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Test of the WIMIUS A1 Action Cam

Test report created by Timo A. on February 23, 2016

Action cams from the low-price segment, which can also compete with the more recent GoPro models, are rarely found. There are some SJCAM models that are quite capable of this, but other manufacturers tend to remain in the shadows or rely on the tried and tested "rebranding" method. The cam looks like a SJCAM, but doesn’t deliver the same performance. WIMIUS goes a different way with the A1 and has designed an action cam that not only has a fast Ambarella chipset, which incidentally is also used in the GoPro models, but this camera also uses a high-quality Sony IMX206 image sensor. You can find out how the WIMIUS A1 performs overall in this review.

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8.5
Our rating
Specifications
Overview
Manufacturer

Sunco Electronic Co. Ltd.

Model

WIMIUS A1

Specifications

Image processor: A7LS75
Image sensor: IMX206
Display: 1,5 inch LCD
Outputs: Micro USB, Micro HDMI
SD card: SDHC up to 64 GB
Battery: 1050mAh

Video resolution:
2304x1296 @ 30p
1920x1080 @ 60p / 30p
1280x720@120p/60p/30p
848x480@240p/120p/60p/30p

Image Resolution:
16, 14,12, 8, 5, 3, 2,1,2 - Megapixels

other:
* WiFi and App
*Time lapse
* Self-timer
* Loop Recording
* App-Control

What's in the box

1x WIMIUSA1
1x Waterproof Case
1x battery
1x replacement rear screen
1x bike mount
2x rail brackets
1x helmet mount
3x angle bracket
1x joint mount
2x adhesive pad
4x cable ties
1x tether
1x cleaning cloth
1x charger
1x micro USB cable
1x Operating Instructions

First impression

The "WIMIUS A1" (Link to the camera) in the typical "China Action Cam cardboard box". The accessories it contains also hardly differ from those of a typical China Action Cam. In addition to the camera and waterproof housing, it also contained:

  • a replacement rear disc for just this bracket
  • a bicycle mount, two rail brackets with adhesive pad, a clip for these rails, three angle brackets, one articulated bracket
  • two adhesive pads, four cable ties, a tether, a cleaning cloth
  • a battery with 1050mAh, a 5V 1A charger and a micro USB cable
  • a multilingual operating manual, also in German

The waterproof housing with folding mechanism is well made, looks solid and should also be waterproof to 30 meters without problems. The pressure points were a bit stiff at the first moment, but with time they had relaxed in a positive way and I was able to use the camera consistently well through the case. All other accessories included in delivery are also well made and conform to standards.

The WIMIUS A1 Action Cam is visually appealing and also sets itself apart from the conventional design. For example, in the A1, the rubber ring placed around the lens is patterned. Also, the gold-silver front was slightly highlighted. Incidentally, there are also two LEDs on the front side that indicate an active recording or an active WLAN. Additional LEDs are located on the bottom of the housing and on the back. Incidentally, the camera will be powered by Sunco Electronic (www.suncohk.com) and also marketed under the name "Sunco SO71". The camera is mainly sold abroad under the name Sunco SO71.

With this Action Cam, not only the design is extraordinary, but also the size is not based on the usual housing sizes. The WIMIUS A1 measures an impressive 61x42x32.5mm and is therefore a few millimeters larger than comparable models. This small but subtle difference means that the camera cannot be used with a conventional waterproof housing that is standardized to the SJCAM!

In addition, there is a crucial difference in the battery. This has proud 1050mAh (otherwise 900mAh) and is therefore slightly larger in length, but also narrower. So you also have to be careful with the replacement battery purchase, because the standardized 900mAh replacement batteries do not fit into the camera!

All important connection options are available on the camera. In addition to a micro SD card slot and the micro USB socket, there is also a micro HDMI socket. The tripod thread integrated in the camera housing and the carefree closure of the battery compartment, which can also be closed with a small "lock", are great.

Of course, the WIMIUS A1 also has a display. The display diagonal is 1.5 inches.

