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    Tekcam F60R Action Camera Review
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  • #2
    Technical Specifications
    • SoC: Allwinner V3
    • Sensor: 8Mp 1/3.2” Sony ExmorR IMX179s (1.4 μm pixel)
    • Lens: Wide-angle 170-degree FOV (diagonal)
    • Display: 2-inch LCD TFT screen, 320x240
    • Video resolutions and format: [email protected] fps, [email protected] fps, [email protected]/30 fps, [email protected]/60/30 fps. MP4 file format.
    • Photo resolutions: 2M/5M/8M/12M/16M
    • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB
    • Wireless features: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • Additional features: UVC webcam, 4x digital zoom
    • Storage: microSD up to 64GB
    • Battery: removable, 3.7v Li-ion 900mAh
    • Dimensions: 59.1 mm * 41.0 mm * 25.0 mm (31.3 mm with lens)
    • Weight: 60 g (44 g without battery)
    Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 11:34 AM.


    • #3
      Package and Accessories

      The dimensions of the package are 265 mm * 162 mm * 62 mm (~2.7 L of volume), the weight is 563 g. The outer package cover contains detailed information about camera features and accessories.
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      The box is made of high-quality cardboard. It has a transparent plastic part which allows to see the camera inside the waterproof case and the remote control.
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      The camera bundle has a good and practical selection of standard mounting elements and accessories. It contains a remote control and a wrist band for it. It also includes a 2A europlug wall charger and a plastic frame with two 1/4" tripod screws. So the camera can be mounted upside down.
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      Inside we have a pretty detailed user's manual in English and Chinese and a leaflet which covers the remote control basic features and functions.
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      Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 11:44 AM.


      • #4
        Camera Design

        The camera body is made of black plastic, the front panel is blue and is covered with soft-touch material. Tekcam F60R camera is also available with front panel of several different colors: black, gold, pink, silver, yellow and white. The protective lens rim outer diameter is 20.6 mm, the lens protrudes forward making it necessary to keep in mind protection against scratches and dents. The camera design is very common for a modern action camera, its front panel has following markings on it: ‘4K’, ‘ULTRA HD’, ‘2.4G’ and ‘WiFi’. Camera feels solid and the materials applied do not raise any questions.
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        F60R action camera uses the most popular among Allwinner V3-based products Sitronix ST7789v LCD driver. It works with 2-inch LCD display with mediocre viewing angles, colors become inverted only when you turn the camera to the right. Brightness is enough for shooting under different lighting conditions. The screen is not touch sensitive and is covered with glossy transparent protective film.
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        The front panel has the power / mode button, it is also used for navigation through the menus. The shutter / ok button is located on the top. The left side has two buttons on it: up (short press - wifi, long press - digital zoom in) and down (short press - mute, long press - digital zoom out). Click image for larger version  Name:	07-controls.jpg Views:	1 Size:	83.0 KB ID:	2971

        There are two LED indicators located on the back side of the camera. The red one lights up when the battery is charging, the blue one is permanently on when the camera is powered up. Another red LED is on the top, it starts blinking after switching on the WiFi connection.

        All connectors are located on the left side. Of these, there are microUSB and microHDMI sockets and a microSD card slot. Click image for larger version  Name:	08-connectors.jpg Views:	1 Size:	78.8 KB ID:	2972

        Removable battery compartment is located on the bottom of the case. Its detachable door is not very easy to handle, but it seats safely when closed. Battery dimensions are 33 x 30 x 11 mm, the weight is 16 g. Battery is compatible with the most common “SJ” form-factor. The battery capacity is marked as '900mAh', this will be checked below in the Teardown section of this review. The battery also has ‘BK-L’ marking which probably represents the manufacturer name. Another thing to mention here is that F60R cam stays fully usable being connected to an external USB power source. You can record videos and shoot stills with this cam while charging. Tekcam F60R has a dashcam mode, which powers up and starts recording when a power source is connected and stops recording and shuts the camera down when the power is off.

        Fully charged battery gives 60 minutes of continuous shooting (4K30 mode, LCD on). Click image for larger version  Name:	09-battery.jpg Views:	1 Size:	64.7 KB ID:	2973

        Last edited by fatcat; 03-24-2017, 09:05 AM.


