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be from the same com­pany.

There’s also the is­sue of the wa­ter­proof hous­ing that comes bun­dled with it. Out of the box, the ac­tion cam­era comes packed in­side the afore­men­tioned cas­ing, and hav­ing to pry it open proved to be quite dif­fi­cult. With that said, we could at least take so­lace in the fact that as long as it was in­side its wa­ter­proof hous­ing, there’s no way that the thing would be get­ting wet. Out of the box, the cam­era ac­tu­ally felt quite solid in our hands, al­beit a lit­tle in­com­plete in its de­sign and build.

Our gripe with this ac­tion cam­era doesn’t end there. First, while test­ing out this unit, we were hit with a lan­guage bar­rier the minute we tried to go into the set­tings: every­thing was in Chi­nese. Sec­ond, (re­gret­table as it is), none of our writ­ers were flu­ent in read­ing the lan­guage. Truth be told, the only way we man­aged to get around the cam­era was be­cause the on-board set­tings had some num­bers that de­noted both the video and cam­era res­o­lu­tion.

The ac­tion cam­era’s im­age cap­tur­ing mode was de­cent, but nowhere near what we would de­scribe as im­pres­sive. Even at the high­est res­o­lu­tion of 14MP, pic­ture qual­ity still tends to be quite blurred and faded. Hav­ing said that, video record­ing was ac­tu­ally quite im­pres­sive at Full HD and we’re sur­prised that the sen­sor was able to adapt be­tween bright and poorly-lit en­vi­ron­ments fairly quickly.

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