Q3H-2 Action cam from Banggood.com
I have the Q3H-2 Action Cam from Banggood for review and for just under $50USD the Q3 is another action cam in the budget price category . I am not quite sure just how many cams are out there that would be considered budget priced , but for me it's any cam that comes under $50USD . So far this cam has not failed me , previous Action cams ( SJ4000 clone and V3 from GB ) have been disappointing to various levels . Both the SJ and V3 locked up on me requiring the removal of the battery to reset the cams . The Q3H-2 ( I will just refer to it as the Q3 from now on ) has had no such issue . It is hard to buy a budget cam without something being not quite right ( NQR ) and for the Q3 it was the factory focus . Again with any budget cam ( Be it action or dash cam ) , focus can be a little hit or miss . Fortunately with action cams the cure is very simple and easy . ( More detail later )
I am really starting to like the Action cam concept as there are so many options and possibilities on offer with these products . As well the huge amount of accessories for mounting the cam . If there ever was a do everything product the Q3 gets as close as any cam possibly can at a budget price . Wifi , time lapse , loop recording ( dash cam mode ) , stills camera mode , slow motion , and lots of video resolution and frame rates to play with . For me the most important thing is image quality ( IQ ) , if the video is overly soft or out of focus then ( ? ) , well I like a nice sharp detailed video . And we are back to focus , so lets bite the big one and get it out of the way . The factory focus on the Q3 was not well done . A common problem with the cheaper cams is that the focus may be adjusted in a cool environment and when the cam heats up ( say hanging off a windshield ) the lens tends to expand ( heat expansion ) and the cam goes out of focus . The Q3 was not the exception to this phenomenon .
The lens was poorly focused from the factory ( relatively easy fix )
The cam does not like higher frame rates ( IQ loss )
The first thing we have to bear in mind is the price point . At $50USD this is a relatively cheap action cam and depending on what price point you are comparing it too ( $100 - $1000 ? ) it performs relatively well . In fact after re focusing the cam I was a little surprised that the Q3 produced such decent video footage . The cam is very capable at 30FPS , unfortunately it simply can not maintain IQ at higher frame rates . ( This so far seems to be the trend with the cheaper cams I have tested ) As for the focus , this is very much hit or miss unfortunately and is something any cam can suffer from . Almost half my dash cameras have had to be focus corrected , and so far all my action cameras have had to be focus corrected . So focus being a little NQR ( not quite right ) is a very common issue with cams over a very broad price range . Fortunately correcting focus on a action cam is relatively simple and just requires a little care . If you are really after a high frame rate camera with good IQ then I dare say you may need to spend more money , and how genuine some youtube video is ( well that's the $50 dollar question ) .
Would I recommend the Q3H-2 ? , yes I would . Bottom line , your getting a lot of cam for your $50 .
Do I need to give the Q3H-2 a score out of 10 ? If so then -1 for loosing IQ at higher frame rates and -1 for needing to be re focused . That's 8 out of 10 . Bearing in mind the price point this action cam is being sold at .
Negotiating the menu is intuitive , I never even looked at the instructions . The button at the front of the cam turns the Q3 on and off , about a 3 second press should do the trick either way . With a micro SD card fitted and formatted , the OK button on top of the cam will start and stop the video recording . To get into the menu settings stop video recording , press the front button ( mode ) 4 times , the screen will now display a cog . Press the OK button on top the cam and you are in the menu . The two buttons on the side of the cam are your up and down scrolling buttons . And to move through the menu screens just push the button on the front of the cam . To enter a chosen function just press the OK button on top the cam , then scroll through the options and press OK for the one chosen . To exit , move through the main menu screens till you get to the X . Press OK and you are back to the video recording screen .
When you turn on the cam , it always starts in video mode . To scroll through the modes press the mode button on the front of the cam .. First is Video , next is Picture mode ( stills ) , then comes slow motion mode , followed by file preview mode and lastly entry into the menu .
Stills images @ 16M setting ( Highest ) = 4608 x 3456 pixels and 4 to 5 mb in size
Do I need a Action cam ?
First of all I believe every car on planet Earth should be fitted with a cam , there simply are to many terrible drivers ( by choice or by skill ) out on the roads to end up in a situation that comes down to he said she said and some one said . Why not just cut out the BS and go to the video judge . So not only is a cam good insurance for on the road , but with time lapse it can double as a security cam ( possibly ) . Also should you be involved in an accident , simply take the camera and shoot some stills of the damage or situation ( or video ) . In this regard the action cam makes a lot of sense .
Lets not forget that action cams can simply be fun . The Q3 comes with a water proof housing so you can take video under water ( Pool - Beach ) and a lot of people attach action cams to the strangest places for some out there video . Like the bumper of a car , or attached to radio controlled toys . I have even seen people attach cams to their pets , the only limit is your imagination . ( Never under estimate the need for fun )
One of the things I would personally like to do is re focus the Q3 for some really close up video work ( Macro ) for insects . ( That's just me )
I would like to thank banggood for making this review possible ..