        • #5
          Functions and Settings

          Video modes
          Mode Resolution, pix. Frame rate, fps Horizontal Field

          of View, W/M/N, °
          Bitrate, Mbps Compression I-frame

          interval, frames
          4K30FPS 3840x2160 30 ~95 / 80 / 68 17 H.264 40
          2.7K 30FPS 2688x1520 30 ~93 / 78 / 67 21 H.264 30
          1080P 60FPS 1920x1080 60 ~102 / 86 /73 21 H.264 60
          1080P 30FPS 1920x1080 30 ~102 / 86 /73 21 H.264 30
          720P 120FPS 1280x720 120 ~77 / 63 / 53 21 H.264 120
          720P 60FPS 1280x720 60 ~102 / 86 /73 21 H.264 60
          720P 30FPS 1280x720 30 ~102 / 86 /73 21 H.264 30
          Encoding profile: [email protected]
          Audio: mono, AAC 8kHz 15kbps

          User interface and Settings menu

          The user interface is similar to many other Allwinner V3 based action cameras.
          Boot and shutdown logos are same 'XDV' pictures.
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          The OSD indicates current mode, resolution, card status and remaining space (in Gb), battery level, current date and time, audio recording and looped video icons. Short press of the front button sequentially switches between following working modes: Video (opens by default), Photo, Slow Motion, Playback and Settings. Click image for larger version  Name:	10-ui-vid-photo.jpg Views:	1 Size:	30.9 KB ID:	2974
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          You can get access to camera settings after pressing the OK button in Settings mode. The settings are grouped into four sections: Video, Photo, General and System settings. You can switch between them with the front button. The fifth item (the one on the very right) is the exit from the settings. Click image for larger version  Name:	12-ui-settings-ver.jpg Views:	1 Size:	29.7 KB ID:	2976

          Almost all menu items available are pretty obvious to use from their names and options, so I put some ♦ notes only for a few of them. There are some wrong named text entries, so I replaced things like 'Close' to 'Off' here.

          Video settings
          Video Resolution: see the table above.
          Recording Sound: Off, On
          Time-lapse: Off, 0.5s, 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 30s, 60s
          Loop recording: Off, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes
          ♦ If set to 'Off' the video length will be limited by 15 minutes for all video modes.
          Slow Motion: 1080P 60FPS, 720P 90FPS
          Motion detection: Off, On
          ♦ Video recording auto start when a motion is detected.
          FOV: Off, Wide, Middle, Narrow
          ♦ Field of view selection. See the table above for Horizontal FOV values for each mode. Note that ‘Off’ and ‘Wide’ have same HFOV.

          Photo settings
          Photo Resolution: 2M, 5M, 8M, 12M, 16M
          ♦ The sensor is 8 Megapixels so only 8M setting lets shooting stills without any interpolation.
          Timed: Off, 3S, 5S, 10S, 20S
          ♦ This option sets shutter delay
          Auto: Off, 3S, 10S, 15S, 20S, 30S
          ♦ This option sets photo timelapse interval
          Photo Burst: Off, 3P/S, 5P/S, 10P/S

          General settings
          Exposure: -3 - +3 EV in increments of 1
          White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent Light, Fluorescent Light
          WiFi: Off, On
          Image Rotation: Off, On
          Driving Mode: Off, On
          ♦ If enabled the camera will turn on automatically when the power source is connected and will switch off when it is removed. This option also sets ‘Loop Recording’ to ‘2 minutes’ and enables ‘Auto Shutdown’ feature.
          Light Source Frequency: Auto, 50Hz, 60Hz
          LED Indicator Light: Off, On
          Auto Screensaver: Off, 10s, 30s, 60s
          Auto Shutdown: Off, 1minute, 3minutes, 5minutes
          Time Watermark: Off, On
          ♦ This option sets date stamp for both photo and video modes

          System settings
          Language: Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Portuguese, Thai, Czech
          Date-Time: date and time settings (Use Up/Down buttons to change value, Shutter to switch between input fields)
          Format: prompts to format memory card
          Reset To Factory Setting: prompts to reset camera settings to defaults
          Firmware Version: shows camera model, current firmware version and date (no model displayed, 20161111)

          WiFi connection

          The camera switches into wireless access point with 'Sports DV' SSID and '12345678' password after the short press of the Up button. The strength of the Wi-Fi signal is very good, it allows remote controlling the camera with a smartphone from reasonably long distances. Click image for larger version  Name:	13-ui-wifi.jpg Views:	1 Size:	23.5 KB ID:	2977

          USB PC connection

          A mode selection prompt appears after connecting the camera to a PC with a microUSB cable. There you can choose between USB Mode, PC Camera and Charging Mode. The first mode is used for file transfer. The camera in this mode is recognized by PC as a standard USB storage device.

