With the Git1 camera the manufacturer GitUp has proven that they build excellent action cameras. Now with the Git2 comes a newer model offering a 16MP Sony Exmor sensor (same one used in Yi Action Camera). Additionally the camera features Gyro Image Stabilization, G-Sensor and many other features and settings. The Git2 also comes with an underwater case, LCD screen and several mounts. When adding that to the Yi camera, you’ll end up with a higher price – so this cam might me a better and cheaper solution!

In this review I’ll take a look at:

  1. Git2 Specs
  2. Git2P Specs
  3. Body, Buttons & Ports
  4. Included Accessories
  5. Functions & Settings
  6. Remote Control via App
  7. Demo Footage
  8. Conclusion

 

GitUp Git2 Pro

GitUp Git2 Pro

 

Git2 Specs:

Image Sensor:
The Git2 features a 16MP Sony Exmor IMX206 sensor (same as the Xiaomi Yi)
The IMX206 has a sensitivity of 1096digits.
This sensor can’t do real 4K, the 4K option with 24fps of Git2 is interpolated

Chipset:
The chip will be a Novatek 96660 chip, same one as used in the SJ5000X Elite.

Lens:
All Glass Elements, FOV: 170°; narrow: 120°

Video Resolution:

  • 4K – max. 24fps (interpolated)
  • 2K – max. 30fps
  • 1080p – max. 60fps
  • 720p – max. 120fps

Detailed info on resolutions in the review below.

Recording Format:
The videos are recorded in .mp4 files, .h264 codec

Photo Resolution & Format:
max. 16MP (4608 x 3456 px), .jpg or .raw photo

Display:
The camera features a 1,5″ live view display, a little smaller than comparable models with offer 2″.

Battery:
950 mAh battery, which is the same size as the SJCAM battery, but with a little larger capacity (SJCAM: 900mAh)
Additional original batteries are available for 3.25 USD

Storage:
microSD card, up to 64GB supported, class 10 recommended

Connectivity & Ports:
The camera offers wifi for a wireless remote (optional accessory – 10 USD) and remote via iOS or Android App.
A miniUSB port for charging, mic input (optional microphone – 8USD) & A/V output and a microHDMI port for HD video output.

Git2 offers an external mic via miniUSB port

Git2 offers an external mic via miniUSB port

 

Dimension & Weight:
59 x 30 x 41mm ; weight: 64g (154g with housing)
That is exactly the same size as a GoPro and also the button arrangement is the same, which means you can use every GoPro gear with the Git2!

Special Features:
G-Sensor – recording starts when camera is in motion
Gyro Image Stabilization – also seen in the latest SJ5000X cameras:
The Gyro Image Stabilization will be a mechanical solution stabilizing the sensor and therefore the video.

Git2 comes with built-in gyro image stabilization

Git2 comes with built-in gyro image stabilization

 

Versions of Git2

Git2 is available as Git2 and Git2 Pro Packing. Pro Packing includes the accessories listed a little later in that article.

Color: End of 2016 GitUp released different colored front panels for their camera. This way you can customize your camera. They are available in: Orange, Blue, Gold & Silver.

Git2 Color Panels: Orange, Blue, Gold & Silver

Git2 Color Panels: Orange, Blue, Gold & Silver

 

Git2P – 90° FOV & 170° FOV Camera

GitUp released two new versions of Git2: the Git2P. Be careful, both cameras bear the same name; Git2P indicates the new Panasonic sensor being used.

Sensor:
Whereas Git2 uses a 16MP Sony IMX206 sensor (same as in YI Action Camera), both new Git2P models hold a 16 MP Panasonic MN34120PA sensor. This Panasonic sensor is also used in the latest SJCAM SJ6 Legend. Sony and Panasonic sensor have the same max. pixel resolution. From what I heard the Panasonic sensor seems to work better with the Novatek chipset.

The two versions of Git2P have different lenses. There’s a 90° FOV (field of view) and a 170° FOV lens available.

