through the settings and menus without the need of a Smartphone to control it

This is something very important that the original Xiaomi Yi lacks

But if you don't like the small LCD screen, you can download the MGCool Explorer Pro App from the Play Store and control the camera from your smartphone

The app is plain, simple and very easy to use and you won't have the slightest problem with it

Is the Case really Waterproof?
Well we' ve come to the part you' ve all been waiting for and kept asking yourselves

"Is the Case really Waterproof?"

The answer is "Yes, it is" and the test i did proves it, leaving the camera in the case completely dry which means that the case is safe to use doing watersports or any other water activity

Test Videos and Photos
The 4k 30fps video seems to not really 30 fps because there is some stuttering although the aquarium video came out great

Shooting at 2.7k is a lot better for both aquarium and outdoor videos

1080p 60 fps shooting came out great

Slow motion videos have very fluid motion but the picture quality is significantly decreased for both 720p 120 fps and 1080p 60 fps

The quality of the photos is very good considering the price point

The MGCool Explorer Pro is a great little camera to capture your outdoor activities and if you don't want to spend a fortune buying a GoPro you will be better off spending only 34 euros

For it's price point this camera is very good and it will fit your needs perfectly

  • Good Battery Life
  • Very Low Price
  • Easy to use smartphone app
  • Size
  • Features
  • Slow Motion function with fluid motion
  • Timelapse function
  • Loop Recording
  • Build Quality

  • Average picture quality
  • Not so good viewing angles for the LCD
  • Average low light performance
  • Lack of Image Stabilization

Order & Buy
To order visit the Official Gearbest Product Page. It is currently on FLASH SALE for 33.84 euros so GET YOURS WHILE YOU STILL CAN before the offer expires

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