Campark X20 4K 20MP Action Camera Review (With EIS Touch Screen)

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June 25, 2019
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We recently reviewed the amazon Campark ACT74 budget sports camera and we were impressed. Today, we dive into Campark's X20 4K UHD Action-Cam.

The X20 model is very similar to the ACT74, with the much-welcomed extra features.

As with all our action cam reviews, we'll talk about the build quality of the X20, key features, UI and on-screen options, and what accessories you get.

Let's get to it.

What is the Campark X20 4K Action Camera?

The X20 is one of Campark's medium-range sports action cameras. It's a small and compact camera capable of capturing video in 1080p, UHD, and 4K, as well as capturing beautiful, crisp still images using the 20MP sensor.

If you're considering the more expensive sports cams like the GoPro Hero 7 or DJI Osmo, whilst the Campark X20 does not boast some of the features or qualities of those high-end cams, it's certainly a more affordable alternative option.

I was very impressed with the ACT74 which I reviewed and tested, so I was expecting similar results with X20, and I can safely say, it's just as good of a camera.

Key features of this camera

  1. Records in HD, UHD, and 4K.
  2. Captures images via a 20MP Sony CMOS sensor
  3. Records decent quality audio.
  4. Built-in 170 degrees wide-angle field of view display (With adjustable view angles).
  5. It comes with a waterproof casing.
  6. Comes with 2 x 1050mAh Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
  7. 2-inch HD touch-sensitive screen.
  8. Front-of-camera LED screen.
  9. Built-in EIS (Image stabilization).
  10. Share videos and images via WiFi.
  11. Remote control.
  12. 4 x Zoom.
  13. Loop recording.

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Some of the stand-out features of the X20 are the touchscreen, which improves navigating around the user interface, and the nifty front-of-camera LED screen which shows the mode, battery life, and running time.

What could this camera be used for?

Like most 4K action cameras, the Campark X20 was built for use in all types of extreme sports, including Skiing, mountain biking, climbing, etc.

The waterproof case can be submerged underwater up to a max depth of 30 meters. So, if you're into surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, then this should work just fine.

Unboxing the Campark X20 action camera

Here's what's in the box -

  1. 1 x Campark X20 Action Camera with Waterproof Case.
  2. 2 x Rechargeable batteries with charging cable.
  3. 1 x pack of mounting accessories and a spare waterproof housing door.
  4. User manual.

Build quality and waterproof housing

The construction of the Campart X20 is mostly comprised of durable plastic. The build quality is just as good as the ACT74, however, the design is still a little bland for me.

The waterproof case that comes with the camera is also of good quality and as I said capable of depths of 30m (98ft).

Recommended Reading: How To Take Care Of Your Action Camera

What is the video and image quality like?

Here's a rundown of the formats the X20 is capable of recording at:

  • 4K / 24FPS
  • 2K / 30FPS
  • 1080p / 60FPS
  • 1080p / 30FPS
  • 720p / 120FPS

The X20 doesn't support the 920p format as the ACT74. EIS feature can be turned on or off under settings.

Video and image stabilization

The video quality is just as sharp and crisp as the ACT74, and with EIS built-in (Electronic Image Stabilization), this will only improve your footage further.

With EIS, You don't really need to use a stabilization gimbal as such, however, using one may improve stability further, especially if you're going to be filming fast-moving subjects whilst running.

(Video demo coming soon)

What about the storage card slot?

The X20's SD card slot is on the side like the ACT74. Personally, I prefer to have the SD card slot closed off with some protection, including the ports, much like the Apexcam we reviewed recently.

The recommended card for use with this action-cam is a class 10 or higher max 32GB. I would recommend using something like the SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro.

Batteries and battery life?

The X20 comes with 2 x rechargeable 1050mAh batteries and a charging lead. Sadly, it doesn't come with a charging dock like the similarly priced Apexcam M80 Pro.

Battery life depends on usage, so for example, if you're recording at 1080p you can expect each battery to last 90 minutes. At 2 or 4K, each battery can last up to 60 minutes.

User-Interface and screen options

The Campark X20 action sports camera proudly boasts a 2-inch screen and a friendly user-interface. Navigating around the options is easy with the responsive touch screen technology.

Some of the options include video resolution and sound adjustment settings, photo settings, exposure, white balance, light source frequency, and volume settings.

What accessories are included?

Like most of these little compact 4K cameras, you get a nice bundle of mounting accessories, including some spare parts for the waterproof casing, which includes a bicycle mounting and helmet mounting kit.

Likes and dislikes?

Let's start with what I like about the X20 -

  1. Compact and lightweight, though nowhere near as light as the Apexcam M80 Pro we recently reviewed.
  2. Useful front-of-camera LCD screen.
  3. Nice sharp image quality when shooting stills.
  4. Decent quality 2/4K video recording.
  5. Super user-friendly with an intuitive touch screen.
  6. Great on-screen options.
  7. Remote control.
  8. Stabilization with built-in EIS.

And the dislikes?

  1. No external mic input.
  2. No function to disable the touch-screen when the camera is out of the waterproof case, so you can accidentally touch the screen.
  3. No charging dock, lead only.
  4. No carrying case.
  5. No protection cover for ports or micro SD slot, without the waterproof case, these are exposed.

Verdict!

All-in-all, I like this camera. There's a lot of similarity between this make and model and the Apexcam M80 Pro. Whilst the M80 Pro doesn't have a touch-screen, the external mic input is a big bonus if you really want a camera with the option to improve your audio with an external mic.

One thing to note with these budget action cameras, although it says you can record 4K quality footage, the actual quality of the 4K is not what you'd expect. In other words, you can't compare it with, let's say the 4K camera technology in your smartphone. Whilst the video quality is very decent, it is questionable whether 4K really is 4K in these small cams. Not sure about that one.

Anyhow, as a package, it would have been nice to have a carry-case with this action cam too, but it's not the end of the world.

To round off, the Campark X20 is an exceptional little compact sports camera, with plenty of built-in features, options, and a nice pack of accessories. If you're looking for a decent action cam without the big price tag, this one could be for you.

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