Following the launch of the Elephone Explorer (you can read the review here) in 2015, Elephone has quickly followed up with the introduction of a ‘Pro’ version, dubbed the Elephone Explorer Pro. The next (and obvious) question is what’s new in the pro version. In a nutshell, you get a new design, a different chipset and image sensor, and there is the inclusion of a new voice broadcast feature as well.
The Elephone Explorer Pro comes with a Novatek 96660 chipset, a Sony IMX117 sensor (the ‘non-pro’ version comes with an Allwinner V3 chipset and an OV4689 image sensor), and a 170-degree wide-angle lens. This ‘Pro’ version gets a built-in gyro for image stabilization and an underwater-fill-in-light mode where light exposure is claimed to be 15 to 30% better in low-light underwater conditions.
4K video at 24fps is now possible, along with 2K (30fps), 1080p (60fps) and 720p (60fps) recording capability. Loop recording is available too.
On the image capture front, the Elephone Explorer Pro action camera can capture images at resolutions up to 12MP. You also get time-lapse, self-timer and continuous shooting options. Videos and images are stored on a microSD card that needs to be purchased separately.
Another novel addition is voice broadcast, where the device plays various voice prompts. For example, the device will say ‘Recording started’ and ‘Recording stopped’ when recording is started and stopped respectively. It will also indicate full memory and low battery through voice prompts. This particular feature should come handy in cases when the camera is out of sight (like when the device is mounted on your helmet).
The Elephone Explorer Pro is WiFi enabled, allowing you to control the camera and live-preview video from your Android or iOS smartphone. The WiFi range is 15m.
As far as the actual device goes, the ‘Pro’ version features a stylish new glossy and delicate wire-drawing texture, which is claimed to be skid-proof and wear-resistant. It is equipped with a 2-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 320, an HDMI port, a mini-USB port, and a microSD card slot. The battery on this device is a built-in 1050mAh one that is claimed to last about 90min of continuous 1080p video recording at 60fps.
As far as accessories go, you get a whole bunch of them, including a 30m waterproof case, various mounts, 3M adhesive tapes, among others.
The Elephone Explorer Pro action camera can be yours for under $125 shipped.