Campark Action Camera Review
The Campark is a Chinese developed action camera that is currently being sold by Amazon UK for under £50. The camera includes a range of features that are increasingly common on Chinese manufactured cameras such as WiFi connectivity and 4K resolution but is the Campark a viable alternative to a GoPro or does it deserve to be on a slow boat back to China?
As with the majority of Chinese action cameras, the Campark comes with a stupidly extensive range of accessories that includes two batteries, a variety of mounts and a waterproof case. Interestingly it doesn’t come with a charging cable which is probably the most basic item you’d expect to see in the box. However, this isn’t an issue as the Campark can be charged using a basic USB wall charger with a micro-USB cable. The batteries can be changed easily, however, the battery life is incredibly variable and users who want reliability should consider purchasing higher output batteries online. The mounts provided allow for a wide range of mounting options but care should be taken when securing the mounts as if they’re even slightly loose the vibrations will ruin any audio capture.
The waterproof case provided with the Campark is actually incredibly durable and will protect the camera at depths of up to 30 metres. Unlike the waterproof cases provided with other Chinese action cameras, the case provided with the Campark should have no issues when submerged in water for long periods of time and will perform well when used on diving expeditions.
The Campark action camera uses a Sony sensor and a 170-degree wide fish-eye lens similar to those found on DBPower’s range of action cameras. It offers a wide range of video resolutions including 4K ultra-high definition which is completely unheard of for a camera in this price range. The 4K resolution produces footage with skewed colours and decreased clarity but this could be cleaned up with video editing software if needed. The Campark actually provides the best footage when recording in 1080p at 60fps and the 4K option is more of a gimmick than anything else.
The 2-inch screen on the Campark action camera is large enough to watch captured footage although you wouldn’t want to be doing so for any length of time. Fortunately, the Campark can be easily connected to a laptop or TV and the camera’s WiFi function also means you can control it via your smartphone or other compatible devices once you have downloaded the required app. This feature is pretty impressive however both the iOS and Android versions of the app suffer from bugs and crash on a more frequent basis than Windows 95. If the apps were updated then the feature would work perfectly but it’s incredibly inconsistent at present.
The Campark has a range of features such as time-lapse, slow motion and loop recording and also allows the user to adjust settings such as ISO, exposure and white balance when shooting still images. The adjustable settings can assist in producing images that are of a much higher quality than anyone would expect from a camera of this price and it could be used as a stand-alone camera rather than an action camera if needed.
The audio captured by the Campark’s built-in microphone is much better than other Chinese action cameras and although it doesn’t have an external microphone port the audio quality should be good enough for most people. It does suffer from wind noise however it could be much worse and the overall audio quality on the Campark is actually pretty impressive for a camera in this price range.
Unlike other Chinese action cameras, the Campark will produce consistently high-quality footage whether it’s being used by bikers or cyclists on their daily commute or adrenaline junkies chasing their next thrill. Once you get over the gimmicks you realise the Campark is actually an incredibly capable and versatile action camera that offers a great deal of user input, fantastic still images and a tremendous amount of possibility. It’s not as good as the cheaper Drift or GoPro action cameras but it’s overwhelmingly good for the price.