As many of our regular readers know, a few months back we set ourselves the goal of reviewing all of the action cameras on the market right now. Today brings us one step closer to reaching that goal as we go over our ultimate Campark act74 review that we have noticed a number of people reaching out for.
If you are reading this then chances are that you have heard of the Campark act74 as it has essentially taken the budget GoPro alternative action camera niche by storm since its release blowing the competition out of the water. Its excellent design, great performance, solid functionality, and tiny price tag have all lead to it leaving the competing cameras for dust and winning a massive section of the community over.
This has lead to it rightfully earning itself one of the best reputations on the market right now with massive numbers of extreme sports enthusiasts using it as their go-to action camera of choice. Thousands of these third-party users have posted their own independent reviews of the Campark act74 online (click here to read some of them) over the years so if you have a few minutes spare, reading some of them can offer an excellent independent insight into the camera performance.
User Interface And Control System
In our opinion, the main problem with the majority of the budget or entry-level action cameras on the market right now is that their control system can be a total pain to use. They can be unresponsive or struggle to register button presses or actions on their touch screen, especially if your action sport of choice involves water or cold weather. Thankfully, this is not an issue with the Campark act74 as they have done an excellent job of putting the camera together with great materials and technology.
The touch screen on the camera is very responsive no matter the temperature or if your fingers are wet allowing you to quickly and easily cycle through the various camera settings to tweak its performance as required. This helps you save time while out and about letting you get back to your sport of choice capturing some of the best possible footage and photographs available at this price point right now. The control system of the Campark act74 is also responsive when the camera is housed in its waterproof case making it very easy for you to tweak any required settings while using the camera for water based sport too.
The actual navigation menu on the action camera is very easy to use and we feel the majority of our readers will quickly and easily pick it up. Essentially, if you are able to use a modern smartphone then you will easily be able to work your way through the Campark act74’s navigation menu without issue.
The more popular settings that you may want to tweak such as the video capture resolution are located at the start of the menus allowing you to save even more time when you need to tweak common settings too. The Campark smartphone app is even easier to use in our opinion offering you wireless control of your camera. One thing that we would like to mention is always make sure you have the latest version of the smartphone app as earlier versions tended to have trouble connection to the actual camera.
Performance And Functionality
As we mentioned at the start of the article, for its price tag, the Campark act74 offers an absolute ton of functionality and boasts the larges feature list of any of the budget friendly GoPro cameras we have reviewed to date. We feel that this is one of the main reasons it is doing so well in the market right now and winning such a massive share of the budget action cam niche.
We know that different people and different sports each require slightly different features and settings so rather than go into detail of a massive list of sports, here is a short list of what we feel are the cameras best features that most of our readers may want to use at some point:-
- High Quality 4K Recording At 30 FPS Via The Campark Act74’s Sony Camera Sensor.
- Clear And Sharp 16MP Photographs.
- Fully Responsive 2 Inch HD LCD Screen.
- 170 Degree Ultra Wide Angle Lens.
- Fully Laced 32GB MicroSD Card Support.
- Fully Waterproof Down To 98 Feet In Waterproof Case.
- Improve Battery Life Via Dual Rechargeable Batteries.
- WiFi Remote Control.
- Free iOS And Android Control Application.
As you can see in the image above, the 4K video quality is very sharp, clear and has some excellent colour capturing capabilities allowing you to easily capture your adventures with excellent resolution to later upload to sites like YouTube or Instagram TV. The 16MP Sony camera sensor on the Campark act74 also allows you to capture some of the best photographs possible at this price point even beating some of the traditional point and shoot cameras that have been specifically designed for optimum photo image quality.
The example test footage in the video below was recorded using the Campark act74 while messing about on a quad bike. We feel that it does a great job of showing the level of video quality that the camera is able to provide even when moving at high speeds.
One of the better features that Campark have included in the act74 is the dual battery feature allowing you to capture high quality video footage for up to 180 minutes without issue. This extra long battery life beats all of the other entry level action cameras without even breaking a sweat making the act74 the obvious choice.
Just like many other action cameras on the market right now, the Campark act74 comes with a large number of accessories included as standard with your purchase. In addition to this, you can also pick up the additional accessory kit (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you like to maximise the number of situations that you are able to use the camera in.
The photograph above shows all of the accessories that are included with your purchase as standard and we have made a short list below of some of the key items:-
- Waterproof Casing.
- Various Helmet Mounts.
- Bicycle Mounts.
- A Wrist Mount.
- A Spare Battery.
- A GoPro Accessory Adaptor.
- A Screen Protector.
- A Gimbal/Stabiliser Mount.
The photograph below shows the additional, third-party accessories that you are able to purchase for your Campark act74 via this accessory pack (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you choose.
The build quality of the Campark act74 is actually pretty solid even when it is outside of the included waterproof case. It is lightweight and robust and will easily be able to take a ton of punishment that may occur during use without breaking. If possible though, we would recommend that you try to keep it in the waterproof casing as often as possible, even if you are not taking part in a waterbased sport to help increase the robustness of the camera further.
That brings us to the end of our Campark act74 review and as you can tell, we really are massive fans of this action camera and can definitely see why it has taken the action sports community by storm. Its reputation is second to none and the performance of the camera really is excellent and we are confident saying that adding it to your photography or videography kit will help improve the photographs and video that you are able to capture while doing the sport you love.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Campark Act74 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.