Commissioning and user interface

Insert the battery, insert the SD card and the camera is ready to go. An operating manual is by no means required for this. What you need an instruction manual for, however, are the numerous functions of the camera. How to set the camera according to your needs and how to download the WimiusA1App or connect the camera to the WLAN is explained in a clear and understandable way. The Action Cam can also be used with SD cards up to 64GB!

When switched on, you will immediately receive the live edition. At the edge there are also icons that roughly reproduce the most important settings such as the recording mode, the resolution, the charging status or the WLAN connection. In addition, you can still see the date and time, the available memory and whether the microphone of the camera is active.
If you click through the video and photo mode to the gallery and on to the settings, you can expect a wealth of settings. Here is a short list for a better understanding:

video mode

Video resolution (2304x1296 @ 30p, 1920x1080 @ 60p / 30p, 1280x720 @ 120p / 60p / 30p 848x480 @ 240p / 120p / 60p / 30p) | Quality (Super Fine, Fine, Normal) FOV (Far, Medium, Narrow) | Time Lapse | Date display | Motion detection | Loop recording | Microphone volume

Photo mode

Image resolution (16M, 14M, 12M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1.2M, VGA) | Quality (see above) | Self-timer | Burst Mode | Auto Shoot | date

System Settings

Date and time | Format | Factory settings | WiFi | WiFi LED | WiFi SSID | WiFi password | Language | ISO, exposure | Standby | Autom. Shutdown | Sounds | DVR | Status LED | OSD | TV Out | Rotate picture | Delay | Refresh rate | Metering | AWB | TV mode

Video and picture quality

WIMIUS A1 (Sunco SO71) Action Cam Recording / Footage 1080p @ 60

The clear highlight of the WIMIUS A1 Action Cam is the fantastic video and image quality. Many action cams have run through my hands and rarely could one of these cameras compete with a GoPro. The WIMIUS A1, on the other hand, is probably the best China Action Cam that I have tested so far, considering the recording quality. The Ambarella A7LS75 chipset is incredibly fast and provides a buttery smooth 60 frames per second at 1080p. The same chipset is also used in the SJCAM SJ5000 Plus.

For the image sensor, the WIMIUS Action Cam relies on a SONY IMX206, which reaches an impressive 16 megapixels. In conjunction with the 166 ° wide-angle lens, the A1 conjures up really fantastic shots. In the open air, the video recordings as well as the image recordings could be used both in sunshine and in rainy weather. A test recording inside the building was somewhat noisy depending on the lighting conditions (night and dimmed light).

 Microphone and speakers 

Although the sound recordings of the WIMIUS A1 are clear, if you use the camera with the waterproof case, the recorded sound is far too quiet even with this Action Cam. It is interesting, however, that the Sports Cam has its own menu item for the microphone volume. Hereby you can raise these in comparison to other models, which considerably improves the recording. The microphone can also be completely deactivated with this camera.

The loudspeaker of the WIMIUS A1 is sufficient to watch the shot videos on the fly. Beeps are also clearly reproduced.

WiFi feature and app

The WiFi can be activated or deactivated on this camera both via the start screen and also via the system settings of the camera. The SSID as well as the password can be set individually in the settings.

To be able to use the camera with a smartphone or tablet, you need the “WimiusA1App”, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the iOS Store. Before starting the app, however, you should select the camera in the smartphone's WiFi settings and connect to it.

Within the app, a live image of the camera is output. The live picture had a delay of about one second for me, but was otherwise played almost error free. Within the app can also make video and image settings, you can start recording and save it to the smartphone or tablet, as well as the recordings and share. Overall, the app works quite well and is a nice extension to the other features of the WIMIUS A1.

Rating
Positive

Top video and picture quality
Ambarella A7LS75 and SONY IMX206
WiFi module and app control
Numerous setting options
Very good workmanship
Tripod thread on the housing
Good scope of accessories

Negative

Difficult to get spare parts

Summary

With the WIMIUS S1 and WIMIUS S2, the Chinese manufacturer launched action cams that offer an almost perfect price / performance ratio. The WIMIUS A1 Action Cam goes one step further and can be assigned to the higher quality China Action Cams, which is why the A1 can easily take on GoPro or current SJCAM models. The highlight is of course the consistently convincing video and image quality, but I was also able to see an advantage of the WIMIUS A1 camera in direct comparison with competing models in the sound recordings.

