Elephone ELEcam becomes MGCOOL

MGCOOL is Elephone’s newly-established sub-brand covering intelligent wearables & mobile electronics. This includes their well-known Elephone Explorer action camera series. From now on their cameras will be branded MGCOOL. Besides that they also announced a brand new camera – the real 4K: MGCOOL Explorer 2.


MGCOOL Explorer 2

In 2017 a new camera is going to be released, which is their first real 4K action camera. MGCOOL Explorer 2 will also hold some new features: GPS recording will be one of them. This feature was introduced in the latest GoPro Hero5 black, where you can display data such as speed, G-force, way-map or height. Here’s my tutorial on how to display GPS data if you want to check it out.

MGCOOL Explorer 2 will also feature a 2″ built-in multi-touch LCD screen on the back of the camera, same as GoPro Hero5 blackYI 4K Action Camera or SJCAM SJ7 Star.

MGCOOL - Explorer 2 - 2" touch screen

MGCOOL Explorer 2 – 2″ touch screen

Explorer 2 will be 30 meter waterproof inside the underwater case. Hence currently I’m not sure if the case will feature a touch backdoor. In addition a remote control will be included. Furthermore voice control is implemented as well, same as in Hero5 and soon available for YI 4K soon.

Not much of the other specs were made public. As said it is a real 4K action camera, 4K in 30fps are available and most likely 120fps in 1080p. I also expect it to feature electronic image stabilization, similar to its competition. MGCOOL Explorer 2 uses H.265 codec, which offers a better compression of the video files compared to the older H.264 codec.


Thanks to nutsey for pointing that out in the comments: H.265 codec is currently not used in Hero5 black, it would require a different processor like the Ambarella H2. Hence his chip just made its debut in the new YI 4K+ Action Camera, which enables 4K at 60fps! Maybe Explorer 2 could offer even better specs!

MGCOOL Explorer2

MGCOOL Explorer 2 – orange

There will be two colors available: Orange & Black.

MGCOOL Explorer 2 black

MGCOOL Explorer 2 – black


Update 2

MGCOOL released a video and reveals voice control on a production model:



Summarized Explorer 2 will be MGCOOL’s most advanced action camera with a big leap forward from their current lineup. Say tuned for further updates and visit their Facebook site for the latest news where there’s currently a giveaway for an Explorer camera: (MGCOOL on Facebook).

These are the specs we know so far:

  • real 4K video resolution
  • .h265 video codec
  • 2″ touch screen
  • GPS recording
  • Voice Control
  • Remote Control included
  • 30m waterproof with case



Soocoo S100 seems to use a similar body compared to MGCOOL Explorer 2. In contrast Soocoo S100 holds a Novatek NTK96600 processor and therefore 4K resolution is interpolated, not native! Here’s the Soocoo S100 offer.

Soocoo S100

Soocoo S100


This is MGCOOL’s current lineup of action cameras (notice the new branding):

MGCOOL Explorer Pro vs Explorer Elite vs Explorer



Besides their lineup of conventional action cameras, MGCOOL also offers a real 360° action camera with 2 lenses. Here you can find my hands on review including a detailed workflow tutorial on how to upload the recorded 360° properly to YouTube.
Here’s a short video I did. Be sure to watch it within the YouTube App on your Smartphone or with Google Chrome Browser on your computer:



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