          Selecting the 'PC Camera' mode (use the wifi button to change selection and the shutter to confirm) enables web camera mode. Webcam is a standard UVC device with 720p30 (MJPEG) video mode.

          The last ‘Charging Mode’ turns the camera on with or without battery in place.
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          • #6
            Camera Teardown

            The main PCD is marked 'iT-X3-V2.2' and '2016.07.21'
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            The IMX179s sensor is not soldered directly to the main board. It can be easily removed and replaced.
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            The back side of the main board.
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            Additional PCBs for buttons and RF remote control
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            The LCD ribbon cable markings
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            Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 12:45 PM.


            • #7
              Hackability and Hardware Mods

              As the most of Allwinner V3 based cams, Tekcam F60R also has all of the hacking opportunities available for this platform.

              At the moment you can use ADB connection for saving firmware backup and recovery mode for flashing files with PhoenixSuit tool.

              More about Allwinner V3 hacks can be found here and here

              Tekcam F60R 20161111 firmware backup:

              fwinfo.txt generated by GETFWINFO script from UNFEX/REFEX scripts pack:
              Short id:  
              OEM id:  
              Camera type:  
              FW orig. date:  
              FW mod. date:  
              LCD model:  
              LCD count:  
              Sensor model:  
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              • tvszer
                Junior Member
                tvszer commented
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                For this model there is a 8MB firmware, for my i should be, unfortunately, it does not work due to bad firmware flash?

            • #8
              Mobile Apps, Firmware Updates and Other downloads

              XDV Android App Google Play link
              XDV Apple App iTunes link

              Firmware updates can be found here.
              Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 12:54 PM.


              • #9
                Video and Photo Quality and Samples

                The max bitrate is limited by 21 Mbit/s. The 4K mode has the bitrate value of 17 Mbit/s which is obviously too low for shooting without compression artifacts. The 720p120 mode provides the most narrow horizontal field of view up to ~53 degrees which is really tight. The lens is typical for a camera of this price, providing adequately sharp image for the whole image without any noticeable softness in the corners. Footages recorded in 60 and 120 fps modes do not show frame skipping under the lighting conditions bright enough, like a sunny day. Tekcam F60R photo quality is not a strong point for this camera the same is true for other Allwinner V3 based cams, however, stills produced are good enough for selfies or other similar use.

                Raw (not processed) video samples:

                Dashcam usage example of F60R camera:

                Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 12:16 PM.


                • #10

                  • Field of view can be adjusted
                  • RF remote control
                  • Soft-touch front panel (non-marking for blue version)
                  • Affordable price
                  • 4K video resolution is 3840x2160
                  • Solid build quality and good materials
                  • Strong wi-fi signal strength
                  • Rich bundle
                  • Standard battery form-factor

                  • Video bitrate values could be higher for all modes. This can be fixed by flashing the camera with a different firmware.
                  Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 12:29 PM.


                  • #11
                    Where to Buy

                    Banggood (several colors of front panel are available).
                    Last edited by fatcat; 03-23-2017, 12:55 PM.


                    • #12
                      Hi is there a difference in video quality between 720p and 1080p or is it interpolated from 720p?


                      • #13
                        Salve a tutti non riesco a collegare la mia action cam f60r alla app. Qualcuno mi sa suggerire come posso procedere?


                        • #14
                          Good today it does not turn me on, I have checked the power button and it is not the problem, what could be happening?


                          • petesimon
                            petesimon commented
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                            remove battery, remove SD card, and connect an USB power cable to the camera. try to power on the camera. * What happens then?

                            could you record a video or take photos of the camera and its problem (using another camera)? and share the video via youtube or google-drive, and share the photos by upload here ?