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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Andoer 4K 48MP Handheld Video Camera Camcoder Review

Andoer 4K 48MP Handheld Video Camera Camcoder Review

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Takeaway: A nice budget camera for home videos, clear crisp images but low volume capture.

You'll receive the video camera in a carrying case, a miniHDMI to HDMI cable, an A/V to RCA cable, miniUSB charging cable, and instruction manual. The camera is small and compact measuring 5.75"L (including battery) x 2.5"W x 2.5"H. It weighs 12 oz w/battery installed. The camera has a hand pad and strap pre-installed, though comes with no lens cap. The battery has a decent capacity and will last you a little over 2 hours of continuous use/recording. On the front of the unit you have the lens with 48 MP sensor, mic, and IR lights for night vision.

The flip out LCD screen rotates 270 degrees and can be folded flat when open to keep the camera on. If the LCD is shut facing in, the camera powers off automatically. This camera accepts both microSD and full size SD cards and both slots can be used simultaneously for up to 64 GB of combined storage. No memory card is included, but one is required to make recordings. The screen is also touch sensitive and you can access to functions by tapping the icons on the screen. Each mode has its own group of settings, but some settings do apply to both video and photo mode. In general the touchscreen works well, but you have to be precise where you tap otherwise it's easy to make a wrong selection.

This camera has a WiFi function that's supposed to allow you to connect to an app for remote monitoring and control, but I was not able to get the app working nor transfer files wirelessly. Hopefully the app will be improved and be functioning in a future update. There's also a ¼" mounting hole on the bottom of the camera for tripod mounting.

During the day the image quality of the video and photos is clear and detailed. The video is HD at 1080p, 2K and 4K, although at 4K the frame rate is only 24 frames per seconds, so it tends to be more choppy. The best image quality for video is achieved at 1080p at 60 frames per seconds. The footage has a lot of detail, less shakiness with anti-shake activated, and smoother transitions during fast movement and panning in general. The microphone from the camera picks up sounds and voices within a few feet from the camera but it's generally not that loud, and I had to bump up the gain in post processing (+15dB). Even with loop recording off the longest video clip length is 25 minutes before the camera starts a new file. At 4K,1 min video file takes up about 200 MB, at 2K 150 MB, and at 1080p 100 MB, so at the highest resolution a 32GB can store a little more than 2.5 hours of footage.

The zoom is all digital and goes to up 16x magnification. Zooming in and out is generally fairly smooth though there's not a great way to do a slow speed zoom and the resolution is compromised when zoomed in. The camera does a decent job on the auto setting with white balance, color balance, and ISO. These menu options are only accessible in photo mode, even though they'll carryover to video mode (with the exception of black & white and sepia). In video mode, you can also adjust the exposure live when recording by tapping on the icon on the LCD screen.

The biggest drawback of having a fixed lens is that the focus range is only good after about 6 ft. Anything closer than 6 ft and things will start to look blurry. In dark conditions, the infrared light works really well. It lights up pitch black areas in black and white similar to night vision goggles so you can see everything in the dark. Overall, the camera captures video and photos at very high HD resolution. The image quality at 1080p/60fps is smooth, crisp, and detailed, and still serviceable at other resolutions. It doesn't do great with fast motion though, and the 4K mode is choppy at 24 fps I recommend a tripod or steadycam) but otherwise it's a solid entry-level handheld camera that will make for decent quality family videos, YouTube productions, and B-roll footage.

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12 comments:

  1. What is the reference for the battery?

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    1. The battery that comes with this camera is an NP-FV5 Plus

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  2. should i purchase this camera or i should go for Panasonic HC-V180K

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    1. The quality of video and audio on the Panasonic HC-V180K is much better.

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  3. Mine won't charge. It's new and I haven't used it yet. I already tried charging it with different adapters and sockets but none worked. I charged it the whole day but the battery is still drained. What should I do?

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    1. Check to see if there's a plastic sticker over the battery contacts that may be preventing the battery from making a connection with the camera. The other possibility is that there's something wrong with the charging port, the cable, or the battery itself. In those cases return for a replacement or refund.

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  4. which of the best app for andoer 4k on smartphone

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    1. Hm, I'm not sure. The camera that I have from Andoer does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capability and is not compatible with a smartphone app, to my knowledge. Newer versions of their cameras may have this functionality, but I haven't tested or tried any of them. Which model Andoer camera do you have?

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  5. Does it take wide angle shots?

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  6. What is the name of the Android App for this camera and the download link. Please (I cannot download it scanning the QR Code).

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  7. The app is called GoAction by Darwin Technology.

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