Lens:
90° version:
Git2P 90° features a f/2.5, 5G2P Lens with 90° FOV (Field of view). So the camera also benefits from a larger aperture compared to f/2.8 aperture in the 170° models. The new narrower FOV lens prevents the fisheye effect and distortion.
170° version:
The Git2P with 170° lens also has a f/2.8 170° FOV lens, same as Git2 with the Sony sensor.

 

The other specs are the same for all Git2/Git2P cameras.

Attention! Git2P 90° does not fit into the Git2 / Git2P 170 underwater case as the lens is a little larger!

GitUp Git2P - 16MP Panasonic Sensor - 90°FOV

GitUp Git2P – 16MP Panasonic Sensor – 90°FOV

 

Git2 vs Git2P 90°

Here are some comparison photos of Git2, with 170° lens on the left, and Git2P, with 90° lens on the right.
Photos are from Marco, check out his YouTube Channel, there are also some test videos with Git2P.

Git2 (170° lens) vs Git2P (90° lens)

Git2 (170° lens) vs Git2P (90° lens)

Git2 vs Git2P

Git2 (170° lens) vs Git2P (90° lens)

 

Comparison of GitUp Models

Model:GitUP
F1
GitUP
G3 Duo
GitUP
Git2P
GitUP
Git2
Sensor8MP Sony
IMX317
12 MP Sony
IMX117
16MP Panasonic
MN34120PA
16MP Sony
IMX206
ProcessorAmbarella A12Novatek NT96663Novatek NT96660Novatek NT96660
Lens / FOV160°170° FOV
(Slave Cam: 135°)
170° FOV
90° version available
170°
4K Resolution
max. framerate
30fps
real 4K
24fps
interpolated
24fps
interpolated
24fps
interpolated
1080p –Resolution
max. frame rate
120fps60fps60fps60fps
720p Resolution
max. frame rate
240fps120fps120fps120fps
Photo Resolution8 MP12 MP16 MP16 MP
Displaydata only2" Touchscreen1,5" live view1,5" live view
Battery1010 mAh1200 mAh950 mAh950 mAh
WiFiyesyesyesyes
Image Stabilizationyesyesyesyes
Remote Controlyesyesyesyes
GPS recordingyesyesnono
Portsmini USB2x mini USB, micro HDMImini USB, micro HDMImini USB, micro HDMI
A/V out via USByesyesyesyes
Mic in via USByesyesyesyes
Special Featureflat design2nd camera (slave) attachable
Dimension (mm)
Weight (g)
82 x 41.5 x 23mm
68g
59 x 36 x 41,5 mm
78 g
59 x 30 x 41mm
64g
59 x 30 x 41mm
64g
Review:
Price:
Banggood
129.99 USD129.99 USD104.99 USD98.99 USD

 

Retailer / Price Comparison

Git2 – 170° FOV
Sony Sensor

Git2P – 170° FOV
Panasonic Sensor

Git2P – 90° FOV
Panasonic Sensor

Gearbest & Banggood also ship from their US & EU Warehouses, where the camera is already customs cleared. Prices are therefore a little higher.




 

Body, Buttons & Ports

Front- and backside view of the Git2

Front- and backside view of the Git2

 

On the front side of the Git2 there is the power / mode switch button as well as 2 status LEDs which indicate if you are in video mode (red) or photo mode (green).
The camera’s upper side holds the shutter button, which also acts as select button in the camera’s menu, and a LED which flashes when recording.

On one side you’ll find the microSD card slot and a button. This button turns on and off wifi when you press it for more than 3 sec. The LED above indicates if wifi is enabled. When you short press the button you enter the menu – when in video mode the video menu, when in photo mode the photo menu. You can remote control the cam with an iOS or Android app or with an optional remote control.
On the other side, you’ll find the internal microphone, micro HDMI port for HD video output as well as the mini USB port for an optional external microphone input, A/V output and charging.

On the backside of the camera there’s the 1,5″ LCD display, and a LED which flashes during recording.
On the bottom there’s the battery door. The Git2 comes with a 950 mAh battery, and has the same shape as the SJCAM batteries. They have just 900 mAh but you can use them as well.

