This is a review for the incredibly low priced XCSource HD1080p action sports camera – however I think it could also be for the DBPower EX5000, Anart HD Sports Action Camera, Geekpro 4.0 HD1080p, Lightdow LD6000, Lightdow LD4000, ASX ActionPro, Geekpro 1 Full HD, Campark Ultrathin 4k, InstaBox Voyage SV5000, Blusmart Pro CS710, Wespire Sports Action Camera 2.0, Anex Action Camera, SportShot 1080p, GooKit HD1080p, Black Box DareDVL 2.0… Believe it or not I could actually even go on but I’m sure you get the picture! All of these cameras look 100% identical and have exactly the same stats. I am fairly sure it’s safe to say that they are the same cheap Chinese GoPro rip off, with different names printed on the front of the camera and the packaging!
Below is a test footage video filmed in various locations and scenarios using this camera, along with some of its accessories (many of which are well worth the investment):
The camera quality is by far the best when being used without the waterproof case. Especially when it is a little wet outside (as you can see in the rain and spray part of the video), you do sometimes get a little round reflection around the edges of the frame (in the video it shows most on the left hand side).
The only other down side for the video recordings is that it does look quite shaky when you’re using things such as the dash mount or a selfie stick. There doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of image stabilization in the actual camera itself, and it can be taken out a little in post production but then you do lose a little of the size of the image and thus quality… It’s up to you which you want to sacrifice. In the video above there is no post production at all, other than compiling the footage – the footage you see there is the raw footage straight from the camera.
Now to sum up the video side of it – if you’re happy to have lower quality than a GoPro, but still let’s face it – some pretty decent footage and don’t mind maybe playing about a little in post production, there is really no reason why you should over look this little gem! The price gives you HUGE bang for your buck!
HOWEVER, as you can see above, I must admit that generally speaking the photo side of it does let it down a little, so don’t take this out hoping to take some great pictures, stick to just using this for the video and keep your mobile phone on hand for photos… Especially when you have the waterproof case on it – the button is then very stiff and the whole thing gets pushed down when you click the photo shutter release.