However, it seems problematic to me that this camera does not conform to the "standard" and therefore spare parts are harder to get. Although this problem only affects the waterproof case and battery, it is these parts that are essential for an action camera.

Nevertheless, the WIMIUS A1 is a very good action cam, which should definitely be included in its shortlist!

8.5
Our rating
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9 comments

9 comments

  1. Jürgen

    25. February 2016 22 to: 12

    Hi Techreviewer, the Ambarella chipset and the Sony image sensor have aroused my interest. With which action cam would you most like to compare the Wimius A1? I've already looked at the Wimius S2 and S1, which cost a good deal less. Do you know what hardware the two action cameras use?

    • Timo admin

      25. February 2016 22 to: 29

      Hello Jürgen, the "WIMIUS S1" is also sold under the name Sunco SO10. The camera has a SPCA6330M DSP and an AR0330 image sensor. The camera is comparable to a SJCAM 4000, which also uses the Aptina AR0330 image sensor.

      The "WIMIUS S2" is also available under the name Sunco SO80. This camera has a SPCA6350M DSP and an OmniVision OV4689 image sensor. The SJCAM 4000+ (Plus) also uses this sensor.

      The picture quality will not necessarily be the same, but on these cameras you can orient yourself well. In any case, the S1 and S2 should meet their price.

      With the Ambarella A7LS75 and the Sony IMX206, the WIMIUS A1 ranks alongside a SJCAM 5000 Plus or the more recent GoPro models.

  2. Dave

    15. September 2016 09 to: 15

    What's up with 25p and 50p? 30p / 60p bring me here in Europe not so much! At least I could use 120p for slowmotion.

  3. Kai Ritz

    30. November 2016 15 to: 38

    Hello, I just bought the cam, but after switching on only the wimidu logo appears, the sound then stops ...
    I know because I bought her privately not even where I should turn.
    Does a sD card have to be in it? Does this have to be in fat32?
    ... in any case it is stuck to the logo.

    • Timo admin

      30. November 2016 16 to: 12

      Hello Kai,

      the SD card must be formatted in FAT32. Inevitably, no SD card has to be inserted. The cam can be operated normally so. A screen with a logo sounds like a boot loop. Normally only the firmware helps to flash. It is best to contact the manufacturer of the camera. The WIMIUS A1 is identical to the Sunco SO71 and is only listed under a different name.

      Here is the link to the manufacturer: http://www.suncohk.com/

  4. Matthias

    29. January 2017 18 to: 56

    Hello

    I am looking for a replacement battery for this Cam.
    Someone an idea where to get one?

    Thank you.

    • Timo admin

      29. January 2017 19 to: 24

      Hi, you can often find replacement batteries at this URL: http://amzn.to/2jsxghg Or simply ask the seller whether replacement batteries are still for sale.

  5. 17. June 2017 21 to: 05

    Hello. Does the A1 need to re-enter the date after changing the battery? LG ben

    • Timo admin

      18. June 2017 10 to: 30

      Hi Ben, the date is saved after a battery change.

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Overview
Manufacturer

Sunco Electronic Co. Ltd.

Model

WIMIUS A1

Specifications

Image processor: A7LS75
Image sensor: IMX206
Display: 1,5 inch LCD
Outputs: Micro USB, Micro HDMI
SD card: SDHC up to 64 GB
Battery: 1050mAh

Video resolution:
2304x1296 @ 30p
1920x1080 @ 60p / 30p
1280x720@120p/60p/30p
848x480@240p/120p/60p/30p

Image Resolution:
16, 14,12, 8, 5, 3, 2,1,2 - Megapixels

other:
* WiFi and App
*Time lapse
* Self-timer
* Loop Recording
* App-Control

What's in the box

1x WIMIUSA1
1x Waterproof Case
1x battery
1x replacement rear screen
1x bike mount
2x rail brackets
1x helmet mount
3x angle bracket
1x joint mount
2x adhesive pad
4x cable ties
1x tether
1x cleaning cloth
1x charger
1x micro USB cable
1x Operating Instructions

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