Git2 with 950 mAh battery (same shape as SJCAM batteries)

Git2 with 950 mAh battery (same shape as SJCAM batteries)

 

Accessories

Included Accessories

The Git2 is available in 2 packages: Standard Packaging is just the camera with USB cable; the Pro Packaging additionally includes: a 30m underwater case, frame mount, roll bar mount (which has 1 long and 2 short screws), curved and flat adhesive mount, additional long and short screw, long & short connector with 90° angle, tripod mount and 1/4″ screw adapter. The mount on the bottom of the underwater case is standard GoPro mount and fits similar mounts and accessories.

Git2 included Accessories (Pro Packaging)

Git2 included Accessories (Pro Packaging)

 

Optional Accessories

Remote Control

The remote control is an optional accessory which lets you start/stop recording video and take pictures. You can power off the camera, but not power it on!

External Microphone

If sound is important for you mic in via USB is possible, external mics are available:

 

Recommended Accessories

Battery

Even tough the batteries of the Git2 are very good, additional batteries are highly recommended, as all action cameras use lots of battery.

Original GitUp battery:

 

The Git2 has the same size, button & port layout as the GoPro Hero 3. So basically you can use any GoPro accessory with the Git2, you can find an overview and reviews here.

Git2 vs GoPro Hero 3

Git2 vs GoPro Hero 3 – same size, buttons & ports

Frame

I like the included frame, but it is just for 1/4″ screw tripod mount so I got a GoPro plastic frame mount to use the GoPro mount directly:

Case / Bag

When doing a Review for Yi Action Camera Cases I also tested one from Kingma and found out this one is the best fit for the Git2 camera and its accessories. Remember that the GitUp underwater cases look different than most other brands and won’t fit in every bag!

KingMa case with Git2 camera and accessories

KingMa case with Git2 camera and accessories

Retailer / Price:

 

Functions and Settings

I really like the menu structure and its easy handling which is important as you have lots of options to choose from. The menu reads easily with the 1,5″ screen. When you power up the camera it will start up in video mode. By short pressing the power button, which also acts as mode button, you can cycle through the main menu: video mode – photo mode – library – camera settings.

 

Camera Settings

Enter the camera settings by pressing the shutter button, which acts as select button, to enter the sub menu.

Git2 camera / system settings

Git2 camera / system settings

 

There are two screens of options which you can cycle by pressing the power / mode button. To change options press the shutter / select button on the top of the camera. You can leave the menu any time by pressing the wifi button on the side. The options are as follows:

Quick Capture
on / off – When turn on you can start recording by just pressing the shutter button. The camera will power up automatically and start recording. When long pressing the shutter button the camera will power up and start burst shooting. The camera uses the video / photo resolution settings as selected before.

Beep
To turn on /off beeping when pressing the buttons.

OSD Info
To turn on / off information on the display.

Car Mode Auto-Start
When you use your Git2 you can turn on this option and the camera will automatically start recording when powered.

Screen Sleep Timer
Which turns off the screen automatically after 1 / 3 / 5 minutes or off.

Auto Power Off
You can choose: off / 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 15 / 30 / 60 min. and the camera will power down automatically when not recording

Date & Time Settings
Be sure to enter date & time here when you switch on timestamp.

Language
You’ve got the options: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Frequency
You can select 50 or 60Hz to match light frequency to avoid flickering (60Hz in the US / 50Hz in Europe)

TVMode
You can select PAL or NTSC – unfortunately it will not change to 50 fps in PAL mode

RC Pairing
Before you use the optional remote control you have to pair it.

Format
to format the microSD card

Default Settings
to reset your camera to factory settings

Version
to display the installed firmware version

 

Video Settings

To enter the video settings just press the menu / wifi button while in video mode. Again cycle the options with the power / mode button and select with the shutter button. You can leave the menu any time by pressing the menu / wifi button again. You’ll find 3 screens with options as follows:

Git2 video settings

Git2 video settings

 

