Kogan Full HD Action Camera

This action camera is no GoPro, but it’s great value

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  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    0.50 / 5 (of 3 Reviews)

Pros

  • Huge accessories bundle included
  • Decent image quality
  • Versatile menu and settings

Cons

  • Mediocre build quality
  • No on-camera mounting point
  • No 1080p60 video mode

Bottom Line

Kogan’s attempt at a GoPro-rivalling action camera deserves praise. It doesn’t have the same image quality or super-sturdy build, but it’s fine for casual recording, comes with a bundle of accessories, and is much, much cheaper.

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The Kogan Full HD Action Camera wants to compete with the GoPro HERO3, the Contour ROAM 2 and Sony’s Action Cam.

It’s a compact, fixed-lens video camera that can record Full HD, 1080p video at 30 frames per second, as well as 720p HD video at 60fps — smoother and smaller video files, at the cost of a slight drop in quality.

Kogan Full HD Action Camera

We received the Black Edition of the Full HD Action Camera from Kogan, which is $139 plus delivery. A Silver version without any mounting accessories (apart from the standard tripod mount) is $20 cheaper.

Kogan’s action camera reminds us very much of the Swann Freestyle HD — it shares the same lens-on-a-box design, with the Kogan’s lens offset to the absolute right (looking front-on). There’s no filter or protection on the front of the lens, so it might be prone to getting scratched if you’re not using it in the protective case.

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The front of the camera is bare apart from the lens and Kogan’s logo, but the top has two buttons for recording video or still photos, and the camera’s left and right sides respectively house various outputs (HDMI, USB and microphone input) and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB; a 4GB card is included).

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The Action Camera’s back has a few more buttons — five-way navigation pad, menu and power/playback mode toggle. There’s a 1.5-inch, full-colour display built into the camera’s body, which is an optional accessory for the GoPro range, and which a Contour or Action Cam lacks.

The Black Edition bundle of Kogan's Full HD Action Camera includes a variety of mounts — two sticky mounts, a suction cup mount, a roll-bar/handlebar mount, and a helmet mount. There's a 30m waterproof/2m shock-proof case included, as well, which is the only way to use any of the mounts — the camera itself doesn't have an internal tripod screw or mounting point.

Kogan Full HD Action Camera: Menu, video and photo quality

The menu system of the Kogan Full HD Action Camera is, surprisingly, pretty good. The menu of the Swann Freestyle HD lacked some features we thought were important, but Kogan has made its Action Camera a good purchase for a few niche uses — like as a dash-cam, thanks to the loop recording, motion-activated recording, and time lapse photo modes.

The four menu panels for settings selection, Photo and Video adjustment.
The four menu panels for settings selection, Photo and Video adjustment.

There’s even an upside-down option to flip the menu and video output when you’re using the camera in an inverted mount — like using the included suction cup to put the Kogan cam on the top of the inside of your car’s windscreen. The menu is well laid out for a budget action cam, the features are clearly labeled, and the entire setup is both simple and powerful.

The four panels for Setup, covering options for both video and photo exposure, recording modes and orientation.
The four panels for Setup, covering options for both video and photo exposure, recording modes and orientation.

When it comes to actually recording video, you’ve got a few options. The Full HD Action Camera from Kogan can record video in either 1080p30 or 720p60 HD video resolutions, and WVGAp60, WVGAp30 and VGA resolutions are also available. We generally opted for 1080p30 for the best possible video quality, although 720p60 may be preferable for anyone using the Camera for any proper action sports. We would have liked to see a 1080p60 video mode as available on the GoPro HERO3.

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Video quality, on the whole, is pretty good. It’s not great — not pin-sharp like filming with a digital SLR or compact camera, but the output is largely similar to a high-end smartphone camera.

We’d say GoPro has the edge in video quality with its Black Edition of its HERO3 action camera, which can do 1080p60 and 4K video in addition to the resolution that Kogan offers, and has a sensor and video processor package that does a better job in low light. If you’re looking for something that’s good enough for a casual trip to the snow, or as a dashboard security camera for your car, the Kogan Action Camera does a perfectly good job.

A 5-megapixel, 4:3 photo snapshot from the Kogan Full HD Action Camera.
A 5-megapixel, 4:3 photo snapshot from the Kogan Full HD Action Camera.

