MGCOOL Explorer 1S First Impressions: Good Quality With Low Price

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

MGCOOL has been very busy lately. The company has not only released a wide range of 4K action cameras such as Explorer, Explorer Elite, and Explorer Pro but also working hard on a new product MGCOOL Explorer 1S.

Equipped with a Novatek NT96660 processor coupled with a 20MP Sony IMX 078 sensor, the MGCOOL Explorer 1S enables you to record 4K video at 24 frame per second (QuickTime player required) with the ability to capture 20M still images. Moreover, the Explorer 1S also provides support for capturing 2K (2560*1440) @30fps, Full HD@60fps, 720P@120fps. The camera makes use of H.264 for the purpose of video encoding.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

The highlight of the MGCOOL Explorer 1S action camera is the addition of four view angles such as 70-degree, 110-degree, 140-degree and 170-degree. You will find these features very useful for framing distant views.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S Specifications

Processor: Novatek NT96660
Camera Sensor: SONY IMX 078
Material: Plastic
Waterproof: Waterproof case,30m depth
Wi-Fi: 10m
Display: 2.0-inch TFT Screen (320*240)
Extended Memory: 64GB TF card
Field of view: 70°, 110°,140°,170°
Compression Mode: H.264
Image Format: JPEG
Video Format: MP4
Image Resolution: 20M/16M/14M/12M/10M/8M/5M
Video Resolution:4K 24fps (QuickTime player required), 2K(2560*1440)30fps, 1080P(1920 x 1080)60fps/30fps,720P(1280*720) 120fps/60fps/30fps
Battery: 1050mAh Li-ion battery/FHD working time 80mins
Charging: 5V/1A,2 hours
Interface Type: USB, HDMI
Language: English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish

The MGCOOL Explorer 1S feels light. However, the exquisite wiredrawing craft makes it looks like made of metal. Hence, the camera will not look cheap though it is made mostly of plastic.

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MGCOOL Explorer 1S

The camera body is very compact, great to hold and easy to operate. The menu is operated with a few buttons: up, down, and ok (with the shutter). The menu is only a couple of levels deep but has many options. It is simple enough to navigate, although pressing the small buttons requires some efforts.


The packaging contains a bunch of accessories for usage in various conditions. The product box includes MGCOOL Explorer, waterproof case (30m), camera bracket, bicycle stand, two helmet base, clip, USB cable and User Manual.

In terms of cost, the MGCOOL Explorer 1S won’t cost you big money since it is priced at $49.99 as part of a special promotion in partnership with Gearbest. It’s spring now. If you want to go outdoors to have fun with your kids, you will not be disappointed if you have MGCOOL Explorer 1S at your disposal since the camera will capture real actions.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at

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