National Geographic Explorer test: photos, videos, battery life

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Overall rating 4.2 / 5

The National Geographic Explorer 3 Action Camera is a really cool camera. With it, you can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second and photos at 16 megapixels. It also has a waterproof case that can withstand water penetration to a depth of 30 meters.


Visually, National Geographic’s action camera doesn’t differ much from its competitors.

There is a 2-inch LCD screen on the back. The camera also has a WLAN function and therefore can be connected to other devices.

side view

There are multiple connectors on the side, including a micro HDMI connector, micro USB, and a micro SD card slot.

But in the end, it’s all about internal values!

Image sensor, resolution and memory

The sensor is SONY IMX179 and Allwinner V3. You can set different resolutions and therefore different image formats, frequencies, and so on.

The following video resolution formats are available in the camera menu:

  • 3840 × 2160 interpolated (30fps)
  • 2.7k (30fps)
  • 1920 × 1080 (60fps)
  • 1280 × 720 (120fps)

Unfortunately, we have to say that 4K resolution is an interpolated representation. The 2.7K resolution is converted to 4K resolution by adding different color gradations as pixels. If you don’t like it, you can also use the normal 2.7K resolution for video recording, which is also very good quality.

You can also take pictures in different resolutions. In the menu, you can select the following parameters: 16 MP, 12 MP, 10 MP, 8 MP, 5 MP, 3 MP, 1 MP.

You can easily save images to a micro SD card. It is easy to insert into the camera. Memory cards up to 64 GB are suitable for this.

Unfortunately, this media is not included in the package. In our opinion, the card must be formatted before first use!

Thanks to the 170 degree wide-angle lens, the camera can absorb enough light and the images do not look too dark even at dusk.

Recording modes

There are several interesting functions that are preprogrammed and you can select them to get unique effects.

These include the time-lapse function and the self-timer.

Accumulator battery

scope of delivery

The package includes 2 batteries with a capacity of 1050 mAh each.

Depending on how you use the camera, you can record for 60 to 90 minutes and then replace the battery.

Pros and cons


  • Cheap Action Camera
  • Interesting features such as time-lapse shooting and self-timer
  • The kit includes a waterproof housing up to 30 meters long, making it ideal for divers and snorkelers.
  • 2 batteries included
  • Universal accessories including adapters for bicycles and motorcycles


  • 4K camera resolution is only interpolated



The National Geographic Explorer camera comes with a wide variety of accessories.

ActionCam also features a wide range of features and technical details. What worries us a little is that the manufacturer is working with interpolated 4K and not real 4K resolution. If not, the model is absolutely recommended.

You can order the National Geographic Explorer Action Camera for an inexpensive price here on Amazon! *