Resolution
You can choose from

  • 2160p – 2880 x 2160 – 24fps
  • 1440p – 2560 x 144o – 30fps
  • 1440p – 4:3 – 1920 x 1440 – 30fps
  • 1296p – 2304 x 1296 – 30fps
  • 1080p – 1920 x 1080 – 60fps, 30fps
  • 1080p – 4:3 – 1440 x 1080 – 60fps
  • 720P – 1280 x 720 – 120fps, 60fps, 30fps
  • WVGA video – 848 x 480 – 30fps
  • VGA – 648 x 480 – 240fps

Currently PAL frame rates (25fps and a multiple of that) are not available

Loop Recording
Switch on loopt recoding 2 / 3 / 5 / 10 min. and the camera will create video clips in respective length and overwrite them when the microSD card is full. One use case for this option would be using the Git2 as dash cam.

Record Audio Level
You can select mute / low / medium / high depending on the surrounding you are operating in.

Date Stamp
To enable time & date stamp in your recordings

Time Lapse
Here you can select the interval: 200ms / 1s / 5s / 10s / 30s / 1m / 5m / 10m / off and the camera will automatically create a time lapse video. Another option is to take a photo time lapse where the camera takes individual photos and you have to combine them in post production (can be found in photo menu)

Video Snapshot Timer
You can select a time frame 5 / 10 / 20 / 30 / 60 sec. and the camera will record respective time frame.

White Balance
It is really great to have such options: You can select white balance to define the color temperature

Custom White Balance
Not only you can select a predefined white balance, you can even adjust red and blue here

Menu Button Function
Here you can define an option for the menu button, which you can quickly turn on and off during video recording:

  • Exposure Lock: The camera automatically adjusts exposure. When selecting this option and pressing the menu button during recording you can lock you camera to the current settings. Which means when you are in light surroundings and go to a darker environment the camera will not adjust the picture. This is a nice feature when you are e.g. riding through a forrest where light and dark spots change quickly to avoid that the camera adjust all the time
  • White Balance Lock: Similar as above, the camera will not adjust to new light conditions: e.g. when turning on fluorescent light
  • EV and WB Lock: Lock for both Exposure and White Balance
  • Audio Mute: By pressing the menu button during recording you can quickly mute audio

EV
Here you can fine tune exposure and turn it up / down in several steps

Color
You can apply several filters: color / Black & White / Sepia / Vivid (to increase saturation)
If you are editing your videos I recommend color and apply color style in post production

Gyroscope Stabilization
The Git2 has a built-in mechanical gyro for image stabilization which can be turned on & off with this setting. When turned on the camera needs a little more power.

WDR
Here you can turn on Wide Dynamic Range

Slow Motion
You can choose -2x / -4x / -8x / off but I would recommend recording with higher frame rates and slow it down in post production

Sharpness
You can select soft / strong / normal which I believe increases or decreases contrast

Metering
The options center / average / spots controls where the camera measures exposure

FOV (Field of View)
You can select wide or narrow angle. In narrow angle the image seems to be zoomed in but you have to compromise a little reduction in image quality

Motion Detection
When turned on the camera will automatically start recording when there is motion within the picture. This option can be useful if you want to setup your camera but you want it to start when you start your activities. You have to stop recording manually.

G-Sensor
Similar to motion detection the camera will start recording when the camera detects motion of the camera itself.

 

Photo Settings

Similar to the video settings you have several options for your pictures:

Git2 photo settings

Git2 photo settings

 

Image size
You can select following resolutions:

  • 16 MP (4:3)
  • 12 MP (16:9)
  • 8 MP (16:9)
  • 5 MP (4:3)
  • 3 MP (4:3)

I recommend always using the highest option possible, if you want to crop from 4:3 to 16:9 you can do so on your phone or computer afterwards

Date Stamp
Similar as in video mode you can display date & time in your photos

Time Lapse
When doing a photo time-lapse the camera will take several pictures which you have to combine to a video time-lapse in post production. I prefer this option as 16 MP photos have a higher resolution than 4K videos, so you can zoom in and crop in post production.

EV
You can increase or decrease exposure in several steps

Color
Same as in video mode you can select normal / black & white / sepia  / vivid but I suggest doing it on your computer or phone. A great app to edit photos on your phone is snapseed btw.