For time-lapse photography or casual party-snap photographs, again, the Kogan does a pretty good job. It’s not going to rival any proper still or video camera any more than a smartphone might, but it gets the job done and the results it produces are decent if unspectacular.

Kogan Full HD Action Camera: Conclusion

The Kogan Full HD Action Camera is priced aggressively, and in our opinion it outperforms its price tag — you get a significant proportion of the features of any GoPro, Contour, Sony or similar action camera, for as little as a quarter of the price. If you need an action camera, or can find a use for one, it’s an attractive device.

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Levi Buzolic

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Thanks for the review, would love to see a side-by-side comparison with the GoPro. But judging from the pictures and the video the GoPro has more than just an edge on the Kogan camera for image quality.

Steve

2

On paper the video specs of the GoPro really aren't that much better than the Kogan Action Cam.. Perhaps this review is a little on the scathing side in that respect? I'll be picking one up regardless for the price..

George

3

I bought one of the first batch and never was able to give it much of a test, as I could not get it to charge. I did persist for a while but gave up and now sending it back. I did manage to get it to turn on for photos for about a on minute but the photos had pixel distortion on them. Would turn off when selecting video. Not much fun trying to return anything to Kogan, Probably easier to throw in the bin and forget about it. I did end up buying a Gopro black edition as I did still want an action camera.
You get what you pay for and I would not recommend Kogan

Craig

4

Been through two of them already. First one arrived with a rattle in it and stopped recording after 10 seconds. then after a while would not power on at all unless connected via USB. Also, the promise 4G Micro SD card was nowhere to be seen. Replacement arrived after lots of jumping up and down and the first time I used it for motorsports action it stopped recording on its own every time. Anywhere from 30 seconds to 7.5 mins in. The replacement had no 4G memory card either. Quality - ZERO

Pun

5

I got the kogan. The first one had a rattle in it straight from the box. Returned it and got another one. The second one wouldn't charge up found that the battery had to be pushed in and held in before it stays on. Bump it and it turns off. I just returned it now waiting for my refund. Quality of build very poor.

goku

6

Both my brother and I got a kogan this Christmas. Got them to mount on our boards in the surf. Both of them lasted about a minute before filling with water. I have other kogan products and think they are great but this camera clearly wasn't tested well in its design because its weak! Will be going with a gopro

Cameron

7

Bought my son one for Xmas because I didn't want to spend all that money on a go pro.Does a good enough job for everything except surfing.Put it on his surfboard and it filled up with water.Got a replacement about 5 weeks later after some stuffing around and now have bought him a go pro and I have the kogan which I really don't need.
Moral of the story is get on the net and do your research.
It will save a lot of hassle.

Hally

8

Yes, same. 1st time in the water, duck dived once and filled with enough water to short it out. Having a hard time getting it replaced under warranty too. Not recommended for anything near water. Worked fine as a dash cam but that's about it, well, it did until I tried to use it for what I bought it for ... surfing.

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Mick

0.0

1

Pros
Looks OK
Cons
Quality Poor
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My first one had a button missing inside the case so couldn't turn it on when in the case.
did not record for very long, about 6 min. then shut off.
Second (replaced) was all OK, but only records for 6:30 then turns off, flat battery.
OK if that's all you want to record, picture quality is OK - otherwise, buy the real thing - looking for a gopro now! :(

Ric

2.0

2

Pros
Small
Cons
What a turn off
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Though this would be great on the bike but found that the video would turn off during the ride.
Battery life is pathetic, probably the reason why it turns off.
Anyway, buy yourself a Go Pro for quality and forget the Kogan, it a toy at a cheap price.

George

0.0

3

Pros
Still trying to find anything hot about it
Cons
quality is poor
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I bought one of the first batch and never was able to give it much of a test, as I could not get it to charge. I did persist for a while but gave up and now sending it back. I did manage to get it to turn on for photos for about a on minute but the photos had pixel distortion on them. Would turn off when selecting video. Not much fun trying to return anything to Kogan, Probably easier to throw in the bin and forget about it. I did end up buying a Gopro black edition as I did still want an action camera.
You get what you pay for and I would not recommend Kogan

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