When I first heard the price of V3 Sport Camera – 35USD (with coupon code GBV3K) – I thought that’s probably the cheapest action camera out there and expected low cost parts, not worth mentioning. But when I took a closer look I was quite surprised that V3 even features a Sony Sensor!

V3 Sport Camera

V3 Sport Camera

 

V3 Sport Camera Specs

Image Sensor: 
V3 Sport Camera uses a 8 MP Sony Sensor (IMX179). This sensor seems rare, I haven’t found it in other action cameras. Either they use the smaller 4 MP Omnivision OV4689 Sensor (e.g. EKEN H9, SJ4000+). While others use the larger 12 MP Sony IMX078 sensor (Elephone Explorer Elite, SJ7000, SJ5000x, Firefly 6s,…).

Chipset:
The camera’s name is obviously from the chipset, which is an Allwinner V3. That chip is also used in the Elephone Explorer camera.

Frame Rates:

  • 4K – 30 fps
  • 2,7K – 30 fps
  • 1080p – 60 / 30 fps
  • 720p – 120 / 60 / 30 fps

Similar to many other action cameras 4k resolution is not native. It is interpolated from a lower resolution. If you are looking for native 4K cameras check out my overview here.

Photo Resolution:
You can choose: 16MP / 12MP / 8MP / 5MP / 2MP.
8 MP is the sensor size, other resolutions will be upscaled / interpolated.

Lens:
V3 Sport Camera has a 170° lens.

Connectivity & Ports:
Wifi is built-in to connect with Sports XDV app (Android & iOS)
V3 also offers a microHDMI port for HD video output,
as well as an USB port to copy files and for charging.
I currently don’t know if Mic-in or video-out via USB are possible.

Storage:
V3 supports microSD cards up to 64GB, class 10 is recommended, same as comparable cameras.

Display:
On the backside of V3 you will find a large 2″ LCD display, seems like a standard for most recent cameras.

Battery:
V3 features a removable 900 mAh battery, a 70-90 min. working time is stated. Hence that’s the same capacity as SJCAM SJ4000 & SJ5000 series cameras, I can’t tell if the battery is also the same size.

Dimensions:
Size: 59.2 x 29.8 x 41 mm – It appears the camera is the same size as SJCAM SJ4000 & SJ5000 series, yet I can’t tell for sure.
Weight: 58g

Versions:
V3 is available in black, white & yellow.

Accessories:
Most noteworthy if you didn’t have an action camera before: V3 Sports Camera comes with a huge pack of accessories including underwater case, Frame, Clip, Handlebar Mount, Adhesive mounts,… Furthermore the mounts are compatible with GoPro mounts.

V3 Sport Camera - Accessories

V3 Sport Camera – Accessories

 

Features / Settings:

You can manually set white balance, exposure correction & power frequency. In addition you have camera settings for power saving (camera and/or screen shut off after a selected time) & time-stamp.

You can also record time-lapses with V3 sport camera, I assume they are photo time-lapse.

The following language settings are available: Deutsch, Dutch, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polski, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Chinese.

 

Retailer / Price

  • Banggood: n/a
  • Gearbest: 35.99 USD – coupon code: GBV3K
  • Geekbuying: n/a
  • Aliexpress: n/a
  • Amazon: n/a

Careful when you are looking for this camera and searching for V3 or Allwinner V3, several cameras will pop up, which might not have a Sony Sensor, but the smaller 4 MP Omnivision sensor e.g.

After browsing for a while I noticed that the F60 or F 60B camera seems to be the exact same camera, but again, check the data before ordering.

 

Conclusion

As I stated at the beginning I wasn’t expecting much from a 35 USD Action Camera, but when I looked at the specs I was quite surprised. A 8 MP Sony Sensor sounds great. Especially when you compare the camera to others in that price region. EKEN H9 has a smaller 4MP Omnivision sensor. Both cameras state 4K in large letters on their front, which is technically correct, but it is not native 4K, it is interpolated. But still 1080p with 60fps is is a nice HD setting for an action camera. Compare it with the famous SJCAM SJ4000, this camera can only do 30fps! There are other cameras available for a lower price (e.g. the A9 for 25 USD) but I would go for a camera with less than 60fps for 1080p.

Don’t expect the most solid action camera for that price. But if you are looking for a cheap action camera, you might hardly use or fear damaging/loosing during your activities, this might be a cheap option to go for.

 

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Infos & Specs are taken fromm gearbest’s website. I couldn’t find manufacturer information.

 

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