White Balance
You can adapt the color temperature according to your surroundings: daylight, cloudy, tungsten,…

Custom White Balance
Where you can fine tune the white balance settings

Capture Mode
You can select single, 3 or 10 sequence, depending on how much photos your cam should take when pressing the shutter

Sharpness
Normal, soft and strong are available

Metering
Same as in video mode you can select the area where the camera should measure exposure

RAW
When choosing this option, the camera takes an uncompressed .raw photo instead of a compressed .jpg picture.

 

Library

Lastly the 4th mode in the main menu: Library.

You can cycle through your video / photos by using the shutter button. When you press the menu button a sub-menu pops up where your can play / delete / lock / or select slide show.

 

Remote Control / App

You’ve got two options to remote control your camera: with the optional remote or your smartphone.

 

Remote Control

Git2 remote control (optional)

Git2 remote control (optional)

 

How to pair:

Before using you remote control you have to pair it with your camera. Go to the system settings of the camera and look for the option RF pairing. When you select this option the display will give you the instruction to press photo & video button at the same time, do so and the remote control is paired.

To start recording you have to press the video button / to take a picture you simply press the photo button. You can also turn on wifi by long pressing the wifi button or turn off the camera. It is not possible to turn on the camera!

Remote Control:

 

App

Official App:

The official GitUp app was launched late 2016 for Android and iOS. Stay tuned, more info is coming up!

 

How to connect:

You have to connect phone and camera via wifi. To do so you have to long press the wifi button on the side of the camera or the remote control.

On the display you’ll find wifi name and password. The name is GITUP followed by a combination of letters and numbers; I’m not sure if it is a standard password, my Git2 shows: 12345678

 

Demo Footage

Git2 vs Xiaomi Yi

Git2 frame grab left – YI Action Camera frame grab right

On the left you’ll see a frame grab from the Git2 camera. The field of view is narrower as gyro stabilization was switched on. On the left there’s an image from the Yi Action Camera. The Git2 has a bit more saturation whereas the Yi a bit more dynamic range comparing the brighter and darker spots.

The following photos is unedited straight out of Git2 camera.

unedited .jpg straight out of Git2

unedited .jpg straight out of Git2 – click for full resolution

 

Here’s some video footage Stefan shot with my Git2 in Gran Canaria. Clip was recorded in 1080p with 60fps and slowed down partially in post production to 30fps. Git2 was mounted with a Flymount:

 

Conclusion

 The image quality is really great, Git2 features superb sensor and I like the result a lot. Check the demo videos / photos!

 The image stabilization is awesome and works way better than on other action cameras I tested.

 GitUp is a great company and on its best way to become a strong name in the action camera business. A trusted brand/company is a key factor when buying a camera, when it comes to Firmware updates e.g. I discovered several problems with other cameras where you don’t find / get firmware updates from a trusted source.

The menu offers lots of options to fine tune your videos & photos (white balance, ISO, exposure,…) not all action cameras offer such a huge variety of settings.

 The Git2 is the exact same size as the GoPro Hero3 & 4 and therefore compatible with thousands of accessories. The buttons are also placed on the same spots.

Git2 features a 1,5″ screen which is a bit smaller than most comparable cameras that feature a 2″display.

Currently there is an option to switch PAL / NTSC, but the frate rates doesn’t change to 25fps.

I really like GitUp Git2 Action Camera. Price / Performance Ration of Git2 is great. For about 100 USD you get a solid camera from a company which constantly improves the firmware. You now also have a selection of 90° or 170° lens. If you don’t need 4K resolution, take a look at this camera. Don’t get fooled by other cameras advertised as “4K camera”, some are just interpolating (scaling up) a lower resolution video. You can’t get a real 4K camera for under 100 USD.

 

Discuss with other users on Facebook in the Git2 User Group

 

Retailer / Price Comparison

Git2 – 170° FOV
Sony Sensor

Git2P – 170° FOV
Panasonic Sensor

Git2P – 90° FOV
Panasonic Sensor

Gearbest & Banggood also ship from their US & EU Warehouses, where the camera is already customs cleared. Prices are therefore a little higher.




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