MGCOOL Explorer unboxing and first impressions

MGCOOL has continued to update its sports camera lineup by announcing the MGCOOL Explorer, Explorer 1S in early 2017.

MGCOOL Explorer

We just got our test unit from the company. Today we’ll go through some of the highlights and have a good look at its body design.

Spoiler alert: it looks pretty amazing!

We have anticipated the MGCOOL Explorer series for a long time. It did not fail us considering this price of action cams. The MGCOOL Explorer comes with 170-degree wide lens, behind which is 16-megapixle Sony IMX 179 sensor and Allwinner V3 SOC.

MGCOOL Explorer

The camera has 4K capabilities and is able to shoot full 1080P HD video at 60fps. It’s a great option for enthusiasts looking to get into the world of action videos.


  • High-quality 4K footage: 3840×2160@15 fps, Full HD@60 fps & standard HD@120fps
  • 6G lens with an ultra-wide 170° field of view
  • 16M Sony IMX 179 sensor
  • Allwinner V3 processor
  • Video format: MP4
  • USB &HDMI output interface
  • H.264 codec
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 1050mAh Li-on battery

Design &Usability:

The MGCOOL Explorer is great for holding and of course, is mountable. When pick up the MGCOOL Explorer, it’s surprised to see its elegant wiredrawing craft on the sturdy body.

Though the material is plastic, the body of this device has a metal look. 2-inch TFT screen takes up nearly a whole side of the device. Buttons on the sides of the camera seem designed to be operated easily while holding it.

MGCOOL Explorer

The package consists of the camera, a hard case that makes it dust, shock, and waterproof for as deep as 30m. Do take note that the camera on its own is already water-resistant to some extent and that’s a good thing. Additional contents include bracket, clip, data cable, bicycle stand, helmet base, and adaptor.

MGCOOL Explorer

At $39.99, the MGCOOL Explorer is now on a promotion at one of MGCOOL’s authorized dealers – Gearbest. If you start to make up your mind to enter the world of action cameras, MGCOOL Explorer is among the best options.

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