MGCOOL Explorer Unboxing And First Impressions

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

MGCOOL has continued to update its action sports camera lineup by announcing the MGCOOL Explorer, Explorer 1S in early 2017. We just got our review unit from the company. You should experience the Explorer camera to identify the core features, Let us examine the core highlights of the camera with special reference to the 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. Equipped with a 170-degree wide lens, the MGCOOL Explorer features a 16MP Sony IMX 179 sensor and Allwinner V3 SOC. With the ability to capture 4K videos, the camera provides support for shooting FHD videos at 60fps. It’s a great option for tech enthusiasts looking to get into the world of action videos.

MGCOOL Explorer


The product package consists of the camera, a hard case that makes it dust, shock, and waterproof for as deep as 30m. You should note that the MGCOOL Explorer is water-resistant by default, unlike other competing cameras. You will also find the bracket, clip, data cable, bicycle stand, helmet base, and adaptor inside the product box.

MGCOOL Explorer


High-quality 4K footage: 3840×2160@15 fps, Full HD@60 fps & standard HD@120fps
6G lens with an ultra-wide 170-degree 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 and 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.

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MGCOOL Explorer

Though the material is plastic, the body of this device has a metal look. The integrated 2-inch TFT screen takes up nearly a whole side of the camera.

MGCOOL Explorer

MGCOOL has taken special care to design the sides of the camera in such a way to operate easily even under extreme circumstances.

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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