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First impression for the MGCOOL Explorer 1S: Affordable with a good quality

by Dimitris Economou 6

MGCOOL has been very busy lately. Not only have they released a handful of 4K action cameras like Explorer, Explorer Elite and Explorer Pro, but they have been working hard on a new product MGCOOL Explorer 1S.MGCOOL Explorer 1S

The MGCOOL Explorer 1S runs on NT96660 and adopts a 20MP Sony IMX078 sensor, enabling 4K video recording @24fps (QuickTime player required) and capture 20M still images. Besides, it also supports 2K @30fps, 1080p @60fps and 720p @120fps recording. The codec used for encoding is H.264. Plus,it has four view angles: 70°, 110°, 140°, 170° which is useful for framing distant views.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

The MGCOOL Explorer 1S feels light. However, the exquisite wiredrawing finish makes it look like metal. So it doesn’t look cheap although it is made mostly of plastic. The camera body is very compact, great to hold and easy to operate. Also, the menu is operated with a few buttons: Up, Down, and OK (with the shutter). The menu is only a couple of levels deep but has many options. It is simple enough to navigate, although pressing the small buttons requires some efforts. In addition, the package contains most of the accessories you’ll ever need. It includes the camera, one waterproof case ( up to 30m deep), one camera bracket, one bicycle stand, two helmet bases, one clip, USB cable and the User Manual.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

The MGCOOL Explorer 1S won’t cost you big money. It is now on a promotion at one of MGCOOL’s authorized dealers – Gearbest for $49.99. And as Spring is coming, take the Explorer 1S with you on your outdoors activities to capture precious moments.

You can also follow the company via MGCOOL Facebook page.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S specs

Processor Novatek NT96660
Camera Sensor SONY IMX 078
Material Plastic
Waterproofing Waterproof case,30m depth
WiFi 10m
Display 2” TFT Screen (320*240)
Field of View 70°, 110°,140°,170°
Codec H.264
Image format JPEG
Video format MP4
Image resolution 20M/16M/14M/12M/10M/8M/5M
Video resolution 4K @24fps, 2K @30fps, 1080p @60fps/30fps, 720p@120fps/60fps/30fps
Battery 1050mAh Li-ion battery/1080p working time 80mins
Charging 5V/1A,2 hours
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  • Armando Jaleo

    Honestly, the camera looks impressive when you consider the price.

  • Jonathan dos Santos

    It is always good to choose the color.

  • Emi Geek

    What accessories do it brings?.

  • Julio Pedregosa

    How about that processor?.

  • Emilio Calvo

    This is the first time I hear about this Sony sensor.

  • willysson

    Could someone CLARIFY? The SJCAM S5000x apparently uses this SAME Sony sensor BUT it is described as 12.5MP, 1.55micron pixels. There’s a Sony Exmor R IMX078CQK sensor that fits this description. Is this the SAME sensor in the MGCOOL Explorer 1S?

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